BOMs Away – Greenery {Again}

 

Since I had my green bin out earlier this month, I found myself cutting out a few extra strips and squares. And then a few more. And then I dove into my pinks, since Flamingo is the Kona color of the year, and I knew pink and green played together well after my Abstract Watermelon. Green and pink happen to be the scrap bins that I can’t get the lid on, so…

…before I knew it, I had a top! Well, maybe. I made a top. It’s 35″ square, and I could easily toss borders on it now and declare it a perfectly fine baby quilt.

But…it doesn’t feel done. And my pink and green scrap bins are still overflowing. And there’s plenty of pieces in those bins that haven’t made it into this quilt. {Each fabric is only used twice, as an inside square or an outer box.}

So, for the purposes of the Greenery Challenge, this is a top. Woohoo! For the purposes of me, it might grow a few blocks.

{Or I’ll put it in a box, forget about it, find it in five years, and then come to the decision that I should have given up at baby quilt size. You know. Whichever.}

And that’s what I did with my “extra” Block of the Month Monday in May.  How about you? 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!

Dog Sled Leftovers – Some Finished Things!

 

LOL, how’s that for a vague title? It’s actually a table runner for my mother and two pillow covers for my mother-in-law, made from the leftovers of the Dog Sled quilt. Which I did manage to finish first, since it turned out it just needed one final border.

Not quilted yet – I don’t even have a backing yet. Clearly I’m not in a rush to get my own stuff quilted before the end of the school year. I’ll have my own longarm soon enough! {If I keep telling my husband that, eventually it will be true, right?}

So for my mom, I used four leftover strips, width of fabric, and just stitched them together for a long table runner. It’s about 12×42″.

For my mother-in-law, I used the last two pieces of “full” dog sleds and a modified courthouse step block to even out the size. Ended up with two 16″ pillow covers.

And when I went to take pictures, CC…wanted nothing to do with the dogs. Prima donna cat. {And yes, there are toys everywhere. The Dude built an epic train track that traverses two rooms. I just step over it.}

So that leaves me with just bits and pieces of this kit to absorb into the scrap bins. Look at that – leftovers used up before even the official finish! It’s like I’m becoming organized. {Hahahahaha!}

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 May

 

Huh. Last time I worked on this was Easter. Now I spent all of Mother’s Day with this lovely project. I should schedule it for Father’s Day next month!


I’m up to 32 blocks now. And I measured my backing and did what I’ve been meaning to do since I pulled this out – I planned it. Weird, right? So my final numbers will be 56 blocks, and I even counted out how many parts I need to finish it. I have a spreadsheet!

And then I have to figure out what I’m doing with the border. Sigh. I mis-planned. Not very surprising. The diamonds that I really want to do…I have to figure out a filler. Or I could go with the border on the lower left…but did I mention I really like the diamonds?

Luckily I have a couple more months before I need to figure that out!

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!

Fourth of July Hexagons – a Finished Mini

 

This was an accidental finish! I made Mother’s Day gifts and realized that I can’t post about them before Mother’s Day like I had scheduled. So I scrambled around looking for something to quick finish, because a Friday without a finish is sad! In my hanging rack of bits and pieces, I found these. Timely! Already quilted! Perfect!

I have no idea when I made or quilted these. I think I gave the long version to my mother for, um, last Mother’s Day? Apparently I never blogged about it, so… Luckily I had plenty of time yesterday to stitch the binding down, as we raced from school to tennis match…and sat around…then to a district wide concert…and sat around…

Basic blue dots for the backing, a fake-bias stripe for the binding. And I used my new little labels! I ordered them from Tagtopia on Etsy. A wonderful shop to work with – I didn’t really know what I needed, and she walked me through the whole process.

Of course, Miss CC was there for the photo shoot. Always helpful, that one.

Approximately 18″ wide {from flat side to flat side, not point to point…how do you measure a hexagon anyway?}

Pattern: Easy Striped Table Runner {the leftover pieces!}

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 Green

 

I am definitely going to have to agree with Pantone here – green is a great color.

I quite enjoyed pulling out my green scrap bin and making these up. In fact, while it was out, I pulled a few more greens for a Greenery project. There’s a Greenery quilt challenge due at the end of the month, and I know I’ll only qualify for the top. {If that!} But it’s worth a try, right? Especially if I get to look at all my fantastic greens again.

Anyone else doing a scrappy or regular block of the month? 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!

Wildflower Log Cabin – a Finished Quilt!

 

It’s been sort-of in progress for six years, and the Wildflower Log Cabin is finally finished! And I’m very pleased with it. Like, someone I adore better have a baby girl so I can gift this to her.

Wildflower Log Cabin by Katie Mae Quilts

I started this quilt in 2011, near the beginning of my quilting life. My local quilt shop in Oklahoma had a free Saturday Sampler quilt – come to a demo every month about new products, get your block fabric free. I like free fabric, so off I went. Let’s not talk about anything I may or may not have bought during the demos to get my “free fabric.”

Wildflower Rhapsody Sampler by Katie Mae Quilts

I finished the sampler in 2012. Which really isn’t that slow in my world. Oh, the days when I thought having five UFOs was cumbersome! Anyway, the sampler blocks left me with tons of 1.5″ strips…you know, a gallon Ziploc. Tons…? I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make a log cabin with it, but I didn’t get started until early 2015. I think there was a log cabin quilt along on Instagram?

Wildflower Log Cabin by Katie Mae Quilts

{Look, my cherry tree is in bloom! Finally!}

I finished the top in June 2016, but since no one was having a baby girl, I didn’t bother quilting it. It finally made it to the longarm a couple weeks ago when I was quilting a massive t-shirt quilt. I knew I would want something quick and easy to do as well!

Wildflower Log Cabin by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is an allover stipple – there’s a lot of seams that I just wanted to tack firmly down.

The fabric is Wildflower Rhapsody by A Wing and a Prayer Designs. Obviously, it’s long sold out, but you can still find the pattern for the original sampler if you’re inclined to do so.

Wildflower Log Cabin by Katie Mae Quilts

I know you’ve all been waiting for my tulips! They finally bloomed…and they’re so not the right colors for this quilt. Sigh. And my lilac bush is still stubbornly not acknowledging spring.

I loooooove the layout! It’s a little more abstract since the star doesn’t completely come together in the middle. And since I made blocks until I ran out of strips, I was forced to work with what I had. Hence the symmetrical-but-not layout.

Wildflower Log Cabin by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is Maywood Woolies. I bought a stack of them from a quilter’s yard sale a couple years ago, and obviously brown and pink had to go with this one! I have never felt flannel this soft and cuddly. Seriously. This stuff is the best flannel in the universe.

The binding is from Joann’s, the same as the backing for the massive t-shirt quilt. I managed it with only one seam, since the t-shirt backing was 118″!

Wildflower Log Cabin by Katie Mae Quilts

42″ square

And now there’s only teeny tiny bits of these two quilts in the scrap bins. Woohoo!

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 – Eternal Bloom #5

 

Number FIVE, people! FIVE! I am halfway through these suckers!!

Even better, it’s a pretty one. I’m not in love with the purple, because there’s very little contrast between both purples and the black, but other than that – pretty!

{Except now I’m staring at it, and the bottom purple flower is upside down. The green bits don’t match up. Sigh. I’m going to have to fix that…}

Just a little behind the scenes – 215 pieces. {I started counting. Maybe I should stop. I don’t want to cry.}

All laid out and stacked to do the stitch-and-flip thing.

Just to become four of these little 5″ suckers. Ugh. Definitely glad this is a BOM and I don’t have to look at it again until next month. When I will officially be more than halfway! {If you don’t count the center or borders.}

How did you do on your BOMs this week? 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!

California Girl Hourglass – a Finished Quilt!

 

This is what I affectionately call my deployment quilt. And by affectionately, I mean…not very much at all. The jelly roll was purchased in 2012, when we were living in California for training before my husband’s long deployment. Most of the blocks were pieced in the summer of 2014, during another deployment. And now that he’s deployed again, I figured it was about time to finish it off!

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

The pattern is Cluck Cluck Sew’s hourglass. There’s certainly plenty of ways to do these, but this was the tutorial I used. Although I have a triangle ruler, so I used that instead of a template.

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

The fabric is Fig Tree’s California Girl. It is, of course, long out of print, but the new Coney Island is a near match. In fact, I considered one of the corals in Coney Island as binding, but I found something in my stash instead.

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

The quilting is more block and border work from Pam Clarke‘s books. It’s freehand so it’s a bit imperfect, but it looks great overall. And it was fairly easy to do!

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

The backing is Nature’s Palette from Free Spirit. And even though the binding and the white were purchased years apart – they’re both Painter’s Canvas by Laura Gunn! I debated a more boring green/blue binding that would match the backing, but Instagram overwhelmingly voted for the coral. And they were right.

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

Tried to take some flower pictures, again, but my tulips are refusing to cooperate, AGAIN. We had a snow flurry yesterday morning  – can you blame them? I don’t think we’re going to have spring at all, at this rate.

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

So I took the Little Man to a playground after therapy, for the sole purpose of scouting out photo locations.

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

Of course, expecting the three-and-a-half foot member of the family to help in photoshoots is a little unrealistic.

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

In fact, he pretty much drank his juice box and then complained that I was taking too long. And then the quilt fell out of the tree. So, yeah. I’m trying! But sometimes the backyard is just easier.

Jelly Roll Hourglass Quilt by Kate Mae Quilts

66×81″

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Oh Scrap!, Show Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

WiP – April

 

Whew! How did we get to the end of another month already? This one flew by – we were either prepping for my husband to deploy, or trying to get into a good schedule after he deployed. I think we’ve finally settled into something that might work through the end of the school year…if I ignore all the stuff that starts ramping up in May. National Honors Society, district-wide concerts, end of the year preschool parties… Sigh. Nope, I can handle this. And some sewing in between!

Plenty of finishes for April – Chain of Fours, nominated for a QOV book; Toy Story, gifted to a friend; Flower, a mini; Coquette Cracker, already claimed by my niece; a Bloomsday t-shirt quilt; and a donation quilt made from flannel scraps.

I worked on my blocks of the month – Floating Stars, Eternal Bloom, Celtic Solstice, Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

And in between all that, I pieced some bear paw blocks for my friend’s quilt. I only need 16, so I’m nearly done.

And I finished quilting, then trimmed down four quilts for my church. {Don’t get too excited about this development – I quilted 2.5 of them a while ago. They just finally made it back to the longarm.}

And the big projects – I cut and pieced two more t-shirt quilts. One is a monster 67 shirts, measuring 110″ square! They’re both ready for quilting, minus pesky little details like backings.

I really need to plot out May, because I know there’s a few things I need to get to besides the t-shirt quilts – like the wedding quilt {my OMG goal.} I don’t want to reach the end of the month and realize I haven’t got enough school days left! I’ve got a countdown till the end of July – our probable move date – and it’s already under 100 days. Ahhhh! Okay, breathe. And schedule. And breathe.

BOMs Away – Floating Stars April

 

I made great progress on my Quilts of Valor leader/ender project…right up till I counted the remaining background blocks.

Yeah, so, I thought it was a nearly never ending stack of those 6″ flag squares, but apparently it’s not! I’m going to run out at eleven blocks, and that’s only because our QOV chapter fabric hoarder coordinator found four more squares. It was cut by someone else, so there’s no selvage and no one who knows what the fabric is…not even Google! For a while I debated how I could solve this dilemma… Nine squares with wide top and bottom borders? Ten squares in a 3×4 layout with something in the middle? Turn everything on point?

Eventually I went with the obvious scrappy solution – make 13 blocks with entirely new backgrounds, mix ’em up, and have two quilts. I mean, duh – I’m not lacking in patriotic background fabric AT ALL. I also have a decent stack of reds and blues in not-quite-scrap and not-quite-fat-quarter size. This should cut those down to true scraps. And it’s a nice and easy leader/ender. And since I’m saving the bonus triangles, this gives me another well-rounded set.

So now I’m at ten out of 24 blocks, and I cut up another stack of five to keep me going through all the rest of the monthly piecing. How did you do on your BOMs this week? 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!