June is flying by me, and so is my vacation!
I have been designing and sewing some memory quilts for my brother-in-law's family. Sadly, his father passed away in February. I made sure to mention to my sister that they save all of his shirts so some memory quilts could be made. Although this process has been humbling, it has also been very inspirational, and as soon as I am done with the two memory quilts I am currently working on, I will be sharing some patterns I have come up with.
I have been able to visit several quilting friends so far this month, and have enjoyed sharing time with them. My friend, and AMAZEBALLS quilter, Ann of Attic Threads invited me to attend a St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It was interesting, and there were some folks there I enjoyed meeting. Please stay tuned to see if I decide to join or not? I am undecided at this point for a few different reasons. Perhaps you all could give me some suggestions in my comments on why it is good, or not good to join a quilt guild to help me make my decision?
I was able to share some time with my quilting friend Donna. You can read about how I met Donna here. She gave me the coolest sticker! I wish I had a photo to show you!!!!! OK OK OK OK.......my camera has decided to take out on me! HORRIBLE TIMING! My parents 50th Wedding Anniversary is in a short 3 weeks! YIKES! Gonna have to get that taken care of! I can't WAIT to show you the amazing quilting Ann has done on Golden Rings!
I have done some
damage to my bank account RETAIL THERAPY in some quilt stores lately, and I can't wait to show you those items either! I have also been blessed by the kindness of others in the form of scraps! My mouth is literally watering thinking of all of the possibilities that can be done with them!
I would like to share a new experience I recently had, and I DO have the photos to show you! My quilting friend Bev offered to show me how to use her long arm quilting machine, so I JUMPED at the opportunity! Perhaps you remember this quilt:
This quilt top was made using Tara Rebman's pattern, "Eating In Bed" found in the premier issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine.
I donated this quilt to Bev's VFW group. The group then decided to have Bev quilt it, and have a raffle fundraiser with it! After Bev loaded the quilt, and began quilting, she invited me over to learn a few things. I have never used a long arm quilting machine other than playing with some at various quilt shows. It was a very interesting experience and one that made me hunger to learn more!
Here is Kevin the Quilter actually QUILTING!
Looking rather focused I might add!
I didn't want to mess anything up!
Bev was so kind and encouraging!
I had an absolute blast and can't WAIT to learn more from her and Ann!
(I am cracking myself up at how stern I REALLY DO look when I am focused on something! LOL)
Truth be told, I didn't do very much quilting at all. Obviously my quilting looked different than Bev's did, and I didn't want it to effect the overall quilting. ANYONE, and I do mean ANYONE that doesn't think quilting is an ART FORM...........well, I have one gesture for you, compliments of my father....
A very happy Father's Day to all you dad's, grandpas, and uncles out there including mine!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter