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!

Coquette Cracker – a Finished Quilt!

 

Well, this was refreshing – a month, start to finish – I usually only manage that on the t-shirt quilts! I mean, I had the charm packs for five years, but whatever.

Coquette Cracker by Katie Mae Quilts

I bought the Chez Moi Coquette charm packs in Kansas, at a quilt shop accidentally found after going to the Little House on the Prairie with the Dude and my mother in law. It’s called Needle in a Haystack – and it really is. {Also, the Little House was super cool.}

Coquette Cracker Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

I knew right away what I wanted to make with them – this Cracker pattern from Moda Bake Shop. But I never got around to it until I saw someone on Instagram making Cracker blocks. That finally made me dig out my charm packs and get this project into motion.

To make it a bit bigger, and to avoid any seam matching nonsense, I added sashing. The cornerstones are leftover bits from Make It Do’s border – the same fabric line! I don’t remember anymore if I originally got it to go with this quilt…but it all worked out in the end. I ran out of it before I got to the outer edge, but instead of putting the project aside and “waiting” till I found more fabric, I just finished it without the edge. And it looks just fine, so…!

Coquette Cracker Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

So, the quilting… This is allllll my longarm rental place’s doing. I took a class with Pam Clarke a while ago – one of the last ones she did before retiring. My FMQ Sampler was the result of that, and I’ve been trying to branch out a little {from my usual loops} this year.

I told the ladies at the shop that, and one of them gifted me a huge stack of Pam Clarke workbooks. This, um, leafy swirly thing in the main blocks is straight from the workbook. I knew it wasn’t enough to fill the corner bits and sashing, so I asked for help. The custom quilter came up with the rest of the design.

The execution isn’t perfect, but it still looks good. Really good. Who told you I couldn’t do custom quilting? I mean, besides me?

Coquette Cracker by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing and binding are another Chez Moi fabric line – Sophie. Both lines are long out of print, but Nanette is available and similar. I have enough of the backing for a nice wide border on something else, someday.

Coquette Cracker by Katie Mae Quilts

I wanted to get a picture with some lovely blooming flowers, but…we’re just not getting spring around here. With a nice snow only a couple weeks ago, even the tulips aren’t ready to come out and shine. Everything else is still pretty dead. Sigh.

Coquette Cracker by Katie Mae Quilts

But then Mother Nature decided to make it up to me a little bit! Of course, the Dude isn’t the greatest quilt holder, and the light was all off because of the storms, but check out that double rainbow!

Coquette Cracker by Katie Mae Quilts

Oh, such lovely and cheerful spring colors! I love the big print on the binding, pulling out all the colors of the blocks.

Coquette Cracker by Katie Mae Quilts

50×58″

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The Leftovers – a Finished Quilt!

 

This was a simple, fast finish…so do you want to know how long it was hanging out in my sewing room, partially finished? No, no you don’t.

It started out as a quilt-as-you-go project. That didn’t go well – by four strips in, it was unwieldy, the stitches were uneven, and the whole thing was getting a bit slanted. So I ripped the strips off the backing and started over.

I bought 1.75 yards of the backing fabric and cut off 6″ for a middle stripe on the front. {And another chunk that I thought I was going to use in the front, but didn’t. So now I have a new leftover piece to start another one!}

Everything else – leftovers. Backings, mostly. Specifically, Road to OK/WA {purple}, Vera Bradley {teal}, and Flirt {white with dots}. Because I use a longarm, I have about 4″ leftovers on each side, and another chunk from the bottom. So I just sewed together 44″ strips until I had a long enough chunk for 1.5 yards of backing!

The quilting – an X with 1″ echoes – is also leftovers – emptying out bobbins of various colors. Purples, teals, pinks – they all got their chance.

And all of the batting is leftover strips, too!

I used more teal for the binding – cut to 2.75″ as it’s flannel. Now there’s only a few bits left of that one! And because rules are silly, I machine bound it with a bright pink bobbin thread.

This didn’t even make a dent in my flannel scrap bins. But I didn’t mind the process {other than basting – ugh, that’s why I switched to longarm!} so I’ll match some more backing strips together soon!

I planned on this going to Happy Chemo or Camp Hobe as part of the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge, but it may be a bit too small. {44×56″} If so, it’ll be donated locally to Project Linus.

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}

BOMs Away – Celtic Solstice April

 

I got to spend my Easter with spring colors! Is there anything better than that? Well, I mean, besides spending it with my husband – but deployments, what can you do? I wallowed in the kids’ Easter chocolate and pieced a few more blocks of Celtic Solstice.

From 15 to 24! {One is on the table still…oops!} I think I want a 6×8 layout, so I’m halfway there. I need to double check my backing – I bought a hunk of Good Neighbors wide backing over a year ago, so that’s the confines I’m working within. That and I’m running low on my neutral!

This is definitely how I’m doing my borders, not the official pattern one. I’m going to finish out the neutral/turquoise triangle/rectangle in the border, too.

So, some good forward progress on that one for a month. Did you make any progress? You can link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee SocialDesign Wall MondayWiP on WednesdaysOne Monthly Goal, Midweek Makers, Moving It Forward Monday

Chain of Fours – a Finished Quilt

 

So, this quilt – I’m just going to start out by bragging. Quilts of Valor is putting together a book with one quilt from every state, and this quilt is one of the three finalists for Washington. Go me! The Quilts of Valor mission is obviously near and dear to my heart, as a military wife. I have a goal of making four tops a year for the organization.

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

If it’s chosen, it’ll be in the book and travel to “major exhibits” in 2018 before being presented to a veteran. If it’s not chosen, it goes to a veteran this summer instead. Win win!

The pattern is Chain of Fours by Porch Swing Quilts, edited by me. Jennie is the best person to pattern test for, because she doesn’t care if I use the latest and popular fabrics. When I saw this had bunches of 2.5″ squares in it, I knew I was going to do it scrappy RWB, because I have stacks of leftover binding strips. So folks, if you have one of my quilts with blue binding, there’s a part of you in this one, too!

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is something I call “double curve” because I don’t know the real term for it. It’s a good one for me because I can cross over lines to fill in spaces that I miss. {And I still always miss spots!} And I make secret swirly hearts! I used variegated RWB So-Fine, which has a much better variegation than the regular Superior Threads at my rental place. They spoil me there and let me use the good stuff!

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

I actually took it out of the backyard for pictures! And see how the wind rewarded me?

{Side note: that’s my training partner, and this is my running trail. We have the best running trails. THAT LAKE!}

{Side note: the running trail is featured in Z Nation. Which, um, yeah, it can be creepy, I guess.}

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

We tried the other direction, but the wind did not behave. Nice shot of her legs, though!

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Much better! And not my fence!

The backing is Quilting Treasures Ombre Scroll {high five for non-pieced wide backings!} The front is obviously scrap-tacular.

60×80″ – twenty inch blocks yield the perfect Quilts of Valor size

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Flower – a Mini Finish

 

This is just a quick, delightful little finish. I made the full quit for Flower for Christmas 2015. While testing the pattern for Porch Swing Quilts, I made one block correctly, and then overconfidentally sewed together five blocks without checking the pattern. They were, of course, wrong, and I was left with an extra set of Birds in the Air pieces. Those, of course, sat around for over a year before I decided to finally make that one block as a mini.

But once it was out again, it took no time to make it, quilt it in the ditch, and bind it up. And then I immediately sorted the scraps into the novelty and color bins. And now I declare this project finished! Since I didn’t keep the original, it’s nice to have a little piece of Flower for my wall. And one less leftovers bag in my to-make-mini-bin.

16″ square

Fabrics: Samantha Walker Cowgirl, Amy Ellis Modern Neutrals

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BOMs Away – Eternal Bloom #4

 

I’m learning something about this project. I adore red on black.

Like this block? Wonderful, sweet blossoms. It probably helps that while almost every corner was stitch-and-flip, they were just tiny bits to cut off. And there were no right blocks and left blocks – just two sets of four exactly the same blocks.


See – I did not so much enjoy the purple or orange blocks. But both reds? Happy, vibrant blocks that make me smile.

Something else that makes me happy – one more and I’ll be halfway through the main blocks!

Are you getting closer to some finished blocks of the month? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Bloomsday #2 – a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

 

This is the second of two still-unnamed Bloomsday quilts that I made for {and with} my friend. The shirts belonged to her sister-in-law, who died over the summer from brain cancer. She was my age, so…yeah. Not an easy set of quilts to work on.

My friend came over for a couple mornings and helped me press the fusible and cut them all out. It was nice to have someone in the sewing room to talk to! You know, other than CC.

The border and binding are the same grey as the backing of the first quilt. That one is for her father, and this one is for her husband. My friend’s entire family always comes out for Bloomsday, and she’ll be giving them both quilts then.

This shirt was a leftover piece from the other quilt, and depicts our famous Bloomsday runner statues from Riverfront Park.

We’re big fans of the Bloomsday runners, as you can see.

I have a feeling that these won’t have names until her entire family weighs in on it. Which is fine – I’ll just bring the fabric pen to her Bloomsday breakfast.

The backing is utterly sumptuous grey minky, 90″ extra wide from Shannon fabrics. The Dude had left his Minecraft quilt downstairs and my friend discovered that really, there’s no better backing.

Quilting is loops and stars. Simple, but looks pretty amazing on the back.

58×72″

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Quarter Two Goals

 

Whew, one Finish Along quarter down already! And it was quite an eventful one – some not in a good way. I was sick for most of January, hacked in February, and in March we found out we’re moving to Oklahoma this summer…and my husband will be deployed right up to the move date. So that won’t be stressful AT ALL. But, on the flipside, I did get a lot done sewing-wise, after I recovered from every virus known to humankind.

My plan this year is to have a plan – I sit down every week and figure out what I need to work on, what I’m going to blog, what I’m going to quilt, and what I want to do with my “fun sewing time.” And surprisingly, it’s working! Everything in green was a finish or a move to a new category. Projects added are in red – only two, but starting a few new things was part of my plan. All from stash and all ready to be quilted!

I also worked on several of the “other” projects – the wedding quilt, for example, is trimmed up and ready for finishing. The Ohio Star was started but nearly immediately put back in the box – I’m pretty sure the cutting instructions are wrong. Sigh. Main Street moved as far as I could with the fabrics I had.  I’m almost done cutting scraps for 4².

And now for Quarter Two – this is where planning has to matter. I have until mid-June to clear out the t-shirt quilts before I lose my free babysitting school for the longarm rental. Also, I have a few personal projects earmarked for finishing – the wedding quilt being the main one. I want to finish the Dog Sled flimsy before Mother’s Day so I can use the scraps for no reason whatsoever, mothers who are reading my blog.

Cracker is going to be my OMG goal for April – it would be nice to finish something within a month of starting it. I already have the backing, so it’s just a matter of getting it to the longarm. Maybe I’ll even go once with nothing but personal projects!

I need to make the Double Four Patch for a tutorial in July. {The tutorial is actually for a border, but I don’t have a quilt that fits the border design!} I’m making the Bear Paw as a goodbye gift to my best friend here. {Sob.} They’re both started and I’m slowly chipping away a few blocks a day on each, in between cutting out t-shirt quilts.

I know some of this might only make it to quilting by the end of June, leaving a pile of binding in Quarter Three. Which is fine, since I’ll have some other things going on at the same time. Like, do you think I can have my sewing room packed last? {Or if I’m smart – I’ll have a huge stack of table runners and minis to hand bind in July-August!}

And in unrelated news – CC is still a brat.

BOMs Away – Jack’s Chain Multicolor

 

This is a new one for me! Every year, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge does the “regular” colors. Usually I add in a couple stripes or dots that don’t fit into one color category during the black or brown month, since black/brown just isn’t rainbow to me. But this year, the multicolors get their own official month! Woohoo!

I zoomed through my Jack’s Chain blocks – backing from Lori’s Forty and Quilts for Pulse. And that one on the far left is one of the first fabrics I ever bought, but I never use because it’s too multi-colored. I need to give it a rainbow quilt to live in!

Then, since I had the scrap boxes out, I made a couple blocks for my Main Street Rainbow. I pieced together all the blocks I could earlier this year, but came to a standstill when I ran out of both the grey and colored blocks. Apparently my original plan was much smaller… I need another twelve or so colored blocks to finish it, and I need to calculate yardage for my sister to pick up some more of the grey. Luckily she has a nearby shop that carries every shade of Dimples, because I don’t even remotely remember what colors I was using. {Whhhhhhhhhy do I not write these things down?}

So that was a satisfying BOM day for me! How about everyone else? You can link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee SocialDesign Wall MondayWiP on WednesdaysOne Monthly Goal, Midweek Makers