Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #6

This week, Vanessa Goertzen, of Lella Boutique, shares her quilt using a charm pack from Lisa Bongean's wonderful red, white and blue collection. I'm a little partial to red/white/blue since my birthday falls on July 5th. I try to set aside time to make myself a little quilt each summer - just for me - and Vanessa's Mini Chandelier Charm quilt is the perfect choice this year. So simple, but full of Americana spirit.

Find Vanessa's instructions for her project HERE.

Mini Chandelier Charm Quilt

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Unpacking...and repacking

KT Winner

Finally catching up after two weeks on the road. Congratulations to the winner of our Mini Table Treats 4-pack of patterns.

Roxanne B. - Twice in PA this month and I will miss you. I would love to catch your layered technique workshop. I guess I'll just have to come to you at your retreat center. Love you fabric lines and designs.

Email me at with your choice of 4 Mini Table Treats patterns (check our website at for all the options) and we'll send them right out. 

More Traveling & Giveaway

Happy to be home, sleeping in my own bed, after being gone for two weeks teaching. Now that the car is unpacked, I'm gearing up and repacking for an event in Dallas with Moda Fabrics and Martingale Publishing, July 31-August 9. They're co-hosting two different 4-day sessions of  workshops, trunk shows and special events. The first week is designed to inspire shop owners with new ideas and time to make store samples at ReStore. There to share their quilts and techniques will be Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Barb Groves & Mary Jacobsen of Me and My Sister Designs, Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, Carrie Nelson of Moda and me. The second week will be filled with quilters anxious to get the most out of their time sewing without interruptions with the same group of talented teachers.

Here's a look at what I'll be sharing in my workshops from my new Prairie Life book...

Building Blocks lap quilt

Mini Charm quilt

Sweet Melons mini quilt

Looking forward to spending time with all of these ladies. I always get a creative boost after being surrounded by fellow Moda designers.

Do you have your copy of Prairie Life yet? How about a chance to win an autographed copy? Comment here on your summer sewing goals and I'll see you Aug. 12 to announce the winner.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #5

This week's charm swap challenge was for Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs sent one of their charm packs to Lisa to do her magic. And she did! What an adorable little quilt for all of Lisa's ducklings (read grankids).

Find Lisa's instructions for this quilt HERE.

Just one more charm quilt next week. Don't miss it!

Here's the list of all the great charm projects from 6 unique designers.

July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #4

Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs always keep us in stitches. This week is no exception with their adorable charm quilt using a Minnick & Simpson charm pack and fabric.

Find the pattern for this charming quilt HERE

Friday, July 12, 2019

20 Years of KTQ

As I'm writing my quilting life story that covers the past 20 years, it's still hard to believe I'm been designing fabric for Moda and making quilts this long. I'm on the road teaching, but in the evenings, I'm trying to put into words how much this journey has transformed me, my husband and our lives. I've gone from designing quilt patterns part time, to designing my own fabric to make quilts, owning a quilt shop/retreat space and teaching all over the country at quilt guilds, shops and on cruises. It's surreal to think of all the opportunities quilting has brought to my life, and how much things have changed since being a social worker in the 1990's.

To celebrate this milestone, I designed a quilt with 20 blocks that represent my 20 years in quilting. The quilt features my KT Favorites III collection, as well as a new line called Milestones. Clever, huh? It's designed to be a block-of-the-month (actually, two blocks a month) and begins in January 2020. Check with your local quilt shop, or give us a call for more information. We have a limited number of spaces available through our store.

20 Years of KTQ BOM

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap Week #3

It's Week #3 of our Moda Summer Charm Swap. I'm loving the projects so far and can't wait to see what Laurie has in store for us. Find her quilt HERE.

Check out all the designer's blogs at the links below. See you next Wednesday!

July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

Sorry, accidently posted this early.  please check Lauries blog on Wednesday.

Monday, July 8, 2019

On the Road Again...

I'm off on another adventure with my grandaughter, Aleece. We're heading to The Olde Country Store in Intercourse, PA this week for workshops and a trunk show Friday & Saturday. I'll share my Layered Patchwork technique to simplify flying geese in Chasing Stars, and a goose tracks block in the Songbird runner.

Chasing Stars is one of our KT Favorites III projects featuring a JR Layer Cake with (20) all tan prints. It's a great addition to my precuts and makes gathering fabric for a quilt even easier.

All KT FavIII kits and digital patterns are 25% off through the month of July. Find them HERE
Chasing Stars
Songbird Runner uses our KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques for instant applique gratification. I'm planning to add a couple more seasonal options for this runner soon. Any requests? Fall? Patriotic?

Songbird Runner

Next we're going north to East Amherst, NY to Patchwork Garden quilt shop July 15-17 for four workshops and a trunk show. In addition to the Songbird Runner, I'm teaching some projects from my new book, Prairie Life, for the first time - Goose, Goose, Duck and Cypress Runner. Goose, Goose, Duck plays with a variety of sizes of flying geese blocks, all simplified with my Layered Patchwork method. Find my Prairie Life book HERE.

Goose, Goose, Duck
The Cypress Runner features three large blocks and KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques for a quick finish of a fun summery accent for your home.

Cypress Runner
We'll also be making an assortment of Mini Table Treats - my 17" round mini table toppers that can be completed in about 3 hours. It's one of my favorite workshops to teach since everyone goes home with a finished project. Find all our MTT options HERE.

Mini Table Treats

I visited Patchwork Garden a couple years ago. Not only do they have one of the most unique workshop venues and a great shop, but Niagra Falls is practically in their backyard. We hope to find time to go this year.

Our last stop is at the Wellsboro, PA Quilt Guild July 19-20. I'll share my quilts and stories at their guild meeting Friday evening, and follow up with a 30-Something workshop on Saturday.

30-Something from Layers of Love

On our way home, we'll treat ourselves in Casey, IL, home of the BIGGEST of everything from a rocking chair to wind chimes to a giant needle and a bird cage with a swing for people. It's one of our favorite lunch spots - and the ice cream and fudge shops aren't bad, either.

Have a lovely summer whatever you have planned. If you're close by, come see me during my quilt shop/guild visits.

Comment for a chance to win a 4-pack of Mini Table Treats patterns. I'll check in on the road, but the winner won't be announced until I return the week of July 22nd.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week #2


Vintage Charm by Sherri McConnell

A few months ago, several of us were chatting at market - three designers that create brighter fabrics and three of us on the darker side. We hatched a plan to swap charm packs and play outside of our normal boxes. What fun we've had!

On Wednesday, June 26, I posted the first of six free charm patterns to share with you. The Moda Summer Charm Swap kicked off with my Crosswalk quilt in Vanessa Goertzen's Lollipop Garden fabric. Find the download HERE.

Crosswalk by Lynne Hagmeier

Next, I sent my KT Favorites III charm pack to Sherri McConnell. This week her quilt, Vintage Charm, is just that - simply charming.

Vintage Charm by Sherri McConnell

Find instructions for Sherri's quilt on her blog HERE.

Check out all the designer's blogs at the links below. See you next Wednesday!

July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell 
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

Monday, July 1, 2019

KT July Special & More

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
chasepell -Love prairie winds a bunch, I'm totally gonna have to make it soon. I remember piecing a bunch of layered patchwork geese for gooseberry lane, and your method saved me so much time and cutting. Hopefully I can make it to one of your retreats soon as I've never been.

Thanks for your kind words, chasepell. Enjoy Prairie Winds and our retreat goodies. Please send your mailing info to and we'll send out your box ASAP.

KT July Special

We're partying all month for my birthday, offering all the KT Favorites III kits at 20% off plus Free Shipping. There's something for everyone from Jelly Roll and Layer Cake projects in traditional piecing and Layered Patchwork to a charm project. We're also offering these patterns at 20% off for PDF Digital Downloads. I'm working between teaching trips and retreats on uploading all our previous patterns for Digital Download, too, so be patient with me. If there's a specific one you're interested in, let me know and I'll put it at the top of the list.

Here are the KT Favorites III projects on special this month. Click HERE to find them.


K.T.Q - Kit To Quilt Mystery Box Program

July is the first shipment of our Kit To Quilt mystery box program. Six times a year, we'll send precuts, fabric, templates and whatever you might need to complete a project. It's my way of sharing my techniques and tips with you, as well as all the newest KT fabrics. When you sign up for our mystery box program, we'll ship your Kit To Quilt box for only $30/postage paid each time (retail value $40-50). About the 15th of that month, I'll introduce the project on my blog & website for about $40 + shipping for those of you who want to see what's in the box first. It's a good way to try it before you commit.
Robert is just getting over a nasty summer flu, but will have kits shipped by the end of the week to all of you who've signed up so far. If you sign up before July 14th, you'll get your mystery box at the discounted price. Better hurry! We have a limited number of boxes available.