BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Center, Block A

Oooh - finally getting back on track with this one! I haven’t worked on Eternal Bloom since…oh my, May 2018. And of course, I couldn’t find the in-progress Block 10 anywhere. I checked the Pam Bon scrap box, the Pam Bono to make box… I found the Pam Bono finished box, but it was buried under another stack of boxes behind a cabinet. And it’s not terribly likely that I put an unfinished block in there anyway, so I left it be and moved on.

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts (Pam Bono pattern)

Instead of just moving on to something else completely, though, I pulled out the center section and made the two Block As. Which did take most of the afternoon, but they look great! (I always say that about the red blocks.) I wish the two reds had a bit more contrast, but I didn’t want to go digging again for another scrap.

And bonus - if I pulled out a color, I cut everything, so all the green and yellows are ready for their next spot! This section has six separate blocks, so it will take a while. But, I’m pretty hopefully that I can get it together this year if I keep it in BOM rotation each month. Given that it’s the reason I started co-hosting BOMs Away with Lyn, I should really keep at it! (And find Block 10…eventually…)

So… Did anyone else work on (or start) 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!

BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Carrot

Who’s ready for the next round of scrappy blocks of the month? Definitely me - since I’m actually prepared this year!

Last year, I randomly decided to do Fruit Salad halfway through January, and winged most of the blocks as the year went on. It was still a great quilt, but the blocks weren’t a consistent size, and it was a bit stressful trying to get it together each month and at the end.

Not this year! This year, I have everything planned and ready to go. I’ll be posting on the first Monday of every month as part of BOMs Away. The block will be free for a month until the next one posts - but don’t be too upset if you miss one. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hopatong Community Garden, so you’ll be helping a great cause run by one of my good friends.

Veggie Patch Carrot by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

So really - who’s ready? Because this month is a nice gentle start - just a skinny little carrot! And although this one is orange, consider going organic - carrots come in red, purple, yellow, and white. (In fact, several of the veggies can be different colors, so have fun digging through your favorite scrap bins!)

Get the printer-friendly instructions here!

I’m using a variety of Kona browns for the background fabric this time, and I used two different greens for the leaves because I know I’ll be using the extras elsewhere throughout the months. I also use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

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

And so… Now that we’re back from winter break and ready to go in 2019! Did anyone else work on (or start) 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!

Fruit Salad - the Layout

Here it is, the finale to my scrappy block of the month!

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

This has been a tremendous learning experience this year - and tons of fun. I always, always, love working from my scrap bins, and trying to devise a fruit block every month was a great challenge. (I never did figure out how to do a banana.)

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

Since I was winging it, a layout was a bit more challenging - some of the blocks were 18”, some were 16”, one was 10”… I finally got them finagled into place, with a couple filler blocks, and got the whole thing together.

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

And I just love it. I mean, I knew I was going to, but the bias binding sets off the white so perfectly and all the scraps just shine. I love it. LOVE.

So do you want to love it, too? Get the printer-friendly layout here! This is the cutting instructions for the sashing and filler blocks, and the layout for the full quilt, but not all the fruit blocks. You can find those here. The layout instructions and fruit blocks will be free until the end of January, then they will be bundled together in a full pattern.

I needed 1.25 yards of Kona white to do the sashing, if you’re using the same throughout. Or go scrappy! For Veggie Patch, I’m using a variety of Kona browns for the sashing and background fabric.

Oh, you want a sneak peek of this year’s Veggie Patch? Fine, if you insist!

Veggie Patch by Katie Mae Quilts

Look for way more info about Veggie Patch on Monday, when the first block is released. Save those leftover scrap bits from Fruit Salad!

Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts

But first, finish up your Fruit Salad!

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If you’re making this quilt, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog!

All photos by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com

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

2018 Year in Review

This year has been…unexpected. Not in a bad way - not at all! But all the things I thought were my goals at the beginning of 2018, ended up not. The things that did end up happening were generally much better than I had planned, so…screw planning! Let’s just wing it in 2019!

I unexpectedly ran my own scrappy Block of the Month (and planned the next two years’ out!) I unexpectedly made time to write my own patterns - mainly because I had to do the graphics for the BOM, so might as well keep going, right? I unexpectedly had more longarm business than I thought would happen right off the bat, which meant I eased back on the t-shirt quilts. I unexpectedly had a few commission quilts, one of which turned into my first pattern, Oklahoma, and the idea of more scrappy state quilts.

And I unexpectedly took over the southwest OK district for Quilts of Valor, which I have so many plans for! I launched a block drive, and starting this month, I’ll be out talking to guilds and repping QOV at our little local quilt shows, as well as doing quilt assembly and veteran presentations.

So the unexpected has been good. Very good. And I’m just going to keep rolling with it!

So, what did the unexpected accomplish in 2018?

Charm Dash - by Katie Mae Quilts

Charm Dash - buy the printer-friendly version here. Charm Dash was in my sketchbook forever, and in the fall, I finally wrote it out, got some pattern testers, and went for it.

Oklahoma - by Katie Mae Quilts

And Oklahoma - buy the printer-friendly version here. I love this quilt and have SUCH BIG PLANS for the rest of the United States! Stay tuned because I’ll need some testers.

2018 in Review - Katie Mae Quilts

And finally, the ones that started it all The Fruit Salad blocks - and the layout is ready to go on Friday! I love how it came out, and I’ve had so much fun planning and prepping this year’s scrappy edition, the Vegetable Patch. First block for that one goes out on Monday!

2018 in Review - Katie Mae Quilts

Romance in the Magnolias / Iditarod / Curved Log Cabin Wreath / Superhero Color Wheel / Honor Courage Commitment / Turn Right to Go Left / Rainbow Color Wheel / Jester Mama / Treasures of Your Life / Fairies and Butterflies / Little Boy Blue / Cinco de Manito / Superdog x2 / Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Two quilts for me, two quilts for my family, two quilts for donation, three quilts for commission. And six flannel strip quilts! Not a terribly bad ratio. (Although my flannel scrap bins think they should have a higher output.)

Only two of them were UFOs (although I had everything, including the plan, for the Cars quilt before 2018 started), so not a great job at checking things off that list this year. It’s something I’d like to work on again in 2019. But oh, there’s the flannel scrap bins… Everywhere there’s boxes demanding my attention…

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Seven mini projects - mostly gifts for others, but a couple to brighten up my sewing room.

Tulip Pillow / Wine Pillows / Sewing Machine Cover / Apple Mini / Pin Hoop / Ballerina Mini / Log Cabin Star Mini

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I loved my block of the month! So much fun to make and mail these blocks every month, even the ones I ended up hating. It was a great exercise in color and piecing. I’m sad that it won’t be continuing in 2019!

2018 in Review - Katie Mae Quilts

Space: The Final Frontier / Soccer Snuggles / Worked for Success / Zav / Just Run / Keep On Pedaling 1 / Keep On Pedaling 2 / Episode II: The Miles Continue / Quest for 50 States: Part I

Fewer t-shirt quilts this year, as I made room for quilt commissions and pattern writing. But some new challenges this year - including using “paper” (scanned and printed onto fabric), a shopping bag, and that red dress!

2018 in Review - Katie Mae Quilts

And finally, Quilts of Valor. I actually only made one top (mailed to my Washington chapter before I found out I was in charge of this one) and one quilt, awarded in November. But - I made demo blocks for my block drive, got a bunch of blocks (and tops!) from locals and Instagram, made blocks for another chapter’s block drive, and the book (in which I represent Washington) was released! Plus all the behind-the-scenes planning that you’ll see more of this year.

So, in all? A good year. I’m happy to have these accomplishments in the books. And I’m looking forward to another year of the same.

Treasures of Your Life - a Finished Quilt

The last quilt of the year, and it’s a gorgeous memory for a sibling! Not mine, but a friend of my parents’. I know the friends, but not the sibling. But after resizing 90+ family photos, I’m pretty sure I know the sibling pretty well by now!

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The client contacted me fairly soon after I finished Worked for Success - when I learned to print documents and photos on Spoonflower fabric. So I was able to say YES immediately, because I knew how to do this!

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

92 photos! I split them in folders, horizontal and vertical, and resized them so they would come out approximately 7” on the longest side. Then everything was set with a 1” strip in between and 2” sashing strips. I measured and added some wider strips on the tops and bottoms of some rows so they all came out the same length. That made it extra collage-y!

The vast majority of the pictures printed exceptionally well on fabric. The pinkish one on the lower right hand size was even a picture of a scrapbook page, and it came out great!

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is QT Harmony Crocus and the sashing/binding, which you’ve seen before, is Dance of the Dragonflies by Kanvas. And I ordered enough to use it in yet another set of quilts coming up, so I hope you like this purple! (The sibling does, obviously. I even ordered a hibiscus shade of quilting thread.)

Treasures of Your Life - a Memory Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

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This was a really fun memory quilt to be a part of - and just goes to show, not all memories are t-shirts!

See also: Whoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday, Let’s Bee SocialMidweek Makers, Oh Scrap!