Monday, October 26, 2020

Market at Home by KTQ for Moda, Part 4

I'm really excited about my new sampler quilt, Prairie Days. As I decorate for each season, I'm usually digging through piles of runners and quilts, looking for just the right backdrop for my vintage collectibles. I often wish I had more two-color small quilts to use at home. So, Prairie Days, and it's companion mini quilts, was born. With one Layer Cake, separated into color groups, I made six small quilts with simple, traditional blocks. 

Red Dawn - Reds & tans combine for an early morning star mini quilt (24"x30").

 

Morning Dew - Traditional 9-patches in assorted greens create a fun little table topper (25"sq).

 

Afternoon Delight - My version of a golden sunflower, turning toward the afternoon sun, makes a delightful pillow topper (18"sq).

Day Dreamin' - Gather the plum prints from Prairie Dreams to make this adorable little mini (19"sq).

Evening Shadows - Classic blues and tans in dark & light churn dash blocks make a cute little quilt to tuck in a basket (16"sq).

Midnight Flight - Flying geese in formation create a lovely neutral table runner for almost any season (29"x15").

 

One Layer Cake with some extra tan backgrounds makes all six of the two-color minis. A second Layer Cake with the same blocks comes together as a color-blocked sampler (63"x74"). Watch for details after the first of the year on my 6-month sew-a-long for the Prairie Days Sampler + 6 minis beginning in April 2021.



 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Market at Home by KTQ for Moda, Part 3

 Prairie Dreams is my new fabric collection for fall market that will ship to quilt shops in March 2021. I've shared more of the fabrics and quilts in previous posts, if you missed them. Here's a look at the final trio of prints for this line.

I chose this delicate floral as a medium size print to blend with the feature fabric florals. I like the dot in the background for added interest. 


I usually add an all-over tight viney print that is more heavily printed to use for inner borders, sashings and as accents in my quilts.


They're not dots, but these tiny arrows are great for backgrounds, fillers, sashing and inner borders. They bring all the colors of the line together in one tiny package.

I used the tan multi print as the background for this next quilt in the Sweet 'n Up pattern, Checks with Jelly. A Prairie Dreams Jelly Roll plus 2 fabrics makes this 66"x78" lap quilt that's perfect for the guys on your list. I love how the little tan print pulls it all together and brightens it up.

Checks with Jelly (66"x78")

 Honey Checks is the Honey Bun version, using 2 HB's plus 2 fabrics for a fun lap quilt. I'll make the Jelly Roll quilts for gifts, since they go together so quickly, but the Honey Bun quilt is all mine!

Honey Checks (57"x63")
 

Watch for my favorite quilts from this collection in a couple days. You won't want to miss it!
 
 

Friday, October 23, 2020

Market at Home by KTQ for Moda, Part 2

Prairie Dreams is truly a dream come true for me. It is my 67th line of fabric with Moda. I am so grateful for Moda's continued belief in KTQ, and the heartfelt support from all of you. If you didn't appreciate what I do, I couldn't continue to do what I love. Thank you. 

From the inspiration fabric, to preview swatches, to yardage & precuts, the quality of Moda's fabric is superior. I shared the feature fabric in a previous post and would like to show you some of the companion prints here. This collection is shaping up to be one of my favorites!  


The light, feathery floral print was fun to use for borders, pulling the whole palette of colors together. I'm loving the gold to add warmth to my quilts.


This scattered leaves print adds that feeling of the first tiny green leaves in spring. Or, will work great for the fall feels, too.

I love dots! I think I realized this not-so-mild obsession on about my third or fourth fabric collection, and decided to make dots a recurring theme. I especially love the multi-colored dots on tan for backgrounds. But the darker prints with dots are great for innner borders, outer borders, bindings, blocks, backing...

I love creating quilts with my fabric, especially when I can start with a precut. For Prairie Dreams, I've designed two patterns with options for Jelly Roll and Honey Bun quilts. The first one is Add It Up. One + 1 features a Honey Bun (1 1/2" strips) for a nice lap size quilt (59"x67"). Two + 2 features a Jelly Roll (2 1/2" strips) for a good size queen quilt (98"x114"). Each quilt only needs 3 additional fabrics to complete. The precuts provide all the scrappy goodness.

One + 1 (Honey Bun)


Two + 2 (Jelly Roll)
 

Prairie Dreams ships to quilt shops in March 2021. Watch for more of my Market at Home Preview in the coming days. Follow me on Instagram for even more fun stories. @lynnektq

 

 

 


 

 

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Market at Home by KTQ for Moda

 Kansas Troubles Quilters Presents...Prairie Dreams

I'm so excited to share my newest fabric collection with Moda, Prairie Dreams. This weekend would have been Quilt Market, so I'm giving you a sneak peek here at all the new goods. 

I fell in love with the feature fabric as soon as I uncovered it in Moda's huge library of vintage textiles. This beautiful, viney floral is layered over a meandering dot for lots of depth and texture. It's perfect for borders or large setting blocks.


The meandering dot pattern also shines on it's own as a tone-on-tone print to use for, well, everything! It comes in almost every colorway - tan, gold, red, blue, purple & green.

I have always loved charm packs! I've made a quilt featuring a charm pack for every line I've designed since they were introduced (over 50 at last count). The charm project for Prairie Dreams is called Starry Dreams. These spinning, swirling stars easy to piece with simple half square triangles.

Starry Dreams

 There are more prints and quilts to come over the next few days, so stay tuned for all the goodies. To see more of the Prairie Dreams collection, follow me on Instagram @lynnektq. Prairie Dreams ships to quilt shops in March 2021.


 

 


 


Thursday, October 15, 2020

20 Years of KTQ BOM - Week #19

 Week #19 - Flying Geese

Gather up your leftover scraps and stitch up a gaggle of geese. Sixteen, to be exact. Keep in mind the tips on creating accurate Connecting Corners and you'll have no trouble piecing these fun, scrappy blocks. The secret to perfect flying geese points? Make sure you have a 1/4" for the seam allowance where the two triangles overlap at the top of the block.

Once you've made the flying geese blocks, sew them together in sections, as shown. Now, you're ready to add them to Section #3 of your quilt.

For Section #3, lay out the blocks indicated, as shown. Piece the blocks together in order shown, pressing carefully. You're almost done with the center of your 20 Years quilt! Woohoo! (insert happy dance here)

I'll see you on October 30th for a very non-spooky Block #20, when we'll be just a couple weeks from finishing our quilts. Please post your blocks/quilt on our 20 Years of KTQ BOM Facebook page. I love to see your progress.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Bittersweet Lane Arriving Soon!

 We're eagerly awaiting a truckload of Bittersweet Lane fabric & precuts any day now. The rich, yummy colors and prints are perfect for quilts for any season. 

 I added a few precuts in with my collection of pumpkins on the dry sink for fun. The color palette is perfect for my home - and yours, too.

Bittersweet Lane Precuts

Bittersweet Lane offers colors and prints for any season with golds, greens, pumpkins, purples, reds, blues and browns to contrast with the lovely tan prints and tone-on-tones. (I'm saving a bolt of the background tan print for myself. It's great backgrounds and backings.)

Bittersweet Lane charm pack

 

I had so much fun playing with Moda's KT Bittersweet Lane Honey Buns. I made a dozen projects to decorate my home all through the year - wall quilts, table runners & pillows to coordinate. 

Bittersweet & Honey booklet & kits

Bittersweet Pumpkins offers two ways to piece this lovely quilt - with a Layer Cake for year round appeal, or with a Honey Bun for fall pumpkins. This is the project I designed for our KT & Friends Retreats last summer that were cancelled. I hosted (3) Facebook Live tutorials for all our retreat ladies, and anyone else who's interested in making these projects. Find it on the KT & Friends Retreat FB page.

Bittersweet Pumpkins (2 lap options)

 

Make a charm quilt with a scrappy zigzag border, then whip up four adorable panels to change with the seasons. Two Bittersweet Lane charms plus yardage make the quilt and all four panels.

Bittersweet Seasons charm quilt w/4 seasonal pin-on panels

Everybody needs a reason to smile these days. Who could resist these happy guys with their silly grins! Make Happy Jacks for the season this year, or get a head start on next year's fall stitiching.

Happy Jacks charm Pattern & Kit

Watch for all the Bittersweet Lane fabric, precuts and patterns at your local quilt shop, or ktquilts.com.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

KT October Special

 Bittersweet & Honey Booklet + Pumpkin Pickin' Kit

I'm so excited to decorate for fall! The rich colors and textures of the season call my name. Here's a deal to add a little fall to your home. Bittersweet Lane fabric & precuts are due later this month, but I couldn't wait to share some of the new projects for the season. 

 My new Bittersweet & Honey booklet features a dozen seasonal projects using Moda's precut Honey Buns (1 1/2" strips). Three of the projects are for fall with a pieced pumpkin surrounded by gold, brown and tan strips. The Pumpkin Pickin' wall quilt is 23" square, but could be made any size you desire with additional brown/gold strips. The booklet also includes a pillow cover and runner with the pumpkin motif.

Our KT October Special includes the Bittersweet & Honey booklet plus the Pumpkin Pickin' wall kit (above) for only $45+Free Shipping. (Retail value w/shipping $64+). 

Find the KT October Special HERE.

Kit includes a KT Favorites III Honey Bun with additional Bittersweet Lane strips from my stash. (There's even a little sneak peek at the whole collection included.)


Supplies are limited. Order soon! Go to ktquilts.com and click on KT Specials, or call the KT Quilt Shop at 785-488-2120.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

20 Years of KTQ BOM - Week #18

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the Star Cluster PDF pattern:

cannewa - Starch fabric before you cut, helps stabilize bias edges.
 
Thanks for all your comments on design walls, piecing, etc. The tip on using starch has helped me especially when I'm piecing smaller blocks for more perfect intersections. 
 
cannewa, please send your email address to Kansas Troubles at lynne@ktquilts.com. Robert will email your pattern as soon as possible.
 
Watch my blog and Instagram for more giveaways in the coming weeks. Bittersweet Lane is due to arrive in October. Can't wait!
 

Week #18 - Goose in the Pond

Piece 9-patch and rail fence blocks. Make half square triangles. You're good to go! 

This large block is simple to piece with traditional elements. Use what you've learned about half square triangles (HST) to piece the red/tan units.  Press the blue/tan 9-patch/rail fence strips carefully. Do not stretch the strips when pressing seams toward the dark for opposing seams.

 

Congratulations! You're ready to assemble Section #2. Lay out all the blocks and sashing strips, as shown. Piece each part of the section; note arrows for pressing.



See you October 15th for Flying Geese and assembling Section #3. We're on the home stretch!
 
 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

All 'Round the Seasons Club

A Mini Table Treat for Every Season

Quilter's who have taken a Mini Table Treat workshop with me love how fast & fun they are to make. No one can make just one! I've put together a six-pack of colorful treats for any season of the year, from Valentine's Day to 4th of July, plus table toppers for Fall, Christmas and Spring. Or, whip up Maker, the Mini Table Treat that celebrates the creative soul in all of us.

Join me for a year long program of Mini Table Treats (MTT), one every other month for a year, beginning in our KT November Special. The booklet, All 'Round the Seasons, plus the Sweet Holly kit are only $35 + Free Shipping (retail value w/shipping of over $50).

For the remaining (5) months, each kit is only $24+ $5 shipping. Shipments will be in January, March, May, July & September.


These unique table toppers are so easy to make. Cut the (2) circles, layer with batting and backing, quilt, add fusible appliques, topstitch & bind. In about 3 hours + hand binding you'll have a delightful seasonal table topper to welcome each season. I'll announce my Facebook Live tutorial for Sweet Holly on November 1st along with the official blog post for the KT November Special. Mark your calendar!

Sweet and easy fusible appliques of a candy cane, ribbon and holly leaves adorn a 17" round table topper that requires no piecing. The Sweet Holly kit includes all fabrics for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques & buttons. All you need is an 18" square of lightweight batting. 

In January, you'll receive the second MTT in the series, String of Hearts. It's perfect for Valentine's Day or a gift for that special sweetheart. The String of Hearts kit includes all fabrics for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques & buttons.


For March, we'll stitch up some sunny flowers with First Signs of Spring. Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques and our KT Mini Melon Template.


May is time the perfect time to prepare for summer celebrations and all things red, white and blue. My 4th of July Mini Table Treat will set the mood for your patriotic parties. Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques and buttons.


In July, let's make something just for ourselves. Maker salutes the creative spirit in each of us with tools of our passion, quilting. Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques, measuring tape ribbon and buttons.

The final Mini Table Treat in September will pay homage to my favorite time of year with Fall Harvest. KT's rich autumn hues will enhance any fall decor.Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques.
So here's the breakdown:
KT November Special - All 'Round the Seasons booklet + Sweet Holly Kit - $35 + Free Shipping.

Months #2 thru #6 = $24+$5 shipping.
Call Robert at the KT Quilt Shop to preorder your KT November Special and sign up for the continuing Mini Table Treat series today! 785-488-2120









Tuesday, September 15, 2020

20 Years of KTQ - Block #17

 Block #17 - Churn Dash Star

I can't believe we're already on Block #17! Only a few more weeks to go and we'll be making the pieced border and putting our quilt together.

Today's block combines two of my favorites - a churn dash and a star. (More on that later.) Both are simple to piece with traditional half square triangles (HST) and star points made with connecting corners (CC). Your reference sheet has step-by-step tips for both units.

 The Churn Dash

First, we'll piece (3) churn dash blocks - (2) for the Churn Dash Star blocks and (1) for a filler block. For perfect HST, cut the squares oversized and trim to the exact measurement. I made mine red, green and black. I set the black churn dash aside for my filler block.

The Star Points

Next, we'll use the connecting corner (CC) method to create the star point units. If you have ever cut off the star points or blunted the point of the intersection when piecing your block into the quilt, #3 is the most important step. If the 90degree corners line up, you're good to go. (From CC Info Sheet)

Piece the blocks as shown in the instructions with a churn dash block for the center. Make (2) Churn Dash Star blocks.

Assemble the Section

We pieced the checkerboard filler a few weeks ago, so we have all the ingredients to make the Churn Dash Star section. Add the tan background strips, as indicated in the pattern, and sew it all together. You're one step closer to a finished quilt!


Star Cluster Giveaway

As I was designing this block, I tried it in a couple of sizes for the BOM quilt. I really liked the idea of multiple sizes of churn dash and star blocks, so I made a quilt called Star Cluster with a Through the Year fat 1/8 bundle. In the instructions, we piece the larger blocks first to practice/perfect our HST and CC, then move on to more challenging 4 1/2" and 2 1/2" stars and churn dash blocks. I love it!

And I hope you do, too. Want a chance to win the PDF downloadable pattern of Star Cluster? Comment below with your favorite quilting tip. Winner announced September 30th with Block #18.

 

I love it so much I made a second quilt in my Sweet Holly Christmas fabric. The pieced borders are done, just waiting for a free weekend to finish. Maybe before Christmas???

 



Tuesday, September 1, 2020

KT September Special

 8-Pack Fat Quarter Bundle

Is it time to build up and refresh your stash? We have just the solution with our KT September Special. Joy selects (8) small print and tone-on-tone basics of each KT color and bundles them together just for you. 

We have earthy pumpkin prints for your fall projects, golds and greens and reds for holiday quilts, rich blues, plums and blacks to fill in when you need one more strip or square for a precut quilt. And, of course, who doesn't always need a few more tans on hand. We've got 'em!


Each pack contains fat quarters from a variety of KT fabric collections for the perfect stash builders.

Our KT September Special is only $24 with FREE SHIPPING. Order today at ktquilts.com HERE.

Monday, August 31, 2020

20 Years of KTQ BOM - Block #16

Block #16-Kansas Sunflower

This week we're piecing Block #16-Kansas Sunflower. It's one of my favorite flowers, growing wild in the ditches along country roads this time of year in our area. I've designed sunflower blocks for several other projects, but I really like the way this block represents the state flower.
 
The center of the sunflower is just squares with connecting corners (snowball corners) on the brown square and gold strips. I always fold my squares toward the corner to make sure they match before trimming. The same goes for the H/E pieces on either side of the quarter square. 
 
Cut the F & D squares oversized, if desired, then trim after piecing the quarter square. If you have an accurate 1/4" seam allowance, the given measurements are accurate.
 

 
 
Note that the sunflower stem strips are cut from a fat quarter (in the BOM kit), so it will need to be pieced and trimmed to length.

 

This month, you'll also be piecing the signature blocks. I fused the tan strips to the green background so I had a little stability for writing "KTQ" on one and the year on the other. And, if I didn't like the first attempt, I could redo the fused strip without ruining the block. Just sayin...

One of the bonus patterns that comes with the 20 Years of KTQ BOM pattern packet is Bee-you-ti-full, a bright & cheery runner made with two of the sunflower blocks just right for summer into fall decorating. Not part of the BOM? No problem. It's also available as a single pattern (only $6.50) - printed pattern or PDF HERE.
Bee-you-ti-full Runner

 I LOVE the bees! They're easy fusible applique topstitched with coordinating Aurifil 50wt. thread. The wings and body use my KT Melon Template for even easier cutting. 

I hope you're enjoying every moment of these last few days of summer. I'm soaking it all in, but anxiously waiting for fall. 
 
Let me know how you're coming along. I love to see all the pictures of your progress on our Facebook Group page 20 Years of KTQ BOM and on Instagram. Follow me at #lynnektq. See you September 15th for the next block!
 
 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

20 Years of KTQ BOM Block #15

Block 15 - Friendship Stars

Cheers to a block celebrating our friends, who are there for us through fat quarters (thick) and Honey Bun strips (thin). These simple blocks utilize basic half square triangles (HST) and add visual interest and motion to a quilt.

My tip is to piece each unit of the blocks and trim to the exact measurement. The completed block will be perfect! The star points and block corners are HST. The center unit is quarter square triangles. I cut the D & B squares oversized for these, just like HST, so I can trim after piecing. Be sure to measure from the center intersection when trimming quarter square blocks.


Note the pressing instructions. When sewing the three blocks together in a row, you'll appreciate having  opposing seams on the center block.

The finished section with sashing measures 12 1/2" x 22 1/2". You can piece Section #1 together at this point with a Log Cabin block, (2) Arrowheads and the Kansas Troubles block.


Also this month, we're piecing the HST filler blocks. Please note that the HST section #1 measures 16 1/2" x 2 1/2", not the 10 1/2" stated. The HST are made in two sections for easier assembly in Part #20.

Have fun with this week's Friendship Stars block. I'll meet you back here on August 30th for Kansas Sunflower.