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






























Friday, November 17, 2017

So Much Fun, So Little Time

Ya know what quilters?

I have no idea how some people manage their time to do everything they do, AND blog????

My guess is that many are much more tech savvy than I, and can blog from their smart phone?

Me?

Well, you all know Uncle Kevin the Quilter is nothing if not technologically illiterate!
Nothing but an old outdated home desk top computer will do for me!  LOL

Anywho...........

I have had an absolute blast the past month or so!

Come see!!!!!

When last I blogged......
I hadn't come down off of my high from Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter's final reveal!
Soon after that, I headed down to Houston for the International Quilt Festival.

 Here I am at the festival with my scrappy quilting friend Roxann.
It was so much fun spending time and talking quilts with her.

 Speaking of which, she had a quilt accepted into the
Juki "In Full Bloom" contest.
What a beautiful work she has created.
All of the motifs in her quilt are her original designs!

 Lori of Humble Quilts along with myself
were accepted as the royal guard of
Barb of Fun with Barb's quilt which hung in one of the
special exhibits at the festival.
What a beautiful work you have created here Barb!
Thanks for letting me ham it up with Lori!

And while we are on the subject of Lori.....
it was my sincere pleasure getting to know her better.
We had met last year in Houston, but, she was consumed with
working for the festival with no real spare time to speak of.
This year, we were able to talk quilts, vendors, and food!
Thanks for the info on "Phoenicia" and Turkish coffee!

Lori, the enabler!
How could I pass on this amazing Boston Terrier fabric????

I got to chat with Doug Leko, the designer of the
"Simple, Folded Corners" ruler which will be used
with this year's Quiltville mystery,

And it is always fun to visit with
Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
My friend Ann was working
the Butler System vendor booth
right across the aisle from VFW!

I was able to visit the
in LaPorte, TX while in Houston.
While there, I ran into this quilter
after my own heart!
We are wearing matching shirts!

I also met Tanya that works at this quilt shop
who also follows Bonnie and Lori.
It was so nice to meet you!

My friend Jamie of Sunflower Quilts
 is the creator of "The Original Thread Cutter."
Here she is in her booth with Ann and Jamie's mom.
What a hoot they are!

I am the proud owner of one of these babies now!
Thanks Jamie!
Wow!  What a great product for a chain piecer!
I highly recommend you order one of these gadgets
for you and your quilty friends this holiday season!

And here is my loot from the festival.
All too soon it ended.
But, what a nice time I had there.

Upon my return home, it was snuggling time with
Lilly Mae!

And boy did that thread cutter come in handy
after chain piecing these!
What are these???

The beginnings of
"Carolina Chain"
from Bonnie Hunter's book
"Addicted to Scraps."

Sophia Annabella definitely approves of this quilt design
by Bonnie Hunter!

You all know there were some QOV presentations
on behalf of QOV, Eastern Missouri to commemorate
Veteran's Day.
Jean, our fearless leader is pictured with the
QOV recipients and myself.
These presentations were made at the
Stitch'N'Time Quilt Guild in
Warrenton, Missouri.
(I will be posting more photos of this event in the future.)

And I recently had my very first workshop with
the Hearts'N'Hands Quilt Guild in O'Fallon, Illinois!
What a blast these quilters were!
(More photos coming soon of this fun day!)

I am looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving Dinner with my family here at the Quilt Cave.
Blogging time will be severely limited, but, just know, I am so THANKFUL for all of you that
continue to read my blog and share your quilting lives with me!  I count it an honor and blessing to 
call you all friends.

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


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 Scrap Club Summer Reveals




 Greetings Quilters!
Welcome to the
2017 Summer Scrap Club
Final Reveal
held
October 26, 2017
St. Paul Old KC Hall, St. Paul, Missouri.

For those of you who may not be going to the
International Quilt Festival in Houston this week,
here is an opportunity for you to see some wonderful
works of art.

Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter
had it's final reveal of our Summer Session
projects, and what a reveal it was!
The participation level was enormous as you will 
soon see.  I can't express how humbled and
overwhelmed with joy I am with this group
of area artists.
To think they want to come spend time
with Lil' ole me where we all learn and grow
together, all while working on some scrappy quilting
projects makes my heart literally sing!

I will provide some commentary throughout the
following photos.  For fear of misspelling or mixing up names
I am going to leave them out this time.

Go get your favorite beverage and a snack and 
enjoy the show!
(Disclaimer:  My long time photography
friend, Mike, agreed to photograph
this event for me gratis.  I think he did a great job.
Although not all of each quilt is displayed in some of the
photos, I am so thankful to have a friend willing to
help me out like this.) 

 A beautiful Fall display was arranged by our 
hostess with the mostest, Roxann.
Thanks to Sue who arranged for us to use
this wonderful facility in order to gather and show our work!
Thanks to all of the quilters who provided
a delicious array of cookies.

 Quilting friends (and former neighbors) reunite!

  Visiting before the reveal starts.

The "Grim RIPPER"
made an appearance!
YIKES!!!!!!!
Very clever costume Jeanne!

 To start our evening off,
I had to thank those who helped throughout this session
of Scrap Club for their time and efforts.
Dar, Linda, Sue, and Roxann received little
tokens of my appreciation in the form of 
tiny little 16 patch quilts.
OK, OK, OK, they can be used as a potholder too! LOL

 Voting on our next Scrap Club projects.

 And then it was time to show our works.
For this session of Scrap Club, along side the
Sapphire Stars Mystery Quilt,
we made 16 patch "make-a-long" projects
to help us use up those scraps!
Since we were in a time crunch to get
the mystery complete, no quilting was
mandatory on any of the projects,
but, completed tops were.

Here are the
SMALL 16 PATCH
PROJECTS
These were projects smaller than a crib quilt.
In order to qualify for the prize drawing
you had to have your completed 16 patch top
project present at this reveal,
then your name was placed in the drawing
for the prize.
I love seeing how creative these quilters are!


 My wall hanging is a true testament to
working with leaders and enders.
All blocks made for this project were constructed
while piecing my mystery quilt.
I was excluded from the prize drawing of course.
I want to lead by example!







 This is thinking outside the "bag!"
 Tiny 16 patches in the 3 flower centers!
 Rectangle 16 patches!
So cool!


 I am holding up for a Scrap Club member not present.


And the winner for the drawing of a 
small prize bundle courtesy of
O'SewPersonal
was.....


  Sue!
Congrats Sue!


Next are the
LARGE 16 PATCH
PROJECTS
These were projects larger
than a crib quilt.
In order to qualify for the prize drawing
you had to have your completed 16 patch top
large project present at this reveal,
then your name was placed in the drawing
for the prize.
Get ready to be inspired!













And the winner for the drawing of a 
large prize bundle courtesy of
our very own Scrap Club participant
Pam was.....

 The Grim Ripper.......aka Jeanne!
Here are Pam and I with the happy winner.
Thanks so much Pam for your generosity in
donating this prize package!

And now, here are the 
Sapphire Stars Mystery Quilts!
I was simply blown away by
all of the variations made by
these talented people!
Each quilter that participated in this
mystery should be so proud of their work!
I know I am proud of them! 
In order to qualify for the prize
drawing for this category, quilters
had to bring their completed quilt top
that was constructed as designed.
Color variations were welcome, however,
the top had to be made per the instructions.
Again, these drawings were for those
quilters in the O'Fallon, Missouri
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter.
(Disclaimer:  Not all of the following quilts
qualified for the prize drawing.)














































 And the winner for the drawing of 
the Sapphire Stars Mystery Quilt top,
 winning a Moda prize package
courtesy of me was.....

 Lillie!
Many congrats to you Lillie! 
I hope you enjoy your goodies!

Everyone wanted to see what was in the
Moda bundle, so I opened up
the bag and spread it out on the floor.
Look at Lillie going through her winnings! LOL
Layer cakes, jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles and more!


What a fun time was had by all!
If you are in or around the O'fallon, MO area
and would like to join us for 
Scrap Club, Hosted by Kevin the Quilter
please contact me via email in the top
corner of my blog.
We will begin again on the 4th Thursday
in January.

Thank you to all of these wonderful individuals whom
I count an honor to know and call friends.
And, thanks to all of you out there in blog land
who have joined in the making of this 
mystery quilt with us.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Remember, if you are in Houston at the 
International Quilt Festival, be looking for me!
I am VERY hard to miss!
I would love to meet you in person!



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