BOMs Away - RSC Bonus April

Happy Easter! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. We went to a friend’s house for dinner, so I only had to make one part of the meal instead of slaving away in the kitchen all day. So nice! And it gave me lots of time in the sewing room to catch up on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects!

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Look at that pretty stack! Rainbow bits and pieces in all shapes and blocks!

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More specifically, it’s two yellow/blue churn dashes for my bee queen this quarter - since there’s only the four of us, I’ll probably make a few more before collecting up some goodies and sending them along. And then four little blocks for Main Street Rainbow - I think I need 11 total, so this brings me down to seven more.

And finally! I pulled out the whole box for Jack’s Chain and counted blocks. I only needed eight more to finish the nine patches, so I made those. And I counted and separated them into left-leaning, right-leaning, and non-leaning stacks, so I know exactly where to start next month.

Look at that - both of my Rainbow Scrap Challenges are nearing assembly and it’s not even halfway through the year! I mean, one’s from 2013 and the other is 2015, but whatever.

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!

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Rail Squares - A Quilts of Valor Finish

This week was quite a momentous occasion for me - I got to present a Quilt of Valor to a WWII veteran! I haven’t had a chance to do that before, and I honestly didn’t think I would, just based on timing. (Let’s face it, WWII was well over seventy years ago.) Not only that, my veteran served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars! Quite deserving of this honor.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

I started this quilt as an experiment during Sarah’s Rockin’ Rectangles Quilt Along - and, eh. I learned things, how about that? For one thing, this is much harder with three colors for the rails (red, light blue, and dark blue) - there was a lot of twisting and turning to make sure each square had the right sides.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Also, some of the fabrics are just a bit too busy to read as one color. (Mostly the dark blues.) However, when you take a step back in the end, it turned out very nice. It just could have been easier if I only used the reds and light blues!

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The fabric is Wilmington Land of Liberty junior jelly rolls and yardage - I bought them on clearance. I think I used about 1.5 of the jelly rolls (I used bits and pieces from all three), and I cut the solid squares from the length of the yardage instead of the width, so I don’t know how much that was, either. Very helpful info, right?

Why did I cut the yardage length wise? I actually have a plan! I’m going to make this Rockin’ Rectangles quilt with the leftover strips - I had about 4” leftover from each rail fence strip set, so I already sewed all those together. And then I sewed the rest of the strips into a big long piece, so all that’s left is cutting the yardage and inserting it. And boom - two quilts from three junior jelly rolls and three yards.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is loops and stars. Hey - it works! Every time, every QOV.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is wide back, and was sent by a friend’s mother. She sent me two 6-yard bolts of wide back! Six yards is my favorite - I can cut it into 2-yard sections for three quilt backs, then the cut offs from the bottoms is enough for a fourth pieced back. And then there’s usually enough off the sides for a binding or borders for yet another quilt.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

See - I do fill out labels! And then I have to redact them! The binding is a blue/cream stars from my QOV stash.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

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For more pictures from the ceremony, see our Facebook page!

See also: Whoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

RSC Main Street - April

Guess what? It’s booooooonus month! There’s five BOMs Away Mondays in April, so I’m double dipping on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I finally made it up to OKC this weekend to see the Dude in state Academic Team finals. (They’re the runner ups!) And also went to Savage Quilter, because their website had a gray Dimples fabric that’s pretty close to the one I’m using - but I want'ed to see it to be sure. (The original gray was discontinued. Don’t take five years to finish a project, peeps!)

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

It was definitely close enough, so I bought a yard. (I only needed about 9”, naturally. But I’m not running out this time!) Then this morning, I stripped together the long sashings, added them to the already made color blocks, and started on the pieced cornerstones. And made one more color block.

It doesn’t look like much (because my husband made me clean the garage for four hours in the afternoon instead of sewing!) but it’s well on its way to being the last six blocks now. I’m going to try to pull out something from every scrap bin as a daily leader/ender to finish the color blocks, and hopefully NOT wait until July and the next five-Monday month to stitch it all together!

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!

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Inmod Pineapple Pillow - a Mini Finish

Well, goodness - I really wasn’t kidding about only making pillows for a while! To be fair, I’m working on a large project - seven quilts for a town’s royal court - so my “day job” is pretty full. But I’m trying to set aside an hour at night to work on my stuff as part of the 100 Days hashtag on Instagram. Usually between 7-8 pm, I’m reminding a kid to get in and out of the shower, finish homework, make lunches, do bedtime reading, etc. It’s a wasted hour and I usually end up yelling at them from the couch. Instead, I’ve gone to the sewing room, and when I get up to iron, I walked to the bathroom, or the kitchen, or pause to read story. And I’ve gotten things done!

Pineapple Quilt Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

First up is this lovely pillow! The InMod Quilt Guild made a pineapple quilt for our raffle in 2017-2018. We had some leftover block kits, so I bought one just before we moved to Oklahoma. And there it sat for 18+ months. So when the 100 Days started last week, it was the first thing I pulled out! A quick and fast finish is always a good way to start a long-term project.

Pineapple Quilt Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The back is a fat quarter I won during my Oklahoma guild’s Christmas party this year, so I have no idea on the source. And I have no idea what the solids are. But they work together - mostly kinda sorta - and it was big enough and easy enough to make an envelope style back!

Pineapple Quilt Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The only downside is that the pillow is only 12” finished, so it doesn’t help with my quest to freshen up the couch pillows. Because clearly they need a bit of love. But - that’s for another evening. Right now, I’m actually working on my guild challenge quilt a whole month before it’s due! All for the sake of a hashtag.

See also: Whoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Center Block F

Wait a minute - I went from D to F! Oops! I guess the E blocks are the purple buds. I wanted to do the butterfly instead, but it doesn’t really matter anyway. It’ll all get done…eventually…

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

So this! It always amazes me how all these bits and pieces go from this…

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

…to this! And yes, I did get a yellow bit sewn with the wrong side out. I’m hoping you won’t be able to tell when it’s all together. If you can tell - quit looking at my quilt so closely!

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts

This is the center piece now - just a couple little buds to piece next month, and then putting it all together. I even cut the big center black pieces so I just have the little blocks and then alllllllll the sewing. Just five months to put together one 18x38” panel. Sheesh.

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!

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