Wednesday, September 30, 2020

20 Years of KTQ BOM - Week #18

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the Star Cluster PDF pattern:

cannewa - Starch fabric before you cut, helps stabilize bias edges.
Thanks for all your comments on design walls, piecing, etc. The tip on using starch has helped me especially when I'm piecing smaller blocks for more perfect intersections. 
cannewa, please send your email address to Kansas Troubles at Robert will email your pattern as soon as possible.
Watch my blog and Instagram for more giveaways in the coming weeks. Bittersweet Lane is due to arrive in October. Can't wait!

Week #18 - Goose in the Pond

Piece 9-patch and rail fence blocks. Make half square triangles. You're good to go! 

This large block is simple to piece with traditional elements. Use what you've learned about half square triangles (HST) to piece the red/tan units.  Press the blue/tan 9-patch/rail fence strips carefully. Do not stretch the strips when pressing seams toward the dark for opposing seams.


Congratulations! You're ready to assemble Section #2. Lay out all the blocks and sashing strips, as shown. Piece each part of the section; note arrows for pressing.

See you October 15th for Flying Geese and assembling Section #3. We're on the home stretch!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

All 'Round the Seasons Club

A Mini Table Treat for Every Season

Quilter's who have taken a Mini Table Treat workshop with me love how fast & fun they are to make. No one can make just one! I've put together a six-pack of colorful treats for any season of the year, from Valentine's Day to 4th of July, plus table toppers for Fall, Christmas and Spring. Or, whip up Maker, the Mini Table Treat that celebrates the creative soul in all of us.

Join me for a year long program of Mini Table Treats (MTT), one every other month for a year, beginning in our KT November Special. The booklet, All 'Round the Seasons, plus the Sweet Holly kit are only $35 + Free Shipping (retail value w/shipping of over $50).

For the remaining (5) months, each kit is only $24+ $5 shipping. Shipments will be in January, March, May, July & September.

These unique table toppers are so easy to make. Cut the (2) circles, layer with batting and backing, quilt, add fusible appliques, topstitch & bind. In about 3 hours + hand binding you'll have a delightful seasonal table topper to welcome each season. I'll announce my Facebook Live tutorial for Sweet Holly on November 1st along with the official blog post for the KT November Special. Mark your calendar!

Sweet and easy fusible appliques of a candy cane, ribbon and holly leaves adorn a 17" round table topper that requires no piecing. The Sweet Holly kit includes all fabrics for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques & buttons. All you need is an 18" square of lightweight batting. 

In January, you'll receive the second MTT in the series, String of Hearts. It's perfect for Valentine's Day or a gift for that special sweetheart. The String of Hearts kit includes all fabrics for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques & buttons.

For March, we'll stitch up some sunny flowers with First Signs of Spring. Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques and our KT Mini Melon Template.

May is time the perfect time to prepare for summer celebrations and all things red, white and blue. My 4th of July Mini Table Treat will set the mood for your patriotic parties. Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques and buttons.

In July, let's make something just for ourselves. Maker salutes the creative spirit in each of us with tools of our passion, quilting. Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques, measuring tape ribbon and buttons.

The final Mini Table Treat in September will pay homage to my favorite time of year with Fall Harvest. KT's rich autumn hues will enhance any fall decor.Kit includes fabric for quilt top, back & binding plus fabric for appliques.
So here's the breakdown:
KT November Special - All 'Round the Seasons booklet + Sweet Holly Kit - $35 + Free Shipping.

Months #2 thru #6 = $24+$5 shipping.
Call Robert at the KT Quilt Shop to preorder your KT November Special and sign up for the continuing Mini Table Treat series today! 785-488-2120

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

20 Years of KTQ - Block #17

 Block #17 - Churn Dash Star

I can't believe we're already on Block #17! Only a few more weeks to go and we'll be making the pieced border and putting our quilt together.

Today's block combines two of my favorites - a churn dash and a star. (More on that later.) Both are simple to piece with traditional half square triangles (HST) and star points made with connecting corners (CC). Your reference sheet has step-by-step tips for both units.

 The Churn Dash

First, we'll piece (3) churn dash blocks - (2) for the Churn Dash Star blocks and (1) for a filler block. For perfect HST, cut the squares oversized and trim to the exact measurement. I made mine red, green and black. I set the black churn dash aside for my filler block.

The Star Points

Next, we'll use the connecting corner (CC) method to create the star point units. If you have ever cut off the star points or blunted the point of the intersection when piecing your block into the quilt, #3 is the most important step. If the 90degree corners line up, you're good to go. (From CC Info Sheet)

Piece the blocks as shown in the instructions with a churn dash block for the center. Make (2) Churn Dash Star blocks.

Assemble the Section

We pieced the checkerboard filler a few weeks ago, so we have all the ingredients to make the Churn Dash Star section. Add the tan background strips, as indicated in the pattern, and sew it all together. You're one step closer to a finished quilt!

Star Cluster Giveaway

As I was designing this block, I tried it in a couple of sizes for the BOM quilt. I really liked the idea of multiple sizes of churn dash and star blocks, so I made a quilt called Star Cluster with a Through the Year fat 1/8 bundle. In the instructions, we piece the larger blocks first to practice/perfect our HST and CC, then move on to more challenging 4 1/2" and 2 1/2" stars and churn dash blocks. I love it!

And I hope you do, too. Want a chance to win the PDF downloadable pattern of Star Cluster? Comment below with your favorite quilting tip. Winner announced September 30th with Block #18.


I love it so much I made a second quilt in my Sweet Holly Christmas fabric. The pieced borders are done, just waiting for a free weekend to finish. Maybe before Christmas???


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

KT September Special

 8-Pack Fat Quarter Bundle

Is it time to build up and refresh your stash? We have just the solution with our KT September Special. Joy selects (8) small print and tone-on-tone basics of each KT color and bundles them together just for you. 

We have earthy pumpkin prints for your fall projects, golds and greens and reds for holiday quilts, rich blues, plums and blacks to fill in when you need one more strip or square for a precut quilt. And, of course, who doesn't always need a few more tans on hand. We've got 'em!

Each pack contains fat quarters from a variety of KT fabric collections for the perfect stash builders.

Our KT September Special is only $24 with FREE SHIPPING. Order today at HERE.