Thursday, April 19, 2018

Past the 300 Mark!

 Big news! With the latest quilt drop off today CiL officially crossed the 300-quilt-mark donated!


That's right, the latest quilt delivery brought us up to a grand total of 305 quilts donated to mourning families in the East Texas area!  So many people from around the country, and even around the world, have contributed to those quilts to make this possible for Covered in Love.


This week I quilted up the last 3 of the tops Theresa had sent me. Theresa sent me 13 quilt tops last Fall!


Really pretty fabrics in this brown one. I found the perfect surprise fabric for the backing from the ones Sandra has sent.


This pink, green, and grey flowery top I quilted with all kinds of loops.  Really, really pretty fabrics.


The really cool this about this one is the 3D diamonds on it.  I was careful not to pin them down with the quilting.


Last, there was this Christmas top with novelty fabrics. I did a stipple over it.


Sandra had given me the perfect backing for this one, too.  I imagine it going to cover a family matriarch who loves Christmas: bringing her whole family together under one roof, feeding them until they're ready to pop, cousins camped out in the living room, and surprising the grandchildren with Santa deliveries.  I really believe that every quilt will find its perfect family!


Don't forget about the block drive going on now! 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 an easy Hunter's Star block.



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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Insta-bites

Highlights from the past week or so on Instagram, for those of you who don't have it.


These gloves, would definitely recommend!  Makes moving the quilt much easier.


A wallhanging for one of the Chaplains CiL works with.



Rory earns her nickname "Demon kitty," Moo meanwhile is still an angel.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Unsung Heroes

Kathy is one of the (many) unsung heroes who keep Covered in Love in quilts. For the past year she's met me about once a month in a parking lot to exchange raw materials for finished quilts.  All three of the quilts in this post were pieced and quilted by her from donated blocks.


These blue blocks were sent in by Carol from Minnesota and made a pretty 60"x70" quilt.  For some reason that yellow block doesn't jump out at me in person, but I love how it looks in the picture in the center of the quilt.


These next two quilts were a joint effort of blocks from Holly and Priscilla, assembled and quilted by Kathy.


I'm so glad so many people contribute to CiL so we get such a good variety of quilts!  I apologize for the swing pictures. I prefer to hang quilts up to get a better photo, but the wind was blowing like a hurricane so it was this or no pictures at all.


Thank you Carol, Priscilla, Holly and Kathy! 



Don't forget about the block drive going on now! 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 an easy Hunter's Star block.



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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Cat Houses

I normally reserve Friday posts for finished quilts, but these paper pieced blocks for my do. Good Stitches circle deserve a mention!

(My homemade starch was mixed too strong, so there are some white splotches that will wash out)

Our circle makes paper pieced blocks about once or twice a year.  Some members enjoy it more than others... I admit to being a reluctant paper piecer.  (But, I once inflicted the most tedious paper pieced blocks of all time on them, so I really don't have any room to complain!)


This block was Briawna's choice; you can find the pattern here.  I believe there are 4 houses in the series, and of course you can make small changes and mirror them, so you could make a whole little village if you wanted.


If you follow me on instagram you've been seeing these blocks in stages for the past couple weeks. I pieced them both at the same time, trying to do one step per day so I wouldn't get frustrated or burned out.


I've had a cut of fabric with blue cats on a white background for a long time waiting on the perfect project.  I couldn't resist putting a few of them in the windows and yard! 

he's singing the song of his people
Every town needs a cat lady or two, and it might as well be my house!  I'm really looking forward to seeing this one all done.


Don't forget about the block drive going on now! 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 an easy Hunter's Star block.



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

Thursday, March 29, 2018

38 Quilters > 226 Blocks > 7 Quilts



Happy Friday! This is an especially good one for me since I have another block drive wrap up to show!  The Nov/Dec patchwork quilts are all done.  7 Quilts in the "Ready to Go" stack for Covered in Love.


These last 3 quilts measure a generous 72" square. Kathy assembled and quilted them for me (thank you!!)


It's funny that in the last year or so the block drives have expanded to the point that I consider a drive that produces "only" 7 quilts small.


Several of you have mentioned that you weren't too sure about how these blocks were going to come together before you saw the finished quilts.


I hope you're all sold now, I know I am!  Actually, I knew this would be a less popular block so I placed it at the holidays, when many people are too busy to participate anyway. 


I enjoy drives like this one where the blocks blend together and you can't tell what the original block was.


I used some more of Sandra's great manly-novelty yardages on these.


Many thanks to Sanrda, Kathy, and all the quilters who participated to make blocks!


Don't forget about the block drive going on now! 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 an easy Hunter's Star block.



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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

It Takes a Village




Another week, some more finishes for Covered in Love! Mina sent in this lovely, happy village top and I quilted it.


I love all the different scrappy houses sitting next to one another.  I found a great backing fabric for it in the ones Sandra has sent.  Seattle! I thought it fit with the place/village/city theme.  Hopefully it winds up with a person who has a connection to the Pacific Northwest.


Next up is another beautiful cat quilt from Louise. You can see her blog post and more pictures here. This was made with more of the Henry Glass "Cool Cats" fabrics that were donated to Covered in Love.


Too cute! Someone is really going to love this one.  Thank you to Covered in Love's "village"!


Don't forget about the block drive going on now! 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 an easy Hunter's Star block.



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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cuddly Cozy Patchwork Quilts



Happy weekend! For most people around here Spring Break is ending and it's back to the grind stone.  I have the first 4 of the Nov/Dec block drive quilts for Covered in Love to share with you.


I thought I'd waited late enough to take these pictures, but the sun foiled me. 


You'll have to go a little bit on faith when I tell you that these quilts are beautiful and soooo cozy. The color scheme came together better than I hoped and it definitely gives off that comfy, tucked-in-with-a-book, cabin-by-the-lake feel I wanted.


There were some beautiful pieced blocks sent in.  Thank you to everyone who participated, all 38 of you!


These 4 quilts all measure 60x72. I bound several of them with a roll of navy blue and gold binding that Christy M. sent in. Thanks!


Beautiful quilts that will bless grieving families.


I took lots of close-ups to make up for the over-exposed big pictures.


Sandra S. is a generous quilter who keeps me in good backings.  She had sent me some really pretty, manly novelty fabrics with western motifs perfect for these quilts.


Horses and cowboys with cactus and buffalo.


Thank you to everyone who participated in this drive to provide CiL with beautiful quilts!


Don't forget about the block drive going on now! 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 an easy Hunter's Star block.



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