Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Highs and Lows............

Hey Quilters!
I have been Missing In Action......and I do apologize for that.
From the high of the International Quilt Festival in Houston,
to a very low point in my life after returning home.  Follow the
photos below and share in my highs and lows.

I had the wonderful opportunity of working with these
amazing gals in the
booth while in Houston.
Thanks so much to Sarah, Dolores, and Lori
for letting me play with fabrics and be goofy
with my quilting friends from far and near.

The booth was busy at all times.  AWESOME!
I cut through A LOT of fabric
at the cutting table.

Sarabeth was my partner in crime!
It was a pleasure meeting and working with her!

It was so fun meeting, or reacquainting myself
with so many talented quilters from all over
the world!

 Janet of Mrs. Sew N Sew blog

My lovely Cecile of 
along with her humorous husband
who accompanied her from France to
the Quilt Festival.

I think this is one of the ONLY photos I took with
Lori of Humble Quilts!

Lori hosted a meet and greet with
her Humble Quilts Facebook Group.

It was fun meeting fellow quilters in this group!

I was so blessed to share my experiences this year with
my good friends Tea of  Teaquilts,
It was fun meeting other quilters from
Teaquilts Facebook Group too!

Enjoy the video above to see many of the quilts
and some of the other highlights of the
2019 International Quilt Festival
through the eyes of Teaquilts!

 Judy in the photo above, won the grand prize
in the Kevin the Quilter, Quilt of Valor Block Drive
back in 2014!
It was so nice to meet her!

It's always exciting to share your passion
with so many like minded artists.

The Sapphire Quilts were amazing!

Bob Ross keeps popping up everywhere!

One last visit with Cecile!

Then we realized we had to bid farewell!

Mary Ellen Robison, and Paula Barnes
These gals are so talented.....AND nice!

On the road again!
What a nice road trip we had.

So many of you have reached out to me
and shared your kind words of encouragement
about my blog.  It's always nice to hear
positive feedback.
This is the story of my life and quilting.

While in Houston, Bonnie Hunter shared the devastating news
concerning the loss of her beloved dog Sadie.
You all know I have suffered my fair share of losing fur babies.
I was so saddened, and reached out to her to share my condolences.

When I returned home, the next day I was faced with some horrible
news myself.
My beyond beautiful, sweet, sharp as a tack, 13 year old
Boston Terrier,
Sophia Annabella
had a massive heart attack.
Oh, how I loved her......and I could feel her love for me.

She was ALWAYS smiling!

This is one of the last photos I have
of all 3 of my girls together.

My precious girl.........I have no words.....
Without the prayers, loving comments from
family and friends, and just knowing that Sophia
had an amazing life, and didn't suffer for
days on end at the end of her life, 
I wouldn't be able to function.
You all KNOW that I will have a
tribute on the blog for her.
She was such a bright light in my life.
One that has dimmed for me now.
I just can't process it all right now.

To take my mind off of things,
my friend Mike drove me to get the paint chips for
Quiltville's upcoming mystery

Mike and his wife Sherry requested I make this mystery
for them, since their youngest daughter claimed
the last quilt I made. LOL
They have opted to change the neutrals to light greys.
And the green will now be yellow.
All other colors will remain the same.

Another friend gave me 10 bags of scraps!
This has helped occupy my mind as well.
What a blessing to be able to enhance the
variety in my quilt making endeavors.
Thanks Reba!

You never know what you will get here
in Missouri!

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

October...thus far....

Quilty Greetings Quilty Peeps!

October remains busy although I am officially on my self induced
vacation period.  Many happy things have taken place this month, and I have a lot to look
forward to!

I will be helping the fine folks of
Homestead Hearth in their booth at
quilt festival in Houston next week!
Booth 1117
I would LOVE to meet you there!
Make sure to stop by!

A rambling from Ole' Kevin the Quilter.....
And, I do hear often from readers......the good, and the bad.
Many of you love posts with a lot of photos.
There are those of you who beg me to make my posts shorter.
Here are my thoughts......
This is my blog.....a diary of my life of sorts.
It is what it is.  Take it or leave it.

With this being said, let's continue with this entry, shall we?

 Have you ever had your supervisor breathing down your neck?
Better yet, SITTING on it????

October opened up with the debut of my second pattern
"Gracie Lu's Rail Fence"
You all will probably remember this quilt
is named after my Gracie Lu I lost
in 2016.

I was pleased to be asked by the
Missouri State Quilt Guild to 
teach this pattern at their
2019 Fall Retreat in Jefferson City, MO.

Here is a shout out to my friend Serena who
invited me to teach.
Hi Serena!

This class is all about organization and strings!
I am always pleased to be able to introduce
students to string piecing by sharing with them
the way I organize my string resources.
The drawers on the right are a new addition to me
courtesy of my mom and dad.
Yes, there are strings in each of the drawers by color!
You may find this rainbow bin of drawers

 I was pleased to see my friend Hallye in class!

 These sister in laws were a HOOT!

 Pressing strings before using them is 
VERY important in my opinion!

 Having fun quilters? LOLOL

 My friend Dolores is such an inspiration to me!
We helped celebrate her 90th birthday!
She certainly doesn't look, nor act 90!
Happy Birthday!!!!

Isn't this a beautiful, creative site?
You can piece so creatively with strings.

 Great job!
Are you hooked on strings now?

 I always find it helpful to have
discussions with the quilters
individual projects.
Including the entire class in the discussion.

 Bright and cheery......with great contrast!


It is so much fun to let go and have fun with
your string piecing.

 Look at the great blocks that were made!

 I am just as excited as you are!
This looks great!

 So cool!
Love the variety and amount of string piecing here!

Sister in law blocks!
Notice the inner and outer borders are reversed?

Dolores got her top finished!
Thanks for sharing this with me!

I hope you all had as much fun as I did!
I couldn't have been happier about the
release of this pattern!
Thanks so much for the fun time quilters!

Would you all look at this????
How hilarious and wonderful!
My friend Wendy of
sent me all of these goodies!

We can ALL learn something from Bob Ross
when it comes to our creativity!

This is my version of Lori's
Almost Amish
sew along.
I love participating in these with her.
Follow the link
to view all of the different versions
quilters from all over the world

While patiently waiting on Bonnie Hunter's
next mystery, I am completing my 2nd version
of "Allietare!"  I had the bright idea of trying to do
2 versions during that mystery at the same time.....
during my move!  LOLOLOLOL
So hilarious of me!
Oh well, I made a good effort, and this will hopefully
be done
before the next mystery unveils.

My parents came for a visit!
Momma made some homemade soup....
one of my favorite things she makes if I promised to
take her shopping.
I provided the smiling cornbread to
accompany it!

As you can see, my dad really loves to 
go shopping with mom!  LOLOL
He never complains, but, he does find a chair
to sleep in!

A good son will hold things up for his mother 
to see while shopping.....
AND.....hold her purse as well!
I absolutely cracked up when a friend sent this to me!
He saw me shopping with mom and took this photo
and sent it to me! LOLOLOLOL
I would do most anything I could for my parents!

Oh yeah, we had biscuits and gravy for breakfast
while they visited!

October is family reunion time for my mother's side
of the family.  I love my family so much!

My Momma only has 2 siblings left.
There were 12 children in her family.

It was so good seeing those that could make it
to the reunion.

Here are some of the cousins.
I am the baby of all of the cousins.

How on earth did my Sugar Doll and Lil' Bubs
get this big????????
You all know how proud I am of both of them!

While I was home I got to see Bubs play football.
He is out there on the field playing his heart out.
Way to go Bubs!
They won!

I hope to see many of you next week in Houston!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter