BOMs Away - SWOK August

Another summer month without a block, because I haven't been to a guild meeting since May! Somehow I managed to schedule every single summer trip over meeting days. Sigh. But summer is almost over and in September, I'll be back at the blocks.

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Until then, I made 2.75 partial blocks, and a few more of the four patches for the alternate blocks. So at least when the blocks end in October, I'll be close to setting them and finishing the sampler! 

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - Flags for Sue

I took a break from my usually scheduled BOMs this week to make a few flags for Sue - a friend of Alycia Quilts who recently passed away. Sue was a huge supporter of Quilts of Valor, so Alycia asked for flag blocks to make some QOVs to honor her.

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Well, of course I'm in for something like that! The flag blocks were easy to make, and I love the idea of honoring a QOV quilter in this way. In fact, I used one of my very favorite QOV blues in one of them.

To save a bit of cutting time, I used the same red stripe in all of them, so hopefully she gets enough donations that they don't end up in the same quilt. (After all, QOV yardage doesn't become QOV scraps unless it gets cut!)

All of the block and shipping info is in Alycia's blog post, so if you're so inclined, she's collecting blocks until Sept. 1.

Also, a few months ago I started an account on Instagram, QuiltsforCharity, for just this reason - helping connect quilters with block drives and other donation events. So if you're on Instagram, feel free to follow, and let me know of block drives I might have missed!

And also also - it's Prime Day! Keep an eye out for quilting books and other possible steals. Like a Fire Stick for my sewing room TV....

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - SWOK BOM July

Happy Fourth of July week for us Americans, and Canada Day for our enighbors! I'm already well into vacation mode, but I managed to make my guild block before I left.

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The coordinator calls this a chain link block. I call it a churn dash with squares instead triangles.

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And since the block was so easy, I made a strip of four patches for the alternate blocks, as well.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Stars Over Stars - a Quilts of Valor Top Finish

Finally! This one wasn't in progress for very long - just since February - but most of the blocks have been finished since April. And then came the t-shirt quilts and retirement gifts and graduation present orders, and this just kept getting pushed down on the to-do list.

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But! They finally announced the pre-orders and tour schedule for the Quilts of Valor book, so I decided to finally get this one finished and sent back to my coordinator in Washington. (Our chapter likes to have one person piece, another quilt, and another bind, so it's truly a group quilt.)

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It's made with fifty-six 8" sawtooth stars from my own tutorial, and six 16" stars. 

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It's laid out fairly haphazardly - I don't have a design wall, so the cats helped rearrange the blocks on the floor several times. But it ended up with no repeat fabrics too near each other, so I'm happy.

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And the book!

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Jennie's pattern is one of the sixteen patterns in the book, so my quilt will be on display at all the AQS shows for the next year! It stays put in Paducah at the Quilt Museum for a bit, then will be awarded to a veterans in late spring 2019. I'm hoping to go to the award ceremony!

You can pre-order here, and if you put Group #547 and Greater Spokane QOV, my chapter gets a portion of the proceeds. (Not an affiliate link. Put your own local chapter number and name if you want!)

See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

BOMs Away - SWOK June

These don't really count as the June blocks - I don't have the assignment for June yet! The block of the month lady wasn't there last guild meeting. So I made another set of alternate blocks instead.

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I'm up to nine and a half now! I'm almost positive I'm going to do the straight setting, which only takes twelve full alternate blocks - but another ten partial blocks. So I have a bit more work ahead of me.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!