Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Block #29

Block #29 - Courthouse Step by Carrie Nelson

Happy Halloween! We're off to Fall Market in Houston for a weekend of work/play with our fellow Moda designers. Don't miss a single week of Blockheads II. Go to the link below on the Moda Cutting Table blog for all the blocks so far.

This week, Carrie brings us a traditional block that's great for perfecting your 1/4" seam allowance. I'm often asked in classes how to find the "sweet spot" when piecing seams using a 1/4" foot. Is the edge of the fabric lined up with the edge of the foot? Just under the foot? Just peeking out from under the foot? I think we all see it a little differently. Do you usually trim after each round of strips on a log cabin or courthouse steps block? When pieced with your 1/4" foot in the sweet spot, there should be no need for trimming. This 6" block is so easy, it's worth making a couple to practice until you nail it.

Find Carrie's #29 - Courthouse Step block HERE.

Watch for our KT November Special Tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Block #28

Block #28 - Lincoln's Platform by Me & My Sister Designs

What a simply cute block with such a serious name. Leave it to the sisters to make a churn dash adorable. I chose a red/tan/navy palette with a dark background for this 12" square block. Easy piecing, quick results. I can see a whole quilt made using this block with every other block light, then dark. Hmmmm...

Here's the LINK to Barb & Mary's blog for instructions for Block #28 - Lincoln's Platform. 

 KT & Friends Retreat - June 19-22, 2019

Do you love Barb & Mary as much as we do? Join us for a weekend of fun, along with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co to learn techniques to simplify your quilting. 3 days, 3 lap quilts, 3 small projects, 3 trunk shows, plus lots of surprises (and meals!) for only $695! We're almost full, so call or email our retreat coordinator today. Kathy Limpic - email or 816-3779699. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

KT & Friends Retreat

Have you heard?
I'm hosting a quilt retreat, June 19-22, 2019, at the home of Kansas Troubles Quilters in Bennington, Kansas.

We're so excited with your response to our first ever KT & Friends quilt retreat. With more than half the spaces filled, we're in the final phases of registration. I don't want you to miss it!

What is the KT & Friends Retreat?
I've invited two of my favorite designers - Jenny Doan of Missouri Star, and Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs, to come play teach with me. I love that we all have a similar approach to quilting - make it simple, make it quick, make it fun. We'll treat you to 3 days of classes, trunk shows and lots of surprises. You will have the opportunity to learn a new technique from each designer to create a lap quilt and a small project, along with demos and loads of ideas.

For your $695 retreat fee, you will receive all the kits & supplies needed to make your projects, PLUS locally catered homemade meals for all 3 days. We have several motels in Salina, Kansas, just a short 15 minute drive away, at reduced rates for your convenience. 

I just spent a couple of days with these entertaining ladies at an event at Missouri Star, and my face still hurts from smiling and laughing so much. Want to join us? Email our retreat coordinator, Kathy, at anytime, or call her at 816-377-9699 from 10am to 5pm.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Block #27

Block #27 - Mountain Climbing by Lynne Hagmeier

If you know me, you know I don't usually make blocks with so many half square triangles, but this block intrigued me. I like the geometry of it and  It worked out great since it's a large block, so none of the elements are less than 2" finished. I can deal with that! Kathy Limpic pieced my red/tan/blue version with a dark and light blue "X" across the center bordered by gold triangles and filled in with scrappy red triangles. Love it! I could make a whole quilt like this - and it wouldn't take that many blocks at 18" square!

Here are the numbers for Kathy's red/tan/blue Mountain Climbing block:
(9) medium blue 2 1/2" sq.
(8) dark blue 2 1/2" sq.
(8) gold 2 7/8" sq.
(24) red 2 7/8" sq.
(32) tan 2 7/8" sq.

My version is made from the new On Meadowlark Pond fabric collection showing to quilt shops now. It will ship in February, just in time for your spring quilting inspiration. More on the projects that feature this line in upcoming posts. Lovin' this block more and more...

Here's the breakdown for my KTQ Mountain Climbing block:
(9) gold 2 1/2" sq.
(8) green 2 1/2" sq.
(20) black 2 7/8" sq.
(12) red 2 7/8" sq.
(32) tan 2 7/8" sq.

To find the instructions for Mountain Climbing, click HERE.

Have you heard about my first KT & Friends Retreat, June 19-22, 2019? Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs (and Blockheads II fame), along with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star, are joining me for 3 days of workshops, demos, Make & Takes, trunk shows and a whole lotta fun! Email our retreat coordinator, Kathy Limpic at KRLIMPIC@GMAIL.COM for more information. We're all so exited to teach together and meet all of you. We're about half full, so grab a friend and register today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Moda Blockheads II

#23 - Broken Windows by Jo Morton

This week, one of our original Blockheads offers a chance to hone your skills piecing half square triangles in this fun 6" block. I chose to keep mine simple with a 3-color red/tan/navy version. Find Jo's instructions HERE.

Block #23-Broken Windows by Jo Morton

#24 - Kaleidoscope by Sherri McConnell

I played with this block for a long time before settling on this option, accenting the gold Hole-in-the-Barn-Door block in the center. It's amazing how many ways you can colorize this block to highlight different parts. I wonder what Sherri chose? Find out HERE.

Don't miss my previous blog posts on our KT October Special - Pumpkin Seeds - perfect for fall. And, our first KT & Friends Retreat with my quilting buddies Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs (fellow Blockheads) and Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

KT October Special

Pumpkin Seeds Lap Quilt Kit

Looking for a quick and easy fall project to warm up your home decor? We have it! Our trio of coordinating pumpkin projects is the answer.

Through the month of October (supplies are limited), we're offering the Pumpkin Seeds lap quilt for only $80 ($115 retail value) plus FREE SHIPPING! The lap kit includes all fabrics for the quilt top, binding, KT Kut-ups precut fusible leaf/stem appliques, and the Pumpkin Seeds booklet that includes instructions for the mini pumpkin runner and pillow sleeve. (Kit does not include fabric for runner or pillow sleeve.)

Comment to win the Pumpkin Seeds booklet and Kut-ups for the lap quilt.

Click HERE or call KTQ at 785-488-2120 to order now!