Sunday, November 27, 2022

Another Block Drive

 Hello quilty friends :) As you have heard, the Covered in Love block drive is currently taking a break over the holidays. I know this is a time of year when many people don't have a lot of time for quilting, but there are also a lot of you who are jonesing for something to do!

With perfect timing, Cynthia at Quilt is More Fun Than Housework has decided to start another program similar to CiL where she lives! She will be supporting her local hospital's Palliative Care Program as well as some other needs with quilts.  

She's just posted her first block drive request and if would make me really happy if you would send her lots of blocks! The block drive is super simple and in great colors (well, some of my favorite colors.) You can find all the details on Cynthia's blog HERE

Cynthia has been a great supporter of Covered in Love. Every year she takes some of our blocks to finish into quilts. She also guest-hosted a block drive once while I was out of town.  She's the best and I am thrilled she's taking the CiL concept and applying it locally!  Please visit her blog and think about making some blocks.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

String and Things

Hello everyone! We're aother week closer to Thanksgiving here in the US. I'll be making a firm stance on the issue of sweet potato pie vs pumpkin.  Sweet potato is clearly superior, and if you don't think so you just haven't had a good one yet! ;)

The 4 quilts in this post were assembled and quilted from block drive blocks by Pam M. I have all the blocks from last January's drive assembled into tops but haven't made backings for most of them yet.  

I'm afraid CiL is going to have to skip our Nov/Dec block drive this year. I know that will be a disappointment to some of you! You are welcome to continue contributing to the Sept/Oct drive and sending in tops and UFOs.

Due to some things in my real life I haven't been able to keep up with the block drives and I need to get some quilts finished here. Fortunately, CiL has been very blessed with finished quilts and supporters helping to get quilts finished so I have plenty stashed up to keep us going.

In fact, I delivered 30 more quilts to the hospital today! The chaplains said it was a busy week and they had given away 7 by Wednesday.  So rest assured that things will continue, just taking a break on the block drive to give me a little breathing room. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

More Stars and Stripes

Another week, another finish post! I'm sorry I missed posting last week. I made a quick trip to San Francisco to visit a friend. I've always wanted to go to that city and had a great time! 

This week I have more red, white, and blue quilts to show. These first 4 were assembled and quilted by Pam M from block from the July 2021 block drive. I hope some of you can find your blocks in these photos. I took close ups of some of the coolest ones.

San Francisco was awesome and I'm looking forward to going back again soon. We walked a lot to visit different areas of the city and my legs and feet got so sore!

In the Castro I found a cool shop that had a section of quilting fabrics, housewares, souvenirs, toys, and in the back was a hardware store! Of course I got a couple cuts of fabric, I can't resist. 

We also walked through Golden Gate Park one day. Well I say "walked through", we covered less than a quarter of it, maybe a fifth. It's so huge! Coming from such a rural area it's cool and overwhelming to be in a city that has so many options for activity and entertainment.

On Sunday we went to an open studio event in an old military industrial area and visited lots of different kinds of artists. Really cool stuff, it reminded me of studio tours and gallery walks in Santa Fe. 

We drove down to Santa Cruz one day on the Pacific Coast Highway and visited some beaches, saw some sea lions, stopped at some coffee shops.  We packed a lot into a 3 day trip.

Last up is a group quilt made by Gail, Linda, Jeanie and Mary. I really like how the second to last border is white with just occasional strips of squares.

View of San Fran at night.

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. (The Nov/Dec drive will be up fairly soon, keep an eye out. But until then you can always contribute to the Sept/Oct one.)