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 – 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 – 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

WiP – February

Ah, finally February – no one was sick! There was a few more snow days than I would have liked, but we mostly survived them. And I got back into the routine of sewing, which led to lots actually getting done for once.

Like my brother-in-law’s Army uniform quilt – a Christmas present finally received!

And my pink flying geese swap mini!

And my own table runner, finished before Valentine’s Day! {Give or take five years.}

I also finished another t-shirt quilt – I’m waiting for my friend to receive it before I post about it.

Made three sets of BOMs Away – two Tic Tac Toe blocks for an Instagram friend and four Jack’s Chain blocks.

And the second Eternal Bloom block, which was…not the easiest. But done!

I pulled out a mini-project, which turned out to not be quite that mini. It’s the leftover pieces from Shivaun Place – the pattern contained a mini pattern for the half- and quarter-square triangle cutoffs. I changed it a bit to echo the design of the quilt, and it ended up about 30″ square. It was supposed to be a pillow for my sister-in-law…I suppose everyone needs a giant pillow? Anyway, finishing it is my OMG goal for March.

In addition to the other t-shirt quilt, I made three more t-shirt quilt tops, and I’m working on piecing the back for one of them. She asked for her Half Fanatics number as the backing – those letters are 20″ high! Should be an awesome back.

And I pieced a random little top! I dragged the Little Man around the quilt show last October, so he got a reward at the end – these pilot bears panel and a fat quarter. I was going to fold them up and put them in a box while cleaning, but…I had some time, so I threw the top together. So it’s a little closer to being an actual quilt!

And for my leader/ender, I worked hard on getting this QOV nearer to being an actual quilt. I’m down to the last four patches to get it all together – whew! I feel like I’ve been making four patches foreeeeeeever.

So that’s February! I’ve got a good bit of stuff to quilt in March, so hopefully the snow tapers off so I can get to the rental place more often. Seriously, now – it’s currently snowing and I’m scheduled for Wednesday…

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

WiP – January


January was pretty much a vast wasteland of upper respiratory infections here. I suffered through a two week cold, had a whole week of healthiness, then the young petri dish brought home a fresh version and we all went down again with the crud…one by one…

I spent the last weekend disinfecting every inch of the house and spraying disinfectant in the face of anyone who coughed. {Okay, not that dramatic…but I did tell both kids not to touch anyone at school.} So my sewing was limited to a few blocks and adding the binding to stuff that was already close to done.

Like Flying Four – it was quilted back in June, so finishing it was pretty easy.

And my FMQ Sampler – just needed binding for over a year. It’s a good thing I keep these things around, huh?

The other major thing I managed to do was finish the Army Medallion and quilt it. Which taxed all my energy for two days, so I haven’t tackled tying off all the loose threads…or even unpinning it from the longarm zippers. Which is my OMG goal for February, because this was a Christmas present.

Oh! I did manage to put this together during my brief healthy period. Everything was cut out, so it just took 90 minutes to lay it out and stitch it together. Now I just need to get a backing and add it to the quilting queue!

I also pulled out my sister’s wedding signature quilt and started peeling the squares off the card stock. Shouldn’t be too hard to finish this one off, either.

Oh! And I finished my OMG goal! Added the last border, and even made the binding before putting it on the to-be-quilted pile. It needs a backing, too. It’ll be shopping time soon. When I feel like I can face the public without disinfectant wipes.

Other than that, it was a few blocks when I felt like sitting down at the machine. Purple nine patches for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge….

…the mini for a pink Instagram swap…

…and my first Eternal Bloom.

I’m really looking forward to feeling better now, and getting some more things done. Please, please, let this current round of health last!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Oh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee SocialDesign Wall MondayWiP on WednesdaysLeader/Enders/A Quilting Chick,  One 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!