Friday, January 12, 2018

Mary's 2018 Project List

Here is my list of projects for the 2018 Making Forward Progress Challenge.
  1. Pink Beer Skirt
    This is a super cute piece of fabric I bought last fall (at Paradise Quilting in Concord, NH) and it is currently in a bag with a pattern waiting to be made into a skirt.
  2. Summer Jelly Roll
    I got a really bright, fun, summery jelly roll as a gift from my husband and I need to figure out a quilt to make with it. It is in a bag with a possible pattern idea and some extra yardage I got that matches the jelly roll. 
  3. Mushroom Apron
    When I was cleaning out stuff in my sewing room I discovered this piece of muslin which I embroidered with a cute toadstool design (possibly when I was a teenager as that was the last time I did that kind of embroidery) and, based on the note in the bag with it I was planning to sew up into an apron. The embroidered bits are there, not sure what else needs to happen to create an apron from this, but I like the embroidery so want to do something with it.
  4. Red Stretch-Knit Cardigan
    At this point this is a piece of cool red fabric and a pattern in a bag.
  5. Tropical Quilt
    A huge paper-piecing project that I have been chipping away at for quite a few years now. I have 3 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. My plan at this point is to assemble the blocks into 2 ''tops" and use one on each side of the quilt because otherwise the quilt will be too huge for me to use anywhere.
  6. Light/Bright Stars Quilt
    The center section of this quilt top got finished last year, now I need to design the border. I fear there will be math.
  7. Vegetable Quilt
    This got pieced in 2016, I began quilting it in 2017. I'm hoping to finish quilting it and get it bound and completed this year.
  8. Rainbow Strings Wall Quilt
    I came up with an idea for a string quilt which I sketched out and cut the foundation squares for. That is as far as this has gotten.
  9. Floral Shopper
    This was on 2016's UFO list, and 2017's project list. If it doesn't get done this year I am abandoning it.
  10. Batik Jelly Roll Quilt
    I finished this quilt top in 2017 and now need to decide on a backing and quilt it. 
  11. New York Beauty Chunky Mini
    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. Not sure exactly how I will arrange the blocks or what else will go in it, but I put the book, the kit and the fabric in a bag so now it is a project.
  12. Castle Cross Stitch
    I began cross stitching a kit from my Mom's stash of unfinished projects for my friend Amanda. It is a castle and I began working on it last fall. It is coming along OK so far, but there are a LOT of stitches to be counted here so it could use a month when it is the focus.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Forward Progress 2018

During 2017 a few of us challenged ourselves to make Forward Progress on a dozen projects and a great deal of progress what made! Once again I will be hosting this challenge and invite you to join in. Here is how it works:

  • Between now and the end of January 2018 you will need to make a numbered list of 12 projects and publish it (on your blog, Facebook, anywhere it is publicly visible). The list should include a little info about what the project is and where you are with it now. Link that list to this post so we know who is participating and what they are planning. 
  • Beginning on January 31 I will draw a random number between 1 & 12 on the last day of each month and that will determine the project from your list that you will work on in the coming month. The blog post that announces the number will include a linky where you will submit a link to your post (on your blog or Facebook) about that month's project -- where it is starting out, what you hope to accomplish, etc. and then you can post again at the end of the month to let us know how things went. If you prefer to link just once a month that's OK, but please let us know where you began as well as how far you got. 
  • In January 2019 we will all (hopefully) have made a good amount of forward progress on a bunch of projects. 

If you need help figuring out how to link to a Facebook post, check out this post from Lisa

Let's see how much progress we can make in 2018!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Mary's Forward Progress: January Start

Project #11 on my Making Forward Progress list is the Irish Chain quilt. This quilt top was pieced by my great-great grandmother (probably in the 1930s) and when my grandmother died (1987) I inherited it along with several finished quilts and some other tops. At that point I had never quilted, but decided to give it a try and began hand-quilting this top. I quite liked quilting and have made lots of my own quilts since then. The hand quilting of this huge quilt has never gotten finished though. The very next step to move this project forward is to quilt the next square. Most of the checker-board blocks in the quilt are quilted, I haven't counted how many remain but I think it is only a few. The big obstacle to completing this quilt is figuring out what to quilt in all the large open blocks. My goal for the month is to complete as many of checkered blocks as possible, maybe even all of them.
Irish Chain Quilt in progress, January 2017

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mary's December Progress

During December 2017 my Forward Progress project was a second version of a quilt pattern I created for a jelly roll. I completed the quilt top by the end of the month.
Batik and white jelly roll quilt top December 2017
The first version I made of this pattern had multiple colors of fabric in it and was set in such a way that the squares dominate the design. This one has a white "background" fabric in all the squares and the square is fractured. I'm not sure which one I like better, but it is cool that that exact same pattern generated such different looking quilts. 
Christmas Jelly Roll Quilt

Monday, January 1, 2018

Lisa's Forward Progress: January Start

The last project for the 2017 Making Forward Progress Challenge is #11. On my list, this is my orange & yellow jelly roll.

This one is going to sound a lot like my December project - I received this set of 2 1/2" strips in varying shades of orange & yellow as a gift a few years ago, and is still in the package.

The next thing I need to do to move this project forward is to figure out a plan for turning these strips into a quilt top.

Lisa's Forward Progress: December End

My December project for making forward progress was to open up a Christmas themed jelly roll and decide on  a plan for a lap sized quilt.

I had fun unrolling and finally seeing all of the fabrics that I had received as a gift a year ago. I also decided to use a pattern my friend Mary had designed that fully uses an entire jelly roll. Mary's December project was also to work on her second quilt top using the same pattern. 

At the end of the month, in addition to deciding on a plan, I have cut all of the strips into the appropriate lengths for making the blocks. So I'm now ready to start sewing!