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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!

  • Blockheads II
    Week #44 - Candy Stripper by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella BoutiqueWhen I make so many diverse blocks for a sampler quilt, as with our Blockheads II project, I like that Vanessa's simple 12" checkerboard & stripe block can be used in a corner or between busier blocks for a visual… Read more »
  • More On Meadowlark Pond
    KT WinnerCongratulations to the winner of our KT fat quarter 8-pack!T Holzer - I don't have a whole lot of fat quarters, but when I visit a quilt shop and I'm not really "buying" that day, I try to buy 4 FQs to support the store. I just buy what… Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads II
    Block #43 - Mosaic by Brigitte HeitlandAn cool take on the square-in-a-square block. Easy piecing shows off your favorite fabric or some fussy cutting in the center square, if you like. I opted for more red/tan/blues with a feature print in the center. I might make more of these to… Read more »
  • KT February Special
    Time to Stock UpIt's a new year with a whole new list of projects to make. Make sure you never run out of basics in your stash with our KT 8-packs of fat 1/4 bundles. We choose our best tone-on-tones, small prints and blenders - all in one color per… Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads II
    Block #42 - Around the Corner by Carrie NelsonA square in a square in a square in a square in a 9-patch in a 9-patch. That would be a great name for this block! Carrie offers us a chance to practice adding triangles to all four sides of a square… Read more »
  • On Meadowlark Pond - Coming Soon!
    KT's newest fabric collection, On Meadowlark Pond, is coming soon to a quilt shop near you. We're looking for a mid-February arrival of bolts and precuts with a colorful breath of spring in KT's freshest colors yet.Click HERE to download the chart of prints and fabric numbers. To read this… Read more »
  • Looking forward to Sunshine
    KT Winner Congratulations to this week's winner:Angelia Lanouette - Oh my, you have been very busy! I grew up in New Hampshire and I am very familiar with the beautiful beaches of Maine. Ogunquit and Kennebunk are some of our favorites. Further up the coast is Bar Harbor and the absolutely… Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads II
    CorrectionAfter glancing at my phone this morning to check this blog post, I had this feeling that something about my Ribbon Star didn't look quite right. While computer generating the block, I had turned all the half squares. I like the "new" design, too, but don't let it confuse you.… Read more »
  • A Look Back at 2018, Part #2
    KT Winner  cthoss January 7, 2019 at 6:21 PMMy year of quilting is usually accomplished in clumps. During the school year, I have a lot less time to quilt, but the in the summer, I tend to binge sew. This summer, I completed quite a few WIPs. The start to… Read more »
  • KT & Friends II - Hamilton, MO
    KT & Friends Retreat II Have you heard? I'm throwing a party with two of my favorite designer friends - actually three - Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co, and Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs. They're three of the most innovative and energetic ladies I… Read more »

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