Thursday, September 22, 2022

More from Cynthia




This week we are featuring more lovely quilts by Cynthia of Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework. First up is this scrappy piece of her own design. She has donated all of these to comfort families through Covered in Love.


These churn dashes in a rainbow of colors are so fun!


She also donated these happy, spinning pinwheels. The blocks, set on point, alternate with a pretty floral that extends into the border to make the pinwheels float. Classic!


In addition to putting together her own blocks, Cynthia also helps us by laying out and finishing blocks from our bimonthly block drives. These next four pieces are from the last red, white and blue star block drive. 


The first two she set with sashing. She carefully chose stars with darker backgrounds to contrast against the light sashing in this one. 


And for the red sashing piece, she selected stars with white backgrounds. Very clever and effective!


In this close up you can see the very fun star motif quilting, too. Cynthia blogged about these two sashed quilts here if you'd like to see more photos, including the backings.


In this next quilt, Cynthia was able to use an odd number of blocks by staggering the columns. The flag fabric at the ends of every other column was donated to Covered in Love. In her post about the offset blocks, she said, "I really liked how staggering the blocks made all those stars look like they were floating." I love this idea!


And finally, she designed this neat medallion quilt. Writing about going through the box of blocks and fabric that Kat sent her here, Cynthia said, "Two things I noticed in my supplies was that there were a lot of friendship star blocks with white backgrounds.  There was also a piece of a great flag fabric.  I instantly had an idea and I just had to decide what stars I would use for the center.  I spied these red stars someone made, and I instantly started sewing." Do you find it interesting to read about other quilter's design process and how they get inspired? If so, you should definitely check out her blog.

Many thanks to Cynthia for all her lovely donations!
 

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 1000 so far! The September/October block drive is live 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 15, 2022

I get by with a little help...


...from my friends. Hello! Louise here with some quilts that were started by friends of Covered in Love, and finished by me. These only needed a little help, making my job easy.


First up is this great modern turquoise quilt. Diane N. started this top and made all the cool striped squares with a single fabric cut into triangles. Look at how perfectly the stripes match up. Wow! The original design started out on point and looked like it would finish king size or even bigger. HUGE! It came to me still in pieces, about 3 or 4 diagonal rows, and with extra stripe for the binding. I kind of deconstructed it back into a straight set design and had enough to make both the front and back from the original top. Thanks for your donation, Diane!


The next four tops arrived all pieced and pretty, but just a smidge too small. All I had to do was add a border or two, baste, quilt and bind. This classic, scrappy coin quilt was pieced by Irene. The pretty blue fabric with birds was donated and picks up the burgundy of Irene's sashing. Thank you so much for this sweet top, Irene!


Barb donated several of her lovely churn dash tops, and this is the second one I've finished. Her tops are always nice and flat and square. Thanks, Barb!


A close up of some of the pretty florals she used, and the chicken fabric I put on the back. Regular readers know how much I love a good chicken fabric. Cluck, cluck!



This Trip Around the World top from Frances B. ended at the outer black sashing. I love how she used half square triangles in the corners. I knew a red outer border was the way to go, but had nothing appropriate in my stash until I visited a friend's guild in St. Petersburg, FL. The perfect red plaid was on the give-away table and I nabbed it for Frances' quilt.


This fun fishing lure print makes a great backing, and I hope it appeals to a fly fisherman. Thank you, Frances!



Isn't this an interesting block? I'd never seen it before when I received this top pieced by Jo K. It arrived with the small grey border and I just couldn't decide what to use for the outer border. I pulled about six different fabrics to audition and my husband immediately chose the orange. I call him my "color consultant" and he's rarely wrong! Thanks to Jo for the fun top.


This soft and lovely quilt was donated as a group of blocks. Kat usually lets me know who donated the blocks, but I think these were anonymous. If you recognize them, leave a comment so we can thank you!


All the blocks were pieced from the same floral fabric, using the four-patch kaleidoscope technique. Here's a tutorial if you're interested. It makes all unique blocks that completely coordinate with each other. I only needed to add the sashing and borders for a pretty finish. Easy!


And speaking of easy, Julie S. sure made things easy for me with this donation! She had carefully cut each pair of triangles and pinned them together, plus included a photo of the pattern that inspired her. I had several peaceful days of happily stitching the blocks together, then laying them out, no heavy duty thinking required.


I love all these true blues. Julie has a great sense of color. I quilted all the blue triangles in blue thread and the white ones with white thread. You can hardly tell, though, so maybe I won't do that again, ha! Still, I really enjoyed this piece. Thanks, Julie!



I'll end with this quilt made from blocks and precut fabric from an anonymous donor. She (or he?) included a copy of the "Circus Compass" pattern, from Quilt Now magazine. Once again, all the thinking had been done for me and all I needed to do was keep making blocks! Fortunately, the blocks are huge so I only needed to make a few.  


I added some of my own pale blue and red fabrics plus the outer border. The fabric line is "Jane Austen at Home" by Riley Blake, which is really lovely, high-quality stuff. Soft and sweet!

Many thanks to everyone who donates tops, blocks, fabric, and patterns to Covered in Love. I'm so lucky to work with such a huge variety of raw materials to make these comforting quilts!

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 1000 so far! The September/October block drive is live 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 8, 2022

Fall Colors Finishes from Cynthia


This week we are featuring quilts from Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework. She laid out and finished four beautiful quilts from last fall's block drive. Let's take a look at these gorgeous pieces.


This one and the one at the top of the post are similar, but the quilting is different. The top one has simple straight and wavy lines.


The second one has a swirling wind kind of motif. So much texture!


In the third quilt, it looks like she chose the blocks that had biggest leaf prints in them. She said, "People sure have some lovely leaf fabrics in their stash!" I agree whole heartedly! 


What a great leaf quilt pattern, too. Perfect for these fabrics, don't you think?


Cynthia said, "For this one, I alternated the direction of the blocks.  This is different than the way the blocks were designed.  I always like to mix it up and see if I can see any alternate patterns emerge."


It looks like a completely different pattern this way, doesn't it? Here's a close up of her pretty quilting, another leafy pantogram. Do you see any of your blocks in Cynthia's quilts? Let us know in the comments.

Many thanks to Cynthia for her hard work on these beautiful pieces. You can see more photos of these quilts, including the backings, on Cynthia's blog: Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, and Post #4. Cynthia also hosts the "Oh, Scrap!" weekly linkup, so make sure you check out the rest of her blog while you're there. Lots of inspiration to be had!

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 1000 so far! The September/October block drive is live 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 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Pieces from Priscilla

Hello, friends! Louise here to share some beautiful quilts pieced by Priscilla and finished by me. Priscilla is a generous donor, sending in many coordinated blocks and tops. Let's dive in!



This first quilt was donated as a small top, featuring rail fence blocks interspersed with nine patches and friendship stars. All it needed was a small border, so I added a navy blue animal print. Red flannel backing and simple stippling keep it soft and snuggly.


Next we have a vibrant star block quilt, also completely scrappy. Priscilla has a great eye for value so these stars have excellent contrast! There were plenty of blocks to just set them together with no alternate block or sashing. I think of these as stars, but my husband saw the negative space. Do you see light diamonds or dark stars? 


Don't you love a good string quilt? Priscilla made all these blocks and I added a couple borders to bring it up to size. 


I love how any color coordinates with truly scrappy blocks like these, and chose bright  blue to make the little butterflies pop. 



Priscilla sent us a note saying she had received a large amount of fabric from a friend, and would be sewing up some of that for Covered in Love. This pretty blue and cream star top is an example. Such a classic color combination! It was a no-brainer for me to add two coordinating borders to make a nice size quilt. 


And finally, we have this bright drunkards path, also made from her friend's stash fabrics. Priscilla stitched the quarter circle blocks, and I decided on the layout. 


These happy fabrics inspired me to do fancier quilting, so I stitched feather wreaths in the circles, just for fun. Many thanks to Priscilla for being such a generous and consistent donor to Covered in Love!

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 1000 so far! The September/October block drive is live now.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Sept/Oct Block Drive

 Hey everyone, we're getting closer to Fall and I can't wait for the cool nights to start! Thank you to everyone who donated block to the Project Linus in Uvalde during out previous drive. I don't have any totals to give you yet, but I will share once I know. 

For this next drive we are going to do a block called Scrap Bin Geese from Andy at A Bright Corner.  We'll make these blocks just like her tutorial, same colors and everything. We used this as a do. Good Stitches block in my group a while back and it was fun and made an awesome quilt. 

You'll notice that there are right and left handed blocks. With the geese pointing up please make all your blocks with grey on the right and low volume on the left.  

So, to recap:

  • low volume, grey, and green
  • 12.5" blocks
  • keep the grey on the right (with geese oriented up)
  • tutorial HERE

For anyone new to Covered in Love, we run these block drives every two months and have been since 2015. Anyone can participate and make as few or as many blocks as you like.

Email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com for the address and get your blocks in the mail by the end of October.  Our blocks are combined together into quilts to be given to the families of dying patients in East Texas hospitals to bring comfort in a dark time.


Thursday, August 4, 2022

"Like a Rainbow Exploded"

Not much to show this week, the hot sun is interfering with my photo taking. I do have one little quilt, a baby quilt I made for one of my oldest friends!  The brief was: "No pastels. It's a baby, it should look like a rainbow exploded!" 

I had a panel is this really pretty, saturated fabric with a city-scape and flowers, and I extended that with my batik scrap bin. Quilted with a simple stipple and of course minky on the back for extra cuddle. Can't wait for baby to arrive!

 Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 1000 so far! The July/August block drive benefiting Uvalde is live 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, July 28, 2022

Yay for Linda

Happy Friday and have some quilts! These were all made by Linda, one of the hard-working quilters who keeps us going. 

This beauty is the cousin of the quilt at the top of this post. Christine sent in that quilt with extra fabric for a border and due to size we decided to save the border fabric for another use.  Linda added some fabric of her own and made this second quilt with the perfect quilting motif. 

I love batik fabrics! I just made a baby quilt for a friend of mine with batik fabrics that I will show you soon. 

Linda also sent in these two quilts of her own.  One with pretty Asian inspired fabrics and a very traditional, manly star quilt. The start within a star design is very cool.

Thank you, Linda! You're the best! 

Spot the kitty!

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 1000 so far! The July/August block drive benefiting Uvalde is live 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