Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cozy Quilts and Comforts Sneak Peek - Day 3

We're on our way to International Quilt Market in Houston and the anticipation is building. I'm sharing the quilts from my new book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts, with the quilt shop owners at market in a trunk show during Schoolhouse. They'll be able to see the quilts close-up and fondle to their hearts' content. I wish you could all be there, too! Instead, I'll share another project or two with you today.

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Can you believe this quilt is made with 4-patches? Seriously. There are dozens of simple 4-patches in KT darks and tans sewn together in rows. The magic happens when you layer our KT Diamond in a single blue print over the seams to create this wonderful Kaliedescope quilt. Looks like you've worked for days, but it goes together in a weekend!

To make it even simpler, for the mini quilt, all the 4-patches are made with just two KT tan fabrics. The navy mini diamonds are fused on top after the quilt is completed, then topstitched as you're quilting. Who knew fast & easy could look so cool?

We still have a few days to go until the book is released at market. Watch for another giveaway soon!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cozy Quilts and Comforts Sneak Peek - Day 2

We're on a countdown to November when my new book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts will be released by Martingale. I can't wait to go to market to hold the freshly printed pages in my hands. The color photos are beautiful and make our primitive KT Retreat space shine like a new penny.

Preorder your copy NOW!

This week's sneak peek is all about Stars - a Galaxy of Stars and Spinning Stars. Who doesn't love star quilts?

Our original Gallery of Stars featured Moda's precuts - a Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Pack plus border made the quilt on the wall using traditional piecing methods. For such a simple quilt, it really shines. My Layered Patchwork version on the bed has raw edge gold star points for faster, easier piecing. We still used a Jelly Roll and Charm pack, but opted for an assortment of KT tans for the large squares. Totally different look, still shining bright!

One of the other star projects is Shining Stars. By adding layered triangles to the corners of background squares, it creates a whirling, scrappy pinwheel star that's sure to please. A mini table runner option is also included in the book. Did you have a child-sized ironing board and iron when you were a kid? Who knew we'd love them just as much as adults? (Believe it or not, the green iron actually had an electrical cord to plug in and heat up the iron. I cut the cord off when the grandaughter figured out what a plug-in was when she was about 2 years old. How did we survive?)

Comment this week to win a signed copy of my book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts. I can't wait for you to see it!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blockheads Week #33

Block #33 - Starz by Jo Morton

This week Jo designed a delightful star block with lots of energy. It looks like an exploding star to me. Love it! Kathy interpreted the traditional block in Jo's blues (left) while Joy went bolder with gold and navy KT fabrics. Find the links for traditional piecing and Layered Patchwork below.

Click HERE for Jo's blog and the pattern for Starz.

Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork option of Starz.

Question of the Week:  It's fall, Halloween is less than two weeks away and Christmas is in two months. Do you make seasonal quilts? When do you start making them? 

I love to decorate for the seasons - at home, at the store and at the retreat center. That's alot of pumpkins and holly! As for making seasonal quilts, I often coordinate the seasons with my fabric collections. My fall line comes out in September or October, but I'm sewing quilts in April to show at Spring Market. They're ready in plenty of time for all decorating. Christmas hits the stores in June, so I'm making those projects around Thanksgiving. I'm getting in the mood for Christmas, so it works out beautifully. But, just because I've made those seasonal quilts doesn't mean I'm able to take them home and cuddle with them. It could be 2-3 years before they're "retired" from traveling in trunk shows and hanging in the store so I can enjoy them at home. It's been long enough now I have a good assortment of seasonal quilts to display and decorate with in every space. I've been looking all over for a fall table topper I love and realized the daughter "borrowed" it last year. Oh well, time to make another quilt!

Here are the links to my other Blockheads buddies. Check them out!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cozy Quilts & Comforts Sneak Peek -Day 1

I'm soooo excited to share with you my new book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts, published by Martingale. It's my first collaboration with them for an "all projects KT" book and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. The crew at Martingale were all so helpful and supportive in this process and worked with me to see this book through my eyes - even to the point of coming to the KT Retreat to take pictures of the quilts! It's amazing how someone else can see the "coolness" of items you live with everyday and make them special for a photo. That's a BIG "Thank you" to master mind and visionary, Jennifer Keltner.
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Over the next couple of weeks, before the book is officially released in November, I'll be sharing some of the projects included in the book. Many are traditionally pieced, but I've also included my Layered Patchwork method for simplifying piecing, as a bonus. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek of Cozy Quilts and Comforts. Watch for it at your local quilt shop and online at ktquilts.com.

