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April 3, 2020
Grand Bazaar - A Scrappy Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I mentioned it here a few times already so you already know that I've been trying to work my way through my huge mountain of scraps. So when I was planning my next make, I took out the Stash Statement book I own - the designs in that book are gorgeous and fun to make (I already made two of the designs: Precarious and Regatta).

I had planned on making Grand Bazaar with blue scraps only but after making one panel, I decided that piecing all those panels before piecing each block was going to take way more time than ...

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April 2, 2020
Count the Stars: Round 3 from Kat & Cat Quilts

During the COVID 19 pandemic Covered in Love continues to make quilts to support grieving families when relatives pass away in the hospital. This is something that will, unfortunately, probably become even more necessary in the coming weeks and months. When loved ones pass with limited or no visitation and there can be no funeral or viewing of the body something tangible to hold onto to mark the transition becomes even more important.

We are not, as an organization, sewing masks, gowns, or other personal protective equipment at this time.  Many other organizations are filling that role and so ...

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April 1, 2020
a patriotic finish from Making A Lather

This is a project I remember starting in the 90s, when a new quilt shop opened here in Kokomo, Indiana. It didn't last long, but, it was wonderful while it was open. I had taken a "real " quilting class, and loved stopping in the shop to pet the fabric. It has sat in the ufo stage for that many years.
I pulled this project out again here and here in 2019. I finished the top and it fell into the "to be quilted" pile.
It seemed like a quick finish for these trying times. I had it on the ...

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March 27, 2020
A New Top! Finished McCall's M7331 Tee from Dizzy Quilts

Now that the weather is about to change and that I won't be wearing thick sweaters and cardigans for much longer (one can hope!), I started looking through my stash of knit fabric for stuff I could use to make some cute tees.

I bought a bunch of McCall's patterns a while ago when they were on sale for $3.99 and included in the stack was M7331 which is basically a really cool module with four different patterns.

I made view B (the top with the elbow length sleeves) with scraps from my Blackwood cardigan.

This was ...

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March 25, 2020
rug finish from Making A Lather

It's bad enough as a home body, with everything cancelled, I have no frame of reference.

I finished this little rug hooking wall hanging. It needed pressed and blocked. And I needed a little finish.

I used a piece of the background wool to make the back.

I finished the customer quilt I was working on last week and it was delivered.

and I am cutting scraps a little at a time. I seem to be wanting triangles.

I am linking:

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March 23, 2020
ยป Jan's Quilts

Disparate times! Its been raining off and on, but I really wanted to get some photos of this completed quilt, Currents. I stood on my driveway waiting for someone to walk by. The first person was walking a dog, holding a bag of poop, and talking on the phone, so I just waved. The next person helped me, but he didn't want to hold the quilt, so he took the photos. Mission accomplished! This is my 3rd finish this year.

As you can see, I chose to use a facing on this quilt instead of binding it.  A binding ...

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March 20, 2020
I Heart You Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another pink heart quilt! I couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a heart quilt I made for a set of twin girls my son and his wife are expecting in April. This is the quilt for twin number 2.

I used the I Heart You quilt pattern by Then Came June. But instead of using the same fabric for the hearts, I decided to use scraps and I'm absolutely in love with the results. The other fabrics I used were Kona White for the speech bubbles and Kona Peony for the background.

Like I ...

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In Memoriam from Kat & Cat Quilts

This weekend's post starts off with some sad news. Last month the online quilting community suddenly lost a great charity supporter and very special quilter when Paula B. passed away after a brief illness.  Paula contributed to multiple charities, including sending in 5 quilt tops to Covered in Love over the past couple years.

This top was sent in anonymously

Besides blocks drives, the other major source of quilts for CiL is quilters who send in quilt tops ready to be quilted, bound, and delivered to the hospital. 

Paula B. was an exceptional quilter with an eye for color ...

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March 16, 2020
Mirror and Round & Round from Alamosa Quilter

I have finished up two more shop samples.

Both of these are from a series of patterns that use Five One Yard cuts per pattern. 

The first one is called Mirrored and it finishes at 63" by 66". Fabrics used are from the collection Playmaker by Victoria Findley Wolfe.

And this one is called Round and Round. Finished size is 59" by 71". Fabrics used are various batiks, not collection specific.

Both of these patterns are fairly simple. Actually, all of the patterns in this series are simple, well-written and fun to sew! I'm working on another one right ...

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March 15, 2020
more utility (love) stitching . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Yes, I do have to qualify that utility stitching for my grands is definitely *love* stitching!  Ellie's 8-year-old "blankie" needed some attention.  Seriously, I should have taken a before pic! I reconstructed it for her, making it a quilt, of sorts . . .
Hopefully it will get her through (to adulthood)!  :)  It made her so very happy to get it back, my heart was happy too.  

I am struggling with allergies again. I'm sniffling and sneezing and coughing ... the very thing people do NOT want to be around right now! So I'm self-quarantining. Add the fact that I'm ...

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March 13, 2020
My Practice Version of the Pona Jacket from Dizzy Quilts

When Helen's Closet published its Pona Jacket pattern a few months ago, I wasn't sure I wanted to make it - wasn't sure the really boxy shape of the jacket would suit me. But then I started seeing versions pop up on Instagram and some of them were so nice, I just had to try it.

I didn't really have anything in my stash that would have been perfect for this, but I found a Cotton & Steel quilting cotton I purchased for a quilt back so decided to make a practice version with that. (It's an ...

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March 9, 2020
Canyon Creek Quilt AND Pillow Talk from Alamosa Quilter

Another shop sample finished now that my long arm quilter is back from her break. This one is called Canyon Creek.

It features a new fabric line called Terrain from Windham fabrics. The pattern is fairly easy and is strip pieced. There are two different but very similar blocks. The hardest part is staying organized!

And we also got the new Pillow Talk book by Edyta Sitar.

I pulled some of our ombre fabrics and whipped up this pillow cover from the book.

The ombre fabrics made it really easy to get the subtle color changes instead of picking several ...

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March 6, 2020
Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

Our family will be welcoming baby twin girls in just a few weeks and I couldn't be more excited!

When I asked my daughter-in-law which colours she'll be using in the nursery, she said white, gold and pink. I had the perfect stack of fat quarters in my stash and decided to pair that with some pink scraps. I found a scrappy log cabin pattern from Sew Can She a little while ago and went with that!

I love the gold in the background fabrics. This was a really easy and fun quilt top to put together - just ...

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March 1, 2020
Christine's Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts

Late post going up today, sorry about that! I had to be up super early the past 2 days with my nursing students for their first clinical days and Friday snuck up on me.

These 6 quilt tops came to me from Christine in Florida for Covered in Love and I finished them recently.

Christine sent me all of her tops kitted up with backings and binding to match, perfectly ready to go!

This scrappy top, above, was the one that became my inspiration for my scrap buster string top. You can see the tutorial I uploaded for that here ...

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February 28, 2020
sand castle finish from Making A Lather

I am not getting the comments in my email. I wonder if blogger is having a problem. I am sorry if I am not responding to comments. I think I may have fixed it.

I started sand castles early last year and have tried to stick to it until it is finished. It was a massive project to cut and sew 3648 pieces and a bunch of strings together, and, more importantly, to keep me on the same project.

It finishes at 80 x 80 and used 20 1/4 yards of fabric.

Funny story: Cleaning up around my treadle ...

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Raglan T-Shirts for Hubby from Dizzy Quilts

I actually wasn't going to blog about these makes because getting the hubby to model these new shirts was near impossible. However, I'm so pleased with how they turned out and I'm so in love with this pattern, I decided to post anyway. I've only got one decent picture but hopefully the information below is going to be useful to someone who is looking for a raglan sleeve pattern for men.

This was the first shirt I made and the collar is definitely not perfect but hubby said it was probably the most comfortable shirt he ...

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February 21, 2020
Cielo Dress ... and Top! from Dizzy Quilts

Back in September, I purchased the Rome pattern collection from Closet Case Patterns and then in October, I got to work sewing the Pietra pants from the collection. They were super easy to sew but they had some really interesting details to them so I was anxious to sew another pattern from the collection.

In November, I made a muslin of the Cielo top (view B). Although I really liked the results, I wanted to try making view A with the short sleeves with a flowy fabric. I also wanted to try to dress.

I started with the dress. Based ...

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February 18, 2020
Sweet Valentines Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts

Happy weekend and Happy Valentines Day to those of you who celebrate!  I'm celebrating a huge quilt delivery to the hospital this week for Covered in Love.  On Tuesday I took up 48 quilts!

This round of donations included a lot of donated tops that I finished off, including these three from Julie W. in my Nurture Circle group.

This one with the soft colors and sweet, small prints is my favorite, in case you couldn't tell.

Next up, a very different bright and scrappy quilt.  I like how the alternating blocks of quarter square triangles make the ...

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February 16, 2020
woven finish from Making A Lather

We had the prettiest, fluffy snowfall, and, I was anxious to get a photo of this recent finish. What a fun combination. I started this quilt last year, as part of the rainbow scrap challenge. Every month I made the 4 patches in the color of the month from 2 1/2 inch squares. Otherwise, it would have been a quick and easy quilt to make.

I used a variegated thread and a free motion swirl pattern. It finished at 54 x 60 inches, and has 429 pieces, and used 7 1/4  yards of fabric ( mostly scraps ). I used ...

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February 14, 2020
A Precarious Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

Like many quilters, my sewing room is in danger of being overtaken by scraps! I have a shoebox-size plastic bin full of scraps for every colour of the rainbow and in some cases, a couple of bins for the same colour. So at the start of this year, I knew I really needed to get these scraps under control. For 2020, I want to make AT LEAST five scrappy quilts and Precarious is the first one.

The pattern is from the book Stash Statement by Kelly Young. I purchased this book a while ago (because I've been trying to ...

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