2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 29, 2020 at 5:56pm

Just to let you know:  Pat Sloan has a "Stay At Home Quilt Along for April 2020.  www.patsloan.com  

It is free and just makes 1 block a day for the month of April.  Block is 6.5x6.5 and is easy.  Sounds much better than Laundry Basket Quilts that I'm persevering with but wears me out trying to keep up. LOL  Started today in a mess and I've improved as the day continued.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 29, 2020 at 3:02pm

The hot pink will be a 2" border around bed top, the green and the peachy gold will only be backgrounds for the progressively lighter hst's, ( well, unless l change my mind,lol).The outer row's hsts are all made. Next row inward has yellow bg hst's in progress now.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 29, 2020 at 12:19pm

Riana, I love it when something just starts to grow bit by bit in your mind.  I have done that once or twice when I have been able to just let go of patterns and let it happen.  I have one now that justbegan when making another quilt and went crazy making too many pin wheels.  I had so many left over I wanted to do somethng with them and then discovered something else I'd forgotten I had and I started forming ideas.  One day someone said something in a totally unrelated conversation and bingo, I said that's it, and a quilt was born.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 28, 2020 at 10:02pm

Elizabeth,Erika's quilt is being designed by me with border blocks first. I knew exactly what l wanted for the " drop" around the mattress. But except for a panel l'd purchased, had no idea what to do between that and the edge of the bed. So l just started making the cutest border blocks l could find on pinterest, colouring books and old patterns ( plus my own drawihg or 2). The idea for the rest came to me during the night when l'd awakened for no apparent reason. So to this week l began making hst's. They will radiate outward getting lighter and lighter in colour. I agree with Wilma's theory about the mystery postings. Your grandsons are young. Hopefully they'll get over it soon without spreading to the rest of their households. Keep up with your own vigilence. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 28, 2020 at 12:52pm

Wilma, I thought I had quilt design all figured out but you offered a new perspective.  She may have designed from the centre out but is doing the mystery outside in.  I like the idea of a grid and designing based on no borders.  Adding borders to a block or rectangle involves lots of long math.  Once we get beyond my 24" ruler I'm lost and have run out of room.

Gail, you've got essential services all figured out.  I hope that it continues like that.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 28, 2020 at 12:02pm

Riana, the Kitty Cat Ballerina is adorable.  Erika will be so proud of her quilt, it will be a treasure.  I am still quilting on the St. Patricks Day quilt, hope to be finished in the next few weeks.  I am also working on those much needed masks for Grand Daughter's work place.

We do any grocery shopping at 6am to 7am, special hours for seniors at our local supermarket.  Prescriptions are picked up at drive-thru window at pharmacy.  Any doctor appointments are by phone right now.  The worst part for me is not spending time with family.  I'm really sorry I put off getting my hair cut because now every thing is closed, who knows for how long.

Elizabeth, I'm so sorry that your Grand Sons are sick, I hope that they will be well soon.  Take good care of your Hubby and yourself as well.

Wilma, I know what you mean about the smaller blocks in the Farm Girl Vintage.  I did the one but did some of the 12 inch blocks because I was running out of patience with all those little pieces.  My fingers were getting in the way, instead of "blowing my top" I redesigned my effort and made it workfor me and my Grand Daughter never knew the difference, she loved it.

I hope and pray that everyone stays healthy and safe in this new normal.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 28, 2020 at 11:28am

Elizabeth, I have enjoyed working on this quilt, but not used to smaller squares.  I also joined (don’t ask me why) Farm Girl Vintage 2 through local quilt shop.  It is a BOM where the fabrics are included.  Meet monthly, not now, and discuss/pick up fabric.  Will start working on that next.

i have a feeling the LBQ was designed in total, but she is making the mystery as an outside in.  Just glad to be using up many items from stash.  Between masks and this project I have used about 5 yards of fabric.  Still have masks to make for other family members so I can mail them.

Everyone stay healthy.  We try to stay home and offer sister/neighbor to pick up items when we do go to store.  They do the same.  A different world right now.  Just pray it slows down soon.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 28, 2020 at 10:30am

Wilma, so nice to see your Laundry Basket Quilt.  I am sewing Block 7 today and have Block 8 cut out.  You are ahead of me.  I am using blue, white, and red (instead of pink) and lights and darks and solids and prints of each.  They are mostly fabric I inherited.  

I always thought that if you are designing a quilt you started from the centre.  No, Edyta starts from the outer corners then the top, sides and bottom rows at the same time then works inwards from the corners.  The corners are diagonal designs working inward.  If and when this is all over and I have survived which I truly want to do, I shall design quilts.

In the meanwhile, there is adversity every day it seems, my grandson in B.C. got sick and had to stay home and my grandson who is a doctor at the Children's Hospital got sick and has to stay home.  And I am taking care of my Hubby so he will not be sick.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 28, 2020 at 7:48am

Wilma, l see you're using similar colors to the fabric Adita has designed it for. I'm saving the patterns and will sew at a later date. (I prefer to see the finished design first). And l'm reading the book you sent in Ss box. Timely, as in the story there's an outbreak of the deadly " Spanish flu" during ww1.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 27, 2020 at 10:31pm

Riana, what a cute block.  I have block 8 to do for LBQ, so will work on it tomorrow along with block 9.  Will also finish up 20 more masks.  Hospital picked up 1300 masks that sewing group finished this past week.  Asked us for more.  Will also work on Mystery Quilt for group I am leading.  Looks like we won’t meet again til May as clubhouse won’t be open until late April, our governor shut us down til April 18th.  Here is a look at my LBQ.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 27, 2020 at 9:33pm

Today l sewed 20 more of the  hst's for Erika's quilt center, and another ballerina for the border.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 26, 2020 at 2:42pm

Barbara, of course, switch the way you make those runners to get them off in time. But do keep your hexies...perhaps make into smaller table centerpiece mat?

Comment by Gail Brown on March 26, 2020 at 10:04am

I have been side tracked from my UFOs for a while.  I am making masks for the employees at my Grand Daughters work.  I am kind of slow going on them because I have to stop often to rest my back but at least I feel like I have a purpose.  This isolation was beginning to get to me and doing this makes me feel s lot better.  I am still doing some hand quilting on one of the UFOs at night while watching tv.  Getting out tomorrow, grocery store at 6am special hour for seniors only.  Got my list together this morning so I don't forget anything.  Hope they have all that I need, if not I guess I'll have to be creative and make do.

Every one stay safe and well.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 25, 2020 at 11:17pm

I hope it's okay for me to switch my plans a little. I had on my list three table toppers for my son. I was going to do it with hexies but have found that to take me to long and feel like I need to get it done sooner. So I started it with some fabric I cut out some time ago and never completed. Each runner is an odd size. 37"x28, 55"x28, 77"x17.  I am still working on my star quilt, with not to much left before I bind. But will get back to it as soon as the table runners are finished.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 24, 2020 at 1:59pm

My Daughter called me this morning, my Grand Daughter works fir a cardiac doctor and she asked if I could make masks for themto use in the office since all available ones are going to the hospitals.  If you are making masks I have discovered that you can use unwoven stabilizer as a filter.  Just using two layers of fabric with the stabilizer in the pocket works since it acts as a filter.  All non-essensial businesses are closed here, believe it or not fabric stores are considered as such.  Who knew?  I guess there are no quilters making these decisions  There are a lot of patterns on line and I have tried a couple of them.  I am very excited about the idea of being able to do something that is helpful in this trying time.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 24, 2020 at 1:40pm

Little ducklings, if you are tempted to try out a new project for this time of self quarantine, please consider making masks with pockets for filters as many institutions ( nursing homes, care centers)have run short. Free patterns online.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 24, 2020 at 12:05pm

Chris, I think what you do is wonderful.  I know that there are a lot of people out there who are in need of the services that a non-profit agency like yours provides.  I fear that that number will only increase during this emergency that we are going through now.  In my own far distant past I was one of those people in need.  Thank you so much for what you and others like you do.

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 23, 2020 at 7:33pm

I consider myself very fortunate to work for a state housing agency. We are essential services because we provide housing, rental subsidies and heating subsidies to low income people. Many tasks can be done from home via telecommuting. People who can’t come to work due to school or day care closures, and people who can’t work because of quarantine are still getting paid until this is over. I am so glad to work in a non-profit that has the resources to do that for its employees.  I know many people aren’t somfortunate. Still, if I have to be at home, I’d rather be quilting!

Comment by Gail Brown on March 23, 2020 at 12:18pm

Mary, your work is fantastic.  You are a real artist, can't wait to see the finished product.

Liz, Rians is right , don't worry.  Remember that song that said "don't worry, be happy"?  Be happy that you have a bunch of fabric to play with and make blocks for next year's UFO Challange.

Linda, I know it's hard right now, keep up on your PT and it will get better.  I am able to do a little each day now in my lap with a hoop.  It's slow going but I'm making some progress.  I'm also able to do some crocheting.  I've been doing edges on pieces of fleece for baby blankets.  I have always sold them at craft fairs and farmers markets which have all been canceled for now, but eventually we will return to normal.  It seems like this is our new normal, kind of hard to get used to but we're all in the same boat.

Chris, sorry that you have to work from home, but short sewing breaks may help.  So many of my neighbors are doing the same and some have been furloughed with no or very little pay.  

Hope everyone is well and safe.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 23, 2020 at 10:38am

Mary, you are doing great! As to contour visibility, try finding a source of " side light", such as a sunny window and sit with it at an angle. Avoid direct down lamplight. So perhaps quilt during sunny time of day and save lamplight sewing for the tapestry.

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