Saturday, April 19, 2014

A very busy month......

Greetings all!
I would like to take this time to wish Easter blessings upon each of you and your families!

This is going to be a VERY large post full of photos, because, it has been
 A VERY BUSY MONTH thus far!

BUT, FIRST!!!!!!!!!!

This weeks group of AWESOME people include:

Liz of Scrap Basket
Loretta in Nebraska
Ginny of Brooklyn Quilter
Mary Jane in Georgia
Fran in Illinois
Peggy in Illinois
Kate of Life in Pieces
Doreen in Maine
Hetty in Georgia
Jean in Colorado
Jessica of Noguchi Designs
Judith in North Carolina
June in North Carolina
Marva in North Carolina
Ellie in North Carolina
Alycia of Alycia Quilts
Florence in Illinois
Jeanette in Illinois
Melinda in North Carolina
Cordella in Deleware
Cindy in North Carolina

And the following quilter generously donated blocks but cannot be included in the drawings:
KR in California

2,953 blocks received to date!
That's 98 quilts!!!!!!!!!!!
HOLY MOLY!!!!
We have almost reached 100 quilts for Quilts of Valor!!!!!!!!

I have received blocks from almost every state with the exceptions of:
Hawaii
Montana
Nevada
West Virginia
and
Wyoming

Does anyone know a quilter in one of these states?
Wouldn't it be cool if we could say blocks for these Quilts of Valor came from EVERY state in the USA???

 Liz of Scrap Basket sent in this beautiful completed "Pathway of Valor" quilt!
The colors are so vibrant, as is the quilting!  I LOVE this backing too!

Liz also sent in the presentation case to go along with this quilt!

THANK YOU SO MUCH LIZ!!!!!

Liz also sent the candy......ummm....DELICIOUS!
Kate of Life in Pieces sent the really cool layer cake fabric.
My quilting pal Alycia of Alycia Quilts sent the scraps....she knows me so well!
And Jean in Colorado shared a cup of tea with me!
Karen in North Dakota sent in a donation.
And Ginny of Brooklyn Quilter also sent in a donation.

Thank you ALL so much for EVERYTHING!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

This block drive has far exceeded my expectations, and I am completely humbled by everyone's generosity on so many levels!  For some of you who are local and interested in attending the first sew day for this block drive, please contact me via message or e-mail!



Now................

How about a view of some of the things I have seen, and have been working on this month?

Let's take a little stroll down photo lane, shall we?


I have kept up with RSC14 at So Scrappy!
Linking up with Scraphappy Saturday.
I still have my scrappy maverick stars to get done this week.

I have been keeping up with Quilt Doodle Doodles 2014 Block of the Month.
I have April's stars finished, but, forgot to take a photo of them!


My friend Vernie and I decided to collaborate on a quilt together.  She chose Bonnie Hunter's
Star Gazing pattern from her first book Scraps & Shirttails.  My blocks are VERY scrappy!

I have also been string piecing some stockings.  
A group I am a part of is making these for a VA Hospital for Christmas.

I was able to piece this "Pathway of Valor" quilt from blocks that have been donated.
Can you see the batik on the left side? It will be a small border on this quilt.

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me where this photo was taken during my work week?

 I was able to get some lines drawn for Bonnie Hunter's Leader/Ender Challenge on my layovers.

I am also all caught up on the entries for the drawings!
Never fear, this photo was snapped by my fellow flight attendant after beverage and snack service was completed and I was taking my union break! 

How about some eye candy in the form of antique quilts I found at an antique mall while I was in Wichita for MQS!  Let me know which antique quilt is your favorite?










None of these quilts found their way home with me though.  Too rich for my blood!

And now, how about the quilts from MQS in Wichita????
There were some BEAUTIFUL quilts to see!

 My friend Ann of Attic Threads and Quilts miniature quilt.









 Best of Show:  "Fern Rising" by Claudia Pfeil






 My friend Cheri's quilt that received a teacher's ribbon.




I hope you all enjoyed seeing some photos of some of the things I have seen and experienced this past month?  Will I be seeing any of you in Paducah?  Make sure to come say hello to me if you do recognize me there!  I love meeting all of you quilters out there!

Thanks for understanding my crazy work schedule!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Happy Easter!
Kevin the Quilter

28 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting all those great quilts! I was blown away by the quilts from the quilt show. The gold Ohio Star with the branches is amazing! My favorite antique quilt was the second one. It just drew me in. Thanks for all you do!

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  2. I think you already know this, but count me in for the QOV sew-in.

    Was the airport photo taken in Ontario, CA?

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  3. Awesome! Its so fantastic that you have recieved so many blocks! You're a ROCKSTAR! I think that picture was taken in Ontario?

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  4. That is amazing, almost 100 quilts!! Lots of hands involved there.
    Thanks for all of the photos of quilts.

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  5. Talk about eye candy! What a post! No clue where you were, but, I did see the mountains. Pretty! Love those antique quilts.

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  6. Major congrats to you and Ann for winning first place with Radar. Ann's quilting is phenomial and your excellent piecing gave her a beautiful palette to show off her quilting skills. It would be hard for me to choose my favorite antique quilt of those you showed. I love the winding ways one for a two color quilt, but the Grandmother Flower Garden also is a favorite because I would never have the patience to make one of those. I also love the signature one too. They are all wonderful for their own unique reasons.
    Thanks for showing us the amazing entries at MQS Show. I can see how they made it into the show. There are some very talented quilters out there and you and Ann are part of that selective group.

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  7. Wow! Only a few blocks away from making 100 quilts. Just a month ago you didn't think it was possible. I wish I knew some quilters from the states you're missing. Besides pictures, I hope you will post a video from the actual presentations. Way to go!

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  8. Thanks for the quilt show! I love all of them. Congratulations on the success of the block drive. I am confident that you will reach 100 quilts!

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  9. I made it to the MQS last May! It was my first chance to go to a quilt show and I enjoyed it.

    The airport--wow. I am just guessing, but something on the smaller side, so maybe some place in CO, but not Denver...maybe Grand Junction?

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  10. If you ever have a layover in Denver let me know! I'd love to come out (only 20 minutes away) and share a real cup of tea with you!!!!

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  11. Was the airport in Colorado Springs?

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  12. Wow! All those quilts are amazing but the Best of Show is spectacular. I would love to have seen each of them up close. Since I don't travel much, I have no idea where the picture is from, but have lots of fun in Paducah! My favorite antique quilt is the Grandmother's Flower Garden. It must take a lot of patience to make one.

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  13. What a wonderful post!!! I'm doing the color and the doodle QAL too. The airport... Salt Lake City?
    What fun you must be! LeeAnna Paylor Not Afraid of Color! lapaylor.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm thinking the antique grandmothers flower garden is my favourite ; ) Thanks for all the eye candy!

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  15. What a nice post...from all the qov blocks to the antique quilts--so nice to see both! I hope we do get some from each state!

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  16. Wow! This was one post full of all kind of beautiful eye candy! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Impressive numbers on the block drive and there's still more than a month left!

    Thanks for sharing the eye candy from Wichita. Gorgeous, gorgeous quilts!

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  18. My gosh! It would take 3 days to truly appreciate all you've posted for us in this post Kevin!!! Such wonderful eye candy!!! The blue/white Winding Ways is my favorite antique - of course! I just LOVE your purple Soul Searching block!!!! It looks amazing with the blacks for background :) You put me to shame with all you get done - even during your breaks - yikes!!!

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  19. You are one busy dude! How do you find time for everything you do? My favorite antique quilt is the first one - beautiful! Thanks so much for your hard work! I've made a step in the right direction and bought the fabric for my Quilts of Valor blocks. Wish I lived close by to help out with the sew drive!!

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  20. Ummm WOW! I love the antique album block one - with the signatures. But any of them would be loved here ;-) Enjoy Paducah! I am slightly jealous!

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  21. What wonderful quilts!!! You have certainly had a great response with so many quilt blocks being made for the wonderful cause.

    Is that Bob Hope/Burbank airport?

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    1. DING DING DING DING!!!!!! Needled Mom guessed correctly! So, you get bonus points on the next exam! LOL Thanks for playing along!

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  22. Happy Easter and thanks for the amazing picture show.

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  23. Hello Kevin. Yes certainly a busy month for you. Congratulations 98 quilts for such a great cause WOW!! My favorite Antique Quilt is the 1st one. Thank you for shareing the Wichita quilt show just beautiful.

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  24. What fun eye candy at the MQX show. My favorite of the antiques is the hexie quilt, I think. Love the pic of you at work. Cool watch, too!

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  25. Some blocks are winging their way to you from Wyoming!

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  26. I think I saw you in Paducah, but was too embarrassed to go up to a perfect stranger and say, "Are you Kevin?" (Plus, I don't do crowds very well, and there WERE crowds!) Were you carrying a backpack in the main exhibit hall?

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  27. PS: I was thinking Southern California -- looked like the Hollywood Hills.

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