Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Moda Block Heads 4 - Week #10

 Week #10 - Autumnal by Chelsi Stratton

If you love autumn as much as I do, this is the perfect block for you. Autumnal, by Chelsi Stratton, is a classic leaf block with simple piecing to show off some of your favorite fall prints. Or, make one with your theme fabric, like Tammy (KTQ piecer) with our upcoming Freedom Road.


Find the instructions for Autumnal on Chelsi's blog HERE.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Studio Update

I've been enjoying my new studio space for about 3 weeks now. We worked our tails off over a 10 day period laying floors, touching up paint, building shelves and moving all the stuff from my sewing room at the house and the building in time for pictures for a secret deadline (more on that later). Now, I'm slowly sorting through drawers and boxes and bins full of vintage sewing collectibles, UFO's, collected fabric and so much paperwork. It's amazing how much you can accumulate over 25 years in business! I still have alot I want to do, but here's a first look at parts of my new sewing room/office.

Robert made a vintage wooden expandable scaffold into a shelf over my fabric shelves where I have some of my antique children's sewing machines and thread holders on display. Above that, we only have the half circle barn vent up so far, but I plan to fill in with my collection of metal quilting stencils and other fun vintage items. 

I love the high ceilings and searched a long time for lighting. I LOVE the light over my cutting table. It's a wooden beam wrapped with 8 lights. It doesn't photograph very well, but I love how bright it is! 

One of my favorite purchases is this 6ft diameter ceiling fan that reminds be of the windmill by our driveway. It moves alot of air and is the perfect rustic touch. The fan and light fixtures plus the pipe for the fabric shelving are the only new pieces I've purchased so far. Everything else was in my former sewing room or in my archive/storage room at the store. 

I'm searching for a vintage piece that would make a good base for my big ironing board with lots of storage for WIP. I store blocks and partly finished projects in cardboard boxes similar to pizza boxes. I can make labels for the ends for easy identification. Now, they are scattered in drawers, suitcases and boxes all over the room.  I know alot of people like to use plastic storage containers, but I avoid plastic of any kind - for environmental reasons and for aesthetics. Until I can find the perfect vintage piece, Robert is working on an open shelving unit using our leftover pipe. 

Watch for more updates as I finish painting the last window frame, add new comfy chairs to my window area and figure out where to put everything cluttering my sewing table. Whew! It could take a day or two. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Moda Block Heads 4 - Week #8

Week #8 - Wild Geese

Kate Spain offers a block with one of my favorite designs, flying geese. Her Wild Geese block is perfect for our "birth" announcement this week as two pair of geese on our pond just hatched their goslings. It's amazing to me that within a week they transform from tiny yellow fluff balls into soft little gray geese. 

KT piecer, Tammy Kuntz, did a great job using my new Freedom Road fabric collection, coming next month.

Find Kate's block on Moda's website HERE. Follow Kate on Instagram @katespain for all the latest quilting news. 


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Moda Block Heads 4 - Week #7

 Week #7 - Game Board     

Lisa Bongean brings us a versatile checkerboard block this week. This one would make a great quilt, too! 

Tammy chose a few of the Freedom Road red/tan/blue prints for our block. I really like that the colors are a patriotic theme, but the prints will play well with all my other KT fabrics. I'm anxious to see the blocks all together. Better start working on a setting plan.

 Follow Lisa on her BLOG and on Instagram @lisabongean. 

Find the instructions for Lisa's Game Board block HERE.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

KT May Special


I've designed a pattern for every fabric line for more than 20 years. Sometimes, it's difficult to figure out what to do, but for Maple Hill, it was easy as, well, falling leaves! Windblown features a Maple Hill charm pack with a piece of every fabric in the collection.

Windblown 30" sq. charm quilt

Retail price for the kit with charm pack and all fabrics for quilt front and binding PLUS Free Shipping is regularly over $52 (with our low $5 shipping everyday). Our KT Special price is only $34.95.  That's almost 25% off!

We have some great fall themed fabrics for backings, too, so add a yard of Maple Hill for backing for only $11 extra (retail $13.50/KT price $12.50) with your kit - included in the Free Shipping. 

More Maple Hill

Now is the perfect time to be thinking about all things autumn so we're ready when the pumpkins are ripe and the leaves start to fall.

If you love fall as much as I do, you'll also love our Maple Leaf Shuffle lap quilt (74" x 74"). After making Windblown, you won't want to stop piecing those little leaves. Here's your chance to make a whole pile more!

Maple Leaf Shuffle

It's not too late to join me for a 6-month Quilt-a-Long with the Sugar Maple Farm Sampler quilt. There's so much to play with! Easy traditional piecing with fun fusible applique makes this quilt go together quickly. We still have a few kits available. For only $39.95/month for 6 months you'll receive all the fabric for the quilt front & binding, plus appliques, plus 6 spools of matching Aurifil Thread, plus the booklet, plus the KT Melon Template, plus bonus patterns, plus shipping is included! Whew! Don't miss this deal! 

Call the KTQuilt Shop to sign up. 785-488-2120.


Sugar Maple Farm QAL