Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lisa's Forward Progress: March End & April Start

I'm extremely late in posting about my March ending and my April beginning - before I know it May will be here (it literally almost is!).

First up, March Forward Progress update. There were lofty goals, and at the beginning of the month, I forgot about a week of vacation at the end of the month. So at the beginning, I had three goals: to finish one 'in progress' album, to continue to purge un-used 'scrap crap' by getting three listings up on eBay for things I do not need, and to organize scrapbook supplies.

For my March ending update, I don't have any pictures to share. I did't make progress on any album except for digging one out to think about working on. And I didn't do too much in the organizing department. But I did get six listings up on eBay and four of them sold and have been shipped I have made progress in de-cluttering, and recouped some money in the process. In March I also helped Mary pin baste her March project, so I also consider having helped in her forward progress!

Onto April start! April is project #9, which on my list is a Monarch Butterfly cross-stitch. I started this project a long time ago as a present for my mother as she loves Monarchs. As can be seen in these pictures, is (1) What is currently complete on the project (left) and (2) What I have the second picture (below right), the pattern is printed on nine different 8.5x11 pieces of paper. The portion highlighted in yellow represents what is currently complete.

I haven't cross-stitched in a long time, until recently. I told Mary I would finish the back stitching/outline work on a piece she had finished. I have completed that (yes Mary, it is done!), so I am in cross-stitch mode. My goal for April is to make some progress on the Monarch, and figure out if it is a project I am willing to complete at some point or not. If I decide not to, I will abandon it.  

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mary's Forward Progress Start: April

Section of the butterfly that has been stitched
Project #9 on my list is the butterfly stain glass quilt that I started last May. It is pin basted and I began filling in the spaces between the "glass" with black zig-zag stitching which serves as both "leading" and quilting. The very next step is to put black thread in my machine and resume the zig-zagging. The background area will need to be quilted as well once the butterfly is done. My goal for the month is to finish the quilting on this.

Saturday Snapshot

State Library, Concord, NH
I love all the lines in this photo, how the black stair rail balances with the white skylight. Linking up with Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Making Forward Progress April 2017

Welcome to the April link-up for the 2017 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 9. 
Please write at least one post about your project and share with us: 
  • What your project for this month is 
  • The status of the project at the beginning of the month
  • What the very next step you need to take to move the project forward is
  • The status of the project by the end of the month
  • Whatever details you want to share about your work on the project during the month
  • Pictures included in your post are awesome, but not required
This can be a post at the beginning and a post at the end of the month, or it can be one post at the end of the month with all the info on how the project went for the month. Do what works best for you.  All posts related to your April project (#9 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips

If you want to share an update on how your March project went please link it to the March post.

Let the progress begin!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mary's March Progress Wrap-up

The Center is quilted, March 2017
My project for March was the North Woods Quilt and my goal was to get the quilt basted and start on the quilting in the center section. I accomplished that as the entire center is quilted and I am now filling in the background around the trees in the corners. I need to finish up the corners, quilt the border (probably a leaf motif in dark green thread) and then do the binding. 
Northwoods Quilt detail - a rainbow trout!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Snapshot

T and I visited Maine a few weeks ago and at the Portland Museum we saw this amazing installation of paper-mache bird sculptures, by Christopher Patch
Linking up with Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy.