BOMs Away - Hearts for Paradise

Today was Veterans Day, and I had the honor of doing my first presentation for the region at the local VFW. More about that one Friday with the finished quilt! Before I went to that, though, I worked on something for a different cause.

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These two hearts are for Tiffquilts on Instagram - she’s heading a drive for quilt blocks for victims of the Paradise fire. Her brother and his family lost their home in the fire. My college roommate had to evacuate and hasn’t been able to get back yet to see if her home survived.

The orange/white print is a bolt I bought at a store closing sale, thinking it would make a good back someday. There’s 10+ yards on it, so since Tiff is local to Tulsa and I’m going to Route 66 next weekend, I’ll deliver the bolt in person. Because it deserves to be a good back (or three.) And hopefully I’ll get a chance to add a few more hearts to this pile before I leave.

So did anyone else work on their 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!

Just Run - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt!

Finally! This quilt and next week’s finish had a long journey to Italy (to an APO address!), so although they were finished in October, it’s now time to share them.

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There’s over 50 shirts in this one, and the runner did her own layout with shirts every which way and lots of partial seams. And lots of shirts that say Aloha!

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And as always, they keep pushing the boundaries of what can go in a t-shirt quilt. This Kaua’i block is actually a grocery bag. And there was a canvas bag, but at least canvas attempts to act like fabric and doesn’t melt when you touch it with an iron. (Lesson learned - always go with the silicone pressing sheet if you’re not sure!)

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Most of the shirts were from Hawaii races when she lived there with the military. Fun fact - we were both stationed in Spokane, but not at the same time. She was there in between our two assignments there.

It’s also nice to have an inside source on Hawaii half marathons, because my 40th birthday is next summer and that’s what my goal is. I mean, if I can find a race that works in between the kids’ school schedule and a potential move. (How are we already talking about potential moves? Military life, sheesh!)

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The backing and binding is this gorgeous herringbone from Robert Kaufman. Seriously, this double-napped flannel is amazing. I could rub it against my face all day. In fact, I might have enough leftover to make an infinity scarf so I can do just that.

There’s also a few bits of Kona grays stuck in here and there as filler fabrics. Luckily after three Minecraft quilts, I have an endless supply of bits of Kona grays!

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BOMs Away - SWOK Stripping

Are you ready for another new BOM project!?!

…actually, I’m not sure I was, but our guild challenge runs October-September, so the new one was issued last month. We had to make forty strip sets, cutting strips 2.5”, 2.25”, 2”, 1.75”, 1.5”, 1.25”, and 1” from fat quarters. The sets, sewn together, measured 9.5”x18”.

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Well, I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do. I’ve wanted to do the Scrappy Happy Rails from No Scrap Left Behind since I got the book…for myself…for Mother’s Day. Except I hate strings and never even keep them.

But strips sets? I could sew a bunch of strip sets. I bought a bundle from Connecting Threads (the challenge was 30s fabric and I have nada of that, so a nice coordinating bundle was the easiest solution.) I zipped through my sets and presented them at the meeting last week.

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This is what I came home with! I sorted them and found that I had 23 sets that were at least 9.5” wide, two sets that might make 9.5” with maybe a lot of starch, and 15 sets around 9”.

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So I sliced up the 9.5” ones into 115 lovely little strip blocks. I think I need 126 to make a 7x9 quilt, so next month, I’ll see what I can do with the two iffy sets. Or add another strip to three of the 9” sets. And then I get to pick my background fabric and start sewing!

And then I need to figure out what to do with those 15ish leftover sets. I’m thinking something hexagon-y like A Quilter’s Table is doing with their Seattle Quilt Con charity quilt. (Only without the Y seams!)

So begins my last new project of the year. (Not counting t-shirt quilts, of course!) 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!

Oklahoma - The Pattern!

And finally! After months of planning, tweaking, learning graphics programs, and finally being smart enough to get Lori to do my photos, my first baby is ready for launch!

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Oklahoma started as a simple gift for the squadron commander’s wife. From that version, I reworked the bottom edge of the state until I was satisfied with the layout.

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Then…I wrote! It took a while to get everything right, and create the graphics, but I finally got the hang of it. I had two ladies from my guild test it. I read through it about a thousand times.

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I got the photos back from Lori and cried over how good they are!

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And now, it’s finally ready for your hot little hands. Or actually, computer or tablet, since it’s PDF only right now. Get it on Craftsy for $6 for this week only! (40% off until 11/9/18.)

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It finishes at 60x70” and uses fat quarters (or scraps!) So…if you live in Oklahoma or love someone who does, grab a copy!

(And if you don’t live in Oklahoma, well, it’s a Scrappy State Series. I’ve already got Washington in progress, and I’m willing to take suggestions for the next state!)

See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday, Let’s Bee SocialMidweek Makers, Oh Scrap!

BOMs Away - QOV Stars

Hey, it’s another Quilts of Valor project! Wait, it’s almost not one. My intention on Sunday morning was to sew the remaining blocks from my Pieceful Swappettes month as queen bee. I already decided on a layout, I knew exactly how many more blocks in each size that I needed, and I jotted down the sizes to make them.

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Except I jotted down the sizes for a 16” block, not a 12” block. And it never really occurred to me that this block was ending up way too big until it was done and I put it next to the 12” blocks. Sigh.

I played with the design a bit more before deciding, nope, I liked the original plan. So I made the one 12” block that I needed, and two of the four 8” blocks. I’ll make the other two and the few 4” blocks next time, and the 16” star will just have to wait for another quilt. Sometime after I finish the fifty other QOV projects I have in the works.

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!