BOMs Away - Quilts of Valor January

For my last BOMs Away post of the month, I’m going to do a wrap-up of the Quilts of Valor stuff that I’m working on. Since I’m now a district coordinator (and the only QOV longarmer in the area!) a lot of quilts are coming through my sewing room, some just needing labels and stars, some that are blocks needing assembly, etc. And my own stuff! I’m still plugging along on the Rail Fence, after all!

Friendship Chain Quilt Blocks by Katie Mae Quilts

First up - my big project! QOV Sew Day is next Saturday, and my local quilt shop is hosting a sew event in the classroom. I’m teaching the Friendship Chain block, so I made a bunch of the pieces as visuals…which are pretty boring. (Here’s two squares with a line on the neutral. Here they are sewn together. Here they are cut apart. Here they are pressed.) These four blocks were donated - so much prettier! I also cut sashing pieces and cornerstones and tons of scraps into the usable pieces. So be prepared to see a LOT of these quilts next month!

RWB Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Then, I grabbed some other blocks sent by an Instagram friend (thanks Lhm_nv!) and sewed them together. It’s an awesome layout! So awesome that I screwed up the bottom two rows and had to redo it. Sigh. Rip rip rip. It’s just a bit shy of the QOV size guidelines, so I pulled the red fabric from my stash for borders. This will be presented at the end of February, so you’ll see the full quilt soon enough!

SWOKQG block of the month by Katie Mae Quilts

And finally, I pulled out my quilt guild BOM from 2018. I need one more official block, and one more extra block to complete my layout. I’m not in a rush, though - I want to show this one off at the guild before it’s presented, so it’s not a priority for the February event. I made the rest of the half blocks that go on the sides to complete the chain. (Stars and chains - it’s a BOMs Away theme this week!) And I’ll cut the pieces for the last two blocks this week while I’m cutting more…and more…and more Friendship Chain scraps.

And that’s all for January! I also spent a lot of time on the phone, coordinating the February presentation event, talking to guilds in my area, and planning Sew Day. Hopefully this will yield some new QOV members, and more tops/quilts. If nothing else, it will yield lots of pictures for next month!

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!