Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #4

Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs always keep us in stitches. This week is no exception with their adorable charm quilt using a Minnick & Simpson charm pack and fabric.




Find the pattern for this charming quilt HERE



Friday, July 12, 2019

20 Years of KTQ

As I'm writing my quilting life story that covers the past 20 years, it's still hard to believe I'm been designing fabric for Moda and making quilts this long. I'm on the road teaching, but in the evenings, I'm trying to put into words how much this journey has transformed me, my husband and our lives. I've gone from designing quilt patterns part time, to designing my own fabric to make quilts, owning a quilt shop/retreat space and teaching all over the country at quilt guilds, shops and on cruises. It's surreal to think of all the opportunities quilting has brought to my life, and how much things have changed since being a social worker in the 1990's.

To celebrate this milestone, I designed a quilt with 20 blocks that represent my 20 years in quilting. The quilt features my KT Favorites III collection, as well as a new line called Milestones. Clever, huh? It's designed to be a block-of-the-month (actually, two blocks a month) and begins in January 2020. Check with your local quilt shop, or give us a call for more information. We have a limited number of spaces available through our store.

20 Years of KTQ BOM

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #3

It's Week #3 of our Moda Summer Charm Swap. I'm loving the projects so far and can't wait to see what Laurie has in store for us. Find her quilt HERE.

Check out all the designer's blogs at the links below. See you next Wednesday!

July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell  https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson  http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs  https://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings  https://lisabongean.com/
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique  https://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/

Sorry, accidently posted this early.  please check Lauries blog on Wednesday.





Monday, July 8, 2019

On the Road Again...

I'm off on another adventure with my grandaughter, Aleece. We're heading to The Olde Country Store in Intercourse, PA this week for workshops and a trunk show Friday & Saturday. I'll share my Layered Patchwork technique to simplify flying geese in Chasing Stars, and a goose tracks block in the Songbird runner.

Chasing Stars is one of our KT Favorites III projects featuring a JR Layer Cake with (20) all tan prints. It's a great addition to my precuts and makes gathering fabric for a quilt even easier.

All KT FavIII kits and digital patterns are 25% off through the month of July. Find them HERE
Chasing Stars
Songbird Runner uses our KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques for instant applique gratification. I'm planning to add a couple more seasonal options for this runner soon. Any requests? Fall? Patriotic?

Songbird Runner

Next we're going north to East Amherst, NY to Patchwork Garden quilt shop July 15-17 for four workshops and a trunk show. In addition to the Songbird Runner, I'm teaching some projects from my new book, Prairie Life, for the first time - Goose, Goose, Duck and Cypress Runner. Goose, Goose, Duck plays with a variety of sizes of flying geese blocks, all simplified with my Layered Patchwork method. Find my Prairie Life book HERE.

Goose, Goose, Duck
The Cypress Runner features three large blocks and KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques for a quick finish of a fun summery accent for your home.

Cypress Runner
We'll also be making an assortment of Mini Table Treats - my 17" round mini table toppers that can be completed in about 3 hours. It's one of my favorite workshops to teach since everyone goes home with a finished project. Find all our MTT options HERE.

Mini Table Treats

I visited Patchwork Garden a couple years ago. Not only do they have one of the most unique workshop venues and a great shop, but Niagra Falls is practically in their backyard. We hope to find time to go this year.

Our last stop is at the Wellsboro, PA Quilt Guild July 19-20. I'll share my quilts and stories at their guild meeting Friday evening, and follow up with a 30-Something workshop on Saturday.

30-Something from Layers of Love

On our way home, we'll treat ourselves in Casey, IL, home of the BIGGEST of everything from a rocking chair to wind chimes to a giant needle and a bird cage with a swing for people. It's one of our favorite lunch spots - and the ice cream and fudge shops aren't bad, either.

Have a lovely summer whatever you have planned. If you're close by, come see me during my quilt shop/guild visits.

Comment for a chance to win a 4-pack of Mini Table Treats patterns. I'll check in on the road, but the winner won't be announced until I return the week of July 22nd.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week #2

 

Vintage Charm by Sherri McConnell

A few months ago, several of us were chatting at market - three designers that create brighter fabrics and three of us on the darker side. We hatched a plan to swap charm packs and play outside of our normal boxes. What fun we've had!

On Wednesday, June 26, I posted the first of six free charm patterns to share with you. The Moda Summer Charm Swap kicked off with my Crosswalk quilt in Vanessa Goertzen's Lollipop Garden fabric. Find the download HERE.

Crosswalk by Lynne Hagmeier


Next, I sent my KT Favorites III charm pack to Sherri McConnell. This week her quilt, Vintage Charm, is just that - simply charming.

Vintage Charm by Sherri McConnell

Find instructions for Sherri's quilt on her blog HERE.

Check out all the designer's blogs at the links below. See you next Wednesday!

July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell  https://www.aquiltinglife.com/ 
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson  http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs  https://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings  https://lisabongean.com/
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique  https://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 1, 2019

KT July Special & More

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
chasepell -Love prairie winds a bunch, I'm totally gonna have to make it soon. I remember piecing a bunch of layered patchwork geese for gooseberry lane, and your method saved me so much time and cutting. Hopefully I can make it to one of your retreats soon as I've never been.

Thanks for your kind words, chasepell. Enjoy Prairie Winds and our retreat goodies. Please send your mailing info to lynne@ktquilts.com and we'll send out your box ASAP.

KT July Special

We're partying all month for my birthday, offering all the KT Favorites III kits at 20% off plus Free Shipping. There's something for everyone from Jelly Roll and Layer Cake projects in traditional piecing and Layered Patchwork to a charm project. We're also offering these patterns at 20% off for PDF Digital Downloads. I'm working between teaching trips and retreats on uploading all our previous patterns for Digital Download, too, so be patient with me. If there's a specific one you're interested in, let me know and I'll put it at the top of the list.

Here are the KT Favorites III projects on special this month. Click HERE to find them.

 

K.T.Q - Kit To Quilt Mystery Box Program

July is the first shipment of our Kit To Quilt mystery box program. Six times a year, we'll send precuts, fabric, templates and whatever you might need to complete a project. It's my way of sharing my techniques and tips with you, as well as all the newest KT fabrics. When you sign up for our mystery box program, we'll ship your Kit To Quilt box for only $30/postage paid each time (retail value $40-50). About the 15th of that month, I'll introduce the project on my blog & website for about $40 + shipping for those of you who want to see what's in the box first. It's a good way to try it before you commit.
Robert is just getting over a nasty summer flu, but will have kits shipped by the end of the week to all of you who've signed up so far. If you sign up before July 14th, you'll get your mystery box at the discounted price. Better hurry! We have a limited number of boxes available. 


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week #1




Week #1 - Crosswalk by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters

Need a new project for the summer? Want to try a new color palette without a big investment? How about easy, breezy charm patterns from six different Moda designers!

Last fall at market, I challenged a few of my fellow Moda designers to make a charm quilt from a fabric line outside of their usual palette. Three bright designers, Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique, Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life and Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs, lined up across the aisle from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Lauri Simpson of Minnick & Simpson and me for a charm challenge. The rules? Send a charm pack of your latest collection plus a total of 1 1/2 total yds. of fabric to the designer on your list. Bright designers sent their charm packs to dark designers and vice versa. And so the challenge began...

I received my box in the mail from Vanessa - a charm pack of Lollipop Garden, a peach & white stripe, a white word print and a mint green word print. What a fun collection to brighten a cold, dreary, Kansas winter day! I played with the charm squares, arranging them this way and that, until a plan developed. Here's what I created with Vanessa's charming fabric.

 
And here's the same quilt in my Kansas Troubles' Favorites III fabric...


I LOVE how different, but how much the same, these two quilts look. Vanessa's low contrast colors and prints make the bright version the perfect backdrop to my spring and Easter collectibles.



My fabric works well in my home most of the year, adding a warm, cozy feel to collectibles on the antique dry sink. So easy to make for any season.



 Find the FREE pattern for Crosswalk HERE.


Check back each Wednesday thru July for a new charm quilt each week. Watch next Wednesday, July 3rd, for Sherri McConnell's charm swap challenge reveal. I can't wait!

Here’s the Schedule …
June 26 ~ Kansas Troubles  http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell  https://www.aquiltinglife.com/   
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson  http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs  https://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings  https://lisabongean.com/
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique  https://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 24, 2019

KT Winner & More

KT Winner

I'm a little behind since we were busy hosting 100 quilters at our first ever KT & Friends Retreat last week.

Happy Quilters at the KT & Friends Retreat

 After literally laying around napping through movies all day yesterday, I'm back at it today, trying to catch up. Here's the winner of our KT Tan Jr Layer Cake & As the Wind Blows pattern.

koberg - I just love the precuts in the tans cuz you always seem to need more of them!
Congrats! Email us at lynne@ktquilts.com with your shipping info and Robert will send your goodies right out.

Prairie Wind

At our KT & Friends Retreat last week, I shared my Layered Patchwork method in this quilt featuring flying geese. We started with a KT Favorites III Layer Cake for an easy, scrappy look. The ladies were delighted to learn a new way of looking at flying geese to simplify and perfect them. It was, after all, Summer School at our retreat in the Bennington High School.

Prairie Wind
My Layered Patchwork Flying Geese are made with a background rectangle with a triangle layered & stitched on top.
1. Cut a tan background rectangle the size you want your flying geese to be plus seam allowances.
2. Cut a dark square twice diagonally to create 4 triangles. This gives you a bias edge on the 90 degree edges so there will be no raveling.
3. In the bottom row, you can see the gold triangle and tan rectangle. The gold triangle is placed on the tan rectangle, bottom edges aligned.
4. Glue in place and topstitch 1/8" from the bias edges.
Your block measures the exact size you want.

Flying Geese - Layered Patchwork Technique
For a Flying Geese Conversion Chart to make Layered Patchwork blocks instead of traditional, click HERE.


Here are a couple more projects featuring my Layered Patchwork Flying Geese, including Goose, Goose, Duck from Prairie Life.

Goose, Goose, Duck lap quilt - kits available.

Circling Geese - KT exclusive pattern from Cruise 2019. Kits available $99.

Moda Summer Charm Swap

Check back on Wednesday, June 26, for the first installment of a 6-week series of charm swap quilts. See the quilt I designed from a charm pack by one of Moda's bright designers. It all starts this week!

KT Giveaway

This week's giveaway is the Prairie Wind pattern plus a few goodies from our KT & Friends Retreat. Wish you all could have been here. It was so much fun! Comment here on your favorite retreat experience.

It's not too late to sign up for our Hamilton, MO retreat in October. Contact Kathy at krlimpic@gmail.com for more info on all of our upcoming KT events.

Monday, June 3, 2019

More KT Favorites III Giveaways

KT Winner  

Barbara - These look like fun projects! Hated flying geese when I first started quilting, but now I don't mind them. Starching and accurate cutting have helped tremendously! bfiresheets@bellsouth.net

Congrats to Barbara for winning our KT Tan Jelly Roll and Chasing Stars booklet. Here's another chance to win some of the new KT FavIII fabric & patterns.

As the Wind Blows

Our UPS guy just backed up the truck and unloaded a TON of KT Favorites III the other day. We have dozens of boxes of precuts - Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charms and Minis plus exclusive Honey Buns in full assorted 40pc. cuts, PLUS Tan Jr Jelly Rolls and Jr Layer Cakes with assorted 20pc. cuts, and - exclusively to KTQ - 40pc. Tan Charms and Mini Charms. Whew! That's alot of precuts! I have several projects for them now and am planning more for the future. Joy will be cutting kits and yardage next week, so those of you who preordered KT FavIII will be receiving a box in the mail soon.

This week, let's giveaway a Tan Jr Layer Cake plus the As the Wind Blows pattern. This quilt is easy to make either traditionally or using my Layered Patchwork technique. It's perfect for anyone on your to-do list in lap or king size. Comment below to win.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

KT June Special

Prairie Life

I picked up all my quilts from Martingale at market after sending them to their offices more than 6 months ago. I'm excited all over again! The display Robert set up in the store is colorful and fresh (photos coming soon). Now that we've received my newest KT Favorites III fabric line, Joy can start cutting kits, too.

For now, let's offer my Prairie Life book this month for just $22 plus FREE Shipping. That's a savings of $6 off the cover price PLUS another $7 off for paid postage. Grab this deal while you can!
Click HERE to order your autographed copy of Prairie Life today.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

KT Favorites III

Arriving Soon!

We're waiting not so patiently for my newest basics line, KT Favorites III. I chose nine prints I loved from the past 10 years to recolor and mix in with all the new KT collections coming out. I knew I wanted to make my 20 Years of KTQ anniversary quilt with more than 40 fabrics, so adding 40 basics was the perfect solution. If you have a stash of KT fabrics, you're ahead of the game. But I digress...

Today, I want to show you the quilts I made with 40-print KT Favorites III precuts PLUS 20 packs of just tan precuts. Yes, Moda cut Jr Jelly Rolls and Jr Layer Cakes with 20 tans in each to add to a regular JR or LC for even easier kitting/cutting. A 40-print Layer Cake plus a 20-tan JR Layer Cake is pretty much 30 lights and 30 darks for a perfectly balanced quilt.

Chasing Stars

It seems I've been on a flying geese kick lately, but I LOVE how easy these blocks go together using my simplified Layered Patchwork technique. It's also nice that star point units are made similarly to flying geese, so the quilt really just takes one block. SOOOO EASY! For those of you hesitant to try Layered Patchwork, we've also offered a traditional piecing option for Chasing Stars. Still fun and fast. A coordinating table runner and pillow are included in the booklet. Find the booklet and kit HERE.

NOTE: When you order a kit from KTQ, the booklet or pattern is included. If it's one of our books with multiple projects, such as Layers of Love, Loose Change, Cozy Quilts & Comforts or Prairie Life, you'll need to order the book separately. We don't want to include a book automatically if you already own it. Please call the store if you have any questions about your order. 785-488-2120.

Chasing Stars lap quilt
Chasing Stars Runner

Chasing Stars 18" pillow

Let's giveaway the booklet, Chasing Stars, and a KT Tan JR Layer Cake this week (or as soon as we receive them). Comment below on your feelings about flying geese - love 'em, dread 'em, make 'em anyway? We'll select a winner next week.

On a side note, does anyone know how to block certain comments that are not relevant to my site? I'd appreciate the help.

Have a great beginning to your summer, Lynne.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Milestones Charm

2 Steps Forward

I have a big milestone coming up next year. I'm celebrating 20 years of designing fabric for Moda. The new fabric line, coming in October, is aptly named Milestones. This fresh mix of nature prints in my classic KT color palette blends perfectly with KT Favorites III - and all KT fabrics - to create even more scrappy goodness. Find the Milestones swatch chart to print HERE.

The charm project for this collection is called 2 Steps Forward. There have been times over the past 20 years when an original thought seemed miles away. I would stare at my graph paper, hoping and praying some spec of creativity would come my way. Usually, getting away from home on an antiques outing or trip to Home Goods would cure me of the blank paper blues. Doesn't a pretty new pillow or old stool with peeling paint make your heart sing? For me, sometimes the creative process is two steps forward and one (or three) back.

2 Steps Forward charm pattern for Milestones fabric collection.


For those of you who know my simplified approach to making quilts, this little gem with 288 half square triangles might seem a bit far fetched for me. I layered and stitched (2) 5" squares to make eight half square triangles from each, using my new-found favorite tools from Quilter's Select.



I'm not fickle when it comes to my rulers and rotary cutter. I find something I like and use it forever. I've stuck with the good 'ole yellow cutter for years. Now, as I get older, and my hands are less likely to trim HST for hours, I'm finding Quilter's Select products are amazing!

The Quilter's Select rotary cutter is weighty and balanced, like a man's tool. It slices through layers of fabric with little effort and much less wrist and hand fatigue. The rulers are also wonderful in that the coating on the back keeps them from skooching across your fabric - at all.Especially handy when trimming small squares. Even the Quilter's Select mat is top notch. I've cut on mine for several months with no ruts or scars.

We'll have the entire line of Quilter's Select tools right after market. Watch for more details on our website at ktquilts.com.

Friday, May 17, 2019

20 Years of KTQ

KT Favorites III Pattern Pack Winner

Congrats to:

Simplicity is bliss! I love them all and I appreciate the classic patterns. Thanks for always making sure your new collections can work so well with your older ones.

You've won all of the new KT Favorites III patterns - Chasing Stars, Off the Rails, Color Story & As the Wind Blows. Please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com and Robert will send your patterns ASAP.

More 20 Years of KTQ

In addition to the king size block-of-the-month quilt, there are several bonus projects to celebrate 20 years of fabric with Moda. I shared the BOM and Woven Dreams lap quilt a couple days ago. Today, the remaining three bonus patterns...

Bee-you-ti-full runner

A Few Little Extras


20 Plus
There are at least a dozen more ideas for projects inspired by the BOM quilt, but this is where I landed. I'm also working on a fun 9-patch/HST project from the leftovers. Who knows what it might turn out to be?

I hope you follow along as we near my 20th Anniversary year in 2020. We have alot of "vintage"  and new giveaways planned. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Block-of-the-Month

20 Years of KTQ, Part I

I can't believe I've been designing fabric for Moda for almost 20 years! My first International Quilt Market in Houston in the fall of 1999 found me next to the Moda booth with my Stitches on the Oregon Trail block-of-the-month quilt. It was a surreal experience being there with designers whose fabric I loved (and purchased) like Sandy Gervais, Jan Patek and Barbara Brackman/Terry Clothier Thompson. It was liking being backstage at a rock concert! I was thrilled to part of this elite club of designers.


To celebrate my 10th year with Moda, I designed a quilt called Kansas Troubles, 10 Years & Counting. It featured a block or applique design for each of the 32 fabric lines to date. So much fun to sew the memories!

KT Favorites - 10 Years & Counting

Now, to celebrate my 20th anniversary with Moda, another Block-of-the-Month seemed like the perfect tribute. Here's my new 20 Years of KTQ, ready to show at quilt market this week. This 118" square king size quilt features 20 blocks - one for each year. Each block helps tell the story of my journey with Moda, designing fabric and quilts through the years.


I started with a KT Favorites III fat quarter bundle and added a Milestones Layer Cake for a dash of scrappiness. Find the Milestones fabric collection swatch chart HERE. This quilt is traditionally pieced with a little bit of fusible applique for fun. We'll stitch two blocks each month, then the pieced borders and outer borders for a 12-month series.

There were so many fun blocks to play with, I also included several bonus projects in the block-of-the-month (also available as a single pattern). Here is my Woven Dreams lap quilt pieced with a KT Milestones Jelly Roll.




Watch for more projects featuring the new Milestones fabric collection. Ask your local quilt shop for information on the 20 Years of KTQ Block-of-the-Month beginning January 2020.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Prairie Life Winners

KT Winners

We have winners! Each of these three quilters will receive an autographed copy of my new book, Prairie Life. Thanks to everyone for your kind words of support. Reading all of your comments feeds my soul and energizes me to create even more.

