Friday, October 25, 2013

Busy! Busy! Busy!........

Whew!

I have been BUSY! BUSY! BUSY!...... since last I posted!

How many blocks did Bev and I get done for the Big Blowout Block Drive?

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180

Hurricane Bev-Kev blew up 180 blocks, (200 if you count my friend Mike's blocks) and we are very pleased with our accomplishment!  Hey Alycia, when is the next block drive?  LOL

So here are a few photos of what have been going on the past week and a half.......

 Our annual Family Reunion for my mother's side of the family.

Only 4 siblings of the original 12 are left.

Several of my first cousins are pictured here.

After the reunion, I had a few days off, and chaperoned my parents to Branson, Missouri, for a fun little trip to commemorate their honeymoon 50 years ago!  

Silver Dollar City, the Dixie Stampede, and Branson Landing were visited by the newly happily married couple!  It was so cool riding roller coasters with my 73 year old father!  I think he could have ridden them all day!  He rode several multiple times when I was done after one go around!  LOL!  I am so proud of these two and love them more than I could ever verbally express!

We had a wonderful time, and I was able to visit a few quilt shops along the way!  

This fabric shop is in Springfield, Missouri where I used to live and attend school.
I was completely floored by the quantity, quality, and low prices of the fabrics here!  WOW!
I highly recommend visiting!

This quilt shop is located in Branson, Missouri and it has to be in my top 5 favorite
quilt shops I have visited across the United States now!  I am so pleased I stopped in not once
but TWICE!  They have such a friendly and helpful staff......and SCRAP BAGS!

This quilt shop is located in Ozark, Missouri.  Again, this was a very inviting shop, and I wasn't looked at
as though I have three heads on my shoulders!  More scraps were found here!  YIPPEE!

I apologize for no photos, but, my camera battery had died, and I dove into the scraps the minute I got home to separate them!

Which leads me to my next item:

It's mystery time with Bonnie Hunter again!
I'm SO excited!!!!

For those of you who have been with me from the very beginning of my blog, you realize Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street mystery from last fall is the reason I have a blog at all!  (Am I breaking into rhyme here???)  I can't wait to get started on this year's mystery.  I am still determining my color scheme, AND trying to finish up some other projects that MUST get done!  It's a do or die moment for me on one of the projects! 

Best wishes to all of my blogging friends who have entries in this fall's Blogger's Quilt Festival!  There are truly some amazing entries this fall! 

Who is going to Houston?????
As always,
Thanks for ALL of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

11 comments:

  1. 180 blocks! You weren't kidding about the whirlwind sewing frenzy! How many quilts does 180 blocks make? That is just awesome.

    How fun to reunite with the family and then spend some good times with mom and dad.

    I always enjoy watching other people work on Bonnie's mysteries, but never seem compelled to start one myself. I guess I'm just not all that mysterious! It'll be fun to follow along as you make yours.

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  2. My, you have been busy! Loved all your pics and your shop reviews. I went to Houston last year!!!

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  3. WOW - you all did yourselves proud - 180+ blocks!! That should make up a few QOV quilts. Your parents look too young to have been married for 50 years! I think you dad has been drinking from the fountain of youth -- especially if he still loves riding those roller coaster rides! They make me feel a bit woosie when I get off and try to walk. I'm glad you had so much fun with your family and at Branson. I may sit BH's mystery out this time. Still haven't gotten Easy Street quilted yet!

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  4. 180 is a GREAT number; the number of degrees when you sum up all the angles of a triangle. And now.... the number of donated blocks to Alycia's block drive! YES! It'll go down in history :)

    You've inspired me (and reminded me) to finally head over to read Bonnie's blog about the new mystery. Oh dear, oh dear... I've sadly joined the "OH NO! I need to finish the last mystery first" group. LOL.

    It's so fun reading up on your adventures. Roller coasters??? One once? REALLY Kevin??? ;)

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  5. You have been a busy guy! Way to go on the blocks for the QOV drive!

    I'm undecided on Bonnie's mystery. I usually wait to see the first couple of clues before I decide to jump in.

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  6. What a fun and busy month you've had! I hope those scrap bags you picked up have lots of good mystery colors in them! I'm sticking with the planned colors this year, mostly because no other color combination has really inspired me!

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  7. Aylcia won't need a block drive for awhile now! Great job!! Your family sounds like a party everyday. Hope your dad's back is okay after all those trips on the roller coaster. I get that 3 heads look from the other students at school all the time. ;o) Can't wait to see what color scheme you choose.

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  8. Wow! 180 blocks is a huge undertaking and very impressive! They should make a good number of QOV quilts. Great job!

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  9. Hurricane Bev Kev - you rock!!! I think you must piece in your sleep!!! Glad you had such a great time with your family - that's priceless...can't wait to see the colors you choose!!!

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  10. Love that you chaperoned the parents on a second honeymoon.

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  11. I am not going to Houston. :( One of Scott's *coworkers* is going, but not ME - noooooo. ;D heh! Way to go on those hurricane blocks! I want so much to not miss out yet again on another fun BH quilt along. I may just go insane tomorrow and jump on the train. . .

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