Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I'm on a Rocky Mountain the song, not the herb.....

Greetings Quilting Friends!

I am literally on a Rocky Mountain High!

The Colorado kind!
I love seeing those beautiful
purple mountain majesties in the distance.

Come along with me as I share
my wonderful visit with the
Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild
of Greeley, Colorado.

A day or so before I left I was invited to spend 
some time with these amazing quilters.
I am so pleased I can call them friends!
Pictured from left to right:
Julie aka "Quilt Diva Julie" of Me and my Quilts - Exploring the Possibilities,
Cherie of Quilted Jonquil,
along with me.
Jan, Cherie, and myself were treated to Juile's trunk show
of 40 quilts
in St. Louis.  What a wonderful time we all had together......
and, what a wonderful way to start off my trip to Colorado.
Thanks to Julie for sharing with me some of her scraps!

My first day of travel saw me driving through the plains
of Nebraska......

I was able to visit with my friend, Miss Nebraska 199?, Michelle
and her wonderful family at their lake house in central Nebraska.
We had a great time on the lake in their boat, and Michelle's husband
can grill a mean steak!  This was the first time I was able to meet
Michelle's family, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them.
Thanks for the hospitality!

The following photos show you some of the places I was
able to see as I made my way across Nebraska.

I loved visiting this quilt shop!
If ever you are in or travelling through Cozad, NE
make sure you stop by!

Barn Quilt siting in the city!

The Grain Bins in North Platte, Nebraska.
Each original grain bin contains antiques!

So cool!

Hi little friend!

Many miles equaled many stops at various quilt shops
and antique malls.  I LOVED being able to take a road
trip instead of flying for once.

My second day of travel took me to Colorful Colorado!

I made it safely to Colorado where I was
spoiled by my good friend
Alycia of Alycia Quilts
along with her incredible family.
I have said it before, and I will say it again......
Alycia, her husband, and children are some of the best
peeps on this earth!
Truly they are!
I can't thank her and her family enough for housing me, feeding me yummy food,
and letting me play with their animals!

Ole' Uncle Kevin the Quilter had hair appointments
with these beautiful and majestic creatures.
I love horses!

What a blessing it was to spend time with Alycia
and her horses to view some amazing scenery.

Smokey was my ride for the morning.
Wrangler Man let me help him with some chores....
and some training!

This is the life!

See....I told you there were some beautiful views!

As much fun as it was playing with the horses.....
it was then time to share with
of Greeley, Colorado!

I greatly appreciate their invitation for me to share with them,
in particular Marsha, my guild contact,
and their president LeeAnn.(sp?)

They have a lovely venue in which to hold their meetings.

Before the meeting started, Audrey came to me
and introduced herself.  I LOVE meeting you all
that read my blog!  It was a pleasure meeting her...
and she shared with me a little gift.....

Isn't this towel amazing????
My FAVORITE saying!
This towel is proudly being displayed and used
in my kitchen!
Thank you so much Audrey!

Of course Huffman's Hotties made an appearance
during the trunk show....
These gals were an absolute hoot!!!!!
Thanks so much for having some fun with me
and for helping me out ladies!

I was truly showered with love after my trunk show.
These quilters were so welcoming.
By the way, I am somewhere in this photo!

In our downtime, Alycia and I made some #flagsforsue.
What a wonderful way to honor the memory of
a quilter who did so much
for our U.S. military veterans.
You can learn more about how you can make this
wonderful QOV block to honor Sue's memory

You all know I had to make my blocks really scrappy!

The next day, I was pleased to be able to share
my "String Star" workshop.
This workshop shares ways of string piecing that
can be incorporated into other quilt making

The facility we met in was new, spacious, and beautiful!

Start by making some diamond templates using telephone pages
or children's scribble pads.

Then go to town string piecing diamonds.....and cut them out
following the template.

Oh what fun we all had!

Of course.......all that string piecing works up an appetite!

A delicious potluck was made by all of the quilters!
Thanks to Sheree on the left who helped organize the workshop
and was my hostess with the mostest!
Sheree even shared some of her delicious
homemade Blueberry Jam with me!!!
Thanks Sheree!!!!!!

And not too long after lunch.......

Stars were appearing!!!!!

This quilter was very strategic about the 
placement of her to enlarge so you
can see some words on her star!
Very clever.......and BEAUTIFUL!

Alycia is twinkling along with her star!

These quilters worked so hard, and I was so proud of
each and every one of them!

Thank you to all who made my visit to Greeley, Colorado
so memorable!  I appreciate your friendships so much!

The End!

Thanks for your continued support!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Friday, July 6, 2018

A very busy life......

Hey Quilting Friends!

As you all know......

We all have busy lives! 
I truly feel I cannot get things done I was able to get done a few years ago!
Surely, getting older has NOTHING to do with this????
Flying is really taking it's toll on me as of late.  It's depressing.

The recent blogger woes of not being able to correspond with those who are directly
responsible for me being where I am today in the quilting world is really......well.....
aggravating!  I am trying to fix the problem as prescribed by other bloggers.  Please be patient with me as I enjoy communicating with you all.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 7PM
Lecture / Trunk Show
Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild
Evans Recreation Center
1100 37th Street
Evans, CO  80620

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 
String Star Workshop
Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild
Eaton Recreation Center
1675 3rd Street
Eaton, CO  80615

SO, what HAS been going on besides being on an airplane way too much as of late?

2018 Summer Session of 
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter

We are having a scrap block lotto each month
making a simple block that goes with that month's
birthstone color along with neutrals.
Above is a sampling of the double four patch blocks 
quilters brought in for June.

This session of Scrap Club is focusing on the Lonestar Quilt.
 It is time for me to play with some Kaffe Fassett
scraps and stash.  Above and below
are some of my strips for making some
smaller Jelly Roll Lonestars.

We are using the free tutorials
from Jordan Fabrics as our inspiration.

The Jelly Roll Lonestar tutorial can be found

The regular Lonestar tutorial can be found

Father's Day with my Dad!
The entire Hee Haw gang came to the
Quilt Cave to celebrate Father's Day this year.
I made dinner for everyone, and we all had
a really nice visit.  My niece is moving in order to
attend college, so a lot of shopping was dedicated to
buying her furnishings for her apartment.

A String Star Workshop with the Stitch'N'Time Quilt Guild
in Warrenton, Missouri.
These quilters worked really hard during this workshop.

It was a lot of fun getting to know them!
Thanks for hosting me!

I was also able to share my lecture/trunk show with the
Piecemaker's Quilt Club in St. Clair, Missouri.
What a crowd!

My friends Roxann and Mary Lee served as
Huffman's Hotties.
Thanks gals!

I have to share this photo with you all.
During my lecture, I ask those quilters who
don't like or care to make scrap quilts, and this
quilter was adamant about that remark.
After I was finished speaking, she came up to me
and told me she couldn't wait to go home and make 
a scrap quilt!  Another convert! LOLOLOL

My friend, Priscilla in Connecticut has sent me many
friendship stars using chicken fabric!
Thanks Priscilla!
Now, how shall I incorporate them into something?

I was able to visit briefly with my friend
as she visited the Kansas City area in June.
It is ALWAYS inspiring to see her work in person.
Talk about a busy person......I haven't a clue how she 
gets done what she gets done! 

Isn't this a lovely mess?
Sewing with abandon in the neutral strings.... I wish I could just do this all day long

Scrap enhancements have come in from my friends
Linda and Cindy!
Lilly Mae and I thank you very much!

Lilly Mae was able to finish her first marathon with
my friend Mike.  This was really special for him and her!
(For those of you who would actually think Lilly Mae
ran the entire marathon in the heat.....please understand she 
only ran the last 50 yards across the finish line. LOL)

Mr. Valentino gave me the scare of my life recently.
As you may know, Valentino is at least 16 years old
and is diabetic.
His blood sugar is checked regularly.
However, the best made efforts for treatment don't always
ensure a crisis may not occur.
I had to rush him to the vet due to a
hypoglycemic seizure.
I can't thank my vet enough for taking
this situation under control, and helping
Valentino out so quickly.
Diabetes is so unpredictable at times.....especially in animals.
More monitored feedings and a different type of
insulin has made a wonderful difference for
my handsome boy.

My garden is doing well!
My tomato plants are almost as tall as me!
I am 6'1"!
I will be harvesting beans soon.
I have already been getting zucchini, squash,
and cucumbers.

These 2 beauties were pleasant surprises the other day
as I was tending to the garden.
I love Cherokee Purple tomatoes (on the left).
If you have never tried this variety, I encourage you to
do so.  They have such a wonderful flavor, and the deep
purple color is enchanting!

Some new arrivals here at the Quilt Cave!
This little chick is so cute!
It stormed the day he/she hatched, so thus
it's name is Stormy.  I hope it is a hen!
He/she has 5 brothers/sisters.

And here is the Chicken Pic for this post.....
Meet Lucky!
Lucky is an Americauna mix rooster.
Look at his jaunty comb flounced over his head.
He sure is handsome, and is very......well.....Lucky!
He escaped the coop, and was gone for a few days.
I figured the worst......but, he reappeared!
It was quite a site recapturing him, but, all is well now.
He is very popular with the hens.
So now you know how he got his name!

Sorry again for the long time in between posts.....
Thanks for understanding......and...
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter