Monday, October 7, 2019


KT & Friends Retreat 2020

As you read this, I'll just be returning home from Hamilton, MO, home of Missouri Star Quilt Co. Robert and I hosted another KT & Friends Retreat. Joining me again were my quilting buddies, Jenny Doan of Missouri Star, and Barb Groves and Mary Jacobsen of Me and My Sister Designs. We took over Hotel Hamilton, a motel and retreat space for quilters that visit MSQC. Owner Dakota Redford has done a wonderful job decorating the themed rooms for quilt enthusiasts. We all enjoyed teaching about 90 quilters over 4 days of workshops and trunk shows, plus lots of surprises.

If you couldn't make it to one of our KT events this year, Robert and I are delighted to be hosting another KT & Friends Retreat at the home of Kansas Troubles Quilters in Bennington, Kansas, June 17-20, 2020. Last June, we took over the high school with 100 quilters taking "summer school" workshops in the classrooms, eating in the school cafeteria, and enjoying trunk shows in the gym. It was so much fun!

We're also planning to take KT & Friends on the road again later in the year. Maybe we'll come to a city near you!

If you're interested in joining us in the future for a KT & Friends Retreat, email our coordinator, Kathy, at for more information.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Milestones is coming soon!

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
Wanda Hall - I can't even tell you how much I LOVE these patterns! I LOVE KT fabrics and I indeed have a stash. I used it for the Moda Blockheads and I need to replenish now! Never enough KT fabric!! One of my favorite collections was Heartfelt and I have been using mine up. I love the sunflowers and the pumpkins in your recent patterns! Such talent!!

Thanks so much, Wanda. I hope you enjoy the new 20 Years of KTQ BOM & bonus patterns. Email your name & address to and we'll send out your goodies.


I've shared my 20 Years of KTQ Block-of-the-Month quilt and several of the bonus projects featuring my new Milestones fabric line. It should be arriving by mid-October so we can begin to cut the many pre-orders we've received. Click HERE for the swatch chart of 40 fabrics included in Milestones. Comment below to win a Fat 1/8 Bundle!

If you haven't had a chance to sign up for the new 20 Years of KTQ BOM beginning in January 2020 (12 months @ $38.95/month) ...


or our new Kit To Quilt Mystery Series that features my easy Layered Patchwork technique with everything you need to complete a small project for $30 + free shipping ($40-45 value) (6x/year) ...
Kit To Quilt #1 - July - Bend in the Road

Kit To Quilt #2 - September - Diamonds in the Sky

or our KT Collector's Club  - the newest mini charm pack, 6 fat quarters and the charm pattern for only $25 + free shipping (3x/year), we'd love to include you in our KT fun! Call the store today to sign up for any of our specialty groups at 785-488-2120. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

KT October Special

KT October Special

This month, we celebrate fall with our Pumpkins Mini Table Treat kit & pattern. I love autumn and everything that goes with it - sweaters and boots, mums and dried wheat, apple pie and cider, and of course, pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. The kit includes fabric for the front, back and binding, plus, we've had the pumpkins and stems laser cut for you, backed with Heat 'n Bond Lite fusible web, so you're ready for instant applique! My unique Mini Table Treats are so quick and easy to complete in about 3 hours, you can have yours done in an evening. 
Our KT October Special is the Pumpkins Mini Table Treats Kit & Pattern plus Free Shipping for only $26.95 (retail $32.50). That's a $12 or more savings! Click HERE to order your Pumpkins MTT today. Check out all of our adorable Mini Table Treats HERE. They make perfect holiday gifts and seasonal decorations for your home.

Comment below for a chance to win a FREE Pumpkins MTT kit. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

I Can Make It Challenge

Moda Schoolhouse Block Challenge

This year at Spring Market, the over-active creative minds at Moda challenged us to make an 18" block with our newest charm pack. My block features my Milestones charm pack for a simple half square triangle block. It just happened to work out perfectly with the number of colors & prints in the line. You'll actually end up with two blocks from a charm pack and double the fun!

I turned my block into a comfy pillow for my favorite reading/editing corner. Now, I just need to finish the second pillow!

Click HERE for Balancing Act block instructions.

Don't forget to check out all the amazing blocks by my fellow Moda designers in the coming days.

9.23 - Lella Boutique and Sherri & Chelsi
9.24 - Kansas Troubles
9.25 - Crystal Manning and Me & My Sister
9.26 - Jan Patek
9.27 - Robin Pickens and Corey Yoder
9.30 - BasicGrey
10.1 - Betsy Chutchian and Lisa Bongean
10.2 - American Jane
10.3 - Kathy Schmitz
10.4 - Zen Chic and Deb Strain

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Woven Dreams

Are you a Blockhead? If you're not familiar, a dozen or so Moda designers all got together and shared quilt blocks each week for 54 weeks last year. If you are, you might remember the star I included in my series of blocks. After posting this ribbon star block, I had many requests for a lap quilt pattern. I simplified the block for traditional piecing and included it in my 20 Years of KTQ Block-of-the-Month quilt. The pattern for the lap quilt is one of the bonus patterns FREE with the purchase of the BOM, or can be purchased separately HERE. Now available as a digital PDF download.

I chose a Milestones Jelly Roll to make the stars scrappy in cozy shades of autumn. I love the tan prints and tone-on-tones in this line. One was perfect for a lighter background behind the stars and another added a warmer tone for sashing strips. I love it when the fabric works into my plan! We'll have my Woven Stars kits available soon, shortly after the fabric arrives. Retail price $109.95.

Here you can see the Woven Star block in the 20 Years of KTQ BOM. I had such a great time designing this quilt, I'm still using blocks from the quilt for projects in upcoming fabric lines.

Do you have a stash of KT fabrics just waiting to make this beautiful king size quilt? Comment here to win the 20 Years of KTQ pattern pack (retail $48.95) plus all 4 of the bonus projects, including Woven Stars.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

KT September Special

Bee-you-ti-full Runner

The Milestones fabric collection will be here next month loaded with florals and prints in the full range of KT colors - reds, plums, blues, greens, golds, pumpkins, blacks & tans. It's the perfect companion to KT Favorites III and my 20 Years of KTQ Block-of-the-Month quilt.

To celebrate 20 years of designing fabric with Moda, I designed a quilt with 20 blocks to represent each year of my quilting journey. We're piecing this king size (118"sq.) sampler in a 12 month BOM series that begins in Januray 2020. Check with your local quilt shop or call KTQ to sign up today! We only have a few more kits available.

As part of the 20 Years BOM, you'll also receive four bonus patterns featuring some of the blocks in the quilt. One of my favorites is the Kansas Sunflower block. I made two sunflowers to create a charming runner with simple fusible applique bees swarming around. I named it Bee-you-ti-full because my grandaughter, Delainey, said the word "beautiful" like that at a very early age.
Our KT September Special offers a sneak peek at the Bee-you-ti-full runner kit plus pattern for only $26.95 plus free shipping ($32.95 retail). You save more than $12! Click HERE to order your Bee-you-ti-full Runner & pattern. Supplies are limited.

Watch for more peeks of the Milestones/20 Years of KTQ projects, coming soon!!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

KT August Special

Bend in the Road

Our new Kit To Quilt series is off to a great start! We're thrilled that so many of you have signed up to receive our Mystery Kit six times a year. Now, we'd like to share with everyone else what you missed and give you the opportunity to catch up. The original Kit To Quilt kit is no longer available for the special price of only $30 plus free shipping (retail value $44). However, we're offering the same kit for $40 plus Free Shipping this month as our KT August Special. If you like what you see, you can sign up for future Kit To Quilt mystery kits continuing in September.

Our first Kit To Quilt included Charms and Mini Charms in my latest KT Favorites III fabric collection and our exclusive new KT Tan Charms and Mini Charms, plus border, KT Spare Change ruler, and the pattern to complete the Bend in the Road runner (no backing). My step-by-step instructions for Layered Patchwork using a pinked edge precut were also included.

Each month, we also offer special pricing on related items just for our Kit To Quilt members.

I'd love to see your finished projects. Please send them to me at for a future blog post. I'd also appreciate hearing your comments.

In the coming months, I have several fun projects already planned and ready to go. A pillow featuring my KT Diamond template, a small quilt with easy piecing embellished with curved pieces cut with my KT Wedge template (and maybe some easy applique), and lots of surprises down the road.

Don't miss another Kit To Quilt (K.T.Q.) shipment! Call the KT Quilt Shop today 785-488-2120 and sign up for the September Mystery Kit. Only $30 + Free Shipping 6 times a year. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #6

This week, Vanessa Goertzen, of Lella Boutique, shares her quilt using a charm pack from Lisa Bongean's wonderful red, white and blue collection. I'm a little partial to red/white/blue since my birthday falls on July 5th. I try to set aside time to make myself a little quilt each summer - just for me - and Vanessa's Mini Chandelier Charm quilt is the perfect choice this year. So simple, but full of Americana spirit.

Find Vanessa's instructions for her project HERE.

Mini Chandelier Charm Quilt

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Unpacking...and repacking

KT Winner

Finally catching up after two weeks on the road. Congratulations to the winner of our Mini Table Treats 4-pack of patterns.

Roxanne B. - Twice in PA this month and I will miss you. I would love to catch your layered technique workshop. I guess I'll just have to come to you at your retreat center. Love you fabric lines and designs.

Email me at with your choice of 4 Mini Table Treats patterns (check our website at for all the options) and we'll send them right out. 

More Traveling & Giveaway

Happy to be home, sleeping in my own bed, after being gone for two weeks teaching. Now that the car is unpacked, I'm gearing up and repacking for an event in Dallas with Moda Fabrics and Martingale Publishing, July 31-August 9. They're co-hosting two different 4-day sessions of  workshops, trunk shows and special events. The first week is designed to inspire shop owners with new ideas and time to make store samples at ReStore. There to share their quilts and techniques will be Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Barb Groves & Mary Jacobsen of Me and My Sister Designs, Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, Carrie Nelson of Moda and me. The second week will be filled with quilters anxious to get the most out of their time sewing without interruptions with the same group of talented teachers.

Here's a look at what I'll be sharing in my workshops from my new Prairie Life book...

Building Blocks lap quilt

Mini Charm quilt

Sweet Melons mini quilt

Looking forward to spending time with all of these ladies. I always get a creative boost after being surrounded by fellow Moda designers.

Do you have your copy of Prairie Life yet? How about a chance to win an autographed copy? Comment here on your summer sewing goals and I'll see you Aug. 12 to announce the winner.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #5

This week's charm swap challenge was for Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs sent one of their charm packs to Lisa to do her magic. And she did! What an adorable little quilt for all of Lisa's ducklings (read grankids).

Find Lisa's instructions for this quilt HERE.

Just one more charm quilt next week. Don't miss it!

Here's the list of all the great charm projects from 6 unique designers.

July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

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
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

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 
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

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 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
July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell   
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

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 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 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!

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