Sunday, March 18, 2018

Book Report: Modern Selvage Quilting

Modern Selvage Quilting: Easy-Sew Methods 17 Projects Small to LargeModern Selvage Quilting: Easy-Sew Methods 17 Projects Small to Large
by Riel Nason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super cool designs and very clear explanation of how to use selvages in constructing the blocks. Some of the designs, the crooked picket rail fence in particular, could also be used for string quilting. I'm going to need to start saving selvages (with at least 1/4" of fabric left on them). Lisa reviewed this  recently at bibliographic manifestations.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mary's March Start

Project #4 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is a red stretch-knit cardigan. It is  McCalls pattern M5241 and I plan to make the B view (the middle length) The fabric is a rust/red stretch knit with a bit of a sheen to it. The next step in this project is to cut out the pattern. I will also need to buy thread for it as it is an unusual color and I don't seem to have the right thread in my collection. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Mary's February Progress

Rainbow strings pieced and basted for quilting
My February project was a rainbow string quilt I had sketched. It is now a finished top which I have begun quilting. I was pleased with how the design turned out. The original sketch integrated the black sashing into the piecing of each string block, but I decided after I made the first block that I didn't like how that would turn out so I just used the colors in the blocks and then a narrow sashing of a single black fabric between the blocks. The same fabric also became a border around the whole thing. Overall I am pleased with this design so far. I have begun the quilting which will be a loop-de-loop pattern following the diagonals of each block in a matching color.
A quilted block in Rainbow Strings

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lisa's Forward Progress: March Start

The Making Forward Progress Challenge project number for March is #4. From my list, this is the Flag Quilt.

This is a wall hanging designed by my friend Mary, and is the second one I have made. The first one has been hanging on my wall for several years, and this one has been in an "almost finished" state for a couple of years now.

All that is left to finish is hand sewing the corners, adding a pocket on the back for hanging, and a label. The corners have been proving troublesome as I'm having difficulty getting them to finish square and lay flat, and is the reason it has been in the unfinished projects pile for so long.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Lisa's Forward Progress: February End

My goal for February was to make progress on Cross Winds.

I started the month with my red and turquoise strips from a fabric swap, and my background fabric cut into strips. During the month, I reviewed the instructions for the blocks and figured out how many of my colored strips I would need. I took out the strips I don't need, and then I started cutting strips that are needed to make blocks.

I still have a lot of work to do, but definitely made progress!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Making Forward Progress March 2018

Welcome to the March 2018 link-up for the 2018 Making Forward Progress Challenge. This month's project is number 4. 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 March project (#4 from your list) should be linked below. For help on linking Facebook posts check out Lisa's Linky Tips
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”  ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Let the progress begin!