Saturday, August 17, 2019

August continues....

Hey Quilting Folks!

Remember my prediction about Summer, and how quickly it would go by......
Umm hmm.......LOLOLOL

I can't believe we are almost done with the #SSSSQ (Simply Sensational Summer Scrap Quilt)
But.....this Thursday will be the final installment for this sew along/mystery, and for those of you who are participating, you will get to see what a great scrappy quilt this is!  I LOVE quilts that allow us to utilize as much of our scraps/stash as we can in one fail swoop......and I definitely feel this one does.  Stay tuned for Thursday!

Blog posts have been slim to none during this summer, but, I have taken several photos I would like to share with you now.

Snake Quilt Awarded Update

You all have followed the progress of the making of this
Quilt of Valor along with my friends
Cherie, Dar, and Jan.
It was a joy and delight to help create this
beautiful quilt.
Please follow the link
to view the wonderful post my friend 
Jan of
made to honor this deserving U.S. Military Veteran.

Salvador Vito AKA Kitty Boy is growing up!  FAST!
He is such a good boy.......but, alas.....he IS a kitten.  He is doing things that Valentino NEVER did!

 Climbing up my scrap resources!
Notice that rope wrapped pole in the background?
The previous owners of this house must have had
a kitty or two?  Sal LOVES that scratching post!
Such a good Kitty Boy at the Veterenarian
for his check up and vaccinations.

Abigail Rose and Salvador are truly best friends!
I have been so impressed how patient Abigail is 
with him......and remember, Abigail is only
6 months old right now!

Tired little cat.
This was the first time Salvador fell asleep on me.
He is such an active feline!

Well, someone was feeling blue!
Oh, Salvador!
I will definitely have to start
putting things up as I am working on them now.
This photo op was too cute NOT to take.
Please understand, I am aware many people
have allergies to cats.  I in no way want to 
harm those that come to my lectures or trunk shows.


My baby girl Sophia Annabella turned 13!!!!!
She is doing pretty dog gone good if you ask me?

She celebrated with everyone and enjoyed
her birthday cookie!

I sure do love this little girl!
And, I LOVE this pic....even though
it is out of focus and she is sticking her tongue out! LOLOLOL

Look who turned.........

79 years young!
My daddy celebrated his birthday with 
all of the family!  He requested my maternal
grandmother's chocolate sheet cake for his birthday cake.
Momma obliged to make it of course.

Many of you saw this photo of my
amazing parents on social media and 
recommended I frame it.
You know I am gonna do that very thing!
I am so proud of these 2 very special people!

Here is this fine feller with his birdhouse gourd plant.
As you can see, it has taken over his back yard off
of the patio! LOL
My dad, Lil' Bubs, and I are having a contest
to see who can grow the most gourds to make
birdhouses from.  You guessed it....
my dad is in the lead!!!!!

My Sis and I sure are blessed with the parents we
were given here on earth!

Speaking of growing things...........

I am beyond blessed with the garden this year!
The garden has produced

Isn't this a gorgeous site?

As is this.......

I finally figured out how to grow cucumbers!!!!
Look at the center of this photo.....
Can you make out a trellis???
Can you see how the cucumber plants
have started growing in the trees?????


Evidently, this is the way I need to grow 
That song from the old "Jungle Book" movie....
"The bees are buzzin' in the trees......and makin'
honey just for me......"
Well, evidently they are buzzin in the cucumber
buds too!

I have had enough cucumbers now to make pickles 
3 times!  That is a first for me!
I also made some salsa!
Not to mention a lot of pasta sauce!

And a boat load of Caprese salad!
I hope you enjoyed my little photo update of some of the delights of my summer?  And, I hope
you all are enjoying your summer!

See you all Thursday for our last clue in the #SSSSQ!
Thanks for all of your encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Simply Sensational Summer Scrap Quilt Clue #2

Summer time is flying by!
Can you believe we are ready for Clue #2 in our.....

How did the first clue go for you?
I know I heard a lot of foul language concerning the amount of cutting and number of 4 patch units needed for the first clue from some of you!
You all didn't think I could hear that from here? LOLOLOL

Let me address this......
I LOVE searching for fabrics for a scrap many different fabrics as possible.
I LOVE pressing and cutting fabrics for a scrap quilt.
I LOVE sewing easy units to make a scrap quilt.
I LOVE being in my sewing studio as much as possible.
Get the picture?
None of the aforementioned bother me in any way, and I am usually pretty enthusiastic about
all of them, and am happy to do them any chance I get.  So, if you get really technical, the sewing for clue #1 averaged out to be about 25 4 patch units for 8 days out of the month.  That is NOTHING for me.  Not bragging.....just a bonafide scrap quilter here through and through.  So, all I can do is cheer you all on!  The clues do get easier and easier!  (Clue 1 was pretty easy too.....just sayin'!)

Here I am cheering you all on!
All the way!

It isn't too late to join in!
Here are the previous posts with pdf links:

Keeping things simple.......
When cutting.......cut accurately and consistently.
When accurately, using a consistent 1/4" seam.
When seams the same way for all units made.
Please do NOT stress over seams not matching, or nesting.  When it comes to scrap quilting, perfection is highly over rated in my opinion.  Some of my seams are definitely not perfect!
Also, I do have to admit something to you all here.  I am human, and make mistakes on a regular basis.  Not just with quilting! LOL  If there are any mistakes within the directions of this quilt, please accept my apology right here and now! LOL

(Again, many thanks to my friend Joyce
for helping me with the PDF links!
The PDF for clue #2 is NOW available.
Your patience is needed and appreciated
while posting PDF links.  Thanks!)

Clue #2 goes something like this.....
We will be digging into Color 2 which are my neutral batiks.
Just as with Clue #1, pressing is your choice, and I do suggest you work from your smallest of scraps.
I have chosen to spin my seams which will make MOST, not all, seams nest in this quilt.

For this second month of Summer we will be making.......

4 patch units in Color 2!
132 in all!
(See, I told you.....easier!)

Using 2.5" squares will yield a 4.5" patch unit.

We will also be making the following:

2 patches in Color 2!
Make 4 of these units.
Press the seam to one side.
Using 2.5" squares will yield a
2.5" x 4.5" 2 patch unit.

And finally, for Clue #2..... 

Cut 164 squares of Color 2.
I used 2.5" squares, but, 
if you have chosen to use a different size
square, cut to that size.

Totals for Color 2 squares used:

Remember, this is a mystery......
perhaps we are done with Color 1?
Perhaps we are done with Color 2 after this clue?
It's a mystery!
Just enjoy the process!

I can't leave you all without sharing a few photos.....

The garden continues to provide wonderful
summertime veggies!
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions about
good pollinating plants to bring in some more
pollinators to the garden!

I know, I know........but, I can't NOT have a good
ole' blt with these tomatoes.....
sorry....the lettuce was being washed during this photo!

Do you see a kitten I am smitten with in this photo?
Salvador is going to be a helper in the studio for sure!

Supervised visits with Abigail Rose.......
you all know Salvador is boss! LOL
I couldn't be more proud of Abigail and the
gentle way she plays with the kitten.

Have fun with your Summertime sewing!

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

Friday, July 12, 2019

In the good ole' Summertime......

Summertime greetings from the Quilt Cave!

My little Sophia Annabella and I have been
 sewing the summer days away
in the Quilt Cave.

The quilters of
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter
send you all a big hello!

Thanks for joining in with us for the......


Let's use the hashtag above when posting on
social media, shall we?

How is your first clue coming along?
I hope you are enjoying going through
your resources for the colors you have chosen
and using some scraps up!
Remember......this is not a race.
We have 2 more easy clues to make this
striking 2 color scrap quilt.
We may, or may not be done with Color 1???

Remember, the clues will be posted
on the 4th Thursday for the remaining
summer months of July and August.

Many have asked about the name of this quilt... put it simply.....LOL
Simple design and sewing,
Sensational effect,
Summer, one of my favorite times of the year to sew, all know I make SCRAP quilts!
Quilt!  Isn't that what we all love making???
Hopefully, this will clear everything up for everyone.

Here is one of my favorite quilting friends, Ree, and I.
Modeling these awesome t-shirts designed by my good
friend Tea of
If you are interested in purchasing one, she would be happy
to sell you one!
Please email me via the blog for sizes, price and shipping.

I recently participated in a double 4 patch swap between
my friend Lori of
and her friend Kathy in Ohio.
This quilt is an adaptation of 
the Red Crinoline pattern, Wilderness Road.
You can see Lori's version HERE.
I still need to decide on borders....
any suggestions for border style and colors from you all?

It was really fun digging into the strips and strings
for this one!
Working from these provided so much variety for
the blocks!

A lap tray, a good show, and a few other
needed items to figure out a plan for the
blocks I swapped.
Thanks Lori and Kathy for including me
in your fun swap!

Does this hat make me look cute??????
Abigail Rose is proving to be a ham!

My 4th of July was spent with friends fishing!
I love to go fishing......there.....another interesting fact
about Ole' Kevin the Quilter for you all! LOL

Some new chickens have been added to the laying
flocks here at the Quilt Cave.
These are Turken or Naked Neck chickens.
They will not be ready to lay for another few months.
You can read more about this interesting breed of chicken

Eggs have been abundant!
I am going to try to pickle some eggs this summer.

I am so pleased with how well my garden is doing!
Believe it or not, there are rows in between the
rows of plants for me to walk through.
From front to back we have
okra(still maturing)
and in the very back are cucumbers.
The tomatoes are taller than me,...
and those cucumbers are on a
trellis....and are growing up into the trees

I love being able to grow my own food!
I do have a pollination problem....
the pollinators are not abundant here.
I have been pollinating everything myself
using my fingertips.
I plan on making a pollinator garden around
the perimeter of the garden.
I would love to know what types of
perennials you plant as pollinator plants in your garden?
I am in growing zone 6b. 

And, share it with friends!
All of my former neighbors still request
some of my zucchini bread.
You can find the recipe for this 
beyond delicious bread

In closing.....
I have to share something with you all.....

Meet Salvador Vito!
This little guy showed up under my back deck
outside of my studio here at the Quilt Cave.
I believe his momma is a feral cat
I have seen infrequently on various parts of my
property.  I heard him crying on a few occasions
before I spotted him.  By chance, I was able to catch
this little booger.
He is VERY young and has been checked out
by my Veterinarian.  He doesn't need any milk
substitutes and is eating and drinking.
None of his siblings, if any, have emerged, 
and momma cat has not been back at all.
You all KNOW I am completely in love with 
this little guy now!  And he is in love with all
3 of the girls!
I have a feeling Mr. Valentino sent this
handsome boy to me and the girls!

Enjoy your summertime sewing!
Thanks for all of your encouragement!
Keep on quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Simply Sensational Summer Scrap Quilt Clue #1

I'd like to welcome quilters from far and wide to......


Thanks to my friend Joyce for making
the PDFs for this Mystery Quilt!)

Remember, from the Introduction last week, this quilt is a 2 color quilt using high contrast colors.  I am going to try to teach  a few things while making this quilt.  As far as contrast, I think we all can agree, that contrast is something that is very different from something else.  When referring to colors for this quilt, I will be using batik fabrics in browns and neutrals.  With this being said, I am including light values, medium values, and dark values of each of the 2 colors.  This will provide the highlights and low lights I  seek and desire in my quilt's coloration.  Which ever colors you have chosen to use, make sure you have a wide variety of hues/values of each.  The color placement within the quilt will not alter the design.  Brown will be referred to as Color 1.  Neutral will be referred to as Color 2.

