Simplify classic blocks in a snap: you’ll love Layered Patchwork (+ fabric giveaway!)

We are thrilled to be the publisher of the latest book from Kansas Troubles Quilters—aka the talented Lynne Hagmeier!

Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts

With Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts, you can sew quilts in the instantly recognizable style of Kansas Troubles Quilters—and you can do it TWO ways. Use traditional piecing or Lynne’s signature (and super-simple) method.

layered patchworkIn the book you’ll learn Lynne’s secret for easy-peasy piecing—she calls it Layered Patchwork. The raw edges of layered-patchwork blocks barely fray when washed, giving a fluffy, snuggly finish. Best of all, the technique reduces cutting time, minimizes bulky seams, and skips pressing steps. Yay to all three—that means more beautiful, quick quilts for you and me!

You’ll love the look of both kinds of quilts: cozy, country-style designs that call out “cuddle me!”

We love Lynne’s passion for quiltmaking—she’s a quilt lover, maker, and designer for life. How do we know? Check out her Kansas Troubles tattoo—isn’t it the awesomest? She let us snap a pic of it at Quilt Market, and we LOVE it!

We’re happy to have Lynne as a guest writer at Stitch This! today—Lynne, tell us more about your gorgeous quilts!

Lynne HagmeierI have admired and collected the beautiful books published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place since I first began quilting more than 30 years ago. After partnering with Moda in 1999 to design my own line of fabrics, I was able to meet and visit with some of the authors of these wonderful books. What an honor to be among this creative group of women I’ve admired all these years. I am delighted to share with you my first book with Martingale, Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts.

The inspiration for Cozy Quilts and Comforts came from my desire to share a new technique I’ve developed over the past few years that I call Layered Patchwork. By placing a triangle, diamond, or other shape over a background square and topstitching, I can piece simplified blocks that have fewer seams—blocks lay flat and remain perfectly square. Simplified piecing of difficult-looking blocks equals more quilts for you and everyone on your list in less time! I’ve included traditional piecing methods for some of the projects to show the difference in construction, and so you have options.

I chose a variety of quilting projects for Cozy Quilts and Comforts, from simple Nine Patch and Snowball blocks in holiday hues to my favorite Kansas Troubles block in red, tan, and blue to Star blocks that spin and sparkle.

Xs and Os
X’s and O’s

When I design a bed-size or lap quilt, I always have smaller projects in the back of my mind as options for a coordinated look in my home. I live with my quilts—on the beds, thrown over the sofa or chairs, on tabletops, in baskets, and even as a shower curtain. I start many new designs with a sample block that becomes a pillow topper—bonus! With that in mind, I’ve included wall-size quilts, runners, and pillows for every space in your home. Smaller projects are also a great way to try out a new technique, such as Layered Patchwork, without the commitment of a larger quilt.

Kansas Troubles pillow
Kansas Troubles pillow

Here are a few of my favorite projects from Cozy Quilts and Comforts with my Kansas Troubles Retreats space as the backdrop. Jennifer Keltner, Martingale’s Chief Visionary Officer (and creative genius), gathered my collections of old “stuff” to showcase the quilts perfectly. Enjoy!

Mending Fences
Mending Fences simplifies an already simple Rail Fence block by layering a pinked strip over the center of a square. It’s the perfect choice for a guy quilt in warm, dark colors. The table runner goes together in a flash, and starts with a charm pack to coordinate with your kitchen.

Galaxy of Stars
Create a Galaxy of Stars with the help of a Layer Cake, a Jelly Roll, and a charm pack. With most of the pieces precut for you, assembly time is cut in half and your stars will shine brightly in no time.

Prairie Pinwheels
Triangles layered over rectangles and squares create visual movement in my Prairie Pinwheels quilts. Layered Patchwork makes quick work of more difficult-looking blocks.

Checkerboard Garden
Dig into your stash to piece a divinely scrappy path meandering through a garden of primitive flowers with my Checkerboard Garden wall quilt or table topper. Raw-edge appliqué and buttons add extra interest and dimension to the blooms.

Kaleidoscope begins with simple four patches sewn together in rows. The magic happens with diamonds (Kansas Troubles Diamond Templates), which are layered over the seams and topstitched to create a whirling kaleidoscope of colors in lap or mini sizes.

Skipping Stones
Our Kansas Troubles Melon template is used to create a beautiful two-color quilt created with two small squares and a melon topstitched on each background square. Sew the red and tan squares together and watch the pattern of Skipping Stones come to life.

Kansas Troubles quilts
And, last, but not least, these Kansas Troubles quilts are pieced and layered in seasonal tones of black, gold, and tan for fall (check out the spooky spiderweb quilting); red, tan, and blue for summer festivities; or a scrappy mini for year-round use.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this preview of Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts as much as I’ve loved every minute of working with the wonderful ladies at Martingale. Thanks to all of you for capturing my vision in the pages of this book.

Thank you for giving us a one-of-a-kind look into your new book, Lynne!

Did you know that Lynne has designed SIXTY fabric lines for Moda Fabrics? It’s obvious why the partnership is so strong once you get a look at one of Lynne’s latest lines, Thistle Farm. And guess what? Moda sent us a big fat-quarter bundle of Thistle Farm to give away to one lucky winner today!

To be entered into the giveaway for the bundle plus a copy of Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts, tell us:

How often do you try new techniques (like Layered Patchwork) in your quilts?

  • I try new techniques all the time—if it makes my work quicker and easier, bring it on!
  • I like traditional piecing, but trying new techniques is fun too.
  • I’m a little shy about trying new techniques—with traditional piecing I know exactly what to do!

Share your answer in the comments! We’ll choose one random winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Ready to fall in love with Lynne’s Layered Patchwork technique right now? Order Cozy Quilts and Comforts at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Janelle, who says:

“I like traditional piecing, but trying new techniques is fun too. I am a little shy about it, but if I can see it done first, then I am usually okay with it. Love Lynne’s books and fabrics and would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Janelle—congratulations!


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