2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Chris Michelle on May 4, 2020 at 7:16am

Elizabeth, they are split for good, as she moved back in with her father and has started dating again . I guess she was unhappy a long time and just finally decided to break it off. 

The quilt is still on my list to do but last night I broke out my box with the Baltimore Christmas quilt and started working on pieces for that a again. My friend gave me a Cheri’s Cool Tool iron last year for Christmas and that thing is AMAZING for using the freezer paper and starch method for turning pieces. I made real progress on some difficult pieces last night. Where has this been all my life!

I spent a few hours in my sewing room yesterday making labels for all my UFOs. I am terrible about labeling my quilts because by the time they are ready for labels I just want to be done and don’t feel like setting my machine up for embroidery and all that goes with that. Now that they are made, I will just attach them when doing binding.

Mary, your work is amazing. I wish I had that kind of talent,

Comment by Kris Howell on May 3, 2020 at 9:55pm

Mary - you made me laugh!! "Went out and played with my chain saw. Great way to get even with the world."  I'll have to remember that line.  Thank you!

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 3, 2020 at 9:52pm

Mary, how heartbreaking! l wonder if an art quality pencil crayon  would work if used lightly? 

Chris, l can remove Frolic, the Alex/Chad gift. But why not just leave it to last, since you've already acquired the fabrics and put in time getting it started.

Comment by Mary Moore on May 3, 2020 at 8:46pm

When I work on the Tapestry I use sections of photocopies of the original drawing..  Today I thought I was finished with the pure white areas.  I went over to the original drawing to plan the next overall attack and saw that much of my finished pure white should have been the palest possible grey.  The photocopies hadn't picked it up. I am going to have to add thin grey yarn interspersed with the white.  Could have done that the first time around using two threads at once.  Went out and played with my chain saw.  Great way to get even with the world.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 3, 2020 at 12:57pm

Chris, I guess some weddings aren't meant to be.  Are you hoping that they may still get together?  I have 2 grand daughters who were planning weddings this Spring.  When the first one broke off, everyone in the family was so relieved.  She started dating, although not so much now in the social distancing time.  The second had to cancel a big wedding because of the virus and she is still with her partner and I'm sure they will still tie the knot.

I looked through some UFOs this morning and I have some in mind to start again soon.  Hubby and I were discussing though that both of the tables available to me for basting are small so I may have to rethink the dimensions of some of these projects.  If they weren't already purposed, I can make them any size I feel like.

Comment by Chris Michelle on May 3, 2020 at 11:19am

I think I need to remove an item from my PHD list. My niece and her fiance have split up, so the Alex & Chad Wedding quilt is not needed. I mean, I have it started, so I guess it is a PHD, but there is no need to get it done any time soon. I really have 4 projects in process as the moment, I guess. The  Baltimore Christmas quilt, which I admit I haven't made much progress on, Frolic (aforementioned wedding quilt) Green Argyle Bargello and On Ringo Lake. Not sure which I will do next but I really need to work on the Baltimore Christmas one, I think. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 1, 2020 at 9:52am

O.K. now I know what a towel dress is!  We have a very old dishtowel with a crocheted top to attach to the stove handle and we use it all the time to wipe our hands.  I must make a towel dress too!

I am appliquing ornaments this morning and putting off going to the drug store for some supplies.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 30, 2020 at 9:49pm

Thank you Ladies for all your comments on the towel dress. The pattern I found on You Tube. It did not have interfacing, but I now make them with interfacing. I think they look better and wash better.  I also now use velcro instead of snaps. I may try to do some with ties on the sides. I think I most likely will use mine for decor in the kitchen and not use it to wipe my hands on. It hangs on the stove or dishwasher handle.

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 30, 2020 at 9:29pm

Gail, l'll mark the St. Paddy's quilt as a finish on the master list. Yippee! Your first PHD done :-)) l was thinking about your butterfly quilt that's on your frame taunting you. Do you think you could use the frame a few momemts hefe & there to just pin or hand baste the quilt? Then perhaps you could remove it from the frame and use your lap hoop.

Comment by Chris Michelle on April 30, 2020 at 7:40pm

Thank you all for your compliments. It took time, but I love ,asking these complex quilts. Gail, it is a Judy Niemeyer pattern.

Barbara, that towel dress is so cute!

Zoe, great blocks! Love your colors.

Comment by Zoetc49 on April 30, 2020 at 1:39pm

Missouri quilts you all know has their daily deals, most I am not drawn too, but today's was pretty. They were all sold out, but I put in the information and found this site that had them at the same price. https://greenfairyquilts.com/ ; This gal has her shop out of her home, so she keeps the prices low. I just wanted to pass this one should it be of any help to anyone. 

Comment by Gail Brown on April 30, 2020 at 1:23pm

Chris, I think I may be wrong, I bet it's a Judy Niemeyer pattern.

Comment by Zoetc49 on April 30, 2020 at 1:18pm

Barbara, You do such nice work on the dress towels. I used to make them, but not as pretty. I did however come up with a western pattern for one, and used a button/ fastener for a buckle. Clothing Buckles Toggle Buttons Clasps & Shawl Pins like this one, and made it with a vest with fringe and then made a bandana for the neck. It was the only design that looked the best that I made.  I have two full totes of towels of different colors to make these and others... collecting is such fun ! Now I just make the small ones that are half a towels.    

Gail, That has to be frustrating not to have a quilt store around. It's hard when you need just the right color or fabric for your project. I hope you get one back and hope your Joann's opens back up.

Thank you all for the encouragement.  Riana, you are right. The gal is family. I gave her a sewing machine two years ago. I told her that she did not have to use it as I do, but she will have it if she needs one to use. Maybe one day when she has children she will find the use for it fixing things. 

I might ask for ides with the hearts, there might be a better lay out than I am thinking.

Comment by Kris Howell on April 30, 2020 at 1:04pm

Barbara - that's a really fancy towel holder!  Adorable :)

Zoe - your leaves and hearts are luscious.  Going to look so good when they are all done.

Linda - I know it makes you happy to get back to work on your quilts, but don't make yourself hurt too much.  You'll slow down the recovery.  

Gail - congratulations on a finish!! Can't wait for a picture once you get the issues straightened out. 

Comment by Gail Brown on April 30, 2020 at 11:26am

Chris, that is spectacuar!  Is it a Jacquline DeJong pattern?

Zoe, I do like your Maple Leaves, one of my favorites.  Joanns is closed here, and local quilt store went out of business the first of the year.  For me right now it's mail order or nothing.

Linda, the kennel quilts are an important endeavor.  I have been making cat and dog beds for years and donating them to shelters.  They are always very gratfully received.  I know the Pansey will be completed in time and will be lovely.

Barbara, I love your towel dresses.  I have seen them befor, but none as cute as yours.  It looks like you just put a little extra detail in and they are adorable..

I finally finished my first PHD, the binding is now on, only waiting for the label.  St. Patricks Day,shamrocks block exchange from two years ago, wil be gift for my Grandson Patrick.  His children call it St. Daddy's Day.  Will have picture as soon as gliches are worked out of computer.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 30, 2020 at 9:29am

Zoe, Your leaf blocks and the heart block are very nice!  It is fun to make some easy blocks and see them come together so fast.  I like to do that.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 30, 2020 at 9:12am

Barbara, I wish that I wasn't so dense!  Now I've seen the dress towel - it is so cute!  How does it work?  Is it used like a real towel?

Linda, I think that working on the kennel quilts is a good idea.  When you feel more comfortable you can progress to your pansy quilt at your own pace.

I did a little work on my Christmas Tree, and the backing for my Scrap Happy 9 Patch (top is done) and on some blocks yesterday and I'll continue today.  Also the freezer is bare so I'll make a trip to M&M.  This is a small store selling freezer foods.  Only I person can enter at a time and there are 2 clerks to fetch the food and ring it in while I stand behind a plastic barrier.

Comment by Linda Koller on April 30, 2020 at 9:01am

I've seen the dress towels on Pinterest and think they are adorable. I love yours, Barbara.

Zoe, your quilts are going to turn out great. Keep up the good work.

I put some more time on kennel quilts yesterday. Got 3 ready to sew. There will be no time in the sewing room today as my back is killing me. I really want to get back to my pansy quilt!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 30, 2020 at 8:33am

Zoe those leaves are looking great! Nice progress ! The heart will surely get the message across, to the N's step sis, as all steps, needs to be reminded she's part of the family.

Barbara that dress is so cute!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 30, 2020 at 7:50am

Chris: Your quilt is spectacular!! Congratulations on the great finish.

Zoe Your quilts are going to be super. I can imagin the heart quilt will make a great wedding quilt.

Liz, this is my towel dress

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