Monday, September 16, 2013

Size Matters Blog Hop Winners

Size Matters Blog Hop Winners

Thanks to everyone who commented over the past couple days. It's been great fun to follow all of the Moda designers and see what they're up to now. I can't wait to see what you'll do with all the great blocks!

The KT Winners are:

Sweet Pea Fat Quarter Bundle - 
LZ commented, "I have one of your quilt designs on one of my beds upstairs. Cozy and durable and a pleasure to make using your raw-edge applique technique. I agree, precuts are a great way to make a wonderful scrap quilt.

Sweet Pea Layer Cake, Charm, Mini Charm - 
Shannon commented, "Oh yes, I agree that precuts have become my favorite for sure. :) Through the Year is on my list! I have some (not enough, though--LOL) KT stashed that I want to use, and I could use it with Loose Change and with Through the Year. Bye for now!"

Sweet Pea Jelly Roll - 
Beverly Stigge (a fellow Kansas quilter!) commented, "Always adding interesting techniques...layered patchwork! I too love the Fall colors...rust and pumpkin comes to my mind's eye. Looking forward to adding your lovey vines to my borders."

Please email your shipping address to and we'll send your goodies right out!

Hope to see you all Wednesday for my regularly scheduled blog post. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Size Matters Moda Blog Hop

KT Winner

First of all, congratulations to andsewon who commented last week to win a huge pile of Icicle Stars scraps. Please send your mailing address and we'll box it up right away. Thanks to everyone who stops by my blog and comments. I'd love to visit with each of you! Our KT Retreat schedule for 2014 is on the website now at Gather a bunch of friends and come see us!

Size Matters

It was perfect timing this week when UPS dropped off several boxes of my newest fabric precuts for Sweet Pea. I always enjoy sewing with the rich, warm browns, pumpkins, golds, greens, reds and blues of autumn groups. There are already a couple of favorites on my hoarding list. Can you pick them out?

The first thing that hit me when I heard the theme of the blog hop was PRECUTS - I admit I'm slightly addicted. What better way to start a project than with a perfectly coordinated group of prints cut into the exact sizes you need? Is bigger better? With a Layer Cake and a charm pack, you can have a lap size quilt in a day - really! Love a smaller project? A charm and mini charm whip up into a wall quilt or table topper in half the time. What a quick and easy way to stitch for everyone on your list for the holidays! Need a juvenile or novelty print quilt? Pick precuts and you'll have no unblendable leftovers in your stash. I've actually expanded my precut shopping to include several other designers now since I don't have to decide how much fabric to buy. Just a couple precuts and yardage for borders and I'm good to go! Check out our Loose Change book and rulers for over a dozen ideas to see just how Size Matters.

When our marketing genuis, Lissa & crew, at Moda unveiled the theme of this fall's blog hop, I wanted to select a traditional block that could be transformed with my layered patchwork technique. (If I couldn't use precuts, I could certainly make it simpler.) The rules required us to begin with 3", 6" and 12" blocks so they all play nicely together. Once I took the work out of piecing the little triangles, it was all play! I began with (4) 6" blocks in the center. Simply piece a traditional bias square (or half square triangle), then layer a square that's been cut on the bias on the tan corner; stitch about 1/8" from the bias edges and shazam! Your block is done! The squares that are layered on top are cut on the bias so the edges will gently fray but not unravel. Precuts work perfectly for this technique since the pinked edges prevent raveling.  (This would be the perfect fit for a mini charm square using a finished 5" bias square as the background.)

Simply piece a bias square, layer a square on top & stitch!

Create (4) 6" blocks for the center and surround them with (20) 3" blocks for a zigzag-gy border. It's a great way to use leftover scraps from a quilt project for a coordinating moment in your home decor.

Size Matters Pillow featuring Sweet Pea fabric collection. Double Take Stars, behind the pillow, is a new KT Stash pattern for October usng a Sweet Pea charm pack and mini charm.
Go to Size Matters Pillow to download the free pattern for this project.
Instructions for traditional piecing are also included.
My 18" block would also be very cool multiplied in a lap quilt. An assortment of fat quarters - or a pile of scraps - would make an awesome guy quilt for the holidays. Add a couple borders to make this 54" x 72" quilt even snugglier.

Comment here by Monday, Sept. 16th for a chance to win one of three Sweet Pea prizes - a fat quarter bundle, Layer Cake/charm/mini charm trio or a Jelly Roll. We might even throw in one of the new patterns for Sweet Pea - Through the Year featuring a Jelly Roll, or the Lil' Sweet Pea Charm pattern.

Jelly Roll project with 4 seasonal button-on toppers to change through the year.
Through the Year at 

Whimsical floral is surrounded by a "charm"-ing layered patchwork border.
Lil' Sweet Pea at 

Visit  Cosmo Cricket and Comfort Stitching today for more bloggin' goodies!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Get Ready to Hop!

Moda Designer's Size Matters Blog Hop

September 4th is the first day of Moda's Size Matters Blog Hop. Start with Laundry Basket QuiltsFrench General, and Zen Chic tomorrow, then hop on over to Bunny Hill, Basic Grey, and Sweetwater on Thursday, Sept. 5th. Friday features more awesome Moda designers - Jan Patek, Pat Sloan and Pieces From My Heart.  Take a break over the weekend, then come on hoppin' back to another week of designers blocks, new fabric collections and patterns and great prizes! Watch for KTQ on Sat. Sept. 14th.

Another Wednesday Blog Blowout!

Thanks to everyone who took advantage of our first ever Blog Blowout special last week - Red Hots. Congrats to Deb from CO (comment #2) - you're the winner of the red/tan scraps. Comment before Wed. Sept. 11th to win this pile of leftover squares from Icicle Kisses - there's a ton!

Cattails Runner

This week's special pattern will have you wishing for cooler weather and ready for fall - Cattail Runner. I love it through Thanksgiving as a backdrop for bouquets of sunflowers, gourds and mini pumpkins. Order before Wed. Sept 11th. The pattern is only $1.85 + $3.15 postage for a total of only $5.00!!! Now's the time to order that KT pattern you've had your eye on - the shipping is paid for up to 3 patterns.
See you at the Hop!