BOMs Away - QOV June & not July

Well, this is a bit of a kerfuffle! Lyn was traveling last month, so we didn't have a June QOV round-up, and now I'm traveling this month. (Because Science is on its third trip to Space Camp.) So July’s quilts are a late addition to this post, due to a laptop malfunction on the road.

June wasn't a busy month for Quilts of Valor, until it was. And that's even with planning ahead! I knew early in June that I would be giving away three quilts at our town’s “spirit festival” at the end of the month, so I've been quilting one a week to be ready. But then I got a request that was urgent, so I reappropriated one of the nearly finished ones.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

That's this one! Pieced by one of my guild ladies, quilted and bound by me. The gentleman is wheelchair bound, so the smaller size makes it easier for him take along with him. So that worked out!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

I presented three quilts at my town’s Spirit Festival the last weekend in June - two by my friend’s mother, one was my Friendship Chain quilt.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Second by my friend’s mother.

Friendship Chain by Katie Mae Quilts

Several of the Friendship Chain blocks were made during the local Sew Day, so it’s awesome to be able to present it to a local veteran.

Quilts of Valor Panel by Katie Mae Quilts

Then I got a request to present at a fiftieth wedding anniversary party on July 4th. Of course! They asked for an eagle panel, which I had started, so I finished that up and got that presented.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And then there’s the almost-local quilt shop’s block of the month. These are…well, they’re scrappy. That’s about all I can say. I already got my coupon and bought a panel for QOVF with it, so they serve their purpose. I’m not even going to worry about a setting for them until they’re done.

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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Eagle Panel - a Finished Quilt

When you work with Quilts of Valor, you start collecting Americana quilt panels. They’re a quick finish - and highly requested! This one was requested by the daughter of a vet, for a presentation during her parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary party.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Since I had three eagle panels just hanging out, I agreed to the request and got to work! I had already started the half/quarter square triangles (three quarter square triangles?) months ago, so I made a few more and fiddled with the layout until I was satisfied. Then there came the issue of how to frame out the panel to make the next border fit.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

There was a hot debate between red and blue - and by hot, I mean literally everyone but me voted for blue. I still maintain that I’m right. But to appease literally everyone else, I went with blue on this one. It’s actually leftover bits of a wide backing - so far, 6 yards has yielded 4 quilting backings, a binding, and this inner border.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And the wind gave you a peek at the backing! Just a blue tonal wide back - expect to see it several more times, too. Including the binding here. The red is Moda from my local quilt shop, the blue in the triangles is an ancient bit of stash, and the cream is Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis - also a long term stash dweller.

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And I didn’t get any pictures during the ceremony! It’s always hard when you’re solo-presenting. But rest assured, the vet was surprised and very happy.

See also: Whoop Whoop, TGIFF, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, Show Off Saturday

BOMs Away - Quilts of Valor May

This month, I’m cheating a bit - these three quilts won’t be awarded until this afternoon. It is Memorial Day in the US, after all! But I’m fairly confident that the veterans don’t read my blog and the surprise won’t be spoiled.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was pieced by a friend’s mother - she’s actually planning on making a quilt for every year of her father’s military service this year. So it’s nice to honor a veteran with a quilt, and also honor her family by making the quilt.

Also, the binding is Sarah Jane’s Children at Play, which is my very favorite RWB stripe ever. I put it on the bias, of course.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Next, a jelly roll top made by my best longarm customer. She helped at my last group award in February, which inspired her to make her own top. She also donated a bunch of fabric, some of which is the binding on this one and the next one.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was also made by my friend’s mom. It’s a little different than the typical RWB, but the wonky stars are really fun. I backed it in a grey-based, RWB stars, used variegated RWB thread, and flag binding, so the USA element is still there, just a bit more subtle.

These three are being presented to Comanche veterans today at a ceremony in their cemetery. It’s, well - not a great way to “celebrate” Memorial Day - but a worthwhile way.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Additionally, I made the three monthly blocks for my almost-local quilt shop’s sampler. They’re looking super eclectic, as always. I need to start thinking about a setting - there will be 18 blocks, but they’re only 6”, so I’ll need a good bit of filler.

I also got my last 16” sawtooth stars from my quarter as Queen Bee, and another package of Friendship Chain blocks from an Instagram friend. So it’s time to put those quilts together now, too!

Friendship Chain Blocks by Katie Mae Quilts

And speaking of Friendship Chain, the quilt guild and Jackson County OHCE group shared a table at a local craft market earlier this month. The guild brought their sewing machines, and the OHCE ladies brought their Accuquilt Go. Their die set had everything we needed for my blocks! So they demonstrated the cutter, handed the pieces back to the sewers, and we showed off the blocks. A win for community outreach and working together!

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 - Quilts of Valor April

April was a great month for my Quilts of Valor work! I got to do a presentation, got ten donated tops and quilts (yay other people!), and received my Bee blocks from most of the group.

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First up, the presentation! I finished Rail Squares and presented it to a 93-year-old veteran who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Which was just amazing to get to do! There’s more pictures from the presentation on our Facebook page.

I’d show you my awesome Bee blocks, but I can’t find where I put some of them. Sigh. I just finished the princess quilts, so my goal this week is to put my sewing room back in order and file away all the pink and purple that’s been dominating the scene. So that RWB can dominate, as usual!

I also made my monthly blocks for the almost-local quilt shop. I’m just kind of randomly pulling scraps for these, so they’re an interesting mix. Hopefully I’ll have some setting in the end that ties it all together!

In May, I have a presentation on Memorial Day, and I’m trying to arrange one on Armed Forces Day, so expect to see a lot more finished quilts next month! And as donations start coming in from the district guilds, I should be able to check a bunch of veterans off my list this summer.

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!

(So - ugh - we are having this problem every time the month changes while the link party is open. So the first link-up closed, but will remain so you can still visit those peeps! And then the second link-up is now active for the rest of you. Sorry!)

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Rail Squares - A Quilts of Valor Finish

This week was quite a momentous occasion for me - I got to present a Quilt of Valor to a WWII veteran! I haven’t had a chance to do that before, and I honestly didn’t think I would, just based on timing. (Let’s face it, WWII was well over seventy years ago.) Not only that, my veteran served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars! Quite deserving of this honor.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

I started this quilt as an experiment during Sarah’s Rockin’ Rectangles Quilt Along - and, eh. I learned things, how about that? For one thing, this is much harder with three colors for the rails (red, light blue, and dark blue) - there was a lot of twisting and turning to make sure each square had the right sides.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Also, some of the fabrics are just a bit too busy to read as one color. (Mostly the dark blues.) However, when you take a step back in the end, it turned out very nice. It just could have been easier if I only used the reds and light blues!

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The fabric is Wilmington Land of Liberty junior jelly rolls and yardage - I bought them on clearance. I think I used about 1.5 of the jelly rolls (I used bits and pieces from all three), and I cut the solid squares from the length of the yardage instead of the width, so I don’t know how much that was, either. Very helpful info, right?

Why did I cut the yardage length wise? I actually have a plan! I’m going to make this Rockin’ Rectangles quilt with the leftover strips - I had about 4” leftover from each rail fence strip set, so I already sewed all those together. And then I sewed the rest of the strips into a big long piece, so all that’s left is cutting the yardage and inserting it. And boom - two quilts from three junior jelly rolls and three yards.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is loops and stars. Hey - it works! Every time, every QOV.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is wide back, and was sent by a friend’s mother. She sent me two 6-yard bolts of wide back! Six yards is my favorite - I can cut it into 2-yard sections for three quilt backs, then the cut offs from the bottoms is enough for a fourth pieced back. And then there’s usually enough off the sides for a binding or borders for yet another quilt.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

See - I do fill out labels! And then I have to redact them! The binding is a blue/cream stars from my QOV stash.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

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For more pictures from the ceremony, see our Facebook page!

See also: Whoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday