BOMs Away - Another QOV Project!

I know, I know - I still have my guild BOM to finish for Quilts of Valor, and my rail fence is still chugging along as a leader/ender. And there’s a box full of leftover half square triangles that need to become…something. But…!

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So I am now the Southwest Oklahoma coordinator for Quilts of Valor. And there are, literally, no other members in my area. So, after getting permission from the state coordinator (who used to be the SWOK coordinator and managed to talk me into the position), I asked the local quilt shop if I could run a block drive there. To get word out locally and maybe collect up some new members, and just to get some help even if they don’t want to join.

I wanted to have a block that was big, easy, and precut friendly, and this one fits the bill! Plus it’s a Friendship Star. Meaningful! I’m going to sash it with more red cornerstones to keep the “chain” linked together.

And anyway, I had to make a couple test blocks to make sure my measurements were right. And they were. So now I just need to type it up and drop off my basket of informational goodies! And cross my fingers and hope the blocks start rolling in.

Even if they don’t, I’m planning an official QOV Sew Day at the shop in February; I’ve already harassed the guild into dedicating one of our monthly work days to blocks; and I’m going to try to host a squadron spouse social sewing lesson/block party.

So yeah, I’ve got plans to build up this little area! Starting with these Friendship Chains.

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 September

This isn’t actually September’s block! I think it’s July’s? I finally made it to the guild meeting and got all the paperwork and instructions I was missing since June.

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And it’s good to be back! Just a little Shoofly block, and I made a few more alternate blocks. I think I only need one more full alternate, and then most of the partials. Between those and the two more regular blocks, I should easily be done by the end of the year.

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 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!