Fruit Salad - A Finished Quilt

You guys! It’s finally here! After a year of blocks and scraps, my Fruit Salad quilt is finished!

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

And with a huge shout out to Lori - she encouraged the idea, walked me through photography sessions, and finally took over all the photography for the project.

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

I mean, seriously - these photos!

Oh, and also - this quilt!

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

I’m in love with the whole thing - the blocks, the pattern writing, the finished result. It was so much fun to create a block every month, and dive into those scrap bins. (They’re, of course, still filled to the brim.)

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

It’s just so bright and cheerful! There’s the purple from Lori’s Space Coast quilt and the photo memory quilt. The green with gold sparkles was from my Curved Log Cabin. The reds are charm pack pieces that I cut up for my Friendship Chain blocks. They’re all such good memories!

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

I’m just so, so in love with this. Massively. Big puffy hearts. I want to keep doing this forever! (Which - Veggie Patch! And I have another two years planned out after that!)

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is Michael Miller Cherry Dot, and the binding is a rainbow stripe I found in my stash. (Use it up!) My background fabric is Kona White, and everything else is scraps! It measures 68x74” - a nice big lap size.

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

So, you want to make one of your own? Of course you do - it’s gorgeous! The full PDF pattern is available here. Individual blocks are also for sale in my Payhip store if you don’t want to make the full quilt. (The full quilt pattern includes all the blocks and layout.)

Like Veggie Patch, a portion of the proceeds from both the individual blocks and the full pattern will be donated to the Hopatong Community Garden.

But wait - there’s more! Use the code NEWPATTERN to take 20% off for the first week! (For Fruit Salad only, until 2/8/19.)

So if your New Year’s resolution was to use up stash and scraps, get yourself a copy of the pattern and get to work! (If your resolution was to finish UFOs and not start anything new - well, that’s not much fun and it’s February so you’re probably over that anyway. So get a copy and get to work!)

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

Fruit Salad - the Layout

Here it is, the finale to my scrappy block of the month!

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

This has been a tremendous learning experience this year - and tons of fun. I always, always, love working from my scrap bins, and trying to devise a fruit block every month was a great challenge. (I never did figure out how to do a banana.)

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

Since I was winging it, a layout was a bit more challenging - some of the blocks were 18”, some were 16”, one was 10”… I finally got them finagled into place, with a couple filler blocks, and got the whole thing together.

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

And I just love it. I mean, I knew I was going to, but the bias binding sets off the white so perfectly and all the scraps just shine. I love it. LOVE.

So do you want to love it, too? Get the printer-friendly layout here! This is the cutting instructions for the sashing and filler blocks, and the layout for the full quilt, but not all the fruit blocks. You can find those here. The layout instructions and fruit blocks will be free until the end of January, then they will be bundled together in a full pattern.

I needed 1.25 yards of Kona white to do the sashing, if you’re using the same throughout. Or go scrappy! For Veggie Patch, I’m using a variety of Kona browns for the sashing and background fabric.

Oh, you want a sneak peek of this year’s Veggie Patch? Fine, if you insist!

Veggie Patch by Katie Mae Quilts

Look for way more info about Veggie Patch on Monday, when the first block is released. Save those leftover scrap bits from Fruit Salad!

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

But first, finish up your Fruit Salad!

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If you’re making this quilt, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog!

All photos by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com

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

Grapes of Fabric - A Fruit Salad Block

Yay! It’s the last month and I saved the easiest one for the holiday season - NO half square triangles! That’s right, just straight rows and simple squares. You’re welcome!

Grapes of Fabric - A Fruit Salad Block by Katie Mae Quilts

However, easy for you doesn’t mean easy for me! On 12/19, I found out that my little pattern shop on Craftsy would be shut down on 12/28. (Yeah, that’s nine days. Technically five business days, since the email came in the evening and there’s, you know, Christmas in there.)

I always thought Craftsy would go to a fee per transaction, not shut down my shop entirely, so I spent yesterday scrambling around and looking at my options. For now, my patterns will be hosted on PayHip - starting with Grapes of Fabric. If you have one of my patterns in your Craftsy library, I would download it before the 28th. (They say all “purchased” patterns, including free ones, will still be available, but….)

So anyway - Grapes of Fabric! In the all new Katie Mae Quilts PayHip shop!

(And thank goodness for my robot minons - even though I’m furiously typing away, updating URLs, my kitchen floor is still being mopped and my living room is getting vacuumed.)

As usual, I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks. I highly recommend using a wide variety of purples to make each “grape” distinct. Usually, I use 3-4 pieces of each scrap, but in this block, I limited myself to two in every shade of purple, from lavender to red-violet.

Grapes of Fabric - A Fruit Salad Block by Katie Mae Quilts

Grapes of Fabric - 14.5x14.5” unfinished

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog! I plan on posting one block a month, free on PayHip 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: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersFinish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

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!