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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!

  • Moda Blockheads Week #8
     Happy Week #8 to all of you!Our Question of the Week - Do you pin? Alot or a little? Do you sew over your pins?My answers - Yes, some. Absolutely Not.Okay, a bit more explanation is in order. Yes, I pin when sewing blocks together, sashing strips to blocks or... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #7
    Moda Blockheads Question of the Week:What's your favorite ruler? Do you have a preferred brand? Size?I like Olfa rulers with their skinny black lines and sharp 1/8" markings. They're clear acrylic to easily see thru for use with any color fabric. I think I have virtually every size they make!... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #6
    KT WinnerThe winner of our red/tan/blue scrap bag this week isBeth Esser -Love all the blocks! My favorite needle size is 70 with my favorite Aurifil thread!Hope you find some prints that will work perfectly in your Blockheads blocks.I'm so excited to check on Facebook each morning to see all... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #5
    KT WinnerThe winner of last week's 6-pack of gold fat 1/8's is:kmcallister - My favorite thread is also Aurifil 50 wt. Have used it ever since a repair man of Featherweights told me it would be the best to use on my machine. I have... Read more »
  • KT April Special
    Our April monthly special is a celebration of spring! We've introduced our KT Kut-ups on several new projects and now have them especially for our Bees 'n Blooms lap quilt and Blooms Mini Table Treat. KT Kut-ups are precut fusible appliques that are ready to fuse & stitch onto the quilt... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads Week #4
    KT WinnerHappy day to:Cecilia - Great block! I like to use Best Press when I'm squaring up my blocks. I would love to add some purple fabric to my stash.You're the winner of our KT 6-pack of purple fat 1/8's for your stash. Thanks for being part of our Moda... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads BOW #3
    KT WinnerCongratulations to:Carol C. - I usually don't pre-wash, because I like to use the pre-cuts. The layered method looks really intriguing -- thanks for sharing the additional information! I love sampler quilts, and love these blocks... thanks so much!You're the winner of our fat... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads BOW #2
     KT WinnerCongratulations to:Chelra - I plan to give your way a shot. I love learning new ways to do things. Thanks for the opportunity to continue my quilting education. You're the winner of (8) KT tan fat 1/8's. Perfect for backgrounds of the Blockheads' blocks.Reply to lynne@ktquilts.com with... Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads BOW #1
    Betsy, Jo, Jan, Lisa, Carrie & I are all so excited you're joining us in our 48-week long BOW. The adventure begins with our first 6" block, Whirlygig. Try it on for size and post your block with the hashtag #modablockheads to all your social media sites. Thistle Farm Basket David... Read more »
  • A Weekend to Play
    KT WinnerCongrats to the winner of my KT Aurifil threads this week:Karen MotherK - Can't wait to get my hands on Thistle Farm!! When you have a new line come out, I have to load up on them as they go with any of your lines. ... Read more »
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