Tina B April 30, 2019 at 7:29 AM
Thanks for the sneak peek....it’s going to be tough deciding which to do first. I love the wonder home comfort feel/ look of your fabrics and designs.


Gorgeous quilts! Shadow Dash is my fave, but it is hard to choose. ;-) Thanks for a chance at your autograph!


I wrote a really nice post about how I love all things KT and how there is always a KT quilt on display or in username my home. It didn't post so I'm trying again.


Here are a few more projects from Prairie Life. Order your autographed book HERE.

Shadow Dash runner & pillow

Goose, Goose, Duck runner

Goose, Goose, Duck pillow sleeve

Cypress Pillow

Stick a Pin In It Pincushion


We'll have the winner of the KT Favorites pattern pack next week.

Watch for a BIG announcement about a BIG quilt coming up soon!




Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Introducing...

KT Favorites III

I'm in love - with a fabric collection! To celebrate 20 years of designing fabric for Moda, I've selected some of my favorite prints from the past and gathered them together to create a basic KT fabric line. The new collection features 27 dark and 13 tan small prints and tone-on-tones to mix with all KT fabrics. Precuts are available in Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, Charm Packs and Mini Charms AND brand new 20-packs of tans in a Jr Jelly Roll or Jr Layer Cake. So fun! By adding a Jr Layer Cake or JR Jelly Roll to a regular 40-piece precut, you'll have about 30 darks and 30 tans for a perfectly balanced quilt. KT Favorites III is due to arrive in your local quilt shop later this month.

            Download the KT Favorites swatch chart HERE

Here are a few of the projects I created featuring the new KT Favorites III fabric collection.
As the Wind Blows
 Framed pinwheels in classic KT colors create a whirling, swirling quilt made for fun. Instructions include lap and king size quilts in traditional piecing or my unique Layered Patchwork technique. Jelly Roll friendly.
Off the Rails-Red
 When you need a simple quilt with maximum impact, this rail fence quilt is the perfect choice. Two colorways in planned or scrappy layouts. Traditionally pieced. Jelly Roll Friendly. One of my sons already has his name on the blue one!

Off the Rails - Blue

Chasing Stars
 Chasing Stars features a KT Favorites III Layer Cake plus a Jr Tan Layer Cake. Joy loved all of the open space to play with quilting designs for major visual appeal. Chasing Stars runner and pillow topper also included.
Color Story
The charm quilt for this collection utilizes 2 charm packs and my Layered Patchwork technique. Simple piecing creates rows of color laid out for graphic appeal. It makes a great backdrop for fun summer table decor.

Click on the links above to order your favorites.

Comment this week to win a packet of all four KT Favorites III patterns - As the Wind Blows, Chasing Stars, Off the Rails and Color Story.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Living the Prairie Life

I can't wait to go to International Quilt Market next week in Kansas City and see/visit my quilts from the new book, Prairie Life. This collection of quilts, inspired by my life in the country, has been at Martingale for months while being photographed and the final book is edited and printed. I'm anxious to have them back to showcase in our KT Quilt Shop and cuddle at home.

Cypress Sampler
One of my favorite projects from the book is the Cypress Sampler. The dark block on point inside the tan strips and red corners is the traditional Cypress block. I substituted a variety of pieced blocks for the usual plain center and added sashing corner posts to create a secondary churn dash design. The result is a scrappy sampler with lots of charm. The blocks measure 12" so it makes an impressive lap quilt quickly.

Cypress Runner
What happens when you add fused applique flowers and vines to the center of the Cypress block instead of a traditional pieced block? A delightful runner perfect for a spring or summer table (although I love it on the outside of my studio!)

Double the Fun mini quilt



Double the Fun Pillow Sleeve
These two projects were created to complement the lap size Double the Fun quilt, shown last week. This trio will work beautifully in my living room, draped over my favorite chair and on the table next to it. Do you coordinate your quilts for decorating?

Comment to win an autographed copy of Prairie Life (available in late May).
Preorder your signed copy HERE.