Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #24

Blockheads Week #24

Oh my gosh, we're halfway there! Woohoo! Time to celebrate! Time to start considering setting options for my blocks. Oh, Yikes! We're already halfway there. I have to seriously come up with a plan - and soon. It's been such a crazy summer here I haven't had a chance to do any serious contemplating. My thought is to sash each 6 1/2" block with a 1" finished strip, then add some 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" blocks in randomly for interest. Flying geese, checkerboard, some of Betsy's mini blocks, and Jan's appliques all are options for "1/2 blocks" to break up the straight setting of all the same size blocks. More later...

Block #24 - Corn No Beans by Carrie Nelson

This block made me think of fresh corn-right-off-the-cob chunky salsa. I enjoy good Mexican food and love really good salsa, but I prefer my salsa on a rice bowl and it wouldn't be complete without black beans and guacamole. Sorry, Carrie. We'll have to agree to disagree on the bean issue.

Click HERE for the link to Carrie's blog for her block, Corn No Beans.

Here are Kathy & Joy's blocks for this week. With sooooo many tiny half squares, my Layered Patchwork method eliminates a ton of seams.

Kathy's purple/tan block on the left; Joy went with a corn & beans color scheme.

Alot fewer seams with Layered Patchwork (right).
Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork option of Corn No Beans.

Stop by the other ladies' blogs for more ideas.

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa's Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Saturday, August 12, 2017

KT Winners & Travel Plans

KT Winner

Congrats to:
Deborah from Valparaiso- brown or green or navy or red or tan......they all seem to show up!

Deborah, you're the winner of a KT 8-pack of fat quarters. Choose your favorite color and email us with your selection and shipping address - Robert will send them out ASAP.

And our box of Gooseberry Lane scraps goes to:
Angie Bowling - Scraps Scraps Scraps!! I love scraps. I can always find something to make with bits and pieces. Thanks for offering them.

Email your shipping info, Angie, and we'll gather up the scraps!

Remember, our single color 8-packs of KT fat 1/4's are only $17.95 thru the month of August.

Travel Plans

I want to extend an invitation to everyone in the areas I'm visiting over the next few weeks to join me and the guild or quilt shop hosting a KT event. I know it's a busy time of year, but I'd love to meet you and share my quilts and story with you. Grab a girlfriend and plan a road trip. We always have a great time!

Saline County Quilters' Guild, Benton, Arkansas
     Monday, August 21 - KT guild program - 6pm.
     Tuesday, August 22 - KT workshop - Barn Raising
     Wednesday, August 23 - KT workshop - Goose Tracks Runner
Contact Fay Poe at 501-332-7203 for more information and to sign up for workshops.

Q.U.I.L.T. Guild, Springdale, Arkansas
     Thursday, August 24 - KT guild program - 6pm.
     Friday, August 25 - KT workshop - Clara's Raised Bed Garden

Contact Lori Jones at 417-434-0329 for more information and to sign up for workshops.

As soon as I return home from Arkansas, my daughter, Nicole, and I will fly to New York City for a fun-filled 5 days to celebrate her graduation with a Master's degree in Social Work last spring. I'll get back just in time to load the car for points west.

S&B Quilt Guild, Hotchkiss, Colorado
     Friday, Sept. 8 - KT workshop - Mini Charm Sampler
     Saturday, Sept. 9 - KT guild program 
Contact Laura McCurdy at 970-209-8326 for more information and to sign up for workshops.

Hi-Fashion Quilt Shop, Grand Junction, Colorado
     Sunday, Sept. 10, 4pm - KT trunk show
     Monday, Sept. 11 - KT workshop - Rustic Stars
     Tuesday, Sept. 12 - KT workshop - Pumpkin Harvest
Contact Angela Jones at (970) 256-1293 for more information and to sign up for workshops.

Thimbles & Thread Quilt Shop/ The Quilter's Lodge, Draper, UT
     Thursday, Sept. 13, 6pm - KT trunk show
     Friday, Sept. 14 - KT workshop - Cruisin' Sampler
     Saturday, Sept. 15 - KT workshop - Mini Table Treats

Contact Quilter's Lodge at 801-576-0390 for more information and to sign up for the retreat.

Comment to win my new Pumpkin Harvest charm pattern (or join me for the class at Hi-Fashion Quilt Shop). Do you like to take workshops to learn new techniques? Do you travel away from home for retreats/quilt shows?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #23

 Blockheads Week #23

What is your favorite brand of rulers? Why?
I like Olfa or Creative Grids rulers. They're clear with fine black lines and 1/8" markings - no fancy colors that glow in the dark. My go-to for everything is from 6" x 24" to 6" x 12" (a favorite) to every size square they make. They get the job done, simply.

Block #23 - Winneconne Star by Lisa Bongean

Lisa's star block this week conjures images of her home on the lake, leisurely paddling a canoe with her favorite cold beverage in hand (while someone else paddles) on a lazy, warm afternoon. I'm sure she doesn't have time for too many of those moments, but wherever Winneconne might be, it sounds like the perfect spot to relax and unwind.
Click on the link HERE to find Lisa's block pattern.

Here are Kathy & Joy's blocks for this week. There's no better way to piece the checkerboard center, so my Layered Patchwork version uses layered star point triangles for fewer seams.
Find my LP option for Winneconne Star HERE.

I always love red/white/blue, so this block is just begging to be made into a small quilt for the summer holidays. Can anyone say fireworks?

Visit my fellow Blockheads' blogs for more inspiration this week:

Betsy's Blog -
Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #22


A little birdie told me I blew it yesterday. Sorry I missed the Wednesday Blockheads. I thought I'd pre-scheduled it, but it didn't post. User error, no doubt. I've been away from my studio the past few days, working on trading-in my Mom's car. Since Dad passed in May, there are times when  helping her comes before work. It's a real juggling act, but one I'm sure you can all relate to. I wouldn't have it any other way. The good news? She found a car that makes her face light up ("It's so cute!") and she feels safe in it alone. Check, check. 

Week #22 - Birdhouse by Jan Patek

Here are Kathy and Joy's Birdhouse blocks - one in cotton, one in wool (right) - both wonderful. I think Jan's primitive applique blocks will make a great addition to our Blockheads quilt. Click HERE to find Jan's pattern on her blog. (I'm sure you've already been there, done that.) She has a great tutorial for her applique method.

As always, it's fun to see what everyone else is doing this week. Lisa has an alternate pieced block for those of you who break out in a rash over applique. Betsy has her mini block, as well.

Betsy's Blog -
Lisa's Blog -
Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

See you next Wednesday - for sure. :)

Monday, July 31, 2017

August KT Special

Happy, Hot August!

We're finally experiencing some relief after several weeks of record temps. After being in lovely Canada, I was not prepared for 100+ back home in Kansas. A little rain and 75-80 degree highs this week is just what I need.

Our August Special is just what you need - hot, hot, hot deals on your favorite KT fabric! We've bundled 8 assorted prints in every KT colorway - tans, reds, greens, golds, navys, pumpkins, browns, blacks & purples. Can you say stash builder? Regular retail price is $22.00/bundle. Our August Special is only $17.95 for 8 FAT QUARTERS. That's only $2.25 per fat quarter (22" x 18").

A rainbow of KT fat quarter 8-packs!

Stock up now for all your fall and winter projects. If you're like me, you reach for the same colors over and over again when pulling fabrics for a new quilt. Around here, red is a neutral. I always need more red.

Comment here to win your choice of one fat quarter 8-pack bundle. What's your go-to color?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Notes from the Road

I've been traveling alot this summer, from the Quilter's Plus Guild in Glenwood, IL, to two shops in Canada - Chicken Feed Quilts in Coaldale AB & Beaver Creek Mercantile in Caroline AB - to most recently, the East Iowa Heritage Quilt Guild in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My grandaughter, Aleece, has been my travel buddy/navigator/baggage handler for these trips, although Robert came along to Iowa after being left at home for 2 weeks on our Canadian adventure. 

Aleece and me in Jackson, WY on our way home from Canada

Aleece & her dessert
 In most of the pictures I have of Aleece, she's eating - waffles, ice cream, cookies, ice cream. You get the idea. She is, after all, a growing teenager. She has been a joy to hang out with and is a great help with the quilters. I only wish one of us would remember to take more pictures at the workshops!! Here are a few of the lovely ladies we met in our travels.

Twisted Workshop at Beaver Creek Mercantile, Caroline, AB

Two of my "twisted" ladies.

Rustic Stars workshop in Cedar Rapids, IA. Sharing my tips for layered patchwork.

Coming up next, the Saline County Quilt Guild in Benton, AR Aug 21-23. Join us for workshops featuring my Barn Raising quilt and the new Goose Tracks runner.

Barn Raising - 1 Layer Cake + 1 Charm pack + borders

Goose Tracks runner from Gooseberry Sampler book
Also on this trip, we'll visit Q.U.I.L.T Guild in Springdale, AR. I'll present a trunk show for their guild meeting August 24, then we'll head to their guild retreat for Clara's Garden & Mini Table Treats workshops on August 24-25. If you're in the area, I hope you'll join us!

Clara's Raised Bed Garden lap quilt featuring our KT Wedge template
KT's NEW Mini Table Treats w/Kut-ups - Songbird, Harvest Hill, Liberty, Blooms, Spring Day

I'll be home just long enough to do laundry and catch up on emails, then off again for a delayed trip with my daughter, Nicole, to New York. She graduated with her Master's degree in Social Work and just received her MSW License. She's earned this vacation!

In September, I'll be off to Colorado and Utah for more fun workshops and trunk shows. First stop is at the S & B Quilt Guild in Hotchkiss, CO. On Friday, September 8th, I'll be sharing my layered patchwork technique with our Mini Charm Sampler, then a trunk show on Saturday.

MC Sampler from Crazy for Minis booklet
I'll visit Hi Fashion Quilt Shop in Grand Junction, CO next, Sept. 11-12, teaching Rustic Stars and Pumpkin Harvest. Spots are still available for the workshops, so call the store today to sign up!

Rustic Stars lap quilt

NEW! Pumpkin Harvest charm quilt for Harvest Hill fabric collection
My last stop on this adventure is at the much-acclaimed Quilter's Lodge in Draper, UT. The ladies at Thimbles & Thread Quilt Shop are our hosts for the weekend retreat where I'll be teaching my Cruisin' Sampler and a selection of Mini Table Treats.For more information, CLICK HERE.

I love meeting quilters from all over the country and hearing their quilting stories. If you've ever wanted to see dozens of KT quilts, hear my quilting story and simply hang out, these trunk shows and workshops are your best opportunities. Hope to see over the next couple months at one of these KT events near you.

Cruisin' Sampler - Learn tips & tricks about my Layered Patchwork technique all in one quilt!

Sunflower, Acorns, Spoolin' Around & Pumpkins Mini Table Treats

Comment to win a scrap bag of Gooseberry Lane fabrics. So much Christmas stuffed in a bag!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #21

Question of the Week:

Do you put labels on your quilts?
The correct answer is YES, of course, I'm very organized and every quilt is labeled. However, I fall down here pretty regularly. My piecers are trying to come up with a better plan for making sure the quilts we're rushing to complete before market have labels ready to go for the quilters. We'll see if it works. I love the new panel of labels by Moda with 51 different options by all the designers due in quilt shops next month. So fun! If that doesn't move me to act, nothing will!

