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I signed up for my first quilting class more than 25 years ago at a local quilt shop. When I admired a pattern with houses and stars, the owner asked if I’d like to make a sample for the shop with my payment as a kit for the same project. I returned a week later with two completed quilts – one for the shop and one for me. The sample for the shop was made exactly like the pattern had instructed with dozens of template pieces and y-seams. My quilt was a bit different… I had simplified the pattern by using connecting corners and layered triangles. That’s when the shop owner informed me, “You’ll never amount to anything as a quilter if you can’t follow instructions.”

I took this as a challenge.

For the next few years, I made little quilts to sell and peddled my own patterns locally until I finally took the leap and attended International Quilt Market. A Block-of-the-Month quilt I’d created using mostly Moda fabrics caught their attention and I was asked to join the Moda Designer team the following market. That was almost 17 years ago. More than 50 fabric collections later, I still embrace the nature-inspired color palette and prints that are Kansas Troubles’ classics.

I’m continually learning and growing as a designer, developing more simplified ways to piece traditional quilt blocks using my Layered Patchwork technique. I enjoy sharing my quilts and methods with quilters all over the country, teaching at quilt guilds, shops and on cruises. What a delightful way to spend your life, surrounded by quilts and quilters!

  • 20 Years of KTQ - Block #17
     Block #17 - Churn Dash StarI 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… Read more »
  • KT September Special
     8-Pack Fat Quarter BundleIs 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,… Read more »
  • 20 Years of KTQ BOM - Block #16
    Block #16-Kansas SunflowerThis week we're piecing Block #16-Kansas Sunflower. It's one of my favorite flowers, growing wild in the ditches along country roads this time of year in our area. I've designed sunflower blocks for several other projects, but I really like the way this block represents the state flower. The… Read more »
  • 20 Years of KTQ BOM Block #15
    Block 15 - Friendship StarsCheers to a block celebrating our friends, who are there for us through fat quarters (thick) and Honey Bun strips (thin). These simple blocks utilize basic half square triangles (HST) and add visual interest and motion to a quilt. My tip is to piece each unit… Read more »
  • KT Winner of August Special Giveaway
     KT WinnerCongratulations to:Marie Chat - These are so sweet ~ perfect gift for a secret sister (or extra pinny to keep!). Marie, you're so right! Make one for yourself, then one for a friend. Win, win! Please send your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com and Robert will send your Stick a Pin… Read more »
  • KT Pincushion-a-Month Club
    KT GiveawayOur new KT Pincushion-a-Month Club starts with our KT August Special. Order the Stick a Pin in It booklet and the first kit for the Stick a Pin in It pincushion (shown below) for only $20, then sign up to receive a pincushion each month for 11 months, beginning… Read more »
  • KT August Special
    Pincushion-a-Month ClubI couldn't resist! Pincushions are all the rage right now, so I created a dozen different ones to use all through the year. These little gems are so fun to make and even more fun to switch out in your sewing room, pile in a bowl, or give to… Read more »
  • 20 Years of KTQ BOM Week #14
    Week #14 - Prairie PinwheelsOur block this week is a variation of a double pinwheel block. I usually see this made with half square triangles, but I think utilizing rectangles with connecting corners makes it simpler and easier to piece. There's less cutting, no trimming to size and fewer seams.… Read more »
  • 20 Years of KTQ Week #13
    Week #13 - Plum StarI am tickled when a design plan comes together so star points floats. It gives a little extra breathing room when piecing, so you don't have to worry about cutting off the points. Plum Star is one of those great blocks. We'll add squares for the… Read more »
  • Sweet Holly Scraps Winner
    KT WinnerCongratulations to :kupton52 - A Tisket, A Tasket....I would dance with joy if I could win this basket. It's one of the great mysteries of Life---why someone else's scraps are soooo appealing! Thank you so much for the chance to win. Scraps are great but KT scraps are the… Read more »

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