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

 



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

KT April Special

 PDF Printable Patterns

I've been working to add a selection of KT patterns and booklets as PDFs for easy access on our website. Check out some of our latest, and some older favorites, like these...

KT single PDF patterns $5.00 (retail $9.95)

KitToQuilt mystery PDF patterns $5.00 ($9.95 retail)

KT Charm PDF Patterns $4.00 (retail $6.50)

KT PDF Booklets with multiple projects $10 (retail $15.95)

If you have a favorite KT pattern or booklet you'd like to see as a PDF, please let me know. I'll be adding new patterns all month long.

 Go to ktquilts.com/ktspecials for all our PDF patterns and booklets.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

KT & Friends Retreat II

 Appleton, Wisconsin - August 10-13

It's time to kick preparations into high gear for our August KT & Friends Retreat in Appleton, Wisconsin this year. After missing last summer's gathering, we're so excited to see our returning quilters and all the new faces who are joining us. 

The teachers for our WI retreat are Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Barb Groves of Me & My Sister Designs, and Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters (Hosts).

Robert and Joy have been fielding questions at the store, so I thought I would answer them here for everyone.

What you need to know:

In May, you will receive an email from KTQ with questions about who you're attending with, where you're from, etc. Please make sure Robert has your email address. We will also send a supply list of basic supplies needed for all workshops in June. 

Covid-19 - We recommend each quilter receive a Covid vaccine before attending our retreat. Please bring a mask. Mask and social distancing requirements will be determined based on CDC recommendations at the time.  

Hotel/Transportation - Our retreat is at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, Appleton, Wisconsin. Please make your own hotel/travel reservations. A shuttle is available from the Green Bay airport to the hotel. Parking for those driving to the retreat is in city-owned parking garages conveniently located across the street from the hotel. $5/day maximum parking fee.

Sewing Machines - We are unable to provide sewing machines for rent. Please make arrangements with the hotel if you decide to ship your sewing machine before the retreat.

Payments - Robert will be available for you to make credit card payments for the retreats beginning April 15th. You may call the store 785-488-2120 Tuesday thru Friday 10am-5pm CST, Saturday 10am-3pm to work out the details. We are happy to split the payment into two charges, if you prefer  - 1/2 in April, 1/2 in June.

Registration - August 10 - 11-12:30pm - Each classroom group will be assigned a color. You will register/unload during specific times based on your color group. Don't worry, everyone will be in their places before the workshops begin at 1:00pm.

Workshops - Workshops begin at 9am each morning Wed, Thur, Fri. You will be in 2 workshops with each instructor over the 3 days of the retreat for a total of 6 workshops plus 6 kits. Each designer will teach a lap size quilt project (see below) and a small Make 'n Take project. We hope you'll have three things finished before you leave. What fun!

Sewing Time - Classrooms will open at 8am each morning and remain open until midnight.

Food/Drinks - Coffee, tea and water will be available all day beginning at 8am. You must use the travel mugs provided for drinks to avoid spills in the classrooms. Breakfast is served in several of the on-site restaurants (not included). Lunch will be served.

Shopping - Each designer will take a turn sharing their quilts in a trunk show before dinner each evening. Lisa, Barb and Lynne will have items for sale after their trunk shows and during classes.

Unloading/Loading - We will have at least one teen to help unload/load your sewing machines & supplies.  Aleece did a great job at the first retreat and is looking forward to seeing you all again this year. Tips are appreciated.

 Lisa and I are teaching the same projects for both the Bennington and Appleton retreats. I can't wait to try Lisa's large blocks with her expert tips for making the canoe units. Barb is sharing one of her most popular quilts, Love Shack. What a great way to get a head start on your holiday stitching. My Prairie Stars quilt features my latest fabric collection, Prairie Dreams, in big, easy blocks. I'll share my Layered Patchwork technique as an option, too.

Lisa's Canoe Trip (66"sq.)




Lynne's Prairie Stars (68"sq.)   

Barb's Love Shack
Don't delay, sign up today! 785-488-2120

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

KT & Friends Retreat

Bennington, Kansas - June 22-25, 2021

It's time to kick into high gear preparing for our June KT & Friends Retreat in Bennington this year. After missing last summer's gathering, we're so excited to see our returning quilters and all the new faces who are joining us. 

Robert and Joy have been fielding questions at the store, so I thought I would answer them here for everyone.

What you need to know:

In April, you will receive an email from KTQ with questions about who you're attending with, where you're from, are you open to rooming with another quilter coming alone, etc. Please make sure Robert has your email address. We will also send a supply list of basic supplies needed for all workshops in May. 

Covid-19 - We recommend each quilter receive a Covid vaccine before attending our retreat. Please bring a mask. Mask and social distancing requirements will be determined based on CDC recommendations at the time.  

Hotel/Transportation - Please make your own travel/hotel reservations. Airports are in Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Kansas.

Sewing Machines - We are unable to provide sewing machines for rent. Please make arrangements with the KT Quilt Shop if you wish to ship your sewing machine to the store to arrive before the retreat.

Payments - Robert will be available for you to make credit card payments for the retreats beginning April 1st. You may call the store 785-488-2120 Tuesday thru Friday 10am-5pm CST, Saturday 10am-3pm to work out the details. We are happy to split the payment into two charges, if you prefer  - 1/2 in April, 1/2 in May.

Registration - June 22 - 11-12:30pm - Each classroom group will be assigned a color. You will register/unload during specific times based on your color group. Don't worry, everyone will be in their places before the workshops begin at 1:00pm.

Workshops - Workshops begin at 8:30am each morning Wed, Thur, Fri. Doors open at 8am. You will be in two workshops with each instructor over the 3 days of the retreat for a total of 6 workshops plus project kits. We will each teach a lap size quilt project and a small Make 'n Take project. We hope you'll have three things finished before you leave. So fun!

Sewing Time - Each color group will have free time one afternoon (Wed, Thur or Fri) to sew or shop as they wish. We are allowed to be in the school until 9pm each day Tues-Thurs.

Food/Drinks - Food/drinks will be available in the kitchen only. We will have coffee, tea and water available all day beginning at 8am. You must use the travel mugs provided for drinks to avoid spills in the classrooms/halls. No food is allowed outside the cafeteria. Please eat breakfast, if desired, before arriving each morning. Lunch & dinner will be served.

Shopping - Each designer will take a turn sharing their quilts in a trunk show before dinner each evening. The KT Quilt Shop will be open throughout the day except during meals. Lisa and Debbie will have items for sale after their trunk shows and during classes.

Unloading/Loading - We will have at least one teen to help unload/load your sewing machines & supplies.  Aleece did a great job at the first retreat and is looking forward to seeing you all again this year. Tips are appreciated.

Shipping - If you need to ship any goodies home, we are happy to provide a box at the KT Quilt Shop. Robert  will send your items and charge your credit card for actual shipping costs.

 

Okay, now that all the business is taken care of, let's see what you'll be making at the retreat!

Lisa Bongean will share tips on making her Canoe Trip quilt (66" x 66"). Perfect for summer picnics and the man in your life.

 

Debbie Maddy will introduce her lovely Shibori prints to make this beautiful quilt (63" x 63") that will bring a bright and cheery note to your home.

 

Lynne features a Prairie Dreams Layer Cake to make large blocks in Prairie Stars (68" x 68"). Cuddle up with someone you love under your Prairie Stars quilt.


If you're signed up for our retreat, THANK YOU! We can't wait to meet you. If you haven't signed up yet, grab and friend and don't delay. There are only a few spots available. You don't want to miss all the fun!


Sunday, February 28, 2021

KT March Special

We're not out of the cold yet here in Kansas, but I can see spring just around the corner. I intended to make a couple flannel quilts over the winter, but somehow didn't find the time. So, I'm starting now.  Are you with me? Let's get a head start on warm and cuddly quilts for cool spring evenings, easy throws for picnics at the lake, or something soft & cuddly to curl up by the fire this fall.

Our KT March Special will help you on your way to making snuggly flannel quilts for everyone on your list. We're offering all of our flannel fabric and kits 20% off plus Free Shipping throughout the month of March. Here's a look at some of the fun quilts you can start on today for cozy nights to come.

Flannel Days, Starry Nights features large, easy blocks for lap size quilts that are sure to please. There are five colorways available for spring, summer, fall, winter & Christmas - limited quantities of each. Joy and I experimented with batting choices for a variety of coziness. The red, tan blue Summer Evening quilt was quilted with only a flannel backing for a two-layer lightweight, but cozy throw perfect for summer evenings on the porch. For the spring green, purple, tan quilt, Spring Morning, she used flannel as batting for three cuddly layers of softness. In the remaining quilts - Autumn Days, Christmas Eve, and Winter Nights - she used thin or medium-weight cotton batting for different levels of warmth. Choose your star, choose your batting option for the season.

The Country Road flannel fabrics are 20% as well, offering unlimited possibilities for cuddly quilts. Choose a pattern, choose your flannels. Here's the link to the Country Road swatch chart for your convenience. Print it off, make your selections, and order today! Country Road Fabric HERE

 


 I would recommend my Country Road booklet with two quilts, each in two sizes for lots of options. Both feature simple piecing either in staggered strips for Rambling Road, or stars & checkerboards for Crossroads. We have a few kits left with a Country Road Layer Cake, but they're easily cut from fat 1/8's, as well.

Be sure to call the store if you have any questions. Robert and Joy are always happy to help. If the kit is out-of-stock on our website before you can grab one, Joy might be able to make you a kit (she's like that :). 

Another great option for flannel quilts is my Windmills & Fence Posts quilts. This booklet offers easy strip piecing with a twist for simple quilts with lots of charm. It's on my list!


 Find the KT March Special HERE.

Oh, by the way, Robert & I are taking a little break, so orders will be shipped the week of March 8th. Thanks for your understanding.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Prairie Days Sampler Quilt-a-Long

My new Prairie Dreams fabric collection is due to arrive in late March. I have several fun projects featuring precuts from this line. Watch for more information over the coming weeks. 

Today, I'm extending an official invitation to you to quilt-a-long with me to make the Prairie Days Sampler and 6 mini quilts. We'll begin with Red Dawn and piece our way through a Prairie Day with Morning Dew, Day Dreamin', Afternoon Delight, Evening Shadows and Midnight Flight. At the end of 6 months, you'll have completed 6 mini quilts and a lap quilt! I pieced each mini in a weekend and quilted them myself with simple lines. Very doable. Aren't they adorable?

 

Beginning in mid-April, we'll send the fabrics you'll need to make one of the mini projects PLUS the coordinating blocks for the quilt. For example, Month #1 is all about the red & tan Red Dawn Stars mini quilt and the matching rows for the sampler quilt. I'll host a Facebook Live each month (TBD) to talk about techniques for piecing the different blocks with tips I learned piecing them. I'm happy to answer your questions along the way. This was one of the most fun and satisfying projects I've done in a while. I loved having a completed mini quilt or pillow as I was making blocks for the sampler quilt. It seemed to go together quickly and easily using tried and true piecing methods.

The Prairie Days Quilt-a-Long Kit is $64.98/month for 6 months. You'll receive:

Month #1 - Prairie Days booklet + a large spool of tan Aurifil thread for piecing. 

Each of (6) months you'll receive:

* Precut Layer Cake squares plus yardage for the mini quilt AND the matching section/row of the sampler quilt.

* Coordinating backing for the mini quilt.

* Aurifil 50wt. thread to match the mini quilt for quilting. 

* Free shipping (plus a little surprise).

You'll have everything you need to complete the mini quilt each month. It's the perfect combination of instant gratification while piecing a sampler quilt. Win, win!


 We've preordered Layer Cakes and fabric for the quilt-a-long, but supplies are limited. Call the KT Quilt Shop and sign up today. 785-488-2120.