Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Retreat Report

Binding detail of baby quilt
I had an excellent time at retreat this year and was super productive (for me anyway). Here is what I got done:
  • Finished quilting my rainbow string quilt.
  • I made one flag quilt top. Decided this is a terrible project for retreat as I need to press every row as it goes on and the walk from the sewing machine to the iron every 2 minutes is annoying. When I make these in my sewing room I can just swivel my chair to press rows as I go along. 
  • I am almost finished with my September Forward Progress project (it will get a post of its own later).
  • Basted my NY Beauty Bird Quilt.
  • I quilted and bound a baby quilt from a super-cute panel my friend Jan donated to the Guild's charity quilt project. I sewed the binding to the back of the quilt and then attached it to the front with a decorative stitch which is a technique I hadn't tried before. I was very pleased with how it came out. It was quick to do and should hold up very well to washing. I got kits for 2 more of these baby quilt cheater panels to complete this fall and will use this binding technique again on those.
  • I helped Lisa with her Cross Winds Quilt. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


This coming weekend is the Amoskeag Quilt Guild's fall retreat. Once again I will be going along with several members of my bee. In addition to eating, drinking, relaxing, and hanging out with my pals here is what I hope to get done at this retreat:
    I am also taking along a few other odds and ends in case I am inspired to do something with them and may help Lisa with the Cross Winds Quilt she is trying to finish before Saturday.

    Saturday, September 8, 2018

    Lisa's September Start

    The Making Forward Progress project for September is #9. On my list, this is Rob's quilt (poor Rob still does not have a quilt from me!).

    This is a t-shirt quilt of brewery t-shirts. I haven't touched this project since last August when it came up in the forward progress rotation. All of the shirt logos are trimmed, and fusible has been applied to over half (that's what I got through when I ran out).

    My next step is to buy more fusible and finish applying, and then get down to the design step. Since I have quilt retreat next weekend, it will be a good chance to make progress without Rob seeing what I am working on. The challenge will be figuring out what fabrics I want to go with the shirts.

    Mary's September Start

    Pieces for a shopping bag, Sept. 2018
    Project #9 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is my floral shopper. It is a cut out pattern, from an old skirt I liked the fabric but not the fit of,  with thread and matching bias strips in a bag. It has been in this state for several years. The goal for this month is to get the bag made. 

    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Lisa's August Finish

    My August project was to crack open the package of machine quilting practice panels. As I stated in my beginning post, I didn't think I would make much progress on this since I have another project I'm attempting to finish by September 15th, and that turned out to be true. I did hope to watch the DVD that came with the kit, which I was going to do one day from my laptop, but my DVD player was not co-operating, so I didn't get that far.

    I did make progress on a few other things though!
    • I finished May's project which was the Monarch Butterfly paper pieced wall hanging and it was delivered to my mother for her birthday.
    • I continued work on February's project (this is the one that I hope to finish by the 15th). I've made a lot of progress on cutting a million pieces, and some 288 half square triangles later, I almost have 24 of the blocks pictured here assembled. Then I just need to make 24 of a different block!

    Friday, August 31, 2018

    Making Forward Progress September 2018

    Welcome to the September link-up for the 2018 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 September project (#9 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips
    “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” --Frank Zappa
    Let the progress begin!