Friday, July 6, 2018

A very busy life......

Hey Quilting Friends!

As you all know......

We all have busy lives! 
I truly feel I cannot get things done I was able to get done a few years ago!
Surely, getting older has NOTHING to do with this????
Flying is really taking it's toll on me as of late.  It's depressing.

The recent blogger woes of not being able to correspond with those who are directly
responsible for me being where I am today in the quilting world is really......well.....
aggravating!  I am trying to fix the problem as prescribed by other bloggers.  Please be patient with me as I enjoy communicating with you all.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 7PM
Lecture / Trunk Show
Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild
Evans Recreation Center
1100 37th Street
Evans, CO  80620

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 
String Star Workshop
Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild
Eaton Recreation Center
1675 3rd Street
Eaton, CO  80615

SO, what HAS been going on besides being on an airplane way too much as of late?

2018 Summer Session of 
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter

We are having a scrap block lotto each month
making a simple block that goes with that month's
birthstone color along with neutrals.
Above is a sampling of the double four patch blocks 
quilters brought in for June.

This session of Scrap Club is focusing on the Lonestar Quilt.
 It is time for me to play with some Kaffe Fassett
scraps and stash.  Above and below
are some of my strips for making some
smaller Jelly Roll Lonestars.

We are using the free tutorials
from Jordan Fabrics as our inspiration.

The Jelly Roll Lonestar tutorial can be found

The regular Lonestar tutorial can be found

Father's Day with my Dad!
The entire Hee Haw gang came to the
Quilt Cave to celebrate Father's Day this year.
I made dinner for everyone, and we all had
a really nice visit.  My niece is moving in order to
attend college, so a lot of shopping was dedicated to
buying her furnishings for her apartment.

A String Star Workshop with the Stitch'N'Time Quilt Guild
in Warrenton, Missouri.
These quilters worked really hard during this workshop.

It was a lot of fun getting to know them!
Thanks for hosting me!

I was also able to share my lecture/trunk show with the
Piecemaker's Quilt Club in St. Clair, Missouri.
What a crowd!

My friends Roxann and Mary Lee served as
Huffman's Hotties.
Thanks gals!

I have to share this photo with you all.
During my lecture, I ask those quilters who
don't like or care to make scrap quilts, and this
quilter was adamant about that remark.
After I was finished speaking, she came up to me
and told me she couldn't wait to go home and make 
a scrap quilt!  Another convert! LOLOLOL

My friend, Priscilla in Connecticut has sent me many
friendship stars using chicken fabric!
Thanks Priscilla!
Now, how shall I incorporate them into something?

I was able to visit briefly with my friend
as she visited the Kansas City area in June.
It is ALWAYS inspiring to see her work in person.
Talk about a busy person......I haven't a clue how she 
gets done what she gets done! 

Isn't this a lovely mess?
Sewing with abandon in the neutral strings.... I wish I could just do this all day long

Scrap enhancements have come in from my friends
Linda and Cindy!
Lilly Mae and I thank you very much!

Lilly Mae was able to finish her first marathon with
my friend Mike.  This was really special for him and her!
(For those of you who would actually think Lilly Mae
ran the entire marathon in the heat.....please understand she 
only ran the last 50 yards across the finish line. LOL)

Mr. Valentino gave me the scare of my life recently.
As you may know, Valentino is at least 16 years old
and is diabetic.
His blood sugar is checked regularly.
However, the best made efforts for treatment don't always
ensure a crisis may not occur.
I had to rush him to the vet due to a
hypoglycemic seizure.
I can't thank my vet enough for taking
this situation under control, and helping
Valentino out so quickly.
Diabetes is so unpredictable at times.....especially in animals.
More monitored feedings and a different type of
insulin has made a wonderful difference for
my handsome boy.

My garden is doing well!
My tomato plants are almost as tall as me!
I am 6'1"!
I will be harvesting beans soon.
I have already been getting zucchini, squash,
and cucumbers.

These 2 beauties were pleasant surprises the other day
as I was tending to the garden.
I love Cherokee Purple tomatoes (on the left).
If you have never tried this variety, I encourage you to
do so.  They have such a wonderful flavor, and the deep
purple color is enchanting!

