Sunday, December 2, 2018

Mary's December Start

Castle cross stitch, 12/2/18.
Project #12 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is my Castle Cross Stitch. I began this project sometime in 2016 and it is coming along reasonably well. The next step to move this project forward is to continue adding stitches. There are several more towers to go on the right of the castle entrance and the rock upon which it sits has more to fill in below the edge of my photo. My goal for the month is to work on it. December is a busy month so I can't see the project getting done, but it is quiet, relaxing work, so this should be a good month to have it to do.

Mary's November Finish

The last circle pieced and ready to set into a block
My November Project (#5 on my 2018 Forward Progress list) was my Tropical Quilt. The goal for the month was to applique the 2 centers that remained to do at that point and to figure out the setting of the circles into the blocks. I completed the centers so I now have 12 complete mainer's compass circles. I cut and assembled a set of background pieces, but the sizing still wasn't right. I realized that I may not have enough of the background fabric--the method in the pattern wastes a lot of fabric and I have spoiled 2 sets of background pieces now. I visited my neighborhood quilt shop and they were able to get me some more of this fabric so I should have enough now. I definitely made progress on this project this month, but not as much as I had hoped.
The next step to move this project forward is to cut and assemble the background pieces for each block and get them all pinned up for hand appliqueing the compasses to the background. I did one of these but wasn't entirely happy with how it turned out, so I need to make some adjustments to the size of the cut pieces and try again. When I get the formula right it shouldn't be a huge deal to get them assembled and ready for handwork. I also need to finish appliqueing the remaining center circles, but that shouldn't take more than one evening watching TV to accomplish. My goal for the month is to finish the 2 centers and to figure out the correct sizing of the background pieces. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Forward Progress December

Welcome to the December link-up for the 2018 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 12. 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 December project (#12 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips
“A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Advice to a Young Critic
Let the progress begin!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Lisa's November Start

November is project #5 in Making Forward Progress. From my list this is my "Where the Wild Things Are" quilt.

This quilt top was finished quite a while ago, and has been pin basted (with Mary's help!), so is now ready for quilting. I want to machine quilt it with a pattern that includes loops and stars. So my goal for the month is to start (and hopefully finish) machine quilting.

Lisa's October Finish

I'm very late with my October wrap-up post! My October project was to make progress on my tulip applique. After a consult with Mary, border fabrics were selected and have been sewn on. It wasn't a huge leap forward, but was progress.

Also during October, I made a lot of progress on my first bargello quilt that I am making for a wedding present. I'll post about that one when it is a little further along.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Mary's November Start


Some of the finished block centers
Project #5 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is my Tropical Quilt. Since I made my list I have made some progress on this monster project. I have completed paper piecing all 12 mariners' compass centers (I had 3 to go when I made the list) and have appliqued the centers into all but 2 of them. The next step to move this project forward is to cut and assemble the background pieces for each block and get them all pinned up for hand appliqueing the compasses to the background. I did one of these but wasn't entirely happy with how it turned out, so I need to make some adjustments to the size of the cut pieces and try again. When I get the formula right it shouldn't be a huge deal to get them assembled and ready for handwork. I also need to finish appliqueing the remaining center circles, but that shouldn't take more than one evening watching TV to accomplish. My goal for the month is to finish the 2 centers and to figure out the correct sizing of the background pieces. 
I am linking up this month with one-monthly-goal at Elm Street Quilts.