2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Gail Brown on March 17, 2020 at 2:05pm

Riana, I have the St. Patricks exchange blocks quilt hooped and I am working on it in my lap.  I have gotten five of the blocks quilted, so yes I am finally getting something done.  During the time that I was unable to get any actual quilting done I managed to make enough hexagons for probably a full size quilt.  I was kind of like "zoned out" as my Grand Kids would say and just kept churning them out just to keep from going stir crazy.  I don't think I have any scraps left.  Looks like I will have to keep going just to occupy myself.  We are in an area where unfortunately there are a number of virus cases so we are self quarintined for the time being.

Elizabeth, you might say that your round pegs are becoming square holes.  What had you planned to do with all those circles?  Just curious.

Linda, I do hope your recovery is coming along.  I do so want to see the Pansy Garden, it has alwaysbeen one of my favorite Thimbleberries patterns.  

Hope everyone stays safe and well, the news is very scary.  Please everyone do what is recommeded in your area to stay safe.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 15, 2020 at 12:46pm

Riana, my Bernina is still in the shop, so I have not been able to start machine quilting it yet.  In the meanwhile, I have been sewing the blocks and rows of the Christmas Tree Wallhanging and I have been sewing the blocks and rows of the Reddy Bear Quilt.  It had 12 squares done in redwork from a Jack Dempsey embroidery kit.  And the past 2 days I took a whole Tupperware box full of circles that had a white circle sewn to a floral circle with batting in the middle. apart.  They couldn't be used as is so the fabric circles will be cut into squares and used in scrap quilts.  I stopped temporarily making 12 1/2" pieced scrap blocks for batting because I have lots of them.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 15, 2020 at 8:44am

Elizabeth, how's the quilting coming on Tulip Twist? I think we'd all enjoy a photo of a spring bouquet right about now :))

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 15, 2020 at 8:42am

 Zoe, l'm sure you will spend time indoors sewing as temperatures are soaring to 90's in Fla. by end of week. 

Gail ,l see you've started to be able to do some stitching again. Pretty soon we'll start seeing more of yours, right?

Linda, how are you making out in your recovery? Any hand work to do for your phd or other projects?


Comment by Zoetc49 on March 15, 2020 at 12:23am

Hi Ladies,

Your blocks all look wonderful ! Riana, you are very creative ! I have not been sewing. My mom put in a walkway at her home, and now we have landscaping work being done, hope all will be done next week. I was going to sew today, but decided to get out and do some more yard work.  Family and friends will get their quilts when I get them done. 

Ginny, did you get into the quilt blocks for Australian guild?   I would have have know about it had you not posted, It's been fun to see all the blocks people have made.  The last count I saw was over 10,000 blocks, they are putting in 20 into each quilt.

I peep in here now and then.  Will get back to sewing soon.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 14, 2020 at 9:17pm

Little duckies, during this virus scare, it's a good time to stay home and sew!  Let's see your progress.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 13, 2020 at 12:01pm

Mary, I know exactly how you feel.  I have Hubby who does not take suggestions well, and that's putting it as politely as I can.  I do worry about his health especially now with the situation with the virus.  He has some breathing problems and always waits til itgets bad before he does any thing about it.  I suggested that he use the nebulizer twicea day and he acted like I told him to do some awful crimes against humanity.  The idea of being pro active is not in his thought process.

Kris, I love that fabric, looks like little lace doilies, so pretty.  What a beautiful quilt that will be.

Riana, what a lucky little girl Erika is.  She will love this quilt.  This is something that 20 years from  now she will still treasure.  Some of my Grands have quilts that I made many years ago and they are still displayed in their homes.  One of my GGs asked If I could make her a quilt just like "Mommies".

Ginny, thanks for the prayers, theyare working.  I have one of my UFOs sandwiched and am ableto work on it  hooped on my lap.  It's the St. Patricks Day exchange blocks.  My Daughter helped meto get it togetherand thought that would be the one to do since  it's March.  Still looking at the one on the frame though.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 11, 2020 at 9:58pm

Thankyou, Ginny. This whole project for Erika ( nearly 4) is rather like the improvs...l found a panel with flowers & fairies ( only 22" wide) and the bed's a double. I knew right away what l wanted for outer border, ie: those blocks, which will be framed. I do up my own patterns from the inspiration on pinterest. The part between is what had me stuck for a while...but l've thought up a plan. :-))

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 11, 2020 at 4:49pm

Gail, I sure pray that things start to improve for you very soon. Looking at things and not being able to work on them has to be the worst frustration, ever! 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 11, 2020 at 4:43pm

Mary, your creativity knows no bounds! Love your latest socks! The Don Quixote is gorgeous or will be. I am as ever in awe of the tapestry! So glad Paul is making good progress and able to do things independently again. Try to relax a little. Men are men and don't like us to hover, even when our intentions are well meant and full of love.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 11, 2020 at 4:37pm

Riana, I am loving this project you are creating for you gr'daughter. Are these latest blocks your design or block patterns? This is coming together like your improv quilts and I really am enjoying seeing what is next! 

Kris, you SS blocks are beautiful with the controlled color palette. Very elegant, girly feel to it! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 11, 2020 at 8:25am

Kris your piecing is impeccable! And l too love that lace ♡♡♡.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 11, 2020 at 8:14am

Very nice, Kris.  I like the lacy peach fabric.  I noticed it in black on your other blocks.  Someday I am going to get a collection of fabric and make a totally coordinated quilt. LOL (or maybe not!)

Comment by Kris Howell on March 11, 2020 at 12:14am

One more block done.  No sashing yet, as I think this one is going to end up on the end of a row.  

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 10, 2020 at 8:29pm

Boy, some gorgeously created blocks here.  Riana, I love that kitty and the house blocks.  A very lucky granddaughter.  Mary, hang in there.  Know it is frustrating when they just don’t listen...they have the corner on knowing how to do it all.  I finally got up and walked out of the room last week.  Hubby can be so stubborn.  Mom did well with her dental surgery this morning, this she even surprised the oral surgeon, especially since it was under a local.  She told me later she would listen cause it hurt.  LOL with severe dementia I doubt it.  But she is happy she can smile again with her new teeth....when they asked about doing implants I wanted to deck him...almost 99 and at $2000+ per tooth I asked if they were crazy...don’t think he appreciated my comment.  Two of my PHDs are at the quilter, should be ready in a couple of weeks.  Need to finish 5 more pinwheels for the Winter Memories and I can put the final borders on....then I can start on the BOM from 2018-2019.  Making some progress.  Most likely will postpone our cruise in October...we have until July.  It is crazy and I hope you all stay safe.  Mom’s place is doing an excellent job of not allowing anyone with sniffles etc. to enter the building.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 10, 2020 at 12:11pm

Sandwiched my PhD Challenge quilt - Tulip Twist 2 this morning.  Now I have to wait to get my sewing machine back to quilt it.

I have 6 rows of the Christmas Tree wallhanging pieced.  It is all from my stash.

Comment by Mary Moore on March 10, 2020 at 11:43am

Lovely work all.

  Find I'm cowering in my recliner just knitting. Having anxiety issues, even though things really are getting better.  Paul got permission to drive yesterday, and I actually have a couple of hours to myself.  It is terrible to be thinking, What will he do to himself next?  Thank you for listening.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 9, 2020 at 6:18pm

Thankyou :-)) it's a labour of love for my youngest grandd...but now l fear l won't get it done before we must go. I'd really rather mail within US than send over the border in Canada. 

Comment by Kris Howell on March 9, 2020 at 4:02pm

Really cute, Riana!  I love, love, love the twisted cottage block.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 9, 2020 at 12:37pm

Riana, saw your blocks on FB. They are adorable. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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