Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week #1

Week #1 - Crosswalk by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters

Need a new project for the summer? Want to try a new color palette without a big investment? How about easy, breezy charm patterns from six different Moda designers!

Last fall at market, I challenged a few of my fellow Moda designers to make a charm quilt from a fabric line outside of their usual palette. Three bright designers, Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique, Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life and Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs, lined up across the aisle from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Lauri Simpson of Minnick & Simpson and me for a charm challenge. The rules? Send a charm pack of your latest collection plus a total of 1 1/2 total yds. of fabric to the designer on your list. Bright designers sent their charm packs to dark designers and vice versa. And so the challenge began...

I received my box in the mail from Vanessa - a charm pack of Lollipop Garden, a peach & white stripe, a white word print and a mint green word print. What a fun collection to brighten a cold, dreary, Kansas winter day! I played with the charm squares, arranging them this way and that, until a plan developed. Here's what I created with Vanessa's charming fabric.

And here's the same quilt in my Kansas Troubles' Favorites III fabric...

I LOVE how different, but how much the same, these two quilts look. Vanessa's low contrast colors and prints make the bright version the perfect backdrop to my spring and Easter collectibles.

My fabric works well in my home most of the year, adding a warm, cozy feel to collectibles on the antique dry sink. So easy to make for any season.

 Find the FREE pattern for Crosswalk HERE.

Check back each Wednesday thru July for a new charm quilt each week. Watch next Wednesday, July 3rd, for Sherri McConnell's charm swap challenge reveal. I can't wait!

Here’s the Schedule …
June 26 ~ Kansas Troubles
July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell   
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

Monday, June 24, 2019

KT Winner & More

KT Winner

I'm a little behind since we were busy hosting 100 quilters at our first ever KT & Friends Retreat last week.

Happy Quilters at the KT & Friends Retreat

 After literally laying around napping through movies all day yesterday, I'm back at it today, trying to catch up. Here's the winner of our KT Tan Jr Layer Cake & As the Wind Blows pattern.

koberg - I just love the precuts in the tans cuz you always seem to need more of them!
Congrats! Email us at with your shipping info and Robert will send your goodies right out.

Prairie Wind

At our KT & Friends Retreat last week, I shared my Layered Patchwork method in this quilt featuring flying geese. We started with a KT Favorites III Layer Cake for an easy, scrappy look. The ladies were delighted to learn a new way of looking at flying geese to simplify and perfect them. It was, after all, Summer School at our retreat in the Bennington High School.

Prairie Wind
My Layered Patchwork Flying Geese are made with a background rectangle with a triangle layered & stitched on top.
1. Cut a tan background rectangle the size you want your flying geese to be plus seam allowances.
2. Cut a dark square twice diagonally to create 4 triangles. This gives you a bias edge on the 90 degree edges so there will be no raveling.
3. In the bottom row, you can see the gold triangle and tan rectangle. The gold triangle is placed on the tan rectangle, bottom edges aligned.
4. Glue in place and topstitch 1/8" from the bias edges.
Your block measures the exact size you want.

Flying Geese - Layered Patchwork Technique
For a Flying Geese Conversion Chart to make Layered Patchwork blocks instead of traditional, click HERE.

Here are a couple more projects featuring my Layered Patchwork Flying Geese, including Goose, Goose, Duck from Prairie Life.

Goose, Goose, Duck lap quilt - kits available.

Circling Geese - KT exclusive pattern from Cruise 2019. Kits available $99.

Moda Summer Charm Swap

Check back on Wednesday, June 26, for the first installment of a 6-week series of charm swap quilts. See the quilt I designed from a charm pack by one of Moda's bright designers. It all starts this week!

KT Giveaway

This week's giveaway is the Prairie Wind pattern plus a few goodies from our KT & Friends Retreat. Wish you all could have been here. It was so much fun! Comment here on your favorite retreat experience.

It's not too late to sign up for our Hamilton, MO retreat in October. Contact Kathy at for more info on all of our upcoming KT events.

Monday, June 3, 2019

More KT Favorites III Giveaways

KT Winner  

Barbara - These look like fun projects! Hated flying geese when I first started quilting, but now I don't mind them. Starching and accurate cutting have helped tremendously!

Congrats to Barbara for winning our KT Tan Jelly Roll and Chasing Stars booklet. Here's another chance to win some of the new KT FavIII fabric & patterns.

As the Wind Blows

Our UPS guy just backed up the truck and unloaded a TON of KT Favorites III the other day. We have dozens of boxes of precuts - Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charms and Minis plus exclusive Honey Buns in full assorted 40pc. cuts, PLUS Tan Jr Jelly Rolls and Jr Layer Cakes with assorted 20pc. cuts, and - exclusively to KTQ - 40pc. Tan Charms and Mini Charms. Whew! That's alot of precuts! I have several projects for them now and am planning more for the future. Joy will be cutting kits and yardage next week, so those of you who preordered KT FavIII will be receiving a box in the mail soon.

This week, let's giveaway a Tan Jr Layer Cake plus the As the Wind Blows pattern. This quilt is easy to make either traditionally or using my Layered Patchwork technique. It's perfect for anyone on your to-do list in lap or king size. Comment below to win.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

KT June Special

Prairie Life

I picked up all my quilts from Martingale at market after sending them to their offices more than 6 months ago. I'm excited all over again! The display Robert set up in the store is colorful and fresh (photos coming soon). Now that we've received my newest KT Favorites III fabric line, Joy can start cutting kits, too.

For now, let's offer my Prairie Life book this month for just $22 plus FREE Shipping. That's a savings of $6 off the cover price PLUS another $7 off for paid postage. Grab this deal while you can!
Click HERE to order your autographed copy of Prairie Life today.