Wednesday, September 14, 2016

You gotta have friends..........




Lend me your ears...................
This is not going to be a lesson in English Literature..........

But, I am gonna talk about my friends a little.......

How many song references are there about friends............

Bette Midler Sings about them.....

The Beatles sang about them......

And, Michael W. Smith sang one of my favorite songs about friends......

What am I getting at here folks?
Well, I am just blessed to have met a lot of friends 
along my quilting journey.
I would like to share a few with you in this post.

 Although she would disagree with me....
this is NOT her best side!
This is my friend Dar of 
Dar's Patchwork Garden helping me with my new design wall.

I can't thank her enough for all of her help with this!

She was the first person to get me involved with
Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.
She was tireless in helping me to get 
all of the blocks sewn into tops
 from the very successful QOV block drive
I held on my blog 2 years ago.

Dar has recently teamed up with 
who designed a very eye catching block to create
a Quilt of Valor quilt.

I am very pleased to be able to share this with all of my friends here, 
and ask you all to share with your friends as well!

Once again, this is my friend Dar's block drive for 
Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.
She is holding this in conjunction with my friend
Alycia of Alycia Quilts in Colorado.

HERE is the LINK to Dar's block drive for QOV, Eastern Missouri.

HERE is the LINK to Alycia's block drive for QOV Colorado.

And HERE is the LINK to the tutorial on how to make the block
by Jan.
It is a very cool block, that makes an even cooler quilt!
I will let you all go visit these links to find out for yourself.
You KNOW I am gonna join in on the fun myself, and 
I encourage you all to do the same!
It is so important to our U.S. Veterans!
Make some for both of these gals who do such good work for 
Quilts of Valor!

In other news...............about friends.............

This past week I was able to visit
with some of my friends from the Perky Piecers group I belong to.
We had a blast!

You never know who you will see there in Hamilton, Missouri.....
check out the bottom left hand corner of this photo!

And this guy..........whatta good friend he has been to me over the years!
Valentino decided he needed to inspect some of my sewing the other day.
I guesstimate his age to be at least 14, if not older as I rescued him from a shelter
when he was around 2 years old.
He is beginning to show some signs of aging, and is also diabetic.
He receives 2 insulin shots daily, and 1 shot as needed for his 
arthritis.  He sure is a true friend indeed!

I was able to make some new friends at the 
in O'Fallon, Illinois recently.
What a wonderful group of friendly and talented quilters!
Thanks for letting me share my story with you all!

Of course, Huffman's Hotties were in the house!
What a fun group of hotties these were!

It was great having my friend 
to be one of my hotties at the meeting!
Check out her blog to see her latest amazing work!

Thank you for being a friend!

Thanks to all of my friends for various things:
donating fabric/scraps
helping with block drives
donating furniture
helping build things around the new house
photographing for me
magazine holder, protectors, companions
purrs, snuggles
travelling companions
and hotties


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

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor"ing" Day(s).........

from the Quilt Cave!!!!!!!

This Labor Day weekend in the United States will be filled with many people having a last big hurrah with Summer...........the end of wearing white for all of you old school fashionistas (myself included), and watching that famous telethon that is on every know the one!

As for me and the Quilt Cave..........we have been laboring, and WILL BE laboring for many days to come!

How about some updates?

Here is my first promotional head shot.
How do you like it?
Many quilt guilds ask for a promo flyer
with head shot for their informational e-mails
to guild members.  Hopefully this one will work for me?
This preliminary pic is compliments of 
a longtime photog friend of mine that I used to work with.

Hmmm.....what is happening here?????
(Please ignore the hideous carpet!!!!!)

A HUGE design wall coming to life!
Thanks to my friend Joe for all of the help on this one!
Wait until you all see the completed project!
I am beyond pleased with it!

An outdoor space to spend the mornings and afternoons!
Thanks to a very dear friend for sharing some unwanted furniture!

Another outdoor seating area on the upper deck!
Thanks again to said dear friend!

Do any of you have a magazine holder like this?
She works perfectly, warding off squirrels, rabbits, and
anything else that moves!

 I helped my uncle go through some items in storage a week or so ago.
He was so appreciative he gave me my aunt's sewing basket on left.
He also gave me his mother in law's sewing basket on right,
along with "America's Glorious Quilts" which he thought I may be 
interested in?  OF COURSE I am interested in it!
It's a great book if you have never looked through it?

And look what I found inside those baskets?!?!?!
Among many other things of course, were
these vintage mid-century promotional needles.
I wish companies still did neat things like this!

And, this is a top!
All half-square-triangles with a few squares.
No pattern, just an idea from a quilt I saw.
I love making 2 color quilts, because ANYTHING
in those 2 colors
 can be used!
This is for a friend of mine and his family who was relentless in asking
me to make a quilt for them.

And finally, here is some eye candy from one of 
our show and share events at
Scrap Club!

I just love seeing these antique quilts the participants
bring in.  It is like seeing a part of their family history.
This quilt is BEGGING me to recreate it!

Look at this one!
Half-square-triangles made into pinwheels
via a 9 patch setting!

Here is a closer look!
When I see an antique quilt such as this, my mind starts imagining;

Who made this?
Who did the quilter make it for?
Where did they get this pattern?
Where did the fabrics come from?
Did the quilter design it on their own?
Did they see a quilt like it somewhere?
When did they find the time to make it?

So many questions, and many times, the questions can't be answered.

Helen is an amazing quilter.  She is really quick at gettin'r'done too!
She is showing some of her month of year blocks done with
scraps here.  These are just beautiful!

I couldn't be more proud of this beginning quilter!
She shared with us she has been collecting fabrics since the 80s
at yard sales and thrift stores.
She is putting it to use now as she is retired!

And I couldn't be more proud of this quilter!
Although she has sewn throughout her life, she is
recently exploring quilting as a creative outlet.
After the first meeting this session, I was afraid she 
wasn't going to come back, but, she did!
Here she is showing the amazing log cabin quilt top she has made!

I always want to encourage quilting creativity.........
never do I want to discourage it.

Hopefully, this blog is a place for you to be encouraged, and inspired!

Thanks for all of YOUR encouragement!
Thanks for all of your comments!
Until next time,
Kevin the Quilter

Friday, August 19, 2016

August continues.........

 Howdy all you quilting enthusiasts out there!

This summer has flown by, but, August continues.
I am quite surprised by this.
I did a lot of my flying in the beginning of this month so I could have a large chunk of time off to get
some things done around the Quilt Cave, and they are actually getting done!

Here are a few photos of the quilty things that have taken place around here.

It seems like all of my blogging friends are going through scraps these days!
Just scroll through the blogs I read to find out!
Myself included, of course, this is one of my favorite things to do besides sew them together!
If quilting were an Olympic sport, I definitely would get a gold medal in scrap organization!

Some readers and friends have asked what I will save from a bag of scraps that is 
given to me?  Well, I will save down to 1.5" squares.  Anything smaller is
allocated my crumb bins, or to dog beds  Pictured above are irregular strips from scrap pulls 
that I am going to use my AccuQuilt Studio die cutter on.

As you can see in this photo, this strip is alllllllmmmmmmmooooooooost 1.5" wide.
It's a little wonky on one side.

My AccuQuilt Studio can breeze through scraps like this and I can 
get a lot of nice accurately cut strips.

These are all 2.5" strips of patriotic scraps from various scrap bags I have pulled.
Together, they will become a beautiful quilt for a veteran!

They will go into quilts like Bonnie's Scrappy Trips pattern.
My friend Bev came over to have a sew day with me and use these strips I pulled.
She is in the process of making several of these for veterans.

And you all know how much I love looking through older magazines.
Here is a very easy pattern that can use these strips.
I love being able to use up every last inch of fabric that I can!

Our Scrap Club at O'Sewpersonal in O'Fallon, Missouri continues to grow.
I am so very proud of this group of quilters.
Many of them are scrap enthusiasts, but, some are not.
Some are new quilters, some are quilters that use all yardage to make quilts.
We have all been growing and learning from each other.
We have enough students now to have 2 different classes, and I couldn't be happier about it.
Call the shop if you are interested in joining us!

Students have been sharing what they are creating along the way.
Here, Chris shares the story about her grandmother's lovely antique quilt on the left.
Chris now has the confidence to take a quilt like this, and interpret it in her own modern way.
You can see her progress on the design wall.

Did I mention how proud I am of these quilters?????

And here is proof of my ladies labors.........literally!
I get a few more eggs each day from the chickens.
This is so exciting to be able to enjoy fresh eggs again.
The little egg on the bottom right is the first egg from my
little bantam hen, Henny Penny.
I wish you were all here to try these delicious "cackleberries!"
That's what my dad calls them.......think about it......LOLOLOLOL

In closing, I want to continue to urge you all to go through your scraps and use them.
Don't let them languish away in a bin, closet, or drawer.  You could be making not only a beautiful quilt for someone, but, you could be making a difference in the recipient, not to mention yourself!

Enjoy these last days of Summer!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Friday, August 5, 2016

QOV and Family Time.........


This past week I was able to share about Quilts of Valor, and make some
presentations to 4 Veterans in Mexico, Missouri with the Prairie Pine Quilt Guild.

Many times when I am asked to present QOVs, I bring quilts from the BLOCK DRIVE
quilts.  But, this time was a little different.  When I was contacted by this guild's program chair, Lou,
she was so excited about the idea of presenting, she and 2 other quilters made 3 of the quilts
that were presented!  I hope I am able to encourage other quilters to take the time
to make a quilt for Quilts of Valor.

 Of course, Huffman's Hotties made a special appearance at the trunk show!

The guild generously donated unwanted fabrics to me.
This was a huge haul, and full of some great fabrics to be used in QOVs!
Thanks to one of the member's daughter, Winona, for helping me load it all into 
my vehicle!

I would like to thank Lou and the Prairie Pine Quilt Guild for the invitation!
I had a wonderful time with you all!

I have a question for you all......

Which of the following blocks do you prefer?

Block A


Block B

Both were made of scraps.....using the Circle of Squares
block tutorial by Toefeather's blog.

You all KNOW Block B screams my name!
But, I want to show quilters, you can make an entire
quilt from your scraps/stash and it doesn't have to be scrappy per se.
 I can't wait to get these finished and show both versions side by side!

Which block screams your name and why???

Sophia loves her daddy and her daddy loves her!
My little baby girl Sophia Annabella turned 10 years old on Aug 2nd!
Thanks to my friend Bev for this great photo!

And, if you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know the beginning
of August is family time for us around here!
We celebrate my dad's birthday, and my sister takes her kiddos
back to school shopping.

Here are a few photos of our family time!

Enjoying the fire pit on the outdoor patio.
I have been waiting to share this area of the Quilt Cave with my family.

As you can see, my mom on the far left and my sister are cracking up
about something while my dad methodically roasts some hot dogs.
(Disclaimer from my mother,....she was freezing and was wearing
a pair of borrowed socks and my sister's tennis shoes.) LOLOL

Smores anyone????

My dear old dad blowing out the candles on his cupcakes 
in celebration of his 76th birthday.
I am so blessed to have this good ole boy as my dad.

There was some sew time with my niece and nephew!
They wanted to make some pillow cases!
I am so happy to be able to share this passion of quilting and sewing
with them!

They did a great job picking out their fabrics and
sewing the cases together.
Hannah decided to use a scrap as a bow! LOL

For Dad's birthday dinner we went to Lotawata Creek Southern Grill
in Fairview Heights, IL.
I had never been there, and was really impressed!
GIGANTIC portions of food for a very reasonable price!

Here is dad with his country fried steak sandwich!

Not to be outdone by Lil' Bub's Plain Jane Burger.

We will definitely be going back to this place!

And to top things off, we all went as a family to an Antique Mall!
This is the FIRST time we have ever done this together,
and I hope it won't be the last time!
We all had a blast!

Here's hoping you get to enjoy some family time!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for being a friend!
Kevin the Quilter