BOMs Away - Bee Blocks Quarter Three

It’s bonus week! Five Mondays in September works out perfectly, since I have a set of bee blocks due at the end of the month. There’s only four of us, so it’s a quarterly swap with some added goodies to make up for the lack of participants. And since I had a Rainbow Scrap Challenge finish just last week AND I’m currently piecing the blocks for next year’s scrappy BOM, I wasn’t in a rush to get working on my next one quite yet.

But never fear, Jack’s Chain will be making a long overdue appearance next week. After these lovely blocks get their week to show off.

Bee Blocks by Katie Mae Quilts

This block is for ModernQuilting, and it’s a Beacon Light block. Obviously she asked for two shades of the same color. And it’s just a nice block - visually stunning, easy to put together, and upsized to 18” so you don’t need that many to make a good sized quilt.

I have a rather large collection (we’re talking three bins worth) of solid yardage and scraps (thanks, Minecraft quilts!) so I have no idea what brand these are, what shades they may be…all I know is I had enough to get the sizes I needed. Only barely on the light yellow! And that one is super soft, like Art Gallery Pure Solids or Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids. Mmm, I love those tender lightweight fabrics.

Ahem. Anyway. Before I go back to petting fabric…

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Main Street Rainbow - a Finished Quilt!

Wow, it feels like forever since I had a finished quilt. I guess that’s what happens when you hurt your sewing foot…and go on vacation in August…and longarm/finish other people’s quilts… This quilt was finished last week, but it took a little jaunt to the county fair and came home with a blue ribbon before its photo shoot.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

And oooh, isn’t it lovely? This has been in progress for nearly forever! Way back in 2012, I got a checkbook cover from my at-the-time LQS, Prairie Quilt, as a Christmas gift or a Saturday Sampler giveaway, or…something.

Main Street Rainbow by Rebecca Barker

Image courtesy of Rebecca Barker Quiltscapes - please do check her out! She draws absolutely lovely quilt prints and cards, and was very awesomely generous in letting me post about this quilt. Especially since my checkbook cover has worn out as I worked on the design.

And that fabulous quilt was so inspiring! I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere, but really, it’s just squares and sashing. So I worked it up (ignoring the Y-seams in the drawing, because ain’t nobody got time for that) and ordered the grays.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

Of course, I ran out of the light gray along the way, and of course, that is the only gray that’s been discontinued from the Dimples line in the last ten years. But I think it’s pretty hard to spot the slightly-different gray. Quit looking at it so hard. Sheesh.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

And if you thought the front was vibrant, then there’s the BACK! This was actually my second choice, but I’m quite pleased with it. It makes a good binding, too.

The quilting is just a stipple, because I’m in a major quilting rut right now. It doesn’t help that standing hurts, so I tend to get the quilting done fast without thinking too much about it. Something subtle that tacks down all those little scrappy bits that aren’t exactly straight on grain? Stipple it is!

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

And yes - not one single scrap is repeated in the front. Which takes considerable effort considering I started on it in 2013! There’s my sister’s Big Blue quilt, hanging out with the accent I used on a butterfly dress for my niece. There’s the pink plaid from Bad Romance’s back, chilling with a modern print who’s quilt isn’t even close to done. (I should work on that. There should be a rule about finishing a scrap quilt while the scraps are in a UFO.)

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

I do not know how to get a good quilt swirl.

Dimples - Sand / Cool Grey / Medium Gray (Manatee!) / Dark Gray

Backing/Binding - Wilmington Safari, So Goodie (hee!) Rainbow Dots

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

53x63”

And yes, I’m writing up a little free tutorial so you don’t have to run out of gray fabric like me!

See also: Whoop Whoop, TGIFF, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, Show Off Saturday

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom 10C

Another month, another tiny piece of Eternal Bloom! How did I ever get a full block done in one day? Probably because I didn’t have an ankle injury preventing me from sewing as long as I’d like.

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

So Block Ten, Part C! I made the little bloom in the morning, and the second part in the afternoon. The second part, laid out here, is actually SMALLER than the bloom on the right. Sheesh!

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

But it came together fine and I didn’t have to seam rip and I didn’t burn my fingers pressing all those seams, so….

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

And then I sewed together A-B-C, but don’t get too excited. There’s still a D section that goes down the right side. So next month, we’ll finally be done. And then it’s just one more block, and of course the borders are pieced, and then it all comes together. Maybe I’ll finish it in time to ship it to Lyn before the move next summer!

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into 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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BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Corn

Woooooohoo, it is officially fall! Okay, it’s just September 2nd, but whatever. It’s the last four months of the year and it is FALL SEASON. And we are kicking it off with a lovely corn on the cob!

Corn on the Cob - A Veggie Patch Block by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

You can go two ways with this one. Well, you can go infinite ways. I’m not going to judge you if you want to make pink corn. And I suppose blue corn chips must come from blue corn? But anyway - traditional yellow corn or ornamental Indian corn with all the fall oranges and browns. Or pink corn. Go for it.

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 August

Not much to report for August - we were away at Space Camp and vacation for a good half the month, so I didn’t schedule any presentations or really any QOV quilting time. Now that the kids are back in school and things are settling into somewhat of a routine, I’ve got a QOV on the longarm and one waiting in the wings.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

My plan is to get two quilted every week - my friend’s mom sent a whole box full of tops and yards and yards of wide backing, so I have a lot of stuff to work with. I just need more hours in every day to get everything done - as always, with everything!

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into 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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