Saturday, February 25, 2012

Designer Tidbits: Kansas Troubles Quilters

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters to the Jolly Jabber. Lynne’s latest fabric collection is Sandhill Plums for Moda Fabrics.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Sandhill Plums collection?
A: Outside my design studio window is a row of Sandhill Plum bushes that have been there for generations. I remember as a child picking the bright red/purple berries from the prickly vines each summer and helping my Grandma make Sand Plum Jelly. Fond memories.

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A: We call this the "screen door" print because of the tiny grid in the background. I am drawn to the scattered berries and flowers that remind me so much of the Sandhill Plums.

Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: Just a Little Loopy was so much fun. Using Honey Bun strips as 3-dimensional accents in the quilt adds so much character and is so easy.

Q: If this collection had a scent to it, what would it be?
A: The scent of the Sand Plum blooming in spring is sweet, much like cherry blossoms, but they are a very sour berry off the vine. It takes three times the amount of sugar to make it into jelly, but it's worth it!

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: Holiday Medley is up next, arriving in May. A scrap of vintage wrapping paper was the inspiration.

Q: Who is your favorite celebrity?
A: George Clooney. I appreciate his humanitarian efforts and politics as well as just how darn cute he is in the characters he plays.

Q: Who is your favorite designer not including yourself?
A: Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts is my good friend and a wonderful designer. I love the way her brain spins traditional blocks into something fresh and new using a wide variety of fabrics (including KT, of course). Her Civil War era based Prairie Women Sewing Circle is very well done and close to my heart since we both love antiques and the whole idea of living connected to the land.


Brenda said...

Love the warm colors of the Kansas Troubles fabric lines!! I am working on a quilt, and the Sandhill Plums Collection is the answer to some of my missing colors. :) I have myself on the email list for the Holiday Medley line already! Lovely Collections!! :0)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Kansas Trouble lines are very much my colours and prints. I have some Sandhill Plums that I hope to get to play with soon.

Marcia W. said...

We enjoyed this interview.

corinne said...

Always love the colors of Kansas Trouble collections, will have to order Sandhill Plums. Also like the quilt behind Lynne in the photo, pretty , pretty.

nlcalendar said...

The colours in this line are just so warm. And your design booklets offer interesting patterns. Well done. M

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