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!

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

BOMs Away – Floating Stars

 

I wrapped up my last Quilts of Valor leader/ender about a month ago {slowly hand binding it now!} So it was time to break out a new l/e and stick it in my last BOMs Away slot. I figured it would take a while to build up a stash of these, but it’s going much faster than expected.

I’m part way through the next red one, and I cut out the last four blocks so they’re ready to keep moving forward. There’s not that much cutting, actually. My local QOV chair gave me a “kit” with a stack of 6″ flag background and told me to have fun. I decided on the floating stars because, well, it uses lots of the background squares!

I’m using 3.25″ squares for the star points. And I’m using those big flag prints that don’t work as small scraps! And of course I’m saving the bonus HSTs…sigh. No, really, I’m going to do something with those. I swear I won’t end this BOMs Away project with those suckers in a bag somewhere!

They’re 17″ unfinished, which makes sashing a little more interesting. I was going to go with 6″ scrappy, but now that they’re on the wall, I’m thinking skinnier is better. Maybe 3×6″ rectangles? Anyway, I have about a month to go before I need to worry about that.

So how’s everyone else doing making those parts into blocks and blocks into quilts?

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, Wednesday Wait Loss

BOMs Away – Eternal Bloom #3

 

It is a good thing I committed to this linky party thing, because I would not have gone back to Eternal Bloom after last month. At least not for a little while! But I had a commitment, so I dug through my pile and found the lowest numbered packet – number two. I don’t know if I’m missing number one, or if it’s the center block that I haven’t tackled yet. Something to worry about in a few months!

Anyway, so these lovely little tulips are done, and not quite as big of an ordeal as last month’s pansies. However… I’m aware that this is a stitch-and-flip project, and I don’t mind little bits off the edges here and there. This block, though, has way more than little bits to cut off.

This is the corner block in action. I pieced the entire block on the top left, just to slap two bigger-than-3″ black squares on the corners and slice off all that work. And then again on the bottom with the stem! And I would normally double-stitch the squares and save the extra HST, but look at those things on the bottom left! Even I can’t make that into a decent block!

These are all the cutoffs from this one 18″ block! Several of these could have planned way better – even things that could be plain old HSTs are done as stitch-and-flip. I need to do a better job reading the patterns and finding those…but really, that’s not why I buy patterns! {Don’t even get me started on the lack of pressing instructions!!}

Anyway, it’s done for another month, and maybe next month I’ll find the perfect combination of easy-to-piece and not-terribly-wasteful. I hope everyone else’s BOMs are going better!

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, Wednesday Wait Loss

BOMs Away! – Celtic Solstice

 

Now that Lyn is back to posting {yay!}, she suggested we both post the linky each Monday. Which is great – you can link and view on either blog – except I don’t really have another BOM…and goodness knows, I shouldn’t be starting something new…

But that reminded me that my Celtic Solstice is currently taking up three boxes in the WiP-ville, between the uncut fabric, the cut pieces, and the finished blocks. It’s the Bonnie Hunter Mystery from 2014, and I’m doing it in yardage, not scraps. I adore the fabric…but I also got terribly bored making eighteen thousand four patches that are all.exactly.the.same. So, BOM seems like a good way to tackle this one. {Added bonus – putting off Eternal Bloom for another week!}

So I put the blocks up on the design wall to see how far I had gotten.

…wow, eleven blocks. Um.

And then, after spending the day measuring things, taking notes, making some flying geese, and assembling most of the loose parts, I was up to…

…fifteen blocks. Man, no wonder I gave up on this. But now I have a plan, and with a little math between now and next month, I can figure out how many blocks I need overall. Then this may become a top a little faster than never! But still a little slower, because I am definitely glad to pack it back into the boxes this morning and work on something other than endless flying geese.

And if you’re scratching your head after looking at Bonnie’s pattern, yes, I swapped the pinwheels in the middle for a solid block on purpose. And apparently I flipped the chevron units to make it a star. I don’t actually remember doing that…but I’m sticking with it now!

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, Wednesday Wait Loss

BOMs Away! – Jack’s Chain Red

 

Well, this was a delightful little set! After the, um, longevity of the Eternal Bloom two weeks ago, I wasn’t ready to tackle another one of those, so when red was announced as the Rainbow Scrap color of the month, I dove right into my bin.

{Jack’s Chain}

I don’t actually use my “normal” reds very often – anything with flowers or girly that is less used in Quilts of Valor. {I do still use subtle florals in them. Sorry, fellas.} And Barb at Cat Patches just posted about using her red scraps, one of which just happens to be one of my favorite fabrics! So I grabbed it, and a couple friends, and a random leftover charm. And there we go, four happy little nine patches. Nice and easy.

And now, if I’m smart, I’ll get started on Eternal Bloom early…

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

BOMs Away! – Eternal Bloom #2

 

Whew. Guys, if I had started with this block last month, I’m not sure I would have kept going with this BOM. There was a lot of seam ripping, and it pretty much took me all of Saturday and Sunday to get it together.

I need to start counting total pieces and record this in my quilting bullet journal, just to see if it beats Ripples and Reflections. The centers of these pansies – including those HSTs – measure 3/4″ finished!

It still needs green bias strips added {as does block 1…and pretty much all blocks till the end when I figure out how to do that…} But boy am I glad to have this one done for a month. As I was cleaning up, I noticed that the first block was #2, and this block was #8. Perhaps I should put them in order…

{Pam Bono’s Patriotism’s Eternal Bloom}

How about you? Work on any BOMs recently? Stab fabric with a seam ripper?

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

BOMs Away! – Eternal Bloom

 

So, this post contains a long story and one picture…so bear with me. It’s worth it!

Lynette at What A Hoot! has been hosting a BOMs Away! linky every Monday for, well, years, probably. And I’ve been participating for years, because I really enjoy Blocks of the Month, whether it’s a steady block every month {like Rainbow Churn Dash} or a complicated quilt broken down into monthly steps {like Ripples and Reflections.}

Okay, I lied about one picture. Because I like showing Ripples and Reflections off. Anyway, I finished this back in June 2015, and then I took 2016 off from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so eventually I found myself missing the monthly block experience.

Then when one of my local quilt shops had their closing sale, I saw a basket of these block pieces and managed to count out all but one of blocks. I picked up an extra packet, figuring I could find the instructions on the internet somewhere…

…only to realize it was by Pam Bono. Which is cool – I pieced her cat into my bookshelf quilt, and I like her instructions. Only, she died under tragic circumstances a few years ago, and a lot of her stuff has simply…disappeared. So, yeah, if anyone happens to have a copy of Patriotism’s Eternal Bloom somewhere….!

Anyway… So I made a block, pulled at random, which happens to be block two.

And wow, is it ever gorgeous. I mean, I’m a sucker for a black background, but I really had no idea it was going to be THIS GOOD. The colors just pop off the background, and the piecing was easy even with teeny tiny pieces. I am so excited about this quilt now!

But wait – I can’t link it to BOMs Away, because Lyn has been dealing with extreme {awesome} sewing for her daughter’s wedding, and she hasn’t had time for BOM work or blog work since August. So, I tentatively reached out to see when she would be back…

…long story short, now I’m co-hosting BOMs Away with her. So, yay! She’s probably not going to be back until February, and I only have one other BOM project {RSC’17!}, so this will be every other week in January.

So feel free to link up any BOMs projects – weekly, biweekly, monthly, whatever!