Friday, September 7, 2018

Come Stay a While

KT Retreats

We're making plans to freshen up our KT Retreat over the winter, just in time for 2019. If you've ever wanted to hang out in our warm, cozy space with your quilting friends and sew to your heart's content, this is your year. 

Comfy chairs and good lighting make this sitting area perfect for hand work and/or a glass of wine.

Make a cup of coffee or a full meal in our well-equipped kitchen.

Snuggle under vintage quilts in our dorm-style bedroom.
Retreats may be booked for 8 to 10 quilters for a minimum of 2 nights at $75 per night ($75 deposit per person due upon making reservations). Many groups choose a 3-night retreat from Wednesday thru Saturday. Some groups prefer Thursday thru Monday. (We've taken back our Sundays as a day of rest, but you're welcome to stay thru the weekend.) We've even had quilters stay Monday thru Saturday. We provide continental breakfast, tea, coffee and snacks with a few KT surprises.

Call Robert at 785-488-2120 to reserve a date for your group now!

January 10-13 or 17-20
February 21-24
March 7-9 or 21-23
April 4-6 or 25-27
July 11-13 or 18-20
August 8-10 or 22-24
September 5-7
October 3-5
November 7-9

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #14

Welcome to Blockheads II! 

If you haven't been following Blockheads since the beginning, here's how it all began. There were six of us "dark" Moda designers who gathered at market to hatch a plan to offer a block-of-the-week to show how all of our fabrics played nicely together. Over 48 weeks, we had a great time, got to know each other better, and didn't want it to end. It was also inspiring to see so many of your blocks on Facebook. I could feel the creative juices pumping. This fall, the Blockheads book will be released featuring each of our finished quilts - plus a few extras - with all of the blocks. Martingale is doing a beautiful job publishing our group project. I can't wait to see it at market!

So what to do next? Moda asked each of the original 6 Blockheads' designers to ask a friend to join our group to make it even bigger and better. My choice was obvious - Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs. The first time I met these ladies at market during setup, I was hot and sweaty and exhausted from weeks of preparations. They walked up to introduce themselves all cool and perky, their bubbly personalities lighting up the room. After resisting the temptation to smack the smiles and giggles right off their faces : ), we hit it off instantly. Whether we're visiting in our booths, or out at dinner, they make everything fun. Their bright fabrics and simple, but clever, designs are the perfect match, just like the two of them. You really can't help but smile, even if you are all sweaty.
( I enjoy these two so much I've invited them to come for a special event next summer at KTQ. Watch for more info here and on our website soon.)

 So, we're about a fourth of the way into the second series of blocks with 13 designers. This week and for the next several weeks, you'll receive instructions for two blocks. Here we go...

Blockheads II - Block #14 - Fidget Spinner by Lynne Hagmeier

My Fidget Spinner block was inspired by the craze last year when all the grankids had those little spinning finger gadgets - some whirred, some blinked with flashing lights, all of them were crazy annoying (I'm sure that was the point). My version uses simple rectangles and connecting corners to create an intricate-looking block that's easy to assemble.

KT fabrics are from Nature's Glory (Sept '18) and On Meadowlark Pond (Feb '19)

I chose red/tan/navy again for my block. To make the block like mine, you'll need 2 tans, a red and a navy. Cut A - (4) each navy and red; B- (6) of each tan and (4) navy. Follow the instructions HERE. I'll be watching on FB to see how you interpreted Fidget Spinner.

Blockheads II - Block #15 - Corner Pocket by Me & My Sister Designs

Billiards, anyone? I'll have to check out Barb & Mary's blog to see if pool was their inspiration for Corner Pocket. To continue with my red/tan/navy themed blocks, I chose to piece Barb & Mary's block in red & tan. Find instructions for their block HERE.

See you next week when we'll have two more blocks to add to your growing pile. Check out what the rest of the Blockhead II bunch are up to this week.

Monday, September 3, 2018

KT September Special

Huggable Quilts & Country Road Flannel

Are you ready to start a new fall project? How about something quick & easy perfect for holiday gift-giving? Our Huggable quilts are the fastest way to whip up a soft, cuddly quilt in a weekend - or less. Start with our Country Road Flannel Layer Cakes & charm packs to create raw edge quilts that you quilt-as-you-go. Sandwich 2 Layer Cakes for the front and back, embellish with charm squares, stitch thru all layers, sew the blocks together with precut pinked edges exposed on the back for cuddly softness. With no quilting expense, you'll save time & money. Enjoy!

Cuddle Up, Huggable, Snuggle Me flannel quilts with no batting.

All three of the Huggable projects are on sale thru September. 
Each kit includes the Huggable booklet and FREE shipping! 
To find them on our website at, click HERE.

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of my fall scrap bag. Sounds like Sandra will put them to good use.

sandra - Help! I am doing the 2nd Blockhead and need some more of KT scraps. I did the Blockhead 1 all in KT fabric and am doing the 2nd one but oh oh gonna need some more with these bigger blocks. Would love to be the recipient of your scraps. Thank you for the chance.
Comment this week to win a HUGE box of flannel scraps. I have to finish my summer cleaning (read "purge") soon or it will turn into winter cleaning! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Moda Blockheads Week #13

Block #13 - Patchwork Flower by Corey Yoder

Welcome to Corey! She's one of the new Blockheads this time around. It's great to have some new (dare we say "young") blood infused in this second series of blocks. Her Patchwork Flower at 6" x 18" is a fun addition to the assorted sizes of the other blocks. I chose to do just one version this week. It's a red/navy flower and will go with either my red/tan/navy or KT classic quilt plan. Made it, loved it, why make it difficult?

Block #13 - Patchwork Flower
 Find Corey's pattern for Patchwork Flower HERE. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Country Road Flannel is Here!

Robert & Joy couldn't be happier, up to their elbows in bolts of flannels, cutting and shipping kits as fast as they can. Don't miss out on your next flannel project! Be sure to check out our August Special HERE where all the Flannel Days, Starry Nights quilt kits are on sale and include the booklet AND free shipping!

KT Winner

Congratulations to Gmama Jane! You're the winner of this week's KT giveaway - our new Flannel Days, Starry Nights booklet plus a box of Country Road flannels.
Gmama Jane -Your color combos are always a favorite with me & my family. It's hard to choose but I think I'll choose the blue & tan combo however I'm not choosy if I were to happen to be the lucky WINNER!! THANK YOU for the inspiration, the quilt patterns and giveaway!!

Clean Sweep

I'm STILL sorting thru all the fabrics from the past year's projects - and some from even earlier. PLEASE help me out by commenting below so I know all the leftovers will go to a good home :). 

First up, assorted fall fabrics scraps from Oak Haven and Harvest Hill. Need some bits and pieces to add to a scrappy quilt? I know just the place for some scrappy inspiration - Oh Scrap! by Lissa Alexander. Lissa is the brains behind many of the wonderful things happening at Moda. It's her first book with Martingale and it's a sure fire winner!

I have several projects marked for my next quilting retreat. Now I better start planning my getaway. Anyone know of a great place to retreat and sew?


Comment to win our box of KT fall scraps and I'll see you soon. Lynne

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #12

Block #12 - Jace's Star by Lisa Bongean

Lisa has challenged us again with her delightful star named for her grandson. She's a fun grandma, I'm sure. Living by a lake offers many opportunities to be a star in Jace's eyes.

My two options for Blockheads II are red/tan/navy...

Block #12 - Jace's Star - KT red/tan/navy

...and classic KT. I merely swapped out the red for pumpkin for a fall look.

Block #12 - Jace's Star - KT classics

Many of the fabrics I'm using in the Blockheads II blocks are from a new KT fabric collection coming in September, Nature's Glory. Print the swatch chart below as a handy reference guide when shopping at your favorite quilt shop.

See you next week for a block from one of our "new" Blockheads!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #11

Block #11 - Direction by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Sherri's headed in the right direction with this simple block of framed flying geese. There are a dozen ways to colorize her block to suit your style - or mood. I made one block in KT red/tan/navy (mostly Fresh Cut Flowers fabrics) and another in KT classics in my new Nature's Glory collection, coming next month to a quilt shop near you.

KT red/tan/navy

KT Nature's Glory (Sept 2018)
 Find Sherri's block, Direction, HERE.

Be sure to visit the other Blockheads II designers this week.
They're sure to have a lot of inspiration for you!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Blockheads II - Week #10

Block #10 - Duck and Ducklings by Jo Morton

Here's a block from one of the original Blockheads. Jo's block is a fun mix of triangles in a variety of sizes. Find Jo's instructions for Duck and Ducklings on her blog HERE. Thanks for a great block.

I made the block in two colorways again - KT classic and red/tan/navy. It's so hard to choose just one!

KT classics - NEW Nature's Glory - Sept. 2018

KT red/tan/navy - NEW Nature's Glory - Sept 2018 plus Fresh Cut Flowers
It's been fun seeing what all the Blockhead II designers are doing each week. Have you found your favorite? I'll see you on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Flannel Days, Starry Nights

KT August Monthly Special

The new Country Road Flannels are here and we're so excited to share them with you. For July, we featured the Country Road Flannel Layer Cake and booklet to make your choice of two different projects - Rambling Road or Crossroads. Simple piecing + soft, cuddly flannel = the gift everyone wants for Christmas this year. It's not too late to order your flannel kit for either of these quilts in time for holiday gift giving.

Our KT August Monthly Special features this flannel star in five seasonal colorways. You're sure to find the perfect one for someone on your list. Kits are 20% off and include the Flannel Days, Starry Nights booklet FREE plus FREE SHIPPING! Go to for more information. Please call the KT Quilt Shop to order for Free Shipping

Joy quilted the Summer Evening flannel lap quilt without batting - just flannel backing - for a  lightweight, super cuddly quilt perfect for those summer nights on the porch with just a hint of a cool breeze. My grankids love the feel and weight of my flannel quilts with no batting. Our KT Country Road 108" wide flannel backing is due to arrive in September, just in time to finish your flannel quilts. Summer Evening flannel lap kit + booklet = $75 with FREE SHIPPING.

Summer Evening Flannel lap quilt

Autumn Days features a quarter square border in fall tones that have me wishing for bonfires, football games and crunching leaves. Autumn Days flannel kit + booklet = $80 with FREE SHIPPING.

Christmas Eve utilizes the reds, greens and tans in the Country Road Flannel collection for a quilt you can curl up with long after the holidays are gone. Christmas Eve flannel kit + booklet = $85 with FREE SHIPPING.

Winter Nights' frosty blues and tans are the perfect counterbalance to snowy winter days. We added flannel backing instead of batting for a heavier weight quilt that's still really soft and drapeable. Don't forget, we have Country Road 108" wide backing coming soon! Winter Nights flannel kit + booklet = $80 with FREE SHIPPING.

Chilly Spring Mornings beg for a warm, huggable quilt to wrap up in your favorite chair. Your first cup of coffee or tea will taste even sweeter. 
Spring Morning flannel kit + booklet = $75 with FREE SHIPPING.

Don't miss our KT August Special featuring Country Road Flannels and the Flannel Days, Starry Nights quilt kits and booklet. Comment here to win a Flannel Days, Starry Nights booklet and box of flannel scraps to add to your stash. 

Moda Blockheads II - Week #9

Block #9 - With a Plus by Laurie Simpson

Welcome to Laurie! She's one of the new additions to Blockheads II. We're delighted to have her perspective this time around. Although her With a Plus block is simply pieced, I can see it as a scrappy charm quilt - half light/half dark blocks. I have a teen grandson who would love it.  It's on my to-do list.

