Friday, April 20, 2018

String Star Workshop with Kevin the Quilter

 Just look at these smiling faces.....mine included!

The Happy Hearts Quilt Guild in
Salem, Illinois hosted me for my "String Star" workshop.
This group of quilters couldn't be nicer, and I have 
thoroughly enjoyed my visits with them
the past couple of years.

There is a fellow "rooster" that quilts in this group!
It was a pleasure meeting you!

What a pleasure it was sharing the joys of string piecing fun
with them........just look!

Yummy recycled shirting strings....

A wonderful workshop venue.....

Show us your strings quilters!

Make a large diamond template from
telephone book pages, and sew down your strings.

Add the strings on one by one.....

Pick a color, any color.....

All different varieties of colors!

Diamonds coming together.......

but, first...........

What a wonderful array of 
salads and desserts were made!

And then, back to work after lunch......

and before long......


And look at Crystal's........ready for quilting!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE her string pieced
borders, don't you????
AMAZEBALLS job Crystal!

I just can't express how much fun I had with all
of these quilters!
  What a wonderful group
you all have there in Salem, IL!

And, I would be remiss if I didn't share this pic I took with Tere.
Tere was instrumental in organizing this workshop.
However, she fell ill right before it, and was unable to make it
to the workshop.  I couldn't leave the area without making
a stop to visit with her!
Thanks Tere, and my prayers are with you for a quick

In other news...........

I recently participated in 
Doll Quilt Swap.
This is my 4th year to take part in it.
I just finished the doll quilt I made, and it is on
it's way to it's recipient in Oregon.
THIS is the quilt I received from Vicki in Nebraska!
Vicki took a personal approach from her home state
and made this "Laws' O' Massey" quilt.
She also included the pattern, a great card, and
some Nebraska fabric to boot!

Lilly Mae had her first birthday this past week!
It is so hard to believe she is already 1 year old!

She had a wonderful day, starting with a "Puppaccino"
from Starbucks with her sissy Sophia Annabella.


Needless to say, she thoroughly enjoyed her
birthday cookie and had a great day!
Could that face get any cuter?????


Meet Henny Penny!
Henny Penny is a sweet little
White Faced Black Spanish Bantam hen.
She was the tiniest little chick when I got her
and was frightened of EVERYTHING!
Thus, the reason for her name......but,
once she matured, she realized I was a good guy
and will even fly upon my shoulder now when 
I am in the coop with her.
She is such a pretty little bird, and a layer of
little white eggs.

In closing.......
I was able to reconnect with one of my most favorite
flight attendants in the world, Linda.
We hadn't flown together in 10 years!
Life happens!  
It was a joy catching up with her.
I want to thank those of you who individually
contacted me about my well-being
 concerning the recent horrific incident in the air.
I really appreciate your concern, and feel really loved.
Please remember those who were affected by this tragedy.

Until next time,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. Great strip stars! Looks like great fun. It is amazing a group of people can have so much fun with a bunch of odd strips of fabric- but they do and make amazing quilts! Loved the red, white and blue star one. Your animals look so healthy and happy. Glad you are safe and grateful for the terrific pilot who was strong and courageous. Character matters.

  2. Glad there were some roosters in the hen house ;) Looks like a fun quilt. String piecing I get, but, attaching the pieces to the background fabric, well..... Y seams??? It was my little dog's (Katie) Birthday this week, too. Love to spoil our puppies.

  3. I love the name of that guild! Looks like a blast. Bummer about Tere who got sick. :(
    I really love your swap quilt.
    Hey! You looks great in red!

  4. Those stars are just fabulous!!

  5. Looks like an AWESOME workshop, Kevin!! Hmm... When are you coming to North Carolina? Happy Birthday, Lilly Mae!!!

  6. Some really fun color combos in those stars. Sounds like a great guild, and that was good of you to go visit Tere.
    You received a wonderful little quilt. Looking forward to seeing what you made.
    Looks like you really know how to throw a puppy party. :)
    And I agree with Lori--red is a good color on you.

  7. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts, Kevin. It's no wonder the quilters have fun, you clearly make it fun. Those stars are very cool. Your pups are cute, and Henny Penny is a good looking chick! I hope I get to meet you and say hi someday.

  8. Love those stars! Looks like a fun group. Happy Birthday puppy love.

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  10. So glad you weren't on that flight!! But you certainly have a hero captain flying that plane!! Great class and quilts! Your fur babies are so cute and so are your feathered friends! Enjoy life and stay safe!! I always think of you when something goes awry in the air.

  11. First, happy birthday to Lilly Mae !! :))
    Second your students are very talented !! Oh I love those string stars ! And on phone paper it's clever... Congratulations Kevin for this class. I hope your friend Tere is better today !
    And...the doll quilt you received is gorgeous ! I think mine is flying over the Ocean at this time or maybe arrived in the US ! Fingers crossed !

  12. Wonderful stars! Looks like a lot of fun and a lot of stitching. Happy birthday to Lilly Mae. She's very photogenic, as is Miss Henny Penny. Glad you were not on that flight to Dallas, hope the crew that was on the flight is getting all the support they need.

  13. Kevin - looks like you all had fun in that workshop and those stars look great, especially the red, white & blue ones. I have been saving my scraps the past year and I'm hoping to start a scrappy quilt soon. I've saved a few phone books so I have plenty of paper. Happy Birthday to Lilly Mae and thanks, as always, for sharing lots of photo's of your daily life; you know I love to see what you get up to haha. Take care and stay safe :)

  14. Looks like a really fun workshop. It's interesting to see how different all the stars are!

  15. What fun!! can't wait to host you at our guild!

  16. What fun! I can just see the strings flying around the room! I hope Tere feels better soon. Looks like Lilly Mae had a great birthday. Who doesn't like ice cream?? Love the poster chick. And, although I love the name, I'm not sure a flight attendant wants anyone running around saying "the sky is falling". Stay safe and happy in the sky and on the ground!

  17. Having you at our guild was a lot of fun! All you fans out there should have Kevin come to your guild. You won't be disappointed.

  18. Great post, Kevin!! Love those string stars!! And what a happy B'day party!! Happy birthday, Lilly Mae!!

  19. Love those stars! Looks like a fun group. Happy Birthday puppy love.

  20. you are having a happy scrappy time with those string stars, and they all created such colourful and creative stars. Just give us a phone book and set us free! I was thinking of you with the Southwest tragedy, and am so sorry for your flying families. ♥