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

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 – Jack’s Chain – Aqua


A little switch up this month – Jack’s Chain is my first BOM this time. An Instagram friend asked for aqua/grey Tic Tac Toe blocks to complete a bee quilt, and since I knew aqua was the RSC color of the month, I made both sets while the scrap bin was out.

Pretty simple set of lovelies! And now her blocks are ready to mail, and Jack’s Chain is tucked into the box to await the next color!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Oh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee Social

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 – Jack’s Chain – Purple


And now for my second BOMs Away of the month, and my second BOM quilt! As mentioned when I started cohosting, I did the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2013, 2014, and started one in 2015. The 2013 one is…getting closer to finished, the 2014 one is finished, and the 2015 one…I did three months of blocks and then quit.

Well, that gives me a good starting point for 2017, right? I’m already ahead of schedule!

The pattern is Jack’s Chain, which is traditionally done with Y-seams. Which…yeah, no. Luckily someone else said yeah, no, too – and wrote a pattern without them! I’m using the 6″ nine patches, because I typically have a lot of 2.5″ strips in my scrap bins.

The months that I’m “ahead” {blue, pink, and yellow} I plan on cutting the setting triangles, so that I’m ready to assemble at the end of the year.

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Oh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee Social

WiP – Finishes


I’ve been doing a lot of binding this week, and true to my contrary nature, this just makes me want to start a new project. So what if I have three near-finishes? I want to be piecing!

I managed to cure that – slightly – by piecing my Jack’s Chain nine patches for February and March. Seems like a good way to do these – two months at a time and only drag out the box once.

And I finished MY LAST TWO CHURN DASHES! That’s right, that’s all of them. RSC’14, complete! Well, once I sash ’em…and quilt ’em…and bind ’em…but hey – blocks are at least half the battle, right?

And onwards to the finishes and near-finishes. My #rainbowminiswap is quilted, bound, and ready for hand-stitching and cleanup.

Rainbow Chevron is bound and ready for hand-stitching and cleanup.

My t-shirt quilt has the back panel stitched back in, and by now, has been re-quilted and is ready for cleanup.

In other words, I need to be doing some cleanup work. However much I’d rather just start a new project.

Somewhere along the way, I finished off the top I started on the Quilts of Valor sew day. I screwed up the setting somehow – the white/red squares were supposed to run top left to bottom right. But it still works.

This is based off a pattern from McCall’s Quilting magazine, modified to fit the QOV requirements and the fact that I had a bunch of 2.5″ strips. It’s been handed off to my QOV coordinator and I probably won’t see it again until it’s presented to a veteran.

And the color palette for the week…isn’t the prettiest. But the theme is home, and this is the view from my backyard. Well, not exactly my backyard – I went to get a quick picture, and of course, it’s clouded over Mount Spokane. But normally, I can sit on my back porch and look at my mountains. And it’s the mountains I miss when we’re not living in Spokane.

Once my husband comes home from this deployment, it’s time for us to start making the “where next?” list, and there’s not a lot of mountains at the places he’s mentioned. So I intend to spend this summer in my backyard, soaking up all the mountain time I can get.

See also: Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun Than HouseworkBoMs Away at What a Hoot, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy.

WiP – Block Party

It feels like I’m just making block after block with no point, but most of them are coming closer to building a quilt. It’s hard to remember that when you haven’t had a good finish in a while, though.

Over the past week, I made three churn dashes, from my stripe scrap bin. There’s more variety in there, but I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired, so I’ll pick through my dots bin for #4-8. And then they are done! Or at least, ready to assemble.

I also made three Disappearing Hourglasses for my local Quilts of Valor chapter. They are assembling quilts made from these at the annual Sew-In.

I have three more cut out, as I was also cutting pieces for a Trip Around the World – the traditional, but scrappy, way…which is a pain to keep straight!

I also cut/made several block units for Something New. Which, as a leader/ender, is very slow growing, but the final blocks are big, so I’m almost to…something!

And I made four nine-patches for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015. I’m making Jack’s Chain, and I’m actually pretty excited about it. It’s on my personal bucket list, and I found a pattern with no Y-seams. The confetti background fabric is new, but the white and the colors in the nine-patches are from stash and scraps. I’m trying to use different scraps than the churn dashes. It’s slightly easier this time around, since the pieces are all the same size. Two are even old charms!

And of course, all this was done in between cutting/piecing together the rows of a t-shirt quilt.

See also:  BoMs Away at What a Hoot and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy