BOMs Away - Jack's Chain Green

Another quick set of nine patches for my Jack’s Chain! I only made two because I have no idea where I’m actually at with this project. I have enough white cut for one more block, but is that because I only need one more block? Is it just where I stopped cutting? Who knows? Certainly not me, the one piecing this quilt. Sigh.

Jack's Chain by Katie Mae Quilts

The one on the right is a sneak peek at Friday’s finish and a scrap from the Best of the PacNW. The other one is just bright and cheerful and sparkly and a strip the right size was on the top of the scrap bin. Hey - whatever works!

And 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!

See also: Monday MakingMain Crush MondayDesign Wall MondayMoving It Forward MondayLet’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!

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BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Center Block C & D

I am feeling pretty reinvigorated on this project - as evidenced by finishing TWO parts of the center section this week. I asked my fellow BOMs Away host, Lyn, how much she would charge me to quilt it. The answer was reasonable enough (if I save a bit every month for the next two years) so it’s a lot more fun to work on it, knowing it will get the quilting it deserves.

Patriotism's Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

So the coral pansies are Block C, and the skinny bits are Block D. Those skinny bits aren’t even 2” tall! Sometimes I wonder why I got into this project…

Patriotism's Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

This is A-D all together, not yet sewn. There’s two of these sets, and then a butterfly and purple buds in between. That’s next month’s project! And I’m working on tracking down the last block pattern and the border pattern. Oh, wait, I told Lyn I wouldn’t need the quilting for another two years!

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BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Eggplant

Oooh, our first big one! The eggplant is longer than the last couple of blocks to accommodate its big butt…much like me. Except I don’t look near as good in purple!

Eggplant Block - Veggie Patch by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

This is the first time you don’t really have a color option! I suppose eggplants might come in different shades, but really - purple is where it’s at. Party on, purple.

I’m working on a set of quilts for the Lilac Day Parade in Spokane, so I’m drowning in purple scraps right now. It’s fun, but oh so not my usual color scheme! I never knew how hard it was to blend purples until I started buying for this.

But the eggplant - you can just throw any deep purple in there. In fact, some of my scraps are almost magenta. It all goes when it’s scrappy!

Get the printer-friendly instructions here! 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.

I’m using a variety of Kona browns for the background fabric this time. 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!

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BOMs Away - Quilts of Valor February

Ooooooooh we had quite the February here in Kate’s Quilts of Valor Land. To the point that I’m a little tired of red/white/blue fabrics. First up was National Sew Day - I had a few people come to the local quilt shop to learn how to make my little Friendship Chain block. In all, they made ten blocks, and several of them will be in this post!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

After Sew Day, I quilted and bound and pieced and quilted and bound… (Can you tell I got that red star and blue star backing on sale?) We held a ceremony on February 23, and handed out sixteen Quilts of Valor! So, without further adieu, meet the ten I contributed.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was made by the QOV Colorado group, and sent to me by Alycia Quilts. I quilted it with loops and stars, and bound it in the Kanvas All American from my SWOKQG Sampler.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This quilt was made by one of my guild mates, Sally.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This top was sent by an Instagram friend, Bethanie. And y’all - her border is pattern matched perfectly AND mitered corners! I quilted it in a stipple (loops and stars somehow felt too modern) and bound it in Downton Abbey fabric.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

This one is secretly my favorite of this batch - ssh, don’t tell my own quilts that! Especially the Friendship Stars! The blocks came from an Instagram friend, and I pondered the layout for a couple days. They weren’t really string blocks, but they also weren’t really HSTs. I finally settled on this abstract star HST layout and I think it looks amazing - I adore the “notches” left by the blocks.

I added the red dotted border to bring it up to size, quilted in loops and stars, and bound it in the same border fabric.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Another one from Sally! A fun, simple design!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

A second top donated by Alycia Quilts’ group! I quilted it in loops and stars and bound it in Bonnie and Camille’s bias stripe from April Showers. Yay for bias stripe without the bias work!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Sally’s third quilt! Which - a disappearing nine patch with a layer cake would make a great QOV, if you’re looking for ideas. Sew nine patches with reds in the middle, slice it up, reassemble it in one of the myriad of disappearing patchy ways, throw on a border, and voila!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

My guild sampler from 2018! I posted about it on Friday, since it’s the only finish that was 100% me from beginning to end.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And finally! My beautiful babies! And yours, too! I assembled my first two Friendship Chain quilts, made with blocks from my Instagram friends and local people! This one was the scrappier stars.

Fun story time - at Sew Day, two spouses from the base came and sewed their very first quilt blocks. One of them is in this quilt, and they came to the ceremony and took pictures with “their” veteran and his quilt. They were so proud of their work! I promised the second block would go in a local quilt and they could come to that ceremony, too.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And the second Friendship Chain was made with stars that had the same fabric. Still pretty scrappy since the blocks came from everywhere!

Whew - that’s it!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Now that the presentation is over, I’m working on writing a pattern for the full Friendship Chain, cutting from a layer cake OR fat quarters OR, of course, scraps. The block pattern will always remain free, but if you want instructions for cutting and assembling a full quilt, that will be available…shortly… (And - spoiler alert - the fat quarter version ISN’T going to be red, white, and blue! So you can imagine it in different colors for once!)

So that’s my Quilts of Valor wrap-up for the month! I’m the queen of my mini-bee this quarter, and I requested 16” sawtooth stars. Those should be rolling in during March, and I have a couple of panels and jelly roll quilts planned. And guild visits! Lots to look forward to!

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 - Jack's Chain Yellow

I am in the midst of prep work for a Quilts of valor presentation next weekend, so while I took a short break for block of the month sewing this weekend, I didn’t work too hard on it.

Nine Patches by Katie Mae Quilts

I stitched up two yellow Jack’s Chain blocks, because I honestly don’t remember how many blocks in each color I need. I did four in every color at first, but I’m pretty sure I have most of the rainbow now but not near enough blocks. And the last time I did yellow, I went with lighter and mustard-y shades, so I chose these two to brighten it up.

I had exactly enough of the tulip fabric - leftover from the backing of my tulip pillow, leftover from my mother’s stash from the 80s. So that’s a really lovely scrap to have in this.

And now, back to the QOVs! We have a big presentation next weekend - seventeen veterans - and I’m providing ten of the quilts. So there’s been a lot of longarming and binding and labeling and washing and… Yeah. Expect a big update for next week’s BOMs Away!

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!