Saturday, May 25, 2019

Wego Quiltin' String Star Workshop

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Quilters!
I hope you all enjoy the weekend......I will be flying......

For your patriotic viewing pleasure, I would like to share a very special quilt with you....

Patriotic Snake Quilt
Technically, it IS called a snake quilt....
but, for those of you who despise snakes of any sort....
envision this as patriotic fans and streamers! LOL

Please visit my friend's wonderful blog posts to view this beautiful 
Quilt of Valor we all worked on together.
It was a pleasure working with these talented quilters.
Jan of
Cherie of
And, Dar....where is your post? LOL

I want to share with you all through some photographs,
the fun I had with the Wego Quiltin' Guild in Oswego, IL last weekend.

I was able to share with this group my most popular workshop...

 "String Star"

Of course, Cheryl
hammed it up as a "Huffman Hotty"
all day long! LOL
You can click on her name above to see her latest
posts about my visit and stay with her and her family.
Thanks Cheryl for being such a great friend!

In fact, Cheryl got all of the quilters in the spirit of things
by turning them into "Huffman's Hotties!"
We had a blast sewing up the strings!

I think that many quilters are surprised how much can 
get accomplished in this technique based workshop.

Come take a look.....

Take some old phone book pages or $1 scribble pad
pages, and a diamond template......
Use the diamond template as your guide for piecing.

Pick out some strings.....
Scraps and strings courtesy once again of

Determine how you would like your strings pieced....

Making your diamond string by color family is always
a nice, effective, and easy idea.....

See what I mean......
A quilter after my own heart!

After sewing......peel the pages off....

As you can see in the pics above and below...
sewing with friends is ALWAYS a good thing!

Pressing matters!

Take a lunch break!
Lunch was potluck, and it was DELICIOUS!

After lunch, get back to work, cutting those
diamonds out!

And before long.....

The stars will start coming out!

Minions! LOLOL

I am ALWAYS proud of ALL of the quilters
that take my workshops.....
but, I have to say, I was EXCEPTIONALLY
impressed and proud of this group!

Each quilter had a star to take home.....ready for quilting!

Way to go Wego Quiltin Guild!
Thank you all so much for your hospitality
and friendship!
It was so nice visiting with you all!
I was last with this group 4 years ago
for my lecture and trunk show!

As I was leaving the Chicago suburbs, I was able to 
visit with my friend...
Wanda of 
Wanda has been such an inspiring artist to me......
as she has been to countless other quilters.
She even gave me some scraps to take home!
Thanks so much Wanda!

If your quilt guild is interested in having me come visit
for a lecture, trunk show, workshop, or auction
DO NOT hesitate to contact me!
My calendar is filling up quickly!
Also, in the near future, there are going to be some
changes coming to this blog!
An easier and more efficient blog
for guild leaders to navigate and research!

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild, Naperville, IL

Hey Quilters!
What's up?

I am just returning from a wonderful time with some wonderful quilters from the Chicago suburbs!
The past few days have been jam packed with quilty visits and fun!

Pride of the Prairie Quilters hosted me on Thursday evening for my lecture and trunk show.

What a GREAT way to be welcomed by the guild!
Chicago deep dish pizza!!!!!
I can't thank my friend Cheryl, on the front left, of
for suggesting me to this guild.
And, yes, the pizza tasted as good as it looks!
Cheryl and her family hosted me in their home for
my visit.

This guild meets in a spacious hall at the
Zion Lutheran Church in
Naperville, IL.

It was so nice meeting quilters before the meeting started.
Deb, on the right, drove down from near Wisconsin!
I love meeting all of you who read this ole' blog!
It was great meeting you Deb!

And.....guess what.....
"Goodnight, Darlene!" is an official pattern now!
I just got them in before I left for Illinois!

This nice quilter came up and introduced herself to me,
and for the life of me, I can't remember her name.....SORRY!
I blame it on lack of oxygen from working on the plane!
Here she is with one of the first copies!
Thank you!

Sharing the story of "Radar"
during the trunk show.
I can't thank my friend Ann McNew enough
for allowing me to collaborate with her on
this inspired work.

The next day it was time to play in the scraps
for my "Crazy Crumb Stars"
Cheryl was kind enough to share scraps
with all of the quilters!

"Crazy Crumb Stars"

How fun to go from these small scraps......

to these fun and varied units!

What a nice group of quilters to play with
on a rainy day!

Smiles all around!

We are having a blast!

Lynn's little friend Elsa was there to help her
Thanks for playing along Lynn!

Cheryl truly embodied the role of a 
"Huffman Hotty!"
It was so nice meeting 
her awesome friends
Mary Ann on the left and 
Sharon of
on the right.

The quilters worked all morning long
making the required units to make a
Crazy Crumb Star block.
Lunch was served by the guild, 
and it was delicious!

After lunch we focused on piecing our stars.

Plugging along.....playing with those star points....

And, figuring out the placement of those units.....

Coming together now....... color placements!

Just lovely!

Look at these pretty little 
Crazy Crumb Stars!
These quilters were an absolute
joy to work with!
I hope you all had as much fun as I did!

I also met with the Wego Quilting Guild,
and will be sharing the fun I had
with those quilters in my next post.

Thanks again for the great time
Pride of the Prairie Quilters!!!!

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mother's Day and finishes...........

Happy belated Mother's Day to all of you quilters out there!
You don't have to have given birth to have been a mother to someone!

You all KNOW who I was with on Mother's Day!
My Sis and I are so blessed with the parents we
were given.  Momma taught my sister how to be
a really good mother herself!
I am so thankful to have spent another Mother's Day
with my momma, especially after her health scare
last September.

Here are a few finishes for your viewing pleasure.

This is the doll quilt I sent to my partner
Laura in Massachusetts for my friend
Lori of 
Doll Quilt Swap.
I wanted to use some of the smallest pieces of fabric I had
left from various projects this past year.
I love the way the quilting combines everything, and
I even tried to be humble in my piecing!

Just take a look at what I received......

I was overjoyed when I learned my blogging friend
Cecil of 
had my name as her partner!
She sent this beyond beautiful doll quilt.
She also sent some French chocolate in
an egg carton! LOLOL
How appropriate Cecil!
She knows my love for my chickens!

The blocks are expertly pieced.
And, the color scheme is very appealing to me.
is a link to her post containing
some great photos of the work 
she sent to me as well as the quilt
she received.

A closer look reveals Cecil's gorgeous hand quilting!
Cecil, I truly love it, and it is hanging by the door to my
studio so I can see it every time I enter it.

Isn't it interesting Cecil and I chose to use that
poison green color in our quilts without even
knowing the other quilter was using it!

Linking up with 
Humble Quilt Exchange
Linky Party!

Abigail Rose has chosen to be my sewing buddy.
She loves to be at my feet in my studio!

She recently had her very first grooming
and did really well!
Having never had a large breed dog,
I hadn't a clue they grow so quickly!

I have also been able to finish up my
"Tree Inspired"project for
Scrap Club hosted by
Kevin the Quilter.

My Sister and Brother in Law are
celebrating their Silver Anniversary
this month.
They didn't want a party, but, I think it 
is a milestone that is overlooked, and, not often
achieved these days.
So..........I killed two birds with one stone
so to speak.

From the looks on their faces, I think
they like their anniversary quilt?

"Birches at Midnight"
Quilted by my friend Kim.
My friend Heather of 
suggested I do a flange binding.
I made a larger flange, and 
really like the way it frames this quilt.
Thanks for the suggestion Heather!
Two color scrap quilts really demonstrate
how diverse a color range can be.
And, this quilt demonstrates how proud I am
of my sister and brother in law.
Congrats to you both!

If you are opposed to seeing
food like you would see in a grocery
store, please pass by this next pic.

Here is your chicken pic!
These beautiful broilers were grown here
at the quilt cave and harvested by me.
I know I have said it before, but, I am
so happy to have a place where I can grow my
own food.
And, I am happy I know how to process them myself.
Just so you know, I say a prayer of Thanksgiving
over each one!

And, I just have to share this story here.
I have been a commuting flight attendant for 18 years now.
Commuting to and from my base in Chicago has always been
a challenge, but, anymore, it is downright impossible.
As you can see in the pic above, I am in a car, 
not a plane, with my
fellow friend and flight attendant Collette.
The driver of the car is Joey..........
Collette and I were trying to get home after flying.
I can't tell you what a horrible feeling it is
to complete work, and NOT be able to get home due
to full flights, and occupied jump seats.
This is happening more and more.
Fortunately for Collette and I, Joey happened to 
be driving from Chicago to St. Louis
for personal reasons I won't share here.
An Operations Agent knew we were trying to get
home, and said it never hurts to ask......
so, you KNOW I asked Joey for a ride.

He was nice enough to give us one!
I share this story, because, sometimes, I need to be
reminded there are nice every day people (aside from quilters)
 willing to help those in need.
Collette and I made sure Joey's gas tank was full, and 
that he was well fed for his trouble.
It was a blessing getting home.
Thanks Joey!

I am looking forward to spending time with
quilters from Northern Illinois later this week!

I hope to meet YOU at one of these

May 16, 2019
7PM Lecture/Trunk Show
Zion Lutheran Church
11007 Book Road
Naperville, IL  60564

May 17, 2019
Crazy Crumb Stars Workshop
Zion Lutheran Church
11007 Book Road
Naperville, IL  60564

May 18, 2019
Wego Quiltin' Quilt Guild
String Star Workshop
Oswego Presbyterian Church
1976 IL 25
Oswego, IL  60543

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