Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sentimentality......among other things........

Greetings and Salutations Quilters!

I have been waxing sentimental this past week.

Why you may ask?

For a great many reasons I suppose?

Remember this time last year?  We were in our first month of the QOV block drive I hosted on this blog.  I remember how overjoyed I was, and still am, simply realizing how generous quilters are in so many respects.  Little did I know in that first month the outpouring of support I would receive from you all would produce enough blocks to make 189 QOVs for veterans.

The QOV block drive quilts continue to be quilted by
QOV, Eastern Missouri, and by extremely generous long arm quilters.

Here is a sampling of some quilts that I have recently received.
The labels are being sewn down by my friend Joanie.  Thank you SO much Joanie!
These quilts have been quilted by my friends Dar, Vernie, Kim and Candy!
I can't thank you all enough for your support!
The quilting is so beautiful!

I was honored to be able to meet a young quilter along with his grandmother this past weekend at the 

Meet Graham and his Grandma Gerry!
And Graham's AMAZEBALLS quilt!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE meeting young quilters, especially boys that are learning to quilt from their 
grandma........JUST LIKE I DID!  It truly takes me back in time.  From Gerry's smile, I think you can tell she is a little bit proud of her grandson Graham.....can't you? LOL  And Graham is certainly beaming with pride over his accomplishment.  We all were able to visit at the quilt show, and Gerry told me it is almost impossible to explain the pride she feels when Graham sews with her. I think my grandma probably felt the same way!

  "Radar" was also in this show warming up for Paducah!
Ann and I can't wait to see him hanging there!

"Autumn Dresden" also hung in the show.
This is the quilt I made for my best friends Jamie and Ted.  You can read about the making of "Autumn Dresden" HERE.
It was really great being able to share this experience with Jamie, and she was very delighted being able to see the quilt I made for her and quilted by my friend Ann hanging in the show.
Another reason I felt sentimental......I used my grandma's cardboard dresden template to make this quilt.

And how could you not smile seeing this?
It cracks me up!  What a sense of accomplishment!  Just like a little kid!
It only took him a year, but, my buddy Mike finished his first quilt top!
He says he was inspired by me, that's cool.....and sentimental.
But, moreover, I love being able to share this art we call quilting with other guys!

Here is Mike's top not completely sewn together, but, I think it is a very good looking quilt!
Many things were learned in the process of him making this, and what's great is.....
he is already talking about making a second quilt!

Meet "Sugar!"
On St. Patrick's Day, this little Pug (mix) came running up to me when I got out of my truck.
You all KNOW how much I adore my Boston Terriers, and I knew whoever this little girl belonged to must be frantic!  Through the wonders of social media, I was able to reunite her with her owner in the matter of a few hours.  She sure was a sweety!

And here is the "Americana Bear Paw" quilt I HAD to get out of my system!
Yes, it struck again, that overwhelming creative feeling to just sew what is racing through my mind!
No pattern, just playing, and challenging myself to use fabrics I wouldn't normally use.
Calicoes, batiks, florals....these are items I rarely if ever use.  But, they are in my scraps and need to be used!  I don't think this quilt looks "feminine" even though I used these fabrics?

Very poor quality photo, and I am sorry about know....a windstorm blew up so inside I went!  The neutrals really read well together, and those bear paw blocks POP!
As most of you know I love it when a quilt top sparkles, and the various shades of blues and reds really make this quilt do just that!  The saw tooth border was made from bonus triangles from this past year's "Grand Illusion" mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter.

Thanks for letting me get some sentimental journeys out of my system!
I hope you take the time to reflect back on some great days in your quilting life!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Today was the day to congratulate my friends Samantha and Matt on the upcoming arrival of their daughter, Amelia.  A wonderful time was had by all.  I was asked to cater the brunch, and of course I said yes!  I think a lot of us quilters enjoy cooking also, don't you?

Here are few photos from today's Baby Shower.

Samantha was thrilled to see this banner I had made for the shower, and for her nursery.

Here is the spread, the cookies are by "Sweet Treats -STL".

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

The mommy to be requested my artichoke dip at the top with pita chips.
Another friend brought the veggie tray.

The main dish was this Roasted Salmon Nicoise Platter.
This is an Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) recipe you can find HERE.
Omit the lemon juice as Ina does not use it in her video, and it makes it too thin for marinating the salmon.  This is always a real crowd pleaser.

Bow tie Pasta Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad

And my Aunt Mae's Popular Punch.

Thanks for indulging me with a little non-quilty items.

So, Samantha is making a face here because her gift was double wrapped......
you can't get to your gift that easily! LOL

Reading the label.....

Always label, and always give credit where credit is due!

Mom and Auntie had to sneak a peek too........hey......turn it around!!!!! LOL

I believe the mom and dad to be are very happy with their baby girl's quilt.
I loved being able to make and give this to them.
Congratulations Matt and Samantha!

In other news........
I was able to see "The Phantom of the Opera" with my sister and niece at 
This is a St. Louis landmark, and it was about my 4th or 5th time to see this musical.
Sets and staging were beyond incredible for this tour!

And, this is about all of the sewing that got done this week 
between all of the other business!
I am excited to be able to share this extremely scrappy quilt during my presentations this year.

Spring is here!
Happy Quilting!
Happy Cooking!
Happy to be alive!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Moving right along......

I would like to thank all of you for your kind comments via my blog and Facebook concerning "Radar" 's acceptance into AQS Paducah.  I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am about seeing him there.  And yes, "Radar" is a "he."  He told me so!  I am going to have to share a blog post concerning how "Radar" came to be.  I hope you all will find it interesting!

Moving right along........

Linking up with:
My side of the river is pretty well thawed, how about your's Connie????

This baby quilt is finally completed!
As you all know by now, this is a free Bonnie Hunter / Quiltville design
It is called "Emery's Stars".
I gave Bonnie full credit as is needed when making any of her designs.
I called this one:

"Amelia's Stars"
"Emery's Stars" pattern and design by Bonnie Hunter.

Bonnie doesn't mind you renaming your quilt, but, PLEASE give her proper
credit if you make one of her designs when labeling your quilt.
It's the right thing to do!

My friend Ann of Attic Threads taught me a new free hand technique called "water."
It was a really cool feeling quilting it without any pantograph or using any rulers.
Not perfect, but, fun none the less!

One more shot for your entertainment.........and mine!

Last week I attended my niece's 17th birthday party, and fun was had by all!
Lil' Bubs thoroughly enjoys annoying his big sister.
I am glad I passed this trait on to him! 

The next day I was able to do a little antiquing in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
This is an older signature quilt I found that I thought was a study in neutrals?

However, on closer inspection, this had to have been another color that faded over time.
I wish that "Louisa Harden" could tell me what color it was in it's glory days?
Any guesses as to what color it could have been by any of you?

 I also found these two quilts. (above and below)
My story is, these are siblings assumption, brother and sister?
I want to think that a loving grandmother, aunt or mother made these for
a brother and sister, or perhaps 2 sisters?
A very fun design none the less!

I was able to spend the gift certificate Santa left me in my stocking at
The Golden Needle in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
One of my favorite places on earth!  I was able to get a good visit in with my friends there too!
I got ALL of these stash enhancements and a book!
I think I am addicted to neutrals!!!!!!

And of course, my featherweight, Miss Bev has been getting a work out on 
my layovers.  What a headache travelling has been for ANYONE these last few weeks!  The travelling project I have had for almost a year is coming
to a finish soon!

I love hearing from you all and I try to reply to each and every response I receive.
What are you quilting on?
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

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