BOMs Away – Floating Stars June

 

Well, this project is turning into a bit of a mess.

So far, I’ve lost the middle piece to the blue star, and all four sides to the red one. {After all that work keeping the lines horizontal!} My sewing room is still in a bit of a disaster from when I was getting three t-shirt quilts out the door before school ended. So, I think this might be a sign it’s time to pause, clean up a bit, and maybe concentrate on finishing this one off. I promised my Quilts of Valor coordinator that I would give them to her before the move, so it’s about time for them to stop being a leader/ender and just get finished!

Of course, I have noooooo idea how to finish them. They need sashing, but…? One fabric to tie it all together? Scrappy red and blues? I can definitely do scrappy from stash, but I’m not sure I have enough of any one print. Except for that one stripe… Hmm… Or, you know, I could always wait for the Fourth of July sales! {Because I need more fabric.}

Work on any blocks of the month? Or week? Or a leader/ender that you want to check monthly for progress? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayDesign Wall Monday, Moving It Forward MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek Makers, Sew Some LoveRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!

Laura’s T-Time – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

 

I know I said I was going back to normal size t-shirt quilts after the last two 100+” ones, but this one is only slightly smaller. This client sent me a rather large stack of shirts and said she liked my grid designs the best.

Laura's T-Time - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Well, ask and ye shall…get me scribbling on paper, at least. It actually worked out perfectly once I figured out what was oversized and what was undersized, and meshed it all together.

Laura's T-Time - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

This is my favorite part – a beloved childhood shirt. I took the buttons off to put it into the quilt, obviously, then stitched them back on. That’s what you get with personalized service. 😉

Laura's T-Time - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is a cheery and bright floral from Joann’s. The sashing is also from Joann’s, and the cornerstones and binding are Kona Teal.

Laura's T-Time - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is one of my favorites – just swirly Cs…but sometimes I make them into secret hearts. In fact, when I update my quilting option list {another thing on my summer to-do list!} I’m just going to call it the secret heart design.

Laura's T-Time - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Oooh, lovely corners. Oooh, unfilled label…

Laura's T-Time - a T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

87×94″

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BOMs Away – Pineapple Blocks

 

And now for something completely different! I’m getting two t-shirt quilts out the door, so I didn’t have much time for Eternal Bloom this weekend…or, you know, mostly the patience. And these were due back to my modern quilt guild, so I did “simple” paper piecing instead. Actually, they were really easy once I got the hang of it. And this pattern, for our guild’s raffle quilt – swoon! You could convince me to do a pineapple quilt like this one.

Look at these blocks! They’re so sharp! {Well, up to the outer edges – we were told not to trim those.}

They’re even impressive looking from the back! Fold and trim and sew and fold and trim and…

This is the layout for the full quilt. It’ll be put together and raffled long after we move to Oklahoma, so I’ll never see the finished product. Sniff, sniff….unless I win it! Once I have the raffle information, I’ll post it. The people more familiar with the law are working out the details on how exactly ticket sales will work.

How did you do on your BOMs this week? Bee blocks totally count! You can link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayDesign Wall Monday, Moving It Forward MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek Makers, Sew Some LoveRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!

Travel the Fifty – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

 

And the second of three absolutely ginormous quilts! This one lands itself in the top spot, biggest ever. Although I did just check and Big Blue clocked in at 105×115″, so this is the same overall square inches. But biggest t-shirt quilt, for sure. I’d like to say biggest for a long, long time…but there’s still the third one to tackle.

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

It is too big – or rather, too heavy – for the fence. I need some stronger clamps to hold it. My little clothespins were snapping! I think this was 69 shirts? All souvenirs from the states as Heather ran her races. Plus a couple of Michigan natives for good measure.

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

See? Native!

It was a fun batch of shirts – ranging from ultra-touristy to just plain local. You can tell she had fun picking them out!

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing and binding are a light and shimmery pink. And I went fully into the theme and quilted it with light pink loops.

Fifty States Souvenir T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

Yeah, nearly impossible to get a full shot of this one. Actually, I have house painters, and I thought about asking to borrow their ladders, but some people were concerned about liability and hospitalizations. Sheesh. You’d think Lori would be more supportive of me trying to take decent pictures, but noooooooooooo. She’s all “who’s going to drive you to the ER?” Spoilsport.

Anyway, final size is…110″ square. Yup, ginormous! Wrestling all three of these into one box is going to be the hardest part of this whole endeavor.

And now one more to go – all Disney! {Though not for a while – she’s sending me the last box of shirts this week. So back to the regularly scheduled ‘normal’ size t-shirts next week.}

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Oh Scrap!, Finished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

BOMs Away – Jack’s Chain

 

I have never been so excited to cut half-rectangle-triangles! This month, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is yellow, and yellow is one of the few colors I did back in 2015 when I started this. {Quit judging me.} I decided to patiently wait out any setting cutting or piecing until one of my already-finished colors came up. Five full months of patience! It’s a miracle, people.

So I cut my triangles and another bit of background. And did my piecing. {Which, the pattern has a template to cut off the dog ears. Use it. It makes a huge difference in lining up headaches!}

And finally! I get to see what I’m actually doing with all these nine patches! And oh my, it is worth it.

I’m still not positive about the red – I don’t want it to overpower the quilt, but I like the way it looks on the pattern cover. I think it helps define the rings more? But then my red nine patches will kinda blend wrong. But if I change to all the white background, it’ll be obvious that the nine patches have a different background? And I absolutely draw the line at redoing the nine patches.

So I don’t know yet. I can pick off the red and use it in a Quilts of Valor, easy enough – even a Jack’s Chain QOV!

I guess I have another few months to think about this, and a nice long road trip soon enough for some seam ripping! How about everyone else? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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It All Started With the Bling – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

 

I wasn’t going to post about these until the third one was finished {and it’s not even started!}, but my client said she was eager to see her fence glamour shots, so… Here we go!

{My poor, infamous fence.}

Fifty States Running T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

This.is.massive. And it’s not even the biggest of the three! There are 70 shirts in it – representing all fifty states – and it measures a whooping 100″ square. It actually wasn’t terribly bad to plan – I broke it into four 50ish” sections and planned each one separately. And when you have 70 shirts to work with, it’s pretty easy to find a 10×14″ shirt to fill that spot, or a 16″ square to fill that other spot.

Fifty States Running T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

She asked for some fabric in the front, and we decided on some fifty state fabric from Joann’s. I surrounded her official Fifty States Half Marathon Club shirt with it. {Isn’t that an awesome paint job? I barely even track my states. Maybe twelve?}

Fifty States Running T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

And then I surrounded a couple other “event races.” Yeah, there’s official gear in some places for people crazy enough to run two half marathons {or fulls!} in a weekend. And I might actually do this one when we move to Oklahoma. I still don’t have Kansas!

Fifty States Running T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is the same states fabric. I used gold thread to quilt all-over loops. With something this big, I wanted easy!

Oh, and Missoula and Vegas – I ran both of those with her! Also Portland. And I think some other races, but I can’t remember which ones. Probably some Disney ones – that’s the last quilt.Fifty States Running T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

This is my favorite thing, and it only happened in a couple spots. The binding is more of the states fabric, and look! North Carolina on the North Carolina shirt! Okay, I’m easily amused.

Fifty States Running T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

So massive that I would have to get a ladder out to get a decent yard shot. And also mow. And clearly none of that is happening.

Fifty States Running T-Shirt Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

100″ square {did I mention it was massive?}

Next up, her 110″ fifty states souvenir shirts quilt!

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Oh Scrap!, Finished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

BOMs Away! – Celtic Solstice June

 

Well, my weekend was kind of a bust…

Literally, the Dude busted his wrist while wiping out on his bike. After a couple hours in Urgent Care, it was determined to be “badly bruised” but not broken. So, a splint, some mom cuddles, ice cream, and couch time watching The Imitation Game. And not so much sewing for me.

I did find a few minutes to play with the border layout for Celtic Solstice – I realized last month that I couldn’t continue the coral diamonds all the way across and also “finish” the Tri-Rec part of Block B.

So I tried some plain blocks in the blank spot. It works. The corner would be fine as a plain block too.

It’s boring.

Then I tried finishing the Tri-Rec in Block A, too. This is a definite no. It lessens the effect of Block B, it gets weird with Block A at the corner, and it just looks wrong.

Then I tried square-in-a-square blocks. {They’re just scraps, not even sewn together. Just thrown up there to see the effect.} And dang it all if I don’t like this one the best. And I can do one in the corner and it will flow nicely from side to top to side to bottom. And it’s not like this quilt doesn’t already have eleventy billion pieces. What’s another billion in the border?

So, yeah, instead of any progress, I just added to my workload this month. How about everyone else? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayDesign Wall Monday, Moving It Forward MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek Makers, Sew Some LoveRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!

Pixelated Heart – a Finished Quilt!

 

This is a finish that only came about because I had nothing else to take with me to the longarm place, and I had a t-shirt quilt that had to get done. Since that never takes the entirety of my two hour rental, I needed something that I could toss on afterward – and there was the good old Pixelated Heart quilt, pieced together ages ago. {So long ago that I can’t find it on the blog.} I even bought backing and binding recently, so there was no reason to leave this hanging. {Literally, in my closet.}

Pixelated Heart Quilt by KatieMaeQuilts

And then I found myself without a finish scheduled for this Friday – and that’s just a travesty! So I made a little time last weekend to finally bind it and declare it finished. And there you have it. A pixelated heart made from a charm pack and a few added scraps. All Sandy Gervais Valentine’s lines. I want to say the main one was Candy Kisses, but that doesn’t appear to have brown? Just assume it’s from one of her lines before about 2012, when I {mostly} stopped buying charm packs.

Pixelated Heart Quilt by KatieMaeQuilts

We have a friend looking at houses for us in Oklahoma, and I’m so tempted to add “suitable place to take quilt pictures” to the list of things we need. Because that’s normal, especially when it’s someone else doing the looking, right?

Pixelated Heart Quilt by KatieMaeQuilts

The quilting in the heart is my absolute favorite – freehand, organic orange peel. I didn’t mark it, I just swoosh from corner to corner. Sometimes lines double cross. Sometimes the swoosh is rather flat, sometimes it’s rather fat! I don’t care – I really enjoy doing it this way. And I’m rather proud that I did it in a continuous line, considering the heart isn’t just a straight set of blocks.

I did a simple loop across the cream squares, to differentiate them from the heart.

Pixelated Heart Quilt by KatieMaeQuilts

Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh.

Pixelated Heart Quilt by KatieMaeQuilts

The binding is Sandy Gervais Flirtations, which is so old that it doesn’t even show up on the Moda website. Same with the backing – Hearts Aflutter. Luckily someone was selling just enough of both at the local quilt guild’s yard sale, so…serendipity!

{And yes, I know. I do fill out the labels eventually! At least it’s ON!}

Pixelated Heart Quilt by KatieMaeQuilts

41″ square

Tutorial – Blue Elephant Stitches

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WiP – May

 

May was mostly smaller finishes, but that’s because the bigger finishes are coming. I’m working on three epic-ly sized t-shirt quilts, with close to 70 shirts in each. Two are actually ready to be bound, but as they’ll all be shipped together, it hasn’t been a priority. So – the big finishes are coming! Soon! And then don’t be surprised because they were a while in the making.

Anyway, the finishes! California Girl / Wildflower Log Cabin / Fourth of July Hexies / Dog Sled stuff / It All Started With a Mouse – and a bonus Pixelated Heart is ready for cleanup and a photoshoot for Friday.

The tops! Greenery, Dog Sled, my sister’s wedding quilt {my OMG goal!}

The quilted! Two epic t-shirt quilts and Bear Paw {okay, so I hid the first epic t-shirt quilt in a box to keep CC off it and didn’t bother taking it out….and Bear Paw isn’t even off the zippers yet. But hey, quilted is a step!}

And the blocks! Eternal Bloom / Jack’s Chain / Celtic Solstice / Floating Stars

For my OMG goal for June, the one thing I should really finish is the double four patch top. {I mean, there’s a ton of stuff I have to do – see: epic t-shirt quilts – but I also need fun piecing on the side!} I cut most of it already, so it’ll just take some free time to play instead of work. Its border is my tutorial for Confessions of a Fabric Addict’s Christmas in July, so…it has to be a flimsy soon!

So that was May, and I still have just about two weeks of school left to keep pushing through June. I’m quilting every single week! And of course, all the moving stuff starts soon, too. By the end of June, we should have a firm plan, and then in July we execute it. In theory. I’ve moved with the military enough to know how plans actually work. So I’m still just trying to get through the stuff I can control before we get to the stage where I can’t.

BOMs Away – Memorial Day Floating Stars

 

Don’t look so surprised – I planned for Floating Stars to be on Memorial Day. Goodness, they are such an enjoyable project to work on throughout the month. I could make this my Quilts of Valor project forever.

Such an easy leader/ender to have around. It’s super fast to cut another round of background squares and focal fabric, and uses up a decent chunk of both. I’m moving right through my exceptionally-patriotic-background yardage. I did make the mistake of using directional fabric for the newest ones {still being an ender on my machine} so I’ve had to pay a bit more attention to that one.

At this point, I only need about five more blocks to finish two tops. I’m thinking scrappy RWB sashing with cornerstones from all the leftover background squares. I’ll be handing them off to our local Quilts of Valor coordinator just before we move, which will be perfect! Then I have all those corner cutoffs to play with…

Work on any blocks of the month? Or week? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayDesign Wall Monday, Moving It Forward MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek Makers, Sew Some LoveRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!