BOMs Away - Flags for Sue

I took a break from my usually scheduled BOMs this week to make a few flags for Sue - a friend of Alycia Quilts who recently passed away. Sue was a huge supporter of Quilts of Valor, so Alycia asked for flag blocks to make some QOVs to honor her.

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Well, of course I'm in for something like that! The flag blocks were easy to make, and I love the idea of honoring a QOV quilter in this way. In fact, I used one of my very favorite QOV blues in one of them.

To save a bit of cutting time, I used the same red stripe in all of them, so hopefully she gets enough donations that they don't end up in the same quilt. (After all, QOV yardage doesn't become QOV scraps unless it gets cut!)

All of the block and shipping info is in Alycia's blog post, so if you're so inclined, she's collecting blocks until Sept. 1.

Also, a few months ago I started an account on Instagram, QuiltsforCharity, for just this reason - helping connect quilters with block drives and other donation events. So if you're on Instagram, feel free to follow, and let me know of block drives I might have missed!

And also also - it's Prime Day! Keep an eye out for quilting books and other possible steals. Like a Fire Stick for my sewing room TV....

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at 

Worked for Success - A Finished T-Shirt Quilt

And the last of my "secret sewing" - a graduation gift for a young lady in New Jersey! See if you can guess where she decided to go to college.

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Her mother contacted me last fall, I think - I made a quilt for her friend's daughter and she wanted the same sort of thing, especially the Catholic school skirt. No problem - I can work with just about anything! 

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And apparently she decided to challenge me. She wanted some documents - honors certificates, her diploma, an article about the charity work her daughter was involved in. Oh, and some pictures.

Um, I know I say anything, but...paper? Photos? This is a quilt! Made of fabric! ....wait, you know who prints anything on fabric? That's right, Spoonflower! So I googled and found an article about creating large scale pictures. Downloaded the software, scaled the pictures and documents, dumped them in a yard-size JPG, and uploaded it. And crossed my fingers.

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And to my surprise it worked!

I did a little bit of plain white framing to get the photos to the same sizes, and some colored framing to keep the documents from fading into the background. Then I played around in EQ until everything fit, cut some long strips of the red Bama fabric, and pieced away. With the few actual t-shirts in this t-shirt quilt, as well. 

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Look at that prom picture section! So now I can officially say that none of you customers have stumped me yet! Keep trying, I dare you! (Not really, please don't. Just t-shirts is much easier!)

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Her backing is lovely Alabama fleece, which is very soft and I am tempted to make a scarf with the scraps even though I'm not a Bama fan. (I'm not not a fan, either. I don't have a college team. I went to a Division III school.) The binding is a tame grey dot and the sashing is more Alabama fabric.

It's quilted in loops, and its full name is "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. -Estee Lauder"

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And ready for its journey to the South!

See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday

BOMs Away - Nothing!

I am on vacation, and I did bring my Temperature quilt box with me to catch up...and proceeded to do nothing. The box hasn't even made it out of the car! Oh well. So if you aren't being lazy like me, link up below! 

I'll be back next week with some actual work! (Maybe...)

Jester Mama - A Finished Quilt

Welcome to TGIFF!

In honor of the Fourth of July, I'm ending a 3-RWB-quilt streak with this lovely finish.

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Our squadron commander is about to move, and the Key Spouses wanted to do something nice for his wife. Which meant I got a message asking, "Hey, so we thought maybe..." And so I put their thoughts into a quilt!

I'n not sure I managed to get the bottom of Oklahoma perfectly right - but my husband told me I was obsessing and everyone will know it's Oklahoma. I also think the panhandle is too short...but I'm thinking about redoing it for a pattern, so I have another chance to get it right.

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The fabric is red, white, and blue, with a hint of gold - our squadron colors. And highly appropriate for an Air Force quilt! I used quarter yards and fat quarters of a few different fabrics (Americana fabric / low volume) and supplemented a bit with scraps. 

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In case you ever wanted to where in Oklahoma we lived - pretty much at the bottom west, nearly in Texas.

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The quilting is straight up my favorite part. I did upsie-downsie loops in the neutral blocks - kind of elongated wishbones. It meant I had to do a lot of starts and stops around the edges of Oklahoma, but totally worth it. Then I did organic orange peels in Oklahoma. (Organic is, of course, code for just vaguely aiming for the corners of the blocks.)

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The backing was from my stash - I bought it at a sale a few years ago. Sometimes it's nice having something the exact right colors on hand! And the Stars and Stripes binding also came from stash.

And no, the quilt didn't have a name yet when I was taking pictures!

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And now it's your turn! Link up your finishes, and take a break from yelling at your kids in the car on your road trip and visit a few of the other finishes. The global hosts and I would appreciate a link back here so that others know where to find the linky party!

BOMs Away - SWOK BOM July

Happy Fourth of July week for us Americans, and Canada Day for our enighbors! I'm already well into vacation mode, but I managed to make my guild block before I left.

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The coordinator calls this a chain link block. I call it a churn dash with squares instead triangles.

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And since the block was so easy, I made a strip of four patches for the alternate blocks, as well.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!