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!

Coconutty - A Fruit Salad Block

Have you had a song stuck in your head since I posted the lime block in March? Finally, the lime is getting its coconut! (Is it stuck in your head again? I’m sorry….maybe….)

Coconutty - A Fruit Salad Block

Another reason I out-sourced the photos - look at the dedication to props! I had no idea where to find a coconut or how to open one if I did. I was going to use the coconut bra from an old Halloween costume. Thank goodness for Lori!

I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks, and I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

Get the printer-friendly pattern here!

Coconutty - A Fruit Salad Block

Coconutty - 12.5”x12.5" unfinished

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog! I plan on posting one block a month, free on Craftsy until Jan 31, 2019. In December 2018, there will be a layout pattern for the entire Fruit Salad quilt, as well as more specific yardage.

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

Just Peachy - a Fruit Salad Block

This is actually one of the first blocks I sketched out, but I put it off because I wasn’t sure I had enough peachy fabrics. Turns out, after a little time in the pink and orange scrap bins, I had more than enough to get that perfect peachy shade!

And let me just drool over the photographs! It’s something I’ve struggled with this year - and finally I just out-sourced it. And hiring Lori was the best decision ever. You’ll still get my usual sub-par weekly photos and on the quilts that won’t be patterns, but now I feel like I can move ahead with patterns that will have fantastic photos.

I might have cried when she sent me the first images. And I can’t wait to go back and update all the past blog pictures! Everything will be cleaned up, graphics added, and turned into PDFs in my Craftsy shop, and the full pattern will be released in late December (after I finish everyone’s Christmas longarming.)The blocks and pattern will be free until January 31, 2019. (2019!! What??)

And also, Lori made actual fruit salad from the leftover props. Yum!

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SUPPLIES

  • PEACH - (24) 2.5" squares; (4) 3" squares

  • GREEN - (2) 3" square

  • NEUTRAL - (6) 2.5" squares; (6) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

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  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the 3" peach and green squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the peach or green fabric.

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LAYOUT

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

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Just Peachy - 12.5x14.5" unfinished

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

See also: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersFinish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

Plum Crazy - A Fruit Salad Block

Mmm, mmm, another favorite fruit in our house. I suppose not everything can be the Little Man’s favorite fruit, but cherries have a pretty limited season, so he has to be enthusiastic about something else during the rest of the year.

Right now, it’s plums. Which are a stone fruit, like cherries, so maybe he just prefers a good drupe? (<— yeah, I googled that!)

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Anyway… Plums! A chance to add a bit of purple to this quilt! And it’s another smaller, easier one, so get out those scraps and get going!

SUPPLIES

  • PURPLE - (16) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" squares

  • BROWN - (1) 2.5" square

  • NEUTRAL - (4) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

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  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the 3" purple squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the purple fabric.

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Layout

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

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Plum Crazy - 10.5x10.5" unfinished

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

Quite A Pear - A Fruit Salad Block

Whew - we survived the summer, and more importantly, we survived the first two and a half weeks of school. It was not without incident, which is why this post is later than intended. But the kids are finally settling into their routines* and I'm finally getting a real chance to sew. 

In fact, I managed to get the pear and next month's plum sewn already. And I'm almost done with the planning the rest of the fruit. Which means I'm almost to the fun part - figuring out the quilt layout!

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But first, a short and sweet block for a short and sweet fruit! 

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SUPPLIES

  • YELLOW-GREEN - (20) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" squares
  • BROWN - (1) 2.5" square
  • NEUTRAL - (8) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

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  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the 3" green squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the green fabric.

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

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Quite A Pear - 10.5x14.5" unfinished

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

*Literally, as I was writing this post, one of the kids was sent home sick from school. We are neeeeeeeever going to get into a routine.

See also: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersFinish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday