Friday, February 27, 2015

Good endings.........

Hey everybody!

I truly hope your work week was much better than mine!

All of the weather, Boeing directives for SWA, and general disrespect by passengers made the beginning of my week.........delightfully fun.............NOT!!!!!!!

However, I am thankful to have a job.

That being said, the news I received yesterday MORE than made up for the start of the week!

"Radar" is AQS Paducah bound!!!!!!

Ann and I are so very excited to see him at the show in Paducah!  How many of you are planning to go to Paducah as well?  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE........if you see me (it's a little hard to miss a big guy like me LOL) come introduce yourself!  I would LOVE to meet and chat with you!

I am off to see my family for the weekend.

 My beautiful "Lil' Sugardoll" that used to call me "Untle Tevin".......
(By the way.....some of my flight attendant friends still call me this
because I talked about her calling me this all of the time. LOL)

Is turning 17 years old today!
Happy Birthday Sugardoll!!!!!
Where did the time go??????

Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Random Acts of Sewing......and Cooking....

Well this has been a February of random proportions!

I have gone through some of my unfinished projects, and........finished them!
(The tops at least!)  (Or almost!)

First, I want to let everyone know that my version of Bonnie Hunter's "Blue Ridge Beauty" is back from my wonderful quilting friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden!  She did a beautiful job on it, and binding will begin on it as soon as I get back from working this week.

 Here are a couple of shots of her on the frame.

And as most of you probably know, I get a lot of inspiration from looking at quilting books and magazines while I am flying.  Take for instance.......

"Apple Crisp" by designer Jan Ragaller
American Patchwork and Quilting October 2010

Had someone not shared this magazine with me that would have otherwise been thrown out, I would have never been inspired to create this.....

I love how scrappy this turned out!
Tons of neutrals, reds, and a few browns combined to make this a great quilt.
This would be wonderful made in various other colors as well!
The backing and binding are selected, and this one is ready to be quilted!
Thanks Bev for helping me with those snowballs!

And here comes another Bonnie finish.........or almost.........

I proudly present to you my version of Bonnie's Pattern/tutorial
I still need to add a gold 2.5" border all the way around.
Wait until you all see what I have in store for this one......heh heh heh

While in the process of finishing the aforementioned tops, my iron went south!
I don't know how many times I dropped that iron, and she still worked, but, not this last time!
While I was at the store selecting a new iron, I went all out and got me a wider ironing board!
I LOVE BOTH of these new purchases!

I may or may not have become addicted to paper piecing half square triangles???
How many of you use either Thangles or Triangles on a Roll?
My fast growing crush on Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts may be to blame?

If you haven't seen or heard of the way Edyta got her start with quilting,
press the play button above and enjoy this wonderful interview.
Her scrap quilts are truly amazing, and I am falling for her......I mean her quilts!
She's MARRIED folks! LOL

I was surprised to learn that I had won the Superbowl raffle at
Homestead Hearth!!!!  Tons of fabric and goodies in here!
I truly felt I had won the Superbowl....but, no desire to go to Disney here!

Thanks to my friend Ann of Attic Threads & Quilts
who gave me this bundle of patriotic fabrics from a recent teaching engagement!
Several of her students brought fabrics to be used in Quilts of Valor!

And this is a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG overdue shout out to a very sweet lady by
the name of Judy in Alton, Illinois who sent in a TON of pillowcases for the QOV block 
drive quilts from last spring!  I was looking through some of my older posts, and found I had neglected to thank her here on the blog!  That's what happens when you are a 40+ year old 14 year veteran flight attendant that loses brain cells daily on an aircraft due to lack of oxygen!

Speaking of the 40+ friend Matt recently turned 40!
His wife requested I make his birthday cake.  She wanted a carrot cake for the party,
and it just so happens that I love carrot cake and have a wonderful recipe for it!
You can have it too if you follow this LINK.

Here's hoping your February is random as well!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February in photos..........

Kevin the Quilter blog readers!

Here life goes again!

February is ALWAYS a ridiculously busy month for me!

Here is my February thus far in photos............

I promise I haven't been snoozing the month away like these two!

Why are me and my family applauding with all of these people????

Because of this girl in the center wearing the black robe with Gold trim.

Back in the fall my niece was selected to the Missouri All-State Choir.
For those of you who may not know, this is a HUGE honor.
It takes several auditions to make it into the choir.
I worked very hard when I was in high school trying to make it, but, never did!
It was great being able to see my niece make it, and really understand the accomplishment she made.

Congrats to my niece Hannah!
The concert was beyond amazing, even with my stuffy head cold.

After the concert my mom and dad came for a visit.
Mom taught me how to make her FAMOUS Cherry Streudle!
Besides her Red Velvet Cake, this has to be one of my favorite desserts ever!

This was a really cool basket quilt I found at an antique mall with matching patchwork bear.
Both too pricey for me, but, I appreciated being able to see this scrappy quilt.

Close up of block.....hand pieced and quilted.

I had to go to the clear the bolt sale at one of my favorite quilt shops, Homestead Hearth.

While there, I couldn't pass up this kit......I know, I know.....I don't do kits, but, look
how scrappylicious this is!  AND with ALL of the fabrics was such a good price I HAD to get it!

Their scrap bags were also half price so you KNOW several came home with me!
This may or may not have been my biggest haul in a quilt shop...EVER!

This baby quilt top has been assembled, and the binding has been selected.
I am going to be quilting this one ASAP!

The Honor Flight quilt has been quilted, bound, and washed.
Here is a close up of some of the quilting I did on it.
My friend Ann of Attic Threads & Quilts taught me so many new things!
I learned some really cool ruler techniques!
Thanks so much Ann for being such a great teacher and friend!

Birthday celebrations for my beautiful mother and handsome nephew!
They share the same birthday which I think is so special!
Lil' Bubs even decorated his own cake this year!
Awesome job Bubs!

 While I was home I was able to visit a few of my favorite places.

There were some eagles flying around here, but, they were a little too far away to see in the photo.

A view from my office window.......

I have cut several jelly rolls for Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri
from donated fabric they have received.  I was happy to be able to use my
Accuquilt Studio for this!  I really love this toy!

And Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri is churning out the block drive quilts!
Take a look!

And I would like to thank all of you who have sent me messages concerning the passing of my
Uncle Lee whom I presented a Quilt of Valor to last fall.  You can read about that presentation 
I thought it was very thoughtful of my cousins to display his Quilt of Valor at the funeral home.
They told me how much he loved the quilt and that he loved showing it to everyone that came to visit.  I am glad he was able to enjoy it and what it meant to him.  And I can't thank everyone enough that participated in the block drive last year.  These are the special kind of memories we are affording our veterans and their families through our efforts.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Antiquing amazement..........

Hey all you Kevin the Quilter blog readers!!!!!!

How have you all been this week?????

Good I hope????

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know I love to go to antique malls and browse.

Today seemed to be the best day so far this year to hit a few antique malls in Pike County, Missouri that I hadn't been to in a while.  I need to preface this by saying, I hadn't been to either of these antique malls in almost 2 years, but, when I did go to them, I NEVER found what I found today!!!!

I first went to Kate's Attic in Louisiana...............Missouri!  Yes, Missouri has a knack for naming towns after other states and countries.  But, I digress........

"Seven Sisters" anyone?
This quilt was hand sewn and hand quilted.
It was very well made, and I loved the binding.
It was tattered in places, and was priced too high.
My photo of more of the quilt turned out extremely blurry....sorry!

Interesting pattern?  Anyone know the name?
This was very scrappy, but, that border did nothing to enhance the quilt.
Another "catch and release" as Bonnie Hunter would say!

At this point, I would like to mention how hard it is to get a really good photo of a quilt when there is very little floor space to lay it out, and hanging it on something could make other valuable glass antiques fall to their deaths!  It is, however, VERY nice to be able to stroll at my own pace, and not worry if I am taking too long.  So, pluses and minuses on antiquing alone.

I continued on to Clarksville Antique Center.  I have always loved this place!  I just hadn't had a reason to go to Clarksville in a while.  They are actually doing some nice things here, and sprucing the place up a bit!  Each time I have visited, I have seen things I like, but, this was literally quilt overload!  Many of these quilts were damaged with stains, or tattered in places.  But, all inspiring none the less.  Please enjoy the following photos!

"Seven Sisters" must have been a popular pattern in Pike County Missouri!
This was a very well hand pieced top.  Stained, and a hole in the border.
It almost went home with me, but, the asking price was just too much.

I am telling you.....quilts were EVERYWHERE today!

Octagon obsession!

Retro verging on modern!

I hope you can see the circular quilting in this one!
Great vintage fabrics!

Not enough fabric?  Then make do!  See the Pink square?  
There is a tiny border of a different fabric to make the block large enough.

These cracked me up!

 Quilts over here......

Quilts over there......
(Great display here.....wish more of the quilts were visible though...)

Quilts EVERYWHERE!!!!!
This room was FULL of tattered quilts and vintage fabrics!

In it's hey day, this was a stunner I am sure.
But, you can see how faded it is, and a rather large stain in the left darker pink section.

There were applique quilts as well.....questionable hanging system for this one.
See the hangers???

This top was really cool!  It could pass for modern!
A top only, it was the most reasonable find of the day, but, again, catch and release.

Here is a close up of the block........any takers on what the block may be named?

And, if you are in the market for feed sacks, here ya go!

 Yep, there were quilts all over the place!

 Everywhere you looked!


I should have bought this for my sewing studio! LOL

But, this was the only item that came home with me!  A cast iron Boston Terrier bank!
What can I say?  I am addicted to quilts and Boston Terriers!

In other news............
An update on the Kevin the Quilter's Quilts of Valor Block Drive.  I have been wading through backings and bindings for our quilt tops made from the Quilts of Valor Block Drive!  These quilts are all going through Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.  It has been a sheer pleasure matching the backings and bindings with the quilts.

 A very generous donation of 2 bolts of Moda fabrics for some of the Quilts of Valor.
Thanks to all of you who donated yardage for the backings!

 I have received various donations of bindings!
Thanks to you all who donated bindings as well!
I have been measuring them out for the length they need to be for one quilt, and placing them on
empty fabric bolts.  The bindings on the left are from blocks that were received that could NOT be 
squared up or were not made correctly.  This was the best use I could think of for the colorful QOVs!

Here are 10 quilts kitted up, awaiting hand quilting at Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.
I do have several other long arm machine quilters working on quilts as well!

I hope you are doing something today that makes YOU happy!
Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods today!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter