Monday, May 14, 2018

Lisa's Forward Progress: May Start

Making Forward Progress for May is #11. On my project list, this is a monarch butterfly paper piecing project.

The current status of the project is that I have begun the paper piecing on one section (lower right in the picture). My next step is to continue and see a butterfly emerge!

Lisa's Forward Progress: April End



I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with my April ending status. I started the month with two baby themed fabrics to make two baby quilts for twins my friend recently had.

April started off strong with my friend Mary helping me shop for co-ordinating fabrics. The focus fabrics were different for the twins but they were both animal themed. We picked fabrics to go with each, and also chose the same border and backing for both so they had something in common.

By the end of April, I completed both quilt tops, completed backings for both quilts (both required pieced backing), and have the batting for both. The next step is to pin baste & quilt. Overall, I'm very happy with my April progress!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Book Report: Scrap Quilts

Scrap Quilts: The Art of Making DoScrap Quilts: The Art of Making Do
by Roberta Horton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book very inspiring. It isn't a pattern book at all, it is about how to create your own scrap quilts. Horton explains the factors to consider when choosing what fabric will go in a particular composition. She also analyzes several scrap quilts in detail which really helped me see what choices had been made in each and the design impacts of those choices. There is also a section where Horton walks the reader through her process for designing "Corroboree," a quilt that features an large-print Aboriginal fabric in a Goose Chase setting. I found that process extremely illuminating as well. I borrowed this book from the library, but it is definitely one I want to add to my own collection.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Mary's May Start

NY Beauty Wall Quilt at start of May 2018
Project #11 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is the New York Beauty Chunky Mini Wall Quilt. 
I bought Linda Hahn's NY Beauty Simplified book years ago and then my friend Heidi gave me the chunky mini kit  (templates and paper for foundation piecing) that goes with it. I want to make a NY Beauty Wall Quilt from this. I have the book, the kit, and a print fabric I want to use. Since I made my list earlier this year I read through the instructions for the technique again, but that is as far as I got. My goal for May for this project is to make a sample block using the technique. If I can also sketch out some designs for the wall quilt and find fabrics in my stash that I might use in the project that would be a bonus. 
I came across the One Monthly Goal link-up at Elm Street Quilts recently and am also linking up there this month.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Making Forward Progress May 2018

Welcome to the May link-up for the 2018 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 11. 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 May project (#11 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips
“A little here and a little there will always accumulate, so why be surprised when steady, small steps take you to great places?” ― Richelle E. GoodrichMaking Wishes
Let the progress begin!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mary's April Progress

Light/Bright Stars - April 2018
I added border to my light/bright stars quilt which was my goal for this month's project. I decided a a piano key border with 4-patch corners suited the center design and had enough fabric left to do this. I used all the colors (but not greay or white) from the blocks in the border.
The next step is to find backing fabric for this quilt and decide on thread for quilting. I am going to do the continuous curves quilting design that I have used on these types of stars before. None of this is going to happen before the end of the month as I have other stuff going on, so I am wrapping up this month's project a few days ahead of the end of the month.