Saturday, September 30, 2017

KT October Special

KT Honeycomb precut, The Bees' Knees pattern & 

KT Honeycomb Ruler

Robert's been cleaning out the store room this week, preparing for our shipment of Harvest Hill fabric. He found a few packs of KT Honeycomb precuts and gathered this bundle of fun just for you.

Our October Monthly Special includes:
     (1) KT Honeycomb precut (retail $16)
     (1) The Bees' Knees pattern booklet (retail $12.95)
     (1) KT Honeycomb Ruler (retail $16)

That's a $44.95 value for only $18.95!

Our Bees' Knees booklet includes (2) lap quilt options featuring a KT Honeycomb precut + Layer Cake + 2 fabrics for borders. Our KT Honeycomb ruler makes it easy to cut the 6" hexagons into fourths to layer and topstitch for a quick & easy quilt to give or keep. It would make a great holiday gift for that special someone on your list.

If you're interested in a complete kit for The Bees Knees or Sweet as Honey, call the KT Quilt Shop at 785-488-2120.  Joy or Robert will help you add a layer cake and borders to ship with the monthly special. 

Honeycomb precut supply is limited. 
Click HERE to order your Honeycomb Bundle today!

The Bees' Knees

Sweet as Honey

Friday, September 29, 2017

NEW BOOK - I Love Star Blocks

Moda Designer's I Love Star Blocks by Martingale

And who doesn't? Star blocks are a favorite among quilters of all skill levels. They're a favorite among designers, as well, as you'll see in this new compilation book from Martingale. I am honored, as always, to be included with so many talented designers offering such an eclectic mix of design styles. There's something for every quilter!

Click HERE  to check out Martingale's blog post.

Along with all the beautiful quilts shown on the cover, here's a look at a few more of the delightfully different and interesting star quilts included in I Love Stars, including mine featuring our mini melon template.
Americana Star by Kansas Troubles

Like what you see? Comment here to be one of the first to win a copy of I Love Stars.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #30

Welcome to Week #30 of Moda Blockheads! 

Each week, as I gather more blocks, I'm anxious to see how all of this is going to turn out. It's kinda like a mystery novel, right? Interesting characters, great parts, loads of information - we're just waiting to see how it all fits together. (Hopefully, no quilter in the closet with a bloody seam ripper lurking.) Me? I have a couple ideas, but those will have to wait until market madness slows down a bit. I promise a peek at my setting options soon. In the meantime, I'm loving all of your posts on FB with your blocks in the wide array of color palettes and themes. So inspiring!

Question of the Week - Name a famous quilter that inspired/taught you in the past twenty years.

I was drawn to quilting because of antique quilts. I love all things old with a history and quilts are no exception. I took my first quilting class to recreate a vintage quilt I had yearned for at an auction, but alas, could not afford with 6 kids at home to feed. (Geez, they always wanted breakfast.) So, although technically, not a quilt-maker, Barbara Brackman has inspired/impressed/challenged/taught me more than any other quilter I know. Her vast knowledge of antique textiles and quilts is amazing. I use her books as my quilting bibles and follow her blogs religiously. Every time I find an antique quilt, I refer to her rules of how to date a quilt based on the newest fabrics found in it. Barbara, if you're reading this, thanks so much for all of your contributions to the quilting community. And thanks for being a friend.

Block #30 - Four-Patch Dash by Carrie Nelson
I enjoy Carrie's blocks almost as much as I enjoy her blog posts. So clever. This week's block was easy peasy to stitch, but a good test of your 1/4" seam allowances. Sometimes it's the easy ones that trip us up. Click on the link above for Carrie's block.

Kathy & Joy chose similar colors for their blocks this week - Kathy's version (left) could have a Christmas-y vibe, while Joy's block (right) mixes some KT favorites. There isn't a simpler way to piece this with Layered Patchwork, so we'll go with tried and true traditional.

Visit all of the Moda Blockhead designer's blogs to check in on what they've been stitchin' on this week.

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa's Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

And for a complete list of all the Blockheads' Blocks so far, visit:
Moda Blockheads

Harvest Hill Coming Soon!

I just broke open a Harvest Hill charm pack for a project and couldn't resist fanning them all out - just to look at the luscious fall colors. The weather here in Kansas has changed abruptly to fall temps this week, even to the point of a sweatshirt and sox around the cabin. This collection is bursting with autumn notes perfect for your next project. We'll be watching for the brown UPS truck any day now and will let you know when it arrives. Pre-order fat quarter bundles now.

One of the project booklets featuring Harvest Hill is Be Brave. These quilts were inspired by some sage advice from my grandaughter, Aleece, who claims Jr. High is anything but simple to navigate these days. She has been drawn to any heroine with a bow & arrow since she could choose her own Halloween costume. From Merida in Disney's Brave to Katniss in The Hunger Games to Wonder Woman, these are her female role models.

Aleece, these quilts are for you.

Be Brave booklet with lap quilt, runner & pillow - $12.95
We'll have kits as soon as the Harvest Hill fabric arrives. But win the Be Brave booklet now! Comment here to win a copy for your bookshelf.

Friday, September 22, 2017

KT Winner

 KT Winner

Rina Mason - I've got a jelly roll that I've been hanging onto for the perfect pattern and I think I'l use it on the twisted pattern.

Congratulations to Rina Mason. You're the winner of the KT Wedge template, Twisted pattern and a NEW Harvest Hill Jelly Roll (just as soon as they arrive!). Please email your shipping address to We'll send your goodies out ASAP.

Thanks to all of you for visiting my blog. Watch for more Harvest Hill projects and fabric giveaways in the weeks to come.

Cozy Quilts and Comforts

I'm anxious for my new book with Martingale to arrive in my mailbox. I've seen color pictures, edited the patterns, and even have the quilts hanging all over our retreat space, but no book yet. I plan to sit in my favorite chair and pour over every page, admiring the way Jennifer Keltner and her crew made our humble space look so cozy. Thanks to all of you at Martingale for a yummy treat. 

I love the magic that happens when I can simplify a traditional block with my Layered Patchwork technique, but I hear you from some quilters that they prefer traditional piecing. Not to fear, we've included both options in this book. You can achieve the look for most projects using either method - traditional or layered - but you might just fall in love with layered patchwork too!

Watch for arrival updates here and a chance to win your very own copy!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #29

It's Week #29 of Moda's Blockheads block of the week.

Our Question of the Week: Do you ever machine quilt your own quilts? Any special tips?

Obviously I'm ahead on BOW questions since I answered this one last week. If you're interested, here's what I said in my Sept. 13 blog post about machine quilting:

Ok, this is a question I can relate to. (Hand quilting, not so much.) I quilt small projects on my Bernina like Mini Table Treats and pillow toppers and runners. Otherwise, Joy quilts almost everything else. She's better at it and I usually don't have the time. To make my machine quilting look better, I use Aurifil 50wt. thread in a matching color with a size 60/8 needle. It's a little challenging to thread a needle that size, but when stitching in the ditch, it makes all the difference. My stitches virtually disappear! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.

Lisa gives us another challenging block to hone our piecing skills. Kathy expertly executed her block in red/white/blue from Lisa's assorted collections. I thought it went perfectly with my new find: Red & White Quilts - Infinite Variety book of Joanna S. Rose's fabulous quilt collection I purchased at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC a couple weeks ago. Not the smartest thing to buy & carry around all day since it weighs a ton, but worth every ounce.

Kathy's red/white/blue Block #29 - traditionally pieced.
 Click here for Lisa's blog and the instructions for Juneau - Block #29.
Joy's Layered Patchwork version in plum & green.
Click HERE for my simplified layered patchwork option.

Visit all the Blockheads' blogs:

Betsy's Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -


Monday, September 18, 2017

Harvest Hill Coming Soon!

This is the time of year when we're waiting on new KT fabric that will premiere at market (have to start making quilts) but we're also waiting on the new fall collection that will ship to stores in October. I can't wait to get my hands on Harvest Hill! I love the lighter tans, the rich autumn darks, and the yummy prints celebrating fall in this line.  Here's a full color chart of all the Harvest Hill fabrics with their numbers for easy reference. We'll have them on our website as soon as they arrive. Want to preorder a fat quarter bundle? Click HERE to find all the Harvest Hill precuts.

The charm pattern for Harvest Hill is Pumpkin Harvest. I love the simplicity of the piecing with a dash of applique for an easy seasonal 42" square table topper or wall quilt. Patterns are available now; charm packs and kits will be arriving in October.

Our 17" round Harvest Hill Mini Table Treat (MTT) is the perfect size for gift giving or last minute seasonal decorating. Just about 3 hours to assemble with our precut fusible appliques, KT Kut-ups. Just layer the circles with batting and backing, quilt, fuse and topstitch appliques. You'll be whipping down binding in no time! 


I'll share more new Harvest Hill projects over the next few weeks. To hold you until then, comment below to win the Harvest Hill MTT pattern.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #28

Blockheads Week #28

Jan's Pumpkin block has arrived just in time for fall. Kathy made her block with cotton prints, while Joy made her block out of wool stitching the pumpkin ridge details. Customize your pumpkin to suit your quilt.

Find  Jan's Pumpkin Block #28 on her blog.

Question of the Week: Do you have any machine quilting tips? 

Ok, this is a question I can relate to. (Hand quilting, not so much.) I quilt small projects on my Bernina like Mini Table Treats and pillow toppers and runners. Otherwise, Joy quilts almost everything else. She's better at it and I usually don't have the time. To make my machine quilting look better, I use Aurifil 50wt. thread in a matching color with a size 60/8 needle. It's a little challenging to thread a needle that size, but when stitching in the ditch, it makes all the difference. My stitches virtually disappear! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.

I've been traveling more than I've been home the past month so keeping these posts short and to the point. See you next week!

Don't miss all the Moda Blockhead designer's blog posts:

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa's Blog -
Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happy Jelly Roll Day!

Moda Fabrics invented the precut - charm packs, Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, Candies (mini charms) and more. Sense a theme here? What do quilters love almost as much as fabric? Sweets! And these precuts make quilting even sweeter. I love starting with precuts for quilting projects, especially when I need a quick and easy quilt for a grandkid or gift. Check out our Fiddlesticks pattern on our KTQ website for a super easy way to showcase a Jelly Roll.

KTQ Free Patterns

Our KT September Special celebrates the Jelly Roll with our favorites - the Twisted pattern and KT Wedge Template for only $15.95. Find them HERE.

Twisted - 3 projects, 1 Jelly Roll

Here are a few more KT patterns featuring Jelly Rolls. Find them all at 

Be Brave

Bees 'n Blooms w/Melon Template

Cactus Stars w/Diamond Template

Thistle Farm

Butterfly Garden

Icicle Stars

Log Cabin Star

Jammin' Table Runners & Bag


Comment to win our September Special - Twisted pattern, KT Wedge Template and a KT Jelly Roll!
Sew something sweet today!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #27

Moda Blockheads Week #27

This week features Jo Morton's block, Union Variation. I can see a multitude of color options for this block and can't wait to see what you all make. I love seeing your FB posts. Keep it up!

Here is Kathy's traditional block (right) using some of Jo's collection of civil war prints. Joy's Layered Patchwork block (left) uses an assortment of KT scraps.The background fabric is the new Harvest Hill fabric coming soon.

Go to Jo's Blog  for her Union Variation Block #27.

Click HERE  to print my Layered Patchwork option of Union Variation.

Question of the Week: Do you hand quilt?
I took a class over 20 years ago and thought I would always have a hand quilting project going for those "quiet times" when I needed some handwork. What a laugh! I have very little down time to relax and enjoy hand work. I want to learn Laurie Simpson's big stitch method, however. Maybe someday. Otherwise, I'll leave the tips and tricks to the other Blockhead designers.

Workshops in Colorado & Utah

Join me in Hotchkiss, CO for the S & B Quilt Guild's meeting this Saturday with a Mini Charm Sampler workshop on Friday to learn all the tricks of Layered Patchwork. I'll be sharing my quilts in Grand Junction, CO at Hi Fashion Quilt Shop Sunday thru Tuesday with a trunk show Sunday afternoon, then Rustic Stars and the brand new Pumpkin Harvest workshops on Monday & Tuesday, We'll move on to Thimbles & Thread in Draper, UT for a weekend retreat where I'll offer a trunk show plus a workshop on the Cruisin' Sampler and finish up with a Mini Table Treats workshop. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

KT Retreats 2018

Gather your quilting friends and book a retreat next year. Our KT Retreat Getaways offer uninterrupted time to sew, visit and play with your best friends.We all deserve a little break from the routine responsibilities of our lives.




See you next year!

Click HERE for our KT Retreat Brochure for 2018. 

We have a few weekends open for 2018. Availability is limited.
Call Robert to book your retreat at 785-488-2120.

Friday, September 1, 2017

KT September Special

The year is flying by. It's time to once again announce our monthly special. For September, we thought you might be ready to whip up some fast & easy holiday gifts. I don't know about you, but it seems my list keeps getting longer each year. Everyone loves to receive a quilt, so why not make them simple with my layered technique and our KT Wedge Template. Twisted has been a workshop favorite. Most quilters are ready to sew rows together - or are finished - in just 5 hours. Pick a Jelly Roll in a theme for the recipient, add a few fabrics and you're on your way!

 The original Twisted quilt features a Jelly Roll, 3 tan prints and a navy sashing/border. There's enough Jelly Roll leftover to make the runner and pillow sleeve using the mini melon and just a couple fabrics for borders/binding. These smaller projects are also great gift ideas.

Twisted Christmas option.

Twisted Bright with Me & My Sister Jelly Roll, 1 light and 1 dark.
 As you can see, any fabrics work for a delightfully easy lap quilt that can be completed quickly to give or keep. My grandaughter LOVES her Twisted quilt in Barb & Mary's signature brights. What a happy quilt!

Originally, we offered the KT Wedge Template with the large wedge for cutting with a rotary cutter and the cut-out smaller wedge for use with fusible web. It's so much easier to draw an inside template than around an outside template. However, in teaching this class over and over, I realized I really liked having the small template to use with a rotary cutter, too. So I've talked Robert into including both sizes - for the same price! You choose how you want to use the small wedge - draw or cut around. Sometimes it takes a while for me to figure these things out. :)

Our KT Wedge Template now comes with BOTH sizes of wedges!
Our KT September Special is the Twisted pattern with 3 projects (retail $8.95) plus the KT Wedge Template (retail $11.95) for only $15.95. That's a savings of over 20%!

Click here to find the KT September Special - Twisted/Wedge Combo.

Comment below by September 15th to win the Twisted/Wedge Combo Special.