Thursday, June 22, 2017

3D Geese, Fly Home

This is a super cool quilt, y'all.  Jannette from Canada sent in 4 tops, including this one, for me to finish for Covered in Love.  This one has a really neat 3D flying geese technique.  You can see some more close up pictures of how the geese work here.


This is such a sweet, soft quilt. I stippled it all over, avoiding running over the geese (mostly. There was so me unstitching that had to be done a couple times...)


The colors are not quite as washed out and soft as the pics make them look. I adjusted the colors on the one below to give a truer representation.  I wish I'd gotten a close up of that pink fabrics. It was so sweet, with little puff-ball flowers on it.



This is also a generously sized quilt, which is always nice. I'm sure it will be truly treasured by a family who needs it.


I love this design! It's essentially a rail fence block with 4 "rails" in each, 2 of them being the geese.  Thank you Jannette for sharing this quilt with CiL!


The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Listening to... this very talented violinist covering pop music.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sew Some Love

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


Ok, you might need to put on some sunglasses before you look directly at this quilt! Inspired by my pretty patchwork top I decided to attack my charm squares.  I seem to have an excess of BRIGHT charms, so I went that direction.  I always enjoy the feeling of helping a fabric find its home in a top.



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
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, June 15, 2017

Batik Lightning

Over the past year Jean has sent me some beautiful home-dyed batik fat quarters.  Since Cynthia is so generously hosting the block drive this time I have had more time to focus on projects on my wish list. Using some of these pretty batiks was one of them!


I pulled blue and yellow shades, cut them to 4.5" wide on my AccuQuilt and then sewed them together in a braid pattern.


Initially I had planned to trim off the jagged edged and piece them together as usual, but I ended up liking the effect so much that I did raw-edge-applique onto a back background instead.


I quilted it all over with a stipple in black thread.  This one has already been taken up to the hospital for donation through Covered in Love.


Here's an obligatory cat picture of Rory lounging on the back side of this just after it was quilted. Isn't that backing fabric wild? Gail gave it to me with a note saying she had no idea what she was thinking when she bought it!  Well, just goes to show every fabric will find its home eventually.  It doesn't exactly match the top, but I think it does "go".



By the way, a reprint of the paper article on CiL cropped up on AllPeopleQuilt this week.  It's nice how they say I've "touched the lives of many patients in more ways than one" considering they don't know me  :) Thank you to all of you who continue to contribute to CiL. You guys are the real heroes!

The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Oh Scrap!

Listening to... something a little different.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sew Some Love

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



 Recently a quilter named Jannette sent in a few tops to be finished for CiL. You may remember her green stars quilt from a couple weeks ago.  I wanted to show you another one of hers I've been working on. This quilt has neat 3D flying geese, different from what I've get seen before.



These pictures were taken before I put the binding on, so you can see how the middle of the goose is caught in one seam and the bottom gets caught in another seam leaving the "wings" free.


Sorry for the crappy night-time photo, but here's how the geese look all sewn down and lined up. Isn't it cool?  I'm looking forward to showing off this quilt is a future Friday post.


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
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, June 8, 2017

Shine!

Happy weekend everyone! I've just dropped off some more Covered in Love quilts at the hospital.  We're up to 190 quilts given to grieving families!


You might remember a couple weeks ago on my charity link-up, Sew Some Love, I showed off this HST top.  A local quilter, Kathy, was kind enough to finish off the HST top I made from a donated "Shine" fat quarter bundle.  She did some stitch in the ditch that really brings out the design and lets the cute fabrics shine.
 

I wish I had taken pictures of the process of making this quilt.  Basically I went through the FQ bundle and paired light and dark FQs, laying them right sides together. Then I drew on the back of one of each pair, outlining (4) 8.5" squares and then drawing diagonal lines 0.25" to either side of the center line. Sew on the diagonals and cut on the straight lines and it makes 8 HSTs at once with minimal waste.

There are four quilters helping with Covered in Love now and I can't tell you what a relief it is!  For this quilt the FQ bundle, backing, and quilting were all donated.  Thank you to everyone who helps.  I hope you have a great week!


The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Listening to... a classic :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sew Some Love Link-up

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



Sometimes you just want to sew something simple... something pretty. I got the urge to make a quick, pretty patchwork and clear out a little stash last week.  Usually with projects like this my first step is to find a fabric I like with several colors in it, then pull fabrics to match those colors to fill out the quilt. I used my AccuQuiltGo to cut 4.5" strips and strip-piece 16 patches.


The strip piecing used up some remnants from my stash and made a quick top for Covered in Love. What have you been sewing for charity lately?


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
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, June 1, 2017

Jannette's Green Stars

Jannette is a Canadian quilter who has very generously contributed to Covered in Love's block drives.  Recently she sent in four fabulous tops to be quilted up for the charity and I've got the first one done!

Spot the backward block? Yeah, neither did I until just now.  I'm not about to fix it... it's called character!
Covered in Love donates quilts to a Texas hospital where they are given to patients who pass away.  Quilts help bring comfort into a hospital room, and family members get to keep the quilt as a cuddly reminder of their loved one.


I love these sweet green stars!  I had the perfect matching backing fabric given to me by a quilter named Gail a while back.  I quilted it all over with a stipple and bound with black and grey fabrics.


The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here



June 1st is Rory's birthday.  She's two, going on 70! Grumpy old lady :)


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Listening to... the Piano Guys.