Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Chores

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Robert and I've been working in the yard preparing for guests next weekend. We've hardly spent any time on the porch this summer with blistering heat of 100+ degrees (the porch faces to the west!) and little relief in the evenings. So looking forward to cool breezes and open windows soon. Even pulling weeds and deadheading blooms has been fun!

Check out Sneak Peek #2 of the new BOM. Should have the rest done and ready to send to the quilter by mid-week. You'll see it first here. Can't wait!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

10 Years and counting...

Still hard to believe KT has been with Moda 10 years this fall. To celebrate, I've been working on an anniversary quilt/BOM that has a pieced block or applique that represents each of the 33 KT fabric lines so far. It's been a real challenge to find a block that fits each collection and get it into a queen quilt, but we're just about there. Watch in the next few days for sneak peeks as it's coming together.

We'll also be doing the BOM as a monthly project directly from KTQ beginning in Feb.2011. More details to follow.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Girlfriend Weekend

Designer friend, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, and I have enjoyed a wonderful weekend of antique shopping, stitching and chatting (til all hours of the night). We spent Friday exploring quilt shops and antique stores in the Kansas City area with a stop at Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit and treasure hunting in Greenwood just a few miles south. I found a couple of items to repurpose for the booth at market as Pam searched for the perfect bread board for her kitchen island. Saturday was 105 degrees outside, but a refreshing 72 degrees inside my studio as we both stitched on projects at a leisurely pace, enjoying the companionship. Sunday was glorious, sitting on the porch, sipping iced tea in the (finally) cooler temperatures with a gentle breeze.
Pam is in town for our local quilt guild's lecture tonight and is spending the day teaching a class on her favorite quilting techniques. She's fun to spend time with and is especially good at bouncing ideas around. I am always inspired and re-energized since, as designers, we both spend alot of time alone with our own thoughts twisting in our heads. I appreciate a new perspective and constructive criticism from someone whose opinion I value and trust. So, while preparing brunch Sunday morning, she encouraged me to photograph the egg casserole to share since it is one of our favorites from retreats and is a Robert specialty. She, too, is starting a blog (I'll have that link for you soon) so it was the topic of much discussion. Here's a peek at brunch and a pic of Pam. The recipe for the breakfast casserole will be posted in a couple of days. It's a winner for weekend guests since you make it the night before with simple ingredients and little fuss - after all, even Robert can do it (thank you, dear).

As our time together comes to an end, we're making plans to meet somewhere in the middle to refresh our souls once more before the bustle of the holidays sets in. Take the time to nourish your girlfriend relationships - it's more fun than therapy and saves more money for fabric!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

July Winner

Good grief! I forgot to post the winner of the July giveaway. The August contest took over and my brain switched gears without me realizing - unfortunately, that happens more often than I'd like. Deb from Nebraska is our winner of the 5 new KT Stash Society projects. Quilt shops will be using them in their programs from Sept. thru Dec, so Deb has a head start! Congrats! Check out the list of participating shops at to sign up and get them for yourself.

The August contest went so quickly, what will we talk about the rest of the month? How about another giveaway? I still have lots of KT Favorites, so comment here about your favorite KT collection so far and we'll draw at the end of the month for a KT Fav Jelly Roll! Wahoo! I'd love to know what your favorites are and why. Helps me plan for the future. I was just digging thru a pile of vintage fabric the other day, wondering about next year's collections. Any suggestions? Do you like autumn colors the best? Black vs. brown? Darker or lighter background tans? Can always use your input.

Thanks ladies,

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We have winners!

Congratulations to our top three winners in the KT Favorites Giveaway -
Carol Brune wins the fat 1/8 bundle of KT Favorites
Nancy Erdle came in 2nd (just 42 minutes after Carol!) and receives a Layer Cake
Kim Hartwig goes home with a KT Favorites Charm Pack and Pattern

Thanks to all the ladies who played. Seems the lines that tripped up even loyal KT followers were the 2 juvenile lines I was able to do a few years ago - Lucy's Feather Bed and Farmyard Friends. It was great fun to make quilts for my grandkids from my own fabric.

Here's 10 years of KT fabric:
Stitches on the Oregon Trail
Stitches on the Oregon Trail II
Kansas/Oregon Quilt Connection
Prairie Moon
Pressed Memories
Seeds of Time
Lucy's Feather Bed
Strawberry Jam
Prairie Christmas
Scrapbook Garden
Simply Indigo
Shades of Autumn
Splatter Basics
Meadow Waltz
Farmyard Friends
Aunt Purdy's Parlor
Winter Rose
Bound to the Prairie
Bound to the Priaire II
Snow Blooms
Autumn Journey
Garden Inspirations
Cranberry Wishes
Wildflower Serenade
Wildflower Serendae II
KT Classic Plaids
Kansas Winter
Vine Creek
Butterfly Garden
Wrapped in Paisley
Summer's End
KT Favorites

Thanks to all who took the time to submit lists.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Clue #1

First clue for the KT Favorties fat 1/8 bundle giveaway for August: KT Classic Plaids fabric line. I've had several quilters email with lists that are really close. Keep them coming!

Just got home from a wonderful weekend in Grand Junction, CO. If you're ever in the area, it's a great destination for KT fabrics, precuts and patterns as well as a great selection of other fabrics, notions and books. Johnna and Bill Keith, owners, and their staff are all so hospitable and knowledgeable. We met many quilters with stories of families coming from Kansas - very interesting. I have it on my list of places to visit again in the future.

Watch for another clue later this week.