Saturday, June 16, 2018

Book Report: Gingham Aprons

Gingham Aprons of the '40s & 50s: A Checkered PastGingham Aprons of the '40s & 50s: A Checkered Past
by Judy Florence
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is primarily a gallery of gingham aprons from the authors vast collection. Most include embroidery (like cross-stitching, but using the squares of the gingham for the grid) and many have rick-rack as well. If you happened to have a large quantity of rick-rack on hand there are numerous ideas here for how to use it in apron designs. Many of them have the rick-rack attached with embroidery floss which creates an additional design element on the rick-rack. I didn't find this entirely appealing. When it was done with tiny rick-rack the stitching makes it look like a twisted ribbon which was very cool.
Looking for more apron books? Check out this goodreads list: Sewing Aprons

Sunday, June 10, 2018


When my Mom died last year I put together 2 scrap quilts from fabrics from her clothes, one for me and one for my sister. My sister's quilt is now finished.
G's Mom Quilt
I used the "Brave World" pattern from Nickel Quilts with some modifications to make it the size I wanted. Because Mom's favorite color was blue we chose blues for the background and sashing. I had the quilting done by Celestial Quilting in a pattern of butterflies (another Mom favorite) and it came out beautifully. My quilt is basically the same and only needs binding added to be completed.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lisa's Forward Progress: June Start

Making Forward Progress is #1 for June. On my list, this is a charity quilt. When I originally compiled my list for the year, this was a completed charity quilt that needed binding.

Someone in the quilt guild made the quilt top and backing, my friend Mary Kate quilted it on her long arm machine, and I agreed to do the binding. Mary Kate handed that off to me quite some time ago.

The quilt is very scrappy with all kinds of different fabrics. My friend Mary had the idea (back when the quilt came to me) to keep the scrappy theme going, and piece the binding together with different fabrics, from the lengths of leftover bindings from other projects. Mary contributed a lot to that effort, and I've been adding to the pile for a while.

Since originally posting my list, I actually made progress on this project in May. I joined all of the binding lengths together, and machine sewed all of the binding to the quilt. So my next step, and my goal for this month, is to finish hand sewing the binding to the back (that sounds like some quality tv watching time to me!).

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mary's June Start

Pink beer skirt, June 2, 2018
Project #1 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is my pink beer skirt. Since I made my list earlier this year I cut out the pattern. My goal for June for this project is to complete the skirt. Besides Making Forward Progress I am adding this to the One Monthly Goal link-up at Elm Street Quilts.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Making Forward Progress June 2018

Welcome to the June link-up for the 2018 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 June project (#1 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips
“And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” ― Kurt VonnegutPlayer Piano
Let the progress begin!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mary's May Progress

I made progress this month on my New York Beauty Chunky Mini Wall Quilt. My goal for the month was to make a sample block using the technique. I did this. There were aspects of Linda Hahn's technique that I liked: starching the curved pieces made them easier to work with and the way she did the paper piecing was quick once I got used to it. I didn't like the way she has you sew the curves--very little pinning and you make one or two stitches then lift the presser foot and readjust the pieces to align the next stitch or two. I used this approach on the test block and that went OK, but when I went to make another block I had to unsew it twice which was irritating and the method is SUPER slow. I went back to pinning the curved pieces (which were crunchy with starch which made them line up easily). The test block showed me that the design I was planning on with the bird fabric wasn't going to work the way I had hoped. 
So, I found a bunch of fabrics in my stash (florals, sky-blues, and some greens) and came up with a new design. 
Center of NY Beauty Bird Quilt, May 2018
I made a center block from 4 NY Beauty blocks set in a circle and then put it on point using the bird print. I designed a border for it using the spires from the center block and have created all the paper piecing patterns for that and cut the fabrics to make it. My next step will be to paper-piece the border units.

I am linking this up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.