Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Future

KT Winner

Our winner this week of the bag of KT scraps is (insert drum roll, please):

Pattypiecer - Merry Christmas to you and yours. I love scraps and I believe I could use them with several of your fabrics in my " collection" lol
Thanks to everyone who commented here on my blog and Facebook. I appreciate your support and encouragement and look forward to hearing from you every week. 

Christmas Future

Ok, so I'm not supposed to reveal too much about the newest Christmas collection for 2017, Gooseberry Lane, but that's what I've been working on and I can't wait to share. With a name like Gooseberry Lane, I decided to research quilt blocks with "goose" or "geese" in them. My go-to resource for historical reference is Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Blocks. It's my block bible. I highly recommend it. Her blog, Barbara Brackman's MATERIAL CULTURE, is also an informative source for vintage quilts, fabrics and blocks.

I found more than a dozen blocks with "goose/geese" in the name, including Flying Geese, Goose in the Pond, Goose & Goslings and Goose Tracks. The next step was to see if I could simplify any of them with my layered patchwork technique, insert the new fabric, experiment with sizes and see if they would all play together nicely. I added a bit of holiday fun with holly & berries (a new KT Kut-ups precut fusible applique pack) and a delightful Christmas sampler emerged. Borders were just added Christmas Eve day and it's headed to the quilter this week. Here's a peek at my new Gooseberry Sampler for 2017.

Gooseberry Sampler, June 2017

Your local quilt shop will be buying next year's holiday collections in January. If you like what you see, let them know!

Our little charm quilt for the collection is Joyful Wishes. Who wouldn't love to unwrap this Joy-ful expression of the holidays?

Joyful Wishes charm quilt

Comment this week to win another 'vintage" KT scrap bag - leftover parts and strips from kits over the years.
Here's to a Happy New Year full of quilting fun and surprises. Watch here January 2nd for our first Special of the Month for 2017.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Present

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
dortha -Love scraps. So nice of you to share. Merry Christmas .
You're the winner of the KT scrap bag of triangles. Thanks for commenting. Watch for more scraps this week.
FYI: I was able to send Dortha a direct email to let her know she had won our scrap bag. When you sign up for my blog thru Google, if you'll include an email address in your profile, it's much easier for me - or anyone - to contact you.

Christmas Present

KT's Christmas collection this year featured our new Diamond Template in 2 sizes to create an easy layered patchwork version of the traditional Hunter's Star block. The Prairie Cactus booklet offers 3 lap quilts, a tree skirt, runner & pillow to deck your halls in holiday style. Purchase the Prairie Cactus booklet and receive the Christmas Cactus charm pattern FREE!

Prairie Cactus lap quilt

Candy Stripe from Prairie Cactus booklet

Cactus Stars from Prairie Cactus booklet

Christmas Cactus charm pattern

Last year's Christmas quilts were from the Heart of the Home booklet - including a lap quilt, runner & pillow. Rows of flying geese blocks come together to create stars using our easy layered patchwork technique. Purchase Heart of the Home and receive From the Heart charm pattern FREE!  (features our KT Melon Template) 

From the Heart charm pattern

Heart of the Home lap quilt

Heart of the Home runner

Heart of the Home pillow cover

This week, I have a HUGE bag of strippy scraps to giveaway. (How did I end up with so many leftover binding strips???) Comment here to win BIG!

Merry, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Peace on Earth And a Scrappy New Year to all!
Lynne, Robert & Jamie

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Past

KT Winner

Congrats to the winner of our first scrap bag:

Ellen -Making memories is so important between the generations. 2 1/2" pre-cut squares (sigh)... next to heaven.
Thanks for your lovely comments, ladies. I hope you all take time to savor the gifts of the season.

Christmas Past

Here are a few past KT Christmas projects to inspire your home decorating this year. Buy any one of the patterns Christmas J-O-Y, Icicle Stars, Warm Memories or All Wrapped Up this week and we'll include one of the Mini Table Treats patterns - Holly Days or Light Up the Holidays -  FREE! (Jamie's choice)
Christmas J-O-Y

Icicle Stars lap quilt

Warm Memories - lap quilt or wall quilt w/advent ornaments

All Wrapped Up charm pattern

Holly Days Mini Table Treat

Light Up the Holidays Mini Table Treat

Watch for Christmas Present and Christmas Future in the coming weeks.

Comment here to win a bag of scraps from waaaay back - assorted triangles from KT Wildflower Serenade I & II and more!

Scrap Bag Giveaway

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 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 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