BOMs Away - Jack's Chain Yellow

I am in the midst of prep work for a Quilts of valor presentation next weekend, so while I took a short break for block of the month sewing this weekend, I didn’t work too hard on it.

Nine Patches by Katie Mae Quilts

I stitched up two yellow Jack’s Chain blocks, because I honestly don’t remember how many blocks in each color I need. I did four in every color at first, but I’m pretty sure I have most of the rainbow now but not near enough blocks. And the last time I did yellow, I went with lighter and mustard-y shades, so I chose these two to brighten it up.

I had exactly enough of the tulip fabric - leftover from the backing of my tulip pillow, leftover from my mother’s stash from the 80s. So that’s a really lovely scrap to have in this.

And now, back to the QOVs! We have a big presentation next weekend - seventeen veterans - and I’m providing ten of the quilts. So there’s been a lot of longarming and binding and labeling and washing and… Yeah. Expect a big update for next week’s BOMs Away!

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!

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Center Block B

Whew - a somewhat easy week this time! You know, if you consider 16 pieces in one 3-3/4” block to be easy…?

Eternal Bloom Center Block B by Katie Mae Quilts

It really wasn’t that bad - although since I precut the green, it was actually more difficult to find the piece that was 1-1/4” vs 1-1/8”. Sigh. Such fiddly little bits! But the little red buds are done and we’re moving over to the coral block next.

Eternal Bloom Center Block A/B by Katie Mae Quilts

This is where it will go in the center block. I’m not sewing them together yet, since it will get rather large and unwieldy as the months go on. Much like the entire quilt.

Moda Block Shuffle by Katie Mae Quilts

I also made these four blocks. My almost-local-quilt-shop said they were going to post a block on the first of the month, and anyone who finishes it by the 10th gets a $15 off. Except they posted three blocks. And $15 off….? I mean - that’s $180 to every person who does a block (or three?) every month of the year. So I’m not entirely sure how this is supposed to work - but hey, I’ll make three blocks for $15 to see what happens.

Except, as you see, I made four. Because I didn’t read the directions and cut eight of the HST blocks instead of eight of the background, so I ended up with twice as much. So I made the inverse of the block as well.

They’re 6” blocks, which is going to take forever to make a sampler, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m doing RWB because I don’t actually like samplers, so mine will end up as a QOV.

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!

BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Bell Pepper

You know, these veggies don’t have cute and catchy titles like the fruits. Why? I don’t know. I can’t think of any fun songs or phrases with bell peppers in them. I’ve got “you say tomato” for that one, but everything else? Maybe an “earful of corn”? (Groan. I’m sorry.)

Bell Pepper - A Veggie Patch Block by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

Anyway, it may not have a cute name, but it’s a cute block! And like the carrots, you have plenty of color choices! Red, orange, green, yellow - pick your favorite! I went with red this time, but spoiler alert - there will be more than one in the final quilt layout.

Get the printer-friendly instructions here! The block will be free for a month until the next one posts - but don’t be too upset if you miss one. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hopatong Community Garden, so you’ll be helping a great cause run by one of my good friends.

I’m using a variety of Kona browns for the background fabric this time. I also use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #veggiepatchquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog!

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!

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!

BOMs Away - RSC Jack's Chain Red

Another week, another old project out of the box! This time, it's my Jack's Chain, which I haven't touched since 2017. Oh dear. I think I didn't like the red then, but time has definitely changed my mind.

Jack's Chain by Katie Mae Quilts

The red looks great, right? Since I already have most of the nine patches done, I made all of the side triangles that will fill out the outer rows. They need to be trimmed and everything needs a good pressing, but it's a new start! Maybe I'll finish a Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the first time in years!

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!