Saturday, May 21, 2016

Graduations........

Hey everybody!
Thanks for all of the kind words people have sent concerned about my well being!
I am alive and well, and SOOOOOOOOOO BUSY!

Busy with life!

Busy with work!

Busy with family!

Busy with Quilting!

First off, my apologies for not sharing more photos of the quilt show in Paducah!
I have had some phone issues, and uploading 100+ photos from phone to pc has been a nightmare.
I will share some of my favorites eventually.

Here is a little peek as to what has been going on the past few weeks.

In early May I was asked to speak to the 
Draggin' Thread Quilt Guild in Laurie, Missouri located on the
beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.
I want to thank them for the invitation!
I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Let me tell you, this group was a blast to spend some time with!
After the trunk show they had a delicious spread of food!

 Huffman's Hotties made a special appearance!

 And I received this very special gift from Nancy!
It is a sewing binder that holds all sort of goodies for quilting!

Our Quilts of Valor quilts from the block drive are still being presented!
These 2 veterans received the recognition they deserve at the guild meeting!
I NEVER tire of presenting these quilts from our combined efforts!


And, after the guild meeting, I was able to visit with a very special pageant friend, Sassy Ashley!

Then came Mother's Day.........and you KNOW I spent it with my Momma!
She is finally getting out and about and feeling much better after her hip replacement!
Happy Mother's Day late to all of your wonderful mothers out there!!!!!

Mother's Day coincided with the annual Azalea Festival in my hometown.
There is a carnival, craft fair, and parade.
Here are my Dad and Lil' Bubs riding in the parade in dad's 1969 Pontiac LeMans.

Of course I was working in between all of these May time activities.....

And then............

This happened...........
My Lil' Sugardoll graduated from High School!
She is headed off to college now to become a Veterinarian!

She was bestowed the honor, Valedictorian, of her graduating class!

Our family certainly couldn't be any more proud of her!

And here is, "The Valedictorian" quilt I made in honor of her high school graduation.
This is the quilt my friend Ann of Attic Threads & Quilts
designed and named after me! LOL
I think it turned out great, and my niece loves it in her high school colors.

And, last, but, not least.....
We held our grand finale from the mystery quilt I
designed with the 
O'Sewpersonal Scrap Club.
I couldn't be any more proud of this group!
We had so much fun together and have decided to continue with the group!


So sorry this is short and sweet and to the point, but,....

I have a plane to catch!

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Post Paducah......

Greetings everybody!

Well, AQS Paducah came and went.........and boy did I have some fun with Cousin Phyllis!

This was one of the best years my cousin and I have had visiting Paducah!  We couldn't quite pin point why, but........

 ...this is what we looked like after our 
traditional farewell dinner at Chick-fil-A!
It went by too quickly, and it was over.....but, oh what fun we did have!


Here are a few highlights!
The quilt show pics will have to wait as I am flying this week 
and need to edit some photos down.

 I was able to meet LuAnn of Loose Threads!
While in Hancocks of Paducah, I heard someone yell my name....
low and behold it was LuAnn!  I love reading her blog!
She does such beautiful handwork!
It was a pleasure meeting and chatting for a while before she had to catch
her bus!  OK, really it was because the store was closing! LOL

 Although I wasn't able to meet QuiltdivaJulie in person,
I was able to check out her latest book!
I want a signed copy Julie! LOLOLOL
This book looks like too much fun!
Go check out her blog for more info!

 I was also able to meet up with my friend Cherie of  Quilted Jonquil.
She is always such a blast to be around!
Laughing is SURE to happen when we get to visit!

Cherie asked before I made my way to Paducah if I would
have 2 cubic feet of spare space in my vehicle?
"Hmmmm......I guess so?" was my reply?
You never know when you go to Paducah.......am I right folks???

This was the reason she was asking if I had any space????
HOLY CAMOLY!!!!!!!
LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL, DELICIOUS 
SHIRTINGS!!!!!!
Cherie and I talked about my collection of recycled shirting
fabrics I was just beginning to collect, and she graciously
and generously offered me these to start off my collection!
Quilters are simply the best! Especially Cherie!!!!
These are calling to me, and speaking my name!

I simply can't thank you enough Cherie!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!


 Here is a shot of all of the shirtings after I petted each one!
Deboned and ready to use I might add!!!!
Eat your heart out Bonnie Hunter! LOLOLOL

I was unable to meet up with Libby of Life on the Hill
though we tried!  Maybe next year Libby!

It was wonderful meeting so many new faces though!
Thanks for introducing yourself to me while in Paducah!
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting EVERYONE!


 OK, OK, OK,
So, here is my loot!
I bought a few kits, lots of fabric, some
triangle paper and the great bag up front.
Don't judge! I got some really good deals on the fabric! LOL
And plus, you only live once, and I plan on using ALL of this stuff 
sooner or later!

In other news...........

Remember those tiny pieces from HERE?

Well, they went into making...........

these....
which went into making.....

this..........
which eventually became..........

THIS!
"Freedom Dreams"
19.5" x 19.5"
You guessed it!
I joined in Humble Quilts
Doll Quilt Swap again this year.
My partner was Merry in Washington state, and she has received
the quilt, and sent me .....

this photo!
"Freedom Dreams" looks made for her grandmother's chair!
I hadn't a clue it would color coordinate with her room!
I am so pleased she likes her little quilt!

And this is the doll quilt I received!
It is from Becky in Iowa, The Civil War Quilter.
Becky took inspiration from a child's doll quilt during that era, 
and almost perfectly replicated it with some infusions of her own.

I LOVE IT!

Thank you so much for your attention to detail Becky!
It looks perfect in my new sewing studio!

Coming up next week will be my photos of the show,
as well as other goodies I saw along the way!

Thanks to those of you who have acquired some of the vintage
quilts I had......I still have some left!



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




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pre-Paducah Quilt Show..........

Greetings from the Quilt Cave!


 My friend Katie got this luggage tag for me!
Isn't it perfect for me???
I have it attached to one of the bags I fly with.
I LOVE IT!
Thanks so much Katie!

I flew this past week so I could visit my momma before my upcoming
 trip to Paducah with Cousin Phyllis.
Thanks again for all of your well wishes for my beautiful little momma!
She continues to recuperate, and is gaining more and more strength every day.

Again, I would LOVE to meet YOU in Paducah next week!
I have a few meetings already in the works!
I will be really hard to miss!
I will be the big guy with the beard that is actually looking interested in viewing 
the quilts!  LOL I suppose I shouldn't say that......I think several men there
take a vested interest in looking at the beautiful works.

So how about a little antique quilt show to prepare us for the things we will see in 
Paducah?  This quilt show is brought to you by the estate of a family member.
I have been asked to see if any of my readers may be interested in acquiring these antique
quilts?  If you ARE interested, please contact me for pertinent information such as type of piecing, type of quilting, binding technique, size, and overall condition regarding
each quilt.  Everything will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Again, if interested just contact me via the blog, or my e-mail in the upper right corner
of the blog.  Any quilts that are not spoken for are going to be taken with me to Paducah
on the chance that someone may be interested in them there.

I will be showing a full size version, and a close up of each quilt.

Pieced Quilts


Fan Quilt  


Baby 16 Patch Quilt


Double Wedding Ring Quilt


Hexagon Quilt


Star Quilt
(Not sure of the name of this star????)
SALE PENDING!!!!!!!


1000 Pyramids style of quilt
SALE PENDING!!!!!!!



X-Block Quilt



Applique Quilts



Pink Applique #1



Red Applique


Pink Applique #2


Pink Applique #3


Gold and Green Applique
SALE PENDING!!!!!!!!



And one last category,
 Double Knit Polyester
Double Knit Polyester Tied Quilt


Did anything speak to you?
Did anything whet your appetite????
If it did, let me know ASAP!
Please use the description I used for each quilt when contacting me.
Trust me, the prices are extremely reasonable and fair!

Here's wishing you a wonderful week full of quilts and inspiration!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter