Thursday, July 19, 2018

"Free" Quilt Round-up


Pieced and quilted by Judy
Happy weekend! Hope yours is going to be a fun one.  I am doing a round up of all the quilts that have come in already finished for Covered in Love recently. These free-to-me quilts that don't require any work beyond a label are such a blessing!


First up are 3 quilts beautifully quilted by Judy. The orange and grey quilt was one of her tops, the other two were ones donated to me that I sent to her to finish.

Hand-pieced by Sandra, quilted by Judy



This hand pieced 16 patch was sent in by Sandra, who frequently donates backing fabrics.  Judy finished it beautifully with orange peel quilting.  I got to see a couple of our quilts go to their forever homes a couple weeks ago in the hospital.  They are a huge comfort to families on some of the worst days of their lives.

Pieced by Theresa, quilted by Judy



This top is the last of the ones Theresa sent me last Fall. Judy's FMQ turned it into a real showpiece. Can you believe she does all this one a regular domestic machine?!


Beth from Vermont contacted me a while back to ask about donating some quilts. She had randomly inherited quilt a bit of fabric from an old Texas Shop-Hop.  Not so useful in Vermont! After donating a couple quilts to Hurricane Ike victims she was looking for a good opportunity to put the rest to good use.  She generously sent in 2 beautiful finished quilts.

Pieced and quilted by Beth K.

It's hard to make out in the pictures, but almost all the fabrics including the white background have tone-on-tone Texas emblems.  As many of you probably know, Texans are just a little bit proud of our state, so these will be perfect to give away.

Pieced and quilted by Beth K.

Finally, Marianne sent in this pink breast cancer themed quilt made by the Dakota Cabin Quilters.

Sent in by Marianne



Thank you Judy, Theresa, Sandra, Beth, Marianne, and many more! These quilts will be a huge blessing to distressed families.

Covered in Love donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 300 so far! Our block drives are back on track and July/August is the annual "Oh My Stars!" drive.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.


Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Scraps and Rolls



Happy Friday! Another week, another scrappy quilt! This beautiful scrappy top was sent in by Laura in Tennessee.


The blue is actually flannel, which gives the quilt a nice mix of textures.  I quilted the top with my usual quick stipple.


I love how so many scraps can look so cohesive.  Spot the backward block? Because I just now did ;)  I never fix them.  It makes me think of the Amish "Humility Block" which seems to be a myth, but I like the idea.  Perfection is overrated.


I also have finished this rainbow jelly roll race top that I made a while back.  Amanda had donated a roll of Stonehenge fabrics for Covered in Love and I decided on a simple design to show off the beautiful colors.


I found an awesome panel Sandra had sent in for backing.  I feel sure someone is going to love these quilts :)

Covered in Love donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 300 so far! Our block drives are back on track and July/August is the annual "Oh My Stars!" drive.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.


Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hunter's Star Quilts


Assembled and quilted by Kathy
Happy Friday! I hope your 4th was fun.  I've got 6 cool blue quilts to show this weekend. These are the first 6 quilts to be finished from the Hunter's Star block drive.


Back in March/April you guys answered my call for blue Hunter's Star blocks for Covered in Love.  Enough blocks for 15 quilts in all!


My local quilting angle assembled and quilted these first 3 for me from the donated blocks.  As most of you know, CiL makes quilts for patients dying in the hospital.  We recently surpassed 330 quilts donated!

Assembled and quilted by Kathy
Gail C. had sent in 4 nice grey toned backings with interesting patterns just as I was packing up blocks for Kathy, so 3 of her backings made it on to these quilts. Thanks Gail!


This has been one of my favorite block drives in a while. I love how all the shade of blue and all the different fabrics came out.

Assembled and quilted by Kathy
CiL is always especially in need of quilts appropriate for men, so these will be perfect!


These last 3 were assembled and quilted by me.  I like how the one above looks with all the blue-on-white fabrics.


I used more of Sandra's outdoorsy novelty fabrics for the backings, perfect for a man.


I can't remember if I mentioned on here yet that I bought a new quilting machine? I use a mid-arm machine (similar to a HandiQuilter Sweet 16).  My previous machine was a temperamental hand-me-down from Nancy R. that I grew to love over the past few years.  That machine and me quilted well over a hundred, probably a couple hundred, quilts for CiL.

Thanks for Amanda for this cute backing

Unfortunately my old machine was well past its expiration date and in May it finally crossed to a point where it was not usable anymore. A sad day indeed.


Fortunately another local quilter, Angie, let me come over for a sewing day on her Sweet 16 so I could keep up.  I bought a new mid-arm a few weeks ago, an Artistic Quilter SD-16, and it's so far so good!  I love the increase in throat space and it is nice not to have all the idiosyncrasies my old machine had.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to this blocks drive! And to Kathy, Angie, Amanda, Sandra, Gail, and others whose donations of time and materials has helped to finish the quilts.

6 down, 9 to come

Covered in Love donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 300 so far! Our block drives are back on track and July/August is the annual "Oh My Stars!" drive.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.


Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Patriotic & Pretty



More finishes for Covered in Love!  Susan and Theresa sent in these two tops and Angie and I quilted them.


Susan from California made this lovely patriotic top with vintage-looking fabrics.  She also sent along backing and binding, so it was a quick finish for me.


This pretty pink and green top is the second to last of Theresa's tops.  I thought we were done already, but I forgot I'd given a couple to other quilters to finish. Angie from Texas did this one.


The tops is flannel and quilted up lovely and soft with swirls by Angie.


Sandra had sent in a perfect pink backing that found a home on this one!


Thanks Susan, Angie, Theresa, and Sandra!

Summer means experiments with tie-dye; I was going for a fish scale design

Covered in Love donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 300 so far! Our block drives are back on track and July/August is the annual "Oh My Stars!" drive.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.


Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

July-August "Oh My Stars" Block Drive

....And we're back! I'm refreshed and ready to go after taking the last 2 months off from block drive.  It's time to dive back in with the 3rd annual "Oh My Stars!" block drive!


This block drive will run until the end of August. Blocks should be:
  • red, white, and/or blue
  • 12.5" unfinished
  • something you would call a star (or stars)
These patriotic star quilts are some of our most popular, which is why I continue to do it year after year. Many of these quilts go to veterans, so they are especially meaningful.


You can look at quilts from the previous drives here and here to get ideas. Also you can check out the original block drive post for a list of some patterns here.



Like all of our block drives, these blocks will be made into quilts to benefit "Covered in Love" which gives quilts to patients dying in the hospital. Families get to take these quilts home to help them mourn and remember their loved one. Anyone can participate and make as few or as many blocks as you like. Email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com or comment (make sure you aren't a "noreply" blogger) for the address.  Covered in Love is a 501(c)3 charity, so if you would like a tax receipt just let me know.


The two block drives so far this year produced enough blocks for 47 quilts! They aren't all done yet, but well on the way.  I'm excited to see what we will make together this time!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Scrappy Happy



Another week, some more finishes! Two awesome, scrappy-happy quilts from Katie Q.  Both has the same pattern made from 2.5" squares. She also sent along backing fabrics. Awesome!


Every scrap quilt is an eye-spy quilt.


It's been an incredibly hot summer here so far.  Sounds like most of the US is having unusual heat. For Texas that means 90s-100s and melting humidity.

Holly, I think this binding came from you.  Thanks!
Quilting is an indoor hobby, fortunately. That and studying are keeping me inside to beat the heat.  This is my last semester of school and let me tell you, it's kicking my tail.


Quilting is very relaxing for me, so it's nice to have so many tops ready to go for a quick, rewarding pick-me-up.


I am steadily but surely chipping away at my "to quilt" piles.  Thanks so much Katie and everyone else who sends in donations!

Obligatory cat picture: Fluffy Nugget models string quilt #14

Covered in Love is taking a break from the block drives until July so I can catch up. If you find yourself with extra time consider donating to Jack's Blanket!


Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday