Thursday, January 12, 2017

Finally, Some Finishes!

 Happy Friday everybody! Some of the first string quilts from October's Covered in Love block drive are ready to be revealed!

the Blue Quilt

I put together several of these quilts by literally drawing blocks randomly from the pile and sewing them together. Others I tried to theme a bit more, just to do something different.

the Brown Quilt

This week I have for you the Blue Quilt, the Brown Quilt, and the Red Quilt.  These each measure 50"x70" and will bring comfort to grieving families through Covered in Love.

the Red Quilt
 Thank you to all the volunteers who donated blocks to the October block drive!  I know I still have a few more coming it and it looks like we'll get something like 9 quilts from this drive!  You guys make it all possible.

check out that cute candy fabric right on top, next to the snakes ;)

Speaking of folks who sew for CiL, I am going to try something new.  Sew Some Love, a mid-week linkup for anything you're sewing for charity.  Ever since WIP Wednesday went away I haven't found a good replacement and it seems kind of "duh" that I should host a link up so that all the people so sew for CiL can actually get to know each other!  Of course this linky won't just for people sewing for Covered in Love, please link up any post about sewing you're doing for any charity or a good cause!


So, please come back Wednesday to linkup to Sew Some Love and see what everyone else is sewing!

Linking to CrazyMomQuilts and Oh Scrap!

Listening to this week...  the Harry Potter Musicals :)

(turn on the subtitles)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Not-Quite-Finished Friday

It's snowing in Texas and everyone is losing their minds :)  I can tell my internal thermostat was calibrated by being in Illinois because it honestly doesn't feel very cold to me.  The snow is beautiful and fine and will melt by tomorrow. They're saying that by Tuesday it should be in the 70s. That's Texas for you. 

Rory is skeptical of this white stuff falling from the sky

Before I forget I wanted to let you know I am giving Instagram a try, so if you want to follow me there's a link here or up on the menu bar ^^


I started quilting string quilts this week. Rory scared me to death the other night when I didn't know she was asleep under this quilt pile and it suddenly started to move! (As I type this she and Rey are playing a vigorous game of hide-and-pounce over, under, and around the pile.)  Four down, but they aren't bound yet.  I still have loose blocks as well, and know I have a few more still to come. Probably we'll end up with 9 string quilts, I think!


The Bonnie Lass crumbs are still on the wall and slowly growing.  Playing it fast and loose with the math this time worked out and I ended up only needing to make 8 more four-patches to make it work out perfectly!  There are 3 diagonal rows left (I think... or possibly 5) to go in the gap remaining.


It's a good day to put dinner in the crock pot and stay inside and sew! If you're looking for something to sew the CiL January/February block drive is HERE. I worked yesterday and I know there was a patient that passed away in CV ICU who got one of our quilts.  You guys who contribute to CiL are blessing people every day :)


Finally, I've been listening to music by and Irish group, Byrne and Kelly, lately. Here's one of their songs on YouTube I thought you might like :)  (Click to picture above)  It starts with them talking about the song. Skip to 2:27 if you want to start at the music.

Stay warm everybody!

Linking to Finished or Not Friday and Oh Scrap!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

This and That Scraps

There's been lots of activity on my design wall lately.  My body celebrated my return to Texas in right fashion by developing a cold, so I haven't felt up for the hours-long process of basting and quilting tops.  Instead I sewed a few little things, arranged and rearranged the design wall, and put together backings for various tops for when I do feel up to it again (thanks you to Louise, Gail, Nancy, Amanda, and others of you who have generously contributed backing fabrics!)


I put up some of the hot and cold corner blocks to just see how they look and it's even better than I hoped! These won't be sewn together until the last of the stragglers are here. (By the way, if you're looking for the January block drive for CiL it's HERE). I also sewed up several more string herringbone blocks from my 1.5" strings. 


I'm actually running out of the string scraps I'd cut (don't worry, there's more! I just haven't trimmed them yet), so I switched to another old scrap project, these small pinwheels.  I started sewing the fourpatches into chains and putting them on the wall. I'm trying to avoid doing math as much as possible by just building it in place.


After some debate I decided to cut my setting triangles from scraps instead of white fabrics, so I cut 6.5" squares from my scrap piles today.  Cutting a 6.5" square into quarters lets me make setting triangles with no bias stretch on the outside edge.


I sewed up the corners as they are so far with the setting triangles in place.   It's a crappy night-time picture, but what do you think?  I'm a fan of the colored triangles for the edge.  Of course my quilting supervisors have been hard are work.  They're trying not to let on too much, but I think they missed me, too!


By the way, don't miss the 2016 Year in Review post about Covered in Love.

Linking to Oh Scrap! and Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 in Review

I started this post by looking back at last year's. Can you believe that this was only the first full year for Covered in Love??? Yeah, me either!  Hard to believe we're only about a year and a half old; this little charity endeavor has grown and grown thanks to all of you.

Gorgeous star quilt, pieced by Teri and quilted by Judy

This year we gave out 90 quilts bringing out grand total to 135!!  Ninety families who lost their loved one carried one of our quilts home with them.

Recently received quilts from Suzanne and Meredith
I hosted nine block drives and by the time I finish sewing everything up we'll have made a total of 32 quilts together.  You can click here to see finished block drive quilts.

A stack-and-whack top by Teri, quilted by Judy

Covered in Love was honored to be chosen as a featured charity by the Hands2Help quilt drive in the Spring and received nearly 50 quilts!  As the year ends we are in the incredibly blessed position of not only having quilts at the hospital ready to be handed out, but also a nice stash at home waiting in to replenish those.

Teri's piecing and Judy's quilting make this one a real showpiece for someone

As the charity has matured our mission has come into better focus. I posted a long update here in September about how things are evolving.


2016 has been a rough year for a lot of people, not least of all the recipients of our quilts.  Going into 2017 remember that every act of kindness is its own reward, that it lifts the giver and recipient; that darkness is not driven away by more darkness but only by light.  You all have shown me that kindness this year through your donations and I hope it is repaid to you in the coming year.


Wishing you all the best, Kat.

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Faded Quarter Cabins

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you've had a good holiday.  In the spirit of winter, hot chocolate by the fire and snow piling up outside the window, I thought we would make some cozy log cabin blocks for the next Covered in Love block drive.   The two month block drive cycle seems to be working well, so this one is going to run through January and February. 

Hopefully you'll be able to get most of these fabrics from your scraps.  Choose a cool color (blue/green/purple) that you have some variety of fabrics in.  Pull seven fabrics that fade from light to dark. The lighter pieces you can use smaller scraps, darker ones needs to be a bit bigger.  You may not have the fabrics to make a perfect fade, just work with what you have and try to stay within the same color family (ie, don't mix aqua and true blue, pick one). 


Moving from light to dark cut 1 piece from each fabric as listed below:
3.5" square
another 3.5" square
3.5"x6.5" rectangle
another 3.5"x6.5" rectangle
3.5"x9.5" rectangle
another 3.5"x9.5" rectangle
3.5"x12.5" rectangle 


Begin to sew the fabrics together starting with the lightest in a quarter log cabin sequence (follow the picture below).










...and there you go! The block should finish at 12.5" square.  

I know many of your are old hats at these block drives, but for anyone who's new to Covered in Love, we give quilts to patients who pass away at a hospital in east Texas.  Family members can take the quilts home with them to wrap up in afterward.  Anyone can participate in the block drives and make as few or as many blocks as you like.  Email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com or leave a comment (make sure I can reach you) for a mailing address or if you have any questions!

You can check out finished quilts from previous block drives here.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Baby Mobile for Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  I am back from the frozen North but haven't made it home yet. We are celebrating at my grandparents' house. 



While I was up in Illinois I decided to make a crib mobile for my friend's sweet baby.  I found an old slide carousel for the top and sewed stringers of paper from a map for the sides.  The center has mirrors, bells, and lights.


Here's a baby's eye view ...


...and here is the baby successfully being mesmerized by the mobile.


Baby-sitting made easier by sparkly lights and mirrors :)  Hope you're all having a very Merry Christmas, wherever you are.


Linking to Finish it Friday.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Assembling Strings

I have a confession to make dear blog readers... much of what you've seen here in the past month or so actually took place in September and October. In fact, except for a brief visit at Thanksgiving (when I got to meet my new toy, made stockings, and took the chaplains a resupply of quilts) I haven't been home since before Halloween.  I know! Time seems to have flown by.

got to enjoy GORGEOUS fall leaves, something we don't really get in Texas
Normally when I go out of town I have enough content scheduled to cover me until I get back but this trip was unexpectedly extended by a baby who decided she was much more cozy where she was and saw no need to exit mom's tummy. What have I been up to, you may ask?

My kitchen assistants
Well, I've been in Illinois, aka The Frozen North, working for some friends to help run their boarding house.  I've been foster parent, cook, and chauffeur for 8 high schoolers and one young adult with Down Syndrome (and 10 chickens and 2 dogs). 

Shortly after I got here in October.  I got to carry the baby!!!
I've also been visiting with my college buddy and fellow quilter Libby and her precious new baby (not the same slow-poking baby I mentioned before). Recently it has gotten downright freezing cold and it's snowing some days. Fortunately I came back prepared for the cold after Thanksgiving with a proper coat, scarf, and gloves. Snow is still novel and magical. Hopefully that won't wear off before I go home!

winning the award for Cutest Baby in a Bear Snow-suit
Since Libby obviously isn't doing much sewing lately what with the new baby and all she loaned me her sewing machine.  At Thanksgiving I brought back all 300+ October block drive string blocks with me and have been busy assembling them.


So far I have 6 tops done of an estimated 8.  My room up here has begun to look suspiciously like my room at home!


Covered in Love continues, where ever I am at :)   Remember, the "hot and cold corners" block drive is still going on through Christmas.  My mail is being taken in and sorted at home, so if you want to sew along and send in blocks please do!  I'll be home right about Christmas and get caught up on everything.  Thank you for all your support this year, Merry Christmas!

Linking to Oh Scrap!