Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall Family Reunion and more.....



Beautiful, wonderful Fall......................

I haven't had to use my air conditioning all month!!!!

The 3rd Sunday in October is reserved for my mother's side of the family,
as it is the day for our annual family reunion.

"The Ties That Bind"
Designed and pieced by me, and custom quilted by 
my good friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden.
Perhaps you all remember me working on this quilt?
This quilt was made in honor of my Uncle Lee who we lost last year.
He was a Baptist minister for over 50 years, and his daughter,
Donna, my cousin wanted me to make her a quilt out of his
shirts and ties.
She loved it and wanted to share it while the family was there at the reunion.

Here, Donna is showing off the label as my mom and cousin Charlotte read it.

"At the Cross"
Designed and pieced by me.
Quilted by Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden.
I also made this quilt out of the shirts and ties for Donna's brother Rick.
I modeled this one after an antique quilt I saw once.
I really like the way it turned out.

Look at the beautiful texture that was 
achieved in the quilting!
Beautiful work Dar!
I was unable to get a photo of Rick with the quilt.

I had enough ties left to make this pillow for Rick's daughter Joni.
I knew Joni would appreciate it so much as she was so close to 
her grandparents.

Here are Joni and her son Jazzton with the pillow.

The reunion was great!
We were fewer in number this year, but, 
we all had so much fun visiting!
Here is my beautiful mother with 
her 3 siblings she has left.

Fun selfies with my sis and cousin.

And my dad had to show off his 
engines to some of my cousins and uncles, 
while the kids play football in the background.

Oh and food!
Lots and lots of food!

In other quilting news.....

 I have been playing around with the 
half-square triangles I received during 
the exchange at the quilt group I am a part of.
I am trying to narrow down exactly what I would like to do with them.

And these beautiful Quilts of Valor
are from blocks donated by the 
They will be donated to veterans
through Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri
on November 1st in Warrenton, Missouri
at the Stitch'N Time Quilt Guild.

That's a patriotic quilt photo!

Love your loved ones,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. What a wonderful family you have.
    Your quilts are great, thanks for sharing.
    And those Quilts of Valor are wow!

  2. Oh my Kevin! What wonderful quilts with meaning and made with love. I know they will be cherished forever! And thanks for the update on the Quilts of Valor. Way to go!

  3. I love quilts made from the clothing of loved ones. You made some beauties--and the pillow was a thoughtful touch!
    Looks like a lot of our family reunions--good times. : )
    That is a wonderful bunch of quilts for QOV!!

  4. I thought about you, as we drove home from my family reunion, on Sunday. It was a family reunion for both of us. Great quilts you made.

  5. Fabulous memory quilts! And the QOV's are awesome - must share photos when those are presented. I miss our family reunions at my cousin's camp - again, a generation gone (but not forgotten).

  6. Kevin, I just LOVE looking at your family pictures! They all show so much LOVE between everyone. You are very lucky! And the quilts you made using the ties are awesome!! Even a pillow! You ROCK!!

  7. Kevin, the quilts you made are fantastic! The warmth of them just grabs me. Thrilled you could all participate in a family reunion- those are memory burn moments. Love the HST's, I am sure you will figure out how to showcase them. Thanks for sharing your family and quilts!

  8. Kevin, you are such a caring and giving person. The quilts you make and give so generously are such a delight! Your work with the Quilts of Valor is a joy to behold! I am so thankful to call you cousin and friend! Can't wait for April when we go back to Paducah!!

  9. I can see the family resemblance among your mom and her siblings. It's a great photo.

    I love your half-triangle squares and the way you have them grouped by color. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them, Kevin.

  10. Love all the love that comes through your pictures of your family! Thanks for sharing with us!!! Your Ties that Bind and At the Cross are fabulous!! And the pillow is perfect! You should write up your patterns for folks to buy, don't you think??? Can't wait to see what you do with your HSTs!!!

  11. Thank you ever so much for writing your blog I get so excited when I see you in my email box.

  12. Ties and shirts are the best to make a memory quilt ! I still have the shirts of my son Clement and one day, I will do a quilt for his bed !
    Lovely family pictures ! I love to look at them... and you created some gorgeous quilts ! Congrats Kevin !

  13. Great memory quilts! I especially like the "At the Cross" design.
    We are looking forward to our own family reunion this weekend.

  14. Looks like you had a wonderful family reunion Kevin and wow.....those are beautiful memory quilts! I can't believe what you get done considering you are working and have a new home to take care of!

  15. Family reunions are such fun. Looks like a good time was had by all. Beautiful memory quilts from the shirts and ties. Dar did an outstanding job with the quilting. Playing with scraps is fun, looking forward to seeing what you do with those HSTs.

  16. Kevin I love the quilts that you made out of your Uncle's ties! What a wonderful memory quilt for his family!

  17. Kevin, I love your quilts you made from the shirts and ties! What a wonderful tribute to your uncle!

  18. Wow...amazing memory quilts for your family members. I know they'll be treasured for many years to come. I love your posts about your seem to close and to truly enjoy each other's company...such a blessing! I'm geographically separated from mine, but hope to one day live closer!! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Your family reunion looks like lots of fun. You are very lucky to have such a loving family and it shows. I'm delighted they all liked their quilts and your pillow was a very thoughtful addition. Thanks too for the opportunity to quilt such wonderful memories for your family. I enjoyed the challenge on the Ties That Bind and held my breath until it was finished. lol