Sunday, December 21, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue #4........Gittn'R'Done...........

 I would like to wish each and every one of you a JOYous Christmas!

How does this time of year sneak upon us so quickly?  I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that it seems like it took ages for Christmas to come when I was a child, and now, it seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and making Celtic Solstice?!?!?!?

None the less.....I do feel somewhat caught up these last few days before Christmas!

Bonnie shared with us clue #4 for her "Grand Illusion" mystery.  Those 80 half square triangles made from clue #1 truly did help make this weeks clue for more broken dish variations a little easier!

Here are all of the clues plus the bonus half square triangles thus far.

Linking up with Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link Up Part 4!

Valentino's favorite spot this time of year!

I honestly have been playing all year long with the RSC14 hosted by SOSCRAPPY.  

  Here is my "Soul Searching" quilt top to prove it!
"Soul Searching" is a quilt design by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.
OK, OK, OK, know the drill around here......
The minute I step foot outside to take photos of a quilt,
You can see it more or less though?  Even with the ripples!
I think I like it though!  I used gray as the final color for the year.


I have also kept up with my modified maverick stars....minus the last 2 gray ones.
Hmmmm.........I wonder what I am going to do with this one????
I may have a trick up my sleeve for these blocks?
Stay tuned........

Linking up with Scraphappy Saturday!

I received these wonderful patriotic scraps from my friend Kathy!
Thank you so much Kathy!  Some of these have already been incorporated into "Grand Illusion!"

I was asked by the Missouri State Quilt Guild to come up with an idea for their donation drive for 2014.  I wanted their donation to be different from the block drive blocks, so we agreed upon this string block quilt!  It is a variation of a basket weave and I love the results! And the guild was so giving!  We have enough blocks to make 5 quilts for Quilts of Valor!  I will share these as they are made after the first of the year.
Thanks Madeline and the Missouri State Quilt Guild!

These little girls love watching Rudolph this time of year! 

TA DAH!!!!!!!!
Here is my version of Bonnie's "Blue Ridge Beauty!"
Finally sharing the photo I promised, and you guessed it.......a WIND STORM!
Sorry for the ripples in the middle of the quilt!
You can get the idea of it though!
I love how scrappy it is, the inner border fabric, and the reason I made it!
Remember, this one is going to my cousin who blessed me with our grandma's treadle!

So much fun making this one!

I have seen this one done in various other colors, and I think I will be trying 
it in other colors as well!

Merry Christmas to all!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Giving QOV's and Clue #3..............

Blessed Christmas greetings everyone!

I have to tell you all how proud, honored, and humbled I am to give our Quilts of Valor we created from the block drive to deserving Veterans.  The Perky Piecer's Quilt Guild in Troy, Missouri asked if I would come to honor some awesome Veterans and present some Quilts of Valor from the block drive.  If you recall, this guild really helped get a lot of these tops done.  Some of their members volunteered to quilt and bind them, and my friend Joanie offered to sew the labels on.  Once again, all Quilts of Valor presented from the block drive is in affiliation with Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.

This Viet Nam Veteran was moved beyond words after receiving his Quilt of Valor.
But, he and his wife were most appreciative.
Kim did the beautiful quilting!  Thanks Kim!

This Viet Nam Veteran was surprised by his daughter.  He thought he was going to look at antique fire trucks!  I have to add that this Veteran came to me after the presentations and broke down.  He was so thankful to have received this Quilt of Valor as a thank you.  He was actually spit on when he returned from Viet Nam.
Pat did the beautiful quilting on this one!  Thanks Pat!

This gentleman is a double Purple Heart recipient  and WWII Veteran,... and quite the character!  He was very moved when he spoke after the presentations and couldn't wait to use his Quilt of Valor!
Pat did the beautiful quilting on this one as well!

This Viet Nam Veteran told me he was shy, and didn't want to be in front of anyone for too long.  His smile tells me he likes his Quilt of Valor though!  This is my friend Joanie's husband.  When we were going through all of the blocks to make them into quilts, these blocks were placed to the side because they weren't included in the drawing.  It definitely wasn't that I didn't like them, they just didn't follow the instructions to be entered into the drawing, but, I certainly appreciated receiving them.  I can't remember who made them.....but, here they are made into a beautiful quilt of Valor along with some of the blocks from the drive.  I think it turned out really great too!  
My friend Bev pieced and quilted it beautifully!

It was a really great presentation, and we all had a really nice time.  My parents were able to join me for this one because I brought them to my home to do some Christmas shopping during the week when it isn't as busy in the mall and stores.  After the presentations were over, I was asked to come to the front once again, and the guild as a whole gave me this.........

Kitty Litter?????????  

How thoughtful?????


I was told to look inside it!!!!!!!

This truly was so thoughtful of Perky Piecers!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
I just may have to join this guild!

Bonnie Hunter shared with us Clue #3 on Friday for her "Grand Illusion" mystery quilt.  This clue is one that allowed me to use a variety of scraps as well as my AccuQuilt Studio!!!!  I am beyond pleased with this investment!  I am getting great cuts, and it IS true what they say........Better cuts, make better quilts!  I have been right on the money with my measurements thus far!  HALLELUJAH!  

Let's take a look at clue #3, shall we?

I am substituting Silver/Grey for Bonnie's Green.  Neutral is still neutral
You all know, I LOVE highlights and low lights, and I like for there to be a little sparkle in there!

I used the AccuQuilt Studio to cut my strip units as well, just like Bonnie does sometimes!

This was a lot faster than if I had cut with a rotary cutter.
I love seeing all of the variety of fabrics!

And here is a sampling of my completed Clue #3 units.
Once again, I am using Navy for Bonnie's Black.
It is a little hard to see in this photo, but, the navy shows up nicely against the grey in person.

Linking up with Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link Up Part 3!

2,320 pieces used thus far!!!!!!


Only 10 more shopping days until Christmas!!!!!!
My momma sure does love to shop!

Glad Christmas Tidings to all!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!!!!!
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's the holiday season..........."Grand Illusion" clue #2........

It's the holiday season........

Do you know how I can tell?????

I attended my sister's annual Madrigal Dinner!

My sister with my niece and nephew.
And, yes, in case you are wondering,  I did make my sister's and niece's costumes.

My sister is a very talented choral director.  I really admire her for all she does for her students.  She allows them to have a little different perspective during the Christmas season by having her high school students present a Madrigal Dinner, complete with costumes, acting and singing.  This is a really cool event to attend, and it is super awesome since my niece is in high school and participates in it.  My sister even lets my nephew get in on the act........and trust me.......he has some mad dancing moves........even to Renaissance music! LOL  You had to have been there!!!!!

My apologies for the blurry's hard to get good photos in such a large dark area!!!!!!

 My niece performed as a maiden by the name of "Gossages."
Here she is being scrutinized by the court jester as the Royal Court looks on.

I wish you could hear the beautiful music that was performed!

These students worked so hard, and it really paid off, because now......

I have found my Christmas Spirit this year!
My great room all decked out for Christmas!

The office tree is even up!!!!!!

 My handsome boy Valentino loves sitting under the office tree.
I have to admit, he is a REALLY good cat.....I  have never seen him bat at ornaments
or climb up in the tree.........EVER!  Santa usually rewards him well for being such a good boy!

 Sophia Annabella is in her Christmas bow......for this photo only!
Gracie Lu is such a good model!  LOL

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season thus far?  I couldn't seem to get in the Christmas spirit this time last year?????


The second clue for Bonnie Hunter's "Grand Illusion" mystery came out on Friday..........

Linking up with Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link Up Part 2!


This was a fun block to make and I LOVE the variety I am going to get in these blocks!

I cannot begin to tell you how much Bonnie's SCRAP USER'S SYSTEM helps!
I am a firm believer in it, and if you haven't thought about organizing your scraps,

I was able to cut these rectangles out lickety split for this part of the unit from 2.5" strips that were already cut!

Here is a sampling of the reds I am going to use for this clue's unit.

Truth be told.......this was such a busy, jam packed weekend for me, all I have done is the one test block!  But, I do have all of the pieces cut and marked.  My parents are visiting me, and I am going to take them Christmas shopping this week, so I will just have to work on Clue #2 as I have time this week.  I will definitely have them finished by Friday when clue #3 comes out!

How are you coming along on Bonnie's Mystery?
If you aren't doing the mystery, what are you working on?
Thanks for all of the encouragement! 
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"OPA!" Grand Illusion Clue #1.............

"I have handled more "broken dishes" than the clean up crew for a Greek wedding!"  Kevin the Quilter

The quilt block kind!
100 "Broken Dishes" units.

Alas dear friends.........Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery, FINALLY arrived on Black Friday!

Linking up with Bonnie's "MYSTERY MONDAY LINK UP!"

Truth be told, I stared at the countdown clock on my blog for countless hours awaiting the first clue's arrival.  I was almost able to complete my version of Bonnie's "Blue Ridge Beauty."  But, had trouble with one of the borders, so that will be fixed this week with photos to follow.  With the protests in the metro St. Louis area, staying in on Black Friday was a no brainer.  After a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, I drove back home on Thanksgiving night.

We had a really great Thanksgiving meal together and a really nice visit.
I hope you all did the same with your family and friends!

I was able to get this week's clue finished and am VERY excited to see where Bonnie takes us next! It took me a little longer for clue #1 this year, and I think that is because I am challenging myself to only use the same scrap fabrics 10 times or less for each color in each unit in this scrappy quilt with the exceptions of gold (constant) and navy(simply because I am more limited with this color).  I have to say, I am REALLY enjoying my color scheme.  Perhaps more so than in previous years?  Maybe it is the placement and possibilities in this first clue????? I don't know what it is THE SAME color scheme I have used for:

"Easy Street"


"Celtic Solstice"

For those of you who may not know, I choose a patriotic color scheme for Bonnie's mystery quilts, and donate them to Quilts of Valor.  My colors are:

Yellow for Yellow
Neutral for Neutral
Navy for Black
Red for Pink
Blue for Turquoise
Silver for Green

Shall we take a look at Clue #1 in photos?

Hmmmmmmm....... I really love this last layout!  That could be the basis for a whole other quilt for me to make!  I really love working on Bonnie's mystery every year.  It affords me the opportunity to meet quilters from around the globe that share the same passion I have.  I love seeing everyone's work as well.  Cutting all of the strips and squares for this clue on my new AccuQuilt Studio sure did help the process!

Oh, and.............I have the 80 additional half square triangle units completed as well!


Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Press on Quiltvillians!
Kevin the Quilter