Thursday, May 13, 2021

Finally Wrapping Up 2019 Block Drive

Yes, that's right, these quilts are late-finishers from the Sept-Oct 2019 block drive.  These four tops were sent in by Gail and "aged" for a while until Linda quilted them! Perhaps a record for longest block drive running?  

Honestly it's nice to have quilts pop up so long after a drive, makes the design seem special again. And of course Linda's wonderful quilting puts them over the top. 

I had to take a picture of some of the backings, too. Gail always sends in the best backings with her tops.  Aren't these batik butterflies a beauty?

I really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite things to watch with you last Friday and I got some great recommendations, too.  I hope some of you found something you like to watch.  

Lovely swirly feathers, they look like butterflies.  

This drive is a good reminder of why I like half-square triangle designs so much.  They are just so versatile and can be laid out so many different ways.  

Sweet flower quilting!

Believe it or not, this backing is actually more saturated and deeply colored in person!

This lovely blue patchwork top was a bonus one sent along by Gail and finished by Linda.  It's so charming and cozy looking.

As much as I love elaborate swirling quilted feathers, I'm a sucker for geometric designs like these double zigzags.

Linda sent along this quilt of her own as an H2H donation.  I'm pretty sure the block is one of those where you sew one block and then cut it apart, similar to a disappearing nine patch, but I'm not sure what the original block was. 

A close up of the awesome back-and-forth wiggles quilting.  Thank you so much Linda!

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 700 so far! During May/June Tammy is hosting our block drive on her blog.  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, May 6, 2021

Julie's Bold, Bright Tops

Julie W. sent me a box of tops a while ago and I've been itching to quilt them just because I love her colors and fabrics so much!  With the current quilting blitz I finally got around to it.  Isn't this scrappy bear claw wild? And I had the perfect backing fabric for it.  

Julie must have a great stash. I recognize so many of the prints from popular fabric lines. All of the small prints will be perfect for a family to spend a long time looking over and finding fun things.  There are foxes and gnomes and mermaids.

There are seven quilt tops from Julie in this group, all quilted now and ready to go up to the hospital.  I'm going to be making a huge delivery sometime soon. 

Since this is a long, picture-heavy post I thought it might be fun to tell you about some of the things I have been watching/listening to while quilting all of these. 

For a while now I have been enjoying "Time Team", which is a British archaeology show that ran from the early 1990s to about 2012.  Typical for British television, it's educational and entertaining and the hosts are charming. I've learned a ton about British history.  You can find most of the episodes on YouTube and if you want to give it a try I recommend this one

Along sort of similar lines, I've lately started watching YouTube channels of some British mudlarks.  (Mudlarking is going out looking along tidal rivers and estuaries for bits of history lost in the river and hidden for years in the mud.) Last year I listened to this book on Audible about mudlarking the Thames in London which introduced me to the idea. 

The two Mudlarking channels I am enjoying the most right now are Si-Finds and Nicola White.  There's a video here where Simon finds an almost-intact Roman pot in the Thames estuary. The mudlarks find coins from the past 2500 years, buttons, clay pipes, horse shoes, glass bottles, pottery, guns, shrapnel, and the list goes on and on.  They try to research whatever they find, which is fascinating.  Some things they take to the museum and other less valuable things they upcycle or make into art. 

Taking a break from history, I spent some time watching Adventures with Purpose. These specialist divers from Oregon search for missing things underwater. They especially work to solve cold-cases of missing people who may be  in a car underwater.

I first heard of them in a newspaper article when they solved a 30-year-old missing persons case on a nearby lake.  They don't have the video of that case up on their channel yet, but there are several others, like this one

Tasting History with Max Miller has been one of my favorite YouTube channels for the past year.  Max blends old recipes (like really old) with hilarious bite-sized takes on history.  This episode on the history of pancakes is a good one.

Another food channel that I really enjoy is Binging with Babish, he specializes in replicating food from movies and TV.  Here's part 2 of the Lord of the Rings special.  

I love the pattern of this quilt. So simple yet so effective!  Love that backing fabric, too.

There's a soap-making crafter I like to watch, Royalty Soaps.  She only lives about an hour from me and her videos are really soothing. I like to watch how the patterns some out in the soap bars.  She also sells her soap online although I've never bought any. 

Lofty Pursuits is a candy making channel based in Tallahassee, FL. They make traditional sugar hard candy with images in the cross section.  My grandma used to get me a cannister of candy like this at Christmas. Similar to the soap channel their videos are really soothing to watch. Greg also mixes in a lot of history and background in most of the videos.  I have bought their candies online before and they are amazing.  I got the Thanksgiving assortment a couple years ago with flavors like honey ham (yes ham candy!), sweet potato casserole, and sweet corn.  It was like Willy Wonka candy.

A few honorable mentions:  Lost in the Pond in a British man who has lived in the US for a decade and makes videos about the differences between the UK and America. Adam Savage's Tested is Adam from Mythbusters.  He works on all kinds of projects in his "cave" while rambling about different topics. Good to put on and listen to while I'm also working on a project. Frank Howarth is a genius woodturner. The way his brain can manipulate complex shapes is astounding and he makes beautiful wood turned objects.  Similar to the candy and soap channels, it's soothing to watch.

Well, that isn't all but it's enough don't you think? I feel like this exercise of making a list of my Youtubes has shown us 2 things.  One, I watch too much Youtube, even if I am almost always doing something else while listening to it.  And Two, there's a theme to these channels and the theme is that I'm a giant nerd.  But we already knew that ;)  I hope you might all find at least one new channel you enjoy from these!

As much as I love bright colors, I have to admit that this last quilt with the mellow blues and greys is actually my favorite.  Thank you Julie!

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 700 so far! During May/June Tammy is hosting our block drive on her blog.  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 29, 2021

Star Quilts and the May-June Block Drive

Details about the May-June block drive at the bottom of the post.

It's getting a little closer to summer time everyday and I have more red, white, and blue stars quilts to share.  These always remind me of July and summer BBQs.  

These first four quilts were tops made by Gail and quilt by Linda on her longarm.  I visited Chaplain Perry at the hospital today and he again mentioned that the red, white, and blue or patriotic quilts are usually the ones that first grab people when they look at available quilts. 

These past 2 months, while I directed you all toward the H2H drive and helpers like Cynthia , Pam, and Linda have been working on past block drives, I have been focused on getting donated tops finished.  

The best I can tell I have quilted 35 tops into finished quilts in the past 2 months! I still have a few more tops to go, but I'm way more than halfway to clearing out my shelves.  

Since I'm on a roll finishing tops and I'd like to get the January string quilts done, too, I asked a volunteer who has helped to finish block drive quilts before if she'd like to be a block drive angel for May-June.

(These last 3 star quilts were pieced and quilted by Cynthia from Quilting is More Fun Than Housework using blocks from the block drive. You can read her posts about them and see more pictures here and here.)

Tammy from Travelin' Sew I was gracious enough to take on the challenge of guest-hosting the May-June block drive for Covered in Love! You can see some of the quilts Tammy has previously quilted for us at this link.  

Tammy has chosen a large eye-spy block in calming sand and sea colors, which you can see on her blog.  

In case anyone is new here, we run block drives every couple months where anyone can participate and sew as many or as few blocks as you like! Finished blocks are combined into quilts which are given to patients with terminal illness and their families.  All the quilts in the post came from the 2020 July-August drive.

Please leave a comment on Tammy's blog or email me at CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com to get the address to mail blocks for this block drive.  It's a different place than usual since we are sending them to Tammy's house. You should be sending to a Kansas address, not a Texas one (although if any stray blocks find their way here I'll pop them in a box and redirect them, no problem!)

My quilt Quality Controllers have been working overtime.

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 700 so far! During May/June Tammy is hosting our block drive on her blog.  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 22, 2021

UFOs No More

I've been on a roll finishing tops recently.  Thanks to H2H for helping to bring in quilts while I take a break from block drives.  This quilt top came from Barb C., she calls it Scrappy Blue Clamshell Tessellation and said the pattern came from Royal Quilt Designs.

This next quilt with the Kaffe fabrics also came from Barb but it couldn't be more different.  Both of these have been gifted to parents who lost their adult son.  

Barb called this one the Kaffe Fassett Garden Quilt. The 9 Patch & Hourglass pattern came from Missouri Quilt Co. 

These next two tops came from Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic. I was able to supplement the crappy shady-day pics with some close ups on the swing.  

That's Paddington Bear, right, on the focal fabric?  A lot of the others are tone on tones with great textures and I love the mellow colors.  

Both of Jan's quilts had some of my favorite color combos.  I love these skinny strings. I think this might be the last of the tops from the last batch Jan sent me? There might honestly still be some buried around here but I'm going to find them!


The spring and the spring flowers are so beautiful here and I captured some of them with fabric dyeing a couple weeks ago, as I teased you with before.  I did make a post about this whole process and these here and I listed them in my Etsy shop :)
 

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 700 so far! During March/April we are supporting the Hands2Help Challenge instead of our normal block drive.  Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved. 

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