Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018.........WHAT????

It seems I am always falling behind........

especially when it comes to blogging.......

Did I have a nice Christmas.........of course!

Have I continued to work on Bonnie's mystery quilt.........yes........a little......

Have I been consumed with work and other commitments.........yes........

I know it has been a while since I blogged when good friends like Kathy of
Kathy's Quilts sends a nice email to see if I am OK.  Thanks Kathy!

Yes, yes, yes................all is well........busy, but, well!

As Christmas approached, I had several obligations, not to mention last minute shopping for gifts.
Quilting took somewhat of a backseat......which is rare for me!

The cold weather has had me checking on my chickens and ducks, unfreezing waters and making sure they have the warmth and feed they need.  Please understand, I am not complaining about the colder temps.  In fact, I am one of the few that love them.  Having extreme high and low temperatures here in Missouri help me to appreciate the other seasons even more! 

So, here is my photo review of Christmas and what has been going on around here as of late.

These little girls were ready for Santa to visit!

My amazing parents!
I am so very thankful for them!

How on earth did my niece and nephew grow up so quickly?

I love my family!

Mr. Italy prepared the Christmas Eve feast of seafood.
DELICIOUS!

And Dad read the Christmas story to us.

These little girls got some early gifts from
Hannah and Curtis.

Do you know how hard it is to get a good shot
of these little girls opening their stockings? LOL
This was Lilly's first Christmas!
There were several breakdowns not having
Gracie Lu here with us, but, Lilly helped us get through them.

At 40+ years of age, I still look forward 
to opening my stocking Christmas morn!

We had a wonderful Christmas Day meal......as usual....



Then it was time to open some presents!


My sister asked me for some soup bowls....
so, I was happy to get her these.....
LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Don't worry, she got her "real" soup bowls from Mom and Dad.

The joke was on my friend Mike from my Mom this year.....
the funny thing is, he actually likes these PJs and wears them now!
LOLOLOL

But, not one to be outdone, Mike gave
this bejeweled fishing hat to my Mom.
LOLOLOLOL
If you know my mother, you know she NEVER 
wears a hat on her beautifully coiffed hair! LOL

Mom and Dad opening the gift I made for them.

Sister was helping them hold it up so they can see it.
Remember, this is 
"Carolina Chain"
by Bonnie Hunter
in her
"Addicted to Scraps"
book.

Mom and Dad love it!
It looks great on their bed.
What a joy it is to make something
that is appreciated like this.
And, thanks Bonnie for the constant inspirations!

And, my Sister surprised me with this
absolutely beautiful Barn Quilt!
My sister claims NOT to be artistic.....but,
you couldn't prove that by me!
An interesting tid bit, Sis didn't even know that
this was a "Sister's Choice" quilt block.
How appropriate that she chose it for me
for my Barn Quilt!
I can't wait to hang it!
I! LOVE! IT!

And after all of the festivities, this little one was worn
completely out!

Christmas 2017 came and went......
and so did I........
I always fly on New Years Eve for the double time pay
I receive.  It is one of the few holidays that I will work.

The rapid fire clues from Bonnie Hunter's
mystery quilt blew right past me!
I was flying during those last clues,
and I haven't caught up yet.

Here is where I am thus far.......
I hope to get the blocks made in the next couple of days.
Then I get to go back and remake Clue #3.

Hopefully these 12" Kai scissors I received for
Christmas will help me slash
through my scraps in 2018!
I LOVE the heft and........ "shear" manliness
 of these monster scissors!
Talk about doing some damage!  WOW!

My ladies have been laying throughout this cold snap.
I am not one that believes in forcing hens to lay in cold weather,
but, I also don't believe in letting them freeze to death either.
When temps get below 20*F, the chickens require
additional warmth.  Egg laying is a side effect.
What a blessing to have fresh eggs every morning for breakfast!

And thanks to my friend Lori of
I had a nice little "Bunny Chat!"
We were texting each other and I had
the bright idea of giving each other a studio tour
of our sewing space.
One thing led to another, and before long,
we were "Bunny Chatting!"
HILARIOUS!
Thanks for the fun talk Lori!

I hope your Christmas was as wonderful
as mine was?  I truly hope you all know
how much I appreciate your friendship!
Here's to a prosperous and productive 2018
in life and in quilting!



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












Monday, December 18, 2017

On Ringo Lake Parts 3 & 4

Whew!

Ummmm.......that's all I can say!

What a flurry of activities have taken place here at the Quilt Cave as of late!
I wish there were a snow flurry or two to go along with the activities!
I want snow for Christmas......sorry, but, I do! That's the only time I want it though? LOL

So let me catch you all up to speed......


My name is Kevin the Quilter,
threw me for a loop!

I cut 120 of the coral units incorrectly.
I take complete ownership of this mistake.......

.....this HAPPY little mistake!
#newproject
#catchingup

was a breeze and saw a lot of 
odds and ends of aqua and grey used up!

Linking up with 

There was some trimming up of Part 2 on my commute
to work.
YES!  You CAN bring small scissors on the plane with you!
I am not doing anything here that the general travelling public
can't do.
Click HERE to see what can and can't be brought on the plane.

TA DAH!!!!!
The Cave Quilters completed "Snake Charming!"
As you can tell in this photo we are overjoyed!

It has been such a pleasure working with these
quilters on a project I wouldn't have tackled on my own!
Each quilter has brought their own special flair 
to our gatherings and to this project.

We even twirled seams courtesy of Cherie!

"Snake Charming"
This is a STRIKING Quilt of Valor!
Thanks
Cherie of Quilted Jonquil
and

I look forward to our next joint venture!

The Troy, Missouri quilt group I belong to
gathered at the Quilt Cave for our
Christmas party.
Here we are playing a game.

We also did a gift exchange of our favorite notion
that costs $5 or less.
This was so much fun and a lot was learned!
I received a plethora of storage bags and pipe cleaners!
My contribution was a small brass stiletto that I can't piece without.

My blogging friend P of 
shared these goodies with me in the mail.
Thanks so much P!
I am thinking of you and your family!

While browsing an antique mall I came across this album.
Look closely, the cover is a patchwork quilt!
Interested P? LOLOL

And I received another surprise in the mail!
This is from my blogging friend Susan of
Thanks so much Susan! You are such a good 
daughter to be helping your dad right now in his time
of need!

I took my mom and dad Christmas shopping....
I witnessed the following conversation.....
Mom:  You DON'T buy PASTRIES there!!!!!!
Dad: ????????
Priceless moments with the parents!

Lilly Mae got to meet Santa for the very first time.
I can completely hear her saying:
"I have been a really good girl, Santa.......
just don't ask anyone else....."
LILLY MAE!!!!

And, I recently was in negotiations with these representatives
from Feed the Hungry......
The girls DON'T get table food, but, that doesn't
keep them from wanting to smell everything I eat!
LOL

I know we are all very busy with Christmas and the holidays.
I want you all to know how much I consider each of you
a gift to me.
Thanks for being a friend!
Enjoy the season!




Until next time,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter











Monday, December 4, 2017

On Ringo Lake Part 2

Seasons Greetings Friends!

Are you all bustling about with holiday decorating, entertaining, and plans?

Or are you remaining low key, and taking it easy this time of year?

Ole' Uncle Kevin the Quilter lumps all of his vacations together so he can do a little of
both of the aforementioned during this juncture.


"Carolina Chain"
Bonnie Hunter's design from her book
"Addicted to Scraps."
I was pleasantly surprised how quickly this
quilt top pieced together, and even more pleased
with the results.
This is headed to my quilting friend Kim so
I can get it ready for my parent's Christmas gift this year.
(Don't worry, mom and dad don't even own a computer
to where they can see this! LOL)

Here is my Sis in her element.
This is her classroom.
She is incredibly talented, and knew she wanted to
teach music from a very young age.
I made a pilgrimage to my hometown
for a special reason and got to visit her
in between her classes.

Why was I at her school??????

My friend Mike and I were asked to talk about
what it is like to be a flight attendant to
my nephew's middle school class!
We visited in an unofficial capacity.
There were police officers, game wardens, performing artists, 
and even hog farmers visiting with these students
about potential career choices.
What a fun day it was........they certainly didn't
have these type of events when I was of middle school age.
I can't commend these students enough on how
respectful and well behaved they were.
I HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE NOW!


Some decorating for Christmas has occurred.


And, of course,
of
Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery
was released!

I am so pleased that these fabrics are getting to see
the light of day and
BEING USED!

A surprising variety of Coral - Melon geese!

Navy is plentiful around these parts!

oooooooooOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo
I am LOVING this!

Linking with 

Here's hoping your holidays are Merry and Bright!
More holiday hubbub and relaxation are in my future!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter





Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thankful..........

So very much to be thankful for during this time of Thanksgiving........

 Wonderful family and friends.........

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

A loving mother that has taught
and continues to teach how to
carry on traditions......
like her deviled eggs.....

and her perfect mashed potatoes......

A sister that has a knack for making Momma's home made
yeast rolls.
Get that just right sis!

Having a home and some land where 
I can raise my own food.....
by the way,....
this home grown turkey
exceeded ALL expectations!

Just ask my friend Mike!  LOL

Being able to host in a house I love.

Sitting down and making more memories
when we weren't stuffing our faces!

Thankful for the little ones!
Past and present!
Sophia Annabella loves it when
Paw Paw sneaks her a piece of turkey!

And, it was this little booger's first Thanksgiving!
Paw Paw had the honors of feeding her, her first bite of
Thanksgiving Turkey.
LILLY MAE!

Thankful for a father who shares his
talents with his family.
This beautiful cabinet is now displayed proudly in
the Quilt Cave!
My dad completely refinished my maternal
grandmother's treadle sewing machine cabinet
and did a masterful job!
(Machine still being refurbished.)

Dad did an amazing job on it.
And my mom is so proud of it too!
I can't thank my cousin Marcia enough
for allowing me to have this piece of
family history!

I wanted Dad to sign it to show the date
he refinished it.
While he did so, my mother shared a story of
this machine.
When Mom was around 15 years old, she worked
for a small restaurant washing dishes.
She saved the little money she made there and would
go buy fabric at a mercantile store in town.
My grandmother would compliment my mother
on what a good job she did saving money, and how
nice the fabric was, and in return would make my
mom a skirt or dress out of that fabric.
My mom says her first memories of sewing on
this machine was helping her mother make those
clothes on this machine.
PRICELESS memories for me to share with you all.



Thankful for a wonderful niece and nephew
that will hopefully come visit me
in the nursing home one day......
hopefully that day is FAR away......
The snowman ornament tradition with my nephew 
and niece continues on.
I get them one every year and date it for them.

And so many quilters are so thankful for
Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery
this time of year!
I am no exception!

Linking up with Quiltville's


Since I just completed "Sapphire Stars,"
I opted to play with a different color scheme
for Bonnie's mystery this year, rather than
my usual go to patriotic color scheme I usually
make with her mystery quilts.

Aqua and Coral remain the same, 
but, for
Brown, I am substituting Grey
and for
Neutral, I am substituting Navy.

Going through the strings for 

More strings to go through......

My Accuquilt Studio makes quick work of these
strip sets.......

Coming along............

A sampling of the 9 patches made
in no time.....

Thankful for so much.....
including you all!


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