Wednesday, June 30, 2021

KT July Special

 Prairie Dreams Layer Cakes

We've just completed the first of two KT & Friends Retreats this summer. Last week, more than 60 quilters gathered in Bennington, KS, home of Kansas Troubles. Everyone had a great time learning new techniques, meeting new friends and winning cool prizes. In just a few weeks, we'll take our show on the road to Appleton, WI - August 10-13 - for our second retreat this year. We still have a few spaces available so call the KTQuilt Shop to sign up soon!

My Prairie Stars quilt was designed for the retreats. It features a Prairie Dreams Layer Cake plus coordinating Prairie Dreams fabrics. Many of the quilters chose to make the quilt larger by adding another Layer Cake. We decided to offer the Prairie Dreams Layer Cake and Prairie Stars pattern this month as our KT Special so you can join in on the fun. 

Buy the Prairie Dreams Layer Cake + Prairie Stars pattern for only $35 plus FREE SHIPPING! That's a retail value of over $60 (with shipping). If you want the additional fabrics to make the quilt, call the store at 785-488-2120 and we'll make it happen.

 



Monday, June 28, 2021

KT&Friends Retreats 2021

One Down, One to Go

Our 2nd KT&Friends Retreat in Bennington, KS, was last week June 22-25. Over 60 quilters joined me and my Moda designer friends, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, and Debbie Maddy of Tiori Designs, for 6 workshops with kits. Over the 4 day retreat, we gave away 370+ table favors, more than 70 door prizes, 40 trunk show prizes and 5 grand prizes, in addition to all the goodies in the classrooms. Whew! I should have warned them to bring an extra suitcase!

Our theme this year is Measure Twice, so we had fun taking pictures with our signature tape measure table runners. They graced the cafeteria tables at each meal to set the mood, too. So fun to make! Here's Kim Peterson and her sewing buddy, Cindy Tillman with all three teachers.

 

Each designer shared quilts from their upcoming collections in a trunk show before dinner in the evening. Here's one of my favorites by Lisa Bongean. The string stars in reds, whites and blues are stunning! (The feet peeking out from under the quilt are from my two favorite quilt holders, my grandaughter, Aleece, and Lisa Smith of KTQ.)

 

There were also a few of our attendees who shared their quilts from the designers, like our KT local, Shirley Andrews, with one of Lisa's quilts.

If you missed our Bennington retreat, not to fear. We have another KT&Friends Retreat in Appleton, WI in just a few weeks - August 10-13. There are a few spots available if you'd like to learn from some of the best quilting instructors from Moda, including Lisa Bongean, Barb Groves of Me&My Sister Designs, and ME! Here are the important details. Cost of retreat is $795. Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley in Appleton, WI has special rates for attendees. Lunch included Wed-Friday. 

Call the KTQuilt Shop for more information and to register at 785-488-2120. 






Monday, May 31, 2021

American Pride

 KT June Special

I know I'm a day early, but I thought it only fitting to celebrate Memorial Day by announcing our patriotic June Special, American Pride. This little charmer is part of our KitToQuilt series of mystery projects. Every other month, I design a seasonal project just for our club. The kit has a retail value of at least $40-45 for only $30 plus $5 shipping. American Pride is the KitToQuilt quilt from June 2020 and is a favorite among our members.

American Pride - KitToQuilt series
 

Now, you can make American Pride, too! The kit/pattern for this project retails for about $43. Our KT June Special is only $35 with Free Shipping! The best part is you can still join our KitToQuilt mystery series. If you like American Pride, you'll love the 2021 June quilt and all the fun projects to come this year. Call the KT Quilt to sign up today!



Thursday, May 13, 2021

Simple Whatnots II by Kim Diehl

I'm a huge fan of designer/author Kim Diehl. I love her signature style, blending simple piecing with applique in her little quilts. I have numerous pages bookmarked in her previous books, and have added a few more to my list in Simple Whatnots II. Kim shares 18 projects to make little quilts from scraps to brighten and soften your home decor. Here's one of her clever hints for decorating with little quilts (page 79).

I'm a fellow antique collector, so I'm always drawn to the beautiful photos of her quilts in her home. It's inspired me over the years to use small quilts in new ways around my home, too. This red cupboard serves as my pantry. I change the decor and quilts each season - partly because it forces me to dust! In this small space, there are three ways to add quilts to your home.


Kim and I are kindred spirits when it comes to all things vintage. Both of us design quilts with warm colors that pair perfectly with chippy antiques and collectibles. This little doll quilt softens the hard lines of the crock and plays off the colors of the rolling pin handles for a sweet vignette.


The quilt on the door is the charm quilt, Star Crossed, from my upcoming Homemade Homespuns fabric collection. Watch for it at your favorite quilt shop in July.

 

I store some of my seasonal napkins in this old red basket. Tucking a little quilt over the top makes it look more finished and adds pattern and color to the display.

It took three years of searching to find right sizes of sugar buckets for my stack. The little vintage quilt tucked under the lid adds a pop of spring yellow to this corner of my entry.

A simple 9-patch quilt draws the eye up to vintage items instead of the canned goods and staples in the pantry cupboard. Robert loves the look of all the quilts around the house, too. I appreciate that he doesn't grumble when he has to move the quilt everyday to open the pantry door. 

If you love little quilts, you'll love the inspirational eye candy and wonderful projects in Kim's new book, Simple Whatnots II. It's available at your favorite quilt shop now or at ShopMartingale.com. 

Watch Instagram throughout the week for more Martingale authors who love Kim's book. Comment on my Instagram page to win a copy of Simple Whatnots II at @lynnektq. 


Friday, April 30, 2021

KT May Special

Starry Dreams Charm Quilt

My new Prairie Dreams fabric is (almost) here! We received loads of precuts last week, and hope to see boxes and boxes of fabric bolts soon. To help celebrate the newest addition to the KT family, we're offering the Starry Dreams charm kit & pattern for only $32.95 plus Free Shipping (retail $39.95 + $5 shipping). That's a savings of over $12!
 

Starry Dreams charm quilt

I love the simple light and dark eight-pointed stars that twinkle and spin like pinwheels. I'll use this little quilt all year long on a table top, tucked in a basket or on the wall.

Easy, traditional piecing. And look at that fantastic quilting by Lisa Smith! 

Order your KT May Special today. We'll send it as soon as we receive fabric and have kits cut. (Joy is going to be busy!)

Find it HERE.  

I'm lovin' working with all the fabrics in this line. There are some great tan tone-on-tone and multi-colored backgrounds, larger floral prints for borders and accents, and lots of small prints and geometrics to add to your stash. 

Love, love the vintage floral feature print. It also comes in red, blue, black and green for lovely borders. The tan with multi-dots in the background is a keeper, too. I'll grab several yards to have for future projects, for sure. It's even perfect for a party tablecloth! Hmmmm, maybe I need a whole bolt!

To see the entire Prairie Dreams collection, download your free swatch chart HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. Check in each month for our KT Specials, and in between for all the latest KT news.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

On a Roll Again

 There's a new book coming to town soon! Martingale's first book of Jelly Roll quilts was such a success, they gathered over a dozen ideas from my fellow Moda designers and friends to give you even more ways to use my favorite precut. On a Roll Again! features 14 new JR projects compiled by Lissa Alexander of Moda to inspire your creativity. 

I love starting with a precut when designing a new project. When I can unroll strips and see a design come together so quickly, it inspires me to rearrange and play for endless combinations. My Stacked Stars is an example. I chose to layout the colors in a rainbow setting, but you could make yours scrappy or bright.

My Stacked Stars quilt in the wild.

With more than a dozen new ideas in this book, I need to start collecting Jelly Rolls now!

On a Roll Again! will be in quilt shops soon.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Prairie Dreams

 Coming Soon!

I'm not-so-patiently waiting for my newest fabric collection, Prairie Dreams, by Moda. It's blooming with floral, leaf, dot and vine motifs perfect for a spring quilt. I've designed patterns for quilts using Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, Charm packs and Layer Cakes, so watch here for more details in the coming days.

 

The dreamy prints and classic KT colors are perfect for several quilt projects I have planned. One of them is my KT Prairie Days Sampler QAL, beginning in May. The 6-month series includes all fabrics for the lap size sampler quilt plus a large spool of tan Aurifil thread, plus 5 mini quilts and a pillow,  plus backing for the 6 mini projects, plus (6) matching Aurifil thread. Not to mention the fun surprises in each shipment! All that for only $64.95/month.



 Call the KT Quilt Shop to sign up now. Robert says we only have a few spaces left. 785-488-2120