Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Christmas Tree.........

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Christmas Tree,

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Christmas Tree................

LA LA LA LAAAAAA, LA LAAAAAA, LAAAAAAAAAAAA

Yep........the first two lines are the only words I know to this song,
yet, I have been humming it a lot here lately.

Why?

Of course you all know.......

My first Christmas at the Quilt Cave!
After being "homeless" last Christmas season,
it was wonderful being able to go
through all of my Christmas decorations again!

My fireplace provides the perfect place to
display all of my nativity scenes.


After all, the Nativity is what Christmas is all about
in my opinion.

I love this welcome sign I found at an antique mall recently.

Ummm, Dad.........shouldn't you be decorating the tree
instead of ME!
Gracie Lu!!!!!

I love being able to have a table to decorate again!

I am just so full of joy right now!
I have a home I love.....
It has a studio I love to create in.....

Sooooooooooooo........
I want to share some of that creativity with you all......

"Oh, Christmas Tree"
Mini Quilt

I am going to share the pattern I came up with
for these great little holiday presents.
I hope you enjoy it, and make some for your
friends this Christmas season.
They are quick, easy, AND.....
they use up the smallest of bits in your scraps!

You can create a mini quilt like I have here 
(always thinking of my blogging friend Janet,
the master of mini quilts when I make a mini now!)
You could insert some insulbright to make them into potholders.
Perhaps you could make a potholder style quilt like
my blogging friend Wendy does?
There are a ton of different ways to embellish
or display them.

I hope you enjoy this mini tutorial
and whip some up for your quilty friends this
Christmas!

You all KNOW I am NOT high tech!
Fortunately, this little project isn't either.
I haven't a clue how to make a pdf
so you can just jot down the measurements.

For each "Oh, Christmas Tree"
mini quilt
you will need the following.....
working from your smallest bits of scraps......

For the Christmas tree.....
1: 1.5" square of yellow (star)
1:  1.5" square of brown (trunk)
14: 1.5" squares of green (branches)

For the background.....
I used neutrals, but, you can use any color...
(I probably wouldn't use green though! LOL)
2: 1.5" x 8.5" strips
4:  1.5" x 4" strips
2:  1.5" x 3.5" strips
2:  1.5" x 3" strips
2:  1.5" x 2.5" strips
2:  1.5" x 2" strips

Each tree block will be roughly 
8.5" wide x 8.25" height
before quilting.
Lay out block before assembling. 

Assembly:

These are your top and bottom rows.

2nd row from top.....the star

3rd row

4th row......isn't this fun?

5th row

6th row using up all those bits of green

7th row.....the trunk

You can strip piece 1.5" strips if you would like.
I just enjoyed working from the very
bottom of the scrap chain using 
little bits.
Do what works best for you, but, 
use variety!

Sew strips together in the proper order.
Here I sewed two strips together at a time.....

And before long.......

TAAAAAAA DAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!
A cute litte Christmas tree block you can have fun with.

To finish mine, I cut a 10" square of backing fabric,
and a 10" square of batting
then I stitched in the ditch on each of them.

Squared them up, and then
I used 1: 2.25" strip width of fabric to 
bind each little quilt.

These will be great little gifts for 
some of my quilting friends.
I hope you make some for your friends too!
ENJOY!!!!!!
Merry Christmas!
Let me know if you make some!

In other news...........

was posted on Friday.

You may find everything pertaining to Bonnie's mystery quilt

We worked with the Tri Recs rulers for this clue.

Neutral triangles cut.......

Corner pieces cut from red constant......
(Bonnie's magenta)

And before I knew it, I had 100 of these babies made!
All ready to be trimmed this week.
YEEEEEEEHAW!

Patriotic mystery quilt version link up with

Linking up with Bonnie's


Ready for clue 3 now!
Thanks again Bonnie for ALL you do for
your friends, and followers.

I hope you ALL enjoy
this blessed time of year!


Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on quilting!
From the Quilt Cave,
Kevin the Quilter




Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving........in photos..........

Well I hope you ALL had a glorious THANKSGIVING!

I certainly did!

Of all the many things I am thankful for, hosting my family at the QUILT CAVE for
Thanksgiving and being able to share it with you all is way up on my list!

Come along with me and view my
Thanksgiving in photos!

All of those dishes that were washed
made for a table that was ready to be used!
(I sent this photo to the lady that sold me 
her mother's dining room set.)

Cooking with family is the best....
Momma's mashed potatoes!
Dad is supervising of course!
Mom and Dad were able to stay with me the whole week!

Sis making the rolls....
the yeast rose!  YEEEHAW!

Special moments caught in a photo......

Lil' Bubs waiting for his plate to be filled......

Family meals are the best!

And, NO, these googly eyed babies weren't left out either!
LOL

Diets are DEFINITELY OFF the menu for Thanksgiving!
Fried Turkey, dressing, chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes and gravy,
sweet potatoes, broccoli and cheese casserole, green beans, layer salad, homemade rolls, punch,
cranberry dip, pumpkin pie, and my mom's streudle
were all on the menu!


We had a wonderful time together!
My Uncle Royce on my dad's side of the family
was able to join us, as were my sister's
mother-in-law Barb and brother-in-law Jim.

SO! VERY! THANKFUL!

We took the rest of the evening to digest it all! LOLOLOL

The next day, we had to work it all off........

the ladies went shopping, looking for those Black Friday Bargains.........

while the menfolk did manly things like clear trees for my
future pasture!
Here we are looking really tough and macho
.......yeah right! LOLOLOL

I have to say, there is a visible difference after clearing
several dead trees, and some that were way too crowded.
This wood will be put to good use heating my
sis' family this winter!

Scrabble kept us busy at night.

And, as you all probably guessed.....
something else kept me busy at night after Black Friday.......

Bonnie Hunter's Clue 1
came out for


You may find everything related to this mystery quilt:


 Using it up!
As you can see, there isn't a lot left of these already cut
2 inch strips.  I LOVE being able to add variety by
including the smallest of bits!

 I love spinning seams too!
Remember, I am doing this mystery quilt in a patriotic color scheme.
I am linking up with Alycia of
Alycia Quilts
who is also doing the mystery quilt in patriotic colors.
Let us know if you are too!

These neutral 4 patches were just what I needed to end my
Thanksgiving weekend with!

Thank you so much Bonnie Hunter for being the
generous class act you are!
Linking up with Bonnie's
Link Up Monday Part 1

When I found this almost pristine Spartan sewing machine
at an antique mall last week, I named her "Bonnie"
in honor of my quilting rock star!

Thanks for sharing my Thanksgiving with me!
I appreciate you all!
Now, go SEW!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter















Friday, November 18, 2016

Winner, Winner.........

Thank you ALL for your wonderful comments about
your favorite side dish for Thanksgiving!
WE LOVE TO EAT, don't we?????

I am so pleased there was such a great response to the 
Ideal Seam Guide giveaway, and
I would like to thank Steve Tippets
again for generously donating
these wonderful seam guides.


As you all know, Kevin the Quilter is nothing
if not high tech around here.......
so all of the names went into this bowl,
hand written I might add!

And the winners are..................

drum roll please....................

I'd love to win the guide to try it out. I guess my favorite side dish is Southern Comfort Glazed Carrots.

and............

Fresh cranberries and apples sauted. YUM!

Congratulations to you both!
I hope that you find the seam guides helpful in your
piecing of patchwork.
The Ideal Seam Guide has definitely helped mine!
I have sent you both e-mails so I can
send these to you right away!



In other news..............


Nooooooooooooooooo............
I am NOT moving out!
LOLOLOLOLOL
I love the Quilt Cave too much for that!
So, why is there a moving van in front of my home???

FURNITURE!!!!!
I finally am getting some furniture!
I found these 2 wooden tables, chairs, and hutch
on a buy/sell/trade near my location.
These were remnants from an estate sale.
I can't believe no one wanted them?
Well, I DO!

The lady selling the items was so nice, and shared with me
about her mother's furniture.  Her teenage son helped
post the items for her and was quite the entrepreneur.
She asked if I would send a photo of the furniture in
place at my home and on Thanksgiving.
I am more than happy to, and I know it will
help her knowing that her mother's furniture is in a good
place, and will be well cared for.


I will now be able to host
Thanksgiving Dinner for my family!
I am so excited to be able to entertain
and display some of my grandmother's glass!


Thanksgiving Day is coming!
Glasses are washed, as are the dishes!
Bring on the food!

Which means the following day will be the first clue to


ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!
I just can't believe it!
I am gonna be pumped all week
thinking about this!

I came home the other day to find 
a package on my doorstep.
sent me this lovely package of patriotic fabrics
and a nice little mini quilt pattern.
She shared with me that some of this was
from a dearly departed quilting friend's stash.
How special, and thanks Randy!
I will put these to good use!

I also received these fabrics from my friend
Carolyn this past week.
I have a feeling some of these may find their 
way into the upcoming mystery quilt!

I hope you all are ready to 
BRING ON THE BIRD!
I know I am!
Enjoy your time with family and friends!
My parents arrive on Sunday, and my 
Sister and her family arrive mid week!
Safe travels to all!



Thanks for all of the Encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter