BOMs Away - Jack's Chain Green

Another quick set of nine patches for my Jack’s Chain! I only made two because I have no idea where I’m actually at with this project. I have enough white cut for one more block, but is that because I only need one more block? Is it just where I stopped cutting? Who knows? Certainly not me, the one piecing this quilt. Sigh.

Jack's Chain by Katie Mae Quilts

The one on the right is a sneak peek at Friday’s finish and a scrap from the Best of the PacNW. The other one is just bright and cheerful and sparkly and a strip the right size was on the top of the scrap bin. Hey - whatever works!

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday MakingMain Crush MondayDesign Wall MondayMoving It Forward MondayLet’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!

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You Can Call Me Queen B - a Finished Quilt

Finally! And I do mean - FINALLY. My younger sister is a huge Cinderella fan. I made her a Cinderella quilt a few years ago (the castle is still my favorite part.) And when I ordered some Japanese fabric for a swap in 2011, I added a half yard of a purple Cinderella print, too. At a whooping $20 a yard - the most I had ever paid for fabric back then. (Now, well, hahahahahaha…)

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Some point soon after, I added a pink Cinderella print. And then I waited…and waited. Finally, she met her future husband. Finally, she got pregnant. Finally, that kid was a boy. (The nerve!) By now, I had already picked out the quilt I was going to make - Raspberry Dessert from Skip the Borders by Julie Herman (Jaybird Quilts.) Grouchily, I picked out some green and blue fabrics and made him a quarter log cabin that was loosely based on the quilt I wanted to make.

And so I waited some more…and more…and FINALLY.

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

YES! I whipped out that fabric, pulled together some coordinates, and got to work!

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Okay, not quite that fast - but nearly. I fiddled with the pattern a bit first - I wanted the central squares to be bigger to showcase the Cinderella fabric, so I scaled them up and the “logs” down. I had the perfect deep pink in my stash, but I had to go find the plum. The white Fairy Frost is the leftover fabric from my sister’s own Cinderella quilt.

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

I really thought about doing the whole quilt in pastels, but I ran it by Lori and she said no way, the deeper colors will work better. And unsurprisingly, she was completely right. (You’d think she has the eye of a photographer or something.)

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The binding was in my stash and was just…perfect. Look how it matches EVERY DAMN COLOR in this quilt! I don’t know how Tula Pink knew I was going to need this, but clearly she did.

And continuing the trend of perfection, I let my sister loose on the minky category and she picked out the backing - Shannon Cuddle Floral Fields. Yup, every color matches perfectly. AGAIN. And it’s minky, so it would have been perfection anyway.

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is something I’ve looked forward to since the first time I made one of these! I didn’t have the skills back then (first Raspberry Dessert, second Raspberry Dessert) to do anything pretty, so this was my chance. Annnnnnd I think I should have done ribbon candy in the white - I had a lot of trouble turning the corners and changing directions with the wishbones. The inner squares got a swoopity-swoop that matches the pattern in the deep pink fabric.

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilt name comes from her name (and the Lorde song, of course.) My sister doesn’t share names before birth, so I wrote it on the label hoping that it would be a B name. Her family initials were C-A-R, and I offered many suggestions throughout her pregnancy of names that would spell CARP or CARS or CART or…CARB. Lori and I also started calling her Lori Kate (CARL) because really, it’s a great name. (Shut up. It so is.)

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

And so, it is finally finished. My last family baby quilt. Sniff, sniff.

Oh, wait, you probably want to see the baby?

Cinderella Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

You Can Call Me Queen B - 42x56”

See also: Whoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Center Block C & D

I am feeling pretty reinvigorated on this project - as evidenced by finishing TWO parts of the center section this week. I asked my fellow BOMs Away host, Lyn, how much she would charge me to quilt it. The answer was reasonable enough (if I save a bit every month for the next two years) so it’s a lot more fun to work on it, knowing it will get the quilting it deserves.

Patriotism's Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

So the coral pansies are Block C, and the skinny bits are Block D. Those skinny bits aren’t even 2” tall! Sometimes I wonder why I got into this project…

Patriotism's Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

This is A-D all together, not yet sewn. There’s two of these sets, and then a butterfly and purple buds in between. That’s next month’s project! And I’m working on tracking down the last block pattern and the border pattern. Oh, wait, I told Lyn I wouldn’t need the quilting for another two years!

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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Floral Vase - a Finished Mini Quilt!

Whew! After a couple months of “secret sewing,” all the events I was waiting for happened in one week! I showed off my Text It pillow on Tuesday (the blog hop is still going strong with lots of giveaways!) And the symposium for my mother-in-law’s Master Gardener organization was last Saturday, so I can finally show off the mini quilt I made for that!

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

My MIL bought this panel as a double set, with loads of coordinating fabrics, and added a bunch of batiks to the stack to match. She’s a good fabric picker, I’m a good fabric sewer. It’s a good relationship.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

We debated making a full size quilt for the auction, but ultimately decided it would be way too much border (the panel is only about 18x22” as I recall) So I fussy cut the little flower and bird cornerstones out of one of the coordinating prints, and whipped two borders around it.

I also added a bit of the stripe fabric to the right/left sides to make the center panel square, and…I don’t like it. When I go back and do the second panel for my MIL’s quilt, I plan on cutting off the stripe entirely and using it somewhere else in the quilt. Which works because she wants hers more rectangular.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

For the backing, I used a chunk of leftover wide backing. It actually bled very badly on the quilt it backed, but this mini quilt shouldn’t be washed, so it seemed like a safe place to use it up a bit. And the aqua totally works! The binding was a bit of berry dot I had in my stash, that just looked perfect against the other colors.

I quilted it with floral echos in the borders, and outline stitching and some stipple in the center. The vase and the flowers puff out a bit since they’re not quilted.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

It has hanger corners (corner hangers?) in the same fabric as the backing, and oh - there it is again! My new labels from Dutch Label Shop!

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

My MIL said it was very well received and was a highlight of the auction. Yay!

30” square

Also, just wait until you see the final secret sewing next week! My sister finally had the baby I’ve been waiting for since 2011!

See also: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersFinish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

Text It Blog Hop - Soul Mate - a Finished Pillow!

Do you ever have a moment where you know you just have to say YES to the thing? Like, say, a blog hop for a book by Rebecca MAE Designs?

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I mean, we’re both Maes! We might as well be…

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

Get it? Get it? #sorrynotsorry

We blog hoppers were sent a copy of the book a few months ago, and when I flipped through, I immediately knew what I wanted to do. Lori, my amazing brand photographer, needed something to give away at a bridal show later this year, and the infinity Soul Mate pillow was perfect! (Because Lori and I have a very symbiotic relationship. That mostly benefits me.)

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The book version is for both a full quilt that you can personalize with your names and dates. In fact, it’s the quilt featured in the first pic! The book also includes instruction to make pillow shams, so I followed those and made it in Lori’s trademark colors - aqua and white. All photos are by her.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The book includes seven different, adorable alphabets. This one was perfectly sized for the infinity templates (of course) and is just a fun, happy font. Easy peasy to stitch down - look how perfect I got the corners on that A. Go me!

May background fabric is Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille. The other fabrics are scraps.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is wishbones, which kind of look like infinity loops as well. I go all in on themes. I thought about cross hatching the outside of the infinity ring, or adding the hand-stitching on the ring that’s suggested in the book, but in the end, I wanted to stick with the theme. Plus, the infinity ring puffs out nicely without any quilting to hold it back.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The book has instructions for using binding instead of stitching the edges and flipping the pillow right side out, but I really liked the clean edge here. I actually had fabric out (Lori’s border from her first t-shirt quilt) to make the binding before deciding it didn’t need it. But if you’re making pillow shams for your bed instead of a little couch pillow, you might want the book’s binding idea so it’s more washable!

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

This part! So, I’ve always done pillow cover backs horizontally, which sometimes leads to gappy backs because, well, pillows that are longer instead of taller tend to do that. It never once occurred to me, until this book, that I can make longer pillows with a VERTICAL envelope. I mean, duh. Really. So I did the vertical and the overlap is just perfect and look how nice and non-gappy that is!

Also - my labels! Dutch Label Shop! I need to do a full review, but let’s just go with - I love them.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

Oh those little aqua flowers. All the heart eyes! That was my one little scrap of that!

And now for the fun stuff! Do you want to win a copy of Sherri’s book? Of course you do! And there are TWO PRIZES!

I’m giving away a hard copy of the book here! (US only, unfortunately, but Joanne will be giving away a book for Canadians next Tuesday!) All you have to do is leave a comment about your soul mate (mine is CC) and make sure your email is not no-reply.

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(photo courtesy of Aurifil)

The second giveaway is for two spools of Aurifil thread - colors will be random and they ship worldwide! To win, leave a comment about what your favorite color combination is (and make sure you’re not no-reply!)

For a bonus entry to both giveaways, follow me on Instagram and comment with your username!

Both giveaways are open until March 19.

If you don’t want to wait to win it (or it’s March 20 and you didn’t win, boohoo!), you can buy a signed copy on Sherri’s page or a non-signed copy from Amazon.

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Each of my blog hop buddies will also be giving away a hard copy of the book and two spools of thread, and Sherri has a big grand prize, so make sure you visit all the rest of these lovely people and give them some texty love, too!

MONDAY MARCH 4 - BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN - WWW.MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES.COM                             

SHARON LILABELLE LANE - WWW.LILABELLELANECREATIONS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY

LAURA PILAND - WWW.SLICEOFPIQUILTS.COM

LEANNE PARSONS - WWW.DEVOTEDQUILTER.BLOGSPOT.COM

KATE MUTER STARCHER - WWW.KATIEMAEQUILTS.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 - PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN - WWW.SEAMSLIKEADREAM.COM

CHERYL DAINES BROWN - WWW.QUILTERCHIC.COM

DORIE HRUSKA - WWW.FOREVER-QUILTING.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM

JEN SHAFFER - WWW.PATTERNSBYJEN.BLOGSPOT.COM

LYNN KANE - WWW.PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS.COM

TARA MILLER - WWW.QUILTDISTRICT.COM

FRIDAY MARCH 8 - LOVING YOU

ELLEN AULT - WWW.HANDMADE3D.ME/MAINBLOG/

SHERRI NOEL - WWW.REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM              

MONDAY MARCH 11 - COUNTING SHEEP

DEANNE EISENMAN - WWW.SNUGGLESQUILTS.COM

RAEWYN BARGE - WWW.STITCHINGFARMGIRL.BLOGSPOT.COM

SUSAN PELLAND - WWW.SUEPELLANDDESIGNS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 12 - HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS - WWW.QUILTSBYJOANNE.BLOGSPOT.CA

PATTY DUDEK - WWW.ELMSTREETQUILTS.COM

ANDY KNOWLTON - WWW.ABRIGHTCORNER.COM

SANDRA STARLEY - WWW.UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER.BLOGSPOT.COM

CINDY PIETERS - WWW.STITCHINATHOME.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 - LIFE IS SHORT

BECCA FENSTERMAKER - WWW.PRETTYPINEY.COM

KATIE BOCK - WWW.SEWINGWITHKATIE.BLOGSPOT.COM

ALLA BLANCA - WWW.RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES.BLOGSPOT.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 14 - HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH - WWW.MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK.BLOGSPOT.COM

WILLOW OLSON - WWW.BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG.WORDPRESS.COM

ERIN SAMPSON - http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/

FRIDAY MARCH 15 - SEWING MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT - WWW.MOLLYANDMAMA.COM.AU

SANDRA HEALY     - WWW.SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS.COM

CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH - http://www.cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com/

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL - WWW.REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM