Thursday, November 8, 2018

Quilts for Rock Stars

Sometimes it's fun to sew for the other end of life :) Jack's Basket is my new favorite charity for kid quilts. They welcome new babies with Down Syndrome with a gift basket and encouragement for their parents.

They appreciate baby quilts to add to their baskets and I'm just about to mail off these 6. It's been fun to do some smaller quilts and put old UFOs to good use. The herringbone string blocks, above, were originally intended to be a larger quilt but they've been sitting a looong time.

"Made from 360 tiny pieces. Small things make a huge impact."

I made customized labels for each one. The strings and small squares got similar labels about the big impact of small things.  Hopefully something that will resonate with the parents.

This is the block I asked for from my do. Good Stitches group this month. (Block source) I got into my scraps and cut enough little squares to make a baby quilt and then some.

This guitar has been hanging around a while.

It was the first thing I sewed last year after my eyes recovered enough to make out the lines on a ruler after eye surgery. I had no intentions for it, I was just getting stir crazy to sew!

I paired it with some cool fabrics and made a label that says "Already a rock star!" (With the nerd glasses and the bow ties maybe I should have said "already a hipster singer/songwriter" but that doesn't have the same ring.)

Last, I made 3 of these black and white and bright quilts. I had cut string scraps down to 2.5" for binding, but had way more than I needed. Plus white fabrics aren't ideal for binding.

I sewed them together jelly roll race style with bright scraps in between.  (I also incorporated some of the skinny strings I cut before). Nicki was so generous to give me to permission to use some of the binding she has sent in for CiL.  I had dyed some rainbow and it was so perfect for these quilts. (Besides Nicki's bindings all the rest of the materials for these quilts came from my stash, nothing donated to Covered in Love).

"You are a rainbow in a world of black and white."  A rainbow, and that's the truth!  Can't wait to get these in the mail.

Kitten update: they're doing fantastic and getting ready to go to their long term homes!

Waffles and Fudge end a play session with a nap

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


  1. Cute kitties! Those are great baby quilts. I like Jack's Basket, too.

  2. What size are the small squares in the quilt that comes right before the guitar quilt? (The link didn't really have any info about that.) I think this would be a good quilt for some of my left-overs from another charity quilt I've done. Thanks.

  3. These are so happy and wonderful, Kat! What size are they?

  4. Your quilts for Jack's Basket will be received warmly. They are perfect for the new babies. I really like how the rainbow binding looks on them. You have such a big heart...helping everyone from the very youngest to the oldest & all in between. The kittens look so happy & content. I bet it's going to be hard to part with them when the time comes. You did good!!

  5. You made a really nice batch of quilts for Jack's Basket!! Thanks for the link to your do.Good Stitches bee block. That looks like a fun scrappy quilt!