Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Which city did I recently fly through and took this photo at the airport?
Hmm? No cheating!

I am testing my capabilities of blogging from my smarter than me phone!

If Bonnie Hunter can do it....so can I!

Coming up on the blog......photos of the progress my friends and I have made with the block drive blocks!

As always,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Re-cap..............

OK........

Now, I know I am getting older......the BIG 4-0 this year.........

And, I have heard that as you get older, time goes by faster.........

I have also always heard that time flies when you are having fun........

Well, apparently, all of the above apply to me and my summer, so, let's review, shall we?

(LOTS O'PHOTOS..........be forewarned!)

JUNE
June began with the closing of the block drive and the beginning of a busy summer!

I love cooking with fresh herbs from my garden.

Playing with patriotic scraps!
Hmmm.....I wonder what this may turn into?

 Happy Father's Day to the world's greatest dad!
He is always so serious, it's hard to get him to have some fun!  NOT!

 I am not their daddy, but, I sure am a proud uncle to these two!
Curtis is getting so big, and will be going into the 6th grade.  He has expressed an interest in quilting!
It is really hard to believe my niece is driving, and is going to be a junior in high school!  She now has a job at a veterinarian clinic which will help her gain valuable experience as she would like to become a veterinarian one day.

Who knew Kevin the Quilter loves to go fishing?????

JULY
July remained very busy!

I was invited to judge the Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen Pageant in Richardson, TX during the 4th of July holiday.  It was very nice getting to know these wonderful individuals I judged with.  I was able to reconnect with my friend Michelle (second from left) whom I had previously judged with in another state.

 While in Texas, I was able to visit several quilt shops in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area.
I escaped the Quilt Asylum!

My friend Michelle's curiosity has been perked ever since she found out I quilt.
Here we are visiting Happiness is Quilting in McKinney, TX.
By the way, this was one of my favorite shops to visit while in Texas.
Michelle is getting a hands on demonstration by the very helpful staff.
Not only did Michelle buy the items needed for this little project, she has already started on it!
WAY TO GO MICHELLE!

The quilt my friend Bev and I collaborated on was quilted by Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.
It was hand quilted beautifully and is the group's 1500th quilt!

Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri issued a Marine Panel challenge.  Here is my submission.
See anything wrong with it????? Well, I DIDN'T until I looked at this photo!
I retrieved the quilt, and it is now fixed! (Sorry no photo of it fixed!)
Yikes!  Just another part of getting older!!!!!

My friends and I have had 3 work days since the closing of the block drive.
I am happy to report 79 quilt tops have been pieced.
13 quilts are completed.
5 have been presented.
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Please see my PREVIOUS POST about the 5 presentations if you haven't already?

My "girls" keepin' it real while working on these blocks from the drive!
I don't know what I would do without these close friends!

 July also allowed me and my friend Ann of ATTIC THREADS to take a class by my friend
Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  We were able to attend her lecture and trunk show as well.
What a beautiful story she has to tell, and we saw some AMAZING eye candy!

Here we are with her Star Splitter Quilt, and my version of her design.
How cool!


 My friend Kelly of O'SewPersonal was able to hand deliver the quilts she 
received from her shop's block drive to Quilts of Valor Eastern Missouri.

These quilts will soon be receiving their own personal hand quilting by the group!

And, to top it all off in July, "Radar", my collaborative quilt with my friend Ann, made it into the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall!

YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WHEW!

AUGUST.........keeping very busy still!


How many of you receive Quiltmaker magazine?

My version of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Star Splitter quilt made it in the "sew to speak" section in the September/October 2014 issue!!!!!
SO COOL!!!!!!

Dad's birthday is in August, and it has become a tradition for my whole family to come to my house
and celebrate!  Dad loves the decadent chocolate cake from Cost-Co!
And, just so you all know.......dad cut this piece for himself, and my mom politely cut it in half again for him! LOL

We all went to the St. Louis Zoo this year.


And, I do believe I have found my quilt lecture ensemble!
LOL

If your quilt guild would be interested in having me do some Quilt of Valor Presentations from our very successful block drive, please drop me an e-mail!  My work schedule is somewhat chaotic, but, what isn't these days?  I am sure we could work something out sometime?

I have been very busy as you can see, and I do apologize for my lack of blogging this summer.  I promise to do better from here on out.  Hopefully, I can learn a thing or two on how to blog from my "smarter than me" phone!

As always,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for sticking with me through my blogging dry spell!
Kevin the Quilter





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quilts of Valor presentations..........

Where on earth did June go????

Moreover.........where did the first part of July go?????

I KNOW I am WAY behind on blogging, but, hopefully what I am about to share with you all will more than make up for my absence in blogland for the past few weeks?

I have a ton of photos to share with you from June and July, but, for now, I want to share a few videos of the Quilt of Valor presentations I was able to make at the River Heritage Quilter's Guild in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on July 14th.

Please realize, there is NO way I could have been able to present these quilts without all of you!  The QOV block drive was so successful, and my local quilting friends have been so kind to help out with piecing the tops and quilting.  ALL OF US SHOULD BE PROUD of what is being accomplished here.

Enjoy the following videos:

This was the closing part of the presentation after the Veterans received their quilts.
I had the individual that nominated the veteran to receive a QOV present the QOV to their veteran.

The local news station came to cover the event.  I was interviewed before the meeting started.
The news anchor introduces me as "Ken," but, we all know my name is Kevin! LOL

And here is a really nice article the local newspaper wrote up.
I do NOT claim to be an official representative of QOV, and I said that, but, I think sometimes
reporters write down things so fast they miss some items.

Here is each veteran with the person that nominated them to receive a QOV at the guild meeting:









 And one of the sweet ladies of the guild gave me this bag of scraps!  She said, "I was going to place these on the give away table, but, after seeing your work, and your love of scraps, I want you to have them!"  HOW SWEET!  Here I am hamming it up along with the River Heritage Quilter's Guild President, Chris.
Thanks Chris for such a wonderful opportunity to speak and share about Quilts of Valor!

The guild has even created their own QOV page on their website! 
I truly hope this inspires many of their quilters to make QOV's!



Once again, I want to thank each of you that read this blog, have contributed in ANY way to this block drive, or have simply encouraged me along the way!  This was one of the best nights of my life!  I will share more photos next week after I get back from flying.

As always,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for sticking with me!
Kevin the Quilter

Monday, July 7, 2014

My most sincere apologies.....

My most sincere apologies.....

I have heard from several of you, and I so appreciate your concern!
It is really comforting, and feels great knowing you all care!

I am here and doing well, I have just been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!
Making 189 quilts for Quilts of Valor takes some time! And I am loving it!
Plus, you all know I have some other irons in the fire.

That, and my computer decided to quit working!!!!!!!!!!

On top of some summer trips I have had in the works!

I promise a full progress report coming very soon!

Please don't leave me just yet!

Thanks for all of the concern!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the quilter

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Block Drive Winners announced..........



Let me preempt this by saying a HUGE THANK YOU to my neighbor Mark of Heartland Hunters for making this video!
He and I are NOT, I repeat, NOT professional videographers!
We do NOT own professional equipment or lighting.
I am not perfect, and I get tongue tied at times! LOL
Now, enjoy the video........and hopefully YOU won something????
(BTW, when I say I am going on vacation, that was just a joke because so many of you have said that I will need one when this block drive is over! LOL)


I am SOOOOOOOO very excited to share with you all the winners of the QOV Block Drive and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!  I have said it before, and I will say it again..........this block drive has far exceeded my expectations, and I am now a firm believer in the generosity of quilters! I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you who have donated to this drive......making blocks, donating prizes, donating other items to make the quilts, or simply donating your time!  I want each of you to know what a hero and champion you are for Veterans!  We HAVE made a difference here, and will continue to do so through our efforts with this drive!



For those of you who know me, and my analytic mind, I have a few numbers for you all to digest:



5,680 blocks were received

1,136 entries into the drawings for prizes

And here are the top 10 states that had the most entries:

Missouri - 110 entries

Illinois - 98 entries

Texas  - 88 entries

North Carolina - 59 entries

Pennsylvania - 59 entries

New York - 58 entries

Ohio - 45 entries

California - 40 entries

Florida - 34 entries

3-way tie for 10th place between:
Maryland, Michigan, and Washington - 32 entries

LaVerne with the Jacksonville Area Sr. Center in Illinois sent in the most blocks!


Again, here are the winners, and you will be receiving your prizes VERY soon!

4th Place:  Kathleen in Katy, Texas

3rd Place:  Jane in St. Charles, Illinois

2nd Place:  Kristine in Taylor, Utah

1st Place Grand Prize Winner:  Judy J. in McKinney, Texas

Congratulations to one and all for such a successful block drive!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for all of the support with this block drive!
Kevin the Quilter




Saturday, May 31, 2014

Just in time.....

I made it just in time for May's color of green for RSC14!


 Modified Maverick Stars

Here are all of the Maverick Stars playing together!

And here is the green "Soul Searching" block.
I am LOVING these black backgrounds!

Linking up with soscrappy.

And here are a few stockings in blue I have made for another Veterans sewing group I am a part of.

No blocks came in today, so, we have ALL of our entries for the big drawings!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL 1,136 ENTRIES!

Check back on Monday to see if you are one of the winners in

Kevin the Quilter's Quilt of Valor Block Drive!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Friday, May 30, 2014

Update of AWESOME PEOPLE..........

I thought I better do an update so those of you who have sent in blocks KNOW I have in fact received them!  This block drive has been one of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on in my life!  Your notes, cards, letters, and kind words have filled me with such emotion and joy!  Thank you ALL for what you have done to help our Veterans through Quilts of Valor!  

