Lynne Hagmeier, the designer of Kansas Troubles, signed up for her first quilting class more than 25 years ago at a local quilt shop. When she admired a pattern with houses and stars, the owner asked if she would like to make a sample for the shop with her payment as a kit for the same project. She returned a week later with two completed quilts – one for the shop and one for her. Her quilt was a bit different… she had simplified the pattern by using connecting corners and layered triangles. That is when the shop owner informed her, “You’ll never amount to anything as a quilter if you can’t follow instructions.” For the next few years, she sold her own patterns locally until she took the leap to attend International Quilt Market. A Block of the Month quilt she made caught Moda’s attention and she has been designing for them ever since. She is continually learning and growing as a designer, developing more simplified ways to piece traditional quilt blocks using her Layered Patchwork technique.

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