It's only fitting to begin with my favorite quilt block, Kansas Troubles. I love the little charm quilt,  but have always wanted a red/tan/blue scrappy KT quilt, since my birthday is July 5th. A little gift to me! My talented KT piecer and friend, Kathy Limpic, made this wonderful lap quilt using a multitude of fabrics from several KT fabric collections. Love, love it!

Watch for more sneak peeks from Cozy Quilts and Comforts and a chance to win a signed copy for your own quilting library.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blockheads Week #32



Block #32 - Dutchman's Puzzle by Betsy Chutchian

I read on Facebook (a freaked out reindeer relayed the news) there are only 10 more Wednesdays until Christmas. Yikes! Time to begin thinking about starting a list - maybe. Instead of thinking about how far behind I am already, I will bask in the knowledge that I'm caught up with my Blockhead blocks and almost ready for Market. One. Thing. At. A. Time. Breathe.

Betsy brought us a fun flying geese variation this week. So easy to make either traditionally or using my Layered Patchwork technique. Kathy used a more controlled color palette of yellows and blues for the traditional block, while Joy made it KT scrappy for her Layered Patchwork option.

Click HERE for the pattern - Dutchman's Puzzle on Betsy's blog. 

Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork option.


Question of the Week - When you went from making quilts for yourself and began doing it as a business, is there anything you wish you'd known ahead of time? Or was ignorance truly bliss?

I took my first quilting class, began working in a quilt shop parttime and started my business making small quilts all within a year. Truly, ignorance was the rule of the day. Robert was the one who supported and encouraged me to go big or go home - from making small quilts for craft shows, to selling quilt patterns to quilt shops, to going to Quilt Market, to partnering with Moda to design fabric. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It's the best job I didn't know I wanted and I wouldn't go back for anything! I want to genuinely thank all of you KT fans out there. You're the reason I'm still standing/quilting and loving every minute of it.

Ironically, when I took a break to make a glass of ice tea, this was what I saw outside my window - 6 geese stopping by the pond to check out the bird feeders on their way south. Lovin' the country life!

In case you missed it, here's the KT Layered Patchwork (LP) conversion chart for flying geese. Enjoy!

Be sure to visit all the other designers this week. There's always something interesting happening with the Blockheads. 

Betsy -
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Lisa B -
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/

Jan -
Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo -
Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Moda -
Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blockheads Week #31

Blockheads Week #31 - Dot Dash - Lynne Hagmeier

I love a simple churn dash block but sometimes find my points fighting each other when I sew the blocks together. Solution? Have the block triangles float within the background so it creates it's own sashing, allowing each churn dash to shine with perfect points.

Kathy made her block traditionally with the connecting corner method (right). Joy used Layered Patchwork for a quick and easy Dot Dash block  (left). Two options, both super easy and fun to make!

Click HERE for the link for both traditional piecing and layered patchwork instructions for Dot Dash. Note there are 2 pages of instructions - layered patchwork, then traditional.

Question of the Week -Is there something quilt-related on your "bucket list"? A quilt you'd like to make, a show you'd like to see, a quilter you'd like to meet, etc.

I've been trying to free up my schedule for several years to go to Sisters, OR for their one day quilt show. It just hasn't been in the cards - so far. I've also wanted to go to Quilters Take Manhattan in NYC every since it's first year. Guess I need to block those dates off on my calendar and Just. Do. It. 

As far as a quilt on my bucket list - who can count them all? There are so many beautiful quilts out there, many by my fellow Blockheads, that I've purchased the kits for as I see them, hoping to one day find the time to play. Again, I need to make time to Just. Do. It.

What do you have on your bucket list that you just need to set aside the time to do?

Here's a favorite little quilt using this week's churn dash block. I started with 13 dark & 13 light Layer Cake 10" squares. Each light/dark pair of squares made a dark block and a light block. So fast, so fun, so easy!

25 Yard Dash (25 churn dash blocks)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

KT October Special

KT Honeycomb precut, The Bees' Knees pattern & 

KT Honeycomb Ruler

Robert's been cleaning out the store room this week, preparing for our shipment of Harvest Hill fabric. He found a few packs of KT Honeycomb precuts and gathered this bundle of fun just for you.

Our October Monthly Special includes:
     (1) KT Honeycomb precut (retail $16)
     (1) The Bees' Knees pattern booklet (retail $12.95)
     (1) KT Honeycomb Ruler (retail $16)

That's a $44.95 value for only $18.95!

Our Bees' Knees booklet includes (2) lap quilt options featuring a KT Honeycomb precut + Layer Cake + 2 fabrics for borders. Our KT Honeycomb ruler makes it easy to cut the 6" hexagons into fourths to layer and topstitch for a quick & easy quilt to give or keep. It would make a great holiday gift for that special someone on your list.

If you're interested in a complete kit for The Bees Knees or Sweet as Honey, call the KT Quilt Shop at 785-488-2120.  Joy or Robert will help you add a layer cake and borders to ship with the monthly special. 

Honeycomb precut supply is limited. 
Click HERE to order your Honeycomb Bundle today!

The Bees' Knees

Sweet as Honey

Friday, September 29, 2017

NEW BOOK - I Love Star Blocks

Moda Designer's I Love Star Blocks by Martingale

And who doesn't? Star blocks are a favorite among quilters of all skill levels. They're a favorite among designers, as well, as you'll see in this new compilation book from Martingale. I am honored, as always, to be included with so many talented designers offering such an eclectic mix of design styles. There's something for every quilter!

Click HERE  to check out Martingale's blog post.

Along with all the beautiful quilts shown on the cover, here's a look at a few more of the delightfully different and interesting star quilts included in I Love Stars, including mine featuring our mini melon template.
Americana Star by Kansas Troubles

Like what you see? Comment here to be one of the first to win a copy of I Love Stars.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #30

Welcome to Week #30 of Moda Blockheads! 

Each week, as I gather more blocks, I'm anxious to see how all of this is going to turn out. It's kinda like a mystery novel, right? Interesting characters, great parts, loads of information - we're just waiting to see how it all fits together. (Hopefully, no quilter in the closet with a bloody seam ripper lurking.) Me? I have a couple ideas, but those will have to wait until market madness slows down a bit. I promise a peek at my setting options soon. In the meantime, I'm loving all of your posts on FB with your blocks in the wide array of color palettes and themes. So inspiring!

Question of the Week - Name a famous quilter that inspired/taught you in the past twenty years.

I was drawn to quilting because of antique quilts. I love all things old with a history and quilts are no exception. I took my first quilting class to recreate a vintage quilt I had yearned for at an auction, but alas, could not afford with 6 kids at home to feed. (Geez, they always wanted breakfast.) So, although technically, not a quilt-maker, Barbara Brackman has inspired/impressed/challenged/taught me more than any other quilter I know. Her vast knowledge of antique textiles and quilts is amazing. I use her books as my quilting bibles and follow her blogs religiously. Every time I find an antique quilt, I refer to her rules of how to date a quilt based on the newest fabrics found in it. Barbara, if you're reading this, thanks so much for all of your contributions to the quilting community. And thanks for being a friend.

Block #30 - Four-Patch Dash by Carrie Nelson
I enjoy Carrie's blocks almost as much as I enjoy her blog posts. So clever. This week's block was easy peasy to stitch, but a good test of your 1/4" seam allowances. Sometimes it's the easy ones that trip us up. Click on the link above for Carrie's block.

Kathy & Joy chose similar colors for their blocks this week - Kathy's version (left) could have a Christmas-y vibe, while Joy's block (right) mixes some KT favorites. There isn't a simpler way to piece this with Layered Patchwork, so we'll go with tried and true traditional.

Visit all of the Moda Blockhead designer's blogs to check in on what they've been stitchin' on this week.

Betsy's Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa's Blog - https://lisabongean.com/

Jan's Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Jo's Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

And for a complete list of all the Blockheads' Blocks so far, visit:
Moda Blockheads

Harvest Hill Coming Soon!

I just broke open a Harvest Hill charm pack for a project and couldn't resist fanning them all out - just to look at the luscious fall colors. The weather here in Kansas has changed abruptly to fall temps this week, even to the point of a sweatshirt and sox around the cabin. This collection is bursting with autumn notes perfect for your next project. We'll be watching for the brown UPS truck any day now and will let you know when it arrives. Pre-order fat quarter bundles now.

One of the project booklets featuring Harvest Hill is Be Brave. These quilts were inspired by some sage advice from my grandaughter, Aleece, who claims Jr. High is anything but simple to navigate these days. She has been drawn to any heroine with a bow & arrow since she could choose her own Halloween costume. From Merida in Disney's Brave to Katniss in The Hunger Games to Wonder Woman, these are her female role models.

Aleece, these quilts are for you.

Be Brave booklet with lap quilt, runner & pillow - $12.95
We'll have kits as soon as the Harvest Hill fabric arrives. But win the Be Brave booklet now! Comment here to win a copy for your bookshelf.

Friday, September 22, 2017

KT Winner

 KT Winner

Rina Mason - I've got a jelly roll that I've been hanging onto for the perfect pattern and I think I'l use it on the twisted pattern.

Congratulations to Rina Mason. You're the winner of the KT Wedge template, Twisted pattern and a NEW Harvest Hill Jelly Roll (just as soon as they arrive!). Please email your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com. We'll send your goodies out ASAP.

Thanks to all of you for visiting my blog. Watch for more Harvest Hill projects and fabric giveaways in the weeks to come.

Cozy Quilts and Comforts

I'm anxious for my new book with Martingale to arrive in my mailbox. I've seen color pictures, edited the patterns, and even have the quilts hanging all over our retreat space, but no book yet. I plan to sit in my favorite chair and pour over every page, admiring the way Jennifer Keltner and her crew made our humble space look so cozy. Thanks to all of you at Martingale for a yummy treat. 

I love the magic that happens when I can simplify a traditional block with my Layered Patchwork technique, but I hear you from some quilters that they prefer traditional piecing. Not to fear, we've included both options in this book. You can achieve the look for most projects using either method - traditional or layered - but you might just fall in love with layered patchwork too!

Watch for arrival updates here and a chance to win your very own copy!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #29

It's Week #29 of Moda's Blockheads block of the week.

Our Question of the Week: Do you ever machine quilt your own quilts? Any special tips?

Obviously I'm ahead on BOW questions since I answered this one last week. If you're interested, here's what I said in my Sept. 13 blog post about machine quilting:

Ok, this is a question I can relate to. (Hand quilting, not so much.) I quilt small projects on my Bernina like Mini Table Treats and pillow toppers and runners. Otherwise, Joy quilts almost everything else. She's better at it and I usually don't have the time. To make my machine quilting look better, I use Aurifil 50wt. thread in a matching color with a size 60/8 needle. It's a little challenging to thread a needle that size, but when stitching in the ditch, it makes all the difference. My stitches virtually disappear! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.

Lisa gives us another challenging block to hone our piecing skills. Kathy expertly executed her block in red/white/blue from Lisa's assorted collections. I thought it went perfectly with my new find: Red & White Quilts - Infinite Variety book of Joanna S. Rose's fabulous quilt collection I purchased at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC a couple weeks ago. Not the smartest thing to buy & carry around all day since it weighs a ton, but worth every ounce.

Kathy's red/white/blue Block #29 - traditionally pieced.
 Click here for Lisa's blog and the instructions for Juneau - Block #29.
Joy's Layered Patchwork version in plum & green.
Click HERE for my simplified layered patchwork option.

Visit all the Blockheads' blogs:

Betsy's Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Jan's Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Jo's Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Carrie's Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/


Monday, September 18, 2017

Harvest Hill Coming Soon!

This is the time of year when we're waiting on new KT fabric that will premiere at market (have to start making quilts) but we're also waiting on the new fall collection that will ship to stores in October. I can't wait to get my hands on Harvest Hill! I love the lighter tans, the rich autumn darks, and the yummy prints celebrating fall in this line.  Here's a full color chart of all the Harvest Hill fabrics with their numbers for easy reference. We'll have them on our website as soon as they arrive. Want to preorder a fat quarter bundle? Click HERE to find all the Harvest Hill precuts.

The charm pattern for Harvest Hill is Pumpkin Harvest. I love the simplicity of the piecing with a dash of applique for an easy seasonal 42" square table topper or wall quilt. Patterns are available now; charm packs and kits will be arriving in October.

Our 17" round Harvest Hill Mini Table Treat (MTT) is the perfect size for gift giving or last minute seasonal decorating. Just about 3 hours to assemble with our precut fusible appliques, KT Kut-ups. Just layer the circles with batting and backing, quilt, fuse and topstitch appliques. You'll be whipping down binding in no time! 


I'll share more new Harvest Hill projects over the next few weeks. To hold you until then, comment below to win the Harvest Hill MTT pattern.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #28

Blockheads Week #28

Jan's Pumpkin block has arrived just in time for fall. Kathy made her block with cotton prints, while Joy made her block out of wool stitching the pumpkin ridge details. Customize your pumpkin to suit your quilt.

Find  Jan's Pumpkin Block #28 on her blog.

Question of the Week: Do you have any machine quilting tips? 

Ok, this is a question I can relate to. (Hand quilting, not so much.) I quilt small projects on my Bernina like Mini Table Treats and pillow toppers and runners. Otherwise, Joy quilts almost everything else. She's better at it and I usually don't have the time. To make my machine quilting look better, I use Aurifil 50wt. thread in a matching color with a size 60/8 needle. It's a little challenging to thread a needle that size, but when stitching in the ditch, it makes all the difference. My stitches virtually disappear! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.

I've been traveling more than I've been home the past month so keeping these posts short and to the point. See you next week!

Don't miss all the Moda Blockhead designer's blog posts:

Betsy's Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa's Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Jo's Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Carrie's Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happy Jelly Roll Day!

Moda Fabrics invented the precut - charm packs, Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, Candies (mini charms) and more. Sense a theme here? What do quilters love almost as much as fabric? Sweets! And these precuts make quilting even sweeter. I love starting with precuts for quilting projects, especially when I need a quick and easy quilt for a grandkid or gift. Check out our Fiddlesticks pattern on our KTQ website for a super easy way to showcase a Jelly Roll.

KTQ Free Patterns

Our KT September Special celebrates the Jelly Roll with our favorites - the Twisted pattern and KT Wedge Template for only $15.95. Find them HERE.

Twisted - 3 projects, 1 Jelly Roll

Here are a few more KT patterns featuring Jelly Rolls. Find them all at ktquilts.com. 

Be Brave

Bees 'n Blooms w/Melon Template

Cactus Stars w/Diamond Template

Thistle Farm

Butterfly Garden

Icicle Stars

Log Cabin Star

Jammin' Table Runners & Bag


Comment to win our September Special - Twisted pattern, KT Wedge Template and a KT Jelly Roll!
Sew something sweet today!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #27

Moda Blockheads Week #27

This week features Jo Morton's block, Union Variation. I can see a multitude of color options for this block and can't wait to see what you all make. I love seeing your FB posts. Keep it up!

Here is Kathy's traditional block (right) using some of Jo's collection of civil war prints. Joy's Layered Patchwork block (left) uses an assortment of KT scraps.The background fabric is the new Harvest Hill fabric coming soon.

Go to Jo's Blog  for her Union Variation Block #27.

Click HERE  to print my Layered Patchwork option of Union Variation.

Question of the Week: Do you hand quilt?
I took a class over 20 years ago and thought I would always have a hand quilting project going for those "quiet times" when I needed some handwork. What a laugh! I have very little down time to relax and enjoy hand work. I want to learn Laurie Simpson's big stitch method, however. Maybe someday. Otherwise, I'll leave the tips and tricks to the other Blockhead designers.

Workshops in Colorado & Utah

Join me in Hotchkiss, CO for the S & B Quilt Guild's meeting this Saturday with a Mini Charm Sampler workshop on Friday to learn all the tricks of Layered Patchwork. I'll be sharing my quilts in Grand Junction, CO at Hi Fashion Quilt Shop Sunday thru Tuesday with a trunk show Sunday afternoon, then Rustic Stars and the brand new Pumpkin Harvest workshops on Monday & Tuesday, We'll move on to Thimbles & Thread in Draper, UT for a weekend retreat where I'll offer a trunk show plus a workshop on the Cruisin' Sampler and finish up with a Mini Table Treats workshop. Looking forward to seeing you there!