BOMs Away - Quilts of Valor May

This month, I’m cheating a bit - these three quilts won’t be awarded until this afternoon. It is Memorial Day in the US, after all! But I’m fairly confident that the veterans don’t read my blog and the surprise won’t be spoiled.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was pieced by a friend’s mother - she’s actually planning on making a quilt for every year of her father’s military service this year. So it’s nice to honor a veteran with a quilt, and also honor her family by making the quilt.

Also, the binding is Sarah Jane’s Children at Play, which is my very favorite RWB stripe ever. I put it on the bias, of course.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Next, a jelly roll top made by my best longarm customer. She helped at my last group award in February, which inspired her to make her own top. She also donated a bunch of fabric, some of which is the binding on this one and the next one.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was also made by my friend’s mom. It’s a little different than the typical RWB, but the wonky stars are really fun. I backed it in a grey-based, RWB stars, used variegated RWB thread, and flag binding, so the USA element is still there, just a bit more subtle.

These three are being presented to Comanche veterans today at a ceremony in their cemetery. It’s, well - not a great way to “celebrate” Memorial Day - but a worthwhile way.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Additionally, I made the three monthly blocks for my almost-local quilt shop’s sampler. They’re looking super eclectic, as always. I need to start thinking about a setting - there will be 18 blocks, but they’re only 6”, so I’ll need a good bit of filler.

I also got my last 16” sawtooth stars from my quarter as Queen Bee, and another package of Friendship Chain blocks from an Instagram friend. So it’s time to put those quilts together now, too!

Friendship Chain Blocks by Katie Mae Quilts

And speaking of Friendship Chain, the quilt guild and Jackson County OHCE group shared a table at a local craft market earlier this month. The guild brought their sewing machines, and the OHCE ladies brought their Accuquilt Go. Their die set had everything we needed for my blocks! So they demonstrated the cutter, handed the pieces back to the sewers, and we showed off the blocks. A win for community outreach and working together!

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