Saturday, April 18, 2015

Collaborating with Kevin the Quilter

Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a blog far away, Kevin the Quilter left a comment on my blog. And he said he would do ranch work for free, and I responded back and said hired!

I never realized how quickly bloggers can become online friends, and become friends in reality!!

Do you know how I know that we are friends?  He cut up my scraps... yep!! That seals it right there.
AND!! He was at Houston the two times that I was there - and said hi! IN PUBLIC!!! oh ya....


Oh!!! And!!! he also sewed labels on a bajillion QOV's!!!
(PS - he passed the horse test - they accosted him - he laughed. So he is good in their book)

When he emailed and asked if I would like to collaborate on a Quilt with him - I seriously hesitated!  Why?  - well have you seen his quilt Radar?   It is winning all sorts of stuff - and he is like this "real" quilter, and knows all these important people - and well.... I quilt in the basement......

So I panicked..... and then I said - Sure..... because I mean really - he lives far away - he can't beat me up if he doesn't like it. And I live in the middle of my place - it's not like I couldn't see him coming and have time to hide ..... right????

So he bravely sent his Quilt to me ( ps - it will be a Quilt of Valor when he is done with his *speaking tour* - see I told you he was imporant)


 The quilt arrived.... and I panicked again - Oh my - I want to do a great job, but I want to get it done in this lifetime.  So I layed it out an started planning. Oh! And I watched Castle - that's always a great thought provoker .....


 I tried to remember what I am good at, and what are my strengths - circles.... I love circles.... and so..


Here is the whole quilt... Kevin is posting all the Quilt info on His blog - So don't forget to check his post out:  http://kevinthequilter.blogspot.com/2015/04/collaborating-with-alycia-quilts.html

I did these Star Motifs down the center. I thought they would be the focal point of the quilting, and since it is a QOV - I wanted it to be able to be awarded to either a female or male.

I used both Gold and Navy Threads.  I was hoping to blend in a little on the top and let the Quilt itself shine, but then on the back the quilting would have a moment of it's own.



I hope that you will go over to Kevin's blog and read all about his Quilt as well.  I am somewhat of an early bird ( chores start at 5:30am) so his may not quite be posted yet.....  Keep checking back lol

24 comments:

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

How fun! And what a great quilt! Your quilting is amazing Alycia and I'm sure he was doing the happiest of happy dances when he saw your beautiful quilting. LOVE those stars down the middle and you know those circles totally intrigue me :D

Beautifully done! There is going to be a QOV recipient that is doing a very happy happy happy dance when this quilt is given!

I'd say your collaboration worked out fabulously!

katyquilts said...

Such a beautiful collaboration! Your quilting is lovely, it perfectly compliments this amazing top!

Impera Magna said...

Beautiful... both the quilt and the quilting! Ya done good!

Angie said...

Beautiful quilting! Brilliant to have the contrasting thread showing on the back. The quilting is a standout, but also perfectly compliments the quilt.

LizA. said...

Wow! That is amazing! Love, love, love the quilting --just perfect for that top.

P. said...

You did wonderful quilting on Kevin's quilt, Alicia! It totally rocks!

Quilter Kathy said...

You guys make one heck of a dynamo team... great quilt! You are also a "real" quilter, and a very important person ;)

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Love the quilting design on Kevin's quilt! You took some great snapshots of his quilt too!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Stunning quilting and marvelous quilt. A great collaboration.

wish2stitch said...

Alycia, you have definitely enhanced a beautiful quilt. Your quilting skills are amazing. Well done.

katie kasel said...

Wow!!! You are awesome! Love Kevin too, but hey you are superb!! You make the best team!!!

Farm Quilter said...

Kevin sent me to check out the quilting on this beauty!! You did a fabulous job of quilting it!! Pure awesome!!!

Dar said...

Alycia, Your quilting looks fantastic on Kevin's QOV quilt. You both did an amazing job on putting this all together. You make a great team and both of you ARE IMPORTANT!

Heidi said...

I love the stars and circles. They really enhance the quilt. You did awesome!

Mellie Storms said...

You two should team up more often.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great quilting! I hope to see it up close, in person, in a couple of weeks, when Kevin comes to speak at my guild (and play with my vintage machines).

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE the "stellar" quilting that you did!! It took Kevin's quilt to a whole 'nother realm... All the way to the stratosphere! :o))

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wonderful, great job. Some lucky vet will get a great quilt. Thanks for sharing.

scraphappy said...

Wow! What an amazing collaboration. Such a beautiful quilt.

Tami C said...

It turned out just fabulous! You two make a great team!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Beautiful quilting!!

phxquilt said...

You two make a great team! I love all the different parts of the quilting...and of course the quilt. 5 stars!

AnnieQuilts said...

Your quilting is amazing, and maybe you don't realize how important you are to the quilting world. I couldn't be alone saying I've learned more about quilting from studying your work than from books and classes.
Thank you for all your contributions.

Linda said...

It is fabulous! Love the circles so much. You and Kevin are an awesome quilty team.