Side note:  I try to think ahead when it comes to my quilt making endeavors.  I need a really nice fall quilt for my bed, therefore I chose browns and neutrals.  I also love EASY summer time sewing.  I hope this answers some of your questions concerning my color choices, and the name of this mystery/sew along.

Keeping things simple.......
When cutting.......cut accurately and consistently.
When accurately, using a consistent 1/4" seam.
When seams the same way for all units made.
Please do NOT stress over seams not matching, or nesting.  When it comes to scrap quilting, perfection is highly over rated in my opinion.  Some of my seams are definitely not perfect!
Also, I do have to admit something to you all here.  I am human, and make mistakes on a regular basis.  Not just with quilting! LOL  If there are any mistakes within the directions of this quilt, please accept my apology right here and now! LOL

Here is your first clue......

You can make this quilt using whatever size square you would like.  Now how about that?  You get to choose your own colors AND the size of square you want to work with????  YAHOOOO!  Seriously, this quilt is built around a simple square, and (without giving anything away), as long as you keep everything the same size for your units, you can use any size square you want!  1.5", 2", 2.5", or even 3"!  I personally wouldn't go any bigger than 3 because I don't like working with large squares.  1" may be going a little too small, just sayin'!  So have at it quilters!  Choose your own square size.  I chose to work with 2.5" squares in keeping somewhat with the size of the inspiration quilt.  I will be using 2.5" squares as reference in the directions, but, please remember, you can use which ever size square you would like.  

So what will we be sewing this first month of summer????

4 Patches in Color 1
184 to be exact!
Using 2.5" squares
will yield a 4.5" 4 patch unit.

I encourage you to work from your smallest of scraps
with a "USE'R UP" mentality!
This is the way I typically work.
I love piecing twosies, then foursies!
Try not to match fabrics in your 4 patch units.
Be bold, and try to have 4 different fabrics in 
each individual 4 patch you make.

If you do strip piece for these units,
please take into consideration utilizing
strips of varying lengths.
You don't want the same fabrics next to
each other all of the time, do you? LOL
If ever I do strip piece, I always cut down those
strips so I will have a larger variety of  different
fabrics next to each other.

Look who helped Ole' Kevin the Quilter with this clue!
My beautiful, sweet Momma!
Oh, we had so much fun talking about her days working
in a garment factory!  She enjoyed herself here at the
Quilt Cave, and you all KNOW
I loved having her and Dad here with me!
We reminisced about when I was a young boy sewing
with my Great Auntie Mae.
Boy, did I love spending time with her
during the Summer, and learned so much from her about
cooking and quilting.

Pressing matters are left up to you.
My lovely Momma was intrigued by the 
spinning of seams.
I do spin my seams for these 4 patch units.
By doing this, my units lay flatter, and
MOST.......NOT ALL seams nest
in this quilt.
There are a ton of tutorials on the internet 
concerning how to 
spin seams.  Look them up if you are
so inclined.  If you aren't, press the way
you typically press your 4 patches.....
just remain consistent and press all of them
the same way.

Oh yeah......just so you all know.....
this quilt is Mother approved!
My Mom really loves this quilt!

We will be making the following.....

2 Patches in Color 1
Make 16 of these 2 patch units.
Press the seam to one side.
Using 2.5" squares will yield
a 2.5" x 4.5" 2 patch unit.

And....before you put Color 1 away.....

Cut 32 individual squares of your
Color 1 in your chosen size square.
Again, mine are 2.5" squares.

Totals for Color 1 squares used:

That's it for our first clue.
Don't be overwhelmed.......
remember, this is easy sewing.
Have fun digging in your scraps
to find a lot of variety for this first clue.
And, enjoy your summertime sewing!

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