BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes September

As exciting as it has been to get blocks in the mail all month, it's time to let someone else be the queen bee! I'm still adding my stars to the design wall as they come in, but I also pulled out some new scrap colors and made the blocks for September.

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Our queen requested Weathervane blocks, made from this tutorial, to be laid out like flowers. So green leaves on the sides, bright colors for the "petals" and a yellow center. I've used this yellow in several other bee blocks...it just looks good in so many places! (Including the original Because Science.)

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!

Ooooooooklahoma - A Finished Quilt

Hey, and welcome to TGIFF! 

I'm Kate, the lovely person behind Katie Mae Quilts, and I spent most of the summer slacking off and waiting for the kids to go back to school so I could start sewing again.

Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans, right?

The second week of school, my oldest son was bit by a dog during cross country practice. It wasn't a terrible bite, but it wasn't a minor one, either. One of her teeth got in his leg pretty good, and I had to learn serious wound care. Which is way above my parenting paygrade.

And then there were numerous doctor visits, reports to Animal Control, the sheriff, Public Health, the school...

And don't even get me started on googling bone infections. 

So anyway, getting back into the quilting groove took a lot longer than I had planned. In fact, I finished this quilt...at 4 pm on Thursday. BUT! It is finished! My first finish since July!

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And...it's the exact same quilt as the last time I hosted TGIFF. What, were you all hoping for something new?

I made the first version of Oklahoma for my squadron commander's wife's going away present, and I wasn't completely satisfied with the outline of the state. The panhandle was too short, the bottom was too fussy, and keeping the red-blue pattern was a pain.

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I wanted to try a second version to correct those things, and make it truly scrappy. And I don't have a particular state university loyalty, but I wanted the quilt to reflect one of them. I sold baby burp rags at craft fairs the first time we lived in Oklahoma, so I had a decent stash of these oranges.

It went together a lot faster without the fussiness, and I think this is a much better version of the state. So yay! I took a lot of notes along the way, and I'm hoping to turn it into a pattern very shortly.

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I did almost the same quilting - instead of the orange peel for the state, I just did the upsie-downsie loops across the entire quilt. Eliminating fussiness! Plus, I just love the design.

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I especially like the way it looks on the back. If you didn't know there was a grid on the front, you might be impressed with my longarm skills! 

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The backing and binding are OSU fabric, the front is scrappy mix of OSU fabric, Cotton + Steel basics, and other random fabrics. Loads of gold metallic neutrals which is my new favorite.

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It does feel lovely to finish something after a nice summer with my kids, and the less-than-nice kickoff to the school year. Hopefully I can keep it up and get back into the habit of weekly finishes! (My t-shirt quilt customers would probably appreciate that.)

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So I think all the kids across the nation are finally back in school. Does that mean it's time for the finishes to start rolling in? Or are you all now nervously checking your middle schoolers for dog gnawing potential?

Link up your finishes here! Visit a few of the other finishes! Be inspired! Get creating! 

Quite A Pear - A Fruit Salad Block

Whew - we survived the summer, and more importantly, we survived the first two and a half weeks of school. It was not without incident, which is why this post is later than intended. But the kids are finally settling into their routines* and I'm finally getting a real chance to sew. 

In fact, I managed to get the pear and next month's plum sewn already. And I'm almost done with the planning the rest of the fruit. Which means I'm almost to the fun part - figuring out the quilt layout!

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But first, a short and sweet block for a short and sweet fruit! 

Quite A Pear

SUPPLIES

  • YELLOW-GREEN - (20) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" squares
  • BROWN - (1) 2.5" square
  • NEUTRAL - (8) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

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  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the 3" green squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the green fabric.

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

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Quite A Pear - 10.5x14.5" unfinished

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

*Literally, as I was writing this post, one of the kids was sent home sick from school. We are neeeeeeeever going to get into a routine.

See also: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersFinish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ August

Woohoo! The kids are back in school, and I'm back to regular sewing time! Which...is not really reflected at all in my BOM Sunday. 

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I made four orange blocks for my Main Street Rainbow, because both the RSC and PBJ challenge colors were orange! Must be something about late summer.

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But, since the 4-H fair is next weekend, most of my sewing was longarming the raffle quilt. And working on my own entry - which worked out because it used orange strips. So I didn't have to look far for my scraps!

It's good to be back in the sewing room...mostly because I have a bunch of stuff waiting for me! My fair entry, three t-shirt quilts, six more quilts for the longarm, seriously-I'm-going-to-write-these-patterns quilts... Oh, and training for two half marathons in November! 

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 - Temperature Quilt

This week, we were off to Space Camp for the Dude, and I brought along a couple projects to work on. But between an unfamiliar place (the iron was...spitty), an unfamiliar machine (my usual was in the spa for the week) and needing to entertain the Little Man, not much really got done. 

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I fixed a section that was wrong, and started on the next row. And I updated my spreadsheet through the summer, since the last time I worked on it was April. And...that's it!

BUT - summer is officially over - the kids go back to school on Wednesday - and I'm doing laundry and cleaning and getting everything ready to bounce right back into sewing. I should be highly motivated for, like, a week. Maybe even to the end of August! 

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!