BOMs Away - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

Ohhhhh yeah, who’s ready for Christmas in July!? This year, it’s brought to you by both Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting. I’m doing a book blog hop for Nancy, and a regular blog hop for Sarah. (Psst - go check out the giveaway on Sarah’s post! Christmas fat quarters! Go enter! Also, if you want a head start on Nancy’s blog hop, grab the book here!)

And I suppose you want a sneak peek of my project?

Christmas in July Blog Hop by Katie Mae Quilts

This is all you get, so far. Because - ugh - I finally got a diagnosis on my foot. Significant bone bruising. Upgraded to a walking boot. Trying to sew with my left foot, slipped a bit and put a needle through my thumb. Tetanus shot. Yeah, it’s a bit of a mess over here.

So, I’m trying to finish out the customer stuff in the morning before the hurting kicks in, and building up a small stockpile of these block parts in between. It’s only a table runner, so those Santas will be Ho Ho Ho-ing in the kitchen by next week.

AND, as a bonus, I quilted up a couple Christmas quilts that have been hanging around for a while. Like since the last Christmas in July blog hop. Whatever. The important thing is that they’re done now. You know, if I get the binding on them. So lots of Christmas to come for the next couple of weeks!

And 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!

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BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Block 10B

Back at work, slowly chipping away at Block 10 of Eternal Bloom!

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

This month, it was section B (out of A-D.) So many little parts! Most of the stitch-and-flip corners were only 1-1/8” big. Somehow, it all ended up lining up almost perfectly. Maybe I’m getting better at this? Maybe it’s luck?

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

Sections A and B together. Section C will be below them, and D to the right side. It’s one that definitely won’t look “right” until it’s done! But it’s summer and I’m not in a rush. We’ll get there eventually, folks.

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!

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BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Jalapeño

Welcome to summer! In honor of it being hot - hot - hot - it’s jalapeño time! Seriously, we had a wet May and June (full of tornado warnings), but now it’s officially hitting 100º on a regular basis. And by regular, I mean daily. Before noon. Ugh.

Jalapeño - a Veggie Patch Quilt Block by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

So the block! It’s another easy one, just a few scraps. Because no one wants to be next to the hot iron very long this time of year. But you can mix up the colors - jalapeños come in red, green, yellow, orange, deep purple… You’ll need more than one for the final quilt layout, or you can make a few and have a summer BBQ table runner in no time!

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!

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BOMs Away - RSC June

YOU GUYS!

Are you ready for this??

After 5.5 years - my 2013 Rainbow Scrap Challenge is finally….

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

…well, a top, at least.

I started out the weekend determined to at least finish making the color blocks. Which I did. And then I started making the gray blocks and discovered TWO MORE color blocks under the gray fabric. That was the final straw - this thing was going to get finished. I’m tired of miscounting and finding bits and pieces everywhere.

Really, it only took about 2.5 hours to get it finished, since six of the seven rows were already pieced. I just had to sit down and DO IT. And so I did.

I might add a border - or I might not. It’s 61x71” which is a quite nice size, but if I find something amazingly wonderfully rainbowy while I’m searching for a back, I won’t not get it.

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!

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BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Block 10A

Oh my - I remember why I put this block aside a year ago, and conveniently forgot where it was for a while. Block ten is HARD!

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

I mean, super pretty! But haaaaaard. It only has four sections, but each section is different, so you can’t chain piece at all. There’s no making four buds and four roses and piecing it all together in a circle - no, not for block ten!

So I made the bud for this section, and added it to the already-made rose, and…well, that was it for this month, because I also managed to fall off my back porch and twist the ever-loving-heck out of my sewing foot. I can manage a bit of sewing with extended breaks of foot-resting. Far too long of breaks still. Annoyingly too long. But, hopefully these breaks will eventually add up to a whole foot…which will then make a whole block ten!

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!

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