2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Chris Michelle on April 2, 2020 at 5:41pm

All the pieces for the final borders on my Vintage Rose project are sewn and ready to begin assembling! I already started putting together units in the center a couple of months ago. Here are all the pieces for the borders.

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 1, 2020 at 7:27am

Mary, given all the snow outside your door still, maybe it's time to switch to the Hawaiian quilt for a bit of color and a change of focus.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 1, 2020 at 4:15am

I needed a short brake from that quilt, Liz. But I will check out the pressure on the foot and continue after I finish the runners. I don't have any room for an ironing board in my room. I have to iron in the dinning room for large things and a wool board on the end of my cutting table for smaller items. 

Linda we get all those shows on PBS Wisconsin.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 31, 2020 at 9:42pm

Linda, my MIL used to embroider looking thru a magnification light/ lamp like model builders use. You can order them on line. Some screw to wall, others clamp to table. They adjust with aclong arm and springs so you can sit comfortably and bring lamp in to hover above your work.

Liz, gladvyou found the culprit. Releasing pressure on the foot is something l don't need to do with my Janome, so it never occured to me.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 31, 2020 at 7:13pm

I stopped hand embroidery almost a year ago because of the cataracts. I was ripping out everything I put in. I just signed up for Acorn TV which is British TV and some Canadian TV.  I love the Agatha Christie Hercule Periot and Miss Marple, Doc Martin, Murdoch Mysteries and Midsummer Murders. There's a lot more that look interesting too. I've been able to get over to our clubhouse library with the help of a friend. So I'm reading some now too. I've been able to get some large print books. Should be able to get the cataract surgeries rescheduled in the fall...I hope.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 31, 2020 at 6:55pm

Riana, I read that too.  It is amazing how she goes back every year.  We have quail that lay eggs every year in my front planter, this year not as many eggs, but the chicks are so cute.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 31, 2020 at 5:07pm

Wilma, l've seen those " school ducks" before, she does same every year! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 31, 2020 at 5:06pm

Elizabeth and Barbara, when l teach fmq and someone tells me they're having that problem, l tell them "it's likely the quilt coming up off your lap and catching table edge"! You must toss all the quilt up onto the table, or set an ironing board up to your left at the extention table's height. The added " drag" of pulling up from your lap also causes shoulder pain. I know Liz has no room to her left in the tiny area of her cute sewing room, so she'll have to get most of the bulk up, then as quilting proceeds, gather more from lap and put up. Also, painter's tape if you happen to have some, will hold table in place to machine and not leave gummy residue when removed..

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 31, 2020 at 4:53pm

Barbara, maybe your problem is the same one I had.  Try releasing the pressure on the free motion presser foot.  I wish I had room for a sit down quilting machine.  But on the other hand, I like my little condo and it is easier to clean than a house now that I am doing my own cleaning.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 31, 2020 at 4:50pm

Mary, I felt the same way about my Tulip Twist this morning but this afternoon I've changed my mind.  I had a 20 min. walk with Hubby after lunch outside and then I had a nice nap.  World and quilting view has improved! LOL

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 31, 2020 at 1:47pm

Thank you for sharing the mama duck and brood video, Wilma! A bright spot in the day! 

Comment by Mary Moore on March 31, 2020 at 1:16pm

I hate the tapestry.  I'm working on an oak tree that is not looking good. (see message in UFO's).

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 31, 2020 at 1:15pm

I finished the first of the three runners today. I will post after I get them all finished.

Liz, I was having the same difficulty with my star quilt. trying to use the walking foot and free motion on the domestic machine. My table also kept moving and and the machine sliding. I am still learning on my mid arm and when I finish up with my ufo's which are already sandwiched, I will get into using the Grace machine for the quilting. I took a few classes with Judi Mansen at "I Quilt"And purchased a few of her books to help me get going. When I get done with these UFO's I can spend more time with the "Grace".

Linda, still wishing you good health and a speedy recovery.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 31, 2020 at 12:54pm


a little look at mama duck keeping her ducklings all in a row.  Hope it works.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 31, 2020 at 10:08am

Riana, I am still working on my PHDs, the St. Patricks quilt is almost completely quilted and the Red, White and Blue top is now together.  I do have a problen with the tee shirt quilt.  I need more stabelizer and who knew that fabric stores were non-essensial businesses.  We are on a strict lock down here withthe possibility of stiff  fines and even jail time fo any non-essensial travel.  I may substitute one of my others for the tee shirt one.  Everything on my list now just requires quilting.  I did purchase a roll of batting around the first of the year, so I'm good to go.  I am a hand quilter, so I see a lot of sore fingers in my future.  So grateful that I have plenty to do to keep me busy during this time, I have some friends and family that are having a hard time with it.

Linda, maybe a litttle embroidery or some hand sewing would work for you, just a little at a time.  It helped me, I am able to do a little more now but still can't work on the big one that's on my frame.  i still don't have that range of motion back in my arms.  Now ther's no doctor visits, no PT or x-rays to see how things are progressing. Just doing some PT here at home, but carefully, don't want to make it worse.  You and Indy stay safe.

Had a visit yesterday from one of my Daughters and a Grandson.  We went out on our patio and they stood back in the yard.  It sure was nice to see them almost as good as a big hug.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 31, 2020 at 9:41am

I am finding it difficult machine quilting my Tulip Twist because of it's size.  I think it is too big to comfortably quilt on my domestic even though it is a Bernina with a Stitch Regulator.  I wear gloves but the difficulty in moving the quilt makes the plastic table shift every minute of stitching so that I am pushing the table back in place so often.  Next time I quilt something this big or bigger I will do it in sections. 

I am sewing Block 9 of the LBQ and have 10 and 11 cut out.  They look very nice!  The Pat Sloan quiltalong is made up of 6 1/2" snowballs that are then sashed.  I have all the 6 1/2" blocks needed.  I have Applique and pieced blocks I had made in monochromatic colours - brown, beige, black, grey, white and cream.  So they just have to be sashed etc.  The blocks are actually better than snowballs.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 30, 2020 at 10:04pm

Elizabeth, yippee! Soon you'll be finished your first course ( er project) of your PHD! Since you only had the one big project on your PHD list, you needn't feel guilty about the LBQ mystery. But please don't go overboard...just save Pat's patterns for now, and get the LBQ one at least to the " ready to quilt" stage first!

Gail, there's nothing wrong with collecting the sew along and mystery quilt patterns while they are free! We can chose the fabrics now and stow in a clear bag,  making a kit for later.It's really best to use our time at home to complete those PHDs. Those other projects will be more fun if we can roll right along with them and complete them. Randomly starting new quilts without finishing more of our ufo's will have you overwhelmed in the near future.

Linda, you're doing a lot with overseeing the SSantas again. And l'm sure you're itching to stitch. Why not get out a hoop and embroidery floss and try a little outline embroidery while in your most comfy chair or recliner? I just finished the 5 kitten embroideries l had been doing while travelling. I'll alternate them with pieced squares for a baby quilt once my big project's ready for quilting.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 30, 2020 at 2:24pm

I'm going crazy!!!!!!! I want to use this time sewing and can't! Too much low back and hip pain. Doctor says another 5 months before completely healed....BOO HOO!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 30, 2020 at 1:15pm

I started to machine quilt my Tulip Twist quilt this morning.  I want to keep on the good side of Riana!  Although I must tell you that Bonnie Hunter started her Quilt-in-place Unity quiltalong this morning.  I printed this week's block, and I picked some nice fabric from my stash - light green, med. green, big yellow and orange flowered print, and an orange-rust.  It's a rainy day here.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 30, 2020 at 12:51pm

Barbara, you are braver than I am.  If it gets to looking too bad I'll just get creative with scarves or something.

Riana, I love that panel, just beautiful.  Perfect for any little girl.  It's going to be beautiful.

Elizabeth, thanks for the heads up on the Pat Sloan quilt.  We won't tell Riana because we're not supposed to being making more UFOs, we're supposed to be finishing the one's we have.  We can blame it on these stressful times we are living in now.  Just in case you're listening Riana, I'm just kidding, still working on the UFOs, just fiddling with a couple of distractions.  I'm having a lot more time on my hands then when we first started these projects.  Thank God for quilting, ithelps me deal with all that's happening.  I have a sister in-law that has no hobbies, except maybe shopping so she is going stir crazy.

Every one stay safe and healthy, keep those sewing machines going and be grateful for our obsession.  It keeps us busy and distracted.

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