BOMs Away - A Christmas Poem

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the parlor,

Not a creature was stirring, except for the longarmer.

The tops were all pressed and delivered with care,

In hopes that Christmas delivery soon would be there.

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So yeah…no BOM work. I’ve longarmed four quilts this week and I have another three to go before I’m done for the holiday season. And then I need to clean up all the batting cutoffs and binding scraps that have been dropped around the room. And then I can finally relax and sew!

So did anyone else work on 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 - Fruit Salad 2018

I spent most of my Sunday BOM time working on Fruit Salad - which, given it was my own block of the month, seems fitting! I also worked on my plan for 2019 - I’m going to switch to posting the blocks on the first Monday of the month, with the BOMs Away post, because I usually forget which random Wednesday I was supposed to post on.

Oh, and the actual quilt for 2019! It’s Veggie Patch. It’s also scrappy, but the blocks are much smaller than the fruits (no 18” oranges this time around!) It’ll also be utilizing mostly 2.5” squares, so save those jelly roll bits and pieces. And this time, I’m also going to be making mine with a scrappy background, using brown Kona cottons leftover from the numerous Minecraft quilts.

So that’s the plan for 2019, if you’d like to join in. And as for 2018…

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I made these three blocks to round out the layout for Fruit Salad - another orange, peach, and lemon. And I have two more additional blocks in progress, and then it will be on to piecing the top!

I’m pretty excited to get this one done…but first I have a stack of customer quilts to longarm, and a table at my town’s holiday gathering on Saturday to prep. Oh, and one more commission quilt to finish off. It’s going to be a busy week!

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 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 - Stars for Vanessa

I’m just raiding my blue scrap bin all month for blocks for everyone! Next up are #starsforvanessa - another Instagram block drive, albeit a private one this time.

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The blocks are Cluck Cluck Sew’s chunky stars, and the medal is the Route 66 half marathon. That’s what I actually did on Sunday, my block-of-the-month day. I made the blocks ahead of time because I am so tired right now! Mostly from shivering. It was colder at the finish than the start line!

These stars are going to someone who made a couple of my Friendship Chain blocks. Which, well… I suppose we could have each made our own blocks and saved the shipping, but making the same block over and over gets tiresome. And it’s fun to inject a little bit of someone else’s stash! I chose a nautical print for the left star, since it’s going to a Navy gal.

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 - Hearts for Paradise

Today was Veterans Day, and I had the honor of doing my first presentation for the region at the local VFW. More about that one Friday with the finished quilt! Before I went to that, though, I worked on something for a different cause.

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These two hearts are for Tiffquilts on Instagram - she’s heading a drive for quilt blocks for victims of the Paradise fire. Her brother and his family lost their home in the fire. My college roommate had to evacuate and hasn’t been able to get back yet to see if her home survived.

The orange/white print is a bolt I bought at a store closing sale, thinking it would make a good back someday. There’s 10+ yards on it, so since Tiff is local to Tulsa and I’m going to Route 66 next weekend, I’ll deliver the bolt in person. Because it deserves to be a good back (or three.) And hopefully I’ll get a chance to add a few more hearts to this pile before I leave.

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!