Thursday, September 24, 2020

UFOs No More (continued)


Happy weekend, once again! I'm bringing you the second half of the batch of quilts Louise sent back to me recently.  This pretty Flying Geese quilt is the second (first here) to come from a partly done quilt kit that was sent to us by Gail.  

Louise came up with a new design for the blocks that turned them into 2 quilts smaller than the original quilt and perfect for CiL

Next, this quilt came from another kit. This one was kind of an unusual "Lego-style" with various different sizes and shapes of fabric that all fit together easily.  Louise chose simple is best and made a top with simple squares in four patches.

She quilted it with a cool design of overlapping large circles. 

This pretty spring-y green quilt featured lots and lots of plaids.  

Lastly, this quilt that used a lot of assorted leftover blocks and set them off with fancy quilting.  

As soon as I began unpacking the quilts Sundae jumped straight into quality testing!


Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 600 so far! The Sept/Oct 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, September 17, 2020

UFOs No More


Welcome to the weekend quilters! Friday is my teaching day at the nursing school, it's a great day to end the week.  This week I'm teaching a bunch of 19-year-olds how to given hypodermic injections to hot dogs and oranges so that in just a couple years they can be grown up nurses! I'm crossing my fingers no one cuts themselves this semester ;) Hey, at least I'm not teaching it over Zoom anymore! 

Louise has just shipped back a great big box of finished quilts she made from the UFOs and orphans I sent to her.  I loves this first one with the beautiful Fall colors and this poppy backing. So gorgeous!!

 

This quilt is made from some of the same fabric with a design you might recognize. It was a popular Quarantine Quilt Along  by GE Designs that a lot of people participated in. 

You know it's not often that I can share stories with you of where our quilts go.  This particular quilt, however, I got to help pass on its way to the mother of a woman with COVID. The young woman had to be moved closer to the DFW area due to the intensity of the care she needed and has been there struggling with the complications of this disease for about 2 months.  On top of the distance from home, of course visiting restrictions make it hard for her mother to see her. As she continues to fight for her life we hope this quilt will be a comfort. 

 

The vibrant reds and bold patterns in this quilt were an perfect match for mother and daughter's bright personalities and the young woman's mom sends her love and thanks to all of you who made it possible.

 

This quilt is a design many of you should definitely recognize! Leftover flower blocks from last year's Spring block drive

 

I believe these blocks belong to Cindy B. and Johanna?

 

Last quilt, for this week, is this neat scrappy one.  Louise used geisha panels and stacked scraps along with a batik background fabric that looks like bamboo.

The quilt doesn't have batting and has a luscious plush mauve backing.  It's definitely unusual, but I'm sure it will find it's way to the perfect person!


Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 600 so far! The Sept/Oct 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, September 10, 2020

Spinning Pinwheels

Hey everybody, I hope your Labor Day was relaxing and you had a good week. I've got some bright and sunny quilts to show off! The first ones from the March-April block drive

 

These were pieced together and quilted by some of CiL's wonderful helpers! The first 3 were done by Beryl in UT.  She likes to use this wavy line quilting that I really like the look of.

 

Yellow and blue is my mom's favorite color scheme and I love how spring-y and bring these quilts look! They're some warm and happy looking. 

 

These next 2 were pieced and quilted by Tammy S. from Kansas who has been helping finish CiL quilts since 2018.  This time she chose a flower panto that worked just perfect!

 

We've passed 20 quilts in long-term storage here, which means it's time for another delivery to the hospital soon. I work next week by maybe Chaplain Perry and I can arrange a breakfast meeting.

 

Things have been rough in the world lately, with politics heating up toward the election and Covid conspiracy theories seeming to be more common and more tolerated.  As a healthcare worker I can tell you that what is most wearing is not the daily work or the ill patients, it's the attitudes of people on Facebook proclaiming masks are more dangerous than the virus.  It's people in Walmart and church, that's what gets exhausting and disheartening.

 

I hadn't been away from my hometown since January, so I got a few days away this week to a quiet lake with a friend.  Took some time to read and get away from social media and refocus.  I hope you can find some time for yourself to do something similar this week.

 

Spotted this strange sight in town last week, an adolescent fox scratching himself on the church lawn! I'm told there are a handful of them living in town who are semi-habituated to being around cars and people.

 

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 600 so far! The Sept/Oct 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

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Sept/Oct Covered in Love Block Drive

Hello quilters! We made it to September, school is starting back, and the new normal or the next normal or whatever we're call this is starting to feel a little bit more, well, normal.  

Scrap quilt step 1: Organization (throw back photo to Rory)
 

For the Covered in Love block drive for the months of September and October we are following a tutorial on someone else's site with a few important changes listed below.  

The block is here on Zippy Quilts; it's called Fiddlesticks!  

  • our blocks will be bigger, so cut your colored squares to 14" and a trim your final blocks to 12.5"
  • make your scrappy strip sets between approx. 1" to 2.5" wide
  • each block should have at least 3 inset strips, but can have more
  • for your background colors try to stick to solids or textured solids and within the normal spectrum (no neons, etc)

Caveat: It was pointed out to me (thank you Linda!) that this pattern bears a strong resemblance to Crazy Mom Quilt's Bright Birches pattern she wrote in 2012. I don't think that Zippy Quilts intended to copy her pattern, obviously more than one person can have the same idea independently at different times.  We aren't selling these quilts but are instead donating them. That all being said, if you want to support the most original pattern designer (that we know of) please do buy a copy of Amanda Jean Nyberg's pattern.


Covered in Love makes quilts to cover patients who pass away at a Texas hospital and comfort the families.  Anyone can contribute to these drives and make as few blocks or as many as they like. The current drive runs September through October, so blocks should be in the mail by the end of October.  Email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com if you need the address to mail blocks. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Odds and Ends

Hi everyone, first of all thanks to those who have been concerned about us in light of the recent hurricane.  We are all safe and sound here. We are much too far North and a little bit too West to be affected by this hurricane; we barely even got any rain.  

This was a working week for me and I didn't get around to taking quilt photos in time to make a Friday post for you, instead I thought I'd share some photos from home with you of some other recent projects.  First, these were the June and July do. Good stitches blocks. 

One of our circle members asked for blocks to make the "Plaid-ish" quilt pattern

I recently made some shelving to go around a window to add some extra storage.  

Sundae approves of the cushion I made for the window seat. It keeps her at the perfect height to sun her fluffy belly. Nobody tell her that I didn't actually make it just for her, ok?

I realize there aren't any pictures of Fudge in this post but that's because he's usually right next to me and it's impossible to take a picture of us without my face looking all squished up.  He found a new place to store his favorite toy and keep it moist and fresh... in the motion activated food bowl.

Maybe he has some hidden genius that hasn't fully shown itself yet?

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 600 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 20, 2020

Winter Blues Quilts Round 2

 

Happy weekend, quilters! Knock on wood, the weather here has cooled off just a little bit.  (It's amazing how cool 90F can feel when it's been over 100 for a few days).

The next 4 quilts from last winter's block drive are done! This makes a total of a dozen, so far.  I really like the binding on this one with the Charlie Chaplin hats.

 

These first 3 were assembled by me and quilted by Kathy. (Yay Kathy!)

This last quilt was sent in finished by Joanne W.  She did pretty, swirly quilting.

 

Thanks Joanne! My quilt storage room is getting full and it will probably be time for a delivery soon. The Covid surge here is tailing off, assuming the start of school doesn't bring it back.  Some of my teacher friends who just went back have gotten sick already, but they're doing ok.

 

Thank you to those who have sent backings! Lesley, Nicki, Nancy, Mina, Tina, Louise, Linda, Elana, Sherrill and others. I've packed up some and sent off to quilters and also made backings for tops I'm planning to quilt next week. Having supplies keeps the quilting machine going :)

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 600 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 13, 2020

Kathy & Co

My goodness it's hot! Heat index of 106F today and it just keeps going.  A little ironic to be making quilts in this weather, but of course we don't just make them for warmth.

This Irish Chain and Nine Patch were pieced by Amy and finished by Kathy.

Lovely colors and a great size!

 

This one in the pretty soft tone and neutrals came from Nettie and quilted by Kathy, too.

I think it has a lot of prints from the Architextures fabric line in it, I loved that line!  Thanks ladies!

The kitties still want their outside time no matter how hot it gets. When I get tired of chasing them around the yard this is one way to slow them down.  You can go where ever you want, you just have to cooperate :)

 
Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 600 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