Saturday, April 19, 2014

A very busy month......

Greetings all!
I would like to take this time to wish Easter blessings upon each of you and your families!

This is going to be a VERY large post full of photos, because, it has been
 A VERY BUSY MONTH thus far!

BUT, FIRST!!!!!!!!!!

This weeks group of AWESOME people include:

Liz of Scrap Basket
Loretta in Nebraska
Ginny of Brooklyn Quilter
Mary Jane in Georgia
Fran in Illinois
Peggy in Illinois
Kate of Life in Pieces
Doreen in Maine
Hetty in Georgia
Jean in Colorado
Jessica of Noguchi Designs
Judith in North Carolina
June in North Carolina
Marva in North Carolina
Ellie in North Carolina
Alycia of Alycia Quilts
Florence in Illinois
Jeanette in Illinois
Melinda in North Carolina
Cordella in Deleware
Cindy in North Carolina

And the following quilter generously donated blocks but cannot be included in the drawings:
KR in California

2,953 blocks received to date!
That's 98 quilts!!!!!!!!!!!
HOLY MOLY!!!!
We have almost reached 100 quilts for Quilts of Valor!!!!!!!!

I have received blocks from almost every state with the exceptions of:
Hawaii
Montana
Nevada
West Virginia
and
Wyoming

Does anyone know a quilter in one of these states?
Wouldn't it be cool if we could say blocks for these Quilts of Valor came from EVERY state in the USA???

 Liz of Scrap Basket sent in this beautiful completed "Pathway of Valor" quilt!
The colors are so vibrant, as is the quilting!  I LOVE this backing too!

Liz also sent in the presentation case to go along with this quilt!

THANK YOU SO MUCH LIZ!!!!!

Liz also sent the candy......ummm....DELICIOUS!
Kate of Life in Pieces sent the really cool layer cake fabric.
My quilting pal Alycia of Alycia Quilts sent the scraps....she knows me so well!
And Jean in Colorado shared a cup of tea with me!
Karen in North Dakota sent in a donation.
And Ginny of Brooklyn Quilter also sent in a donation.

Thank you ALL so much for EVERYTHING!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

This block drive has far exceeded my expectations, and I am completely humbled by everyone's generosity on so many levels!  For some of you who are local and interested in attending the first sew day for this block drive, please contact me via message or e-mail!



Now................

How about a view of some of the things I have seen, and have been working on this month?

Let's take a little stroll down photo lane, shall we?


I have kept up with RSC14 at So Scrappy!
Linking up with Scraphappy Saturday.
I still have my scrappy maverick stars to get done this week.

I have been keeping up with Quilt Doodle Doodles 2014 Block of the Month.
I have April's stars finished, but, forgot to take a photo of them!


My friend Vernie and I decided to collaborate on a quilt together.  She chose Bonnie Hunter's
Star Gazing pattern from her first book Scraps & Shirttails.  My blocks are VERY scrappy!

I have also been string piecing some stockings.  
A group I am a part of is making these for a VA Hospital for Christmas.

I was able to piece this "Pathway of Valor" quilt from blocks that have been donated.
Can you see the batik on the left side? It will be a small border on this quilt.

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me where this photo was taken during my work week?

 I was able to get some lines drawn for Bonnie Hunter's Leader/Ender Challenge on my layovers.

I am also all caught up on the entries for the drawings!
Never fear, this photo was snapped by my fellow flight attendant after beverage and snack service was completed and I was taking my union break! 

How about some eye candy in the form of antique quilts I found at an antique mall while I was in Wichita for MQS!  Let me know which antique quilt is your favorite?










None of these quilts found their way home with me though.  Too rich for my blood!

And now, how about the quilts from MQS in Wichita????
There were some BEAUTIFUL quilts to see!

 My friend Ann of Attic Threads and Quilts miniature quilt.









 Best of Show:  "Fern Rising" by Claudia Pfeil






 My friend Cheri's quilt that received a teacher's ribbon.




I hope you all enjoyed seeing some photos of some of the things I have seen and experienced this past month?  Will I be seeing any of you in Paducah?  Make sure to come say hello to me if you do recognize me there!  I love meeting all of you quilters out there!

Thanks for understanding my crazy work schedule!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Happy Easter!
Kevin the Quilter

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Still going strong......

Welcome to all of my new followers!

Thanks to all who have been so kind to send me personal messages, and comment here on the blog about "Radar!"  I promise to share my design process in upcoming posts.  I also have many photos to share with you all from MQS and recent QOV presentations.  This week has been really busy, and I am flying for the next 5 days.  Soooooooooo...............if you all can bare with me, I promise to share those items with you next week!

This block drive is still going strong!  Remember, I must receive all entries for blocks by June 1.  So, you all still have a little bit of time to get some easy blocks made so you can thank a Veteran.

I am going to share with you this week's group of AWESOME people:

Shirley in Oregon
Marianne in Florida
Mary Lou in Missouri
Jeanne in Missouri
Howard in Maryland
Marty in Michigan
Barb in Michigan
Marcia in Michigan
Judith in Oklahoma
Libby of Life on the Hill
Sheron in Missouri
Allyson in Missouri
Mary Ann in Missouri
Travis in Louisiana
Debbie in Kentucky
Sherry of Createology
Ruth in Louisiana
Kathi in Tennessee
Pat in Michigan
Sharron in Michigan

And the following quilter generously donated blocks but cannot be included in the prize drawings:
Jean in Missouri

That's 2,631 blocks received as of 4/11/14!!!!!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

THAT'S 87 QUILTS FOR QUILTS OF VALOR!!!!!!

Judith in Oklahoma sent in this beautifully pieced "Pathway of Valor!"
Way to go Judith!  It looks AWESOME!
Gracie Lu and Sophia had to pose with it!

Many have asked if the "Pathway of Valor" is or will be a pattern?  Hmmmmmm................maybe?????????
Actually, it is in the works, and please feel free to share the pattern with your guild or family and friends as it will be a free pattern for charity purposes.  You may find the block instructions and block drive guidelines here.  I wanted a block for this drive that would be easy enough for beginners, and something that would go together really quick for those who are more experienced.  I think it is a very contemporary design and is quite striking!  A design that any veteran, male or female would love to receive.  Thanks to all of you for your encouraging words concerning the pattern!

My good friend Ann of Attic Threads & Quilts donated the yellow star backing fabric.
Libby of Life on the Hill donated the wonderful binding fabric.

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!


Doreen in Iowa sent these WONDERFUL presentation cases!
I love the fabrics, and they really are going to be so nice to present our quilts in!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

Kelly at O'Sewpersonal Fabric Shop also received 60 more blocks at her store!
Her drive is still going strong, so don't miss out on her drawing as well!

Before I go, I would like to give a shout out to some WONDERFUL ladies that work at a WONDERFUL quilt shop I was able to visit on my way to MQS in Wichita last week.

Rita, Esther, and Ellen

Rita is the owner of Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  As most any quilter would do, I mapped out all of the quilt shops I wanted to stop at on my way to Wichita, and Quilter's Station was my first one on the list.  In all seriousness, after this stop, I might as well not have worried about visiting any others!  

WHATTA QUILT SHOP!  

These ladies were most accommodating, and so polite and easy to talk to.  The samples that hung on the walls of the shop were absolutely delicious, and left my mouth watering!  Rita makes most all of the samples that hang in her shop.  Allow me to quote my mother, who doesn't quilt......."If you spent much time in there you would WANT to make a quilt!  And, if you couldn't find what you wanted or needed,..... then, you're just too picky!"  Yep, that pretty much sums it up momma!  I HIGHLY recommend you visit this wonderful quilt shop and visit with these friendly folks!

See you when my feet get on the ground next week!
Thanks again for all you do!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter    


  


Monday, April 7, 2014

Milestones...........and more.........

What a milestone week it was!  I am sorry I am a couple of days late with this posting, however, I hope you understand why after reading it!

Each and every person who has sent blocks to me for this block drive are, in my eyes, a hero!  We ARE making a difference here as will be evident when we start presenting these quilts!  I am going to do my best to photograph every quilt that is presented.  I stand amazed at the generosity of quilters.  What a force we can become when we join together for a purpose!

As I said before, I read each and every card or letter that accompanies the beautiful blocks in each package. I laugh, cry, and really have a sense of pride in what we are doing together here with this block drive. However,  I would like to share with you one particular letter that really tugged at my heart strings?

The letter reads:

Dear Kevin,
I think it is nice of you to commit all of your time to quilts of valor.  I made 5 blocks for your project.  These are the first quilt blocks I have ever made.  All my grandpa's have fought in the war and one is almost dead.
Abby
10 years old

Abby, it is my great honor and privilege to be able to serve in this capacity.  I admire you and your willingness to learn how to make some quilt blocks in order to be able to say "Thank you!" to a veteran. Your letter brought me great emotion and made me think back to when I was 10 years old and was learning to sew with my grandma and great aunts.  What wonderful memories were brought back to me!  Thank you for your kind letter and photos and for inspiring the many people who will see this!  And I hope you continue to keep on sewing and quilting Abby!

Yet another milestone for me to know something we all are doing here was able to help a young one make her first quilt blocks!

We are truly doing great things here people!  We have passed the 2000 block milestone...........


2,348 blocks received to date!

That's 78 quilts for Quilts of Valor!!!!!!!!



This weeks group of AWESOME PEOPLE include:

Linda in Arizona
Nancy in South Carolina
Donna in Virginia
Debbie with (Sit-n-Stitch Group) in New York
Bonnie in Ohio
Tonie in Minnesota
Bill in Texas
Eunice in Ohio
Christy in Kansas
Mary Jean in New York
Cindy in Ohio
Sophie in Ohio
Jeanne in Ohio
Paula in Ohio
Rend Lake Piece Makers in Illinois
Sue in Iowa
Amy in Iowa
Ellen in Iowa
Perez in Texas
L in Pennsylvania
Diane in Arizona
Mary Rose in Iowa
Martha CMSqt, Ret. in Michigan
Melody in Illinois
Nelva in Iowa
Jan in New Hampshire
Ora in Kentucky
Anne in Pennsylvania
Jan in Washington
Teresa in Florida
J in California
Jean in Florida
Tama in Kansas
Deb in New York
Ellen in New York
Delisa in North Carolina
Jeanette in Virginia
Debbie in South Dakota
Cindy in Missouri
Nancy in Florida
Pamela in Connecticut
Lela in California
Julianne in California
Karen in Minnesota
Abby in Ohio
Holly in New York
And if you live in the St. Paul area of Minnesota and sent me SEVERAL blocks, could you please contact me via e-mail in the corner of my blog?  Your name and address were damaged and not legible on your package? (All blocks were fine!)  I want to make sure I have the correct address in case you should win something???

Remember..........AWESOME People are those who have sent in blocks thus far and are eligible for the prizes in the prize drawings.  The more blocks you send in, the more chances you have to win!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

I would also like to thank the following readers for the very thoughtful gifts included with their blocks!
Christy in Kansas sent the color catchers.
Nina of Quilts, Life, and Balance sent "The Practical Guide to Patchwork" book.
J in California sent the beautiful backing fabric.
Tama in Kansas sent a bazillion feet of binding and thread!
Delisa in North Carolina sent in a donation for batting and backings.

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

I simply can't thank you all enough!  All of these items are SO VERY appreciated!


If I may interrupt this block drive just for one moment of your time?  I would like to share with you all a milestone in my life that has happened this past week.  I have been teasing you all with some photos here and there of a project I have been working on for just under a year.  Perhaps you remember a few of these photos?





I was asked in the Spring of last year by my good friend Ann of Attic Threads to collaborate with her on a quilt she would enter in the Machine Quilter's Showcase in Wichita, Kansas.  She was very open to anything I wanted to create, she just wanted to be able to do some crazy, insane, amazeballs quilting on it.  She provided me with a box of fabric that included several black on black tonal fabrics, and 1 Moda Marble Citrus jelly roll.  So, without further adieu, I am very pleased to share, and present to you..................








"RADAR"
1st Place, Tools of the Trade Category at MQS.
April 2, 2014

Ann is simply a beyond amazing quilter!
I cannot put into words how visually stunning her quilting is in person!
Please visit Ann's blog to read more about her miniature quilt she entered at MQS.


I am so honored, and happy you asked me to join you in this journey Ann!
You have been such an inspiration to me!
THANK YOU!

I was so blessed to be able to share this amazing moment in my life with my wonderful parents!

Thanks to my friend Alycia of Alycia Quilts for helping me with watermarking these photos!
What would I do without you!
You're never too old to learn something new! LOL

Thanks for indulging me for just a moment!
I will be sharing some of the process and inspiration for "Radar" in future posts along with my trip to Wichita.  I met some WONDERFUL people along the way, not to mention a FANTABULOUS quilt shop!  I will also be sharing more about the prize packages and our wonderful sponsors for the prizes!

Linking up at Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion by the River.


Thanks for everything you do!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter