I love sewing for various charities throughout the year. While I photograph donation pieces before mailing them, I often forget to write about them on my blog. Back in January 2018, I wrote about making lots of string blocks for Covered In Love (CIL), the charity run by katandcatquilts.com. CIL has a devoted group of quilters who follow Kat’s blog. She puts out requests every two months for specific blocks and chooses a design and even colors for us to work with. From the donations that pour in to her mailbox, she creates fabulous quilts for bereaved families. Lately, she has had a cohort of quilters who help in various ways, but make no mistake…CIL is all Kat’s doing!
By the end of January, I had made an entire quilt top for myself and donated 18 blocks to CIL, seen in the photos below. From the hundreds of blocks received during just two months, Kat is making 30quilts!! She recently posted a few finishes and there’s one that just wowed me!! It’s beyond gorgeous and I asked permission to share it here. I can find 3 of my blocks in the batch, actually in 3 of the 4 corners, but it’s what Kat pulled together that i wanted to share. Check out this stunning sunrise quilt that just feels like a summer’s day. It might be one of the more gorgeous string quilts I’ve ever seen, especially given that it was all from miscellaneous blocks that were unplanned and uncoordinated ahead of time.
Here is just one of the quilts that Kat has created from random blocks being sent to her. Three of the 4 corners are blocks made by me but check out how she organized everything here to a stunning conclusion!!
Kat pulled together all of these blocks for a uniquely cohesive colorwash design that goes from red to green. I see a sunrise or sunset from this creation and it’s perfection!! I can’t imagine a more apt metaphor for a grieving family than a sun setting or sun rising! To me, this quilt symbolizes all that is special about Covered in Love. Thank you Kat for the work you do. You are a talented angel who is a blessing for so many!!
I encourage you to learn more about CIL and the mission that is driven by Kat’s experience as a surgical nurse. Read her poignant explanation for CIL on her blog called katandcatquilts.com.
I am grateful for all the learning that I have experienced from the creative monthly block requests. Kat will gladly take offers of fabric, blocks, quilt tops, offers to assemble quilts, free arm help or even monetary donations. In other words, there are many ways to help even just one time or ongoing throughout the year.
I need to note that Kat is taking a block-request break for the next two months to catch up on the vast piles of quilts currently being assembled. Kat asks that we take these months off to help another friend, Briawna, with a different quilt drive described here.
Amy of a Diaryofaquilter.com has started a “Sew Goodness” monthly charity project where she highlights a different worthy endeavor each time. I am just joining in and regretably missed some earlier chances to help out with wonderful causes. Sewing as part of the greater quilting community is particularly satisfying, as I have long known. Last month Amy was collecting “scrappy log cabins” to be made into quilts for Project Linus. With just 24 hours to sew and get them mailed before her deadline, I had a sewing frenzy. Here I was back at the bin of string pieces and making more wonderful charitable blocks! I could have gone nuts if I had more time, but better late than never!
These scrappy blocks are wonderful for using up odd strips of fabrics. Just like CIL’s string blocks, this was a wonderful opportunity to take nothing and turn it into something!! I would have sewn late in the evening hours if I didn’t have to go to work the next day.
I will keep Amy’s tutorial in mind because the red scrappy log cabin quilt that she posted on her site has been floating in my head and seems to be calling me. I may just have to make one for myself soon! Meanwhile, these are my 4 blocks that were quickly whipped together.
This next month Amy has chosen a really cool organization to help with called Days for Girls. The organization’s site says that it has helped over one million women and girls to “give them back days of dignity, health, and opportunity through menstrual health solutions and education.” This is a photo from their site of what a kit looks like. What an important cause and I hope I will find time this month to lend a hand. They take monetary donations obviously, so anyone can help in this important cause.