Monday, January 14, 2019

A Look Back at 2018, Part #2

KT Winner

My year of quilting is usually accomplished in clumps. During the school year, I have a lot less time to quilt, but the in the summer, I tend to binge sew. This summer, I completed quite a few WIPs. The start to this school year was most challenging when I switched grade levels after 2 weeks. The craziness continued until Thanksgiving, when I was able to finally sew again. Over the holidays, I was able to complete 2 small projects. I have 2 KT layer cakes and one jellyroll waiting to be quilted; hopefully I can squeeze in some quilting on the weekends. If not, I can aim for Spring Break. Thanks for the chance to win! 
  
Congratulations! Teachers deserve our support and I'm happy to support your habit, cthoss, with a box of KT scraps. Please email me at lynne@ktquilts.com with your shipping information. Robert will send your box right out.

 I enjoyed reading all of your sewing highlights from last year. I can so relate to many of you, trying to find time to sew just for fun while life - jobs, family, health - gets in the way. I'm blessed with good health, a job I love even when it's crazy busy and a family who supports my unconventional schedule. Let's all raise a fat quarter to a new year of finishing the old and starting some exciting new projects, too.  
 

2018 in Review, Part #2

Last week, I shared a bit about how the first half of last year shaped up with travel, fabric collections and quilts.  By the second half of the year, we gained momentum and the year seemed to finish in a flash.

July was cool and rainy, all the way to Maine for the annual state quilt show. My grandaughter, Aleece, accompanied me on a 12 day trek from Kansas to Maine, stopping along the way at some interesting places. We both loved Casey, IL, home of BIG things - the largest rocking chair, tree house, mailbox, wooden shoes, golf tee, pencil, birdcage and knitting needles, to name a few.

Aleece in a giant birdcage.


We stopped in Lancaster County, PA to visit quilt shops, bakeries and all things Amish during a couple days of torrential rain and flooding.

After arriving in Maine, we spent two glorious days in sunshine on the beach in Ogunquit. The beach was a treasure trove of sea shells, unlike the ones we usually gather in Florida. Rows of quaint little shops and eateries captured out attention after we washed off the sand.

On to the Maine Quilt Show. I taught 5 classes in 4 days with some of the nicest KT fans (stalkers?) from more than a dozen states and Canada. Thank you for a lovely weekend.

Our main goal on the way home was to stop at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in CT, featured on one of our favorite shows, Flea Market Flip. Aleece loves to find old junk and transform into unique decor for her room. Truly a chip off gramma's block. We didn't find alot, but had a great time hunting for treasure at several stops on the way home.



August was spent quietly at home to unpack, regroup and finish up the projects for my fall collection, Nature's Glory. Pumpkin Seeds is a reboot of an oldie from KT Stash Society, reworked to include instructions for my Layered Patchwork technique.

Pumpkin Seeds booklet with 3 projects.

September was busy traveling again, first to Appleton, WI to visit the Darting Needles Quilt Guild, then to San Diego for an Eternity Quilt Event with Diane Erikson. Jenny Doan and I shared workshops with 130 quilters for 3 days in sunny California. Not a bad place to get away for work. I taught a version of Fresh Cut Flowers called Fresh From My Garden.  I was able to alter the original quilt enough to focus more on piecing techniques with a few less appliques. The ladies loved it!


October was full of preparations for Fall International Quilt Market in Houston. I showed my new fabric collection, On Meadowlark Pond (due in stores next month) and several quilts featuring my classic spring palette of KT fabrics. I'll show each quilt individually soon with lots of giveaways, but here's a look at my booth at market. On Meadowlark Pond (LC) hanging in the background, Bird Watching (JR) quilt on the right in two colorways, Meadowlark Baskets (charm quilt) hanging on the bird cage holder to the left, and projects from my book Cozy Quilts & Comforts on the chair and table.

On Meadowlark Pond at Fall Market

I was thrilled to be included in the American Patchwork & Quilting's 25th Anniversary celebration at market. They had a wonderful display of cover quilts from the past 25 years. My Rustic Stars quilt made the cut. I love that the diamonds for the star points are stitched on top using my Layered Patchwork technique with a Honey Bun and our KT Diamond template. It's a fun quilt to make in any colorway.

KT's Rustic Stars quilt featured in APQ 25th Anniversary display.

The year ended with more remodeling than quilting going on. If you follow my blog, you saw we tore out the walls of what used to be my office at the store to make room for more fabric and displays. Boxes and boxes of stuff are now stored in my sewing room - until my new studio is ready. I dug through a few more boxes looking for a particular item (that is not wanting to be found) and came across these chunks from Nature's Glory. They're more than a Layer Cake, so not really in the scrap catergory, but it all needs to go. Comment to win this Nature's Glory pack before I am swallowed up by boxes, please! Next week, stay tuned for a look at KTQ in 2019.




63 comments:

  1. Wow, those would go so well with the treasured old pieces I just uncovered while I was looking for something else in my sewing room--which led me to start a new project, because I was reminded of how much I enjoyed them and was inspired to get started right away. You know how that goes, right? Thanks for the generous giveaway and the reminder that our sewing rooms are often very similar places. :)

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  2. I would love to win the Nature's Glory. I would use in a quilt for my grandson. He gets so excited when he gets a quilt from grandma. Thanks for chance to win & for sharing your finds!

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  3. I love reading your posts. Your fabrics call to me, so I would love to win these.

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  4. What an eventful year! It goes by so quickly that we should all take a minute to look back and note the accomplishments of the past 365 days. It is always nice if that includes a pile of quilts!!!

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  5. What an exciting year you have had traveling. It makes me want to plan some trips to Penn. and Maine! The fabric bundle has some beautiful pieces and would blend nicely with some of my Kansas Troubles fabrics for a quilt I plan to make.

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  6. The year passed by quickly. Quilt shows in New England are on my bucket list. I love reading your posts (confession: I am a stalker!) and your fabric lines are eye candy to me. Nature's Glory would find a welcoming home in my KT collection for the next quilt.

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  7. I love the florals in Natures Glory. Thanks!

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  8. Sounds !one a fun trip across the states! I have never heard of Casey, IL. I may have to look it up for a trip sometime! We also love Flea Market Flip and want to visit one of the flea markets featured someday!
    Sandy A

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  9. My husband and I take our grandsons to indoor and outdoor flea markets, always a lot of fun! I also love Flea Market Flip, never miss it!
    Would love to win any chunk of Nature's Glory, just love everything about it!! Came across a few of my own chunks yesterday as i was going though my stash for a project. A little more of them would help! Thanks for a chance to win!
    Carmen

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  10. Thanks for sharing all the inspiration. The Rustic Stars quilt is on my bucket list of quilts to make when I can retire someday. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. What a wonderful year - hope 2019 can live up to it for you! Our guild is currently making quilts for a brand new hospice in our area. Those chunks would certainly help the cause!
    basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  12. We live about 1/2 hour from Casey, IL and it is a fun little town to visit. It also has the BEST pizza restaurant. We had a snowstorm this past weekend and I was happy for the excuse to not leave the house. Always welcome the chance to sew as much as I want. Love Natures Glory - can't wait to get some!

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  13. What a great trip you had with your granddaughter. The memories you both will share. You have had a busy year. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. I've never heard of the Elephant's Trunk and I live so close. I will have to check that out for sure. Nature's Glory looks yummy!

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  15. I loved your story about the trip with your grand daughter. A wonderful memory for the both of you! Your year in review is a great way to keep track of what we accomplish. I was given a journal and I think I am going to follow your lead. Ideas are perking for another scrappy KT quilt, all scraps appreciated. Thanks for all your inspiration.

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  16. What you are looking for will be found in the last place you look!!! - Confucius
    LOL!!! But don't you enjoy all the treasures you find along the way?!?! Your grandchildren will enjoy those memories! Congratulations to whoever wins your wonderful find! We are enjoying your scraps and treasure give-aways!!! We are truly blessed!! Thank you for the chance!

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  17. Just finished up two UFOs with the help of my sister, along with making a bargello wall hanging for my mom who isn't able sew much any more and a twisted log cabin quilt for her. A great end to one year and awesome beginning to the new one!

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  18. Would love to win your scraps. Your fabric is unavailable where I live, all the shops tend to go toward more modern fabric, but I'm a old fashion type gal.

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  19. Remodeling is surely a hassle but it will all be worth it in the end when it is done. Hopefully then you will be able to place fabric and it will remain where you put it until you need it.

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  20. Love your Nature's glory line! Every time I see a sew along, my first thought is "How would that look in Kansas Troubles fabrics?" Thank you for a chance to win a bundle of your scraps. bfiresheets@bellsouth.net

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  21. I visited Casey, Illinois foe the first time last summer too. Such a nice town. I have never quilted with your fabrics, although I have made a few of your projeects from the tutorials on Missouri Star. I would love to use your fabrics with your patterns.

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  22. You are so generous with your fabric! Thank you for offering another collection : ) I learned something new about my home state (CT) by reading this post -- I had never heard of Elephant's Trunk flea market!

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  23. So much fun to see your "year in review", and to be inspired by your beautiful fabrics and patterns!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  24. Sounds like you had a busy 2018. I wish I would had known you were in Appleton WI for I would had attended that class for I don't live all that far from there. I took one of your classes in Oshkosh WI several years ago, and it was one of the favorite classes that I ever took. Love your material, now to just find time to get it all sewn up. Like you I am now also housecleaning and trying to find room for everything, but I always have more room for KT fabrics which are hard to find in my area.

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  25. I always enjoy your fabric

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  26. You had a very busy 2018, loved reading your recap. Of course, I always enjoy hearing about your new line coming to my local quilt shop, exciting.

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  27. My goodness--you had a busy year! Next time you visit Lancaster, PA, let me know. We're about 1 1/2 hours away and have a spare room just waiting for a guest.

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  28. So much going on! Hope the remodel is done soon and you can get back to normal. Love the fabrics and would love to add them to my KT fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  29. I just love your fabrics. I have been "collecting' since the first time I discovered them, don't remember the year, but it was "Bound to the Prairie!!!

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  30. Oh my, you had a very busy year. It appears your granddaughter and you are making wonderful memories. Nothing like spending time with family. I live about an hour from Casey. It is a BIG interesting place to visit. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful giveaway.

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  31. "Let's raise a Fat Quarter".... I love the sentiment. I am in the process of "improving" 2 closets for my sewing and cross stitch stash. After that, I can get more of my sewing room uncovered and then back to stitching.

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  32. As an adult, I should say something about how I LOVE your fabrics. But, my inside is screaming, "pick me, pick me, pleeaasseee!!". Thank you!!

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  33. So sorry for the confusion, teachers. We love you all, but the winning teacher is listed above. Wish I had a big fat box of scraps for each and every one of you!

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  34. I loved reading about your year in review, I felt like I was there with you at each and every stop. I was fortunate enough to be one of those 130 Quilters in San Diego and enjoyed the classes and the opportunity to meet you (and Robert). I would be thrilled to find a box of these fabrics at my front door!

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  35. Great travels with your granddaughter. Mine aren't old enough yet...It always seems that you find more of what you're not looking for than what you are looking for when going through boxes. My sunglasses fell off my neck and into a box of my daughter's moving stuff. They were found a year and a half later, when she finally moved out of the house after college graduation! I can relate to your searching woes. I'm anxious to see what you have in store for 2019!

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  36. So awesome to look back at everything and then looking forward even more awesome... I am motivated for this new year! thank you.

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  37. Oh my those Nature's Glory fabrics are beautiful....the one on the top reminds me of wallpaper I put in our bedroom....in the previous home. So beautiful and classic, it was a Waverly print and I still love it. My parents live in that house and that room is my mom's sewing room at 86 strong and still sewing.....what a treasure. Beautiful fabric!

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  38. I would so love to win your Nature's Glory "scraps". These would go great with my Blockheads II blocks.

