WiP - April

It doesn't feel like the end of April - I still have a Friday finish, a half marathon, a longarm class... But this is the last Wednesday of the month, so here we are. Summarizing! 

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I wrote tutorials for Color Wheel (on Confessions of a Fabric Addict) and the next Fruit Salad block, an orange.

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The monthly projects got pushed to the side a bit. I only spent an hour today catching up on my temperature quilt (this last Wednesday caught me by surprise!) and I only added ten rail fence blocks. But with 97/192, I have just (barely) passed the half way point!

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I also finished the other Color Wheel quilt - that'll be Friday's post. And made another strip flannel quilt, and made a quilt for a friend to gift, and quilted for THREE clients, and consulted with two t-shirt quilt clients, and made almost all of the stars for my next QOV...

Oh, and the kids were home for nearly two weeks with the Oklahoma teacher walkout, and I'm in the final bit of the OKC half training. Whew. No wonder I didn't know it was the end of the month!

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

BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ April

YOU GUYS. Guess what? I think I'm almost done with this one!

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I only made these three blocks (orange for Patterns by Jen, yellowish for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge), but then I made some more of the alternating blocks. And then I started putting blocks together.

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And then I put these with the ones I have, and I think...mostly based on the fact that I'm nearly out of the light grey...I only need four more (full) blocks!

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So I made all the alternate blocks for four blocks, and even added in the two leftover color blocks. Which means I only have THREE AND A HALF more to finish! That's just 14 color blocks!

And I have an extra Sunday this month, so it's entirely possible that I could have all the blocks finished this month! Considering I don't even remember if I started this in 2013 or 2014 (but I'm leaning toward the former), that's a nice realization. 

I mean, don't get too excited, y'all. I still have to sash everything together before it's a top, and tops tend to linger on the to be quilted pile. But still... It's almost a milestone.

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! 

Color Wheel - A Finished Quilt

This lovely quilt came about when I started sketching out the idea of a non-hand-pieced, large and scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden. However, despite having a kindergartener in the house, I kept connecting octagons, not hexagons.

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It resulted in this design, and I like it better than anything I might have gotten with hexagons! That star in the middle is way more interesting than just another hexagon. And it's probably easier to piece.

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The piecing instructions are over on Confessions of a Fabric Addict, as a part of her Hands to Help series. You have until May 25th to enter a finished quilt for prizes (although of course you can donate after that date.)

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The border is just perfection! I was planning a rainbow stripe (it's even in my original EQ drawing), but I couldn't find one in two shops! I was about to give up and buy a duller stripe when this hunk of gorgeous bolt caught my eye. Hexagons! Perfect for my hexagon quilt!

Oh, right, still octagons. Well, it's still rainbowy perfection - Ink and Arrow Ellery Honeycomb. The background is Shimmer Basics from Northcutt. And obviously everything else is scrappy! Several recent t-shirt quilt borders made it in, as well as some old, beloved fabrics.

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The backing is minky from Joann's. I designed the size specifically for minky backing, because, well, minky. LOL

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The quilting is loops. I thought about doing something block specific, but I couldn't figure out what to do. I am getting a lesson on longarm rulers next week from a lady in my guild. So maybe next time... Instead, I went with smaller and denser loops than my usual. So that's different?

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52" square

I would be donating it to Happy Chemo or Little Lambs, both Hands to Help charities, but last week, Oklahoma caught on fire. A small town near us lost fifteen structures and one home, and northwest OK (where we lived two assignments ago) is burning in a "historic" condition. You can see in the above picture how dry my yard is - we desperately need rain to put these fires out. This quilt and the Superhero version (which sitll needs binding) will be donated to the local family who lost their home. 

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

Orange You Glad - A Fruit Salad Block

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Orange you glad I didn't finish that joke?

Orange You Glad - a Fruit Salad Block by Katie Mae Quilts

My oldest is not a fan of the classic knock knock joke, but I have a feeling the younger one will be totally into it once he learns how to tell jokes. He also tends to repeat things a lot, so once he gets that that’s part of the joke, there will be no stopping him!

Wait - no one tell him about this joke. Or his brother’s joke books. (Back when we were trying to give the Dude a sense of humor. It didn’t take.)

Anyway! The orange block! One of my favorites (so much that I included it twice in the final layout) even though I don’t have a ton of orange scraps. I don’t use much orange, but the orange that I have are among my most beloved fabrics. Weird.

Get the printer-friendly pattern here!

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.

Orange You Glad - a Fruit Salad Block by Katie Mae Quilts

Orange You Glad - 16.5x18.5" unfinished

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog! There will be 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.

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom 9C

Finally! It's done! One whole...block...

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Whew. 207 pieces. In an 18" block! That's...hang on, let me check with my SEVENTH GRADE ACADEMIC TEAM STATE CHAMPION (woo!)...1.5 pieces per square inch.

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In case you ever wondered what they look like on the back. A lot of seams! 

Also, I guest blogged over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict yesterday, sharing a tutorial for a fun little quilt I call Color Wheel. I'll have the finished quilts here on Friday!

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!