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March 22, 2019
M&M Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts


This week's two quilts for Covered in Love are brought to you by M & M. Michele sent in the tops and Meloney quilted them with her longarm.


First was this large Scrappy Mountain Majesties, quilted with wandering leaves.


Next, this quilt is a HUGE variation on a dresden plate in bright scrappy colors.  Meloney said this one was a challenge, but she knocked it out of the park.


Meloney custom quilted lots of swirls and curlicues to make this beautiful, happy quilt so special.  Thank you ladies for all your help in supporting Covered in Love!


My sleepy, spoiled ...

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March 21, 2019
Old and New from Kat & Cat Quilts

Quick, the sun came out! Hurry and take quilt pictures! Seriously though, it can stop raining any time now.  It would be fine with me!


Kathy returned some newly finished quilts to me this week. She took these vintage sampler blocks Holly gave me and finished them off beautifully for Covered in Love.


I'd also given Kathy one of my oldest UFOs, made in the Four Patch Charm pattern with scrappy batiks.  Thank You Kathy! This one's finally done and ready to go comfort a family.


And finally, here's a sneak peek of a new quilts as ...

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March 8, 2019
Ready for Spring from Kat & Cat Quilts


Some bright colors this week to help lure in Spring. Can you believe it's March already? It has been raining in Texas since September and I am so ready for some sunshine!  The new March/April CiL block drive just went live and it's a Spring theme as well, so be sure to check that out.


How's this for bright? Jeanine sent in two stack of blue string blocks last Fall, the first of which became this top. 


Next, Dhia sent in this quilt she finished from blocks made by the Nurture circle of do. Good Stitches ...

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February 24, 2019
A Thrift Store Find from Kat & Cat Quilts


Happy weekend! Cool quilts this week brought to you by CiL's awesome contributors.  This first one has a cool story. My friend Libby found these UFO shirting blocks in an Idea Store (sort of like a Goodwill) in Illinois and put the top together for me. 


So, the original block maker is a mystery. Libby made the top and I bordered it with donated fabric and quilted it. Now it will go up to the hospital to find a family in need.


This top came from Sandy P., cool scraps with a tan border.  Sandy has sent in some ...

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Spring Block Drive from Kat & Cat Quilts

Hello everyone and welcome to the March/April 2019 block drive to support Covered in Love! Since 2015 Covered in Love has been providing quilts to grieving families in east Texas who lose someone in the hospital. Soon we'll cross the 500 quilt mark, and these block drives are one of the major ways we do that!

The royal purple is showing up really lavender.

Spring is coming, and the never-ending rain we've had promises a exceptional eruption of wildflowers this year. So in honor of spring I chose a bright flower block to bring in the sunshine ...

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February 14, 2019
Bright and Scrappy Love-Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts



Hello and Happy Weekend!  I finished a bunch of quilts in the past couple weeks to share with you.  This first one came as a top from Bonnie and I finished it with donated backing and binding.


I love how all the scrappy stars have different centers, some with itty-bitty squares and different designs.


Next, this scrappy and very floral top from Paula. (Paula previously sent in some pretty tops before.)  Again, I finished it with some generously donated backing and binding!  I didn't take a good picture of the backing, but it's a mix of very pretty ...

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February 13, 2019
(More) Team Finishes from Kat & Cat Quilts



Happy weekend quilters! I have more quilts from the "Other people's UFOs" category finished this week for Covered in Love. The first two tops were sent in by Michele and finished by me.  Backings were some of the ones donated by Gail H.


This pretty, and large, sampler got an all-over stipple. I wish I had the skill and time to do some custom quilting in the open squares, but it's just beyond me.  The hourglass quilt below got a looser stipple. I love the color scheme on this one especially.


This vintage-looking top is another one from ...

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February 5, 2019
Eye- Spy some finished quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts



Fudge-y is proud to present the first 6 quilts from this past year's eye spy block drive for Covered in Love!


I had to take photos inside due to the weather so much of the country is having this week, but these quilts are still pretty spectacular.


I LOVE all the unique, fussy-cut patches.  Each 60"x70" quilt has 168 unique eye-spy images.


One reason I like this block drive so much is because the many different images give family members a lot to look at and opportunities to find something they connect to in the quilt.


The first ...

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January 31, 2019
Oh My Stars! Block Drive Wrap-up from Kat & Cat Quilts



Hello! It's the weekend again and I'm posting the wrap up for the July Red, White, and Blue Stars block drive.   You guys made a dozen great patriotic quilts for Covered in Love.


The last 6 quilts from the drive are here. You can see the first 6 on a previous post here.

I gathered all the blocks with something in the corners to make a sort of "Irish Chain" effect
 My apologies for the slightly dreary looking photos. It's been a overcast and raining in Texas for months. In fact, these were actually done before I ...

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January 17, 2019
Janet's UFOs (A long time coming) from Kat & Cat Quilts



Happy weekend everyone! We're half way through the first month of January already. Two pretty, rich-colored quilts finished for Covered in Love this week. Janet T. sent these two tops in ages ago and I just got the second one finished.


The rail fence top was quilted by me. The fabrics are very rich browns, teals, and purples with gold highlights.


The second top is a very large one using the same fabrics. The setting is simple, but shows off the beautiful Asian-themed fabrics.


My long-arm friend Meloney finished it with a feathery stipple in the perfect teal-brown variegated ...

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January 7, 2019
Love for the Chaplains from Kat & Cat Quilts



Today's post is in celebration of some key members of the Covered in Love team, hospital chaplains Perry and Robert.   While I normally focus on the quilt-making side of the charity (for obvious reasons) Perry and Robert have the emotionally fraught job of actually matching those quilts to families and delivering them.


The chaplains' patience, tact, empathy, and self possession never ceases to impress me.  When one of my co-workers died suddenly in a car wreck recently Robert brought this Granny's Square by Debbie out of our stash along with some sharpies. The light colored backing made a ...

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January 1, 2019
Variation on a String Block {Jan/Feb CiL Block Drive} from Kat & Cat Quilts

Hello! And welcome to the Jan/Feb Covered in Love block drive post.  For the past three years we've made foundation pieced string blocks following this tutorial and made 50 string quilts!   (If you're new to CiL or the block drives skip to the end of the post for information.)


The annual scrappy string drive is a big hit with piece-rs, with me, and with the patients who receive quilts.  Hopefully this year's slight variation on the foundation pieced string block will still be a big hit with everyone. I thought i might be fun to mix ...

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Merry Christmas / Happy New Year from CiL from Kat & Cat Quilts


Thanks to Priscilla for donating these tops to Covered in Love that I finished for this week's post.  I hope you all had a great Christmas and you've got some fun plans for New Year.


This large, beautiful, vintage-looking Birds in the Air quilt will be a real treasure to someone.


I found the perfect vintage train travel fabric among Sandra's donations for the backing.


Next, a very non-vintage disappearing nine patch in bright purple, blue, and neon green. 


I added some peacock fabric from Sandra to make it a bit wider.


And I found some more ...

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December 6, 2018
String Quilts 2018 Wrap Up from Kat & Cat Quilts



At long last, the quilts from the Jan/Feb string block drive for Covered in Love are done! This was our largest block drive to date by far, producing 33 finished quilts, and I'm quite proud to get them all done in 2018!  I delivered them to the hospital in batches, so I merged the photo above to get all of them together. The season goes from spring to winter as you move left to right.

Blocks by Johanna, quilted by Angie

I took a front shot of each quilt as they were finished. The last 12 are here ...

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November 30, 2018
Spring, Fall, and Winter Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts


Happy weekend! I have a set of three seasonally appropriate quilts for Covered in Love.  This top was made by Marianne, quilted by me, backed with fabric from Sandra and bound with binding from Holly! A true collaboration.

One of Sandra's beautiful backings


It's a large quilt, something like 60"x80" and so bright and Spring-y. I'm pretty sure these are Kaffe fabrics, looks like his colors.


Perfect binding, courtesy of Holly

Next, another of Marianne's large quilt tops in a perfect Fall colored palette. 


I love these cozy colors and the on point setting. I ...

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November 17, 2018
Red, White, and Blue All Over from Kat & Cat Quilts

The first 6 (out of 12) quilts from the summer Oh My Stars! block drive are done and ready to deliver to the hospital for Covered in Love.


All six of these were pieced and quilted by my wonderful, life-saving quilter Kathy.  She's going for sainthood, I believe ;)


Great backings for these came from many sources, but largely from Sandra.  So many interesting backings with great large scale prints.


One of the chaplains was telling me again recently how often families connect to the backings of quilts. There was one woman who was passing who had been a longtime ...

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November 8, 2018
Christy's Cozy Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts


Another week celebrating a quilter who supports Covered in Love. Christy from west Texas has sent in quite a few tops.  Many of them are made with shirtings and I LOVE them. So cozy looking!


Men's shirts have a great variety of patterns and textures and make a very inviting quilt, suitable for a man or woman.


Most of these were quilted by me with a stipple. Thank you to many of you, and most especially Sandra, who have sent in backing fabrics!


When I get a big box of tops like this I can go shopping in my ...

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November 2, 2018
Block Drive: Flying Home from Kat & Cat Quilts

 

Hello Covered in Love stitchers!  Who's ready for a new block drive? This one is a flying geese block and will run November through December.  Some nice spring-y colors to get us through the cold, dark winter.  Information on where to send the blocks at the bottom of this post ;)


The color scheme for this block drive is soft, purple-y greys and blues and violets; try to let the palette above guide you.  You can add a bit more blue as long as it is a soft grey-blue or purple-blue (the blue in my example block has quite a ...

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October 27, 2018
Got the Blues (in a good way) from Kat & Cat Quilts

PSA: If you need my address to send blocks for Covered in Love please email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com. Or if you want me to contact you please leave you email address in your comment. Many of you are "no-reply" bloggers and I cannot respond to your comments. Thanks!


Three blue quilts for Covered in Love this week. Holly sent in this large, fun quilt top and backing.  It's something like 80"x60" so it will be perfect for covering a grieving family.

binding by Nicki ;)

Next, Louise sent in this finished quilt which was made sewing-bee style by my ...

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October 19, 2018
Priscilla's Pretty Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts



I'd have to go pretty far back in the archives to figure out when Priscilla from Connecticut first began sending me UFO blocks and tops for Covered in Love.


Like many (dare I say most) quilters Priscilla suffers from the accumulation of decades of unfinished projects, more than could ever be completed.


I'm only too happy to help! Most of Priscilla's quilts are scrappy with a vintage vibe and many of them are quite large.  They're perfect for the mostly-older crowd CiL distributes to.


I quilted this Flying Geese quilt and the star one below.


Both ...

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