Monday, June 19, 2017

Sapphire Stars

Hey everybody!
It's time to start thinking about our upcoming mystery, "Sapphire Stars!"
How do you like that, there, logo?????  Pretty nifty, eh?  I love it!  It is courtesy of my good friend,

Alycia of 
Thank GOD for techie friends!!!!!!

So, you have scraps?

You want to make scrap quilts?

You want to make scrap quilts easier?

The key to this in my opinion is......


I believe most quilters view their craft as an art.
Therefore, we are artists.

Most artists that paint work from a pallet similar to this.
Their medium, the paint, is divided by color.
Now, I realize a painter usually mixes colors to make new colors.....
but, they have to start from somewhere?
That "somewhere" is usually a tube or container of paint.
The artist's pallet serves as their resource for their medium.

Stay with me here.......

We quilters are artists that work with colors also....
our fabrics, stashes, and scraps are our medium.

How many of you separate your scraps and stash by colors?

This is an actual photo of some of my scraps.
They are entirely separated by color.
These are my color bins.  Separated like paint containers.
Red is red to me whether is it is bright arrest me red, or brick red.
Purple is purple whether it is lavender or plum.
Make sense?

I separate all colors like this.
Each color has it's own container.

I know there are several quilters that also separate their scraps by size.
I am one of them.

I separate by crumbs, strings, and chunks.
Each color has it's own bin of each and they are full of 
all different types of fabrics, but, they are all the same color in each
individual bin.
I will go farther in depth on these in a future post for 
"Sapphire Stars."

I do have 2 other separate categories of fabric,
those being Civil War Reproductions and Batiks.
These are divided by color family as well.
I personally like working with these fabrics separately,
however, when the piece or scrap of one of these types of 
fabrics has been used repeatedly, or goes down in size,
they do become a part of the color bins.

Sorting scraps is 
I do not view it as a task that I hate doing.
I view it as a trip to the quilt shop.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE receiving a bag or box of scraps
that I can sort out by color family.
It truly aids me in my quilting by having order to my scraps.

try to start sorting your scraps by color family.
You will more than likely be surprised by what you find
you have!

Many quilters I have helped will say they don't have any
of a certain color.  But, upon going through their scraps by
color family, they find they do have some of that color.

And.......if you don't like sorting your scraps.........
ask your friends and family to help?
Kids LOVE doing this sort of thing!
Here is my nephew Curtis helping me sort some scraps.

I would love to see some of your before and after shots if you
choose to start separating your scraps?
Please send them to me and let me know if I can share them
here on the blog?
e-mail photos to:

I PROMISE you, it will make you feel so accomplished
and ready for your next scrap project.....
which may be.........

There's another image from Alycia!

"Sapphire Stars" will measure approximately
70" x 90"
upon completion. about some colors of fabric and yardage amounts?


These are APPROXIMATE yardage amounts!
I will give you an amount that will exceed what is 
actually used, just to be on the safe side.
Again, this is my first go around with hosting a scrap mystery
so let's just have some fun with our scraps here.
I will be offering various piecing options.....
however, if you choose to use the same fabric
for the various colors, I have a feeling
your quilt will turn out somewhat flat in color.
Just my opinion.

Here is the color pallet I will be using:

Bright, brilliant, royal blues!
Approximately 1- 1 1/4 yards

Light to medium blues!
Think baby blues in all different shades of it.
Approximately 1/2 - 7/8 yards

Navy Blue!
Approximately 2.5 - 2 7/8 yards

Yellows......ALL SHADES
Approximately 1.5 - 1 7/8 yards

Reds...........ALL SHADES
Approximately 1 3/8 - 1 1/2 yards

Light Neutrals
Approximately 2 - 2 1/4 yards

1 constant medium gray
Approximately 3/4 yards

Ok, allow me to clear something up you may be wondering about......

We will be using 3 different shades of blue for this mystery.
Navy, royal, an baby blues.
I chose 3 random fabrics in these shades to show you the thing you need to be 
concerned with is contrast between these 3 colors of blue I am using.

With this being said, you may want to change this color scheme up a bit?
I ENCOURAGE you to do this!
You may want your quilt to be
Garnet Stars.......Amber Stars...........Emerald Stars.........and so on.......
I would LOVE to see your versions of this mystery.
Please keep in mind, 3 contrasting colors of 1 color, and don't repeat it
for the other colors in the quilt.

We will also be using the tri-recs tools.
I will be offering easy to follow steps on how to use
these tools.

In other news.........

Last week was a really exciting week for me..........

I was able to meet up with THE Bonnie Hunter!!!!!!
She had lectures and workshops all week in Southern California,
and I happened to have a layover in Long Beach, California.
A few texts after I landed, and there she was with her
friend Debi!  It was a pleasure meeting Debi, and I thank her
so much for coordinating our evening visit!
Visiting, talking quilts, and eating ice could it not be perfect!
Thanks for the visit Bonnie and Debi!


I was able to be with my Dad and family for Father's Day.
I can't thank my Dad enough for all he does for me
not to mention our family.  I hope to be as good a man
as he is one day!


Look what God blessed me with on Father's Day?!?!?!
It truly was God's doing that Lilly came into my life.
She certainly is NO replacement for Gracie Lu......
Gracie Lu could never be replaced.
Lilly Mae has already started making herself right at home.
I can't wait to share her with you all!
She is a Brown Boston Terrier.
She was born on Easter, thus, her name.
She is my little Easter Lilly.
On a side note......My Great Aunt Mae,
who taught me so much about quilting,
was named Lilly Mae.......coincidence?

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Friday, June 9, 2017

Coming soon!!!!!



Join me and our Scrap Club in O'Fallon, Missouri for our
Summer Session of:

Scrap Club hosted by
Kevin the Quilter

- One clue a month

- Easy clues

- 4 to 5 clues....(still in the works)

- Clues begin on June 29, 2017

Many informative posts about tidying up your scraps will begin
our mystery this year.
If you have a system that already works for you, WONDERFUL!

I will be sharing my tips for scrap management
along with some things that help me stay on top of 
my scraps and stash.

In my next post, I will be sharing the colors I have used
along with APPROXIMATE yardage amounts.
I wonder if any blues will be used???? HMMMM????
I wonder if there will be any stars?????  HMMM????
(Please understand, this is my first online mystery.....and it uses scraps....
it is almost impossible to share EXACT yardage amounts.)

Let's all just have fun, and not get caught up in perfection!

This mystery will be made using the 
(Please click the link above to see if you
already have these in your arsenal of supplies.)

I look forward to sharing this mystery with you all!
Let's use up those scraps!
See you soon!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Days Are Here Again.......

I guess I should say, HAPPIER days are coming around again....

Thanks again to all of you for your outpouring of love during my time of sorrow.

I will forever miss my Gracie Lu, but, I know life has to go on.

I haven't felt like I have lived the past few months, much less been able to do "quilty" things.

May 25th was our final reveal for our 2017 Spring Scrap Club project,
and I would like to share with you all the WONDERFUL time we all had.
My old photography buddy, Mike, agreed to help take photos of the event.  And, my other friend Mike helped hold the quilts up for show and share.

Before I share the photos, allow me to tell you all how absolutely honored I am to share a forum such as Scrap Club with the many talented quilt artists that come to the meetings.  I am humbled by their love and friendship.  We have all grown in our quilt making together.  These quilters are some of the best friends a guy like me could ever have and I appreciate each and every single one of them!  And, you all KNOW how proud I am of each one of them!  And I have to felt so good to laugh and have fun again!

Our Spring project for Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter was "Rail Fence."  The choice of project was voted upon by the participants.  Wait until you see what they all came up with.  This was one of the largest reveals we have had yet!  HOORAY!


This is a HUMONGOUS post.  If you don't want to look at it, you don't have to, but, after everything I have been through the past few months, it did my heart good to make a great photo filled post like this.  And, I love chronicling my life through my blog.

Rail Fence Spring Session
Scrap Club Hosted by Kevin the Quilter
Cornerstone United Methodist Church
O'Fallon, Missouri

 Our evening began with a Cookie social.
Thanks to all of the quilters that made special cookies to bring!

 We all had so much fun visiting!

Signing in....
 I am a historian, and I like to keep track of who all attended.

 Special thanks to Sue and Clifdel.
Because of their efforts, we had a beautiful and spacious
sanctuary to hold our final reveal and reception in.
I made them each a little rail fence potholder.

 The beginning of our meeting.
Over 50 quilters and visitors attended!

 In appreciation for hosting our reveal, all of the quilters
joined their talents together to make this stunning
rail fence quilt to donate to
Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
We used the church's sanctuary colors as our color pallet.
The church will use or donate the quilt as they see fit.
Standing with me from left to right are:
Sue (piecer), Pastor Diane (received quilt for church), Me, Linda (piecer, and made binding),
Carolyn (donated batting, quilted quilt, and attached binding) and
Linda (made quilt label and attached it.)
These quilters helped out so much and I truly appreciate them
along with all of the quilters who donated blocks for the quilt.
(I also made them Rail Fence potholders, but, didn't get a pic! RATS!) 

 We had a small project swap for this session.
Rail Fence pillows were made.
The pillows were made entirely of scraps,
including the filling for each pillow!
We put the pillows on parade, complete with marching music!
Oh!!!!! This was so much fun!
These quilters can work it.....marching style!
It's ALL about having fun!!!!!!!

 This gal marched all the way from Seattle, Washington to be with us!
Her sister, Terry, in the background, invited her to stay and attend.
Thanks so much for coming and playing along!

 The winner by popular vote of the Pillow Parade 
was Clifdel!
Watch out....this gal can make an entrance!

And, here come the 
Small Rail Fence Projects.

(We used a loose interpretation of the Rail Fence
so therefore, not all quilts will be a traditional 
Rail Fence.)

These are small quilts, table toppers, and
wall hangings.
If the participant completed (complete meaning
quilted,bound, and labeled) their project
and brought it to the reveal, their name was
entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to 
a local quilt shop provided by me.  And, this session,
another special prize was awarded by Darlyn of "Quilt My Quilt!"
Darlyn generously offered a $50 gift certificate for quilting
 to both the small and large projects!
Thank you SOOOOOOOO much Darlyn!



Linda was one of my leading ladies, and helped me throughout this session so much.
Thanks Linda for all you do to help make Scrap Club happen!
(She received a Rail Fence potholder photo though.)

(My friend Mike helping to hold the projects.)









 Barb was so inspired, she had 2 entries
and already had given a 3rd one away!






(She was unable to attend, but, sent her project.)

 And the winner of the drawing for small projects was Clifdel.
She won a $50 gift certificate to a local quilt shop donated by me
and a $50 gift certificate to "Quilt My Quilt" courtesy of Darlyn.
She certainly was thrilled!  Congrats Clifdel!
Here, Darlyn and I present Clifdel with her gift certificates.

Next are the
Large Rail Fence Projects.

These are quilts that measured at least 50" x 60".
Again, they had to be completed (quilted, bound, and labeled)
in order to be eligible for the prize drawing.

(BTW, this was Amy's very first quilt......EVER! WOWOWOWOW!)
Congrats Amy!





Dar is my other leading lady that has helped with Scrap Club so much.
I truly appreciate her friendship and willingness to help out where she is needed.
(She got a Rail Fence potholder too......DOH! NO PIC!)










 Lee Etta




 And the winner of the Large Projects drawing for a
 $100 gift certificate to a local quilt shop donated by me
and a $50 gift certificate from Darlyn of "Quilt My Quilt"
was Chris!  Congrats Chris!
Here she is pictured with Darlyn and me.

"Gracie Lu's Rail Fence"
Obviously, I did not place myself in the drawings,
rather, tried to lead by example and finish my quilt.
Here is my Rail Fence Project.
I named it in honor of my beloved Gracie Lu.

We did our pillow swap
"7-Up" style!

 It was hilarious to see who snatched who's pillow.
The guessing part was equally funny!

At the end of the evening, we discussed our next Scrap Club project.
Any guesses as to what that might be?
I think I will keep you readers guessing until my next post!
You all will get to participate along with us in our 
next session of
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter.

Thanks for sharing in our fun reveal here in the "Show-Me" state!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for reading to the end!
Happy Days Are Here Again!
Kevin the Quilter