Friday, December 15, 2017

KT Christmas Giveaway Week #3

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Gooseberry Sampler booklet and Gooseberry Lane fabric scraps:
Trying to finish projects! And always wanting to start another. Tree and mantel are decorated, stockings hung by the chimney with care...

Kathy, email your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com and we'll wrap up your goodies and send them on their way. Thanks to everyone who commented. Don't give up! You have two more opportunities to win.

KT Christmas Giveaway Week #3

This week's giveaway is from my fall collection, Harvest Hill, new to quilt shops in November. After my quilt piecers return their finished projects, all the leftover parts are gathered in a box until the patterns have been edited and pictures taken - just in case. Now, I can share the box of scraps with you! My favorite project from this line is Be Brave. It was inspired by my middle-school-aged grandaughter, Aleece. She has loved bows and arrows since she received her first Nerf set as a preschooler. Her Halloween costumes have involved a bow/arrow for years, from Disney's Merida to Hunger Games' Katniss to Wonder Woman. I appreciate the strong female role models  she has to choose from in books and movies today.

Be Brave lap quilt.

Click HERE to find the Be Brave booklet.

Good luck with your holiday preparations.I know I stress way more than I should over decorating and trying to find/make the perfect gift for each person. All my kids and grankids really want is lots of good food and time to hang out together.

To win the Be Brave booklet and Harvest Hill box of scraps, comment here about your favorite gift ever - to give or receive. I love your stories!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #41


Blockheads Week #41 - Pinwheel Star by Lisa Bongean

Lisa has designed another dynamic block this week with lots of visual movement. How can you beat and pinwheel and a star? Kathy opted for traditional red/white/blues from Lisa's fabric collections while Joy pieced her Layered Patchwork block in assorted KT prints.

Click HERE for Lisa's blog and the instructions for her Pinwheel Star.



It's not easy to see from the front of the blocks that the triangles on the Layered Patchwork block are topstitched instead of pieced, but very easy to see how many seams are eliminated from the picture of the back of the blocks.

Back of Kathy's (left) and Joy's Block #41.
Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork option for Lisa's Pinwheel Star.


Question of the Week: Christmas presents - did you make any? Did you finish everything or will you still be stitching on December 24th?

I don't try to start new quilting projects this late in the season, but might give a quilt that's already done. However, Robert and I have a couple of upcycled projects to finish yet. Parts are prepared, assembly is required. I can't reveal what they are yet as my kids sometimes follow my blog. We're having Christmas on December 23rd this year, so we better be done before then!


Moda is generously offering a great prize from each of the designers this week as our "Thank You" to all of you for participating in the last year of Moda Blockheads BOW. My giveaway is a Harvest Hill fat 1/8 bundle AND my new Cozy Quilts and Comforts book. Comment below for a chance to win. (NOTE: Robert took the picture with a fat 1/4 bundle, because that's all we had left. The giveaway is for a fat 1/8 bundle.)


Be sure to comment on each designer's blog this week to win a wonderful giveaway from Moda! What a fun Christmas surprise in your mailbox.

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/

Friday, December 8, 2017

KT Christmas Giveaway Week #2

KT Winner and Another Giveaway

Only 2 more weeks until Christmas! Are your stockings hung? Cookies baked? Gifts wrapped? Uh, that would be a big "NO" from me. But I'm working on it a little each day. Robert is leaving for a long weekend, so I'll be finishing up the last couple sewing projects (pillows and a runner), adding the finishing touches to a chalkboard project, and covering a lamp shade with fabric for Delainey's Paris-themed bedroom. I'll try to remember to take some pictures before wrapping it all up.

The winner of our Christmas Giveaway Week #1 is:
Excited about the December surprises!! My birthday is in December!!

Congratulations AND Happy Birthday, Lin! You've won a $25 KT Gift Certificate. (I know it says $20 in the previous blog post, but we don't have $20 Gift Certificates. Senior moment, sorry. But good for you!)

Today, we have a another gift for you! Our Christmas Giveaway for Week #2 is my Gooseberry Sampler booklet and a box of leftover fabrics from the Gooseberry Lane collection. Comment on your holiday preparations to win a goodie box full of KT Christmas wonderfulness.



  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #40


Block #40 - Cardinal by Jan Patek

Jan's sweet cardinal has flown in at the perfect time to proclaim the beginning of winter. Although I'm not a fan of cold toes, there's something invigorating and magical about crisp days and falling snow and crackling fires and cuddling up with quilts while sipping hot cocoa (or your favorite warm beverage).
Click HERE for Jan's blog and the pattern for her applique block.

Kathy's block is fusible applique with cotton fabric to create a happy bluejay. Joy is playing with wool again for her version of Jan's cardinal.



Question of the Week: Do you decorate with quilts for the Holidays? Are they color-themed, or do they include holiday motifs and fabrics?

We have our family Christmas at the KT retreat center. The kids/grankids come before or after Christmas to hang out overnight. I pull out all my Christmas quilts from past collections and hang them on the walls, throw them over sofas and chairs, and pile them in baskets for the grankids to curl up in while watching movies. Since we're only there about 24 hours, I'm considering skipping the tree this year and just hanging my large Advent tree quilt on the wall with gifts stacked on a table in front of it. Do you think I can get away with it?


This is the lap size quilt with the ornaments in cotton stitched to the quilt permanently. For a true Advent quilt, the pattern also comes with a wall quilt with wool ornaments as an option. Find the Warm Memories booklet HERE.



Don't forget to check out all the Blockheads' blog posts this week to see what they're up to for the holidays.

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

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

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

Carrie's Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Me & My Friend Quilt Retreat

Do you and a friend deserve a quilting vacation?  How about a long weekend in sunny San Diego in September?

We're all so busy day to day, we have to make time to nurture special friendships. Jenny and I have found the the most fun way to hang out is to plan teaching trips together. Join Jenny and me for a 4-day retreat filled with quilting ideas, food and lots of fun!


Contact Diane at Eternityquiltevents.com for more information and reservations.
We hope to see you in September!

Friday, December 1, 2017

KT December Special & Winners

KT December Special  

Need a quick gift idea for that special quilter on your list? Or give print these out as a hint to someone who doesn't know what to give you for Christmas! We're offering our $25 Gift Certificates for $20 each and a $50 Gift Certificate for only $40 each. Buy them for your friends, buy them for yourself. They're good on purchases in store and online all year. It's a great way to save a little more on our future monthly specials.






The winner of the All in a Row Again eBook from Martingale is:


I have the first Moda row book, and I haven't made a quilt from it yet. But my daughter and I might each make a quilt using our own choices of rows and see how different they come out. I think we need the second volume to give us even more selections (or to confuse us even more)!

Darlene, please send your email address to lynne@ktquilts.com. I will forward your info to Martingale and they will send your eBook. Then you'll have no excuse to put off making a row quilt with your daughter!


In addition, Kansas Troubles has chosen a winner too!

 
I haven't made a row quilt yet but all the designers have have done an excellent job and I would certainly like to try one

Jayne, email your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com and we'll send out your copy of All in a Row Again.


As our "Thank You" to all of you, we'll have a holiday giveaway each week of December. Watch each Friday for your chance to win a special surprise! This week, comment to win a KTQ $20 Gift Certificate.








Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #39


Blockheads Week #39 Question of the Week

Have you started your Christmas preparations? Baking? Shoppping? Made a gift-wish list for yourself?
Kinda. I watch for interesting small gifts throughout the year for stocking stuffers (I LOVE stockings!) that I think the adults and grankids will like based on their hobbies/passions - wine glasses with built in ice cubes for Amanda, simple clothing patterns/fabric for Aleece, golf stuff for the twins, dinner and a movie for Nicole. Of course, anything electronic for the boys.  Some silly, some really cool. After what the family calls "gift interogations" at Thanksgiving, I make my final lists. Baking? No so much. Everyone brings appetizers and desserts so I don't have to cook as much. I love the variety of items from homemade meatballs to sushi to Brent's famous bacon-wrapped jalepenos to Nicole's best chocolate chip cookies EVER! It's an eclectic mix, but so fun to try a bite (or two) of everything.

Block #39 - Framed Star by Jo Morton

Jo's star would make a wonderful red/green Christmas quilt, right?  Kathy made her version in low contrast reds with earth tones. Lovely. Joy chose red/tan/blue for a patriotic vibe. Love'em both.

 Click HERE for Jo's instructions for Framed Star. 


Find my Layered Patchwork option instructions HERE.

See all the Moda designer's blog posts this week for inspiring blocks.

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

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

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

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #38


Blockheads Week #38 - Question of the Week

I'm not that Mother/Mother-in-Law that insists my kids & grankids eat a second Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday just for me. Rather, Robert and I have a low key day, hanging out in our pj's, snacking on whatever we want and catching up on Netflix while the turkey roasts. "Dinner" consists of R dismantling the turkey (while basically eating his share) followed by pie. A real holiday for me. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, after the hustle and bustle of the holiday and Black Friday, everyone gathers to relax and enjoy leftovers. Yup, I do a turkey/stuffing casserole with all our favorite sides - and more pies (more pumpkin & pecan). I've decided over the years that the holidays need to be more about enjoying the people who gather together, rather than worrying about the perfect menu on a specific day. I am truly Grateful and Blessed.

Block #38 - Peace and Plenty by Betsy Chutchian

What a perfect block choice for this week! We can all use more peace in our lives and share our bounty with others. Kathy and Joy made very different color choices this week. Kathy selected a navy and cream from Betsy's collections while Joy used a variety of KT prints for her Layered Patchwork version (love the stripe!).


Kathy's blue/cream block (left); Joy's scrappy LP block (right).

Click HERE to find Betsy's instructions for Peace and Plenty.


My Layered Patchwork block eliminates a dozen seams.

Find my KT Layered Patchwork option HERE.

Visit the other Blockheads to find out what they're all doing for Thanksgiving.

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

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

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

Need to catch up with Blockheads? Check out the Moda Directory for all the current blocks.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!



Friday, November 17, 2017

All in a Row Again



I'm so pleased to be included in the second edition of Martingale's All in a Row Again book. It's always fun to see what the other Moda designers dream up for their rows and how they all seem to work together. A warm "Thank You" to Lissa Alexander of Moda for gathering all the creative minds and making the filler rows that offer unlimited possibilities. 


Be sure to visit Martingale's All in a Row Again Facebook page for great giveaways from all the participating Moda designers November 13 thru 24th, plus even more fantastic prizes from Moda and Martingale.

My row, Garden Time, features easy 9-patch flowers & a checkerboard border, our KT Diamond template for applique leaves, and a delightful watering can based on a vintage water can perched on my front porch. Choose your palette and color your garden to suit your home decor.



I'm still working on rows from the first book, All in a Row, but have found a few favorites in this book that will blend in beautifully! (Obviously I didn't rush to finish the first quilt because I knew I needed a few rows from this one. ; )  I love the nature-inspired theme of many of the rows, especially Kathy Schmitz' Autumn Wind that features a little applique along with piecing. I'm addicted to decorating with anything acorns or birds, and this has both! Who could resist?



Betsy's Stars and Geese row mixes two of my favorite pieced blocks in an unexpected way. I'm partial to "the dark side" of fabric and love her Civil War prints that are made for these traditional blocks.


Lisa makes her Tricolor Stars shine in just two colors. After following/making her blocks in our Moda Blockheads 48-week series, I appreciate her simply perfect take on this classic star. Maybe I'll try my row in a scrappy version. Which rows will you choose?