Find Laurie's With a Plus pattern for HERE.

KT red/tan/blue

KT classics from the new Nature's Glory collection (Sept.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #7

Block #7 - Spin Cycle by Stacy Iest Hsu

We're seven weeks into Blockheads II and I'm having such fun playing with fabrics for these blocks. Stacy's cleverly named pinwheel block  can be colorized in a dozen ways. I chose KT classics for one option, plus my red/tan/blue color scheme again for the other block. What is your chosen color palette? Are you posting your blocks on the Blockheads II Facebook page? We love seeing what you're doing each week. 

Find the pattern for Stacy's block HERE.

Kansas Troubles red/tan/blue

KT classics in the new Nature's Glory fall palette (Sept.)

Be sure to watch for Jan Patek's unique applique block next Wednesday. See you then.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #6

Block #6 - Path Thru the Woods by Betsy Chutchian 

If you were around for Blockheads I, you know Betsy's blocks were always wonderful. I really like the blocks in various sizes this time, and this 12" beauty does not disappoint.

KT red/tan/navy
 Find Betsy's Path Thru the Woods HERE

I have about a dozen deadlines to meet before I leave for the Maine Quilt Show in just over a week. So much to do, so little time. Gotta run, but stay tuned for some more fun scrap box giveaways.

Visit all the Moda designers to see their creative options for this week's block - and more!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Block #5

Happy 4th of July

I LOVE the 4th of July. My birthday is the 5th of July. When I was little, my Dad told me everyone in our little town was shooting off fireworks to celebrate my birthday. I totally believed him. And still do! Have a safe and happy Independence Day.

KT Winner

Congratulations Annette - you're the winner of a KT red/tan/navy pack of (8) fat 1/4's to add to your stash. I chuckled about your comment "which one of your kids do you love the most." At my age, my kids joke that the "favorite" will inherit the most quilts & antiques, so they're all vying for the title. So funny!
Annette MacConnell
A favorite? That's like saying which one of your kids do you love the most. Right now I'm most drawn to Zen Chic because I love Grunge, Lisa Bonjean because well because gray is awesome and then there is Laurie Simpson who is using scraps from a variety of Minnick and Simpson lines who I'm totally obsessed with. Tomorrow it might be KT or Me and My Sister or who knows because I'm basically a Moda girl. I guess I'll have to give the answer my kids always use when asked who is Momma's favorite and that is none - because she hates us all the same. ;)

 Please email, including the above info along with your mailing address. Joy will assemble a sampling of fat quarters to add to your Blockheads options.

Blockheads II- Block #5 by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Vanessa's fabric collections evoke a clean, fresh feeling that are perfect for building your decorating palette. Her 24" block this week is simple, but stunning. It would make a wonderful larger quilt. Hmmm, better add that to my to-do list.

Here's my red/tan/navy version of Vanessa's Impact block.You could also do scrappy reds and navys for fun. 

For a classic KTQ option, add a little green and purple to the red and navy. The same multi-tan background works for both.

Click HERE for Vanessa's blog and the instructions for Block #5 - Impact. 

Click HERE for the Blockheads II Directory at Moda.

Visit all the designers for their take on Block #5 - Impact.

Betsy Chutchian

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

Jan Patek

Jo Morton

Laurie Simpson

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

Me & My Sister Designs Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Stacy Iest Hsu

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Carrie Nelson

Sunday, July 1, 2018

KT July Special

It's all about Country Road Flannel

My family LOVES flannel quilts. When I showed the kids & grankids the new Country Road flannel quilts, I received a long list of requests for upcoming birthdays and/or Christmas gifts. Guess I better start stitching! These quilts are so easy to make with simple piecing using a Layer Cake and a few fabrics that I might just have a few ready by the holidays.

