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!

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!

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!

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!

 

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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!