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  39. Loved today’s post! You amaze me with your schedule and accomplishments! I’m working on using some of my stash (so I can buy new!) and was astounded at all the KT fabric I own! Needless to say, I have several projects planned with all that gorgeous fabric! Thanks for all you do-you keep my tastes satisfied with your fabric collections. Kindest regards, Pam

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  40. I enjoyed seeing the year's highlights--such pretty quilts and colors. I seriously JUST sat down from finishing the quilting on my latest project made with the Nature's Glory fabrics! They're just so pretty that this is going on our bed, and it would be great to have more to make shams! Thanks for the chance to win. Now I'm off to make the binding; hope to have a finish pic up by tomorrow!

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    1. The finished quilt:
      https://livelylatte.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-first-full-finish-of-2019.html

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  41. You have a wonderful talent for making beautiful quilts. Love your fabrics and looking forward to purchasing fabric from your line to make a quilt using them. I smiled when I read that you were in Lancaster County....my family is from there and I grew up in the neighboring York County. Beautiful countryside. We now live in SC so we enjoy visiting like we did over Christmas. Thank you so much for a chance to win some of your fabric.

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  42. Oh no! I can't allow the boxes to swallow you away Lynne, I will rescue you by inviting your "almost layer cake" Nature's Glory to move to my fabric petting home.

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  43. Yours is my very favorite fabric line. I started purchasing in 2005 and think my jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm squares, headers and yardage are a KT history lesson. I LOVE it all!!! We met in San Diego at Jenny Doan's trunk show, such an honor for me. Thank you for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric.

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  44. I would love to use you scraps to make a mother in law project befor we leave to visit her in Romania this spring.

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  45. I enjoy reading your blogs - very inspirational. I have a lot of your fabric lines. Besides loving the patterns and colors, I can mix and match within any of the lines and everything looks great!! My first rag quilt was KT flannels. Thank you for this chance to win.

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  46. What a great trip! And thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. Would love to have some of your natures glory fabric as I could be classified as a stalker of KT and love to make most of my projects with KT fabrics!!!

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  48. Isn't it fun to look back on the year. We really do accomplish more than we think we do. I've always wanted to visit Elephant's Trunk Flea market. Some of the segments for the show Flea Market Flip have been filmed there. Fun!

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  49. Wow! What a busy year. It makes me tired just reading about it! Thanks!

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  50. Cleaning out, paring down, and planning new projects are my goals for the new year. Your project encompasses all these plus remodeling! You are a role model to us all!

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  51. Oh my, you have been very busy! I grew up in New Hampshire and I am very familiar with the beautiful beaches of Maine. Ogunquit and Kennebunk are some of our favorites. Further up the coast is Bar Harbor and the absolutely beautiful Acadia National Park where you can be the first to see sunrise from top of Cadillac Mountain...the highest point on the US east coast. I think I need to check out the Elephant's Trunk flea market on our way home from our yearly trip to NH to visit family. :)

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  52. Love your fabrics, Lynne. So appreciate the way your collections blend together - really helps to utilize stash to make beautiful quilts. Thanks for all you do. Hope you can enjoy more stitching time in 2019!!!

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  53. I have many of your fabrics in my stash and these would coordinate nicely for a bed-size quilt. I appreciate all you do to encourage all us quilters to create what we love.

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  54. Last year passed by so quickly. I did manage to do more sewing and quilting than I expected though. This year I'm hoping to get some designs done that I've had in mind for awhile. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  55. I really enjoy reading your blog. It's beyond interesting to hear some of the back stop to your work. Thanks for letting us in.

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  56. I made your rustic stars pattern a few years ago for my in-laws. They LOVE that quilt! Thank you for helping me to make the, so happy!

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  57. I love your fabric lines and hope to make a trip to USA to be able to get some more this year.

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  58. Was thinking that this would be a stay home year after all of our travels last year but Maine may just be a trip this summer. My goal is to finish WIP which include some of your fabrics. But of course more is always welcomed.

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  59. I just received a Charm Pack of Natures Glory. A layer cake would be the icing on the top.

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