The KT July Special features our new Country Road Flannels arriving at here at KTQ in a few days. The Country Road booklet includes instructions for the Crossroads lap and queen quilts, plus the Rambling Road lap and king quilts, all utilizing traditional piecing. We're offering our Country Road booklet with the kits for Crossroads or Rambling Road projects at a discount for your summer sewing pleasure, so you'll be ready for holiday gift giving, too.

 Country Road Flannel is expected in the store in a couple weeks, so order your kits now for July 15th shipping. Don't delay, quantities are limited.

Crossroads Lap
lap kit $114.25 + Country Road booklet $12.95 = $127.20  
KT July Special - lap kit & booklet - $99 + FREE SHIPPING
Crossroads lap - 73" square

Crossroads Queen
queen kit $205.90 + Country Road booklet $12.95 = $218.85 
KT July Special - queen kit & booklet - $175 + FREE SHIPPING

Crossroads queen - 94"x109"

Rambling Road Lap
lap kit $100.75  + Country Road booklet $12.95 = $113.70          
KT July Special - lap kit & booklet - $85 + FREE SHIPPING 
Rambling Road lap - 70" x 86"

Rambling Road King
king kit $201.50 + Country Road booklet $12.95 = $214.45          
KT July Special - king kit & booklet - $169 + FREE SHIPPING  

Rambling Road king - 110" x 118"

With free shipping on your total order with your choice of Country Road kits, it's the perfect time to add-on extra flannel for coordinating pillowcases, Aurifil thread in KT colors, or anything on your KTQ wish list. Call Joy or Robert at 785-488-2120 to ensure free shipping on additional items.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Blockheads II - Week #4

12" Roman Cross by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic 

This week, Brigitte designed a 12" block with lots of opportunity for color options. I used red/tan/blue once again for one of my colorways, and classic KTQ for the other. It's an easy block with good-sized pieces, but take care adding the B-triangles onto either side of the D-square and C-rectangle (block corner units). The accuracy of your piecing here will determine how square and true-to-size your block finishes. This caution comes not because I had to rip out the first two corners of mine, just as a heads up. ;)

12" Roman Cross by Brigitte in KT red/tan/blue

12" Roman Cross by Brigitte in KTQ red/tan/green

Find the instructions for Roman Cross HERE on Brigitte's blog. Find all the blocks to date HERE on Moda's blog. Visit all the other Blockheads II designers, too, to see what they're doing this week. Don't miss our KT giveaway at the bottom of this page.

Betsy Chutchian

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

Jan Patek

Jo Morton

Laurie Simpson

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

Me & My Sister Designs Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Stacy Iest Hsu

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Carrie Nelson

Want to win an 8-pack of assorted KT reds/tans/navy fat 1/4's to use in your Blockheads II blocks? Comment here about your color plan, or favorite colorway you've seen so far on FB. I'll pick a winner next Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blockheads II - Week #3

Not a Techie

Hopefully, we have all the kinks worked out of the links to the Blockheads II instructions. If you're like me, technology is a challenge, even on a good day when the computer fairies are smiling down and singing about fast internet. Sorry for any inconvenience. I believe Moda has updated the links so everything will work smoothly from now on. If you run into any issues, please let us know so we can fix it right away. Just in case, I've included Blocks #1 and #2 here, also.

Moda Blockheads Block #1 - Stellar Star by Lynne Hagmeier

Moda Blockheads Block #2 - Buckeye Beauty by Me & My Sister

You may also go to the Moda Directory for all the Blockheads II blocks to date.
Moda Blockheads II Directory

Blockheads II - Block #3 

Okay, let's see who's up with a new block this week. One of the original Blockheads, Carrie Nelson,  has a fun, easy block for us, perfect for quick summer stitching. She is our Moda connection and keeps all the Blockheads in line. We appreciate all her hard work. (You know that has to be like herding butterfles.)

I'm going with a red/tan/blue theme throughout this series, plus a KT option, so here are my blocks.

