Monday, March 4, 2019

Here we SNOW again...........

For the first time in a while,
we have had a definite WINTER
around these parts!

 Here we SNOW again!

I am not complaining in the least.
If you know me well, you know:
#1 I don't complain about things I can't control, like weather.
#2 I LOVE cooler weather over warmer, more humid weather.
#3 Snowy, wintry weather is QUILT weather!

Hop on your sled and join me for a trek through my February!

How on earth did my Lil Sugar Doll 
turn 21 years old?????
Happy birthday to my beautiful niece!

While visiting home for my niece's birthday celebration,
she and Lil' Bubs went antiquing with me!
I about fell over in the floor when my nephew
asked me if he could make a quilt
like the one he had found in one of the booths!
He had found this old rail fence quilt!
He has a very exact vision and wants to do 
the work himself!
Stay tuned!

Delays, reroutes, extended duty days......
OK, maybe I don't care so much for the weather
when it comes to these things?
Work is ALWAYS better when you are flying with
a great crew especially under such conditions.
Oh....and coffee helps too!

Hold on folks.....there's more!
This photo was taken by my little
buddy that comes with his mom to 
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter.
This pic is not bad for a little guy!

Regrettably, due to health reasons,
was unable to join us for our February meeting.
You can read about her
unfortunate ailment
We all were bummed, including her.....
and I hope you are feeling much better now!

I am so fortunate to have met MANY
wonderful quilters via this blog.
One of which is my friend
Heather of
She was gracious enough to step in last minute
and provided Scrap Club with a WONDERFUL
trunk show of her beautiful, scrappy quilts.
Thank you Heather!
Thank you SOOOOOOOO much!

How many quilts will fit into the back of a SUV?

Apparently, 46!
Quilt after beautiful quilt 
was shared by Heather.

In between Trunk shows, some of us quilters
had a late lunch.
Thanks to Nancy and Tere in the back who drove 
all the way from Centralia, IL to enjoy
Heather's presentation and fellowship with us.
Dar......what on earth are you doing 
while I took this pic?

"Tree Inspired"
is the project for this session
of Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter.
Here is part of my project thus far.
I love 2 color quilts!
You can literally use every hue of each color when you
limit it down to 2 contrasting colors.

We are also organizing our scraps and stashes
this session of Scrap Club.
Here are some of the quilters taking advantage
of the freebie table.
One quilter's trash, is another
quilter's treasure!

My friend, Sue,  and I went on a 
trek to 
We had so much fun chatting it up on the drive.
We also came back with a few treasures of our own!

Anyone remember this project from about 2 years ago???
My friend Cherie of Quilted Jonquil
shared several recycled shirts with me!

They finally turned into this!
But, I need a good name for it?
Any suggestions?
What do you see when you look at it?

It's a super easy sew....and who doesn't love
a log cabin?
Thanks to my friend Linda A. for sharing her
larger red shirtings and homespuns for 
me to create those setting triangles!

What is your favorite thing about 
a Log Cabin quilt?

This whole blogging, speaking, and teaching
gig is really fun.  Especially when I see
other quilters enjoying the processes in which
I work.

Looky here at this!
This is Jan of
version of my
"Goodnight, Darlene!" pattern.
(Patterns will be available soon!)
Jan, your version is truly wonderful!
Thanks so much for your enthusiasm of
this project and pattern!
I appreciate you!

And, remember my
I had with the St. Louis Star Quilt Guild?
Several of those quilters have sent in the
following beauties!

I am so proud of all of you!
These versions and colors are just fabulous!
I apologize for not listing names, but, I don't want to 
confuse anyone, and I also apologize if you sent in 
a photo, and it wasn't listed here.

Here's your chicken pic!
Nope....not for that much money.

I hope to meet YOU at one of these....

March 16, 2019
Quincy Quilt Guild
Lecture/Trunk Show
String Star Workshop
Vermont Street United Methodist Church
818 Vermont Street
Quincy, IL  62301

March 20, 2019
Calico Needlers
Lecture/Trunk Show
Spencer Road Branch Library
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO  63376

March 30, 2019
Friends in Stitches Quilt Guild
Waterloo, IL
String Star Workshop

April 2, 2019
Dixie Lee Quilters
7 PM Lecture/Trunk Show
Fredericktown Senior Center
107 Spruce Street
Fredericktown, MO 63645

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February busyness........

Hey Everybody!
Welcome to my busy February!
Most of you all know February is a busy, busy month for me.
Full of family birthdays, work training, and more.

Come take a look at what has transpired thus far for me this busy February!

Remember me telling you all that my friend Barb
surprised me with another gift in my last post?
She made not 1, but 2 versions of the same 
quilt from her Scrap Block Lotto win!
She made this one specifically for my
beautiful mother!

Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter has a 
Scrap Block Lotto during our meetings.
This block was from the month of September.
Last September is when my Momma had
her health scare and was in the hospital.
It happened about the same time as our
final reveal with Scrap Club.

Barb thoughtfully stitched this version of
those blocks with my dear Mom in mind.
Momma was THRILLED when she opened this
beautiful quilt, and, she obviously loves it!

From me AND my Mom!
What lovely heirlooms you have gifted us with!

I was able to celebrate my mom and nephew's 
birthdays with them!
I think it is so special that mom celebrates her
birthday with her grandson.
Look at how big and handsome that 15 year old boy is getting!
My Lil' Bubs is turning into my Big Bubs!

I have been feeling blue lately........

Our project for this session of
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter is
"Tree Inspired." trees........
I wonder what I may be up to here???

A blue whirlwind!

is coming to visit the quilters of
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter
in O'Fallon, Missouri!
She will be sharing her trunk show
and views on scrap quilting!
If you are interested in meeting her, seeing her works,
and joining us, look for the information at the 
bottom of this blog post!

And here is a shout out to my dear friend Cherie of 
for the beautiful donation of fabrics she made!
I dug into them so quickly and sorted them into their 
appropriate bins I forgot to take a photo!
But, most of them will be used for 
Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri!
Thanks again Cherie!

And my good ole quilting pal Alycia of 
sent me some inspiration to read while I fly!
Go check out her latest blog post!
No,'s super cool how she is sharing quilting
with young people!!!!!
You go girl!

Oh dear!
Another year as a flight attendant!
Never fear.....I am not in distress.......
just thankful I made it through another year of
training!  My 18th year is in the books now!

I couldn't have done it without my good friend Sam!
She and I love to work together, and we ALWAYS
do our recurrent training together.
Thanks Sammy Wammy!

An Elna Supermatic!!!!!
I received this beautiful gift from an 
anonymous know who you are!
And, I can't believe I get to play on this machine now!
I have ALWAYS thought this particular model of 
sewing machine is somewhat masculine in it's appearance
and style!  I am currently working on this machine and
getting it in running order!

And, before I go, I would like to share with you all
some photos of the wonderful
"Sorta, Kinda Amish"
workshop I shared with the 
St. Louis Star Quilt Guild!
Why do we take a workshop?
Hopefully it is to expand our horizons, and learn
something new?
That's exactly what this workshop was all about!
I couldn't be more proud of those who stepped 
out of their comfort zones and tried something new!

Pammy Cakes (her nickname) on the right organized this workshop
and I just love her and this group.
Continued prayers for you Pammy!
The quilter on the left????

Well......she surprised me with these bags of
I wasn't the least bit excited as you can plainly see.

The quilters really ran with the idea of making the 
string strata required
for this technique based workshop.

Chatting and sewing are so much fun!

Everyone was really busy sewing in this workshop!

Bouncing ideas off one another.
The quilter standing in the center of
this photo has been quilting all of 5 months!
Hooray for her!
I couldn't be more proud of her!
Welcome aboard quilter!
Welcome aboard!

What a fun group that gathered for the workshop!

Oh, and there was a potluck too!
Wonderful foods were brought in!
Just delicious!

And here are a couple of Huffman's Hotties
displaying a beautiful
Quilt of Valor made by Serena
on the right!
This quilt will be awarded by
Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri!
Thanks so much for your thoughtful
and beautiful quilt donation Serena!
A U.S. Military Veteran will be
so honored to receive this!

And, Pammy Cakes shared her
version of "String Star" that she made
after my last workshop with this group
last fall.

After lunch, the strata were coming together!
All in beautiful, different colors!

Press those seams flat!

How about we cut those strata
and be crazy, and piece them back together???
That's what we quilters do!
Slice fabric apart and sew them back together!

Ta Dah!
Love those highlights and lowlights
in this piece!
Great job!

Sides are being placed on now
for that center diamond design!

Great color combos!

A mysterious quilter with 
Halloween colors!

And gorgeous gem like colors were used here!

The St. Louis Star Quilt Guild
with a few members of 
The Jefferson Star Quilt Guild!

What a fun group to work with!
Thanks so much for the great day!
I am just as proud as a peacock!

Or, in this instance.......a Royal Palm Tom
turkey strutting around!

Please do not hesitate to contact me via the blog
if you would like for me to come visit your
group or guild!

I look forward to meeting you at these

February 28, 2019
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter
Julie Sefton's Quilt Lecture/Trunk Show
1PM and 5PM
18 North Central
18 North Centeral Drive
O'Fallon, MO  63366

March 16, 2019
Quincy Quilt Guild
Lecture/Trunk show
String Star Workshop
Vermont Street United Methodist Church
818 Vermont Street
Quincy, IL  62301

March 20, 2019
Calico Needlers
Spencer Road Branch Library
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO  63376

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