Sunday, January 27, 2019

"Goodnight, Darlene!" Debut............

Greetings and Salutations Quilters!

I have some very exciting news to share with you all!

"Goodnight, Darlene!"
Original Pattern and design by
your's truly.
Custom quilted by
Debuted at

I am very pleased to share with you my very first
pattern that I have produced!
"Goodnight, Darlene!"
If you like using up your strings in
2 contrasting colors, this is the pattern for you!
I was excited to be able to share this pattern
with some quilters at The Quilted Fox
 for my very first
workshop with this particular quilt.

And if there is any interest, I would 
potentially be open to selling this pattern?
I would like to see if there is
any interest, before I went into
a larger amount of copies.

Before, I go ANY further.........
I MUST give credit, where MUCH credit is due!
This is my quilting friend, Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic.
Without her guidance, expertise, and 
knowledge of the pattern writing process,
this pattern couldn't have been written.
Jan, I know I have said it before, but,
I am so happy to have you as a friend!
Thanks for leading me, and supporting me
in this endeavor!

We had so much fun playing in our strings with this

Quilters, with machines humming.
Sewing strings up into beautiful things!

This group of quilters were so wonderful to 
work with.  Each of them understanding
this was the first time out of the gate
working with this pattern.
I so appreciated their patience
and forgiveness for minor hiccups.

Each of the quilters were working with
a different color palette.
It was a joy experiencing them create!

Each of them mastering the various units
needed to complete this design.

Did I tell you how much FUN  this was????

What a great day we had!
I want to thank each and every one of them!
From the bottom of my heart!

In other news......
Scrap Club hosted by Kevin the Quilter
met for the first time this year.

Our Spring 2019 Session revolves
around getting our scraps and stash

We are also making a project inspired by
Trees.  Each project must include a tree,
either pieced or appliqued within it.


Look at this beautiful quilt made by Barb!
She won the Scrap Block lotto for the month of

She beyond surprised me by telling me, she made
this quilt for me!
What a beautiful and cherished quilt this is for me!

Thanks so much Barb for your friendship!
I have a surprise in a near future post
concerning something else Barb did!

Sophia Annabella with your daily dose of cute!
She just got out of the bath here, and was
drying off.

And, I got a trim..........for work............what do you think?
I loved my beard before, honestly!
I know, I know........SMILE! LOL

I hope to meet you at these 

February 9, 2019
St. Louis Star Quilt Guild
Sorta, Kinda, Amish Workshop
Salem Lutheran Church
Affton, MO  63125

March 16, 2019
Quincy Quilt Guild
Lecture/Trunk show
String Star Workshop
Vermont Street United Methodist Church
818 Vermont Street
Quincy, IL  62301

March 20, 2019
Calico Needlers
Spencer Road Branch Library
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO  63376

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


Monday, January 14, 2019

Snow Day, Sew Day...........

Hey Scrappy Quilters!

We all KNOW that a snow day, is a SEW DAY!  


Come along with me on a pictorial adventure during the recent 
snowstorm in my neck of the woods!

The Quiltville Mystery is a completed top
thanks to the weather this past weekend.

I love the Halloween-esque colors I went with.
If you can't see this as a Halloween looking quilt
I am not sure what to tell you?
Frankenstein greens and pumpkin oranges,
combined with the night colors of purple and black.
Yep......pretty much Halloween looking to me?

I thought this was kind of a cool shot
in the snow?

Thanks to Bonnie's concise instructions on the construction
of this quilt, it sewed up beautifully.
Her seam guide ruler truly is my best friend!

Linking up with 

How much snow did I get here.......

Well, it was 11 inches at this point......
all in all I got 13 inches!
I'm getting every last cent out of that quilt ruler!

It kept snowing............

and snowing...........

and snowing........
until the cedar trees were so weighed down
with snow, you couldn't even see
the Quilt Cave!
I truly haven't seen this much snow in this area
in many, MANY years!

You want me to do WHAT out there in the snow?!?!?!?

Ummmm........we DON'T think so!


So, what else do you do on a snow day
besides sew?????

Make snow cream!
This was the perfect snow to do this with!
Just add sugar to taste, vanilla, and some evaporated milk
and stir!

Put together a quilt puzzle.
Isn't this a cool one?

Watch the neighbor children up the road build
a 10 foot 9 inch snow man!


be very thankful to a nice 
neighbor that owns a tractor!
I would have never been able to get out had my
neighbor Mike not plowed my drive for me!

Did you know that turkeys don't 
mind the snow that much?
Of course I don't let them stay out in it for very long.

The chickens?  Well, they would rather stay in the coop
on a snow day!

Tell me, what do YOU do on a snow day?

I hope to meet you at these


Cancelled due to weather
In the process of re-scheduling
Friends In Stitches, Waterloo, Illinois
"String Star" Workshop

January 26, 2019
"Goodnight, Darlene!" Workshop

February 9, 2019
St. Louis Star Quilt Guild
Salem Lutheran Church, Affton, Missouri
"Sorta, Kinda Amish" Workshop

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Year.......New Beginnings..........

Happy 2019 Quilters!!!!!

I have hit the ground running, as they say!
2019 is a year full of quiltiness.
I will be teaching, lecturing, and sharing my life
more than I ever have with all of you!  It will be a make it or break it year for me.
I will hopefully be able to answer several questions for my future as to whether I can pursue this passion in my life called quilting, and make do with less flying.

New Year's Day sewing......and eating!
Gotta have them black-eyed peas on the first day
of the new year!
Now, if the other 364 days could be just like this
with good food, and good sewing!

Clue 7 for Bonnie Hunter's
Quiltville Mystery
was completed on New Year's Day!

I was then off to Rockford, Illinois
to share with the

It was a very nice drive.....and I kept on seeing
In the air, and on bridges!!!!

I had 2 trunkshows/lectures with this guild, one during
the day, and one at night.
I think that is so nice that they offer 2
different meetings for those who work
and can't make it to the day time session.

Huffman's Hotties made an appearance!
These gals were a hoot!
My most sincere apologies to the Hotties
during the evening trunk pic!!!!

I was greeted by this sweet quilter, Sue who blogs at
We have chatted back and forth via emails, 
and it was so nice to finally meet her!
Thanks for coming and supporting me Sue!
The t-shirt I am wearing was a gift from
my sister for Christmas!
"I turn thread and fabric into quilts.....
what's your superpower?"

And, this is Susan, who also came to see me.
I love meeting those of you who enjoy reading the ole'blog!
It was a pleasure meeting you!

Susan gifted me these awesome chicken fabrics!
And look at that awesome Rooster quilt hanger!
Thank you so much for everything Susan!

In between lectures I was able to chat with one of the 
many talented quilters that belong to this group.
This is Robin Gausebeck who I had the pleasure of meeting.
I knew who she was immediately when I saw her.
Her miniature work is amazing.
Please go see her work
"In Flanders Fields" is truly a 
moving piece of art!
Thanks for the chat Robin!

Some of the quilters from the guild and I 
had dinner at
Who knew Rockford, Illinois was so
Swedish inspired???

We had an amazing dinner, and wonderful conversation!
Thanks for the memories quilters!

I wanted authentic Swedish food since I have never had
any to my knowledge?
I ordered the Kroppkakor.
I absolutely loved the cardamon roll and
lingonberry coffee!

And look whose portrait was on the wall
staring at me???
Doesn't this look like a little
Lori of
I know, I are Danish,
not Swedish! LOLOLOL

And who knew Sock Monkeys were created in
Rockford, Illinois???
Well, they were......
look HERE!

They were almost everywhere you turned!

The next day it was time to
Quilting time!
I LOVE this shirt my sister
got me for Christmas!
She did really good this year! LOLOL

We had to rise and shine for a "String Star" workshop
held at the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.

We had a nice work area where machines were
humming, and strings were flying.

Truth be told, these quilters were very
experienced, and didn't need much help from me.
But, we all had a lot of fun!

Marge was my contact for this guild, and 
here she is very pleased with her first
string pieced diamond.

Crisp neutral diamond sections waiting to be pressed.

We were visited by Dee who brought in some fun
antique quilts to examine.
Look at this.....I love it.....crumb/string piecing
made into columns.

This quilt was amazing!
Each block has 100 triangles in it.....
do you see the quarter to gauge the size?
I suggested it be a Leader/Ender project for Bonnie Hunter! 
Thanks for sharing your quilts Dee!

Before long, stars were coming together!

Talking design decisions with quilters is so much fun!

Teacher's pets!  First ones done with their stars!
Great job quilters!!!!

We had a very successful class!
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Rockford!
Thanks to the
Sinnissippi Quilters for their hospitality!

While I was travelling, the final reveal
of "Good Fortune" came out!
I couldn't wait to start assembling my
Halloween version!

And this is how far I have gotten.
I have a feeling I may be snowed in this weekend....
this should occupy my time nicely?
Linking with 
Make sure to visit all of the wonderful
versions of this quilt being made
all over the world!

And here are some chicken pics for those of
you who can't get enough.....

My friend Linda surprised me with
some beautiful chicken tea towels!
Thanks so much Linda!


true......very, very true!

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