|Jo's top quilted by Kay and Denise|
Happy Friday quilters! I finally woke up at sunrise on one of my days off to take quilt pictures before the sun got blindingly bright and hot. It's full summer already and it's only June! This post is full of quilt tops that were donated and sent to longarmers to be quilted, so they are mostly very large.
|Top by Karen M's friend, quilted by Kay and Denise|
In this heat it's hard to imagine snuggling under a quilt, but I just delivered another 20 the one of the hospitals. The chaplains all said thank you and how much the quilts are appreciated by families.
I'm taking my latest batch of nursing students to the hospital tomorrow for the first time, so they are all anxious! I was excited recently to hear from a former student who had a very rough semester during her first level.
|Top by Kathy B. quilted by Mel|
One thing we see fairly often is students who don't want to be/aren't meant to be nurses but are pursuing it for various reasons (family pressure, they never imagined doing anything else, etc.) By the time they get into nursing school they're invested so much toward that goal that it's very very difficult for them let go and change majors even if it's obvious that would be the better choice.
|Top by Priscilla, quilted by Mel|
We try to support them through that realization and encourage them to make a positive change. Nursing isn't the end-all-be-all of careers! But I remember how hard it felt to make big decisions as a 20-year-old.
|Top by Amy A., quilted by Wendy|
Anyway, this student of mine had been pressured into nursing by her family and was suffering from incredibly difficult coursework in a field she didn't love. She was one of the sweetest students I've had in a long time and had such a tender, kind heart.
|Top by Erin, quilted by Wendy|
She contacted me for a reference and a year later she's changed majors and is doing much better! It's always a joy to see my former students succeeding, but especially so when they struggled.
Hope your 4th of July is great! The next block drive will be coming up ASAP.
Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 1000 so far! The May/June 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