Blockhead Block #21

Flying Geese Variation by Jo Morton
Jo's flying geese block offers more practice making these "fun"-ctional units that are so versatile. Kathy's traditionally pieced block is made with deep plums and tans for a dressed up block ready for afternoon tea. Click on the link above to find Jo's instructions on her blog. My layered patchwork version is all red scrappy with a neutral tan background. More of a blue jeans version of the block. 

Kathy's traditional block on the left; layered patchwork on the right.

We eliminated a multitude of seams using the layered patchwork technique.
 Flying Geese Layered Patchwork Option by Lynne

See what my Moda designer friends are doing this week:

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #20

Question of the Week:

Do you wash/clean your quilts? If so, any special tips to share?
As usual, I can't give a straight "Yes" or "No" answer (drives my hubby crazy!). If it's a quilt to display in the store, no. I like the crispness of the sizing so it hangs well. A wallhanging for home or a gift, no. A quilt with layered patchwork that I want to emphasize the dimension, yes - maybe even a couple times. A lap quilt to cuddle up with, absolutely. I wash my quilts with a mild detergent made for quilts in a front load washer. There's much less stress on the stitching when a quilt is tumbled versus agitated (who wants to agitate their quilts?). If it's a cuddle up quilt, I'll throw it in the dryer on damp dry for a bit, then lay it out flat to dry. I guess the simplest answer is, I wash my quilts when they need it.

Blockheads Block #20

Devil's Claw by Betsy Chutchian (click here for instructions)

This was such a fun block to make. Soooo easy using either method. I like that Kathy used two different prints for the triangles. The layered patchwork version is simply two fabrics and 4 seams after layering/topstitching. (The brown print in the background is from my new fall line, Harvest Hill, coming in October.)

Kathy's traditionally pieced block on the left; layered patchwork on the right.

Click here for my layered patchwork instructions for Block #20.

See what all the designers are up to this week.

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.

Monday, July 17, 2017

KT July Special Winner

KT Winner

Congrats to Debby. You're the winner of the KT charm pattern of your choice (looks like you have a couple already picked out!).
Debby - Charm packs are one of my favorite precuts. Love Signs of Fall, Shining Stars and Sunny Trio! Thanks for the chance to win.

Email the store at or call 785-488-2120 to let Robert know your pick and we'll send it right out. Thanks for commenting & following my blog.

You still have a few days left to take advantage of our July Special. All charm patterns are only $4.50 (retail $6.50). Now is the time to stock up!

Buzzz charm pattern for Bees 'n Blooms

Pinwheels in my Garden

Pumpkin Harvest
Here's a sneak peek at the new Harvest Hill fabric collection charm pattern, Pumpkin Harvest, due in quilt shops October 2017. A charm pack, 2 fabrics plus our KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques are all you need to make this 38" square table topper or wall quilt for your autumn home decor. Order the charm pattern now at the $4.50 sale price. (Patterns will ship in September.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #19

Question of the Week:

Do you display your quilts in your home? If so, how?
They're everywhere - on the bed, over the headboard, on sofas & chairs, table tops, in baskets, as a shower curtain. Some are ones I made, some are antiques. I change them out for the season, but Robert and I have our favorites on our recliners. (I literally just walked around the cabin and took a few shots, so please excuse the dust bunnies, crooked lamp shades and miscellaneous background "stuff" in the pictures. 

Flag quilt made by Lois Sprecker - LOVE IT!

Vintage 9-patch

Quilt top -not in great shape but great color folded just right.

Vintage red/white/blue

One of my fav flannels.

Kitchen table. Lightning rod balls in red/white/blue.

Quilt turned shower curtain.

Blockheads Block #19

Night Flight by Lynne Hagmeier, KTQ

I like the movement in flying geese blocks. You can entice the viewer's eye to travel across your quilt to focus on the best parts. Or a row of them make a great filler/border. However, I hear from alot of quilters that they avoid flying geese - "I lose my points", "They don't come out square", "The geese are lumpy", etc. My layered patchwork technique makes flying geese sooooo easy. If you haven't tried LP with any other block, this is the one to try.

Click on the link above for my Layered Patchwork option. The instructions are for only (4) flying geese. I'm planning to use strips of geese for sashing in my quilt. Cut (8) of the B-tan background to make two rows of (4) geese each for a 6 1/2" block.

Kathy & Joy both chose to go scrappy with their geese and backgrounds. If you prefer traditional flying geese, see the link below. 

Kathy's LP on the left; Joy's LP on the right.
I've promised numerous quilters in my workshops that I would share a sizing chart to convert regular flying geese to my LP method easily. Click here to download the
 KT Flying Geese LP Conversion Chart.  

FYI: I'm making extra flying geese to use as sashing in the setting for my Blockheads quilt, along with other 3"x 6" elements from blocks. Pairs of some of Betsy's little blocks would be great! Watch for a preview of the block setting for my quilt later this summer.

Flying Geese - Traditional Method

I'd forgotten some of the tricks I used in the past for flying geese using the connecting corner method. Try stitching just to the inside (toward the corner) of your diagonally drawn line. Your square will press toward the corner more accurately. Trim the inner tan triangle for less bulk. I chose to make my tan background all the same, but flipped the rows of geese for fun.

See what my Moda designer friends are doing this week:

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #18

Question of the Week:

Do you sew or stitch every single day? Do you plan it? Or is it a habit? How much time do you spend each day stitching?
I have good intentions to sew every day, but something always seems to get in the way. I spend more time on the computer designing and writing patterns. When I receive new fabric, I sew like crazy for days and nights, then it's market, and I'm done. Kinda feast or famine around here, I guess. I plan to make a small red/tan/blue project over the July 4th weekend as a birthday present to myself, and usually do the same New Year's Day. Not my fabric, not my pattern, something totally for fun. I look forward to it all year. I think I need to add a few more fun sewing days to my calendar.

Heading North

I'm on my way to Canada to teach/play at two quilt shops next week - Chicken Feed Quilts in Coaldale, Alberta (July 10-11) and Beaver Creek Mercantile in Caroline (July 13-14) just a few hours away. If you're in the area, I'd love to meet you! Call the quilt shops above for more information on program/workshops.

Moda Blockheads Week #18

Rocky Mountain Puzzle by Carrie Nelson
Simple block, good bones, looks great in multiples creating a secondary pattern. What more could you ask for? Click on the block name above to go to Carrie's blog for instructions.

My piecers did their thing - Kathy's traditionally pieced block is on the left, Joy's layered patchwork block is on the right. It's really hard to tell the difference from the front, but there's a major difference in the number of seams on the back. By layering a triangle over a square & topstitching, your background doesn't change so your block is easier to piece and is true to size with very little chance of losing points.

Click here for my Layered Patchwork optional instructions for Block #18.

See what my Moda designer friends are doing this week:

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July KT Special

July's Charming Special

I love charm packs. They offer an entire fabric collection in the palm of your hand for about $10. How can you not love that? I design a charm quilt for each fabric collection, keeping the theme/season of the line in mind. Moda has been cutting charm packs for the past 31 fabric lines, so I have quite a few in my stash. This month's special is any charm pattern (regularly $6.50 each) is only $4.50. Go to our website for the charm patterns, charm packs ($9 everyday low price) and kits for most of the projects shown. When you purchase a charm kit, the pattern is included at 1/2 price!

Questions? Call Robert or Joy at 785-488-2120.

                                Charm Patterns

Here are a few of my favorites: 
Kansas Troubles (nice block, huh?)

Acorn Medley - KT Kut-ups for applique available

KT Shining Stars

Seedlings runner & pillow sleeve

Signs of Fall


Thistle Patch

Sunny Trio

Joyful Wishes

Comment to win your choice of KT charm patterns.

Have a safe & happy July 4th! I'll see you again Wednesday for Blockheads BOW.