If you have been reading my blog any amount of time, you probably know I am "cray cray" about a gal in Colorado that lives on a big ranch, is married to Wrangler Man, is raising 3 fine upstanding young men, is wild about horses, loves hiking, is obsessed with photography, and is a HUGE supporter of Quilts of Valor! In fact, she is the State Coordinator for Colorado Quilts of Valor!
C'mon........., you all know I am talking about my bestie bloggin' buddy ALYCIA!
Alycia and me at the International Quilt Festival in Houston circa 2013
After making quilts for all of my immediate family members and friends, I didn't want to stop making quilts. I did some research online, and found the answer to making more quilts.....Quilts of Valor! During my investigation, I ran across Alycia's blog:
For those of you who have never taken the time to visit her blog, please do! I will wait......go on........
seriously click the link above......, you need to see all of the wonderful quilts that she has made, and her extreme commitment to Quilts of Valor.
I have been able to visit with Alycia and her family on various occasions, and have ALWAYS had a wonderful time. I KNOW I have a friend in Alycia, and I really appreciate her support and friendship!
Sooooooo I thought of a way to collaborate with Alycia. I have been working on several quilts that you can find as free patterns online, and making them in a patriotic color scheme. I am doing this as part of my lecture and presentation for various speaking engagements I have. These quilts will eventually be presented as a Quilt of Valor to a deserving veteran. You KNOW I looked up Bonnie Hunter's free pattern section first! I recently completed Bonnie Hunter's free pattern: Geese on a String .
Many happy hours of sewing in hotel rooms across the country helped to make these
I knew the exact layout I wanted, and I knew which fabrics I wanted to use.
Oh, the many variations in colors you get from these stringy geese!
Just think of how fun it would be to use up your red, white, blue, and gold strings!
During the process of making this quilt top, that's when it dawned on me......I have never done a QOV collaboration with Alycia. So, she and I e-mailed, texted, facebooked......is that a word??? We used any means of social media to communicate and collaborate. Long story short, I told her to use her amazeballs quilting skills to quilt it any way she wanted to! AND SHE DID!!!!!!
Want to see the quilting on it?????? It is beyond awesome!!!! I am linking up with Alycia Quilts to reveal our joint effort! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE follow the link I have provided to see the absolutely beautiful quilting Alycia did on it. Her photos are much better than anything I could show. Remember, she is a professional photographer!
Now, here is where all of you come in! Yes, YOU ALL are going to be a part of this collaboration as well! Do you want to know how???????
Which binding to use?????? I am completely stumped? I have narrowed it down to 2 choices that I love! Alycia and I would LOVE to hear which one you all think should be used????
Here are your choices.........
or, will it be......
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CHOICE IN THE COMMENT SECTION
Which ever binding gets the most votes will be the binding used!
Thanks to Alycia for playing along with me! I truly admire you for all of the work you do with Quilts of Valor! I have said it before, and I will say it again.......you are an angel on earth for all that you do!
I have some more exciting collaborations in the works.....just wait and see!
If your guild or group is looking for someone to speak, please don't hesitate to contact me!
I would love to travel to you to share my passion with you!
Paducah is days away!
Please introduce yourself if you see me there!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter
Kevin the Quilter