You Should See Me In A Crown - a Set of Finished Quilts

Finally! A big reveal! I have been working on this project for over a year, believe it or not. My husband’s former squadron commander from the first time we were at Fairchild AFB (so like 2008) stayed in Spokane, and his wife is the president of the Lilac Day Festival, held on Armed Forces Day.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

It’s an awesome parade - we’ve gone most years, my husband has been involved in the fly-bys, and this year, Kristy asked me to make seven quilts for the Royal Court.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

Well heck yeah! Since it’s a parade honoring the Armed Forces, she wanted a military spouse business, and I was more than happy to oblige.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

I spent a year collecting princess or purple or lilac fabric every time I went to a quilt shop, and finally started putting together the quilts this spring.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

They all use the same fabric, but the layout on each is different, making them a lovely set of fraternal twins…or septuplets, I suppose.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

In addition to purchased fabric, I cut blenders from my stash, and even got a few vintage prints from friends’ stashes to make these truly unique quilts.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

They were a lot of fun to pull together - although after seven in a row, I was a bit tired of purple princesses!

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

I didn’t have enough of any one fabric (actually, I did have enough of the dark purple, and I’m kicking myself for using it in the quilt instead of as the binding!) so three of the quilts have one binding, and four of the quilts have another one.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

So that’s what I did pretty much all of April! It’s nice to finally show off - obviously, I wanted to wait until the queen and princesses saw them.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is just stippling - however, I cut the longest length possible and quilted two at a time straight across Patricia. I think she could have handled four at a time if I was confident enough to piece the world’s longest continuing backing!

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

I also designed a special label in Spoonflower and promptly forgot to take a picture of it stitched down properly.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

Photo courtesy of Hawkinson Photography

Speaking of the Royal Court! I used flannel on the back because as I recall, Spokane is still cold in the May evenings.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

Photo courtesy of Hawkinson Photography

Judging by the capes, I was right! Kristy said the quilts were very well received, which always makes me happy. It’s nice to know these girls will snuggle in these quilts for years and remember their time on the Royal Court.

56x64”

Some of the prints used:

Kanvas Some Bunny Loves You / Dear Stella On Pointe Crowns / Benartex Lilacs in Bloom / Kanvas Dance of the Dragonfly (if you’re keeping track, yes, this is the third time this fabric has shown up!) / Riley Blake Guinevere / Michael Miller Applause / Cotton + Steel Add It Up / Riley Blake Neverland / Moda Once Upon a Time

BOMS Away - RSC May

Another month, another couple additions to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! This month, I barely remembered that I needed to do this before heading to the East Coast to visit my new baby niece (the actual Queen B) so… This is what you get.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

Four new color blocks, everything attached to other blocks, and only three more color blocks to go! I need to lay out the whole thing, though, to decide on the last three. I’ve been working on it so long that I don’t remember what fabrics I’ve used! The four new ones are new stash fabrics, so I knew those were safe.

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BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Center

Well, after much seam ripping and cutting pieces AGAIN because oh how these instructions are so hard to follow… I have the full, complete, center block of Eternal Bloom finished!

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

Let's back up a smidge, though. First I had to cut and piece the little purple buds. Twenty pieces, no biggie, right? NO. They were a mess. I should have had a Mother’s Day mimosa, maybe then I could have understood the instructions.

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

CC shown for scale.

In the end, I made these. They are not right. The black pieces were supposed to go after the purple pieces, making the buds more of a rounded shape rather than pointy. (Like the red buds in the finished piece.) But by the time I figured that out, I had already re-pieced several other bits, and I was over it. So they are pointy buds, and anyone who doesn't like it won't get to use the quilt on the couch at cuddle time. So there.

(Ha! Like this is a cuddle quilt. It's going to end somewhere around 90x110”, I think.)

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

Anyway, after I finally had those stupid little buds done, it was finally time to piece the whole center section! This was far easier than the purple buds and was together with only one seam ripped and redone. Whew! After five months just one this one section, it’s nice to have it done. Now I have a half block to do, one full block, and the borders. Don’t worry, the borders are covered in more flowers, so we’re still a ways away from a finish…

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Scrappy Happy Rails - a Finished Quilt

My goodness - how long has it been since I had a finished quilt? Queen B, if we’re not counting the Quilts of Valor. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, so expect a nice round of Friday finishes in May!

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

First up, my guild challenge quilts! We were asked to bring forty 9.5”x18” strip pieces to the October meeting, where they were put on a table and swapped around until everyone went home with a new set of forty. And then - we could do whatever we liked! The reveal was at the May meeting, so I can finally share my two quilts.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

This is the first one - Scrappy Happy Rails from No Scrap Left Behind by Crazy Mom Quilts. I adored this quilt in the book, but I hate string quilts, so I didn’t think I would ever make it. Well, these strip sets were basically strings, right?

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

My block size is a bit smaller than the book, since my strips were 9.5”. Luckily that divides by three, so the center strip measurements were so easy a seven year old could do it. (Yes, I asked mine.)

After starching the heck out of the strips and trimming them down, I put them in a bag and shook them up. Then I just sewed to the center piece without any plan other than not matching both sides. I could get twelve center strips from one cut of fabric, so I did that for a week in the evenings, just sewing those twelve. Then I sewed two together with no plan. Then I sewed the pairs into fours with no plan. Then… Well, you get it. It’s 8x9, so I didn’t even lay it out until all the rows were pieced.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

Luckily, it still worked and nothing ended up right on top of each other! The backing is a vintage(?) sheet from an estate sale a few years ago. It was big enough and I figured there was no reason to hoard it anymore. I used it for binding, too.

The neutral fabric is a rainbow dot similar to this, that was in my stash. I also auditioned some plain cream and white-on-white, but the tiny bit of rainbow-ness worked best with all the colors in the top.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is “Lombard Street” from the book 180 Doodle Designs. I’m a part of the “Just Wanna Quilt” Facebook group, and the leader sent a copy of the book to me to test out a few doodles. Then I’ll send it along to the next person on the list. It’s something to do with copyright. But hey - it worked! My Lombards aren’t the most straight and even, but they were fun to do and I didn’t loose track of the design! That tends to happen when I’m changing direction.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

And here I am presenting it to the guild! I went through a few days when I didn’t like it at all - I thought it was going to be too much chaos. But as you can tell, I ended up LOVING it. Organized chaos. It’s a good thing. I’m so happy to have this fantastic reminder of the guild when I move next - we did a sampler last year and those are so not my thing, so it’s already been passed along to Quilts of Valor. But this one is staying with me. Forever!

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Onion

All right, y’all - don’t cry! It’s just the onions…

onion - a veggie patch block by Katie Mae Quilts.jpg

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

Sniff, sniff, weep. Okay, now that we got that out of the way!

This was a fun one to use some of the creams that are a bit more floral-y, so they don’t end up in the Quilts of Valor scrap bin. Although there’s no real reason why they couldn’t - who’s really going to check if there’s a wee bit of flowers on that 2” square? So after I made this block, the cream scraps got dumped into the QOV bin.

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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