Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sick Day Sewing

There's something depressingly adult about not being able to enjoy a sick day. Of course, no one enjoys being sick. But when you're little there is something to look forward to in an unexpected day off school -- sleeping in, eating popsicles, watching TV.  I know I'm a grown-up now because my primary thought is "I was supposed to be making money today, and I'm not."  See? Depressing.

After the meds kicked in I did perk up some and get in some sewing time.  This 60 degree triangle quilt is is for a friend. It's nice to take a break from Covered in Love sewing once in a while. 

Hoping to feel better and back to work tomorrow :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It takes a village

I am still working, but I did stop at home long enough to do a few fun things for CiL.  After I caught up on the mail I labeled these two quilts, and bound the pastel one.

This top was donated by a regular block contributor, Jo from North Carolina.  A wonderful local long-armer quilted it up for me and really made it sing.  If you're interested in a good longarmer you can contact June at junenyvall@gmail.com

This second quilt was a straggler from the H2H drive, made by Carolyn from Tennessee.   Thanks to all the on going support I took another batch of 10 quilts up to the hospital to resupply to chaplains.  This bring us up to 115 total! 

Nevermind the "soiled linens" bag, they're the best thing I've found for lugging quilts around and keeping them clean.  Remember, the August Covered in Love block drive is going on now if you want to sew with us!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Temporary Absence

The first quilt top from June's Covered in Love block drive is together.  This one I put together in the same way the original pattern showed, the next one I'm going to "invert" the blocks as I had on previous design walls.

I wanted to let you know the blog's going to be quiet for the rest of the month.  I'm going on a trip, followed by 2 weeks of almost solid work in order to make some money before the semester starts.  Normally I save up some posts and schedule them for while I am out of town, but I'm afraid I'm all out of ahead-of-time posts. 

Don't worry, CiL will continue to gather blocks and quilts this month and the chaplains will still be passing them out at the hospital. Remember, August's block drive is underway now if you want to participate. I'll be back in September ready to hit the ground running!

Linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Behind the Scenes Progress

I saw one of our quilts this week! I was walking down the hall at work and saw a young woman being wheeled out of dialysis with the pink and orange star quilt across her lap.  This one, pieced by Mina and quilted by JerriAnn.  It was probably given out sometime around last Christmas, presumably when a relative of hers was passing away.  It was a complete surprise to see that piece of Covered in Love in the hospital halls, in use as it was meant to be. It's the sort of thing that gives you a second wind to keep going.

In between a lot of summer travel and whatnot I've been plugging away on quilts.  We just recently got back from Airventure in Oshkosh, WI.  What a cool place!  It's doubtful that there will be a Friday Finish this week, but this is what I accomplished today:

7 quilt backings made, paired with their tops, and ready to baste. Not a very photogenic stage in the quilting process, but necessary.

I finished off the day in one of my favorite ways, watching Cutthroat Kitchen with Rey.  She welcomed us home from our trip very enthusiastically, full of purrs! I think Rory was happy to see us, too. She's just a lot less demonstrative in her affection.

I hope your week is going well! I am about to be off on a trip again Sunday but after that I'll be home and settled for a while.  Don't forget the August CiL block drive is going on now if you want to sew along.  A few early birds have already gotten their blocks in!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

May's Tall Nine Patches 3 & 4

Deja vu?  No, just the next (and final) two of May's Tall Nine Patch quilts from the May Covered in Love block drive.  The first two were quilted by Judy, I posted about them a couple weeks ago. These two were quilted by me.

The smaller one is 60" square, the other is 60"x72".  Both of them were quilted with a stipple and bound with pastel blue/grey fabrics.

This color scheme was my favorite that we've done on the block drives in a while. I love love love the soft, soothing blues and yellows with the grey.

Thank you to all the quilters who continue to support CiL, through the block drives.  I love making out the labels as I finish  off each quilt and writing all the names.  I think having the names is also a nice personal connection for the family that ultimately receives the quilt.

It's the end of the month again (how does that keep happening?!) so August's Covered in Love block drive is up.  Big difference from last month's block, these are kind of a wild take on disappearing nine patch.  If you're new around here, the monthly block drive benefit Covered in Love and anyone can participate any month you want making as many or as few blocks as you like. Visit the block drive page for more information.

I hope everyone's weekend is full of sewing and fun!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Disappearing Nine Patch Block Drive

How about a nice bold block for August's block drive?  Every month quilt bloggers give Covered in Love a boost through our block drives.  Make a block or two or ten to help us bring comfort quilts to families who have lost loved ones.  This month we're doing a disappearing 9 patch.

Pull black and white fabrics and one accent fabrics per block.  Try to go for true, crisp black and whites, not fabrics with a bunch of grey.  Accent colors are lime green, Caribbean blue, and bright yellow.  I pulled some examples to show you. My lime doesn't look very lime-y, but you get the idea.

Cut (8) 5.5" squares from the black and white fabrics and one from the accent fabric and arrange into a 9 patch with the accent square in the center.

Sew together into a 9 patch.

Subcut the 9 patch in half vertically and horizontally by measuring 2.5" in on the center patch.

Arrange as shown and sew back together.  Blocks should finish at 15" sq. 

Thank you to everyone who sews along and sends in blocks every month.  If you would like to support us by sewing some blocks this month, please do!  You can email me at CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com or leave a comment here for a mailing address.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Baby baby Finishes!

This week's sewing was all about babies!  I have three friends/family having babies around October, and one of them is having twins! So I have no shortage of baby sewing to be done.

I don't know if you have Hancock's Fabrics where you are, but it has been one of my favorite places to shop and is unfortunately going out of business :(  I went by a couple weeks ago and there wasn't much left but I found some things to scoop up on a discount. I got several handfuls of iron-on baby appliques.

I bought plain onesies at WalMart and sewed the appliques onto them, rather than iron. For the twin boys there are two "peas in a pod" ones.

These girly ones are for my cousin.  My friend Libby is also having a baby (gender to be a surprise) but since she is a quilter I thought she might have more fun with the appliques herself.  Rather than apply them to anything I dropped a few in the mail earlier this week.

The twins will almost certainly come early, and more than likely spend a little time in the NICU so I made up four of these reversible preemie NICU smocks for them.  (Pattern free from Everything Your Mama Made & More.)  With any luck they will never need them and they'll be donated to the NICU unused, but just in case we're ready. 

(same 4 gowns on their reverse side)
These function on the same principle as a hospital gown: they can be quickly put on and taken off and allow for various tubes and whatnot to be passed through, but it gives the parents the comfort of seeing the baby in clothes.

Finally, I sewed up this cute sleeping bunny baby lovey I saw on Quilting Stories.  The backing of the patchwork is a plush minky for baby to snuggle with and the bunny's face is flannel.  Embroidering the facial features was the hardest part for me, but after some ripping and restitching I managed to make 2 eyes that look mostly alike.

Baby sewing is so much fun. I sew mostly for the other end of life these days, and I love that too! But there's just something about sewing for a new baby. I guess there is a certain symmetry to it.

Happy Friday! Don't forget the Covered in Love July block drive is going on now.

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.