Sunday, September 7, 2014

Some really FUN stuff.......

Hey ya'll!

I  have some really FUN stuff to share with you!

The first FUN thing?  Some results from our very successful block drive thanks to ALL of you!  Rest assured, I give FULL credit to all of you who sent in blocks, fabric for backings, thread, pillowcases, and color catchers!  I am gearing up to speak at the Thimble and Threads Quilt Guild of Greater St. Louis this Friday, September 12th at 7:30PM.  The meeting is held in the Fellowship Hall of Concordia Lutheran Church, 505 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Missouri.  For those of you who may be interested in attending, there is no fee to come if it is the first time you have ever visited their guild.  I will be talking about the block drive, presenting some Quilts of Valor to some deserving Veterans, and talking about my personal quilting story while encouraging others to make quilts out of their scraps to give to others.

We have surpassed 100 COMPLETED QUILT TOPS!!!!!  Look at all of the FUN we have been having putting the tops together in a variety of color schemes!













Our little group has shared a lot of laughs.... and FOOD during our 4 meetings.
We have been able to accomplish a lot having made 25-30 quilt tops each time.
I also would like to thank the Perky Piecers Quilt Guild for helping make several tops!
They have agreed to assemble tops at their October meeting!  YEAH!
We should have all of the tops assembled by the end of the year!
Thank you ALL!

I actually was able to take a little vacation with my family over the Labor Day weekend, and we had a lot of FUN camping!  While growing up, my family always camped throughout the warmer months from Memorial Day weekend, through the summer, and our last camping trip was usually on Labor Day weekend.  This trip brought back some wonderful memories, and I got to make some new FUN ones as well.......

During our down time.......we sewed quilt blocks!!!!!!
As I mentioned in a previous post, my little bubs (my nephew) has really expressed an interest in making quilts.  Here he is making some half square triangles for a quilt I am making for.......ME!  So it will be extra special knowing he and others helped to make it!

My niece had to get in on the act, and here she is getting tickled because her little brother was sewing straighter lines than she was!  Everyone has to start somewhere!

And low and behold, I go for a bike ride, and come back to find my sister working on some of the half square triangles!  She didn't share a love of quilting and sewing with our grandma and great aunts, although she LOVES quilts.  I guess we both look very stern and serious when we are concentrating????  Family trait!

After camping, fishing, and sewing it was time to run into town for a little treat!
Just so you know, eating ice cream is a family tradition and is A LOT of FUN!

Here is Lil' Bubs showing you all how to eat an ice cream cone!
LOL

I helped my friend Kelly out at her shop, O'Sewpersonal and tried to drum up some business by walking out on the sidewalk and wave at people.  Sadly, I think I scared business away, but, it was FUN none the less!

And, last but certainly not least............meeting Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville in person at the Hands All Around Quilt Guild of Central Illinois was SO MUCH FUN!  My friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden suggested we go make a day of it.....fortunately, I had the day off!  We shop hopped our way from St. Louis to Normal, Illinois to see Bonnie's lecture and trunk show.  Bonnie surprised me as I was signing in by putting her hands over my eyes.......what a wonderful surprise it was!  I was a little star struck!  All of her classes were full, but, I will at some point take a class from her!

All of her quilts are absolutely breathtaking to see in person!  Here I am touching her quilts!
All of her points match perfectly, and the quilts are so flat!  I was completely and utterly impressed!

Definitely my bucket list quilt!  Bonnie's Pineapple Crazy quilt!
Whatta FUN one this will be to make!

I hope you are having FUN wherever you are, and whatever you are doing!
Thanks for visiting, and thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Which city did I recently fly through and took this photo at the airport?
Hmm? No cheating!

I am testing my capabilities of blogging from my smarter than me phone!

If Bonnie Hunter can do it....so can I!

Coming up on the blog......photos of the progress my friends and I have made with the block drive blocks!

As always,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Re-cap..............

OK........

Now, I know I am getting older......the BIG 4-0 this year.........

And, I have heard that as you get older, time goes by faster.........

I have also always heard that time flies when you are having fun........

Well, apparently, all of the above apply to me and my summer, so, let's review, shall we?

(LOTS O'PHOTOS..........be forewarned!)

JUNE
June began with the closing of the block drive and the beginning of a busy summer!

I love cooking with fresh herbs from my garden.

Playing with patriotic scraps!
Hmmm.....I wonder what this may turn into?

 Happy Father's Day to the world's greatest dad!
He is always so serious, it's hard to get him to have some fun!  NOT!

 I am not their daddy, but, I sure am a proud uncle to these two!
Curtis is getting so big, and will be going into the 6th grade.  He has expressed an interest in quilting!
It is really hard to believe my niece is driving, and is going to be a junior in high school!  She now has a job at a veterinarian clinic which will help her gain valuable experience as she would like to become a veterinarian one day.

Who knew Kevin the Quilter loves to go fishing?????

JULY
July remained very busy!

I was invited to judge the Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen Pageant in Richardson, TX during the 4th of July holiday.  It was very nice getting to know these wonderful individuals I judged with.  I was able to reconnect with my friend Michelle (second from left) whom I had previously judged with in another state.

 While in Texas, I was able to visit several quilt shops in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area.
I escaped the Quilt Asylum!

My friend Michelle's curiosity has been perked ever since she found out I quilt.
Here we are visiting Happiness is Quilting in McKinney, TX.
By the way, this was one of my favorite shops to visit while in Texas.
Michelle is getting a hands on demonstration by the very helpful staff.
Not only did Michelle buy the items needed for this little project, she has already started on it!
WAY TO GO MICHELLE!

The quilt my friend Bev and I collaborated on was quilted by Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.
It was hand quilted beautifully and is the group's 1500th quilt!

Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri issued a Marine Panel challenge.  Here is my submission.
See anything wrong with it????? Well, I DIDN'T until I looked at this photo!
I retrieved the quilt, and it is now fixed! (Sorry no photo of it fixed!)
Yikes!  Just another part of getting older!!!!!

My friends and I have had 3 work days since the closing of the block drive.
I am happy to report 79 quilt tops have been pieced.
13 quilts are completed.
5 have been presented.
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Please see my PREVIOUS POST about the 5 presentations if you haven't already?

My "girls" keepin' it real while working on these blocks from the drive!
I don't know what I would do without these close friends!

 July also allowed me and my friend Ann of ATTIC THREADS to take a class by my friend
Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  We were able to attend her lecture and trunk show as well.
What a beautiful story she has to tell, and we saw some AMAZING eye candy!

Here we are with her Star Splitter Quilt, and my version of her design.
How cool!


 My friend Kelly of O'SewPersonal was able to hand deliver the quilts she 
received from her shop's block drive to Quilts of Valor Eastern Missouri.

These quilts will soon be receiving their own personal hand quilting by the group!

And, to top it all off in July, "Radar", my collaborative quilt with my friend Ann, made it into the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall!

YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WHEW!

AUGUST.........keeping very busy still!


How many of you receive Quiltmaker magazine?

My version of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Star Splitter quilt made it in the "sew to speak" section in the September/October 2014 issue!!!!!
SO COOL!!!!!!

Dad's birthday is in August, and it has become a tradition for my whole family to come to my house
and celebrate!  Dad loves the decadent chocolate cake from Cost-Co!
And, just so you all know.......dad cut this piece for himself, and my mom politely cut it in half again for him! LOL

We all went to the St. Louis Zoo this year.


And, I do believe I have found my quilt lecture ensemble!
LOL

If your quilt guild would be interested in having me do some Quilt of Valor Presentations from our very successful block drive, please drop me an e-mail!  My work schedule is somewhat chaotic, but, what isn't these days?  I am sure we could work something out sometime?

I have been very busy as you can see, and I do apologize for my lack of blogging this summer.  I promise to do better from here on out.  Hopefully, I can learn a thing or two on how to blog from my "smarter than me" phone!

As always,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for sticking with me through my blogging dry spell!
Kevin the Quilter





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quilts of Valor presentations..........

Where on earth did June go????

Moreover.........where did the first part of July go?????

I KNOW I am WAY behind on blogging, but, hopefully what I am about to share with you all will more than make up for my absence in blogland for the past few weeks?

I have a ton of photos to share with you from June and July, but, for now, I want to share a few videos of the Quilt of Valor presentations I was able to make at the River Heritage Quilter's Guild in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on July 14th.

Please realize, there is NO way I could have been able to present these quilts without all of you!  The QOV block drive was so successful, and my local quilting friends have been so kind to help out with piecing the tops and quilting.  ALL OF US SHOULD BE PROUD of what is being accomplished here.

Enjoy the following videos:

This was the closing part of the presentation after the Veterans received their quilts.
I had the individual that nominated the veteran to receive a QOV present the QOV to their veteran.

The local news station came to cover the event.  I was interviewed before the meeting started.
The news anchor introduces me as "Ken," but, we all know my name is Kevin! LOL

And here is a really nice article the local newspaper wrote up.
I do NOT claim to be an official representative of QOV, and I said that, but, I think sometimes
reporters write down things so fast they miss some items.

Here is each veteran with the person that nominated them to receive a QOV at the guild meeting:









 And one of the sweet ladies of the guild gave me this bag of scraps!  She said, "I was going to place these on the give away table, but, after seeing your work, and your love of scraps, I want you to have them!"  HOW SWEET!  Here I am hamming it up along with the River Heritage Quilter's Guild President, Chris.
Thanks Chris for such a wonderful opportunity to speak and share about Quilts of Valor!

The guild has even created their own QOV page on their website! 
I truly hope this inspires many of their quilters to make QOV's!



Once again, I want to thank each of you that read this blog, have contributed in ANY way to this block drive, or have simply encouraged me along the way!  This was one of the best nights of my life!  I will share more photos next week after I get back from flying.

As always,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for sticking with me!
Kevin the Quilter