Sunday, February 22, 2015

Random Acts of Sewing......and Cooking....

Well this has been a February of random proportions!

I have gone through some of my unfinished projects, and........finished them!
(The tops at least!)  (Or almost!)

First, I want to let everyone know that my version of Bonnie Hunter's "Blue Ridge Beauty" is back from my wonderful quilting friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden!  She did a beautiful job on it, and binding will begin on it as soon as I get back from working this week.

 Here are a couple of shots of her on the frame.

And as most of you probably know, I get a lot of inspiration from looking at quilting books and magazines while I am flying.  Take for instance.......

"Apple Crisp" by designer Jan Ragaller
American Patchwork and Quilting October 2010

Had someone not shared this magazine with me that would have otherwise been thrown out, I would have never been inspired to create this.....

I love how scrappy this turned out!
Tons of neutrals, reds, and a few browns combined to make this a great quilt.
This would be wonderful made in various other colors as well!
The backing and binding are selected, and this one is ready to be quilted!
Thanks Bev for helping me with those snowballs!

And here comes another Bonnie finish.........or almost.........

I proudly present to you my version of Bonnie's Pattern/tutorial
I still need to add a gold 2.5" border all the way around.
Wait until you all see what I have in store for this one......heh heh heh

While in the process of finishing the aforementioned tops, my iron went south!
I don't know how many times I dropped that iron, and she still worked, but, not this last time!
While I was at the store selecting a new iron, I went all out and got me a wider ironing board!
I LOVE BOTH of these new purchases!

I may or may not have become addicted to paper piecing half square triangles???
How many of you use either Thangles or Triangles on a Roll?
My fast growing crush on Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts may be to blame?

If you haven't seen or heard of the way Edyta got her start with quilting,
press the play button above and enjoy this wonderful interview.
Her scrap quilts are truly amazing, and I am falling for her......I mean her quilts!
She's MARRIED folks! LOL

I was surprised to learn that I had won the Superbowl raffle at
Homestead Hearth!!!!  Tons of fabric and goodies in here!
I truly felt I had won the Superbowl....but, no desire to go to Disney here!

Thanks to my friend Ann of Attic Threads & Quilts
who gave me this bundle of patriotic fabrics from a recent teaching engagement!
Several of her students brought fabrics to be used in Quilts of Valor!

And this is a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG overdue shout out to a very sweet lady by
the name of Judy in Alton, Illinois who sent in a TON of pillowcases for the QOV block 
drive quilts from last spring!  I was looking through some of my older posts, and found I had neglected to thank her here on the blog!  That's what happens when you are a 40+ year old 14 year veteran flight attendant that loses brain cells daily on an aircraft due to lack of oxygen!

Speaking of the 40+ friend Matt recently turned 40!
His wife requested I make his birthday cake.  She wanted a carrot cake for the party,
and it just so happens that I love carrot cake and have a wonderful recipe for it!
You can have it too if you follow this LINK.

Here's hoping your February is random as well!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. I LOVE that Apple Crisp quilt top! Red is my favorite color. Congrats on the great win! What fun to go thru all that stuff in the basket. Have fun playing with it.

  2. The Apple Crisp is just delightful! Super wins. I love the way Edyta mixes batiks with cottons for such a wonderful muted earthy blend.

  3. Love the inner border on your Blue Beauty. It makes quite a statement!! The apple crisp is gorgeous, with the yummy reds. Glad someone shared a magazine with you!! Your Super Bowl win is fantastic!! Love that store. Have a great week.

  4. If you like triangle paper, you should check out the Triangulations cd, which allows you to print every single possible size papers for half square triangles, quarter sq triangles as well as flying geese (of course if you have to string piece them, I can't help you!).
    Your Bonnie quilts are wonderful . She'd be proud! Love carrot cake,btw!

  5. Your Apple Crisp is very eye catching. It reminds me of another quilt I've seen recently. What a great basket of goodies from the Superbowl raffle win. You will have fun with the contents I'm sure. Birthday cake look yummy. I may change my mind about what cake is my favorite after looking at your recipe. YUM.

  6. Fabulous quilts! Please do give a close-up of the quilting (I'm always looking for inspiration!!) when you get the binding finished. Heck of a win, young man! Hope you aren't stuck in DFW or Love tonight - I've heard thousands of flights have been canceled as the lousy weather dives south.

  7. Love your Apple Crisp pattern. Whew... I think I beat some of your followers to and got a copy of that magazine for a reasonable price. Your Blue Ridge Beauty is gorgeous!!! Congrats on winning the Superbowl!!! Yummy stuff in there. Much better than football. Thanks for inspiring us today, Kevin! Safe travels.

  8. I love the Apple Crisp top and what a great basket of goodies to win. There's a lady in my quilt bee who wins at least one of the drawings from the shop every year. She has the most amazing luck. It looks like you're getting a lot of beautiful projects done. Hmmm. I wonder what that feels like...

  9. Your scrappy quilts are fabulous! Love them all. Especially the Blue Ridge Beauty. Awesome! Nice win too. Now I have to make a carrot cake..yum!

  10. Apple Crisp looks good enough to eat! You have accomplished a lot this month. It feels good, doesn't it?

  11. I've been hoarding that Apple Crisp pattern since the magazine came out. Have some fabric set aside for it, too. Thanks for the reminder; this might be the project I take to my annual March quilt retreat! Your version is fabulous!

  12. Lots of fun stuff in this post! Love your geese on a string - I hadn't seen that one yet.

  13. Wowser! Three large quilts - impressive work. Love carrot cake, too. I have saved the recipe. Yes, I used to use purchased triangle papers, then graduated to printing my own, and finally got tired of removing the paper. Now I use Bonnie's Easy Angle ruler method.
    Also am an Edyta fan. Have several of her books. If you were to start an Edyta quilt-a-long, I would jump in.

  14. You had a lot going on! Great job on all your quilts! And Carrot Cake.... yummmmmm

  15. Darn, Im learning new tricks doing this from an iPad. My message was all typed and now lost in cyberspace. Your posts always put a smile on my face and make me feel better. I have loved Edyta for a long time. Love to mix repros with batiks. Edyta lectures include couch quilts. The quilts she makes for her husband to send him off to sleep on the couch. Great work! Hope your having fun in the skies this week.

  16. I forgot to write that my birthday is in July and I love carrot cake!

  17. Congrats on the win! I recently started crushng on Laundry Basket Quilts! Love that red/neutral quilt!

  18. I really love the fabrics you used in 'Apple Crisp'. So many different fabrics and they look so good together........ And red is my favourite colour . 'Geese on a String' also looks so vibrant. Are they scrappy triangles I see? They look great. It's always such a satisfying feeling to finish. Well done.

  19. Love your Blue Ridge quilt Kevin, it is gorgeous. Geese on a String is fabulous, I've never used the 'thangles'. Such a great basket of goodies, congratulations. Absolutely love Apple Crisp, it is a beauty. Thanks for so much eye candy Kevin.

  20. Congratulations on your win! I love the apple crisp and the gees on a string. Both are beautiful!
    Wendy in Maine

  21. You've been busy. Love Apple Crisp and the Geese on a String. Congrats on the super bowl win. I've used Thangles before and they can really come in handy. Safe travels!

  22. Your blog message is definitely entertaining. It put a big smile on my face and if someone was close by they would have heard a giggle or two. All your quilts are beautiful, brim with color - lots of color. I am quite fond of scrappy quilts. Love everyone of them. Do you have a longarm machine? I so want one! Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is always so nice when you visit. Oh yes that carrot cake is beautiful and sounds quite yummy!

  23. Always love seeing your quilts! :)

  24. So many cool things in one post! Love all your quilts here, Kevin! Your Geese on a String turned out fantastic! That carrot cake looks so good. I've got a good gluten-free recipe very similar, which I'm reminded now that I haven't made in a while and may have to rectify soon!

  25. Hello! Does anyone know of a book or magazine that encompasses cooking, sewing and quilting? Thank you!!