Friday, February 3, 2017

Mary's Forward Progress Start: February

My Forward Progress Project for this month is my Arkansas Star Totebag. The plan is to sew the Arkansas Star from Carol Doak's Simply Sensational Nine Patch Stars and then use the block in a tote bag. I came up with this plan when I first got the book (5+ years ago). I cut out all the pieces for the block and have them all grouped in bundles for the paper piecing. I also have additional yardage to use in making the bag. To move this project forward the very next step (VNS) is to print the paper piecing foundations. My goal for this month is to piece the Arkansas star block. If I can also work out the design for the tote bag to go with it that would be great.
Tbe block and the bundles of cut pieces to make it

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lisa's Making Forward Progress: February 2017

Let Making Forward Progress begin! The selected project number for February is #5. On my project list, this is "PJs or Robe". I bought 3 yards of Where the Wild Things Are themed flannel several years ago with the intent to make either pajama bottoms or a bath robe.  I also have a potential pattern.

The goal for this month will be to select a pattern and finish it.

As a side note, February really is going to be a "Wild" month. In the APQ Resolution Challenge I'm also participating in, the project for the month is #8. So for that challenge I will be working on my Where the Wild Things Are quilt!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Making Forward Progress February 2017

Welcome to the 1st link-up of the year for the 2017 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 5. 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 (#5 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips

Let the progress begin!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Making Forward Progress: Linky Tips

There have been questions about how to make the linky work properly for posting Making Forward Progress Project Lists that are on facebook. Here are some tips for making that work (this will also work when linking up monthly progress).

Depending on your facebook privacy settings, when you create a post for your project list or monthly updates, and then create the linky, it's possible you link will appear broken for some people. Most people default to having their posts visible to "Friends" or "Friends & Friends of Friends". In this case, if someone who does not fall in that audience clicks your linky, they won't be able to see your post.

In order for the link to work for everyone, you need to make that specific post "Public". Below is how you can do that.

From a mobile device/app:
Click the down arrow in the upper right hand corner of your post, select "Edit Privacy", change the Share With to "Public", and click "Done".

From a computer:
On your post, click the down arrow to the right of the post date/time, and select "Public".

Wondering how to get the link for your post? From your computer, right click the date/time on your post and select "Copy link address". You can then paste that into the linky post. You could also left click on the date/time of your post which will direct you to just your post. You can copy the URL from there.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lisa's 2017 'Making Forward Progress' List

In addition to the All People Quilt UFO Challenge, I've decided to do the Making Forward Progress Challenge hosted by Mary at the Urban Quilter. Not all of these projects are sewing or quilt related, but are things I would like to make progress on.

  1. Sherri's Quilt - This will be a quilt for my sister. She wants a quilt in earth tones, so I will decide on a pattern & have fun fabric shopping.  
  2. Halloween Quilt - I've collected random Halloween themed fabrics over the past few years. They now need a quilt plan!
  3. Rob's T-shirt Quilt - I have a collection of Rob's beer themed t-shirts, cut the fronts, purchased fusible, and watched an online class for making the "Ultimate T-shirt Quilt". I'm looking forward to getting the design worked out now.
  4. Haunted House Wall Hanging - I've completed the quilt top for this paper pieced wall hanging, and now need to quilt (I don't know if I will machine or hand quilt this) and bind.
  5. PJs or Robe - I have Where the Wild Things Are themed flannel fabric that I want to make into pyjama bottoms or a bath robe.
  6. Maple Leaf Quilt - This is a quilt for my nephew, in blues & whites to make a Toronto Maple Leafs themed quilt. I've started cutting the pieces I need for the blocks, so need to finish that and start piecing the blocks. 
  7. Scrapbook Album - When this project comes up I will pick one of my unfinished albums to work on (likely candidates will be Scotland, Heritage, Alaska, or wedding).
  8. Spice Cabinet - This is a tole painting project. It's a small spice cabinet that I need to finish painting the doors on. Then hopefully I can find a home to give it away to.
  9. Monarch Cross Stitch - This is a cross stitch pattern I started a few years ago. The goal will be to make a decent amount of progress or decide to permanently abandon it & clear out all of my cross stitch supplies. If it is the latter, I will consider it progress!
  10. Southwest Quilt - I have fabrics and selected a pattern. I need to work out the math for the size of my quilt blocks & get started. 
  11. Yellow & Orange Jelly Roll - This is a set of strips in varying shades of yellow and orange. I hope Mary's #12 project on her list comes up before this, as I think that may be the pattern I want to use for this quilt. 
  12. Christmas Jelly Roll - I received this jelly roll for Christmas, and need to make a plan for it.
In case I finish one of the above projects before it comes up in the rotation, I will pick an alternate project from this list:
  1. Race T-Shirt Quilt - I have a stack of t-shirts from races I have done in my closet, and either need to decide to turn them into a quilt, or clear them out.
  2. Marcie's Maze - I have all of the quilt blocks finished for this quilt and now need to assemble and quilt.
  3. Colored Happy - This quilt top is almost complete (I just need to sew the rows of blocks together), and then quilt it.
  4. Linda & Mike's Quilt - This is a not yet started project that is long overdue. I would like to make a bargello.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mary's 2017 Project List

Here is my list of projects for the 2017 Making Forward Progress Challenge.

  1. Light/Bright Stars Quilt
    The main part of the quilt is designed and most of the units are sewn for that. I need to finish assembling the rows and then design the border for it. This was going to be a pattern, but the assembly is proving complicated to explain so it may or may not end up as a pattern.
  2. Tardis Skirt
    I have fabric and a pattern in a bag ready to cut out.
  3. Flag Quilts
    I have lots of squares cut for this and half-squares sewn. I need to assemble the units into rows and make the star block for the corner. I probably have enough pieces cut to make more than one. This is also an in-progress pattern so I need to figure out what needs revising in the last draft of the pattern.
  4. Sunny Lanes Christmas Quilt
    All the 5" squares are cut from Christmas fabrics (this is a pattern from the Nickel Quilts book) and I need to start assembling units.
  5. Arkansas Tote
    This is a paper piece block (called 'Arkansas') for which I have all the pieces cut out and which I plan to put on the front of a tote bag. 
  6. Bathrobe
    Last year I cut out the pattern for a new bathrobe for myself. I need to actually put it together.
  7. North Woods Quilt
    I made this quilt as a wedding present for my husband 16 years ago. At the time I tied it (and got it done before the wedding) but it would be better if it were quilted. I took it apart last year and have been waiting for T to decide if he wanted it hand or machine quilted. He has chosen machine (in the hope it will get done in our lifetimes) so I need to get batting for it and proceed with basting and quilting.
  8. Book Purses
    I have a bundle of various book-themed fabrics that I want to make into small purses, not sure how many until I get the fabrics grouped together. 
  9. Butterfly Quilt
    This is a stained-glass quilt pattern that I put together last year and now need to quilt. The quilting is creating the "leading" in the design.
  10. Vegetable Quilt
    This is another quilt top that got assembled last year and now needs quilting. It is basted and ready to start custom quilting on.
  11. Irish Chain
    This is my oldest UFO. I have been working on hand quilting it since sometime in college. I worked on it a little in last year's UFO challenge, but there are acres more of it to be quilted.
  12. Batik Jelly Roll Quilt
    This is a quilt top I designed for a single jelly roll and which I made in Christmas fabrics before. I want to make it in batiks and neutrals. I have all the strips collected.
ALTERNATES -in case I have finished the project listed for a particular number by the time it is drawn (why not be optimistic?) 
  • Tropical Quilt
    A huge paper-piecing project that I have been chipping away at for quite a few years now. I have 4 more blocks to paper piece, all the blocks need borders (curved piecing!) on them and appliqued centers added. There is another layer of applique after the blocks are assembled. I have no idea what I was thinking when I took on this monster.
  • Floral Shopper
    This was on last year's UFO list and is still unfinished.
  • Convergence Quilt
    The center of this quilt is done. I need to figure out what kind of borders it needs.