Saturday, August 4, 2018

Lisa's August Start

Making Forward Progress for August is project #10. From my list, that is machine quilting practice panels.

I received this kit as a gift a few years ago. It contains a DVD, guide, and two panels full of different quilting patterns & techniques to practice on.

I have a feeling that any available sewing time for me this month will be spent working on Cross Winds as  I have a deadline of having the quilt top finished by mid-September. With that in mind, I may not make a ton of progress on the quilting panels. I will set a goal to watch through the DVD and read through the guide, so I will know what next steps are.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Mary's August Start

Quilting begun on Batik Jelly Roll Quilt
Project #10 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is my Batik Jelly Roll Quilt. When I made my list it was a finished top. Since then I found backing fabric, basted it, and started quilting it. At the start of August about 2 blocks worth of the quilting was done. My goal for the month is to complete the quilting and sew binding on the quilt. Hand sewing of the binding probably won't get done this month. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lisa's Forward Progress: July Finish

My project for July was to make progress on tole painting a birdhouse CD cabinet, table, and lamp. Given that I had not started a thing when I posted my 'start' on July 23rd, I did not have much hope that I would make any progress.

Being an in progress project for over 20 years, I've been neglecting it mostly due to the fact that I had no home for the finished products - they were originally for me, but I don't really have a spot for them anymore. Mary thought that she had a spot and could make use of the CD cabinet, so that was a motivator to dust that piece off.

I needed to finish painting rose hip vines & fall birdhouse on the cabinet doors, find the main cabinet (which had been in an un-reachable corner of the basement), varnish, and assemble. I managed to uncover the cabinet, cleaning out the corner of the basement in the process as an added bonus. It needed dusting off and touch-up painting on the roof, which was easily completed.

The vines that were already traced onto the doors were going to take a considerable amount of time to complete. Then I had an 'a-ha' moment when Mary told me to just put it together. I wondered if I could erase the vines, as I didn't think they add a lot to the design anyway - I learned that an Artgum eraser is a magical tool! In 30 minutes there was no trace of the vines that would have taken many hours to paint. I put the finishing touches on the fall birdhouse, and got everything varnished. Rob helped assemble, adding the knobs and hinges, and we delivered it to Mary.

Disappearing vines

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mary's July Progress

July's project from my 2018 Forward Progress list was my vegetable quilt. My goal was to get the quilting finished (which I did) and at least cut the binding (which didn't get done). I am pleased with how the quilting turned out on this project and am not too bothered by not getting as far as I had hoped since I finished 2 other quilts this month: Sam's Teacups and the Comfort Quilt I made with Lisa.  
Veggie quilt ready for binding, July 31, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Making Forward Progress August 2018

Welcome to the August link-up for the 2018 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 10. 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 August project (#10 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips
“The rising sun managed to peek around the vast column of smoke that forever rose from Ankh-Morpork, City of Cities, illustrating almost up to the edge of space that smoke means progress or, at least, people setting fire to things.” ― Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals 
Let the progress begin!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sam's Teacups

Sam's Teacup Quilt, 2018
Many years ago when my sister got engaged I made her a quilt as a gift. It was 63 teacups from a pattern in Say it With Quilts.  After I made the quilts for my sister and I from our Mom's clothes there was still quite a bit of fabric left so I decided to make my niece Sam a quilt like her mother's from some of the fabrics. The quilt is machine pieced with hand-appliqued cup handles and is hand quilted.