 Comment here to win an eBook version of All in a Row Again from Martingale. Do you make row quilts? How do you choose your rows - based on a theme, color, difficulty level? Winner chosen




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #37

Blockheads Block-of-the-Week #37 - 

Double Delight Star by Lynne Hagmeier

My Double Delight Star this week perfectly illustrates how my Layered Patchwork technique simplifies a difficult looking block. By breaking down the block into a basic 9-patch, then layering and topstitching the triangles & squares, I've eliminated more than 2 dozen seams in a 6" block. The secret of Layered Patchwork is to make sure the exposed edges are on the bias for softness and dimension after washing, but no raveling. 

Kathy's traditionally pieced block (left); Joy's Layered Patchwork block (right)


Click HERE to download instructions for Double Delight Star -  both Layered Patchwork AND traditional piecing options.

Question of the Week - Do you remember your first quilt market as an Exhibitor? When was it? Was it exciting, terrifying, both?

My first Quilt Market was in the spring of 1996. I had visited Fall Market 1995 to grasp the concept of market - what a booth looked like and how to plan - but was still overwhelmed by the positive feedback from shop owners. We wrote so many orders, we ran out of invoices! Exciting & terrifying pretty much sums up the experience. Our second market, we won 2nd place Single Booth Award. Even more exciting! By the third market, Moda approached us to design fabric and the whirlwind continued. No matter how many markets I attend, I'm never quite sure what to expect, but it's always interesting and a great deal of fun.


Meet the KT Piecers 
I'd like to take a minute to thank my piecers who have made all the Blockheads' blocks this year. With my travel/work schedule, it has been reassuring to know the blocks are ready to go each week for my blog posts. I couldn't have done this without you both.

Joy Johnson is an RN who retired from her position as Hospital Administrator several years ago and purchased a long-arm quilting machine to stay busy. Robert had worked for Joy at the hospital as a CNA for a few years before quitting to make the KT Quilt Shop a full time reality. (Who really needs a steady income and health insurance anyway???) When she stopped by the store and asked if we needed help, we jumped at the chance to have her on the team. Joy's quilting knowledge, long-arm artistry, friendly customer service and commitment to KTQ has made her an invaluable asset to our business. Her constructive input on quilt & fabric design helps me pare down the endless ideas rambling around in my head.


Kathy Limpic joined the KTQ team a little over a year ago after showing me her Dear Jane blocks while attending a KT Retreat. I had admired the quilts she shared at retreats for several years, but had no idea she was interested in piecing for a designer. She pieced the red/tan/blue Kansas Troubles quilt in my new book, Cozy Quilts & Comforts, and I was blown away with her perfect piecing/pressing skills. Since then, Kathy has become a valued member of the KT team as a piecer and a friend who has supported, encouraged and stepped up when life got in the way of quilting. I look forward to working with her in the years to come.


Check out the other Blockheads this week. And keep sharing your blocks on Facebook. It's really getting good.

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/
 

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


Friday, November 10, 2017

KT Winners

Look who's won an autographed copy of my new book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts - 

Judi Lovinger 
I have been awaiting this book (and not very patiently...just ask my friends!). I love the one on the wall above the bed, but this Checkerboard Garden takes my heart to a new level!! It is my favorite so far...

Sheila Lande    
So excited for the release of your latest book and would love to win a signed copy. So many to chose from that I may have to put the names in a hat and draw to see which to make 1st. Lol

Fran    
The Quilts in your new book are gorgeous, looking forward to seeing it up close and personal. I love your fabrics/colors and the fact that they all go together from one season to the next...

I "found' a few extra books at market courtesy of Martingale, so I'll be giving away 3 books this week. Thanks for all your lovely comments about the book. It warms my heart. I would love to send each and every one of you a book. 


OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE the quilts in your new book! As always, your fabrics warm both heart and hearth and the quilts in this book are PERFECT! 
Its amazing how simple the quilt blocks are wit your technique and how complex they look when the quilt is done- love your technique- lets me be able to get more quilts made!!!
 
More great quilts! I like them all, but would love to make Skipping Stones. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Cozy Quilts and Comforts!

Ladies, please email your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com and we'll send your books out ASAP. Thanks for following my blog. Watch for more sneak peeks and opportunities to win your own copy of Cozy Quilts and Comforts. Now available at your local quilt shop and online at ktquilts.com.

Order your copy today!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #36


Block-of-the-Week #36 - Shoo Dat by Carrie Nelson

Carrie offers us a fun, easy block this week that's basically four square-in-a-square blocks with sashing. Very cool! Find Carrie's instructions on her blog HERE.

Kathy's traditionally pieced block (left) goes all red and green for the holidays (are you even thinking about Christmas yet?) while Joy chose autumn tones for her Layered Patchwork block (right).

Kathy-traditional (left)/ Joy-Layered Patchwork (right)
 By layering the light print and pumpkin triangles on a background square (brown leaf print), Joy eliminated (16) seams for less pressing and a flatter block. Click below for my Layered Patchwork optional pattern.


  Block #36 - Shoo Dat - Layered Patchwork by Lynne Hagmeier


Visit all the Blockheads 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/
 

Remember, you can find all 36 of the Blockheads' blocks so far by clicking HERE.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cozy Quilts and Comforts Sneak Peek - Day 6


November is FINALLY here! My new book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts will soon be at a quilt shop near you. Check out the final few projects in my Sneak Peek featuring traditional piecing and my Layered Patchwork technique below.


Preorder you copy TODAY!



My Prairie Pinwheel quilt is the perfect example of how Layered Patchwork makes quick work of a difficult-looking block. The entire quilt is made with rectangles and layered triangles. Simple. Because we've eliminated more than half the seams of traditional piecing, your blocks are more likely to measure the perfect size and lay flatter, so your whole quilt goes together easily. Our version features a fall theme KT Jelly Roll, but I can see this in a variety of colorways. Can you? Perhaps red/tan/blue for a summer accent in your home.


Christmas is just around the corner, but it's not too late to whip up a simple 9-patch + snowball quilt using traditional (hanging on the wall) or Layered Patchwork techniques with a holiday Jelly Roll and a few fabrics. Wouldn't you love to wake up in this cozy bed on Christmas morning?


To my kids and grankids, any quilt I make is fabulous, especially when it's flannel. I had to include a super quick and easy flannel project so I can make several for my family. The block is a tan square with a pinked dark strip across the center diagonally and small triangles stitched on opposite corners. See it? Another case of simplify the piecing to fool the eye. With the pinked edges, the topstitched strips and triangles fray slightly when washed to give a soft, primitive look and feel to the quilt. They only get better and better!

Love what you've seen? Let me know by commenting here to win an autographed copy of Cozy Quilts and Comforts. I appreciate all of your supportive words and wish I could give each of you a book. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Blockheads Week #35


Block #35 - Northridge by Lisa Bongean

Another great block by Lisa that's kind of a dressed up square-in-a-square. Very clever (no surprise). Kathy made her traditional version of Northridge in Lisa's navy and cream mini prints. Joy chose a red/tan/navy color scheme for her Layered Patchwork option.




Click HERE for Lisa's blog and the link to her Northridge block.

Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork version of Northridge.

Question of the Week: Do you make quilts to give as Christmas gifts? Have you started yet? 

Nope and Not even. Unless it's a small project, like my new Holly Joy Mini Table Treat that can be made/quilted/appliqued in about 3 hours, I don't make quilts specifically as gifts. Usually, the quilts I give to family are projects that are no longer needed in the store or for trunk shows. When the kids are home for the holidays and see what's new, they definitely let me know which ones they're interested in and know that in a few years, it might be wrapped up just for them. At our house, patience is a virtue.

Holly Joy Mini Table Treat w/runner & 2 pillows

Do you need a quick & easy project for a holiday gift - or for your own decorating? Comment to win a pattern for the new Holly Joy Mini Table Treat.


You better see what the other ladies are up to this week:

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cozy Quilts and Comforts Sneak Peek - Day 5


Oh my goodness! What a whirlwind at market - showing the quilts from my new book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts, demo-ing my Layered Patchwork technique, signing books, and visiting with all the good people from Martingale who have made it possible. A million thanks to Karen Johnson at Martingale who has helped me navigate the marketing world for this book.
 

Preorder your copy TODAY!


One of today's featured quilts is Skipping Stones. Simple red and tan squares are layered with our KT Melon and little corner squares to mimic curved piecing. Topstitch red on tan, and tan on red, then sew squares together in rows to create a visually stunning quilt without the stress. So easy! I also share my pillow topper that utilizes extra blocks and makes them into a design statement for your home to coordinate with your quilts. So Martha Stewart-y!


Need a simple quilt for that someone on your list that doesn't really "get it"? Let's say, a brother-in-law who you love dearly, but who doesn't really get that all that fabric in your stash isn't free and that your time is valuable. Not all quilts cost $29.95. Layer a pinked Jelly Roll strip across a background square to fake a pieced rail fence block in a flash. Sew squares together in rows for an easy, but graphic quilt worthy of anyone on your list. 

Only one more Sneak Peek before books are available for real. Watch for a giveaway later in the week.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cozy Quilts and Comforts Sneak Peek - Day 4


 It's almost time! November is just around the corner and so is the release of my new book, Cozy Quilts and Comforts, published by Martingale. As I've mentioned before, the staff at Martingale did an outstanding job of creating a beautiful, quality book that embodies the Kansas Troubles' style. Thanks to all of you, especially Jennifer Keltner, for her vision of seeing the KT Retreat space as a backdrop for the book. (And thank you for photo-shopping out the dust bunnies.)




Checkerboard Garden was first published in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine several years ago. It is one of my favoritist (is that a word?) quilts. It was so fun assembling a quilt with an assortment of scraps to make the garden path in the center. Usually, I'm working with 40 prints in a fabric collection, so it's always fun to go rogue and play with all of my stash in one project. The simple raw edge applique flowers feature button centers and are just wonky enough to be charming.

Like Checkerboard Garden? Or any of the other quilts so far in the Sneak Peeks? Let me know your favorites and you could win a signed copy of Cozy Quilts and Comforts - just as soon as I have some to give away!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blockheads Week #34



Block #34 - Jan's House
 Wouldn't you love to visit Jan Patek's house to see all her gorgeous quilts and primitives??? I know she has an open house each year. I need to add that to my bucket list. This week, she's sharing her home with in the form of a block. Kathy used fusible applique with cotton fabrics (left). Joy's block features wool applique for her version of Jan's House. The diagonal plaid for the roof is perfect!


Click HERE to find the instructions for Jan's House on her blog. And don't forget to check out her videos for a neat method of needle turn applique.

Question of the Week: With Market on the horizon, what is the best part about going to market? What is the worst part about it - or is there a worst part?

Easy question. No hesitation. Seeing all the other designers is the best part. I feel as though I know them thru their social media posts and quilt designs. It's so fun to chat in person at market. (And the Moda party is great, too.) The worst part? The harried preparations in the weeks leading up to market when you only have a few weeks to make/quilt/bind/photograph/print brochures/plan a booth. A time commonly referred to as "market mania". A time when our loved ones recognize the glazed-over look in our eyes, the middle of the night list-making, and the last minute "I just need one more small project for the booth" insanity. Robert seems to do alot of yard work this time of year. Hmmmmm....
As crazy as it is, I always look forward to market.

Check in with these lovely ladies this week to see what they're up to and how their market prep is progressing.

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

Lisa's 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/

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