Kansas Troubles Quilters by Lynne Hagmeier


We are so excited to introduce quilter, educator, author, pattern designer, shop owner, Moda fabric designer and Aurifil thread collection designer Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. Lynne’s debut Aurifil collection is a gorgeous selection of 10 rich and neutral colors of our 50wt thread. It was designed to accentuate and highlight fabrics from her upcoming Oak Haven collection and also her now available Bees n’ Blooms collection, both available via Moda Fabrics.

Kansas Troubles Quilters
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools, 50wt
Colors included:
5013 – 2370 – 2326 – 2692 – 2570 – 2785 – 5024 – 2355 – 2335 – 2460


To view this info on our website, click here. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you first came to love the art of quilting?

I have always loved textiles, collecting scraps for doll clothes as a child and later, making my own clothing. When my Gramma gave me a quilt she’d made for her hope chest as a wedding gift, I was immediately obsessed with antique quilts. As a young newlywed, I couldn’t afford vintage, so I decided to make new quilts that looked old, the scrappier, the better.

Oak Haven Lap Quilt
Oak Haven Lap Quilt

What is your greatest creative inspiration? 
Nature. I love the changing colors of nature outside my studio window throughout the seasons.

Makin' Honey Mini
Makin’ Honey Mini

Do you have a favorite technique and why? 
I’ve developed a technique I call Layered Patchwork. While working with Moda’s precuts years ago, I realized I could dramatically simplify a traditional block by layering squares and triangles and other shapes on top of a background square. With fewer seams, the blocks are more flat, square and true to size, plus the bonus of dimension and texture from the layers.

Argyle Sox Lap Quilt - Oak Haven
Argyle Sox Lap Quilt – Oak Haven

What do you love most about teaching quilting? Do you have a favorite class or class setting?
The quilters! Hanging with a group of quilters for the day is the most fun you can have and call it work! I’m constantly inspired by these women who are the most generous and supportive of their quilting community.

Lynne and members of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Peoria, IL.
Lynne and members of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Peoria, IL.

What inspired your current Moda fabric collection, Bees n’ Blooms? 
I start my fabric collections with vintage fabrics. One particular large floral had a tiny bee in the background. I snagged the little bee, cut and pasted him onto various background colors, and selected floral and geometric prints that reinforced the bee/flower motif. So fun!

Bees 'n Blooms Lap Quilt
Bees ‘n Blooms Lap Quilt

How did you first discover Aurifil threads? 
Several years ago, everyone at Moda was raving about how wonderful it was to sew with Aurifil threads. I had to see what all the excitement was about! I tried it and was hooked from the start. I love that the 50wt. is fine, but strong and doesn’t shred or break. It’s the perfect accent for my layered patchwork topstitching and great for all around piecing.

Lynne's Spring Market 2016 booth -- notice the creative use of Aurifil spools!
Lynne’s Spring Market 2016 booth — notice the creative use of Aurifil spools!

Do you have a favorite color/weight?
When topstitching on a variety of colors, I prefer to pick a neutral thread and use it on everything to avoid changing colors. I love #5013 green/gray. It blends with all of my KT darks and even looks great on my tans.

Oak Haven Pillow Sleeve
Oak Haven Pillow Sleeve

How did you go about selecting threads for this new collection?
I use a neutral thread when I can, but for projects like Bees ‘n Blooms flowers or the new Oak Haven leaves/acorns, I prefer to match the thread to the fabric for raw edge applique motifs. Aurifil has so many yummy colors to choose from, it was easy to gather 10 that blend beautifully with all my fabrics.

Oak Haven Table Runner
Oak Haven Table Runner

You’ve released countless patterns, authored 2 dozen books and released a staggering number of fabric collections as a Moda designer — with such ample experience, what advice would you offer to designers just starting out?
Be true to yourself. I live with my color pallete every day in my home. I decorate with my quilts and even take fabric with me to choose paint colors. Don’t feel the need to follow the current trends. Your passion for your individual style will carry you further.



To enter-to-win 1 Kansas Troubles Quilters Aurifil Thread Collection and one bundle of Oak Haven by Lynne Hagmeier for Moda,  click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, June 24! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, June 25. Good luck!

Update (6.25): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Janie McCombs! 

Lynne Passport 2x2[1]Lynne learned to quilt over 25 years ago at a local quilt shop in Salina, Kansas, called The Quilting Bee, while working there part time. Her love of quilting evolved from other interests over the years; from cross-stitch & painting to home decorating & antiques. In 2000, Moda fabrics offered Lynne an opportunity to design fabric for their growing company. What a thrill to create a line of fabrics in exactly the colors you want & then make a quilt you’ve designed with that new fabric! In 2001, she & her husband Robert sold their house & moved to a restored two-story brick building in Lynne’s childhood hometown of Bennington, Kansas, to expand her studio & offer Quilting Getaways on the weekends. Robert joined the business full-time, promising Lynne that if she designed & made quilts, he’d do everything else. Lynne is traveling several times a year to quilt shops and guilds across the country to offer programs & workshops from her quilt books & patterns.

** All images and biographical text courtesy of Lynne Hagmeier and Kansas Troubles Quilts.



  1. I loved to sew as a kid and rode my bike to the sewing shop for classes. I started quilting about 5 years ago when a friend asked me to join her making a scrappy quilt from an online tutorial. She never finished that quilt, but I was hooked and have made probably 40 quilts since then!

  2. I got the love of sewing from my mother, and the quilting bug from my grandmother 40 years ago. My first quilt was made with her help in the mid 70’s and I still have it. She is my inspiration and I think of her often when I am quilting

  3. I started quilting after my mother died. I didn’t fully recognize it at the time, but I’m sure it was an effort to feel closer to her, an excellent seamstress, and to my grandmother, who was a lifelong quilter. Every quilt I work on has a bit of my mother in it.

  4. My grandmother and mother taught me, and I have always done some sort of handwork. Just recently got into quilting

  5. Grade 8 Home Ec. Then I went on to work at a fabric store through high school, and the rest is history!

  6. I started sewing as a teen, and started making quilts when I was pregnant for my first child.

  7. I started sewing late in life. I made garments for my grandchild. Then I started quliting and haven’t stopped yet! Lol!

  8. My grandmother taught me to sew. I started with garments and many years later tried quilting.

  9. I’ve been sewing since I was very young starting with doll clothes and then my own clothes and then… and nothing more since… QUILTS!!

  10. I had wanted to quilt for a long time, but just never got around to doing it. Finally I signed up for a block of the month at a local quilt store. The rest is history. I am now an app quilter.

  11. I started sewing at age 10 by making doll clothes. At 13 I was making my own clothing and by 17 had found the world of quilting. I haven’t stopped sewing since I began.

  12. self taught quilter and home sewer – started as a young married to make children’s clothing and the quilts I wanted but couldn’t afford to buy

  13. I LOVE all things Kansas Troubles. The colors are just perfect for my taste.😉

  14. HI, i started embroidery work with my Mom and that led to other hand+machine sewing+quilting projects>Love doing charity quilting projects too. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I have been sewing since I was old enough to use a sewing machine and never stopped.

  16. I got started sewing in Home Ec classes at school. Then many many years later I took a series of beginner quilting classes.

  17. I started quilting in my early 50’s when living in northern Maine. Winters are really long there and I needed to do something to fight cabin fever. I have always loved quilts and I had been sewing since I was 6. I went to the library and borrowed some quilting books and taught myself to quilt. That was 12 years ago and I quilt more than ever now that I am retired. Love your fabric lines and love Aurifil.

  18. My mom taught me to sew when I was about eight or nine, but I didn’t get into quilting until about ten years ago. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  19. I started sewing Barbie clothes, then did garment sewing for myself including my wedding dress. Became a quilter when a quilting study group was formed within our local fiber arts guild.

  20. No one in my family quilted, about 10 years ago I saw a bookcase quilt and the flame was sparked ! I just knew I had to learn about quilting and it has become the love of my life

  21. I started sewing doll clothes from newspaper patterns cut by my mother. I started quilting with the 1976 bicentennial revival.

  22. I started sewing when I was ten making clothing. Later on I was no longer able to work and had always wanted to try quilting, took a class at the local high school and the rest is history. I have followed Kansas Troubles for years and just love their designs and now only use Aurifil…..heaven in every project!

  23. I learned to sew in Home Ec class in junior high. My mom wanted me to learn the “right” way to sew so she didn’t teach me. Quilting I learned from a class at a local quilt shop. I started with hand piecing, then took a class on paper piecing. That’s all it took!

  24. Shortly after my husband died a friend suggested we take a hand quilting class in Bishop Hill Il. We did and I have been hooked ever since….but now machine quilt.

  25. I took Home Ec. long, long ago which introduced me to sewing but it wasn’t until I retired that I got introduced to quilting.

  26. I started with embroidery at age 5 and have worked with some sort of needle ever since! I started quilting as a young mother in 1982.

  27. How did you first get started with sewing & quilting? I grew up with watching my Grandmother hand piece and hand quilt. I began quilting when I was about 10 years old, using a Singer Sewing Machine long before there were quilt shops or any quilting tools. I’d create templates out of brown paper sacks.


  28. My grandmother inspired me to sew because she made me clothing. I was actually taught in school starting with Home ec in grade 8. Sewing has been such a wonderful creative experience for me , I am grateful.

  29. I started sewing in Home Ec class in high school. I made mostly clothes for a long time. I started quilting when I was in my early forties.

  30. I learned to sew long ago in school and used it for mending purposes until a couple years ago a friend had me make a rag baby quilt and since it is like a puzzle , which I like, I would make a few projects to see if I cared for it. Well I am still caring and learning as I go.

  31. My mom and both my grandmothers sewed knitted and quilted had lots of handmade items growing up I can always remember being taught something creative and learning new skills it was normal and having friends who did not have this influence just seemed to me like they were missing out. I remember the sewing class at school and they spread out making a pillowcase & an apron over six weeks!!!! I finished mine that day seemed odd that it would take that long.

  32. I started seeing clothes when I was a teenager but didn’t start quilting until I was an adult. We always had quilts on our beds growing up, made by my grandmothers and great grandmothers. I absolutely love being connected to them in this way!

  33. My mom and my grandma taught me to sew when I was a little girl. We began with basic embroidery when I was 5 or 6.

  34. I started with clothes in Home Ec, and am a self-taught quilter. Kansas Troubles fabric has been a favorite of mine for years – I love the colors – and the layered patchwork is a lot of fun!

  35. I started sewing in Home Ec in Junior High School. Started out with making clothes. But now am into quilting and bags.

  36. I started sewing as a child on my mom’s feather weight sewing machine and it have been sewing ever since . It was mostly garment sewing in the beginning but now I love quilting .

  37. I’ve been sewing since I was a child. We were taught at school and home – basic hand sewing and then machine. I remember using my mother’s treadle machine to make pillow cases and then with her electric machine, I made my own clothes and home furnishings as I grew up. Quilting is a relatively new hobby – I was introduced to it by a friend several years ago!

  38. Enjoyed hearing how Lynne takes a square of fabric and adds different shapes to it by layering and forming a design.

  39. Fabulous posting about KT. I started seeing in 7th grade and continued until I found quilting. I now quilt everyday. I’ve been quilting for over 36 years and I love it. All I need is my family, God, Moda fabric, Aurifil thread and Tillamook Mudslide ice cream. Life is good. 😉

  40. I first got interested in sewing as a child. My mom used to make my clothes and I got interested while watching her. The local Woolworth’s store (anyone remember that one?) would give me the old pattern books because back then the patterns were shown in the back of the book as drawings too and they were larger. Those were actually large enough that I found if I cut them out, I could use them to make Barbie Doll clothing for my dolls.

  41. Love the rich colors of Lynne’s fabrics. My mother taught me to hand and machine sew when I was about 9. I started quilting 25 years ago, and am 59. Thanks!

  42. I began sewing when I was twelve and have always loved doing it. I began to make quilts about seven years ago.

  43. I got started when my daughter was born, and her head was too big to fit into any bought clothes. I bought my first sewing machine from a Police stolen goods sale, and used whatever thread I found. Now its a Husqvarna and Aurifil thread.

  44. my granma taught me sewing and handwork 70 years ago … but my sis got me quilting 14 years ago. it’s an adventure – always something new to learn!

  45. I started quilting when I needed to make a baby quilt for my pregnant sister, but I started sewing at age 8 in Girl Scouts.

  46. My friend and I kept talking about taking a quilting course at our local quilt shop but we kept putting it of. One day she phoned me and said she had signed us both up for a quilting class. That was 35 years ago and the start of my our quilting journey. We still get together once a week to quilt together.

  47. My mother started me sewing over 50 years ago – I made simple doll clothes to start. And I started quilting about 8 years when my youngest sister wanted the four of us sisters to do a round robin quilt. We’ve been doing block exchanges, row quilts & joint quilts ever since, even though we live in 4 different states. Thanks.

  48. My great grandmother taught me how to sew when I was about 3. I started with buttons and repurposing things which were old like pillowcases to make dresses for my dolls, and teddy bears.

  49. I learned to sew in Jr. High Home Ec. Class…..so seems I have sewn “forever’! lol But diddled with Quilting off & on for few years, and started seriously wanting to quilt…about 5 years ago…when my daughter wanted to learn together…even tho I am in Ohio & she is in North Carolina! 😀 So we have been learning long-distance….doing pretty good! (tho I personally think SHE is the Best at it! )

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! 🙂

  50. I started sewing in 7th grade, and I took a quilting class in early 1980s and became hooked. Some of my first fabrics were Kansas Troubles, and I have two KT quilts in progress now. Thank you for this give away.

  51. I first learned to sew in 4-H and later in Home Ec. I took a quilting class after my kids graduated from high school. Have had the quilting bug ever since! Thank you for this Kansas Troubles fabric and thread give-away opportunity.

  52. My mother sewed clothes for us. She taught me to sew and I participated in 4-H for 10 years. Love these threads!

  53. I started sewing out of neccessity. Newly married n not a lot of money. Husband in the service also. When my first son was born I would make him clothes also. Then I got interested in quilting and that’s where my passion lives. Although now I have 6 & 3 year old grandchildren and it’s been fun sewing clothes for them.

  54. I started out sewing garments for myself & my kids. Then I decided to try quilting & never looked back!

  55. I got started sewing again when my youngest daughter’s well loved bag fell to bits and she wondered if I could make her one similar. I then decided to make one of her sisters a lap quilt for Christmas, and it just snowballed from there. I can’t imagine life now without sewing.

  56. I started making some of my own clothes in high school. Made all my prom dresses. My mother taught me the basics and I did take Home Ec but already knew how to sew.

  57. I had a few lessons at school, but I really started when I was sorting old clothes and remembered that a friend’s mother had made a quilt from her childhood dresses. I thought I could do the same.

  58. My daughter wanted a quilt like the one she saw in a magazine. I ordered the kit and the rest is history! I had been sewing since 4-H days.

  59. I played around with quilting from the time I was in grade school but really got into it after the kids left home. It was my therapy during the last 10 years of working and is my creative outlet now.

  60. I started quilting when I was about 11 or 12 years old and wanted to use my Mom’s sewing machine, she made me learn to sew by hand first so I started sewing block together and it was quilted when I was ready to be married.

  61. I remember my mom helping sew some doll clothes when I was a kid and I remember making an apron in Camp Fire Girls, both in elementary school. I started sewing more frequently–clothes and some accessories in home economincs class in jr. high school. It wasn’t until well into adulthood that I took my first quilting class. I got hooked, but life has been in the way of me making much progress with it.

  62. I started sewing in 7th grade Home Ec and was introduced to quilting in my early 20s.

  63. I’ve been sewing 19 years now (making clothing, doll clothes, etc) when I got out of high school, but didn’t start quilting until about 10 years ago.

  64. What a fabulous giveaway… better than Christmas!
    I was taught to quilt using the old fashioned methods by a woman in my community… once a week over the course of the winter she taught me quilting lessons. I also took some classes at a quilt store to learn that there was such a thing as rotary cutting methods!

  65. I was inspired at an early age by my grandmother, a prolific quilter, and took a beginning quilting class in 1976 during America’s Bicentennial celebration—and have been hooked ever since!

  66. Love KT’s fabrics! Love Aurifil thread! So to have Lynne select her choices of thread colors to work with the fabrics she designs is a Win/Win for me!

  67. I started learning to piece little blocks and quilt making mug rugs and little quilts with bloggers posts. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  68. I picked up sewing because of a love of quilts. No one in my family to teach me so turned to classes

  69. My mother taught me to sew. We started with doll clothes and worked our way into clothing for me. I love cutting pretty fabrics into pieces and stitching the fabrics to form an entirely different arrangement.

  70. My first sewing adventures were at age 10 or 11 when my friend across the street, my sister and I would make costumes for our dolls for the annual summer doll contest at our local park summer rec program.

  71. I was already sewing home dec items and clothing. When I discovered quilting blogs, I found a whole new sewing love!

  72. I have always loved quilts! When I moved to TN years ago from Ohio, I was in love with the quilts there. I had a doll quilt my Grandmother had made me for my Chatty Cathy doll when I was ten years old. I still have it. I was offered a free quilting class and I have been making quilts since.

  73. My mother was a quilter and she taught me some, but the rest I learned through my involvement with 4-H. I really didn’t start making quilts until I was in my 30’s.

  74. Really like the thread and fabric colors. These are the colors I enjoy quilting with. I only started quilting 6 years ago and continue to learn new things every week from friends. I am still amazed at taking yards of fabric, cutting it into all shapes and sizes, then sewing it all back together to have this awesome finished project.

  75. My mom got my hooked with sewing and quilting when I was a teenager. But most of my skills I’ve learned buy DIY and through the www.

  76. By far, my favorite fabrics are the ones from Kansas Troubles Quilters. Every time I make a project from them I get many compliments. I love the rich colors. I learned to sew at a young age from my mother and got my own treadle machine at age 10. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  77. I saw a learn to quilt class being offered locally advertised in the newspaper and convinced my mama and my aunts to go with me. That was in 1989, and we were hooked! We even started a family quilt club, which we still have.

  78. I watched my mother sew clothes for myself and dance costumes when I was young. I started on her machine, then did some clothes sewing for myself and my kids. Some home décor came next and then when we moved to a small town I joined a quilting class and haven’t looked back.

  79. My Mom tried to teach me when I was young–I wasn’t interested. I remember making a bag with my aunt who was visiting and I was pretty proud of it. I didn’t really start until about 10 years ago when my son was born.

  80. I took home ec classes in high school and learned to sew there. My mother had always sewn for me and my sisters but she didn’t really teach us to sew.

  81. I learned to sew from my mother, who was an amazing seamstress. But I taught myself to quilt about 25 years ago and have been quilting ever since. Thank you, Aurifil, for the Lynne Hagmeier collection. My favorite thread and my favorite fabric designer finally together in one place.

  82. Such a lovely give away! Thank you so much for the chance to win it! I love both KT fabric and your thread! I just discovered your wool threads…OMGosh…I will never go back to cotton when doing Wool applique! Thank you!

  83. I learned to sew from my mother. I was a member of a 4-H group and needed to do a sewing project for the county fair. My mother helped me cut out my jumper and blouse. She showed me how to use the sewing machine and how I should pin the fabric pieces. Then she went outside to work in the garden while I sewed. I won blue ribbons on both pieces and was asked to model my project. I have been sewing ever since. I was 11 years old so I have been sewing for 46 years. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  84. Originally I wanted to learn how to sew. I was 12 years old. My parents bought a kenmore sewing machine for $79! And I have been sewing since them
    N. Loved every minute….

  85. I first got started with sewing when I was 4-5 years old and wanted to make doll clothes. my mom taught me hand stitching and later on her sewing machine. I didn’t get started quilting until 40 years later!

  86. I started sewing in public school and made my first quilt when I was 15 but I finally took quilting lessons with a girl from work in my 20’s. She didn’t like it but I feel in love with quilting!!!

  87. I have sewed since the 8th grade but started quilting after I finished nursing school and finally had a little time to myself!

  88. My mother helped me with a project for home ec. since I liked to embroider already, (and she was a sewer herself) she helped me make my idea come to life. All while she worked a full time job off our farm. Of course I think they don’t come like her anymore! 🙂

  89. My mom taught me to make simple doll clothes when I was about 6 or 7. I learned to make clothing in Jr.High School. I still sew on the 2-tone green 1950’s sewing machine that I learned to sew on!

  90. I learned to sew with my grandmothers–one quilted and the other embroidery. Love the rich, beautiful colors in this Kansas Troubles thread collection!

  91. Learned in Junior high. Did a little craft sewing. Started first quilt 3 years ago and finally finished it in November of last year (went without a machine for awhile) Love.

  92. Thank you for the giveaway! Sewing is a family issue for me 🙂 …both of my grandmothers were seamstresses, their mothers too. I grew up among fabrics, threads and patterns. My aunt was a quilter. My mum often sews too. And my little girl is starting now!

  93. I learned to use a sewing machine in jr. high Home Ec class. And kept on going. I had done some handwork but loved using the machine. Ended up majoring in Clothing and Textiles in college and have an extensive fabric collection.
    Love Aurifil thread. Need to find some of the other weights and types. (Mostly have 50 wt because that is what most places around here carry.)

  94. My mother and her mother were both quilters who participated in quilting bees. My earliest memories of quilting are of playing beneath the quilting frame while they quilted. I didn’t start quilting until years later. Now if I don’t work on something “quilty” everyday I have withdrawal pains!

  95. My mom always had a piece of fabric in her hand or pocket that she was stitching. She made all her quilts by hand.

  96. I have always loved sewing, but it wasn’t until my kids were mostly grown that I finally had time to start quilting. Now, that’s all I do!

  97. Had home ec but never loved sewing garments. Sewed Halloween costumes for my son when he was little and other craftsy projects, but went to a quilt show and became hooked on quilting.

  98. I started as a child with cross stitch, then got my own sewing machine and started making clothes and then was inspired by various blogs to give quilting a go x

  99. My mother taught me to sew. We started with embroidery classes and then progressed to sewing clothes. About 6 years ago I found quilting and I love it =)

  100. I started quilting because a coworker I had lunch with regularly would bring a small quilting project, and I a small embroidery project to work on after lunch while we chatted. We both ended up getting interested in each other’s hobbies!

  101. An older woman I taught with a few years ago would bring in to school each quilt as she finished them. I was so in awe as I stared at each one. She had been quilting for many years and she eventually hooked me in, so I got started and haven’t looked back! I love it!

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