Some new arrivals here at the Quilt Cave!
This little chick is so cute!
It stormed the day he/she hatched, so thus
it's name is Stormy.  I hope it is a hen!
He/she has 5 brothers/sisters.

And here is the Chicken Pic for this post.....
Meet Lucky!
Lucky is an Americauna mix rooster.
Look at his jaunty comb flounced over his head.
He sure is handsome, and is very......well.....Lucky!
He escaped the coop, and was gone for a few days.
I figured the worst......but, he reappeared!
It was quite a site recapturing him, but, all is well now.
He is very popular with the hens.
So now you know how he got his name!

Sorry again for the long time in between posts.....
Thanks for understanding......and...
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 Spring Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter

Hey Quilters!
Are you ready for a great quilt show via the web....
to be more precise, my blog???

Grab a snack and beverage while you view the wonderful works of art created by the
quilters of Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter!

Our 2018 Spring project was the "Improved Nine Patch" or "Glorified Nine Patch."
We used a very loose interpretation of this, as the centers could be nine patches,
half-square triangles, or solid pieces of fabric.  What we focused upon were the arcs
that make the quilts look like circles upon circles.

Our Make-A-Long Project was Fidget Quilts for Dolan Memory Care Homes.

I will add commentary where needed, but, most of all, I would love for you to view
these amazing quilter's work.  I can't express how proud I am of each and every one of them!

hosted our final reveal in the 
grand ball room.
We had a lovely assortment of cookies, fruit, and 

We spread all of the Fidget Quilts out
so everyone could view them at
their own pace before we began.
43 Fidget Quilts were donated in all.


Quite a crowd began to gather.......


  One of our quilters, Pam. made the coolest
quilting themed buttons
for everyone.
(I will share the ones I got in a future post.)
 Thanks Pam!

 And then, it was time to begin......

 Of course I have to thank these two quilters
who help me with Scrap Club so much!
Thanks so much Linda and Dar!

 And my friend Ree always helps me in a pinch!
Thanks Ree!

 We played games throughout our reveal.

First we did the drawings for the Fidget Quilt donations.
For every Fidget Quilt made and donated,
that quilter's name was entered into a prize drawing.

 The first winner from the Fidget
Quilts drawings was Karla who received this wonderful
quilty basket courtesy of Roxann.
Roxann is in the middle, and a very happy Karla on the right.
Congrats Karla!

 The second winner for the Fidget Quilts drawings was
Amie who won a cooking themed basket courtesy of 
Linda on the right.
Linda also organized our Fidget Quilt donations.
Thanks Linda!
I would like to point out that Amie made and donated
MANY MANY MANY Fidget Quilts!
Congrats Amie!

 The above and below photos are of us playing
"Let's Make a Deal!"
See the quilters holding their purses, pulling
various items out?

And finally it was time to see our
final reveals from our
Improved Nine Patch Projects.
We had 2 categories, finished quilt top, and
finished quilt (meaning quilted bound and labeled.)
The size requirement was 40" x 60" for both categories.
If you brought your project to show and it met the requirements
for one of the categories, your name was placed in the
drawing for the grand prize of that category.
Please realize in the following photos,some of the participant's projects
did not qualify for the prize drawings.

First are the completed quilt tops.

 This is my creation.
I used my dearly departed cousin's clothing to make a memory
quilt for my aunt and uncle.
Kim, my cousin I lost, and I were very close.
This was hard to make on many levels, but, I am pleased with
the end result, and I can't wait to gift it to my
aunt and uncle.

  My friend, Mike, helped hold the quilts.


And then came the completed quilts.
These quilters really worked hard to 
get their projects quilted, bound, and labeled.

 This is the back of the next quilt.
We all ooooohed and ahhhhhhed over this backing!

Aren't these quilt tops and completed quilts wonderful?
Almost as wonderful as the quilters who made them!
At the end of the evening we drew for the prizes
for each category and the winners were..........

 The winner of a $100 gift certificate to
 for the completed quilt top category was
Many congrats Vicki!!!

 The winner of a $150 gift certificate to 
 for the completed quilt category was
Congratulations to you Chris!

 And congratulations to all of the participants
for the 2018 Spring Session of
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter.

If you are interested in joining us for the
2018 Summer Session, please contact me here on the blog.
Our project for this summer is 
the "Lonestar Quilt!"

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