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October 23, 2020
String Things from Kat & Cat Quilts

Welcome to round 2 of Jan/Feb's string quilts!  Long-time volunteer Holly assembled and quilted the first quilt, which has some really lovely colors in it.  She quilted intersecting lines that sort of looks like stars.

These next two quilts were assembled and quilted by Linda D. I'm excited to show you more of her quilting if the future!

Of course none of these quilts would be here without the many people who sent in blocks during the January/February drive...


...And those who have sent in binding and backings! Thank you!  A recent delivery to the hospital ...

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Winter Blues Round 3 from Kat & Cat Quilts

Remember this block drive? These are the Winter Blues blocks from last Nov/Dec's block drive. When I got my quilting energy back in September the first thing I did was to get these finally finished!

There are three quilts in this post, these were all assembled and quilted by my from blocks sent in by all of you during the drive.  I let the corners flip over so you can see the backings. Thank you for all the backings that have been sent in recently! They are being put to use finishing out block drive quilts.

Each of ...

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October 15, 2020
Cozy Sampler Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts

Happy Fall, y'all! My windows are open and the cool, fresh breeze is blowing through.  As I finish quilts I have been throwing them over the couch and the kitties and I get some serious quality testing done while I drink my coffee in the mornings.

These quilts were not made by me, both were pieced by Jan at The Colorful Fabriciholic and quilted by Ray on his longarm in Florida.  Jan made this top from Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge and Ray quilted it with a playful swooping dragonfly motif.

Jan said this blue and green sampler was ...

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October 1, 2020
Mina from Texas from Kat & Cat Quilts

This week's post is a celebration of one of Covered in Love's most dedicated volunteers, Mina from Texas! Since way way back Mina has been sending in block as well as some beautiful tops and this post features 4 finished quilts she recently sent in.


Of course Mina's signature quilts are these friendly scrappy villages.  I just did a rough count and I think CiL has received about  17 of them from her (plus the 3 un-quilted tops I have right now makes 20!)


The pattern for these village quilts is a free one from Quiltville. You ...

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UFOs No More (continued) from Kat & Cat Quilts


Happy weekend, once again! I'm bringing you the second half of the batch of quilts Louise sent back to me recently.  This pretty Flying Geese quilt is the second (first here) to come from a partly done quilt kit that was sent to us by Gail.  

Louise came up with a new design for the blocks that turned them into 2 quilts smaller than the original quilt and perfect for CiL

Next, this quilt came from another kit. This one was kind of an unusual "Lego-style" with various different sizes and shapes of fabric that all fit together easily ...

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September 25, 2020
UFOs No More from Kat & Cat Quilts


Welcome to the weekend quilters! Friday is my teaching day at the nursing school, it's a great day to end the week.  This week I'm teaching a bunch of 19-year-olds how to given hypodermic injections to hot dogs and oranges so that in just a couple years they can be grown up nurses! I'm crossing my fingers no one cuts themselves this semester ;) Hey, at least I'm not teaching it over Zoom anymore! 

Louise has just shipped back a great big box of finished quilts she made from the UFOs and orphans I sent to her ...

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September 11, 2020
Spinning Pinwheels from Kat & Cat Quilts

Hey everybody, I hope your Labor Day was relaxing and you had a good week. I've got some bright and sunny quilts to show off! The first ones from the March-April block drive

 

These were pieced together and quilted by some of CiL's wonderful helpers! The first 3 were done by Beryl in UT.  She likes to use this wavy line quilting that I really like the look of.

 

Yellow and blue is my mom's favorite color scheme and I love how spring-y and bring these quilts look! They're some warm and happy looking. 

 

These next ...

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August 28, 2020
Winter Blues Quilts Round 2 from Kat & Cat Quilts

 

Happy weekend, quilters! Knock on wood, the weather here has cooled off just a little bit.  (It's amazing how cool 90F can feel when it's been over 100 for a few days).

The next 4 quilts from last winter's block drive are done! This makes a total of a dozen, so far.  I really like the binding on this one with the Charlie Chaplin hats.

 

These first 3 were assembled by me and quilted by Kathy. (Yay Kathy!)

This last quilt was sent in finished by Joanne W.  She did pretty, swirly quilting.

 

Thanks Joanne! My quilt ...

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August 14, 2020
Kathy & Co from Kat & Cat Quilts

My goodness it's hot! Heat index of 106F today and it just keeps going.  A little ironic to be making quilts in this weather, but of course we don't just make them for warmth.

This Irish Chain and Nine Patch were pieced by Amy and finished by Kathy.

Lovely colors and a great size!

 

This one in the pretty soft tone and neutrals came from Nettie and quilted by Kathy, too.

I think it has a lot of prints from the Architextures fabric line in it, I loved that line!  Thanks ladies!

The kitties still want their outside ...

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Quilts from North Dakota from Kat & Cat Quilts


We made it to August of the longest year ever! I hope you are all still staying safe and not too bored.


These two pretty quilts were sent in, already finished, from North Dakota. There was no name and I haven't been able to figure out who they are from, so if you sent them please let me know!


We're in the middle of a small Covid surge here. It's gotten into a few of the nursing homes, which is so sad.


All the hospital's virus precautions have interrupted our normal quilt distribution but I am ...

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August 5, 2020
Fresh String Quilts Up! from Kat & Cat Quilts

It's still July, technically, and we've got some of Jan/Feb's string quilts done! These are always a super popular block drive so it's a marathon to get them all turned into quilts.

Assembled and quilted by Holly

Covered in Love is blessed by the problem of too many blocks! Long-time supporter has Holly jumped in to help with assembly and quilting and she put together the one above.


This year's block design was an experiment and we are experimenting with different layouts as they come together.  You can see the design Tammy S. did ...

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July 28, 2020
Quilters to the Rescue from Kat & Cat Quilts

I had several new quilters offer to help with Covered in Love after I asked for help in May, like Beryl who I mentioned last week. This week features another new friend and a couple of old ones!


Ray from Florida offered to do some long-arming for CiL and quickly returned these two tops I sent him.
 

This top was sent in by Michele (you can see more of her work here) and quilted up with a pretty Baptist Fan design.


In total contrast to Michele's soft pastel quilt, this bold and bright floral top was made by Nancy ...

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July 17, 2020
First Round of Puzzle Block Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts


The first of the finished quilts from November and December's block drive with the puzzle blocks are ready to go! This first one (above) was assembled and quilted by Beryl. She answered the call in May when I asked for volunteers to help finish block drive quilts! 


Bonnie sent in her blocks already sewn into a top with nice borders, along with backing. I transferred it to Kathy and she quilted it. Thanks ladies! 


The remaining quilts on this page, six of them, were assembled and quilted by me.


You can see that many of the quilts are bound ...

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July 11, 2020
Stringing Along from Kat & Cat Quilts

Happy Friday folks, we made it another week deeper into the summer! It's officially hot and humid outside, not good weather for anybody. 


Some of you might remember the tutorial I posted several months ago for a scrap-busting block that used 2.5" and 1.5" strings.  The main block is the one in the quilt below, with the black border, and the bonus blocks made the quilt above with the blue border. 


It's a great way to use up a whole bunch of strings in a hurry and make cozy scrap quilt in the process! These two ...

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June 25, 2020
Big Quilts Back from the Longarm from Kat & Cat Quilts


Happy weekend everybody, we made it through another week, and almost through another month!  I recently got a couple of quilt back from Mel, a longarmer in Central Texas who donates her talents to Covered in Love


This blue nine patch top came from Carolyn and is at least partially handstitched! Carolyn also sent in two other, large, handpieced tops that Mel finished you can see here.  

I love to share stories of the impact that CiL quilts have with you all whenever I can. Chaplain Perry recently texted me this story to pass along:


Four years ago would have ...

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World Village from Kat & Cat Quilts


If you've been following Covered in Love for very long then you've definitely seen these "village" quilts before. Mina makes them and I love what they represent! Mina says "the block is from the Quiltville site and is a free pattern called Happy Scrappy Houses.  It is so simple and only uses 3 sizes."


The top two on this page were sent in completely finished by Mina, the second were tops that I finished.


These 4 quilts were part of a delivery to the hospital last week of 32 quilts, which pushed us to a total of 650 ...

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June 19, 2020
Overdue Good Sitches from Kat & Cat Quilts

PSA: I had a couple of lovely finished quilts arrive from North Dakota today. For as long as I have been keeping a spreadsheet CiL has never had anything come from ND! There's no return address or note, if you sent them could you send me an email so I can say thanks?



Happy weekend! I just finished 3 quilts from my do. Good Stitches group, the Nurture circle, for Covered in Love.  This big and bright scrappy quilt was made by the group in January from 2.5" scrap strips. 
 

This quilt was from the August Nurture circle ...

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June 11, 2020
(More) UFOs Finished for CiL from Kat & Cat Quilts


Welcome back to more tops that were sent in to be finished for Covered in Love! The top one, with the pretty HSTs was sent in by Jan O. and finished by me.  I LOVE the color scheme and the cool modern design.


Next, Nancy C. sent in this masculine quilt using some small fabric scraps.  It looks like it might be partially based on a Crazy Mom Quilts pattern.


And finally, this bright and wild (mostly) batik churndash top from Priscilla. All three cozy, cheerful quilts that will be perfect for families in the hospital!


I hope you had ...

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June 5, 2020
UFOs Finished for CiL from Kat & Cat Quilts


Kathy broke out of quarantine this week to return these quilts to me! She took the tops that various quilters sent in and finished them into beautiful, cuddly quilts for CiL.


These hand-pieced lonestars were sent in by Holly and I added the slim flower borders. It made such a sweet little quilt!


This quilt with the pretty, bright yellow and red flower fabrics came from Johanna.  I made a pieced backing from yellow and flower-themed fabrics to match.


This cute, almost vintage-looking nine patch top came from Julie W.  She donated a group of tops I posted about before ...

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May 28, 2020
A little reminder... from Kat & Cat Quilts

Jan/Feb string blocks quilt sent in by Tammy S

I got a nice reminder of why we do what we do a last week in the form of an email from a recipient's family member. She graciously gave me permission to share part of her letter with you.


A.'s mom received a very sudden and unexpected cancer diagnosis and died just 11 days after getting the news, 9 of those days spent in the hospital under lockdown with only one family member able to visit.

Village quilt sent in by Mina

A. sent me a kind email ...

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