Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A nice little getaway......

I hope you all have had a great week since last I posted?  OK, a week and two days!  I have a good reason for it though........I didn't "Breakaway" like Kelly Clarkson suggests in her song, but, I did GETAWAY!

It all started EARLY Saturday morning in St. Louis, Missouri......
I got on a plane, and when I landed......

.....this was my view in Denver, Colorado! When I see mountains like these, I just want to start singing "AMERICA, the Beautiful!"

For those of you who don't know, I have been a flight attendant for 12 years, and from time to time take advantage of my travel benefits when I am not working.  I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the International Quilt Show in Houston last fall, and was able to meet some wonderful people there.  One of the amazing people I met was..................

(By the way, did you know the "i" is silent in her name?)

Have you ever met someone and became instant friends?  Someone that "gets it?"  And what I mean by that is someone that isn't pretentious, has some common sense, and is an incredible human being?  Well, that's the way I felt about Alycia.  Also, being a guy that quilts, I get my fair share of sneers from other quilters, and quilt shop owners and employees.......no sneering from Alycia!  I have followed her blog for quite some time, and am always in amazement of the wonderful work she does for Quilts of Valor.  Truly, she is an angel on earth!

Anywho, we established rapport, and a few weeks back, she invited me to play with her in her scraps.  The goal?  Make a starting point for Bonnie Hunter's scrap user's system.  Alycia has been blessed by the goodness (scraps) of others, and was wanting to organize some of them into Bonnie's method.  I "flew" at the chance to help!  

At this point, let me remark that Alycia has an AMAZING family.  Her husband Kelly couldn't have been more hospitable during my day long visit.  He's a pretty dog gone good cookin' cowboy too!  And her three sons are some of the nicest, well-mannered young men I have ever met.

(I HAD to visit the horses while I was there!)

Alycia and I were able to work most of Saturday cutting her scraps into strips.  We talked, laughed, shared ideas and projects, and..................

       by the end of the day we had probably cut about 40 yards of fabric into strips!  This is just a sampling of them!

If you haven't visited Alycia's blog, please do!  http://www.alyciaquilts.blogspot.com/ She is currently hosting a block drive for Quilts of Valor, and there is an amazing prize in store for someone who participates!

Thanks Alycia for a WONDERFUL day!  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and look forward to visiting again!

Next week there will be a big reveal in store for everyone.......what will it be?  Will I be revealing my latest project?  Interesting facts about myself?  The way to make $1 million dollars?  Stay tuned........

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter 


  1. I thought it would have been Rocky Mountain High as I scrolled down. I'm sure everyone reading your blog will want you to visit and help divide and conquer more scraps. Would you like to fly into my fabric mess? I'm so jealous. Anticipating your big reveal! Really could use that million dollars.....

  2. Sounds like you had a perfectly wonderful visit! What's not to love.... amazing scenery, playing in fabric with a good friend, great food, and horses.... Wow!

  3. People sneer at you in the stores and all? Gosh, it seems like here in Blogworld, being a male quilter is a magic charm for instant popularity! It's a real shame that people freak at folks stepping out of gender expectations.

  4. What a nice little break! It looks like you had sunshine, too...that can be in short supply this time of year.

  5. Is it okay to comment on a post with me in it? We LOVED having you!!! Romeo misses you;-) Can't wait till your big reveal!

  6. OH WOW!!!! Sooooo cool! Alycia and I have joked from time to time about meetin' up; how absolutely amazing that you were able to do just that.
    What a great time it appears you all had. I'm trying to hold back my envy :)

  7. Kevin...just another comment to let you know that I've passed onto you a Liebster Award. I hope you have fun with it. The info is here: http://dietingononeleg.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-liebster-award.html

  8. What a fun time! Isn't Colorado gorgeous? I have the same response when I see the mountains.... :-). I keep saying someday I am going to get out to visit Alycia also.

    Next can you come over and help me cutting up my scraps? I know, I would have to get in line between 40 others or so, but I can offer horses and good food from an incredibly great-cooking husband!

    Can't wait to see what you ahve up your sleeve!


  9. What a great job you have that gives you the opportunity to travel to quilty friends! Look at that box of strips!!! I have a lot of 'Bonnie' strips but mine are all fluffed up and messy LOL.

  10. What a great way to spend a day!

    It's sad that Americans are so hung up on gender roles. Glad that you've choose to ignore all that nonsense.

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