BOMs Away - A Christmas Poem

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the parlor,

Not a creature was stirring, except for the longarmer.

The tops were all pressed and delivered with care,

In hopes that Christmas delivery soon would be there.

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So yeah…no BOM work. I’ve longarmed four quilts this week and I have another three to go before I’m done for the holiday season. And then I need to clean up all the batting cutoffs and binding scraps that have been dropped around the room. And then I can finally relax and sew!

So did anyone else work on a BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Soccer Snuggles - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt

Last t-shirt quilt of the year! And for a total change, it’s not running shirts! Actually, I just checked, and running t-shirt quilts were the minority this year. What’s up, my running friends? Spending all your money on race fees? (I say as I have three races planned by April 2019.)

Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Anyway! This lovely set of soccer shirts!

My client asked for the shirts to kind of cascade from her middle school/club/high school soccer days to college. Which wasn’t too hard to design - everything just about worked out in the right spot, and I had some UCONN filler fabric for one spot. Which I already had on hand, because my sister is a UCONN grad. (What, you don’t have fabric from every college your siblings went to?)

Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The layout worked up a bit smaller (darn you, youth shirts!) so we added a border to bring it up to couch snuggle size. Which is, of course, the most important size.

The borders are Anthology batik ferns - wide back! I highly recommend using wide back for borders. No piecing!

Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts
Soccer Snuggles - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

BOMs Away - Fruit Salad 2018

I spent most of my Sunday BOM time working on Fruit Salad - which, given it was my own block of the month, seems fitting! I also worked on my plan for 2019 - I’m going to switch to posting the blocks on the first Monday of the month, with the BOMs Away post, because I usually forget which random Wednesday I was supposed to post on.

Oh, and the actual quilt for 2019! It’s Veggie Patch. It’s also scrappy, but the blocks are much smaller than the fruits (no 18” oranges this time around!) It’ll also be utilizing mostly 2.5” squares, so save those jelly roll bits and pieces. And this time, I’m also going to be making mine with a scrappy background, using brown Kona cottons leftover from the numerous Minecraft quilts.

So that’s the plan for 2019, if you’d like to join in. And as for 2018…

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I made these three blocks to round out the layout for Fruit Salad - another orange, peach, and lemon. And I have two more additional blocks in progress, and then it will be on to piecing the top!

I’m pretty excited to get this one done…but first I have a stack of customer quilts to longarm, and a table at my town’s holiday gathering on Saturday to prep. Oh, and one more commission quilt to finish off. It’s going to be a busy week!

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

Zav - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt

Finally, the second of two t-shirt quilts I sent off to Italy last month!

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

This one is for the daughter of the Hawaii running lady, using lots of baby clothes. It was pretty…interesting to get the layout just right - and that red dress had me pretty terrified for a while!

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

But I was able to cut everything just about the way I wanted, preserving full onesie designs like the blue Cat in the Hat, smocked dress details, and even jeans pockets!

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The front uses Kona White as sashing. The backing and binding are Quilt Fleur in gray. The quilting is just loops so I could easily steer around the raised designs.

T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes November

Okay, now we can get all sniffly. It’s my last Swappettes block(s)! I had a great time doing this block swap this year - it was great fun to pull out my scraps every month and make something unique. I got to make several blocks that had been on my wishlist - and learned that some of them, I don’t really want to do again.

Plus Blocks by Katie Mae Quilts

Not this set, though - they’re perfectly lovely and perfectly easy. The queen bee asked for a consistent dark blue and scrappy low volume, and that’s pretty easy in my Quilts of Valor scrap bins. (I did have to do a search for low volume without stars.) We used the tutorial by Steph Jacobson, with 2.5” strips, which are always abundant.

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