Monday, January 30, 2012


The winner of our Fiddlesticks pattern and JR strips is Debbie ( Congrats to you and thanks so much to all of you who offered cures and concoctions. I've tried several of your home remedies and feel alot better, but it's a slow process. I can tell you it's easier to stay well than to get well once you've been hit with a virus bug. I hope everyone out there takes extra special care this winter to take care of yourselves. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

Our BIG NEWS of the day is that our new website will launch February 1st! Be sure to explore all the links and see what's new and what's coming up. There are swatches of the new Sandhill Plums line, the new KT Stash projects and much more! Still learning how to add/update but it's so much easier than the old site and will be much faster for me.

Leeann Hopper shared her Buggy Barn quilt made with KT fabrics. Great job, Leeann! Who doesn't love houses? After visiting Buggy Barn last August, I was delighted to see how much they use my fabric since it blends to well with their look. If you ever have the opportunity, their outdoor quilt show is worth the trip. Thanks for sharing, Leeann!

Check the JollyJabber blog for Fat Quarter Shop later this week for an exclusive interview from yours truly on Sandhill Plums. See you Thursday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Slow Recovery

It's been a looooong week of feeling yuckier than I have in years. A bug bit me hard and has hung on for almost a week now. Thought it was probably strep throat at first, but a negative result on the test showed it was "just a virus", meaning no antibiotics. I was told to wait it out. After several miserable days of severe sore throat and feeling like I was going to cough up a lung, I went back to the Dr.  She gave in and ordered drugs - finally - that are slowly starting to kick in. Today is the first day I've felt well enough to even blog.

So, enough with the whining. Let's get on with something way more fun. How about a giveaway? Onalee sent in this picture of her Fiddlesticks quilt using KT fabrics. Thanks for sharing - it looks great! This is a simple pattern to piece featuring 2 1/2" strips. I've got the pattern and some strips to get you started if you comment here by Sunday 10pm. Let me know your favorite home remedy for colds/flu or to stay well this winter. I'm ready to try anything!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

O' Dear, you're a winner!

Congrats to Cindy O' Dear. You've won our new KT Stash pattern for January - Snow. Several ladies commented about making it in different colors, and I agree. My daughter has requested it in traditional KT fabrics, so I need to get going on it before my travel schedule heats up in March.

As for this weekend, I met my daughter and granddaughter for a girls weekend of shopping, snacking, swimming and movies. It's a quick winter break to play/visit before the snow flies.

More pics from the followers when I get home.
Back in a couple days,

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just a Little "Snow"

I've been working on the new website every day until I'm bleary-eyed and my butt is numb. One of the new features on the site is our KT Stash Society project of the month. We have a list of participating quilt shops that do a great job of promoting the Stash Society with monthly gatherings, kits and specials. If you don't live neat a quilt shop that offers it, we don't want you to miss out, so we'll be offering the patterns on our website each month, too. For January, we have a table runner in crisp blues and tans to celebrate the SNOW without ever being cold. We updated and simplified a traditional block with a little raw edge applique for the star points. Each block is basically a 9-patch with triangles or squares stitched on top, so there's never any distortion or lost points. I loooove easy!

Win the January Stash Society "Snow" pattern and a few bits of KT fabric to get you started just by commenting here before Sunday night 10pm. See you Monday with a winner!

Monday, January 9, 2012

You're a Winner!

Gosh, I wish I could send everyone our new patterns! By the end of the week, our brand new website should be up and running with all the new patterns, so check it out.

Our two winners are Sandie-callmecrazy and Quilt 'n Queen. You will each receive the 2 new KT patterns featuring precuts for Sandhill Plums. Check back in on Thursday for another KT giveaway.

Linda Goulty shared a picture of a charm quilt using Eleanor Burns' Buckeye Beauty pattern featuring a KT Warm Memories charm pack. I think it worked out beautifully! Thanks for sharing. I've received several other pictures from quilters out there and would love more, so keep them coming.

Hope your New Year is going splendidly!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Patterns

I'm finally done with the new patterns that were introduced at market - Plum Perfect and Just a Little Loopy. Whew! Seems like it's taken forever with the holidays to get everything finished. Now it's up to Robert to send them out - along with Collection of Scraps and the new BOM Bird's Eye View - to the quilt shops and distributors that have been waiting very patiently.

I'm really excited about these two projects for Sandhill Plums, mainly because they go together so quickly with precuts. Here's your heads-up to start watching for the Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns and Charm Packs now, because once they hit the shops, they'll go fast. Plum Perfect features a Jelly Roll and Charm Pack - the JR strips are used to frame a center block that I would normally never do since it requires a template, but with a little raw edge applique for the star points, it's all good and simple. The pieced triangle border really isn't pieced at all - we just placed charm squares cut diagonally into triangles on top of the tan border strip and stitched them down. Cool effect with no worries about anything having to fit perfectly. The strippy pieced border with squared-off corners looks difficult to make, but is really a breeze and adds another great effect. I'd say it takes about 8 hours to assemble for this 70" square lap quilt.

 The leftover charm triangles are used on a fun pillow to match! Note the scalloped edge on the triangles. I didn't have any charm packs yet when we started this project, so we cut our own with a wavy-edged rotary blade. I really like the softly scalloped decorative edge. Don't be afraid to make your own precuts if they're no longer available.

Just a Little Loopy starts with Charm squares and Honey Bun strips to simplify an already simple block - the rail fence. Who knew by layering a 1 1/2" wide HB strip over a Charm square you'd end up with a perfectly proportioned rail fence? I love it! The loopy part comes in when HB strips are doubled and stitched into the tan border; the loops are buttoned down and create added dimension. After finishing the quilt, I still had a pile of HB strips, so I cut a bunch of loops and stitched them into strips to make a chunky fringed pillow. Still had tan HB strips left, to I added them to the top of a tote bag I was playing with using my prequilted fabric from Cattails & Clover. It only took about an hour to assemble (plus hand stitching the binding). I use it all the time to carry quilts, patterns and misc. stuff back and forth from the KT building to the cabin.

Both of these patterns will be available at your local quilt shop soon and online at next week - just as soon as my new webpage goes live! So excited, just need to figure it all out.

For today, 2 lucky winners will win one of each of these patterns - just leave a comment on whether or not you like precuts and why between now and Sunday 10pm. Winners will be announced on Monday morning.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend ringing in the New Year. Robert and I enjoyed a quiet evening at home grazing thru holiday leftovers and watching movies with Captain Morgan :). We carried the lazy theme into New Year's Day and thoroughly enjoyed the "do nothing" day. It doesn't seem to happen very often so we relish every minute. We're both back on the clock today even though several of my kids still had the day off for the holiday. I thought maybe getting a jump on the week would put me ahead, but not so much. Most of Christmas is put away and cleaned up and 3 of 4 new patterns/books are being printed, so I'm getting there - just slower than I wanted. Do you have those days when everything seems to be going great but the clock is racing faster than ever? It seems most days now only have about 16 instead of 24 hours in them!

Someone who's accomplished alot recently is Cindy Dunlap. I received an email with a photo of her new shower curtain and wanted to share it with all of you. Love that she used the One Step at a Time pattern and a KT Jelly Roll to make a unique shower curtain for her bathroom. Awesome!

Do you have a KT project you'd like to share? I'd love to see it and post it here! That way, I don't have to think so much about what to say every time. Help me out, ladies. Let's see what you've been up to!
I'll post again on Thursday. See you all then. Lynne