Perhaps the following photos will catch you all up to speed?
As I am sure with you all, life can sometimes be quite busy!
Antique Mall Find!
Isn't this fun?
How many of you have one of these?
I was able to spend Easter Sunday with my amazing family!
Easter Service, and then an amazing meal at my sister's home.
I was able to spend Easter night with my parents
and the next morning I woke to this........
My Dad's (almost) world famous Egg Sandwich!
My dad doesn't do a lot of cooking, but, he sure knows
how to make an excellent egg sandwich!
Eggs compliments of my ladies.
Just ask my growing nephew Lil' Bubs
how good they are!
I had a nice visit with the
Piece Mill Quilters
in West St. Louis County.
This group is small and exclusive.
What major talents lie within this group!
It was so much fun sharing with them!
Thanks for the invite Candy!
Remember Barb's Churndash swap????
May I introduce to you.......
"The Virgin Churndash"
Named so because I have never before made
a Churndash Quilt, and also for the amount
of muslin used in this quilt!
I was able to use 65 of the 66 blocks received in this amazing
swap! The 66th block will be used for my label on the back.
Thank to everyone who participated!
It is really great when you have a vision, and it follows through,
And thanks again to Barb for hosting this swap!
I was majorly outside my "comfort zone" using such
large pieces of muslin as the setting for this quilt.
However, it IS scrappy, as there are several different
shades of muslin used. I know it is hard to tell in the photo.
There is a quilting design planned to use up all of those
And in honor of Barb and her swap.......
She had a wonderful idea in her reply on my last blog post....
A chicken pic in each of my blog posts to introduce the flocks to you!
This is Lex!
Lex is an Old English Blue Bantam rooster.
He is EVERYTHING you want in a good rooster.
He manages his hens and coop so well without
being aggressive toward me.
I love his slate gray coloring, along with his gorgeous
red wattles and comb....and that black beak is to die for!
I actually have a quilt in the works to
I actually have a quilt in the works to
honor him and his coloration.
In other chicken news......
Here is a size comparison of two different chickens that
are essentially the same age.... 2-3 weeks old.
On the left is a breed that is new to me......"Sapphire Gem."
On the right is a "Cornish Cross" meat breed chicken.
Isn't it amazing the size comparison?
I stumbled upon 14 of the cornish cross on clearance
and bought them to try them out. These meat birds will
be ready for harvest in a few short weeks.
I have long wanted to raise my own food, and here is
the chance I was given.
The Sapphire Gem is an Eastern European breed that
is docile, and lays well. She will be added to my
laying flock of hens.
Thanks to my friend Mike for modeling the chickens for me! LOL
Springtime is blooming here in Missouri.
It is coming upon a year since the loss of my Gracie Lu.
There are so many memories of her, but, I love this
yard plaque I have to honor her.
Thanks again for all of your support during my season of
loss this time last year.
And........it will soon be Lilly Mae's 1st Birthday!
Oh yes! She will have a party!
I wish you call could come help celebrate!
I just have to share this picture taken a few days ago
when I was able to take my parents on a road trip
to Mark Twain Lake, here in Missouri.
We had a great day visiting with my Aunt and Uncle
who own a plot near the lake.
Always take time to cherish those you love.
In closing,.......I would like to share a warning with you all.
I was placed on the drug "Lisinopril" a couple of years ago for blood pressure.
My mother had been placed on this same drug, and suffered an allergic
reaction very early on. Her lip swelled, and she was immediately
taken off of the drug.
While my parents were visiting me here at the Quilt Cave this past week,
I suffered an allergic reaction after 2 years of taking this same drug.
My throat began to swell shut.
All I can say, is I am so thankful my parents were here with me.
I was rushed to the ER and everything is fine now.
I am NOT seeking sympathy here, rather,
I share this for those of you who may be on this same
drug for blood pressure, or diabetes to beware.
I had no warning that this was going to happen.
Through my experience, I hope I am able to keep this
from happening to you.
Take care of yourselves!
I am off to share my "String Star" workshop with the
Happy Hearts Quilt Guild in Salem, Illinois tomorrow!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter