BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ October

I made these blocks early Sunday morning, then spent the day working on other things and totally forgot to take their picture! So it’s a bit of a drab shot, as we have a storm rolling in. (Excuses, excuses - I know you come here for less-than-perfect photography!)


This week was my little rainbow blocks - green for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, red-violet for Patterns by Jen. I also made a few of the grey alternate blocks, but those are boring. And now I just need twelve more to make the final row!

If I’m smart, I’ll do six in November and December. IF.

You know, if I don’t spend my Sunday working on other things.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - Another QOV Project!

I know, I know - I still have my guild BOM to finish for Quilts of Valor, and my rail fence is still chugging along as a leader/ender. And there’s a box full of leftover half square triangles that need to become…something. But…!


So I am now the Southwest Oklahoma coordinator for Quilts of Valor. And there are, literally, no other members in my area. So, after getting permission from the state coordinator (who used to be the SWOK coordinator and managed to talk me into the position), I asked the local quilt shop if I could run a block drive there. To get word out locally and maybe collect up some new members, and just to get some help even if they don’t want to join.

I wanted to have a block that was big, easy, and precut friendly, and this one fits the bill! Plus it’s a Friendship Star. Meaningful! I’m going to sash it with more red cornerstones to keep the “chain” linked together.

And anyway, I had to make a couple test blocks to make sure my measurements were right. And they were. So now I just need to type it up and drop off my basket of informational goodies! And cross my fingers and hope the blocks start rolling in.

Even if they don’t, I’m planning an official QOV Sew Day at the shop in February; I’ve already harassed the guild into dedicating one of our monthly work days to blocks; and I’m going to try to host a squadron spouse social sewing lesson/block party.

So yeah, I’ve got plans to build up this little area! Starting with these Friendship Chains.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes October

Awww, this is my second to last swap block! We had one person drop out, so there’s no December queen. And since it was December, we decided to give it a break for the holidays. So there’s just this block and November’s, and then it’s all over.

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But instead of being melancholy! Let’s be - totally unsure if this will work. The queen asked for bright and bold, with the center white stripe. It looked good when I started, but as a block? I dunno. I think maybe it was the wrong green.

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And I don’t know what I managed to do wrong, but I managed to screw up the back seams! We were supposed to spin the seams, which normally I’m a huge fan of doing. But mine ended up not nesting in several places, which led to forcible nesting, which made spinning impossible.

Ugh. I’ve always wanted to make a scrappy trip quilt, but this attempted block does not bode well for a whole quilt of them!

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Plum Crazy - A Fruit Salad Block

Mmm, mmm, another favorite fruit in our house. I suppose not everything can be the Little Man’s favorite fruit, but cherries have a pretty limited season, so he has to be enthusiastic about something else during the rest of the year.

Right now, it’s plums. Which, it turns out, are nearly impossible to photograph. What is it about dark purple? There’s probably an answer that involves white balance and aperture. But there’s a reason I’m a quilter and not a photographer!

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Anyway… Plums! A chance to add a bit of purple to this quilt! And it’s another smaller, easier one, so get out those scraps and get going!



  • PURPLE - (16) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" squares

  • BROWN - (1) 2.5" square

  • NEUTRAL - (4) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks


  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the 3" purple squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the purple fabric.


Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.


Plum Crazy - 10.5x10.5" unfinished

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BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ September

Another small bit of rainbow to round out the last row of my Rainbow Challenge!


The RSC is blue - I think dark blue - but I went with a variety because there’s already so much blue in my quilt. I had to lay out the rows I already had finished to check for duplicates!

The PBJ color is red-violet, which…I don’t have a lot of, apparently! I had to slice these two off fat quarters. I thought I had some leftover from Berrylicious Dinos, but I couldn’t find the scraps. And it’s mostly purples and deep pinks, I guess.

So anyway, I went with those two and two red-reds. And I ordered the bit more of background that I need for the alternate blocks, so this will be a finish this year! (Okay, early next year. Let’s not get too excited.)

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!