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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!

  • Notes from the Road
    I've been traveling alot this summer, from the Quilter's Plus Guild in Glenwood, IL, to two shops in Canada - Chicken Feed Quilts in Coaldale AB & Beaver Creek Mercantile in Caroline AB - to most recently, the East Iowa Heritage Quilt Guild in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My grandaughter, Aleece,... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #21
    Question of the Week:Do you put labels on your quilts?The correct answer is YES, of course, I'm very organized and every quilt is labeled. However, I fall down here pretty regularly. My piecers are trying to come up with a better plan for making sure the quilts we're rushing to... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #20
    Question of the Week:Do you wash/clean your quilts? If so, any special tips to share?As usual, I can't give a straight "Yes" or "No" answer (drives my hubby crazy!). If it's a quilt to display in the store, no. I like the crispness of the sizing so it hangs well.... Read more »
  • KT July Special Winner
    KT WinnerCongrats to Debby. You're the winner of the KT charm pattern of your choice (looks like you have a couple already picked out!). Debby - Charm packs are one of my favorite precuts. Love Signs of Fall, Shining Stars and Sunny Trio! Thanks for the chance to win.Email the store... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #19
    Question of the Week:Do you display your quilts in your home? If so, how?They're everywhere - on the bed, over the headboard, on sofas & chairs, table tops, in baskets, as a shower curtain. Some are ones I made, some are antiques. I change them out for the season, but... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #18
    Question of the Week:Do you sew or stitch every single day? Do you plan it? Or is it a habit? How much time do you spend each day stitching?I have good intentions to sew every day, but something always seems to get in the way. I spend more time on... Read more »
  • July KT Special
    July's Charming SpecialI love charm packs. They offer an entire fabric collection in the palm of your hand for about $10. How can you not love that? I design a charm quilt for each fabric collection, keeping the theme/season of the line in mind. Moda has been cutting charm packs... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #17
    Blockhead Question of the Week: Do you keep a written list of your works in progress, etc?I think I answered most of this in last week's long winded post. I don't have alot of UFO's but am certainly not organized enough that I have a list. I have to make lists... Read more »
  • Don't Miss our June Special
    Going, going....Don't forget to check out our June KT Special - Crazy for Minis Booklet & kits and all Mini Charm packs, 20-25% off thru Friday. That's just $3 each for KT Mini Charm packs!Click HERE to see our June Specials.I shared a few of the Crazy for Minis projects... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #16
    KT WinnerThanks to all of you that commented about your favorite Mini Table Treats w/Kut-ups. How fun to see which ones you like best. That inspires me to work on more for winter and holidays.Congratulations to our winner of all 4 new MTT patterns:mangozz - I would have to choose... Read more »
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