Here is the latest edition of AWESOME PEOPLE!
Remember, if you sent in 5 blocks, that qualifies you for 1 entry for the prize drawings!

The following 11 ladies are quilters that belong to the
 River Heritage Quilt Guild in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where I will be speaking:
Mary
Chris
Kathryn
Donna
Kate
Jeanette
Betty
Angie
Barb
Mary Lou
Mary L.
Anne with The Moonlighters in Florida
Laura in North Carolina
Wendy in North Carolina
Susan in North Carolina
Linda in Maryland
Clara in North Carolina
Patti in Wisconsin
Kristine in Utah
Donna in New Jersey
Lynn in Michigan
Irene in New Jersey
Nancy in New Jersey
Jean in New York
Patty in Kentucky
Bonnie in Maine
Cathy with the Plymouth County Cranberry Quilters in Massachusetts
Pam in Mississippi
Denise in Mississippi
Kim in Mississippi
Dee Dee in Wyoming
Lynn in California
Mish in New Jersey
Gina in Colorado
Colleen in Arizona
Joan in Tennessee
Margie in Wyoming
Sue in Wyoming
Katie in Utah
Kathy with the Loose Thread Quilters in Pennsylvania
Char in Minnesota
Peg in Illinois
Millie in Missouri
Cecilia in Iowa
Debbie in Ohio
Delia in Colorado
Nichole with The Rochester Modern Quilt Guild in New York
Jennie in Ohio
Marilyn in Pennsylvania
Michaeleen with the Goin' Sewing Group in Pennsylvania
Melissa in Texas
The following 4 ladies are with the Piece'N Harmony Quilt Guild in New York:
Valerie
Joanna
Cindy
Kristine
Adela in Colorado
Roxanne in Hawaii
Ila in Illinois
David in Illinois
Susan in Oklahoma
Elaine in Missouri
Colleen in Colorado
Sharon in Tennessee
Suzanne in Massachusetts
Harriet in Georgia
Dianne in Missouri
Jennifer in Ohio
Judy in Illinois
Lynette of What a Hoot Quilts
The following 10 people are with Northwest Quilters, Inc.:
Maureen
Kathleen
Carol
Helene
Janice
Mary
Rick
Polly
Brenda
Lori
Peggy in Maine
Kate in Hawaii
Amy of Amy's Passions
Mary Ellen of  QuiltMouse
Dee of mike & gabby

And the following quilters generously donated blocks, but, cannot be included in the prize drawing:
Becki in Califorina
Judy in Illinois
Helen in Australia

WE ARE UP TO 5,680 BLOCKS!!!!!
THAT'S 189 QUILTS FOR QUILTS OF VALOR!!!!!!

Doesn't this look like a fun group of ladies?!?!?!?!
This is The Moonlighters from Florida!
I LOVED receiving your blocks and photo, and thank you so much for embracing this block drive!


I will update the blog on Sunday, June 1st as this is the final day for entries to be included in the prize drawings!

I will update the blog with the winners and hopefully a video of the drawings on Monday, June 2nd!

(Boy!  Am I glad I took this week off!!!!! WHEW!!!!!!)

And here comes the "Pathway of Valor" quilt parade!

This quilt top was made  by Pam, Denise, and Kim in Mississippi!

 This quilt top was also made by Pam, Denise, and Kim in Mississippi!

This top comes from Kristine in Utah!

 And, how about this top from Donna in Missouri with the River Heritage Quilt Guild?

Here is another from Chris in Missouri with the River Heritage Quilt Guild!

 Next we have Dee of mike & gabby's completed quilt top!

Amy of Amy's Passions sent in this quilt top!

Judy in Illinois made this version of "Pathway of Valor."

And David in Illinois made his version of the quilt!

Colleen in Colorado made this quilt top and also sent a label and presentation case!

Diane in Missouri sent this quilt top along with a donation!

THANK YOU!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!

These tops are ALL beautiful, and I really appreciate your efforts, and so will a Veteran!
All so different, yet so beautiful!

Lisa from the United Kingdom generously donated these labels from Spoonflower!
Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting sent in 2 backings!
Vicki in Wisconsin sent in 6 bindings and the thread......and SCRAPS!!!!
Donna in New Jersey also sent in a donation!

THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!

 My little Sophia Annabella wanted to show you all these goodies!
Ila in Illinois sent in 2 backings and the thread.
Suzanne in Massachusetts sent in the binding.

THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!


Holly in Indiana sent in 4 pieced backings and 4 bindings along with some strips to make more binding!
Katie in Hawaii sent in some extra strips for binding as well!
Mary Ellen of QuiltMouse sent in 5 presentation cases!

THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!


Again, make sure to check back here Monday to see if you are one of the big winners of the
Kevin the Quilter's
Quilt of Valor Block Drive!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Quilters are AWESOME PEOPLE!
Kevin the Quilter