Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Father's Day......

I would like to wish all of those dads out there (in any capacity) a very Happy Father's Day!

I have heard from a few men that follow my blog, so I know you all are out there!

As for me and my family, we had a wonderful weekend celebrating with my Dad.

 Me and my Dad!

Me, Dad, and Sis after church Sunday morning.

You give my dad an engine of any type, and he is gonna be happy.
I certainly didn't inherit this from him!
He is in the middle of restoring this hit and miss antique engine.
The smile says it all!

Dad was a good boy, so I took him to go get some frozen custard!

On the crochet front........
who knew it could be so relaxing, and fun????
I have learned I like using a larger hook with bulky yarn.
This just works better for my hands.

I whipped up this lap afghan for my sister's birthday in no time!
I used THIS TUTORIAL on youtube.
Jennifer from Fiber Flux is an excellent teacher and has many free crochet patterns
and tutorials.  I have a feeling this may become a new hobby for me!

And, here is my sister thanking me for the afghan.
Trust me, she likes it! LOL

My friend Danielle that works at O'Sewpersonal gave me an AWESOME
bag of scraps!  I couldn't believe it when she handed it to me!
It is FULL of wonderful USABLE scraps! 
Thanks Danielle!

O'Sewpersonal also hosted a Demo day at the shop.
Here I am informing everyone about Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling
and showing some of my work from it.  I am also utilizing the technique of paper
foundation string piecing in some 
work of my own.  Like................

"String Star"
I love the way this little wall hanging turned out.
I envisioned it in my mind, and it just came to be.
Thanks TLC for the Kaffe scraps!  They were put to good use here!
I am imagining this as a large quilt with the background block cut down in size
and laid out in a 3x4 block setting.
I love the pieced background.......using up that stash!
Not to mention the scrappy binding.
There is a free pattern for this....but, you will have to go to 
O'Sewpersonal to get it! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! I going to become Kevin the Crocheter?????
Have a great week!
Kevin the Quilter

Monday, June 15, 2015

This week in photos......

Thank you all so much for your concern over my diet......

Many of you commented on the diet.....
It went........OK.........well, the last day was very hard for me.
But, I did lose some weight, and will try it again this week and I will exercise more.

Could you all hear me yelling at the top of my lungs last week?
My friend Mary Ellen of Mary, Mary Quite Contrary registered she and I
for a Bonnie Hunter workshop to be held in conjunction with the
Circle in the Square Quilt Guild's Quintessential Quilt Show
in September.  I informed other friends to try to register for Bonnie's workshop
and several of my friends and I got in and will get to enjoy being with Bonnie in her
"My Blue Heaven" workshop!
Thanks so much Mary Ellen!!!!!!
I hope to see you there too if you are going!

 Sneak peek at a super cool project I have up my sleeve!
If you are in or around the O'Fallon, Missouri area, please visit
O'Sewpersonal Fabric Shop on Wednesday June 17th
for some super fun demos.  I will be demonstrating how to 
paper foundation string piece to make this project!

In other news......

 Some ominous weather blew through the neighborhood last week.
This is the remnants of a tornado that touched down nearby!
Thank God no one was hurt or injured!

 The last project before I put this house up for sale is tiling the master bath floor.
I selected these small tiles because it is a smaller bathroom.

 My friend Ann of  Attic Threads & Quilts is teaching me how to hand dye fabric!

 I received and sorted many scraps from my friend Lyna this week.
Thank you SO much for these wonderful scraps!

Hmmmmm........another project?  My grandma crocheted among her many other hand crafts, although I never got the hang of it.Perhaps it is time for another try at it thanks to my friends Amy at Amy's Passions andDar of Dar's Patchwork Garden always showing their beautiful crochet and knitting works.  If "The Crochet Dude" can do it...why can't I???

Thanks again for ALL of the encouragement!
Summer is slipping by quickly!
Go make something while you have the time!
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Friends, fun, and Fatty McButterpants..........

The title of the post?

Oh, we will get to that.......

I was able to spend some time with good friends this past week, and we did have fun!

My friends Vernie and Bev and I decided to take a little road trip to Kansas City.
We HAD to visit Quilter's Station.
Rita is the owner standing to my right, and is ALWAYS so welcoming.
We had a blast at her shop being inspired by the beautiful works of art.
Rita has offered to teach me a few things later this year
as I am travelling through the area.
If ever you are in the Kansas City area, you MUST stop at this shop!

Vernie, on the left, is a scrap quilter, not to mention a BONNIAC!
Here she is showing one of her latest scrap busting quilts,
Bonnie Hunter's "Scrappy Trips."
We are converting Bev into a scrappy quilter as well......
it's only taken a few years for her to catch on!

But, look who learned how to use the EZ Angle Ruler and Companion Angle Ruler???
Bev decided she wanted to make "Talkin' Turkey" for a friend.
I invited her over to use the Accuquilt Studio to cut her scraps, and 
I taught her how to use the rulers.  I think she had an "AHA" moment!
It's neat to see it when that happens.

Here are few more photos of my version of "Talkin' Turkey" in progress:

And here are a few photos of things I have seen around my house....


If you have read my blog any length of time..........

You KNOW I LOVE to cook!  

Take for instance this delicious Zucchini Bread.
I make it for all of my neighbors and they actually beg for it in the summer.
However, eating things like this, and sewing for MANY, MANY, MANY
hours at a time have led me to become........


This is a nickname Doug on 'The King of Queens" was given by his
wife Carrie.  I watch TVland sometimes when I sew, and this name 
"stuck" with me......literally.

I am going on the Military Diet to see if I can maybe lose some weight.

Has anyone else done this diet plan?  Did it work for you?

We shall see if this helps me lose anything besides my mind!

What have you been working on?
Here's hoping I become Skinny McGinny!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter