Sunday, March 19, 2017

I'm Sorry............

Quilters and friends...........
I can't say anything but, 

I AM SORRY!


Life has intervened!

ALL IS WELL!!!!!!
I promise you that.....it's just I haven't a spare 
moment anymore!

I am working to get things done around the 
Quilt Cave.
And, working towards things I want for the
Quilt Cave.

As you all know I am NOT 
tech savvy, nor do I really want to be,
 so I don't travel with a computer.

All I can do is apologize for not
blogging regularly.....however,
blogging should return more to normal
in a week or two.

Please forgive me, and we will pick up
where we left off when I get back from
flying!


Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February......where did it go?????

Hey Everybody!

Am I lost?

Did we lose a month of the year this year?????

This can't be March already, right?

February.........I love it for so many reasons, and I also despise it for a multitude of reasons!

It is inevitable that I get swamped in February, and I owe you all a HUGE apology for not
keeping my blog running last month.  I had every good intention....however, intentions don't make up for being consumed with other duties.

What exactly have I been up to in February????

Let's take a looksie!

Most of my February was spent
"ON THE MOVE!"
I was usually in an airport, airplane, flight attendant lounge,
or car travelling to and from an airport!
The other free moments were spent behind a computer
doing flight attendant training modules that had to be accomplished
before I did an entire day of hands on flight attendant training.
This is a yearly thing and it has to happen during my hire month
which is February.

I have been flying for 16 years now!
How did that happen?

My Lil' Sugar Doll turned 19!!!!!
How did THAT happen?
As most of you know, February is full of 
birthdays for my family!
Family obligations will ALWAYS take precedence.


So I had flight attendant training......
I had family gatherings.......
and......
I had.............

Some interesting new additions to the Quilt Cave!




Any guesses????
Anyone?
Anyone????????




DUCKIES!!!!!!!!!
Are these little ducklings not the most adorable
creatures you have ever seen?
Or do you think baby chicks are?
I can't decide which is cuter?!?!?!
These Khaki Campbell ducklings will
be a welcomed addition here.
They will be added to help maintain my
vegetable garden this year!
Ducks are great at eating bugs in your garden,
and they don't scratch up the plants like a chicken will.
This, again, is an experiment, and we shall see how it goes?
I have 13 ducklings in all!
I drove 3 hours to get this particular breed
which are great egg layers as well!
Their pick up date was all built around their hatch date
as I picked them up at 1 day old.
I can't wait to keep you all up to date on these babies!



The 3 Amigos????




Oh, they are doing great!
Fully feathered, they have moved to a larger brooder in my detached garage.
I truly think these little ones are going to be roosters.
If this is true, they will still find their place here.
More chicken eggs will be incubated soon!

That must've hurt!
WOW!
Look at the size of that egg!
I have a couple of ISA Brown hens that lay
these ginormous eggs from time to time.
The water on them is because I always wash my eggs.
Just like fabric pre-washing for quilting........it's a choice,
and my choice is to always wash the eggs I consume.
Anyone want an omelet????

This is a WONDERFUL gift from Cheryl of 
When she visited me in early January she shared
that this was on it's way to me.
She and I share a love of vintage machines.
This is a 1/4" foot for one of my Featherweights!
Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much Cheryl!
How thoughtful of you!

This beautiful table runner was also in the package from Cheryl!
I! LOVE! IT!
It is absolutely perfect for the Quilt Cave!

I LOVE the fabrics!
Look at those eggs and chickens!
She even shared that she used some scraps
in the making of it!
WOOOHOOOOO!
THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

And before you all think I didn't get any sewing in....
I worked on these blocks during my overnights in my hotel room.
And, I was able to assemble the top half of the 
wedding quilt I am working on.
The bride's favorite color is green.....
the groom's is yellow.
This is Bonnie Hunter's
It is a free pattern on her blog.
I am making it in a barn raising setting.




So, are we gonna have Scrap Club on my blog?
YES!

Are we all gonna have to roll with the punches when it comes to my schedule?
YES!

I am in the process of finalizing everything for you all, and I apologize for that.
But, I want this to be great for all concerned parties!

So, the first thing............

How do you manage your scraps?
Do you organize them in a certain way?
By color?
By Size?
By intended project?
Do you store scraps and stash together?

Is the way you currently organize your
scraps and stash working for you?

If it is........GREAT!
But, I may have a few tips and tricks I do
for my scrap organization that may help you?

Take for instance..........

This organizational system would NEVER work for me!
LOL

But, this kind of organizing would!
Being able to VISUALLY SEE what you have
to work with helps greatly
for so many reasons!

Start thinking about being able to SEE
the potential in your scraps.
The colors!

That is what we will be exploring next time
on this blog edition of Scrap Club
hosted by your's truly!




Thanks for sticking with me!
Thanks for being a friend!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Snake Charming........and Scrap Club update........

Well, I have something to admit to you all..........

I haven't come down from my high of hatching chicks for the first time!

Thanks to all of you who commented!  I shared all of the comments with the little chicks!

The 3 Amigos!
In the end, 3 chicks hatched.
The other 3 were fully developed, but, did not pip.
I am doing some investigation on why that happened?
However, this is all new to me, and there is a learning curve.
These 3 are doing really well though and are sweet as can be
as they imprinted on me, and didn't have the stress of 
shipping to a post office, or store like most chicks do.
I am counting this as a success!
These chicks are a barnyard mix, and I am
still trying to figure out who the father is.........hmmmmm?????
I know the 2 mother's though!
2 chicks are from an Ameracauna, and 1 is from a Light Brahma.
I am guessing their father is a White Faced, Black Spanish Rooster.
Thanks again for all of your comments!

The chicks have had several visitors thus far.....

including Cherie of  Quilted Jonquil.

Why was she visiting the Quilt Cave????
The official 1st meeting of our unofficial group,
THE CAVE QUILTERS
met here at my home for a little.............

SNAKE CHARMING!!!!!

You can read a little more about how this meeting took place
and about this particular pattern thanks to my friend
HERE and HERE.

OH! MY! WORD!
We had SOOOOOOOOOO much fun together!

joined in on the fun as well!

Can you tell we are combining our efforts to make a 
Quilt of Valor???
I know you all never guessed that, right? LOL

What a delight to be able to share the Quilt Cave
with a group of talented, like-minded artists!

Cherie gave us a primer on paper piecing the arcs.

Jan not only drafted the pattern in EQ7 for us, but, also 
gave some wonderful demos on curved piecing!

As most of you all know, I LOVE to entertain!
That's why I wanted a bigger home in the first place!
I am loving how The Quilt Cave is working out
for this very reason!

Cherie made Pumpkin Pie Cake,
Jan provided the baguette,
and Dar provided the snacks!

We had so much fun, we have decided to keep this little
group going!  YEAH!
It is literally exhilarating being able to learn and grow
with other quilters that are passionate about the art!

Here is a little peek at my design wall......
a lot of projects are in the works right now......
some you can't see yet!

In other news, I am now the uncle of a teenage boy!
How did that happen?????
I was able to celebrate the birthdays of my beautiful Momma, and handsome nephew!
I love the fact that they share the same birthday!
It is so special for my mom!

And..............


Scrap Club!!!!!!!!!

Are you ready to get this party started?????
Start locating all of those scraps you have hidden
in boxes, bags, and bins!
I have a few more things to iron out....literally......
and then I am going to share Scrap Club with you, my readers!


Here is a shot of the quilters of Scrap Club
in our first meeting of 2017 in O'Fallon, Missouri!
What an amazing turn out!
These were the quilters in the day session.
SO! MUCH! FUN!

And here is a little hint of what you may
expect with this first session of Scrap Club.
Hmmmmm..........
And, no.........no horsies were hurt in this photo....

START GATHERING THOSE SCRAPS!!!!!!

Until next time, 
I bid you peace,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter 







Saturday, January 28, 2017

I'm a chick magnet...........

We interrupt this blog for an announcement!



I am pleased to share with you all.......

THE CHICKS ARE STARTING TO HATCH!!!!!!

Here is a shortened video of the first little chicken hatching.
It is a little blurry in the beginning, but, then gets much better!

I am a little bit excited, as if you couldn't tell!

I am even more excited about the response to
Scrap Club!

Please allow me some time to get these babies taken
care of, and I will make a post about
Scrap Club
Online!


Thank you all for your interest in everything 
that goes on here at the Quilt Cave!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for being a friend!
I am a chicken daddy!
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Scrap Club.....

Hey Everybody!

It seems that there is so much going on in blog land these days.

SOOOOOOOOOOOO many projects to whet one's creative appetite!

I have been questioning myself........
Should I add to the many, many, many avenues of artistic undertakings that are out there?

(Some piecing I have worked on this past week.)

I have heard from several of you that would be interested in me sharing Scrap Club via my blog?

I would be happy to do so, however, I would really want a show of hands (so to speak) so I know I wouldn't be wasting my time or yours?  The last thing I want to do is bore anyone here!

If there is a lot of interest, I will share a post of everything that Scrap Club is about.
You certainly can participate from where you are and utilize your scraps!
I also don't want to dissuade anyone who is local to not come because of this?

Please REPLY to this post so I know whether to follow through or not?

Thanks again for your nice comments and response to Scrap Club!

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

Here is an interesting video on
chicken embryo development.
I find this utterly fascinating!
The eggs are at day 14!
1 week left before hatching!
I! AM! SO! EXCITED!

My long awaited parcel arrived in the mail!
Bonnie has had an overwhelming response to 
her most recent publication, "Addicted to Scraps."
I wanted to wait to order mine until she had received
her latest shipment, because I wanted to buy from the author herself!
I can't wait to use the amazing "Essential Triangle Tool" she 
developed.

I was also able to visit with my blogging friend Cheryl of
as she was driving through St. Louis this past week.
Here we are, posing for our close up
You can read all about her road trip and
the items she found along the way here.
Thanks for having dinner with me Cheryl!


Don't forget to reply to this post if you are interested in me sharing Scrap Club via my blog?
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter





Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Updates....

Salutations from the Quilt Cave!

You all are just great!  You know that?

I have so enjoyed reading your replies to my most recent post.

Thanks so much for the insights behind using a cone and stand.

Also, I would like to thank you all for your concern during the recent ice storm......
About that.........well...........I didn't really receive anything where I live Thank God.
I know several others have been affected, and my prayers are with you during this time.

With that being said...........

I was able to finish the En Provence quilt top!
I loved being able to use up a lot of smaller
scraps of neutrals in that border.
YUM!
I am pleased with the results and this will make
a United States Military Veteran a great 
Quilt of Valor!
THANK YOU BONNIE!!!!!!
Just a reminder, Bonnie will be retiring the
directions on how to make this quilt in February.
If you are interested in printing out the instructions and steps,
my advice to you is to do it now before you forget!

Click this link to find the clues.
Linking to Bonnie's
Mystery Monday Link Up Finale


I know so many of you are excited about my first experimentation with chicken egg incubation.........so...........I have to tell you, I am equally as excited, and I am pleased to share some news with you concerning that!

The second and final candling of the eggs has been done!
Although hard to see, there IS a baby chick in this tiny egg!
If everything goes as planned, I should get around 6 chicks from this
first experiment!
That may not sound like a lot of chicks to you, and frankly, it isn't.
But, it is more than enough for this first go around, and they will
be welcomed additions here at the Quilt Cave!
A little over a week, and my new arrivals will hopefully make their appearances!



And a slew of Civil War Reproduction strings!
What is this all about?
What could it be turning into?

Please join me for my
SCRAP CLUB
I host in O'Fallon, Missouri and find out!
The first meeting will be January 26.
A session starting at 1PM, and another at 5PM.
E-mail me for details!
I'd love to see you there!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter



Friday, January 13, 2017

Fashionably late.........

 Oh......

Well, hello there!

Pardon me for being late...........

Truly, I didn't mean to be late to the party...........

You see, my job as a flight attendant tends to not let me do what I would like to do at times......

I have had the best intentions of getting my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt En Provence pieced.

However, flying, re-routes, appointments, weather, and other things beyond my control have prevented me from doing so.

So, I will show what progress I have made, and will have to accept being fashionably late and under dressed (top not complete) to the party.........

 Blocks in rows.
I always chain piece whenever possible.
So, here are all 16 blocks in their individual rows
stacked on top of each other.

I like piecing the "shortest seam" way, so I usually
break a quilt up into quadrants.
En Provence is easy to do in this manner since it is square.
I am in LOVE with that scrappy neutral border!

And, this is as far as I am folks.
The top left quadrant is pieced, and I am working on the right.
The predicted Ice-Pocolypse, AKA Winter Storm Jupiter,
 is happening this weekend in my area.
So, hopefully, this top will get pieced.
I have soup and cornbread made to eat.
I pray the electric stays on!

Linking up with Bonnie's
Mystery Monday Link Up, Parts 6 & 7

Tension issues?  Ya think?!?!?!
This is what happened when I tried to sew with 
a cone of thread with a stand.
I know I could fuss over the tension and get it right, but,
I think I will just stick to using my regular spools,
and fill bobbins from the cone.

So, now that En Provence should be a top by
the weekend, what's up next?
Several scrappy projects are in the works......
including......

Bonnie Hunter's
This is going to be a wedding gift.
The quilt will be done barn raising style with a row 
of yellows/gold alternating with greens.
All neutral backgrounds.
Yellow is the groom's favorite color,
green is the bride's favorite color.
I love working from color schemes
 like this for wedding quilts.
It makes it so much easier
than trying to figure out a color scheme for a quilt!

Something else is on the horizon..........

Can you guess from this photo????


HMMMMMMMMM?!?!?!?!?







I am incubating eggs for the first time!
This is more or less an experiment in my flock's fertility.
I have a feeling I will get very few chicks from this.....
but, it sure has been fun so far.
I have candled the eggs and have seen more activity
than I originally anticipated!
You KNOW I will keep you up to date on this!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........







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

This beauty is courtesy of my quilting friend Kim.
She recently finished this gorgeous quilt done with
Daiwabo fabrics.
We had a sew day together, and she finished the binding.
Just scrumptious Kim!

I went antiquing one day recently and came across this.
It is a portion of a quilt framed on point.
I LOVE this idea.
WAY too expensive to purchase, but, if ever I find
a quilt that is shredded and I can afford it,
perhaps I can display part of it in this manner?

And lastly,
I bid farewell to my quilting buddy Bev last month.
She and her husband Tom have retired and moved to
South Texas.  They are so happy there, and I do plan to visit.
They both were more than generous clearing out their home
here, and offered me an abundance of items to
enhance the Quilt Cave.
I truly appreciate their friendship.
Best wishes in your new home Bev and Tom!

And.......just a few words of wisdom.........

This is so true......

I have heard from so many of you regarding the
Scrap Club I am hosting in O'Fallon, Missouri.
It is free, and is open to all quilters that would like to come.
Please e-mail me for more information.


Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Until next time......
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter




Thursday, January 5, 2017

New year............

Happy New Year to all!

As you all probably guessed, I have returned to flying after my
self imposed Holiday Hiatus!  (AKA accrued vacation lumped together!)

I returned to flying after Christmas, and flew right into New Years.

Thus, I have been trying to play catch up, unsuccessfully!

Clue #6
and the final reveal 
was presented by Bonnie Hunter for:

All clues and information about this mystery quilt may be found

It truly is a lovely quilt, and as soon as I can catch up
and complete the last clues, the top will be pieced together.

Thanks again Bonnie for sharing your time and talents with
quilters from all over the globe!

SO..........

I thought I would share a few photos of Christmas gifts I presented
to others that were of a quilty nature.

These little flying geese
became.........

This little pin cushion for my friend Dar of
Her block drive for Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri
has been most successful!
Truth be told, I really owed this to her for all of the help
she has given me this past year.
When she saw the pin cushion
I made for Janet for the pin cushion swap hosted by
Randy, she expressed how much she liked it.
I knew Dar's colors, and this is what I came up with for her.
I think she liked it!

I was blessed to receive this bundle of 
reproduction fabrics from Dar as my gift!
Thanks so much Dar!
I love them and they will be used very soon!

And, here is the "Moore Family Quilt."
My friend Mike was persistent in his efforts to convince me
to make a quilt for his family to enjoy.
We go way back, and he has helped me with
some things I needed help with, so, 
 I obliged.
Thankfully, he and his wife were pleased with the results!

I did return home from flying on January 1st, just in time to eat my
traditional meal of black eyed peas, and greens.
Some of you may not know that consuming these
foods on the first day of the new year will provide you
with good fortune, and prosperity!
One can certainly hope at least!

Many of my blogging friends have come up with a word
for this new year.

I really haven't come up with a word, per se,  but, a state of mind.....
I would like to be able to share this mentality with
ALL quilters........


I ran across these words of wisdom for scrap quilters
some time ago, and have wanted to share it with you all.
I hope you can take it to heart.
Even if you have never made a scrap quilt.........try it!
You may like it!

I am hosting my Scrap Club once again this year!
We begin on Jan 26th!
If you are in the Metro St. Louis area and are
 interested in joining me, please let me know.
I will send you all of the information about it!

Let's all have fun and create some beautiful quilts this year!


I am sending my very best to you this year!
Keep on Quilting!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter