Monday, October 27, 2014

My Favorite KT Quilt Contest

KT Winner

Congratulations to Ozark Cajun. You're the winner of a KT Barn Raising pattern & KT Favorites charm pack. Now put that charm pack to good use and win big in our new quilt contest!

My Favorite KT Quilt Contest

I introduced the idea for a KT quilt contest in last week's blog post. I'm already receiving inquiries about what the rules are and what the prizes will be! As my grankids say, "Gramma doesn't have alot of rules, just don't mess with them!"

Here are a few official rules for  My Favorite KT Quilt Contest

1. Make a quilt (or enter an existing quilt) that features any Kansas Troubles' pattern using KT or any other Moda designer's fabric. For example, the Five & Dime quilt from Loose Change made with brights by Sandy Gervais' Pieces From My Heart - OR - Aleece's Charming Stars from Layers of Love with Primitive Gatherings fabric.

2. The quilt must include 1 Moda precut - charm pack, mini charm pack, Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, Honey Bun or Honeycomb.

3. Send a photo of your quilt to  Entries must be received by midnight December 31st. Your submission of a photo gives KTQ permission to publish your quilt on the KT blog site and in future blog posts.

The 3 finalists will be be posted here on Monday, January 5th. You will select the winner by voting in blog comments through January 10th. Winners will be announced on January 12th.

1st place winner will receive a $100 KT gift certificate; 2nd place - $50 KT gift certificate; 3rd place - $25 KT gift certificate. KT gift certificates are redeemable in store or online at

For inspiration, this week's giveaway is a new KT Favorites charm pack. Comment on your favorite Moda designer (other than KT) for a chance to win! I can't wait to see all the wonderful quilts!

Monday, October 20, 2014

More KT Favorites - and a Contest!

KT Winner

Congratulations to Nancy E! You're the winner of the KT Dugout pattern last week. Due to some technical difficulties (read as user error), this post is just now being published. I accidentally scheduled it to publish in 2015! Oh well. Does that make me a week behind or a week ahead now???

KT Barn Raising

I love it when a quilt block can be rearranged a dozen different ways for a variety of looks. Classic log cabin blocks work well but there are endless little strips to cut and piece for each block. Our twist on the Five & Dime block is so much easier! The trick is a half light/half dark block for graphic impact. KT's new Favorites collection of precuts has more tan prints than ever to achieve this ratio for more ways to play with the block settings. I love this traditional Barn Raising setting for it's visual appeal and traditional character. Using KT's layered patchwork technique makes construction so fast you can make a different quilt layout for everyone on your list! Our pattern also includes several more options for fast & easy quilts that look technically intricate, but feature the same, simple layered block.

Layer a charm sq. centered on a Layer Cake square -
 light on dark and dark on light.  Stitch, cut diagonally.
Sew a light layered triangle to a dark layered triangle
for the basic block. KT Easy!

KT Barn Raising
72" sq. lap quilt

Furrows setting
72" x 81" lap quilt w/borders

Ins & Outs Queen/King quilt
106" sq. w/borders

There's also a pinwheel variation in the pattern but the possibilities are endless! I'd love to see what you all come up with, too. Send pictures to Hey, that kinda sounds like a challenge - no, a CONTEST! How about sending me pictures of your favorite KT quilt by the end of the year. We'll post our 3 favorites and have you all vote for the winner. See next week's post for all the details. To get you started, win a KT Barn Raising pattern & KT Favorites charm pack by commenting on your favorite fall decorating ideas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Favorites!

KT Winners

Congratulations to Maggey & Jim. You're the winners of last week's Layers of Love book giveaway. I love that you quilt together as a couple. Please share nicely :).

Rustic Stars

Thanks to everyone who fell in love with my Rustic Stars quilt featured on the cover of the October issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. Due to the high demand for kits, we're waiting on Moda to reprint several of the key fabrics in the quilt. The shipment is due mid-November, so please be patient with us. We'll be cutting as fast as we can once the bolts arrive. What a fun Thanksgiving surprise when the mailman drops off your box of goodies!

Layered Patchwork 101

I've had several questions regarding my statement in the Loose Change and Layers of Love books about the layered patchwork technique - "Do not stitch in seam allowance".  By this, I mean to only topstitch the layered piece 1/8" from the pinked or bias edge on the inside of the block, not along the seam allowance, indicated by arrows. You'll be stitching over both layers when adding the next pieces to the block so it is not only duplicate stitching, but could cause puckering along the edge when sewing the blocks together. I try to provide stitching diagrams such as this to clarify where the layered patchwork topstitching is applied. Please email or call if you have questions about any of my patterns/projects.

This simple block is in a new pattern featuring a KT Favorites Jelly Roll called KT Dugout. Moda's bringing back KT Favorites with a collection of favorite prints from past KT lines that blend with everything new. There are 39 prints in the group with 20 of those doubled for precuts  - Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charms. KT Favorites is due to arrive in your local quilt shop in December.

Watch next week for another KT Favorites project featuring a Layer Cake and Charm using our Five & Dime ruler. This week, win the KT Dugout pattern. It would make a really quick and easy holiday gift for someone special with our $25 Christmas Jelly Rolls!