Christmas Double Four Patch - a Finished Quilt

159 days until Christmas! Who’s ready? Maybe me, for once! I mean, I made the quilt top two years ago and only just now got around to quilting it, but that’s not the point. THIS CHRISTMAS, I’ll be ready.

Of course, I also just bought a couple Christmas layer cakes for a scrap quilt class in September, so there’s a good chance that one won’t be done for Christmas, but let’s just focus on this quilt, okay?

Christmas Double Four Patch Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

This quilt! It was made so I could do a tutorial on the “wavy nine patch border” during Sarah’s blog hop two years ago. (She’s doing it again, there’s a giveaway, make sure you check out her blog! I’ll be posting my project for this year on Monday. It’s a table runner so it will actually be finished!)

I found the Double Four Patch design somewhere - probably Pinterest - and thought it would be a good complement to the border.

Christmas Double Four Patch Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

I can’t remember if getting the layout with the aqua and red chains was a pain in the butt. Probably - especially with the directional prints. And the design within the block really only works with small scale prints. The big ones, like the white on the middle left, were too big to have much of an effect.

The quilting is double loops to go with the double four patch. Get it? Okay, maybe not. But I was bored and wanted to do something a little different.

Christmas Double Four Patch Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is…a flannel sheet from Target! Yes, really. My oldest doesn’t sleep with a top sheet, so I buy the set, give him the fitted sheet and pillowcases, and use the top sheet for quilt backings. He’s in a queen bed, so that makes backings that are plenty wide enough. And Target always has awesome winter designs on clearance in January. These penguins fit right in with the bright colors of the quilt.

Christmas Double Four Patch Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Most of the front fabric is by Amanda Murphy. This line is, of course, out of print by now, but her newest Christmas line uses the same cheerful colors. The binding is Pixie Noel by Tasha Noel. It’s perfect and I picked it out two years ago and actually tucked it into the pile with the top and backing so I wouldn’t use it elsewhere before then!

Christmas Double Four Patch Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

BOMs Away - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

Ohhhhh yeah, who’s ready for Christmas in July!? This year, it’s brought to you by both Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting. I’m doing a book blog hop for Nancy, and a regular blog hop for Sarah. (Psst - go check out the giveaway on Sarah’s post! Christmas fat quarters! Go enter! Also, if you want a head start on Nancy’s blog hop, grab the book here!)

And I suppose you want a sneak peek of my project?

Christmas in July Blog Hop by Katie Mae Quilts

This is all you get, so far. Because - ugh - I finally got a diagnosis on my foot. Significant bone bruising. Upgraded to a walking boot. Trying to sew with my left foot, slipped a bit and put a needle through my thumb. Tetanus shot. Yeah, it’s a bit of a mess over here.

So, I’m trying to finish out the customer stuff in the morning before the hurting kicks in, and building up a small stockpile of these block parts in between. It’s only a table runner, so those Santas will be Ho Ho Ho-ing in the kitchen by next week.

AND, as a bonus, I quilted up a couple Christmas quilts that have been hanging around for a while. Like since the last Christmas in July blog hop. Whatever. The important thing is that they’re done now. You know, if I get the binding on them. So lots of Christmas to come for the next couple of weeks!

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!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

The Green Project - A Finished Quilt

I’ve been part of a Facebook group called “Just Wanna Quilt” for over a year now - it’s run by a law professor at Tulane, and dives into issues of copyrights and quilts. Which is fascinating and covers everything from what can be copy-written, first sale doctrine, Facebook scams, quilt teaching contracts, and a whole host of other things.

Elizabeth, the lead law professor and a quilter, recently asked for volunteers to make something with one yard of green fabric. I volunteered, and dived into Pinterest for ideas. (The green isn’t really “my” color.) For some reason, a vintage quilt caught my eye, and I spent a bit of time in EQ8 fiddling with the design.

So…without further ado…

The Green Project by Katie Mae Quilts

My Green Project! This is my version - a fairly modern, three color quilt highlighting the green fabric.

Ready for the inspiration?

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It’s this! This quilt is from Julie Silber’s collection of vintage quilts - she dates it to mid-20th century. It’s obviously very scrappy, unlike mine!

There are so many elements of this quilt that I “copied” for mine. The quarter log cabins in the corners are exactly the same. The middle-outer blocks are simplified to elongated flying geese in mine, but I use the same starter triangle to frame the center block and “hearth” in the log cabin. (Blue-green floral in the inspiration, green in mine.) The red check nearly matching in the vintage is what inspired me to match the cabin logs to the flying geese to create the ring. I made my center block an economy square instead of the framed square, but it’s a very similar design.

The Green Project by Katie Mae Quilts

Yet because of the placement of the dark purple as an outer ring, the design looks very different and ended up reminding most people of a Moroccan tile design instead! So I’m left to wonder - if I never posted the vintage quilt, would anyone have know that I copied? Could I have released the pattern as an original design? How much of what we do is new, anyway?

The Green Project by Katie Mae Quilts

And the quilt deets! The green is Kaffe Fassett. Lori helped me choose the color palette of light and dark purple - the light is Moda, the dark is Kona Bay. I used the Kona Bay in Queen B’s quilt, as well, and ended up buying the rest of the bolt from my local quilt shop for this one. It was made in 2005! (My LQS is a gem for these old prints.)

The Green Project by Katie Mae Quilts

The back is Joann’s flannel that I had on hand, bound in the Kona Bay purple. After the quilt is finished doing its copyright thing over at Tulane, I asked for it to be donated to a children’s charity - hence the soft flannel backing.

The quilting is hump-y wobbles in the outer rings, and swoosh-y things in the center. I still don’t love custom quilting! Maybe if I wasn’t afraid of rulers. Or, to be honest, I’ll probably upgrade to a computer before I get over my fear of rulers.

The Green Project by Katie Mae Quilts

45” square

It’s on its way to New Orleans (along with Hurricane Barry) and I’ll add to this post if it ends up getting displayed or traveling!

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

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Block 10B

Back at work, slowly chipping away at Block 10 of Eternal Bloom!

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

This month, it was section B (out of A-D.) So many little parts! Most of the stitch-and-flip corners were only 1-1/8” big. Somehow, it all ended up lining up almost perfectly. Maybe I’m getting better at this? Maybe it’s luck?

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

Sections A and B together. Section C will be below them, and D to the right side. It’s one that definitely won’t look “right” until it’s done! But it’s summer and I’m not in a rush. We’ll get there eventually, folks.

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!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Eagle Panel - a Finished Quilt

When you work with Quilts of Valor, you start collecting Americana quilt panels. They’re a quick finish - and highly requested! This one was requested by the daughter of a vet, for a presentation during her parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary party.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Since I had three eagle panels just hanging out, I agreed to the request and got to work! I had already started the half/quarter square triangles (three quarter square triangles?) months ago, so I made a few more and fiddled with the layout until I was satisfied. Then there came the issue of how to frame out the panel to make the next border fit.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

There was a hot debate between red and blue - and by hot, I mean literally everyone but me voted for blue. I still maintain that I’m right. But to appease literally everyone else, I went with blue on this one. It’s actually leftover bits of a wide backing - so far, 6 yards has yielded 4 quilting backings, a binding, and this inner border.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And the wind gave you a peek at the backing! Just a blue tonal wide back - expect to see it several more times, too. Including the binding here. The red is Moda from my local quilt shop, the blue in the triangles is an ancient bit of stash, and the cream is Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis - also a long term stash dweller.

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And I didn’t get any pictures during the ceremony! It’s always hard when you’re solo-presenting. But rest assured, the vet was surprised and very happy.

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