Saturday, December 30, 2017

Annual String Fling + Giveaway!!

Keep reading to the bottom of the post for details on the GIVEAWAY!

Third time's the charm? Well in this case the first two times were pretty great.  We've done foundation pieced string blocks for a Covered in Love block drive for the past two years and everyone seems to really enjoy it, so I thought I'd make it a tradition! I did nudge it from October to the Jan/Feb slot so it would be opposite our other staple, the summer red/white/blue stars drive, but now it's here to stay.


These string blocks are 10.5" unfinished and super easy to make.  It's a great way to burn up some scraps.  You can find the step-by-step tutorial HERE.  This block drive is a color/theme free-for-all. Anything goes for these fun scrap quilts. In 2015 we made 8 of these quilts and in 2016 we made 8 more, so 16 total so far. This drive will run from now until the end of February.


Feel free to jump right into the block drive, whether you're new or have done a lot before.  Every 2 months I host a block drive to benefit Covered in Love.  We make quilts for grieving families in the hospital.  You can make as many or as few blocks as you like and sewing in this block drive doesn't commit you future drives, you can pick and chose the ones you like or have time for.  Just leave a comment or email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com for a mailing address.


Covered in Love began in April 2015 and to date we've given out over 260 quilts to mourning families in the hospital.  I meant to do a giveaway for the 200-quilt milestone but it got past me so instead we're having a joint (almost) "3 Year Anniversary/300 Quilts" celebration giveaway!

(Christmas on top, Spring on the bottom)
This giveaway is open to anyone, you don't have to have participated with CiL before.  For everyone who sends in blocks to the Jan/Feb block drive you'll receive one entry per block and at the end I'll draw two winners.

Christmas jelly roll



Spring jelly roll


I've got two jelly rolls to giveaway, one is Christmas themed and one in Spring-y fabrics.  In the top-down photo you can see the colors. Click the photos to see them larger.  I know Christmas just happened but let's be honest, it takes most of us at least a year to make a quilt.

These CiL milestones and this giveaway are a celebration of YOU the volunteers.  Thank you soooooo much, I literally couldn't have done it without all of your help!



25 comments:

  1. What a great way to start 2018! Happy sewing ahead.....

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  2. I'm so glad this block is here. I've been wanting to make some and now have a reason.

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  3. String quilts are the best! What a great way to clean up the scrap bins early in the year.

    Happy New Year Kat!

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  4. So fun and thanks for not making us wait til the New Year to get started. Who doesn't love a string block project to use up some stash? I love string blocks for some fun, mindless sewing that always comes out fabulous in the end!! Thanks so much and Happy New Year Kat!!!!

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  5. Love the string blocks and the quilts turned out great.

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  6. i have been saving strips for me one of those

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  7. What fun! I love string blocks, and a give-away is such a nice idea.

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  8. You are sweet to have a giveaway like this! I really enjoy making blocks for you no matter what - especially string blocks!

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  9. It's about time I got involved with this! I'm in!

    livingincolorblog (at) outlook (dot) com

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  10. How exciting!! An easy to piece block for CiL and a chance to win a Jelly Roll... I've never purchased a Jelly Roll, so I thank you for the opportunity.

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  11. Oh, yay! I love these blocks! I'll have to get cracking if I want to get any done before we leave the country, though. Those jelly rolls are a great incentive :)

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  12. These blocks will be great for any "New Year Cleaning" we might want to do to our scrap bins! Adding them to my To Do list right now!

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  13. A friend donated a "tub" of strings to me, knowing I was crocheting a string rug. Some are too wide to crochet with, and I was going to make some string blocks to use them, Maggie will be excited that I am donating blocks to CiL. Hooray for both of us!!

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  14. Kat, one quick question...do you care if they are without a backing? I'm doing some with paper on the back and then ripping it off. Your tutorial was with a fabric backing...will this be a problem if mine are without?

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  15. I have a large basket overflowing with strings so I'm really going to try to get some blocks made for you this year. What an incredible ministry!

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  16. My daughter and I so enjoyed making string blocks last time! Yea! I'll be having fun joining you again! Thank you!

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  17. I’m almost finished with my commitment and s/b able to whip up a few blocks to send your way soon.

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  19. I love being able to use up all my fabric with none going to waste...It's so nice using strings and no two quilts are ever the same even if the pattern is

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  20. Would love to help out with this, I have strings at the ready.

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  21. This is Danice, from Homespun Hannah's Blog. My other comments have not appeared, so this is my Wordpess account. I am making some string blocks. Would love to win a jelly roll.

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  22. I've made 20 blocks already. They are definitely addictive. I would love to have the mailing address.

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  23. I have contributed blocks before, but not for a while. I'll be back this round for sure.

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  24. Katie's Salt Marsh Path talked about your drive for string blocks today, so I'll give it a try! The love that goes into these quilty hugs is the best part!

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