Thursday, June 20, 2019

Flying Geese Quilts Have Landed


Happy weekend and welcome to another block drive wrap up for Covered in Love! These 5 quilts were made from blocks sent in during the  Nov/Dec block drive.


Two were assembled and quilted by me and three by Kathy.  It's been a long time since we did a feminine block drive since we usually need masculine quilts more, but I'm glad we did this one!


I love how the soft and saturated colors work together! I also had a great stash of feminine and purple backing fabrics built up to go with these.


Absolutely perfect backing fabrics to compliment these cozy, sweet tops.  Many of them came from Sandra, who loves bird fabrics, so special thanks to her.


Covered in Love is now at 482 quilts distributed to grieving families. With the next delivery we will surpass 500!


Thanks to a small army of supporters CiL is halfway to blessing 1000 Texans with quilts of comfort. 


Speaking of supporters, go check out this quilt Louise made from a mixed box of orphan blocks, UFOs and fabric donated to me by various quilters.  Whenever I start to feel I'm falling too far behind on converting donations to finished quilts I can count on Louise to take some of the load off!


Below you can see the map of all the quilters who contributed to this block drive. (And I added the map to last week's Eye Spy quilts post, since I had forgotten it.)


Thank you, all!


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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Eye Spy More Finished Quilts

Hello quilters :) At long last the final two quilts for Covered in Love from last Fall's eye spy block drive are done!


You can see the first six quilts that were finished from this drive here.  We ended up with 8 quilts from that drive. I finished 3 and my local quilter-hero Kathy did the other 5 (including both of the ones on this post).


This is one of my favorite block drives because of the many fun fabrics that will give families something to look at and connect to.


As you can see, we added sashing to extend the last of the blocks to make a large enough quilt.  No blocks leftover from this drive, they were all used!


Thank you to everyone who contributed blocks, backings, bindings, and of course Kathy for assembling and quilting. 


Some of you may remember that back in January I bought a little house. Well, I've been trying to have it moved to my parent's property since then but it has RAINED and rained and rained.  Seriously, every time I thought it was stopping it rained more. We got 7" in one night a couple weeks ago.  The pasture was far too soggy for a big truck to drive across until now. We finally got a dry enough window of time to move the house and it's here! Hallelujah!  Still probably a month or more until I can move in, some renovations and of course utilities have to be hooked up, but the biggest obstacle has been over come.

PS - Covered in Love's address won't be changed by my move since I'm just moving a few hundred feet!

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

(More) Love from Canada



Jannette is a regular contributor to Covered in Love. I've lots track of how many boxes of beautiful tops she has sent me from Canada! You can see all her previous quilts by following this link and scrolling down.


Sandra and others have kept me in stock with interesting backings to compliment them.


Isn't this brown and teal quilt a beauty? It's actual-twin size. Something like 55"x85".


Sandra must be really a bird lover, judging by the numerous beautiful bird fabrics she has sent for backings.


Last up, this simple two color quilt with stars.  Jannette sent all of these as top and I backed and quilted them. I still have a couple left to go!



Bindings and backing fabrics also came from Holly and Nicki, among others.  Thank you to all of you who support CiL!


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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Good Stitchers

Hello Covered in Love fans! Sorry for the blogging hiatus, I have been sewing but I didn't have any finishes to show. Until now! These are a couple of quilts that were sent in to me basically finished.


Isn't this quilt the Nurture circle of do. Good Stitches made just the coolest?  Louise put it together and quilted it, and she also had it featured in the latest issue of Curated Quilts!


I love the creative, modern quilting Louise used to accentuate the falling stars pattern.


From the back you can see how the quilting outlines the stars on the front.


Next up, this patriotic quilt was sent in by Holly only lacking a binding.  It took no time at all to add a label and binding and have another finished quilt ready to go! 


Thank you to all the dedicated quilters who support CiL.  I have been sewing away and will have more finished to show soon :)

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Quilters are so Generous

Massive thanks to Dorothy from Washington who donated a dozen quilts to Covered in Love this week.


This gives me enough quilts to make a drop off next week at the hospital!


Meanwhile, on the home front. Fudge is not thrilled with me about his new harness :)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Taking a Breather

If I do something 3 years in a row does that make it tradition?  For the past 2 years I've taken a break from the block drives during May/June to catch up on getting quilts finished.  In 2017 Cynthia was an angel and guest hosted the drive, then in 2018 I asked you to donate to Jack's Basket and Briawna's charity drives.


This year I'm going to direct you toward the Hands 2 Help quilt drive, which is still running until May 19th, (of course you can donate to those charities at any time, not just during the drive!)  Sarah found some great charities to work with this year.  Jack's Basket is there, my favorite, and Mercyful Quilts run by Bernie from Needle and Foot which has basically the same mission as Covered in Love.


I'm officially calling this a tradition, May/June is the time when CiL shares the love! If you're jonesing for your usual dose of charity quilting during May and June, please direct your energy toward one of the great organizations Sarah picked out for H2H, or a charity local to you.  In the meanwhile, I'll be working hard to turn your donations into finished quilts.

I'll continue to post finishes and updates, and I'll be back in July with the next block drive!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Quilt Treasures


Happy weekend! It's been another wet, dreary week here.  This was week 4 at my new job.  It's going pretty well, and for the first time I actually found some sewing time in the afternoons. 


No Covered in Love finishes from me yet, so thank goodness for Cynthia D who sent in these 4 beautiful quilts. 


A couple of these are really large and hand stitched! What treasures!


Thank you Cynthia!

 
Here are the little ragamuffins "helping" me to hem my new lab coat for work.


Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 400 so far! The Jan/Feb 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, April 18, 2019

Go Team?

This weekend I have that rarest of all finishes: a personal quilt that has nothing to do with Covered in Love.  Yes, it does occasionally happen.  This quilt was made for a guy friend based on his favorite baseball team.


I couldn't care less about baseball but as we all know, quilters make quilts for other people, and that means we make all kinds of quilts.  I decided on a simple quadrant design with appliqued logo and baseball stitching, all from super cozy flannel.


For the logo I traced an image and layered it over red and white fabrics and batting. Then I stitched through all the layers, perforated off the paper, and trimmed away the excess white.


The baseball stitches were made with bias folded strips and put on after the quilting was done.  Since the top is flannel, the backing is fleece, and I did use batting this quilt turned out super cozy and warm.  It's now resting in its new home on the couch at my friend's house!



Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 400 so far! The Jan/Feb 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, April 11, 2019

Rainbow Stars and Dinosaurs


Happy Friday! Boy am I glad to get to the weekend; I don't know how anyone gets anything done while working a full time job!


I've got some bright and happy quilts to show.  This rainbow stars quilt came from the Nurture circle of do. Good Stitches.  Jenny assembled it and did the beautiful free motion quilting.


Next, Connie sent in this cool dinosaur top that I quilted.


I really like the bright dinosaur fabrics and I decided to quilt it with square spirals.  Thankfully CiL doesn't have much need for quilt suitable for children, but unfortunately children do sometimes lost their parents and need a quilt for comfort.


Or maybe it will go to a dino loving adult? I'm sure the perfect person will get it at the right time.


And finally, here's a really unflattering picture of me early in the morning with my Expensive Fur  Blankets keeping me warm ;)



Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 400 so far! The Jan/Feb 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