Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mother's Day Wishes

KT Winner

Congratulations to Lisa in Missouri. You're the winner of our KT Country Road Flannel bundle.
Enjoy a bit of Country Road before it hits the quilt shops in July.

Lisa -Love reading the phrase "dirt roads". I still say that when referring to "gravel roads", which is said here in Missouri. 

Happy Mother's Day

Since I won't be traveling to Portland, OR for Spring Quilt Market, it will be an especially relaxing Mother's Day here. Usually, I'm making last minute preparations for the booth and packing the car. Our family is pretty low key for most holidays, and Mother's Day is no exception. Seldom do we all get together at the same time except for our family summer vacation and the weekend after Christmas. Otherwise, I'm happy to spend time with whomever shows up. My oldest son, Neil, was home last weekend finishing some construction projects for me (woohoo!). We met Brent (twin #1) and family for dinner and then enjoyed Delainey's dance recital Saturday night. Always an entertaining evening. Brian (twin #2) lives in Colorado, so we'll see them next month when we're on vacation. My daughter, Nicole, and grandaughter, Aleece, will be coming for the weekend to hang out, but no big plans. We'll invite my Mom over for a picnic Sunday afternoon, soaking up a little springtime - finally. Guess I better figure out the menu and hit the grocery store soon. Any suggestions for a quick and easy dinner & dessert for a lazy hostess that can be made while I'm working in the yard and quilting?

I hope all of you mothers and grandmothers and aunts and step-moms out there have your perfect kind of day, whatever that may be. Bless you and all that you do for your families and friends all year long.

Barn Star

A couple years ago, I painted a Kansas Troubles block to hang on the end of our home. At four feet square, it can be seen from the road a half mile away. I love it so much, I asked a professional barn quilt painter, Sue Hageman of Manhattan, Kansas, to make one for our KT Quilt Shop, too. At 8 ft. square, it announces the location of KTQ in a BIG way in our little town. She painted KT fabrics in the blocks, too - isn't that the coolest? Our building was the town's pool hall for years. The Bennington Billard Parlor sign with Coca-Cola beneath it is still visible on the bricks behind the KT block. A combination of past and present.

For my new fabric collection, Nature's Glory, I wanted to create a small charm quilt that would look like a barn quilt. Here's my version of Barn Star.

A Nature's Glory charm pack plus 2 tans and the navy border are all you need to complete this fabric version of a barn quilt for the inside of your home. Nature's Glory is being shown to quilt shop owners now and will ship in September. Watch for more projects featuring Nature's Glory in the weeks to come.


  1. I love your Barn Star quilt. Can't wait for the pattern to come out!

  2. I adore your Barn Star quilt and will try to wait patiently for the pattern!

  3. Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Love the KT Barn Star. I’ve wanted one for a long time, but have no place suitable to hang it.

  4. I love this pattern called Barn Star! I painted a quilt block on the loft door of our barn a few years ago -- it's the only one in Ozark COunty, Missouri. I'm wanting to do another one now for a different barn. But I might satisfy myself with a real quilt made from this pattern. :)

  5. I've been wanting to paint a barn quilt, someday maybe. We don't do anything for Mothers' day. My daughter lives too far away. Love your quilt pattern.

  6. I've been wanting to make a barn quilt, but haven't found a pattern I like. Well, now I have! I love it!!!

  7. thanks for your wonderful compliment. It was soooo much fun painting it for you and your store!!!!!

    1. We get so many compliments on it from customers. Love, love it!

  8. Here's a simple, quick, tasty recipe for dinner & dessert. Angel Chicken: up to 6 boneless, skinless breast halves, 1/4 cup butter or olive oil, (1) 0.7 OZ pkg Italian salad dressing mix, 10 3/4 oz can cond. golden mushroom soup, 8 oz tub cream cheese with chives & onion.
    In med saucepan, melt butter, and add remaining ingredients. Heat, while stirring, until combined.
    Place chicken in crock pot. Pour sauce over top. Cover and cook on low setting 5-6 hours.
    Serve chicken over hot cooked angel hair pasta. Garnish with snipped chives if desired.
    (This recipe is very versatile. I've substituted Italian salad dressing for the butter and dry mix, I've used a brick of regular cream cheese. Sometimes I add a can of mushroom pieces. I've also baked the chicken and sauce for about 1 1/2 hour at 300 degrees.)
    For dessert - how about strawberry shortcake!
    Quick, easy shortcake: 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp grated orange peel, 3 Tbsp butter, 3/4 cup milk.
    Combine dry ingredients. Stir in orange peel. Cut in butter until the mix resembles coarse corn meal. Add milk, stirring until a soft dough forms. Knead slightly, roll to 1/2" thick. Cut into large biscuits or wedges. Bake at 450 for 12 - 15 minutes.
    Serve with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.
    Kind of a long comment, but I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I enjoyed the lovely Barn Star quilt.

  9. Thanks so much! I think we've settled on grilling but the shortcake is a must do.