Thursday, December 14, 2017

From Canada, with Love

From no quilts to show last week to a quilting boom this week! First up are two pretty tops made by Jannette in Canada and quilted by my.  Jannette sent in 6 tops for Covered in Love a while ago so there will be more of her pretty quilts to come soon.


This very pretty jewel-toned quilt might be my favorite from the batch; I especially like the narrow border. It's about 55x70", a perfect size.


I quilted it with a stipple. Many of you have donated backing fabrics, so I haven't had to buy backings in quite a while. Thanks! Both these quilts got backings from a generous quilter named Sandra who must have a beautiful stash.


This second top of Jannette's could be a Christmas quilt, depending on the binding, backing, and quilting decisions. I chose to use non-holiday fabrics to make it more flexible.


Both these quilts got a solid black binding courtesy of Nicki who sent two large rolls of prepped binding.


I thought this grizzly bear fabric was a nice compliment to the green in the top and would be appreciated by a man.  It takes a village to keep CiL going, thanks to Jannette, Sandra, Nicki, and all the rest of you!

Moo kitty says, "Stay warm and sleep tight!"

If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here!



Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


I'm officially out for Christmas break and sewing to my little heart's content!  I've been chipping away at my stack of Covered in Love tops ready for quilting. Yesterday I finished two, but you'll have to wait until a Friday to see the finished product.


I've also been working on a couple of personal projects. The vast majority of the sewing I do these days is for CiL so it's fun to sew for myself some.  First I got sucked into the Christmas Cottage Quilt-a-Long.  This is coming straight out of the scrap bins, which is my favorite kind of sewing!


Second I'm finally assembling the flying geese top I've been working on for a few months, in a vain hope of having it done by Christmas!


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Jack's Basket - celebrating babies born with Down Syndrome
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Gift Idea Round-up

No finishes for me this week. At least none I can show you until after Christmas ;)  Instead I thought I'd do a round-up of some of my favorite Christmas gift ideas and crafts from previous years.  Feel free to share any of your favorites with me in the comments section!


First up, here's a tutorial I posted last year for quick, lined Christmas stockings.  This is a middle-of-the-road stocking that looks really nice but doesn't take too long so you can make a bunch.


Next, here's how I fold my quilts for gifting. It keeps them all bundled up nice and creates a pocket for a card or other goodies.


The best baby bib EVER. Seriously. I've given dozens of these things away and parents love them. It's big enough to cover baby's whole front and ties under their arms so they can't pull it off.  You can purchase the pattern here and see more of my version here. As you can see, I add a pocket to the bottom, which is an  easy modification to the pattern.


Quick, novelty fleece blankets for kiddos are great for gifting.  WOF gives you a 36"x44" blanket with no piecing necessary.


A carpenter's star block done in blue and white can make a snowflake wall hanging or door decoration.  Here's a QAL with 3 different size options for the block and a tutorial to tackle Y seams (or you could make a cheater version with no Y seams).


My favorite holiday fudge recipe. Don't think too hard about the "secret" ingredient, just trust me. This is the tastiest, easiest fudge you've ever had.


Simple machine-applique baby onesies.  I've made tons of these over the years.  Sometimes I buy new plain white onesies and other times I raid Goodwill or a similar store for gently used onesies to fix up. Click on the photo to go to a tutorial and see more examples here and here.


My pillowcase tutorial with a narrow flange.
 

Stuffed dove Christmas ornaments, modified from a Joel Dewberry pincushion pattern.


My go to bag for carrying sewing stuff; I can think of all kinds of hobbyists who might enjoy a bag like this! I think I've made 3.  I use the clear vinyl from packaging (like what a new bed comforter comes inside) to make the clear pockets. Pattern from Atkinson Designs.

I have really enjoyed looking back through the history of my blog to put this post together. Talk about a trip down memory lane! I hope some of these crafty holiday gift ideas inspire you. If you make something based on one of my tutorials I'd love to see it!

Covered in Love if my charity to benefit patients dying in the hospital. If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here!



Linking to Finished or Not Friday

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


December is here and Christmas is on the way.  I'm so excited about the cooler weather, lights and music!


I've still been working on the block drive tops from last month. Two to go, I think! These two were a little different because they got sashing.  I think the one below is my favorite.


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Jack's Basket - celebrating babies born with Down Syndrome
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Racing Finishes

I'm on a roll this week.


Wednesday's post had my latest top, a jelly roll race, and today I have 2 more made by Theresa and quilted by me.


The first is this very pretty blue quilt with floral fabrics.  The second reminds me of picnics in summertime with its bright colors and daisies.


I quilted both with a stipple and they crinkled up nicely after a wash.  These are quilts number five and six from the box Theresa sent me for Covered in Love!


Meantime, work continues on assembling and quilting the blocks from the last block drive.  Rory has been quality testing the early finishes.


If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here


Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


Sometimes you discover pretty fabric in your stash and just have to drop everything and sew it up.  That's what happened when I rediscovered these Northcott Stonehenge 2.5" strips one of you donated.


I went simple with a jelly roll race design.  The strips looked so pretty laid out in the package, I just kept them in the same order to sew them together.  Speaking of Northcott Fabrics, they were kind enough to donate some yardage to Covered in Love a while back. I can't wait to use that fabric with the bright HSTs on it!


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Jack's Basket - celebrating babies born with Down Syndrome
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cuddle Fest

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!  I've been busy sewing, trying to knock things off my "to-do" list. Restocking my stash of baby lovies for gifting has been on there for a while.


I always keep an eye out for flannel and minky-type fabrics in remnant bins to make these from.  I sew them together pillowcase style, turn right side out, and stitch over the edge. 


Some of them are big enough to use as blankets, but most are smaller. They're really meant to be used more as security blankets or "lovies" for a toddler.  I put a loop on each one so it can be clipped to a stroller or diaper bag.


I've got 11 freshly washed and very cuddly lovies ready to go now.  The kitties insisted on quality testing (prior to the wash).

Rey found herself a good spot amidst my "ready to be quilted" piles
A lot of the stitching I've been doing for Covered in Love this week is behind-the-scenes stuff, like cutting and assembling backings for tops.  Soon there will be a batch of new finishes. Meanwhile, Beryl sent in two pretty finished quilts!


I love them both! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you're warm, well-fed, and surrounded by faaily tonight.


If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday