BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes April

This month is a double, because our lovely bee mama (queen queen bee?) was so focused on getting twelve respectable Instagrammers together that she totally forgot to count herself. So our swap is actually a bakers's dozen and April ended up being the double month.

IMG_6762.jpg

First up is the Tic Tac Toe block, which I've made before. Easy enough, especially since I had some 4.5" squares cut up for a different project. The rainbow hexagon fabric on the bottom right of the left block is a hint! 

IMG_6760.jpg

Second is Checkered Garden in sea glass colors. Which...let's just say I had trouble following the tutorial. I think I would have preferred just laying out the 2.5" pieces rather than the strip piecing. But I did it and it's done and I really like the colors. So that's something!

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! 

Keep On Pedaling - a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

And the last of five cycling/Raiders/Oregon/church/etc t-shirt quilts! This one is for the grandson, and combines some new shirts, some pieces of shirts from the previous four quilts, and a bit of filler fabrics - backings and bindings from the previous quilts.

IMG_6077.jpg

So it took a bit more planning, but it's wonderful to know that the young fellow has bits of every quilt in his. It's like the t-shirt scrap quilt!

IMG_6084.jpg

I made a little Death Ride section, because that impresses the heck out of me. I can barely get up hills, much less PASSES, on my bike.

Also, I asked the parents' permission to include the shirt on the left - "the best dam ride." I think it's hilarious, but the Dude has his own dam stick, so I might not be the best judge...

IMG_6080.jpg

The quilting is loops and stars. The fabrics used are: Graphique Bike Toss, Oregon Block Print, Raiders Black/Silver, and Sweet Rebellions Chain Scroll.

IMG_6081.jpg

And the back! So they asked if they could combine Raiders and Oakland A's fabric. Sure, why not? When I say you can make it personal, I mean it, people!

IMG_6083.jpg

I love the fact that the binding and the name are the same in all five quilts - it's a great way to tie it all together. 

IMG_6078.jpg

WiP - March

I have to say, I'm pretty impressed by my March - especially since I finished all of this before we went on spring break...and there's still another t-shirt quilt to be blogged!

march_finishes.jpg

Romance in the MagnoliasSpace Coast: The Final FrontierKeep On Pedaling / Episode II: The Miles Continue - three awesome t-shirt quilts and one quilt just for me!

march_boms.jpg
march_tutorials.jpg

Two tutorials! Lime in the CoconutThree Sawtooth Stars from One Fat Quarter (and I've continued to cut/make these stars when I have a spare moment - I'd like to get the quilt finished and to Quilts of Valor by the end of the month!)

march_yearly projects.jpg

And my year-long projects inched forward. The March temperatures are starting to show a little more pink - which is in the 80s. But also that dark blue, which is 26-30º - I only have triangles for three more days of that. So hopefully my lows will stay out of there!

I only added eleven rail fence blocks, but there's a few partial blocks in my leader/ender basket right now. I made an effort to add some lighter blue blocks this month. 87/192 - next month will definitely be halfway!

medal monday.jpg

And that's it! Other than longarming for a client, running a half marathon in Moab, being tourists in Moab, some secret sewing, and, you know, the usual Mom stuff. 

See also: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom 9B

I got through the first half of today's BOM work fairly easily. The little poppy buds are straight-forward piecing, and adding black strips to everything was mindless.

eternal bloom.jpg

Then I saw how complicated the center leaf block was, and...nope. Not on my first sewing day back from spring break! Way too many angled pieces to keep in the right directions. So I happily stopped here for the month.

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! 

Keep On Pedaling - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt!

I know, you've heard that name before. And you'll hear it once more before I'm done!

IMG_6074.jpg

This is the last of the three brothers, the one who ordered the first set of quilts for Christmas. He was patient enough to wait until after the holidays for his own.

IMG_6075.jpg

It contains lots of the same stuff as the last ones - cycling jerseys, Oregon State, LA Raiders, baseball. With a few new things thrown in - the Led Zeppelin shirt is pretty awesome!

This shirt is my favorite - I love a good Star Wars reference.

IMG_6085.jpg

The backing is the same bikes that we used on the back of his father's best friend's quilt. And to keep them all tied together, it's the same binding as the first three. (And the last one, next week, will continue the tradition!)

IMG_6076.jpg