BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom 10D

And it’s a finished block! Finally! Considering I started Block 10 in Spokane, lost it in the move, finally found it, and finished it after several other blocks. So it was a really long time in progress for no good reason, really.

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

Anyway, the pixelated pre-piecing shot! All those little tiny pieces. There’s even a 1” unfinished piece in there. And I don’t know what was up with the extra black square. I swear I counted right and needed it, but I never figured out where it went.

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

Block 10, part D! I only had to use the seam ripper twice. Sigh.

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

And Block 10 complete! Whew. Glad to have that one out of the way. Especially since it was taking up an entire project box of its own! (Hence why it got lost. There’s already three boxes for this project, I don’t need another one!)

Now I have one block to go, then assembly and borders! I want to get it to Lyn before we move again, so it’s one less thing to worry about during the move. It’ll be her chance to lose the box it's in, not mine!

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Heather's College Memories - a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

For a second there, I started to think I was going to forget how to do t-shirt quilts! Don’t worry - crisis averted - the Christmas requests are rolling in. First up is Heather, who saved her college sorority shirts just a bit longer than I did. But they’re better as a quilt than in a box, so I worked my magic!

Heather's College Memories - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

And whoooooa that’s a lot of shirts. That’s a six foot fence, for reference.

(Speaking of the fence, do you like those two new boards? Our neighbors got a new dog last spring and she is, um, enthusiastic about not staying in the yard. They’ve had to replace nearly the entire back fence by now, and she came over to see us several times. Luckily she seems to accept that the grass isn’t really greener on the other side and hasn’t busted out any more fence boards recently.)

Heather's College Memories - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

So anyway, it’s a gridded style t-shirt quilt. She wanted the little shirt front pockets, too, and I managed to figure out how to get them all in without fillers. She requested the border to be the same as the sashing, so I left off the outer sashing and cornerstones.

Heather's College Memories - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

She asked for this shirt to be front and center - I’m guessing it’s her actual Bid Day shirt, based on the rest of the dates. I didn’t have an even number of dark and light shirts, so I alternated them in the outer edges of the quilt, then let this shirt float in a sea of light colors so it really pops.

Heather's College Memories - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Some of the shirt fronts had slightly-bigger-than-pocket-size designs, so I was able to mix them in with the pocket size and get away with not using fillers. I think it turned out quite nicely - especially since she didn’t really count shirts before mailing them off!

Heather's College Memories - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

And oof - she chose minky backing. Which I am always in agreement with - buuuuuuut… This thing is heavy! Ten pounds! I tried getting it folded up for a nice binding shot, but it was just too heavy. So here you go - a quilt pile.

Sashing/border - Dear Stella Flockstar Strawberries / Cornerstones/binding - Pin Dot Strawberry Red / Backing - Shannon Cuddle Teal

Quilting is a meander in light gray.

Heather's College Memories - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Pumpkin

Finally - FINALLY - fall is here in Oklahoma! It is 48º this morning and I don’t think it’s been this cool since…April? Probably? So I am finally in the mood to start decorating for fall! Who wants to put out pumpkins when it’s still hitting 100º+ like last week? No one. But this week….!

Pumpkin - A Veggie Patch Block by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

This week, it’s Pumpkin Town!

Like the strawberry, this one was a little harder just because everyone has a scrappy pumpkin block out there. So finding a way to do it without accidentally copying anyone, while fitting it within my block size parameters… Well, it was fun. But what vegetable patch doesn’t include pumpkins?

Plus, I have an idea for a fall quilt using a few blocks from Veggie Patch, a few blocks from Fruit Salad, a few blocks from next year’s BOM, and a few blocks from 2021’s BOM. Yes, I’m planning that far ahead! So the pumpkin had to be made. And here it is!

Get the printer-friendly instructions here! The block will be free for a month until the next one posts - but don’t be too upset if you miss one. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hopatong Community Garden, so you’ll be helping a great cause run by one of my good friends.

I’m using a variety of Kona browns for the background fabric this time. I also use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #veggiepatchquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog!

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BOMs Away - QOV September

And here we are, the fifth Monday in September! My goal was to get two QOVs quilted every week, which turned out to be a bit much with my bad foot and the t-shirt quilts I had on deck as well. So I revised to one finished QOV a week and I allllmost made it.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This was made by a new guild mate (and online quilt shop who just moved to the neighborhood behind mine - score!) and quilted by me.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This one was made by my friend’s mother - she’s making a whole bunch to honor her father’s service, and I’m just trying to keep up with her!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And another!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And another - almost finished! I would have finished if the Little Man hadn’t had an open house at his horseback place on Sunday. Sigh, those kids.

Anyway, I already have two presentations scheduled for this week, so I’m working on getting them out the door as soon as they’re finished.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

In piecing, I need another project like I need another hole in my head…which, actually, I had to take out my earrings for the MRI on my foot, and I left them out almost too long, and had to find my old studs to put back in for a while to open up the holes. So I did kinda need another hole in my head. Four holes, actually.

AHEM. ANYWAY.

I don’t need another project, but Alycia Quilts always does a mystery quilt that’s easy and QOV-sized. And when these fat quarters went on clearance at Walmart, everyone in my guild bought me some. So I’m putting them right to work! They have a nice feel to them, but as expected from Walmart - they’re cut terribly wonky. But so far, it’s going well as a leader/ender project.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And lastly, my monthly blocks for the almost-local quilt shop. Thank goodness, just one more month of these. Someone remind me that I hate samplers. I have no idea how these are all going together.

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BOMs Away - RSC September

And here we are, nearing the finish of another Rainbow Scrap Challenge! Weird, huh? After only three (four?) years in the piecing stage!

Jack's Chain by Katie Mae Quilts

Oh, don’t worry, I’m not actually that close to done. But, according to the random notes I found scribbled on the back of the one page of the pattern that I printed out, I’m pretty sure this is the proper amount of left-leaning blocks, right-leaning blocks, and plain blocks. Which means all I have left is assembly!

And then I get to pick my next project - which is the best part, right? After swearing off new RSC projects until the first two were done, I’m looking forward to picking a new one for 2020 with a clear conscience. And I already have the book! I got Scrap Basket Bounty earlier this year after pinning every quilt on Pinterest. And maybe I’ll make every quilt. Or narrow it down….a bit.

But anyway - first I have a couple more months of Jack’s Chain. (Pattern by Quilt Design NW.) Let’s not get too excited about new projects yet!

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