Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Highs and Lows............

Hey Quilters!
I have been Missing In Action......and I do apologize for that.
From the high of the International Quilt Festival in Houston,
to a very low point in my life after returning home.  Follow the
photos below and share in my highs and lows.

I had the wonderful opportunity of working with these
amazing gals in the
booth while in Houston.
Thanks so much to Sarah, Dolores, and Lori
for letting me play with fabrics and be goofy
with my quilting friends from far and near.

The booth was busy at all times.  AWESOME!
I cut through A LOT of fabric
at the cutting table.

Sarabeth was my partner in crime!
It was a pleasure meeting and working with her!

It was so fun meeting, or reacquainting myself
with so many talented quilters from all over
the world!

 Janet of Mrs. Sew N Sew blog

My lovely Cecile of 
along with her humorous husband
who accompanied her from France to
the Quilt Festival.

I think this is one of the ONLY photos I took with
Lori of Humble Quilts!

Lori hosted a meet and greet with
her Humble Quilts Facebook Group.

It was fun meeting fellow quilters in this group!

I was so blessed to share my experiences this year with
my good friends Tea of  Teaquilts,
It was fun meeting other quilters from
Teaquilts Facebook Group too!

Enjoy the video above to see many of the quilts
and some of the other highlights of the
2019 International Quilt Festival
through the eyes of Teaquilts!

 Judy in the photo above, won the grand prize
in the Kevin the Quilter, Quilt of Valor Block Drive
back in 2014!
It was so nice to meet her!

It's always exciting to share your passion
with so many like minded artists.

The Sapphire Quilts were amazing!

Bob Ross keeps popping up everywhere!

One last visit with Cecile!

Then we realized we had to bid farewell!

Mary Ellen Robison, and Paula Barnes
These gals are so talented.....AND nice!

On the road again!
What a nice road trip we had.

So many of you have reached out to me
and shared your kind words of encouragement
about my blog.  It's always nice to hear
positive feedback.
This is the story of my life and quilting.

While in Houston, Bonnie Hunter shared the devastating news
concerning the loss of her beloved dog Sadie.
You all know I have suffered my fair share of losing fur babies.
I was so saddened, and reached out to her to share my condolences.

When I returned home, the next day I was faced with some horrible
news myself.
My beyond beautiful, sweet, sharp as a tack, 13 year old
Boston Terrier,
Sophia Annabella
had a massive heart attack.
Oh, how I loved her......and I could feel her love for me.

She was ALWAYS smiling!

This is one of the last photos I have
of all 3 of my girls together.

My precious girl.........I have no words.....
Without the prayers, loving comments from
family and friends, and just knowing that Sophia
had an amazing life, and didn't suffer for
days on end at the end of her life, 
I wouldn't be able to function.
You all KNOW that I will have a
tribute on the blog for her.
She was such a bright light in my life.
One that has dimmed for me now.
I just can't process it all right now.

To take my mind off of things,
my friend Mike drove me to get the paint chips for
Quiltville's upcoming mystery

Mike and his wife Sherry requested I make this mystery
for them, since their youngest daughter claimed
the last quilt I made. LOL
They have opted to change the neutrals to light greys.
And the green will now be yellow.
All other colors will remain the same.

Another friend gave me 10 bags of scraps!
This has helped occupy my mind as well.
What a blessing to be able to enhance the
variety in my quilt making endeavors.
Thanks Reba!

You never know what you will get here
in Missouri!

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


  1. Oh, man, that just sucks to loose another fur baby. My heart goes out to you. I'll missing seeing Sophia in the quilt cave :(

  2. I'm so sorry to hear the news of your sweet puppy. It is so hard to let them go, no matter the reason or timing. Keep quilting, spend time with family and friends and snuggle the furbabies and know there are so many of us out here sending hugs your way in our thoughts.

  3. Kevin, So sorry for your loss, it is never easy to let such a faithful companion go.I wish you peace.

  4. Thank you for sharing your fun at Houston. It is wonderful so many were able to greet you there.
    Many of us were heartbroken along with Bonnie, hearing the loss of Sadie. Hard not to love such a sweet dog if only known online. My two older cats are ailing right now and so the loss of our furbabies is present on my mind. I'm so sorry for your loss of Sophia Annabella. It's never easy but it is so good you were home to be with her. I have no doubt that she knew she was deeply loved. I'm praying for comfort in your family there and hope the time comes soon when the happy memories can cheer you a bit.

  5. SEW happy to see such fun photos from Houston, but saddened by your loss of dear, sweet Sophia Annabelle. Hang in there, Kevin! Just keep processing those scraps.

  6. The highs were high! And the lows were low :(

  7. So sorry to learn of the lost of your beautiful smiling dog! I have a smiling dog too, and cherish our time together knowing that I'll be in your shoes before I know it. Lots of hugs to you.

  8. Kevin, so sorry for your loss. Very hard time for you. Your other fur buddies need you, too. So thrilled you had such a wonderful time in Houston. I would go cut fabric for someone in a heartbeat there.

  9. Kevin, I'm so sorry. This has been a rough month for you. So glad you had friends around you to get you started on a quilt project. Love those two fur babies you still have around you, and know that your quilty friends are sending hugs.

  10. I'm just glad both you and Bonnie were home when your furbabies crossed the bridge and not out of town. It's like they knew they needed to see the one they loved so much just one more time. Heaven is filled with our furbabies just waiting for us, while we hold the memories we made with them forever in our hearts.

  11. So sorry to hear about the loss of your furbaby... that is so hard. Quilting will help to stitch your heart back together.

  12. Life is just a roller coaster some times. My heart goes out to you on the loss of your sweet fur baby. You will surely be distracted by 10 bags of scraps!!!! I love your selection for the BHMQ and substituting that lovely yellow for the spring green. Going to be awesome.

  13. Glad you enjoyed Houston, but so sorry for your devistating loss. I am jealous of those 10 bags, but you will make such supertastical things with them.

  14. It's always hard to say goodbye to our sweet pets... But she was very lucky to have you all the times !
    Unforgettable memories for me Kevin at the festival !!
    I was so proud to meet you ! Thank you again for your present !! I love it so much !
    Sending you big hugs !

  15. Your trip to the International Quit Festival looked wonderful! So glad you had a wonderful time.
    And I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Sophia. They truly are members of our family. Prayers for you.

  16. So sorry for your loss. Our furkids always create such a warm place in our hearts and it aches when they are gone. Take care, and sending you virtual hugs.

  17. so sorry to hear about Sophia. glad you had a great trip to Houston. keep processing scraps.

  18. So sorry for the loss of your sweet Sophia. She had a wonderful life with you and will be waiting at the rainbow bridge. Hugs and prayers, Kevin.

  19. So sad to hear about your fur baby. They are such a big part of our lives and give back in double and more what we give to them. Keeping you in my prayers during your time of grief.

  20. I love your adventures, Keven. You are a bright ray of sunshine for so many.
    My heart breaks for you, I know this is hard. This is "the fine print" in our decision to take in a fur baby or three. I know I know. I really know so well. Sometimes the loss hurts so much.
    Our love for them is engraved or stamped on our hearts.
    I am praying for you. It is good to know that Sophia had the very best life with you. She really did, Kevin.

  21. No words (for a change), just hugs for a broken heart.

  22. I'm so sorry, Kevin. I recently lost my Dac (14 year old cat), so I understand the loss. The house feels so big without them; even though they were small, they leave a huge empty place.

  23. My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Boston, Sophia Annabella. The world is a smaller, sadder place without her sweet smile and boundless love.

  24. Dude! My eyes are watering as I read heart goes out to you. I lost a boxer at just 4&1/2 years old. My dog Zeke had a congenital kidney disease. I really feel for you.

  25. I am so sad to hear of the sudden loss of you dear furbaby. Sending warm condolences your way.

  26. Kevin I am so sorry you lost your beloved Sophia Annabella. It is never easy to lose a pet.

  27. Ia am so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your fur-baby, Sophia Annabella. I know the despair and depression that such a loss can bring on. My sympathy and prayers are with you.

  28. Oh, so sorry to hear about Sophia. Our fur babies mean so much to us. I'm thinking of you Kevin. Hang in there. Thanks for posting and catching us up on things.

  29. So sorry to hear about your furbaby. They are so sweet, loving, and fill our hearts with love. So sad for us when they have to go on before us. Thanks for sharing your babies with all of us.

  30. A wonderful time in Houston, it appears! I am glad you had that high before you had to face such a difficult low. Hugs and prayers for you, Kevin, as you go through the grieving process for that dear little one.

  31. so sorry for your lose, very heart wrenching news. hope the rest of your babies are ok. my heart goes out to you. Sophie was such a sweet girl, loved her big smile.take care of your self.

  32. Hi Kevin
    So sorry to hear that you lost Sophia. Such a hole in our hearts when that happens.
    I was delighted to meet you and Lori at the food court with my daughter! (I have the blue jacket on in your photo.)
    Houston is an amazing place!

  33. I was thinking about you and Sophia this weekend (((hugs)))

  34. So sorry to hear about Sophia. I know what it is like to lose a beloved pet/friend. Nothing can fill the hole she left. Glad you have things to keep you busy as you mourn her. I'm sending hugs to you.

  35. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find peace in your quilting and with your family by your side.

  36. So sorry about your beloved pup... the sunshine and shadows of life....

  37. Kevin, very sorry to read about Sophie’s passing... heartfelt hugs to you and your 4-legged family💙☮️😢

  38. There are never the right words, wishing you peace.

  39. Oh Kevin, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. They always leave paw prints on our heart! Take care.

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