BOMs Away - Christmas in July

Is it bad that one of the reasons I’m doing Christmas in July is to pretend that it’s not so darn hot out here? It’s not as bad as last year, but it’s still SO.FREAKING.HOT. Let’s look at Santa and some snowflakes instead…

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Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

I actually almost didn’t even make this in Christmas colors. It’s a good old trusty Ohio Star (one of my favorites!) and it would have looked perfectly awesome in red, white, and blue, with a hint of gold. But then Sarah reminded me about her Christmas in July blog hop, and I remembered that I have several Christmas tops that really ought to be quilted, and I decided to go all in on Christmas in July.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

Aww, Santa is so awesome! I almost didn’t use this - I didn’t have enough to do both the centers and the corners/borders, like the pattern called for. But then I decided Santa was just too good to pass up, so I did the corners in a similar aqua blue. So the spirit of the pattern is there!

And the pattern! Totally well written. She makes the flying geese my favorite way (no wasteful stitch and flip!) and there’s block piece sizes along the way - I hate it when the pattern just says it’s a 6” block without breaking down that the flying geese are 2.5”x3.5” unfinished. Or whatever that proper size would be. I like to make sure everything is trimmed and good to go before putting the block together.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

The book overall is the same way - loads of clear instructions, good pictures - and bonus for me, a lot of nice general patterns that use Christmas fabric or applique to make them Christmas. That means you can just make the Friendship Star quilt in any color if you just want a Friendship Star quilt. (But the applique is very complimentary to the designs, so definitely do those, too!) And there’s a nice variety of project sizes - table runners and bed runners, up to full size quilts.

It was pretty hard to get pictures, because my kitchen is not…photogenic. (It’s summer and my kids are home and I swear every time I wipe the table, there’s a new cherry stain.) I made my runner one block shorter than the book since my table is pretty small, but it’s still overwhelming. Oh well - that just means I’ll have to steal my mother-in-law’s table sooner rather than later. (But not the white fabric chairs. The cherry stains, people!) I suppose I could have left off the aqua outer border, but I love how it frames the whole thing. So I didn’t.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

The deets! Santas are Michael Miller, aqua chevrons are Riley Blake, binding is the rest of the Tasha Noel from Friday’s finish. (And I do mean every bit of the leftovers. I have about 1” left!) Backing is Doodlebug Designs from 2011 (no, I don’t want to talk about my backing stash) and I very efficiently quilted it at the same time as this upcoming Friday’s finish. Everything else came from my Christmas scrap bin.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

Oh, and the quilting! Again, tough to get a good picture, but I was inspired by a picture on Instagram. I did the straight line quilting with the horizontal lock on my longarm. (Yes it took forever. No I couldn’t have aligned it to stitch vertical, I had limited backing fabric left.) Then I switched to my regular machine and added in the waves. The original design was a wave, but I inverted and made mine more like parabolas. (Or not, I googled and that's not what they are. Lava lamps. They're lava lamps, okay?)

Anyway…! If you’ve made it this far and you’re just here for the BOMs Away link - sorry. It’s right here. And if you’re new here, we have a pretty loose definition of “block of the month”, 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!

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And the blog hop deets! First up, the Christmas in July book blog hop. (Keep scrolling to Sarah’s, though, there’s a giveaway.)

July 22

Kate Starcher

Terri Vanden Bosch

Tuesday July 23

Joanne Hillestad

Wednesday July 24

Becca Fenstermaker

Suzy Webster

Thursday July 25

Laura Tulloch

Friday July 26

Stephanie Bertics

Monday July 29

Kathy Bruckman

Joanne Hillestand

Marian Pena

Rona Ribbit Herman

Andrea Tisdel

Tuesday July 30

Marlene Oddie

Rohn Strong

Pam Morgan

Andi Stanfield

Tammy Silvers

Sherri Noel

Sherry Shish

Wednesday July 31

Tracy Stauch

Terry Vanden Bosch

Laura Tulloch

Thursday August 1

Lisa Ruble

Jen Shaffer

Joanne Harris

Ellen Ault

Sandra Healy

Friday August 2

Anorina Morris

Ellen Ault

Maryellen McAuliffe

See, I told you I’d make it worth it if you made it to the end! Confession of a Fabric Addict’s Christmas in July blog hop! You can enter her giveaway here - once a day, every day for the whole blog hop!