I had a friend look at my computer, and after much research, said friend, found a solution to my computer woes! I did lose ALL of my photos..........however, I have them all on disks. So, aside from some minor tweaking.........should I say this????? I don't wanna jinx myself..........I may be back in blogging business????
But, don't hold your breath.......just like the St. Louis Cardinals when they make it to post season......
I have been able to attend 2 different quilt shows in 2 different cities, the past 2 weeks!
First, the River Heritage Quilt Guild in Cape Girardeau, Missouri held their bi-annual show last weekend. My friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden asked if I would like to go? YES! Of course this guild is very special to me as it has many members that are near and dear to me. And, it was the first guild I was able to speak to about Quilts of Valor and make some presentations too.
This quilt absolutely took my breath away! My eyes were dancing all over it!
My friend Donna recruited this gentleman to enter his quilt, and it won first place in it's category!
I can certainly see why! These 9 patches finish at 1.5 inches!
Shirtings anyone???? YES PLEASE!!!!!!
I just had to try it out!
OH! MY! WORD!
Talk about addicting! I am reconsidering which trimmings of fabric scraps I may toss out next time!
Then our beloved Bonnie at Quiltville surprised us all this week with the colors and yardage requirements for this year's mystery! Drum roll please...........
This year's mystery is based upon Bonnie's visit to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
People are going crazy over this mystery on the Facebook group: Quiltville's Open Studio, and rightfully so! It is such a beautiful color scheme. However, you all know me...........
It's going to be a patriotic color scheme for me again this year!
I will have to tweak colors, probably adjust the lighter blues, and darken up the silvers....and I will have to modify the size of the quilt for QOV standards, but, that shouldn't be a problem.
I am SOOOOOOOO excited!
It is SOOOOOOOO generous of Bonnie to offer us fans a free pattern and mystery!
Please thank her if you haven't already?!?!?!
Speaking of Bonnie's patterns.........here are some photos on the progress of my cousin's special quilt!
Can you all guess which pattern I decided to make for my cousin????
And, yesterday I attended the Loose Threads Quilt Guild of St. Charles County quilt show with my friend Bev. We enjoyed wandering through the vendors, and seeing all of the beautiful quilts. Here are few for your enjoyment.
Stunning Civil War Love Letters
If I remember correctly, this quilter worked on this since 1990!
Bucket list quilt for me!
Love all of the reproductions in this one!
This quilt was from the 30s! Very well preserved and quite striking with all of the marbles!
As I walked through the quilts all of a sudden I heard...."Hey! Kevin the Quilter!" This nice quilter called me over to see her beautiful antique quilt that was being inspected by an appraiser. She recognized me from my presentations in Cape Girardeau. She is downsizing and is donating some of her heirloom quilts to museums. She told me none of her children or grandchildren wanted any of the quilts that have been in her family for years. She even has the provenance!
I asked if I could be her honorary child........no dice!
She showed me this quilt as the appraiser was working on it as well as two other quilts.
All hand work! AMAZING! She said she wants people to be able to appreciate these works of art and that is why they are going to a museum where they can be cared for properly and enjoyed by spectators. What a thrill to be able to see this quilt up close!
So there you have it! Two Quilt Shows in Two Weeks......not to mention, Two Blog Posts in Two Weeks!!!!!! OH YEAH!
Oh.....one more thing..........
Halloween is just around the corner!
I saw this creepy display at an antique mall recently....it FREAKED ME OUT!
I will be at the International Quilt Festival on Halloween!
Stop me and make sure to say hello if you recognize me down there!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on quiltin'!!!!
Kevin the Quilter