2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Chris Michelle on March 7, 2020 at 5:00pm

I admit I have made little progress on my major PHD Baltimore Christmas quilt. I have made incremental steps on other projects on my list though. No photos yet, but I stared assembling the center of the Vintage Rose and got that partially done. I have borders and dashing left on that with lots of FPP to do.

My husband and I saw Call of the Wild last weekend. It was good and is really a movie I think my 8 &9 year old grandsons would enjoy.

Comment by Melanie Keith on March 7, 2020 at 10:24am

Kris,  I LOVED the movie.  It's full of action, can't remember any bad language and (spoiler alert) the dog doesn't die.  There is some violence - look at the trailers online at the Regal movie site.  Both my husband and I thought we should read the book (reread in my case).  It has elements from the 1923 movie, but not the 1935 Clark Gable version.  

Riana - I probably won't try FPP.  I have enough trouble with hexies.  

Kris & Riana - I wish I had my grandma's dishes.  Lovely floral with gold trim and glassware with etched dots.  Don't even know where they ended up as my brother's now ex wife cleared out the house.  

Declutter and sewing today!  Yay (can you hear the enthusiasm?).

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 7, 2020 at 8:24am

I'm expecting to hear from our other slow starters who've been busy tending family needs. Zoe...have you found some sewing time? 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 7, 2020 at 8:22am

Melanie, FPP is foundation paper piecing. I'm doing the " fold back" method where you fold the pattern at the stitchline and stitch right next to that instead of thru the paper.

Kris, you must love a challenge, lol. I never tire of the variety that applique offers, and love many of the methods...have done them all. But the fpp seems to take me too long. I will persevere, though, until l get more proficient. That's how l learn, by repetition.

Comment by Kris Howell on March 6, 2020 at 9:20pm

Melanie - I want to see that movie!  What did you think of it?  Would it be appropriate for 6 and 7 year olds?

Comment by Kris Howell on March 6, 2020 at 9:19pm

Riana, that's too bad about your grandmother's dishes.  I have my mother-in-law's china packed up to give to her oldest granddaughter.  I've used them at most of the family dinners and have no problem washing by hand!  

Comment by Kris Howell on March 6, 2020 at 9:17pm

Liz, I've done most of the paper pieced ones and plan to do the rest of them.  I've done some of the embroidery blocks, but not all.  The ones that I won't do all of are the applique blocks.  Applique just doesn't appeal to me.  I have some in the quilt, but I won't push to do all of them.

Comment by Melanie Keith on March 6, 2020 at 4:15pm

Well, I might be able to post pictures of my sewing room next week.  Maybe not....I keep plugging away a little every day.

It is Lent and I've taken on a class that is starting to take up some time.  It's online and there is reading and posting in the online classroom.  I'm going to try doing that first thing and then come to MQP to review and post.  Hope this plan works.  I agree with Elizabeth, if everyone were like Riana there would be no UFO's.  We probably wouldn't even need closets to hold the Tupperware bins.  ROFLOL!

Mary, those blocks are beautiful.

Riana - what is FPP? Is that the same thing as needle-turn appliqué?  Or are you actually piecing the tiny parts together?  The ballet blocks are so sweet.

Well, off to do some more work before my dh comes home to take me to the movies.  Fish dinner and Harrison Ford in "Call of the Wild" tonight.  He's such a thoughtful guy - my dh, not Harrison!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 6, 2020 at 9:51am

Kris, very nice!  I enjoyed working on SS 1.  The only blocks I did not do were the paper pieced ones and the embroidery ones.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 6, 2020 at 7:13am

L♡ve how the star sashings are working up right in the blocks, Kris. These lovely fabrics are reminding me of a cherished older dinner set my grandma had, floral with same colors .They had elaborate goldwork edges so no one kept them as no good in dishwashers or microwaves, a pity.

Comment by Kris Howell on March 6, 2020 at 12:23am

Oops - hit add comment before I put the pictures in!

Comment by Kris Howell on March 6, 2020 at 12:22am

Riana - that block is called From Colorado to the Midwest.  The designer is Ebony Love.  It has 32 tiny pieces and gave me fits!  

Liz - I'm still working on SS 1.  Got derailed when I had to turn my sewing room over to my son for a few months so I didn't get it done when it was going on online.  

Here's the two I got done tonight:

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 5, 2020 at 9:44pm

Kris and Gail, l'm using the " fold back " method, no paper to remove! But that's why it's a bit harder to learn( for me, anyway). These pieces are so tiny, l'm using mostly my littlest scraps, except for the background, which l bought yardage of for the main part of the quilt. ( These blocks are the border).

Love your fabrics for SS quilt, Kris. What's the name of the block on left? It's an interesting one that l'm not familiar with.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 5, 2020 at 12:01pm

Your 2 SS blocks are very nice.  I like the fabrics you are using.  Are you working on SS 1 or SS 2?  I made a quilt with the blocks from SS 1 in monocromatic colours.  (Spelled wrong but I don't know how to correct).  SS 2 blocks were more difficult and very few were free so I didn't get into them much.

I've done a lot of paper piecing and foundation piecing and I like the latter best.  Now my favourite technique is fused applique with hand blanket stitch because I like to do the hand work in the evening watching T.V.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 5, 2020 at 11:41am

I had the steroid injections on Tuesday afternoon, sofar not too much difference.  The doctor said it could take four or five days for it to start working so i am hopeful.  

Kris I am liking the SS quilt.  so cute and the fabrics are so pretty.

Riana, I love your little faries and admire your diligence in getting them done.  I took oneclass in paper piecing and decided it was not for me.  I didn't mind the big pieces but all the little ones not so much.  Then of course there was the removing of the paper part that I didn't likebecause ofmthe smaller stitches, pickig out all those stubbron little bits.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 5, 2020 at 11:40am

Nice work on these two blocks, Kris.

Comment by Kris Howell on March 5, 2020 at 10:47am

Progress on the SS quilt.

Comment by Kris Howell on March 5, 2020 at 10:46am

Gail and Melanie - hoping the doctors can you gals fixed up so you can keep quilting!

Mary - those are beautiful tapestries!  Your socks are cute, too.  As much as I knit, I've never done socks.  Probably because I don't wear them very much, lol.

Comment by Kris Howell on March 5, 2020 at 10:41am

Riana, I sympathize with your struggles over the paper piecing.  I do enjoy it, but there IS a learning curve.  Are you using an add-a-quarter ruler?  They really, really help.  The bitter truth is - paper piecing wastes a lot of fabric.  You must cut larger pieces - that's all there is to it.  I keep forgetting to adjust my stitches smaller when I paper piece, and then it's harder to get the paper off!  Takes me longer to peel off paper than it does to cut and sew!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 5, 2020 at 9:12am

Riana, your St. Patrick's Day girl is really cute!  Your wool pressing pad is a very nice gift!  I have one too and just like Barbara I keep it at the end of the sewing table.

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