Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lisa's 2017 Forward Progress Wrap-Up

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Urban Quilter's Forward Progress Challenge. I made progress in most months. I completely finished two projects:

Other projects I made continued progress on:
  • March - I made additional progress on some scrapbook albums.
  • April - The Monarch Butterfly cross stitch continues to be my go-to project I take to bee, or work on in front of the television. 
  • October - I determined I was not having any fun trying to do small stippling in the background of the Haunted House, so my fabulous friend Mary helped me out a few weekends ago at our quilt retreat and finished the stippling portion. So I'm ready for the rest of the quilting on this one now.
  • Not on my project list from last year, I also completed the quilting and binding for a baby quilt.
  • Also not on my project list for last year, I completed quilting the Block of the Month Star Quilt.  

Lisa's Forward Progress: January End

My January project was to make forward progress on the orange and yellow jelly roll. The next step was to figure out a plan for using the strips.

I found a pattern I want to use, Summer at the Beach (the bottom picture), and as a bonus it was a free pattern.

I also found and purchased the background fabric that will be used in the quilt - it is the bottle cap fabric that is shown with the strips on the top picture. This will make for a much less subtle contrast, but I think will make for a very cozy quilt. A huge thank you to Mary for helping me find the fabric!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Mary's February Start

Design sketch for Rainbow String Quilt
Project #8 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is the Rainbow Strings Wall Quilt. At this point it is sketch and the foundation squares for the string piecing. The very next step to move this project forward is to pull out my big bag of fabric strips and start string piecing the blocks.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Mary's Forward Progress: January end

My oldest UFO. still in progress
I completed quilting all the checker-board squares in my January project which was the goal. There were about a dozen unquilted squares. There are a ton of rectangles to be outline quilted next, a few are done but many are not. I did find that I made good progress on this while watching TV, so keeping the project handy where the TV is might be the key to making more progress on this.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Making Forward Progress February 2018

Welcome to the 1st link-up of the year for the 2018 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 8. 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 February project (#8 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips
Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
Let the progress begin!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2017 Forward Progress Wrap-up

I had a fairly productive 2017 all things considered. My forward progress each month on the designated project was a bit uneven (as was my posting about it), but at this point substantial forward progress was made on many of these projects.  Here are the projects from my list on which additional progress was made since I last posted about them.

March 2017 - North Woods Quilt
At the end of March I had begun quilting this. It is now completely quilted and the binding was sewn on. It is in my bee bag to work on hand-sewing the binding to the back and then it will be done. 
April 2017 - Butterfly Quilt
This project was started for my Mom who passed away last May. It hadn't gotten done because I didn't really like it and now it just made me sad. I gave it (still unfinished) to a woman in my quilt guild who loves butterflies to finish for herself. It now counts as done from my list. 
November 2017 - Vegetable Quilt
Almost nothing got done on this in November. It has most of the blocks quilted now. 
December 2017 - Batik Jelly Roll Quilt
This quilt top was finished in December and since then I have bought the backing fabric for it. 
I also listed some ALTERNATES -in case I have finished the project listed for a particular number by the time it is drawn (why not be optimistic?). One of those, the Convergence Quilt is finished except for hand work on the binding.