Tuesday, December 6, 2016

End-of-the-Year Cleaning Spree

KT Winner

Congratulations to our December Sampler Bag winner this week:
Deb - Thanks for holding one back, I missed it also. My excuse was good though, we did family, food and lots of thankfulness. Thanks for the chance
Deb, please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com. Jamie will ship you goodies right away!
Thanks again to everyone who made our week ordering the Sampler Bags. Watch for more specials each month right here and on the ktquilts.com website.

The stakes are high and the betting fierce here at KTQ about how many KT Gift Certificates we'll sell this month ($50 gift certificate for $40). Robert needs a win this time! Call KTQ 785-488-2120 or click above for a thoughtful gift for any KT fan on your list.


Cleaning Spree

It's the time of year to sort, purge and reorganize, to start the New Year off with a fresh attitude and a clean studio. The process clears my head and helps to plan for the coming year.  I'm often juggling 3 or 4 fabric lines at a time:
                
1. Put finishing touches on book/patterns from Fall Market 2016 for arrival at your local quilt shop in early 2017 (Thistle Farm-March).


2. Piece quilts (and send kits to piecers) for KT's new Christmas line next summer 
 (Gooseberry Lane-June).


 3. Edit strike-offs of fabric line and begin designing quilts for Spring Market 2017 (top secret).
                
4. Design new fabric collection for Fall Market 2017 introduction (in progress).


December is supposed to be our "slow"month here at KTQ. Our last retreat is before Thanksgiving and I'm not traveling/teaching again until after the first of the year. Time to manage the piles of fabric and quilts and paperwork between markets and fabric seasons. Sooooo, I'm sharing piles of scraps that have been tucked away for months (or years) that have finally overflowed into my work space. This week, a stack of 2 1/2" squares and various rectangles cut from charm squares from a variety of fabric lines, (including a couple of Christmas' past) are up for grabs.


Watch over the next few weeks as I continue sorting, piling and discovering drawers and baskets of treasures. I love to share with all of you! Comment to win each week.

A Magical Evening with Delainey

My grandaughter, Delainey (10), & I treated ourselves to a spectacular show of lights at Botanica's Illuminations in Wichita, Kansas last Friday night. I have fond memories of  riding in the car with my family as a kid, searching for the homes best decorated for Christmas. Alas, there are fewer homes lit up for the holidays now, so my Christmas light addiction was satisfied with a grand display all in one place! Delainey was as excited as me, making notes in her journal as I took pictures for her scrapbook. We also enjoyed the strolling carolers, hot cocoa and holiday crafts for sale. A perfect  celebration of the season. On the ride home, a sleepy Delainey declared it's our new Christmas tradition - "just us, Gramma, cause we get it." Don't you just love sharing special moments with the grankids? We're already making plans for next year.





Delainey and I wish all of you a peaceful, joyous holiday season with all your favorite people.

Lynne & Delainey





67 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to both you and Delainey. Sounds like this tradition is a definite keeper.

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  2. Precious moments of love between you and your Granddaughter. Warmed my heart to read about them.

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  3. Wishing you and your family a great and peaceful time.

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  4. Lots of good things in the works. What a special time you had with your GD, makes great memories. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  5. I still can't believe it's Christmas again!! Where did the last year go? Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

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  6. 2 1/2 in squares. Ready to sew. Oh my goodness! Lovely treat.
    Hidden in the charming story of grandmother and grandaughter adventure.

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  7. i remember looking at lights when I was young and gave the same wonderful experience to my children. its even more enjoyable with grandchildren. love the pictures.

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  8. Loved to read about your special night with your grandaughter. Planning a mini quilt with your fabric and would love ❤️ your scraps!

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  9. What a fun memory you made with your granddaughter! Thanks for sharing. And for the 2-1/2" squares. I can definitely envision using those. I'd love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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  10. So nice of you to share your scraps. It is always fun to trade scraps with others.

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  11. always a good time to have a clean out! Lovely show of Christmas lights! Merry Christmas season from New Zealand!

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  12. Someone else's scraps seem so much better than your own. I don't know why. dorthac at aol.com

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  13. Having someone else"s scraps is like being a kid in a candy store.

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  14. So glad you enjoyed the evening with your granddaughter. I volunteer at Botanica and love to hear our work is appreciated. Merry Christmas.

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  15. Merry Christmas to you and your family! We started a "tradition" several years ago of shopping for presents with just my stepmom and niece. We skipped a few years when she was in high school and were going to start back up this year, but my stepmom is getting her knee replaced next week. Guess it will have to wait until next year!

    Sandy A

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  16. Sounds like a lovely tradition! I love scraps, and would be willing (lol) to give yours a good home.

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  17. I like the new tradition you and Delainey are starting. My family used to drive around to see all the Christmas lights too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. What a lovely time you had and it's always great to start new traditions...I would love to win some scrap to make a warm cosy quilt

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  19. I love your material as I have purchased quite a bit. Would love the opportunity to win a scrap bag. I took my grandson to see some fantastic Christmas lights this weekend. It was great seeing it through "his" eyes.

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  20. Love Love Love scraps! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. Have always loved your fabrics since I began quilting several years ago. One of my first quilts was with the Prairie Moon fabric! Would love to win a scrap bag - thank you for the chance. Merry Christmas

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  22. Almost every quilt I've made in recent years has some Kansas Troubles fabric in it somewhere. Thanks for the chance to win more. And Merry Christmas to all!

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  23. I too grew up driving with the family around the neighborhood enjoying the Christmas lights. Merry Christmas!

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  24. My grandkids are so far away that traditions are difficult to maintain. I need to find things that we can do together separately!

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  25. Merry Christmas to all at Kansas Troubles! I love the lights, the sounds, the smells - I just love Christmas (and the chance to win anything). :)

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  26. God bless you and your family in this Holy Season! I love that tradition you started with Delainey! :)

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  27. I love playing with scraps of fabric and seeing what wonderful things I can make with them. I also spend time with my 12 yr old grandson. We have a wonderful time!! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  28. Who doesn't love scraps, especially in such yummy colors.

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  29. Happiness is KT fabric during the holidays! Thank you.

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  30. I love your new tradition with Delainey! And I love playing with scraps. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

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  31. I always enjoy making the quilts with flowers. looking forward to the new fabrics.

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  32. I love uncovering scraps in my sewing room and dreaming of a new project. Thanks for the chance to dream big!

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  33. My son, his family and I enjoy this lights ar the local parks every year!

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  34. I love hearing about your special night out with your granddaughter. We are expecting our first grandchild in February and are so excited for the adventure to begin!

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  35. Grandchildren are the BEST! I recently had my oldest g'child, Isaac, (8) help me put up our Christmas tree. So special to begin sharing these types of things with him! I would love to create with some of your scraps! Thank you for being so generous with us all!! Merry Christmas!

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  36. I have always loved Christmas lights; my dad put up lights every year... on a farm in the middle of no where....just because "they're kinda pretty". My husband and I drove straight thru from VA Beach, VA to western Illinois one Christmas in the mid 90's. Children sleeping in the back, Christmas music playing, Christmas lights shinning all along the way. The roads were clear, we held hands and talked quietly. I think it was the only peaceful time we had the entire month of December. Still one of our favorite married moments.

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  37. That's such a nice tradition to start with your granddaughter, a memory she'll look back on and cherish as she gets older.

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  38. I LOVE scraps! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  39. I love any pieces of YOUR fabrics! I so enjoy your newsletters bc they make me feel we are friends. Wish I lived a lot closer to you than Georgia! A retreat at your place would be a "real" treat. Have a Blessed Christmas.

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  40. May your world slow down enough to enjoy this Blessed Christmas season!

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  41. I LOVE your fabrics, I LOVE scraps, and I LOVE Christmas! Merry Christmas to all! Blessings...

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  42. Hope you have a few moments to rest and recharge this December!

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  43. Scraps are the fiber of life that keeps us going, many blessings this season and always to you and your family, and many more inspirations for 2017!

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  44. I enjoy your blog posts and have loved your fabric since your very first line!

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  45. I'm new to the quilt world and would love to start building a stash. I love the colors and patterns in the photo.

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  46. What a fantastic "tradition" to have with your granddaughter. Merry Christmas

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  47. You have my head spinning just thinking of juggling all those fabric lines in various stages. I don't know how you do it, but I'm glad you do! So glad you had that wonderful time with your granddaughter as a respite.

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  48. Making memories is so important between the generations. 2 1/2" pre-cut squares (sigh)... next to heaven.

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  49. Time passes so fast and what you do now with your grandchildren will long be in their memory! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  50. When our boys were little we loved to drive around looking at all the beautiful lights and homes decorated for Christmas! Your scraps are our treasures!

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  51. What a delicious little pile of scraps. They are so fun to play with and you never know what you will dream up with them. So glad you got to enjoy the lights with your grand daughter.

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  52. Kay Hunzinger, 44katydid@gmail.comDecember 7, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Hi,I would to win some of your Christmas scraps. Sounds like a sweet time with your granddaughter looking at Christmas lights.Kay H

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  53. I've often wondered how designers keep their collection deadlines straight. You certainly seem to have it worked out. I love looking for and at lights. We still have several neighborhoods that go all out. They are so fun! Thanks.

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  54. I too have some KT scraps being as I have recently made two quilts with your lovely fabrics. Now I plan to make a scrappy quilt with the leftovers from these two projects. One can never have too many fabric scraps! :)

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  55. I love how all KT fabrics, no matter how old, play well together. I would love to have more KT fabrics to add to my collection!

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  56. I love how all KT fabrics, no matter how old, play well together. I would love to have more KT fabrics to add to my collection!

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  57. Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is KT scrap for my stash. :-) Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas to everyone at KT.

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  58. I'll gladly take any scraps off your hands and turn them into donation quilts. Happy Holidays.

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  59. The Christmas lights are beautiful. What a sweet thing to enjoy with family and friends.
    I'm eagerly waiting for Thistle Farms fabric. I love thistles :-)

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  60. As usual, you are creating more beautiful fabrics for us! Thank you!!! Something to look forward to in the new year!!

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  61. Happy Holidays - so wonderful that you go that special time with your granddaughter! Looking forward to your new lines!

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  62. Can't wait until you visit the Gold Coast Quilter's Guild in Boca Raton, FL this January. Would love to add these "scraps" to my other Kansas Troubles fabrics.

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  63. I love scraps! Especially KT scraps!!! I'd love to win them and make one of your patterns from my books! Merry Christmas! May you have a blessed new year!

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  64. Wishing for you a nice slow down time. Make a nice cup of your favorite hot beverage, coffee, tea, or whatever you like, and sit a spell. Have a Merry Holiday!

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  65. Love love love your fabrics.... Merry Christmas!

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  66. OMG! I so need the scraps you are destashing! I'm starting a hexigon paper piecing project that these would be so perfect for! I had a chance to meet Delainey last spring and she was such a delightful young lady. I too love Christmas lights. From my family to yours Merry Christmas.....

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