Thursday, September 12, 2019

do. Good Stitches

No big finishes this week, but I do have a few blocks I finally finished for the NURTURE circle of do. Good Stitches.


  Based on how long they took me to finish they merit a Friday post! I also dropped off 22 more quilts at the hospital this past week :)
 

Over here being smothered by kitty love.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

String Drive 2019: Round 4


More string quilts from the Jan/Feb Covered in Love block drive!  The latest block drive just launched, so if you want to get involved read to the bottom of this post for details.


These first two quilts were expertly assembled from donated blocks and quilted by Tammy.  She added blue thin blue sashing to the second one and it's amazing how much it changes it!


The next 3 were assembled and quilted by me.  I'm steadily making my way through all of this year's string donations :)


Although the majority of the quilts are 60"x72", to best use the number of blocks I had it worked out to have three 60" square quilts.


Love it when I can find a fun backing like these birds to go with a scrappy quilt. I especially liked the color scheme of the birds.


These five bring the total of string quilts so far to 18, and there's at least 9 left.


Thank you all for your donations and support! I should be making another quilt drop off next week to bring some more quilty comfort to the hospital.


For your weekend dose of cat, a flashback photo of  baby Sundae and Fudge wrestling :)



Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 500 so far! The September/October drive is going on now.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.


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

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sept-Oct CiL Block Drive

Hello quilters, and welcome to the Fall 2019 Covered in Love block drive! For anyone who is newer around here, CiL runs block drives every 2 months to make quilts that be given to families in the hospital grieving the loss of a loved one.


For September/October we're making these bright and cheerful split nine patch blocks based on a tutorial from Jenny in my Nurture circle group. Anyone can participate in this drive and you can make as few or as many blocks as you like. Just follow the tutorial below and get them in the mail by the end of October. Email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com for the mailing address.


This tutorial makes (2) 12.5" blocks at a time. It's a great block for using up smaller pieces of fabric and scraps. Start by cutting:
  • (3) 5" yellow squares
  • (3) 5" red squares
  • (6) 4.5" low volume (mostly white/light) squares
  • (6) 4.5" "cool" colored (blue/purple/green) squares

Mark and diagonal line in pencil on the back of the yellow squares. Match each yellow square right sides together with a red square and sew 1/4" to both sides of the line. Then cut apart on the pencil line and press. Trim to 4.5".


Arrange the half square triangle blocks and other squares as shown into 9 patches, keeping the reds toward the low volume side and yellows toward the cool colors.   Sew together into a completed 9 patch and press.


That's it, simple block! It's essentially a giant half square triangle so there are infinite ways to arrange the blocks into quilts. Thanks to all of you who consistently participate in block drives! This is a major way that Covered in Love gets the quilts that we distribute in the hospital. Over 500 quilts have been given to mourning families in the past 4 years thanks to your support :)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Vacation week

Sorry, no finishes this week. I'm on vacation in New Mexico. New block drive and more finishes coming soon.





Thursday, August 22, 2019

Late Blooming Flowers



Spring flowers are blooming in August! The Covered in Love quilts made from the Spring Flower block drive in March/April are done.


Local quilter and part-time saint Kathy took all these blocks and finished them into quilts. 


I had a great stash of flower-themed and spring-colored fabrics to make backings for these quilts thanks to the many of you have sent in yardage.


Kathy grouped the flowers by color group and stippled the quilts.





There were six quilts in the initial batch. Eventually there will be one more with the leftover blocks, so 7 total!



It's broiling hot here in Texas right now, as it usually is this time of year.


As much as I was fed up with the rain last spring it's hard to remember why now. All the plants are dried out and the grass is dead and crunchy.


The rain did give us a spectacular spring bloom.  The Texas wildflowers were exceptional and I think my mom's flower garden was the best it's ever been.


Hopefully these Spring flower quilts will remind some grieving families of better times.


Thanks to everyone who contributed! I literally couldn't do it without you.


Interestingly, this time we had loads of contributors from just a few states, especially NY and TX, and less variety of states sending in blocks.




Pillow hog.

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 400 so far! The July/August drive is going on now.  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, August 15, 2019

Nettie's Sweet Quilts


I've got three sweet quilts finished this week. Nettie sent in several tops and these three are the first ones I've gotten done.


This plus quilt is packed full of adorable Heather Ross scraps.  Octopuses and matrioshka dolls and bicycles and fish!


I took lots of close up pictures of the cute fabrics.


Next up, another sweet scrappy quilt with strings.


I made up backings from donated fabrics and stippled these quilts. I'm able to do one each night after work.


Lastly, a really awesome non-scrappy quilt.


Really rich colors in this lattice weave sort of pattern. Love it! 


Thanks to Nettie and those of your who have donated fabrics for backings and bindings to Covered in Love!


...and instead of a cat picture, you finally get a work in progress picture from the little house! First big project was taking out he ceiling over the kitchen and lofting it to make it taller.

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 400 so far! The July/August drive is going on now.  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, August 8, 2019

Louise to the Rescue!

String blocks by Melinda
Louise is one of Covered in Love's behind the scenes heroes. Not only is she the secretary on the board of directors (she keeps me organized) but she's always willing to take a box of blocks or UFOs to finish.  I recently sent her a big box of donated UFOs, blocks, and fabric and she's been steadily sending back quilts.

Assorted patriotic blocks, about half from Debbie H.

You can see her post where she blogged about these two quilts here along with lots more pictures.  The string blocks by Melinda were a complete set, but for the patriotic quilt above Louise combined lots of assorted blocks of different sizes with sashing and borders to make a cohesive quilt.

"T" Blocks by Priscilla
After draining the first box and turning it into four quilts Louise asked for more, so I was quick to send her another 10+lbs of orphan blocks and assorted donations!  (Be careful what you ask for!) Her blog post with more pictures of the "T" quilt is here.

Blocks mostly from Priscilla and Teresa

This pretty sampler sampler is another blended quilt, mostly made from 2 sets of blocks using sashing as needed to size them up.  (Full disclosure, I think this one is my favorite!) You can see loads more pictures on her post here.


Thank you so much to Louise for being such a big help, and to all of you who have sent in your blocks and UFOs! I've been basting and quilting some in the afternoons this week but I didn't get any thing finished so I'm glad to have her finishes to share. Hopefully more from me next week.


Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 400 so far! The July/August drive is going on now.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.


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