Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mary's September Start

The pieces of the Light/Bright Stars Quilt on 9/9/2017
The number for September is 1 which makes my forward progress project for the month my Light/Bright Stars quilt. This is a lap-size quilt that was inspired by a wall hanging-sized quilt I made several years ago. This one is an alternating pattern of the same star in light colored fabrics and bright versions of (mostly) the same colors. The backgrounds are charcoal and white so the colors should pop nicely. 

I have all the units for the main part of the quilt made and now I need to assemble the rows. I will also have to figure out if the design needs a border and if so what it is going to be. The very next step to move this project forward is to lay out the rows/units in the proper order to sew them together. My goal for the month is to complete the main part of the quilt top. If I figure out the border that will be a bonus.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LSC: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Literary Sewing Circle kicks off at Following the Thread with a reading of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked this Way Comes
I have read this novel before (and blogged about it), and am looking forward to rereading it.  
The LSC will be reading and discussing this book, and projects inspired by it, over the next 10 weeks. 
The idea of creating something based on a work of literature seems a bit scary, but I am going to take this quote from the novel as encouragement:
"Too late, I found you can't wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else."
I borrowed a copy of the novel from my public library and have started thinking about what to make. I have been wanting to try a technique I saw (I can't remember where) that took a photo and cut it into pieces then made a quilt by creating each section of the photo and putting them together. That technique using one of the many cool covers for this novel might be a good match. Not committing to this particular project idea yet, but definitely considering it.

Lisa's Forward Progress: August End

My goal for August was to make progress on Rob's beer t-shirt quilt. I started the month with a pile of t-shirts in a bag. I had also watched already watched a t-shirt quilt class on Craftsy last year that is the general method of how I want to approach this quilt.

Now at the end of the month, I have sorted through the bag of t-shirts. I also sat down with Rob to go through all of the shirts to see which ones he didn't care about (so those went to the Goodwill pile before I started trimming) and which ones were a must to go into the quilt. That exercise resulted in him reclaiming two t-shirts back to his drawer, but he also took a few more out of the drawer to go into the quilt...end result, a little more room in the drawer!

I re-watched the first two parts to the quilt class to follow the steps. I've trimmed all of the shirts deemed quilt worthy. I was happy to confirm with Goodwill that they will take the large bag of fabric scraps left over from the trimming process (those are all the scraps in the picture). I've also started applying fusible to make the t-shirts more sturdy (that's the pile on the right). I've determined that applying the fusible is a very boring step in the process. At this point, progress has been made and the project is taking up a lot less room in my closet than it did before.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Making Forward Progress September 2017

Welcome to the September link-up for the 2017 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 1.
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 September project (#1 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 August project went please link it to the August post.

        Let the progress begin!
        Note that links will not appear until they are approved (this is to prevent spam being linked to the blog)

        Tuesday, August 8, 2017

        Mary's August Start

        My box of flag quilt bits as of today
        The Number for August was 3 which on my forward progress list is flag quilts. I have made a bunch of these over the years both as gifts and to sell and they have proved popular. I have a box with lots of squares cut for this and half-squares sewn. I need to assemble the units into rows and make the star block for the corners. I probably have enough pieces cut to make more than one flag quilt.  I was also working on writing up the pattern for this. There are 2 very next steps this month (1) Re-read the pattern draft to figure out what needs revising and (2) count out enough units/squares from the bags of cut pieces to make the quilt. My goals for the month are (1) to write a new draft of the pattern ready for testing (2) to kit up the pieces I have cut into quilt-sized groups and (3) to make 1 quilt top. 

        Saturday, August 5, 2017

        Lisa's Forward Progress: August Start

        The project number in the Making Forward Progress Challenge for August is #3. From my project list, this is a project I've been not wanting to deal with for a long time. It's Rob's beer themed t-shirt quilt. This same project came up for me last year in the APQ Challenge. At that time, I had signed up for and watched a class on Craftsy for making a t-shirt quilt that was in line with my idea of what I wanted to do. Instead of the typical "cut your shirts to x size square", it works with multiple size prints from the t-shirts and adds more interesting elements.

        As suggested, I had watched the entire class start to finish last year. My next step is to go back through the class demonstration and execute the steps. First up will be to select and trim the t-shirts. As much as I'd like to finish this quilt without Rob knowing, I think I'll need his input to determine which t-shirts mean the most to him to include (and maybe in doing so I can coax a few more out of his drawer). My goal for this month will be to trim all of the shirts and add the fusible.