So much to share!
And all with a happy heart!
It was a super duper busy week with flying, and a lecture/trunk show!
I received an invitation to share with the Happy Hearts Quilt Guild in Salem, Illinois.
This invitation all happened because I met Tere at Bonnie Hunter's workshop and lecture in
St. Louis last fall. What a warm and inviting group of artists I encountered with this guild. Shout out to the entire guild! They are also having their annual quilt show next week. Please visit their website for further information.
After my trunk show I was presented these 2 Quilts of Valor
made by the guild. These will be awarded through
Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.
Thank you all so much on behalf of the Veterans that will receive them!
Happy Hearts for everyone, veterans included!
You KNOW Huffman's Hotties made an appearance here!
Some even pirouetted across the front of the room!
Thanks again, and again for letting me share with you all!
Just to show that Bonnie Hunter has influence EVERYWHERE!
Here is Tere's Allietare mystery quilt.
Tere on left.
And, Tumalo Trail, the same pattern my friend Bev made
for my housewarming quilt!
Such a great scrappy quilt!
After the guild meeting, Tere took me around to several Antique
shops in the area, and we had so much fun!
I think I may have reintroduced Tere to new adventures in antique shopping!
My most sincere apologies to her husband! LOLOLOL
Come along and see some of the goodies we found!
I think this is an earlier quilt top finished with vintage fabrics.
The navy stars are mostly one fabric, and all of the backgrounds
add highlights and low lights.
The quilt is tied, and I am not sure why the border was chosen,
nor do I understand why the back was chosen, but,.....
it is so wrong, it's right!
Look how the quilt maker had a "make it work" moment
by piecing together some of the background fabrics.
I am currently piecing together some fabric like this
to make a quilt work too!
Makes my heart happy!
One of these things is not like the other!
Upper left corner!
And, some of the backgrounds have been pieced from
My guess is the backing is a sheet and has
been turned to the front
So interesting, and raises so many questions!
Everything old is new again!
Another interesting choice of fabrics!
It would be so interesting to remake this with modern fabrics.
However, this quilt could pass for modern as is!
Here is a pretty little quilt for a girl I would guess.
So soft and feminine.
The applique on this quilt is really very nice!
As you can see, it has been used a LOT!
The binding is virtually coming off.
Look at the lower left corner......another make it work moment!
Browsing antique malls for quilting goodies with a newfound friend
gives me a very happy heart!
Thanks again for everything Tere!
Earlier in my week while I was flying I was
Lelah Mae Ricketts
grandmother of one of my long time pageant pals Frank.
Here is Grandma Lelah and my friend Frank.
I always love being able to visit my friends on long layovers,
and I happened to have that opportunity this past week.
Frank and I go way back, and he is a very talented vocalist.
Before we left for dinner, Frank said he wanted to show
me something he thought I may enjoy seeing........
HIS FAMILY QUILTS!!!!!!
Made by his loving grandmother!
I just couldn't wait to see them!
This bow tie quilt is made of Frank's childhood clothing.
We often see and hear of quilts made out of
girls dresses, or men's shirts, but, this is the first
quilt I have seen made out of boys shirts.
I love all of the blues, turquoise, and greens!!
Frank remembers wearing the shirts.....how cool!
This basket quilt is pretty traditional.
The handles are actually sewn down by machine though.
The quilt is tied, but,........
look at the backing!!!!!
It's another quilt all on it's own!
Crazy pieced to the nines!
You KNOW I love seeing things like this!
It definitely makes my heart happy!
Another cozy wool and polyester quilt made by Grandma Ricketts.
And, yet another example of Lelah's work.
Frank said he has spent many a cold winter's night under
this one. It is backed with flannel and is super warm.
Can anyone name that block?
And the piece de resistance!
WOW! WOW! WOW!
Look at this crazy pieced quilt!
Look at all of the work that was put into it!
A closer look reveals all of the different
types of stitches on each piece of fabric!
Such an amazing piece of artwork!
I insisted that Frank must display this in his home now!
It is a stunning example of stitchery goodness!
Visiting with a good friend and seeing his family quilts
obviously made for a happy heart for me!
After I got home from flying, and was able to
check my mail, look what I received?
Wendy of The Constant Quilter
received my name in
Pin Cushion Swap!
There was the sweetest letter, a little round
chicken pin cushion made out of a vintage
donut cutter that holds bobbins (super ingenious), a darning egg,
and that gorgeous little hen pin cushion in the center!
I LOVE IT!
It made my heart very happy to open this up
after a very long, but, enjoyable week!
Thanks again Wendy!!!!!
Thanks again Wendy!!!!!
And in other news, I am once again joining Lori
in her fall quilt along
Go check out the link to learn more.
With a happy heart,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter
Kevin the Quilter