KT red/tan/blue

KT scrappy option

I'm working on several red/tan/blue projects right now, so I have piles of scraps everywhere. I've enjoyed playing with the Blockheads II blocks in a planned color palette. Find the instructions for Pennsylvania below. 

Blockheads II - Block #3 - Pennsylvania by Carrie Nelson

Sign up to get all the latest KT news, giveaways and special sales events right here each week, along with the Blockheads II links. Have a great week. Stay cool and sew.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Blockheads II - Week 2

Block #2 - Buckeye Beauty by Barbara Groves of Me & My Sister

It's Week #2 of the new Moda Blockheads II Block-of-the-Week. I hope you're following along with us on this 48-week journey. Thirteen Moda designers are contributing blocks each Wednesday - 6", some 12" and a few 18" - for a fun variety of sizes to create a delightful lap quilt. I can't wait to see all the ways you'll combine colors and prints to make each block your own.

Click HERE for the link to the Me & My Sister blog with the block instructions for Block #2 - Buckeye Beauty by Barb. I'm sure her block will be as bright & bubbly as her!

Barb & Mary of  Me & My Sister Designs

For those of you that prefer "the dark side", here's my red/tan/blue block, plus a scrappy KT version. Joy has had alot of calls at the shop for both options, so I'll try to do one of each. FYI: I just dug thru my stash and pulled a bunch of reds & blues for fat quarter bundles. If you're interested in some "vintage" KTQ fat quarters, call the store. They won't last long!

Buckeye Beauty - KT red/tan/navy

Buckeye Beauty - KT scrappy

Join the fun at the Moda Blockheads II Facebook page HERE for weekly updates and quilter's blocks from all over the world.

Did you miss Block #1? For the Moda Blockheads II Directory of all the blocks posted to date, go HERE.

Here's a list of all the Moda designers participating in Blockheads II. Be sure to visit their blogs for weekly updates.

Betsy Chutchian

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

Jan Patek

Jo Morton

Laurie Simpson

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

Me & My Sister Designs Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Stacy Iest Hsu

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Carrie Nelson

See you all next Wednesday!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Little Summer Road Trip

KT Winner

The winner of our June KT Special, my KT Windmills & Fence Posts booklet PLUS a Fresh Cut Flowers Layer Cake to get started, is...

Renea -I really have a hard time making guy quilts. I tend to go to darker colors or homespuns. Would love to have some great examples of guy quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

Thanks to all of you who commented about your experiences finding the perfect fabric/pattern for guy quilts. I'll have another good option in a couple weeks, so stay tuned. Is there anything on your mind you'd like to see here? Questions for me? Or for the quilting ladies who hang out here? I'd love to hear your suggestions.

On the Road

I'm traveling & teaching this week in Winfield and and Wichita, Kansas. Pretty close to home, but a fun break from the regular work routine. My grandaughter, Aleece, will be helping with the normal "Robert duties" like unloading the car, holding up quilts and writing up invoices. She's great with the quilters and it's helping her earn money toward a class trip to Washington, DC next school year. 

In Winfield, I'll be teaching my Mini Table Treats workshop on Monday, June 11 in the afternoon with a trunk show for their guild meeting in the evening. The Liberty MTT is just one of the options available using our KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques. It's so fast & easy, they'll have their project ready for the 4th of July - this year!

We'll be going on to the Prairie Quilt Guild in Wichita on Tuesday, June 12 for two guild meetings, and a workshop on Wednesday. They've chosen to try out my Layered Patchwork technique in the Stacked Coins quilt from my Loose Change book. A Layer Cake, charm and mini charm are stacked, stitched and cut for my take on a simplified spool block. With so many precuts out there, I love all the possibilities!

Stacked Coins from Loose Change
Join me for one these trunk shows, if you're close. Let's talk about me visiting your quilt guild, if you're not. I have a few openings for 2019-2020. Now is the time to plan.

Comment here to win a MTT pattern & Kut-ups of your choice! Click HERE for all the options.