Thursday, June 30, 2022

Love 4 Longarmers

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


  1. Wow, thank you so much for all the quilts you make and donate (what a beautiful grouping here) and for the loving kindness you show the students. What an impact you are making.

  2. As usual, all the donated quilts are beautiful works of art. I'm glad your former student contacted you. It is difficult to find and decide upon a career path.

  3. I have a niece who just graduated from college as an RN. She is doing the training at the hospital now, but so far she seems to love it. I hope she doesn't get discouraged as she has such a huge heart and I worry that the pressure might be too much. Thank you for the wonderful work you do for the patients.

  4. Thank you for the show of such beautiful quilts & thanks especially to those long arm quilters. There are just tons of beautiful quilting designs out there that really help quilts pop. So glad your student contacted you & that she is doing well with the major change. We need good nurses but they have to love what they are doing. Thank you for your encouragement to her as I know she appreciates you otherwise she would not have wanted to use you as a reference.

  5. Kat, you are the queen of producing fabulous quilts and fantastic new nurses! Your work does so much good in the world, and I'm proud to know you :)