2020 PHD Challenge


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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.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 5, 2020 at 8:56am

Love the little fairy Riana. I have one of those pressing boards also and I love it. I have it at the end of my sewing table and don't have to drag out the ironing board all the time.

Gail, some time ago we took some very sweet pics from a coloring book and blew them up in size with the overhead projector and painted them on the walls in the Sunday School area. They were adorable. Zacchus up in the tree, The window with her mite. The good Samaritan. etc.... Everyone who worked on them did a beautiful job of painting and shading. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 4, 2020 at 7:35pm

Another whole day patterning and sewing this one little 8" block. I don't know why l'm torturing myself doing fpp , but l was determined to learn the method. So this block took half as long as my 2 day marathon mermaid. I could've patterned & sewn a dozen appliques in the same amount of time! Lol. Today, a friend l've been helping to organize her sewingroom, stash and ufo's dropped by to gift me the cute wool 10" press pad. I love it. Just the right size for my mini iron, and can sit next to my machine as l fpp.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 3, 2020 at 11:41am

Good luck with your procedure Gail.

Adorable mermaid Riana 

Comment by Gail Brown on March 3, 2020 at 9:57am

I love the mermaid, she's adorable.  IYou making up these patterns reminded me of something I tried years ago.  Ihad bought a coloring book for one of my GGDs that had large shapes and pictures in it, not a lot of detail.  I realized that some of the things in the book would make great patterns for blocks or a childs quilt. With very few adjustments I made a quilt that was farm animals all from pages in a coloring book.  I had forgotten all about it until I saw your design wall with all the sketches and bits and pieces.

This afternoon is myprocedure to blockthis nervethat is keeping me down, can't wait.  I'm as excited as a child at Christmas.

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