Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Moda Blockheads II

Block #33 - Star Power by Stacy Iest Hsu

Stacy brings us a star block with lots of energy and movement. Color choice and placement can make your block unique. I changed up the color placement to work better with a limited red/tan/navy palette. I love the way it turned out!

Find instructions for Stacy's block HERE.
Be sure to post your block on the Moda Blockheads II Facebook page so we can all enjoy the amazing variety of fabric choices.

Check out what all the other Blockheads are up to this week.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Moda Blockheads II

Block #32 - X Quartet by Betsy Chutchian

Betsy's double pinwheel is super cute and easy to piece. Another fun 6" block to add to the growing pile of interesting and delightful Blockheads II blocks. Even with all the happenings of the holiday weekend, it's totally doable in between turkey and dessert!

I stitched my red/tan/navy block in a few of the new KT Favorites III fabrics, coming in 2019.

To find Betsy's block & instructions, click HERE.

From our family to yours, a very Happy Thanksgiving. Find some time to treat yourself over the long weekend to the gift of quilting. It is, after all, what keeps us sane.

Monday, November 19, 2018

A few things...

KT Winner

Congratulations to...
Karen in Ohio
On Meadowlark Pond fabrics are a beautiful coordinated collection. I would love to create several quilty projects for gifts for family and friends. Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Karen. You're the winner of the On Meadowlark Pond box of scraps. Happy stitching! Please email your shipping address to We'll send your box of goodies right after the holiday weekend.

Thanks to everyone who commented. Watch thru the end of the year for more giveaways. 

Winter Store Hours

We're trying something new this year. Our usual Tuesday thru Saturday store hours will change to Thursday thru Saturday beginning next week. We're planning alot of changes around here and need some time to make a mess and clean up each week. Robert will probably be around, so if you're in the area on Monday thru Wednesday, don't hesitate to call and he can meet you at the store. His cell #785-488-6214 and is posted on the window at the store, as well. We'll return to regular store hours in March.

Winter Store Hours
Thursday & Friday - 10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10am to 3pm

KT Retreats

Are you ready to gather a group of quilting friends and come stay at the KT Retreat in 2019? We have our calendar ready and dates are already filling up. Here's the basics: 8 quilters, 2 night minimum, $75/night each. Call the store during business hours to check availability - 785-488-2120. We'd love to have you visit!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Moda Blockheads II

Block #31 - Interstellar by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

There's so much going on since market, I didn't have a chance to make Vanessa's out-of-this-world star block. At 6" x 6", it will be a fun challenge to frame the tiny star and practice my curved piecing. Okay, probably not. After piecing & framing the star, I'll topstitch my quarter circle onto a 6 1/2" background square, like I usually do, in red/tan/navy. Later. Click HERE to find Vanessa's blog and her instructions for Interstellar.

On Meadowlark Pond

You've seen lots of Fall Market and Festival pictures by now, I'm sure. Here's my booth at market featuring my new On Meadowlark Pond fabric collection shipping in February. I'll feature each project in the coming weeks, but for now, here's the short story.

The lap quilt hanging in the background is Meadowlark Song. Moda will have kits for quilt shops packaged in their beautiful boxes. Hanging on the ladder to the right are the scrappy Jelly Roll version and red/tan option for Bird Watching. These easy pinwheel projects are available in traditional piecing or my Layered Patchwork technique. On the chair is Kaliedescope from my book with Martingale, Cozy Quilts & Comforts. (I just found out at market it's a Best Seller!) Click HERE to find it on our website.

The charm project for On Meadowlark Pond is Meadowlark Baskets. Although they're fairly small blocks for me, they sewed up quickly and will make a "charm"-ing accent to your spring home.

At the last minute while packing, I saw this battery operated lamp in the store and decided to upcycle it into a Jelly Roll lamp. Robert cut off the base, we carefully slid 2 Jelly Rolls and a Honey Bun over the post and set it on a pedestal for height. (The pedestal is actually a black wooden bowl from Target. Pedestal sounded much more refined.) My new quilt-y Jelly Roll lamp will live at the store for a while, then maybe find it's way home with me when my new studio is completed. More on that later.

KT & Friends Retreat

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our first ever KT & Friends Retreat is SOLD OUT! And in less than 30 days! I'm overwhelmed and grateful to everyone who signed up to visit the home of KTQ in Bennington, Kansas. I can't wait for June!

If you missed our first KT & Friends Retreat, but would still love to hang out with Jenny, Barb & Mary and me, don't despair. I'll be announcing another fun event for 2019 by the end of this year. Please feel free to sign up for the waiting list for 2019, too. It will ensure you're one of the first to know about future events. Email Kathy at Watch for more info here.

KT Giveaway

There are so many things going on thru the end of this year and into 2019. I can't wait to share them all with you - soon. For now, I'd love to share a box of the new On Meadowlark Pond fabrics. Comment here to win for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Block #30

Block #30 - Gaudi by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic

I'm enjoying the mix of blocks in this round of Blockheads II. I think the final quilt will be really interesting with so many different types and sizes of blocks coming together. Brigitte instructs us to piece a stripe section and cut it into a triangle for a really cool effect in her block. With just a week to go before market, I chose a striped fabric to mimic the pieced strips for much quicker results. (Done is better than perfect, right?)

For my diagonally striped fabric, I would cut a 13" square on point (so the stripes are going the right direction), and cut the square in half diagonally to create 2 triangles. You'll need 4 triangles total. So easy!

Click HERE to find the complete instructions for 
Block #30 - Gaudi by Brigitte Heitland.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

KT November Special

Stars on a Roll

I love playing with Moda's precuts, whether it's Layer Cakes, charms or Jelly Rolls. Sometimes it's fun to use the stack/roll of assorted fabrics as a scrappy starting point for a quilt, but I often find the simpler the quilt, the better. Stars on a Roll is an example of a super easy, quick and fun way to utilize every bit of a Jelly Roll to make a quilt in about 8 hours. Seriously. Joy and I each logged in just about 8 hours each for laying out/piecing the quilts. Assembling the fabric was a breeze for Joy since she started with a Jelly Roll - instant fabric collection - plus a coordinating fabric. The Star Salute red/tan/navy version took me a bit longer to gather all the fabrics since they were scattered between several stash spots in my house and the store. (I can't wait for my new studio to be built where everything I need is in one spot! We break ground soon. Watch for updates over the coming weeks.)

Our hot deal for your cool November quilting is the Stars on a Roll OR Star Salute kit & pattern for only $60 (retail $78.90) - PLUS FREE SHIPPING. It's not too late to get a quilt done for someone special this holiday season. Click HERE to order online, or call KTQ at 785-488-2120. At this price, supplies are limited. Order today!

KT & Friends Retreat, June 19-22, 2019

We only have a handful of spots available for our first ever KT & Friends Retreat next summer. I don't want you to miss it! Call a friend and contact our retreat coordinator today. Kathy's email -, or call 816-377-9699 10am to 5pm.