BOMs Away - an RSC Back

Nothing much to report this week - we went away for the weekend to celebrate my birthday! Hamilton tickets, lots of good restaurants, lots of walking that hurt my foot, and no fabric shopping! I know, weird, right? Don’t worry, I did some online shopping before we left.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

This hunk of gorgeousness is the backing for my Main Street Rainbow. And by the time you’re reading this, it’s pieced, pressed, and on the longarm! I’m excited to get this one finished in time for the local county fair. And I’m excited to type up some block instructions for it! It’s such a simple scrap buster, with a nice setting to make it all pop.

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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BOMs Away - Veggie Patch Peas in a Pod

Okay, nobody panic - but this month, we’re adding a new “skill” to the Veggie Patch! And using up even tinier bits of scraps! Are you ready for this?

Peas in a Pod - a Veggie Patch Block by Katie Mae Quilts

(Photo by Lori Barbely / LoriBarbely.com)

The Peas in a Pod block uses snowball blocks in addition to the usual half square triangles and scrappy squares. Don’t worry - they’re tiny and easy! The biggest thing to remember is contrast - the dark green scraps should be much darker than the light green scraps to make the peas pop out of the pod. Or in the pod. You know what I mean.

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!

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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BOMs Away - QOV June & not July

Well, this is a bit of a kerfuffle! Lyn was traveling last month, so we didn't have a June QOV round-up, and now I'm traveling this month. (Because Science is on its third trip to Space Camp.) So July’s quilts are a late addition to this post, due to a laptop malfunction on the road.

June wasn't a busy month for Quilts of Valor, until it was. And that's even with planning ahead! I knew early in June that I would be giving away three quilts at our town’s “spirit festival” at the end of the month, so I've been quilting one a week to be ready. But then I got a request that was urgent, so I reappropriated one of the nearly finished ones.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

That's this one! Pieced by one of my guild ladies, quilted and bound by me. The gentleman is wheelchair bound, so the smaller size makes it easier for him take along with him. So that worked out!

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

I presented three quilts at my town’s Spirit Festival the last weekend in June - two by my friend’s mother, one was my Friendship Chain quilt.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Second by my friend’s mother.

Friendship Chain by Katie Mae Quilts

Several of the Friendship Chain blocks were made during the local Sew Day, so it’s awesome to be able to present it to a local veteran.

Quilts of Valor Panel by Katie Mae Quilts

Then I got a request to present at a fiftieth wedding anniversary party on July 4th. Of course! They asked for an eagle panel, which I had started, so I finished that up and got that presented.

Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

And then there’s the almost-local quilt shop’s block of the month. These are…well, they’re scrappy. That’s about all I can say. I already got my coupon and bought a panel for QOVF with it, so they serve their purpose. I’m not even going to worry about a setting for them until they’re done.

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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BOMs Away - Christmas in July

Is it bad that one of the reasons I’m doing Christmas in July is to pretend that it’s not so darn hot out here? It’s not as bad as last year, but it’s still SO.FREAKING.HOT. Let’s look at Santa and some snowflakes instead…

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Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

I actually almost didn’t even make this in Christmas colors. It’s a good old trusty Ohio Star (one of my favorites!) and it would have looked perfectly awesome in red, white, and blue, with a hint of gold. But then Sarah reminded me about her Christmas in July blog hop, and I remembered that I have several Christmas tops that really ought to be quilted, and I decided to go all in on Christmas in July.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

Aww, Santa is so awesome! I almost didn’t use this - I didn’t have enough to do both the centers and the corners/borders, like the pattern called for. But then I decided Santa was just too good to pass up, so I did the corners in a similar aqua blue. So the spirit of the pattern is there!

And the pattern! Totally well written. She makes the flying geese my favorite way (no wasteful stitch and flip!) and there’s block piece sizes along the way - I hate it when the pattern just says it’s a 6” block without breaking down that the flying geese are 2.5”x3.5” unfinished. Or whatever that proper size would be. I like to make sure everything is trimmed and good to go before putting the block together.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

The book overall is the same way - loads of clear instructions, good pictures - and bonus for me, a lot of nice general patterns that use Christmas fabric or applique to make them Christmas. That means you can just make the Friendship Star quilt in any color if you just want a Friendship Star quilt. (But the applique is very complimentary to the designs, so definitely do those, too!) And there’s a nice variety of project sizes - table runners and bed runners, up to full size quilts.

It was pretty hard to get pictures, because my kitchen is not…photogenic. (It’s summer and my kids are home and I swear every time I wipe the table, there’s a new cherry stain.) I made my runner one block shorter than the book since my table is pretty small, but it’s still overwhelming. Oh well - that just means I’ll have to steal my mother-in-law’s table sooner rather than later. (But not the white fabric chairs. The cherry stains, people!) I suppose I could have left off the aqua outer border, but I love how it frames the whole thing. So I didn’t.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

The deets! Santas are Michael Miller, aqua chevrons are Riley Blake, binding is the rest of the Tasha Noel from Friday’s finish. (And I do mean every bit of the leftovers. I have about 1” left!) Backing is Doodlebug Designs from 2011 (no, I don’t want to talk about my backing stash) and I very efficiently quilted it at the same time as this upcoming Friday’s finish. Everything else came from my Christmas scrap bin.

Christmas Table Runner by Katie Mae Quilts

Oh, and the quilting! Again, tough to get a good picture, but I was inspired by a picture on Instagram. I did the straight line quilting with the horizontal lock on my longarm. (Yes it took forever. No I couldn’t have aligned it to stitch vertical, I had limited backing fabric left.) Then I switched to my regular machine and added in the waves. The original design was a wave, but I inverted and made mine more like parabolas. (Or not, I googled and that's not what they are. Lava lamps. They're lava lamps, okay?)

Anyway…! If you’ve made it this far and you’re just here for the BOMs Away link - sorry. It’s right here. And if you’re new here, we have a pretty loose definition of “block of the month”, so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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And the blog hop deets! First up, the Christmas in July book blog hop. (Keep scrolling to Sarah’s, though, there’s a giveaway.)

July 22

Kate Starcher

Terri Vanden Bosch

Tuesday July 23

Joanne Hillestad

Wednesday July 24

Becca Fenstermaker

Suzy Webster

Thursday July 25

Laura Tulloch

Friday July 26

Stephanie Bertics

Monday July 29

Kathy Bruckman

Joanne Hillestand

Marian Pena

Rona Ribbit Herman

Andrea Tisdel

Tuesday July 30

Marlene Oddie

Rohn Strong

Pam Morgan

Andi Stanfield

Tammy Silvers

Sherri Noel

Sherry Shish

Wednesday July 31

Tracy Stauch

Terry Vanden Bosch

Laura Tulloch

Thursday August 1

Lisa Ruble

Jen Shaffer

Joanne Harris

Ellen Ault

Sandra Healy

Friday August 2

Anorina Morris

Ellen Ault

Maryellen McAuliffe

See, I told you I’d make it worth it if you made it to the end! Confession of a Fabric Addict’s Christmas in July blog hop! You can enter her giveaway here - once a day, every day for the whole blog hop!

BOMs Away - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

Ohhhhh yeah, who’s ready for Christmas in July!? This year, it’s brought to you by both Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting. I’m doing a book blog hop for Nancy, and a regular blog hop for Sarah. (Psst - go check out the giveaway on Sarah’s post! Christmas fat quarters! Go enter! Also, if you want a head start on Nancy’s blog hop, grab the book here!)

And I suppose you want a sneak peek of my project?

Christmas in July Blog Hop by Katie Mae Quilts

This is all you get, so far. Because - ugh - I finally got a diagnosis on my foot. Significant bone bruising. Upgraded to a walking boot. Trying to sew with my left foot, slipped a bit and put a needle through my thumb. Tetanus shot. Yeah, it’s a bit of a mess over here.

So, I’m trying to finish out the customer stuff in the morning before the hurting kicks in, and building up a small stockpile of these block parts in between. It’s only a table runner, so those Santas will be Ho Ho Ho-ing in the kitchen by next week.

AND, as a bonus, I quilted up a couple Christmas quilts that have been hanging around for a while. Like since the last Christmas in July blog hop. Whatever. The important thing is that they’re done now. You know, if I get the binding on them. So lots of Christmas to come for the next couple of weeks!

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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