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


  1. That first picture would make a great landscape piece. So many wonderful people in your travels and your class peeps did a fantastic job with their stars.

  2. What a wonderful trip you had!! It's nice to (finally) see you version of what went on. :P

  3. The End - hahahaa! So when you were in North Platte, did you go to the quilt shop? I thought it was a nice shop last time I was there (about a year ago). Looks like you had a grand time on your Colorado visit!

  4. So much fun!!! If you are coming to Reno, Nevada, you need to let me know so I can make sure I am there!!! Love the picture of you on the horse...really makes me miss mine!!

  5. My daughter lived in Greeley for several years! It was fun to see your pictures and "meet" those ladies through your blog!

  6. My sister went to college at the Univ. of Northern CO in Greeley. Looks like you had a wonderful time and I'll bet those quilters will not forget you. You are amazing!

  7. Looks like you had a great time! If you ever find yourself in Western NC, come sit a spell on my veranda with me!

  8. A road trip??!! How awesome! They are the best.
    Looks like you stopped at all the great spots and visited with some amazing people...
    Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Oh, you do know how to have a good time, Kevin!
    Hey, if you hopped over a state you could see the Rockies a lot closer from my back yard--or my front yard, for that matter.

  10. What a great journey looked so much fun and being entertained by some lovely people seeing all the quilts in show and tell

  11. What a fun blog post to read! I felt like I just had a little vacation from my real life... thanks Kevin!
    So wonderful for you to meet many of my favourite bloggers!

  12. Looks like a fun time with friends and family. You got in lots of stitching time too along with those beautiful views.

  13. it is impossible to have more fun than you have with your quilty friends. Keep on lovin' your life.

  14. It was fabulous getting to meet you in person and spend several hours together. Glad your trip went SO well and that you're home safe and sound. Always a great read when you post!

  15. What a fun trip! You had to pass some beautiful mountains on your way to Greeley. I lived in Denver for nearly 10 years and loved, loved, loved visiting the mountains. Happy quilting!

  16. Wow! What a trip! Did you know I was a cowgirl in my past life? Well, maybe not my past life, but my teenage life! LOL I loved to ride horses too. So happy you got to spend some time doing what you love. (besides quilting!)

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  18. What a world traveler! Looks like you had a productive and very enjoyable trip! And, I just knew you were a horse lover! We are all alike. I taught therapeutic riding for years and I really miss it! Love the "Smokey" end to your story!

  19. Hi Kevin You are just having too much fun out there. Love reading about your adventures and seeing the beautiful string stars that you are teaching. Keep posting all of it!

  20. I enjoyed hearing a tiny bit about your visit from Alycia, on her blog. What a fun time!

  21. Thanks for bringing your talents and workshop to Greeley. Had a great time and such a fun day. I was inspired and almost have all the scraps sorted into their color neighborhoods.