BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes November

Okay, now we can get all sniffly. It’s my last Swappettes block(s)! I had a great time doing this block swap this year - it was great fun to pull out my scraps every month and make something unique. I got to make several blocks that had been on my wishlist - and learned that some of them, I don’t really want to do again.

Plus Blocks by Katie Mae Quilts

Not this set, though - they’re perfectly lovely and perfectly easy. The queen bee asked for a consistent dark blue and scrappy low volume, and that’s pretty easy in my Quilts of Valor scrap bins. (I did have to do a search for low volume without stars.) We used the tutorial by Steph Jacobson, with 2.5” strips, which are always abundant.

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!

BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes October Take Two

I wasn’t fully satisfied with my scrappy trip around the world block for October’s queen bee, especially after watching my bee-mates post theirs on Instagram. So I decided this week to do another one!

And oh my goodness, it went terribly…

First, I sewed together my five strips, then sewed them into a tube, and then realized I was supposed to press them first. I turned the tube right side out and pressed them on my Strip Stick, which was a lifesaver. But then, my seams STILL didn’t match up and nest! Ugh! I got all the way to the last strip set, repressing as I went, only to find… Yeah, there was still another strip set.

SIX. You use SIX strips.

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So I did some seam ripping and added 2.5” squares the old fashioned way, mumbling curses about strip piecing. And of course, I sewed some wrong, STILL, so I kept seam ripping and crying.

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Eventually, I got it all together. And… I still don’t know if it’s bright and bold enough. But I am DONE making these blocks. And my seams all nest this time. I have no idea if they nest in the proper way to nest with the rest of the quilt, but they nest with each other!

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And so I have a soft palette version and a dark palette version. And I am never making a scrappy trip block again!

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!

See also: Monday MakingMain Crush MondayDesign Wall MondayMoving It Forward MondayLet’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersOh Scrap!

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!

BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes September

As exciting as it has been to get blocks in the mail all month, it's time to let someone else be the queen bee! I'm still adding my stars to the design wall as they come in, but I also pulled out some new scrap colors and made the blocks for September.

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Our queen requested Weathervane blocks, made from this tutorial, to be laid out like flowers. So green leaves on the sides, bright colors for the "petals" and a yellow center. I've used this yellow in several other bee blocks...it just looks good in so many places! (Including the original Because Science.)

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 August

Guess what? It's MY month in my Instagram Bee! This is way more exciting than I thought - I'm really looking forward to getting mail. You know, other than the outrageous electricity bill after our two weeks of 110º+ heat.

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I had leftover pieces from making 8" sawtooth stars, and also a couple failed attempts at using 4" stars in my temperature quilt. (The blocks are perfect, but they look wrong. I'm thinking a square in a square instead. Anyway...) So I requested RWB blocks in any combination of 4", 8", or 12" - to be slightly different from the last Stars Upon Stars quilt.

And so I made the last four 8" blocks from my pieces and added in two 12" blocks just for starters. And now I wait to see what everyone else makes!

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!