Saturday, September 29, 2018

What a whirlwind......

A whirlwind of activities and happenings have been taking place!

Where, oh where shall I begin????

I guess at the beginning???

May I present to you.....

"Goodnight Darlene!"
This was made in honor of my good friend Darlene
who blogs at Dar's Patchwork Garden.
It is also a new workshop I will be offering.
You all know how much I love strings, and this one
uses a BUNCH of them!

See what I mean?
Stay tuned for the quilting on this one!

It's my birthday month!
Before you all start asking......
I am 39 and holding thank you very much....

I was able to spend my birthday with my family!
My dad has zero sense of humor as you can see!

And who can beat your favorite meal prepared by your 
own Momma?
Stuffed peppers and fried potatoes!

It was a great day spent with family......

Back to flying.......
some of my flights had very light loads which
gave me some time to open and spin four patch
blocks I use as my leader and ender project.

Like these used in my version of 
Bonnie Hunter's "Narragansett Blues".......ala browns for me.
Dar just quilted this one for me and I am
ready to bind it now.

Flying can really be beautiful sometimes......
except when you get contacted by your sister that
your mother fell ill and was being taken to the hospital......
Mom had passed out and hit her head with no reason why......
ct scans found bleeding on the brain.

Small town life fact:
My mother's doctor went to high school with me,
and we were really good friends.......and still are!
I can't thank her enough for calling me personally and filling
me in on mom's condition.

It felt like I was literally a million miles away from home
and no good way to get back......

Sis kept me posted on my mother's condition.
Don't let this pic fool you.......Mom's condition was serious
even though her hair is fixed and fingernails painted.
My mother has ALWAYS taken pride in her appearance.
Fortunately, my father and sister were by her side in
my absence.

During this time, my friends, Bonnie and Lori
checked in on me....just when I needed it most.
I want to thank them, and ALL of you who
expressed concern for my mother, and me this past week.
I was literally overwhelmed by the support
and concern everyone showed to me and my family.

I finally got home, and was able to be there for Mom's 
release from the hospital.  All of her tests came back OK
and she was given an all clear to leave the hospital.
Blood pressure medication proved to be the culprit.
Thank God!
(Please mother hopes there are no fashionistas out there
that notices she is wearing a black sweater with navy pants.....
it was the sweater Dad brought for her to wear.)
LOLOL  That pretty little Momma of mine!

During all of this, I got no sleep, no rest.....
I was flying, and my resistance was down...
therefore, it was head cold city for me!
My mom knew I had Scrap Club's Final Reveal
scheduled, and she insisted I get back so those 
quilters wouldn't get mad at me! LOLOL

Well, hesitantly, I went.....
I just love all of the quilters in
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter!
They were so kind, and concerned about everything
that had taken place with my mother.
We had a wonderful reveal!

The participation level was beyond compare for this session.
66 Lone Star quilts were shown in our
Lonestar Legacies chapter of Scrap Club.
Photos will be coming soon of all of the talented
quilters' works!
I can't wait to share them with you all!

My friend, Chris, found this antique Lone Star Quilt
 at an antique mall in Nebraska.
She surprised me with it at the Final Reveal!
There is a texture antique quilts have that is like nothing else!
I just love them, don't you?

And I love all of my friends out there
in the quilting world and blog land!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for being a friend!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Welcome September!

Welcome September!

Welcome Scrap Quilters!

Welcome Fall!  Well..........almost.........

This is one of my most favorite times of the year!

I recently had a blast with some quilters from the
St. Louis Star Quilt Guild
in a "String Star" workshop.

This is such a fun guild and I love spending
time with them.......
look at some of their work....

Pam is the guild president, and coordinated this
workshop.  I can't thank her enough for organizing this
fun group!

Organizational skills!  I love it!

String pieced units, starched, and drying.....

Sometimes you have to take out stitches......
the next two quilters were so lady like in doing that......

legs crossed......
We had fun!

Quilters hard at work.....
in a spacious and nice facility,
Salem Lutheran Church in Affton, MO.

A wonderful potluck was served!
Delicious!  Thanks quilters!

And after lunch.....

Ta Dah!  
Stars were appearing!

Stars started shining.........

Each one a little different....

each one beautiful.

You can't go wrong with Christmas!

And.....a quilter after my own heart.....
using up the leftovers from a 
Trip Around the World Quilt!
We ooooohed and ahhhhhed over this one!

Thanks so much for the fun workshop day
St. Louis Star Quilt Guild!

In other news......

I joined hair nation.........
Why? You ask????

When one of your friends won't take "no" for an
answer to attending a Def Leppard/Journey concert
and you are a product of the 80's, go with him!

Skeptical?  YES!
I had NEVER attended a rock concert! I didn't wear the hair.....
but, my friend Chris and I had a great time!
The weather was great for the concert at Busch Stadium,
and I even recognized some of the music! LOLOLOL

My friend Sue came over to try
out my Accuquilt Studio......
I talked her into buying one! LOLOL
Maybe I need a job with Accuquilt???? LOL

She brought me these goodies
she made from her garden!
Thanks so much Sue!

Recently, I found this little gem at an antique mall!
As you all know I collect anything Boston Terrier,
and this was a neat find!
I have never seen one of these Japan figurines in
the form of a pencil holder.

And lastly........

My flight attendant friend Judy has a farm
east of Nashville.  We love working together, and 
talking about our poultry.
Her Royal Palm Turkey mama hatched out
14 babies, but, wasn't being a very good
mother to the poults.

 So, Uncle Kevin the Quilter to the rescue.......
I drove 3.5 hours to meet her for the hand off of these
adorable little turkey poults.

So far, they are adjusting nicely and seem really sturdy.
Baby turkeys are very hard to raise......they are very susceptible
to a variety of things.  Here's hoping these babies will thrive
here at the Quilt Cave!


I hope I can meet you at one of these upcoming events!

September 27, 2018  6PM
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter
Final Reveal
Lone Star Legacies
18 North Central Drive
O'Fallon, MO  63366

October 2, 2018  6:30 PM
Friends In Stitches Quilt Guild
Waterloo, Illinois
Lecture / Trunk Show
Annex Building
901 Illinois Avenue
Waterloo, IL 62298

October 9, 2018 6:30 PM
Stitch by Stitch Quilt Guild
Marshall, Missouri
Lecture / Trunk Show
1st Presbyterian Church
212 E. North Street
Marshall, MO  65340

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for being a friend!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter