Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mary's August Start

My box of flag quilt bits as of today
The Number for August was 3 which on my forward progress list is flag quilts. I have made a bunch of these over the years both as gifts and to sell and they have proved popular. I have a box with 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 corners. I probably have enough pieces cut to make more than one flag quilt.  I was also working on writing up the pattern for this. There are 2 very next steps this month (1) Re-read the pattern draft to figure out what needs revising and (2) count out enough units/squares from the bags of cut pieces to make the quilt. My goals for the month are (1) to write a new draft of the pattern ready for testing (2) to kit up the pieces I have cut into quilt-sized groups and (3) to make 1 quilt top. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Lisa's Forward Progress: August Start

The project number in the Making Forward Progress Challenge for August is #3. From my project list, this is a project I've been not wanting to deal with for a long time. It's Rob's beer themed t-shirt quilt. This same project came up for me last year in the APQ Challenge. At that time, I had signed up for and watched a class on Craftsy for making a t-shirt quilt that was in line with my idea of what I wanted to do. Instead of the typical "cut your shirts to x size square", it works with multiple size prints from the t-shirts and adds more interesting elements.

As suggested, I had watched the entire class start to finish last year. My next step is to go back through the class demonstration and execute the steps. First up will be to select and trim the t-shirts. As much as I'd like to finish this quilt without Rob knowing, I think I'll need his input to determine which t-shirts mean the most to him to include (and maybe in doing so I can coax a few more out of his drawer). My goal for this month will be to trim all of the shirts and add the fusible.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lisa's Forward Progress: July Start & End

Well July has come and gone and I am behind in posting. So I'm taking care of my Making Forward Progress July Start and End all in one post.

My July project was to make progress on the Maple Leaf  quilt. This project started a few years ago with the intent of making a Toronto Maple Leaf themed quilt for my nephew...I was feeling ambitious at the time thinking I would make two quilts at the same time and also make one for my niece's husband (he and my nephew, and most of my family are huge Leafs fans).

The general quilt design is to make leaf blocks (blue leaf on white background and white leaf on blue background) for the main part of the quilt, add a blue & white striped border at the bottom, and a blue border at the top with the last name appliqued in white to mimic a hockey jersey. At least that is the plan!

At the beginning of July I had a project box full of blue and white fabrics I had collected, along with a large amount of maple leaf print fabric (pictured above). I had previously cut a lot of the blue and white needed to make the blocks. I also had an outline of a design that Mary helped me with over a year ago (but I had misplaced).

At the end of July...I have pulled out everything, and I was able to locate the design outline (it was in another project box!). I have determined the original design is not big enough, so I will need to add to that. I have also pieced together two leaf blocks. Looking at these with the other fabrics, I've decided that I'll need to re-work the initial layout as I don't want too many leaf blocks side-by-side. Oh, and I've also decided I'm only going to focus on finishing one quilt!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mary's July Finish

My Making Forward Progress project for this month was a bathrobe. When the month started it was cut out. Now it is finished and ready to wear.
My new bathrobe

Making Forward Progress August 2017

Welcome to the August link-up for the 2017 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 3.
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 (#3 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips.

      If you want to share an update on how your June project went please link it to the July post.

      Let the progress begin!
      Note that links will not appear until they are approved (this is to prevent spam being linked to the blog)

      Tuesday, July 11, 2017

      Book Report: Pattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses

      Pattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses: All You Need to Design, Adapt, and Customize Your ClothesPattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses: All You Need to Design, Adapt, and Customize Your Clothes
      by Alice Prier

      I'm not ready to jump into making my own patterns yet, but when I am this book is where I will start. I did learn a good bit about pattern design terminology and how a pattern is constructed. I recently began experimenting with modifying store-bought patterns and I think I will do more of this based on the concepts explained here about where the adjustment points are. I also found a few variations I want to try:

      • putting a ruffle into a seam (think side seam of a pencil skirt)
      • adding a wrap (contrasting maybe?) to the front of a skirt
      • using two threads (the same color--or maybe different) in your sewing machine needle for topstitching

      Definitely an inspiring and educational book.