2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Gail Brown on May 18, 2020 at 1:08pm

Riana, I've gotten ten of thos twenty five blocks quilted and some of the sashing between those blocks.  My fingers are starting to toughen up so it's going good.  I take breaks to work on other things in between, lot's of time since we're pretty much imprisoned here.  The state opened up a lot this weekend and people have gone crazy in big crownds, no masks and it's like a big party.  Very scarey to me.  I'll just stay safe and be careful and wait to see what happens.  Your sewing space looks wonderful, lot's of room, I'm jealous.  I haven't had a space like that in a long time.  I know what you mean aboutt the wrap around porch, I sure miss my big porch.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 16, 2020 at 8:03pm

That makes sense Kris. I  guess until you've actually done one of those, it looks daunting.

Gail , it takes a long while to hand quilt a queen size...glad you're plugging away at it.l often took my hand quilting out on the front porch in summer as l quilted and kept an eye/ ear on my kids at play. I'd  spread a sheet on the porch floor first. I even took sheer drapes out there to hand tack the pleats before l had a proper drapery shop. Boy l miss that house with it's wrap around porch, sigh.

Comment by Kris Howell on May 16, 2020 at 7:55pm

Linda - however it came off, it's a good thing for you!  Keep it going.  Hope you find a really nice swimsuit and enjoy getting back in the water.

Comment by Kris Howell on May 16, 2020 at 6:48pm

Chris - that Santa is adorable!  So heart breaking to have to deal with fabric bleeding :(  I hope you can get it fixed without too much trouble.

Riana - by the time you join the curved pieces, you've removed that paper and it's no different from joining any curved piecing. 

Comment by Linda Koller on May 16, 2020 at 6:44pm

Momma Duck, I would have rather lost the weight other ways than the way I did. But, at least I'm keeping it off.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 16, 2020 at 4:44pm

Every day when l'm done sewing, l put my tools away , but the fabric pieces were put in the pink project box, the scappy pieces l used for applique in a ziplock also in the box. But today l was done making blocks, so l dumped the pieces out on my cutting table. It took 40 min. to sort thru and recut the smaller pieces. The larger scraps were filed away immediately in their " by colour" clear shoeboxes.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 16, 2020 at 3:44pm

Chris, bleeding is  heartbreaking , that's why l always prewash as soon as new fabric comes into my home. Donation fabric pieces are hand swished in sink with either blue Dawn or Synthapol. Hope yours comes out ok. Your work is lovely.

Linda, and Liz, l'm jealous... l managed to gain 10 lb since this being grounded business.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on May 16, 2020 at 2:37pm

WOW! Kris, both quilts are fantastic. 

Chris, all your blocks in this quilt look difficult. Lots of work there. But it will be an amazing quilt in the end.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on May 16, 2020 at 1:35pm

These blocks are really something, Chris! The detail! I hope you can fix the bleeding issue. 

Your quilts are both so amazing, Kris! Really! Your fearlessness to tackle hard patterns is inspiring!  

Comment by Gail Brown on May 16, 2020 at 12:41pm

O Boy, I am so impressed by Kris with a K and Chris with a C, you girls are so talented.  I look at all the beautiful Judy Neimeyer quilts and they are so beautuful but I just don't have the nerve to try one, the idea of three is beyond my imagination.  Wow!   The Christmas blocks are fantastic.  What a beautiful quilt that will be.  I'm assuming that Santa will be the center block.  He's beautiful, I can see the twinkle in his eye.

This is such a talented group of "Duckies", I feel honored to be included in such a group.  I'm still plodding along on my Butterfly quilt, slow but sure, it's coming along pretty good. 

Linda, don't over do, you need to get well so the Pansies can get done.  Just gather up the extra with safety pins and put on that big suit and get in the pool.  I know those kennel quilts are important but they will love to have them whenever they are done.  Iknow they are always happy to have my doggie beds any time.  Right now you have to get well.

Comment by Mary Moore on May 16, 2020 at 12:10pm

Wow in general!!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 16, 2020 at 9:40am

Wow!  Chris, your blocks are beautiful.  I hope that you can get the bleeding brown out.

I am wearing a top and capris 2 sizes too big too this morning.  Next time I go to the grocery store I will look at the pants.  I knew this was coming because I bought 2 Jean capris at the end of the summer and they were 1 size smaller but still big.  I am not sure that the thrift and charity stores are taking clothes right now.  Linda, you'll just have to skinny dip for now.

Comment by Linda Koller on May 16, 2020 at 9:17am

Oh my goodness, some gorgeous quilts!

Our pool opened yesterday. So I put on my bathing suit...oops! I've lost so much weight. I need a new one 2 sizes smaller. Hopefully it will be here next week and hopefully it fits...if my measurements and their size chart are accurate.

Meanwhile, TQPM is having a kennel quilt-a-thon this weekend. Yesterday I managed 4 kennel quilts. My back is killing me. I had already cut and pinned them earlier in the week. All I did was sew them yesterday. Going to attempt to assemble maybe 4 more today if my back holds up.

Comment by Chris Michelle on May 16, 2020 at 9:05am

Here is my progress so far. I still have embroidery and embellishments to add to all of these blocks at this point.

Comment by Chris Michelle on May 16, 2020 at 9:01am

I just wet down the partridge block to remove the washable marker...and my brown tree fabric is bleeding onto my background. I will have to try blue Dawn on it later to see if I can remove the dye. I used that same brown for my gingerbread men...I am going to be very upset if I have a lot of bleeding on these blocks after all this work.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 16, 2020 at 8:03am

Kris, l am in awe of that lovely wedding ring top you're putting together, very intriging. Is it difficult to fpp curved shapes? The one under your needle is pretty too. I like how you're quilting the sashings.

Chris, l love doing hand embroidery, however, sometimes appliques ( especially batiks) can be difficult to needle. That's when l resort to using the " almost hand stitching" straight st. design on machine...the " forward back forward forward" stitch . I've been using that a lot on my grandd's quilt.

Comment by Chris Michelle on May 16, 2020 at 7:33am

Wilma, I love your Christmas Tree quilt. I think I have some of that green fabric you used in the border. It is beautiul.

Kris, your wedding star quilt is beautiful. I love your fabrics! I did a queen sized one in Moda fabrics, 6x7 rings. It took me more than 5 years to piece and quilt it! It is a laborious pattern, but does make a beautiful quilt when completed. It was my first time ever doing curved piecing. I maybe should have started with something a little simpler, but I love to torture myself, I guess.Your SS quilt is going to be lovely when completed.

I didn't know medications were being rationed. That is terrible. Aren't you risking more exposure if people have to keep coming back every few days for refills? Seems counter intuitive to staying separated.

I have stitched down all of the Partridge in A Pear Tree block. I will admit I did not enjoy making that block very much. Too many small pieces and too many finished edges. But I am glad it is done. I have completed all the pieces for the Snowman block, which is next. I need to do some hand embroidery for pine boughs and stick arms on the fabric, then I can lay out the pieces. This block was easier, even with all the holly berries. I used Karen K Buckley's perfect circles to make them. Not too bad when using those.

Comment by Kris Howell on May 15, 2020 at 8:39pm

Elizabeth - you have created a stunning Christmas Tree!!  Sorry to hear your grandson had been sick, but if he's going back to work he must be better!  Hope the rest of your family stays well.

Wilma - I love that Pumpkin Patch quilt.  The scarecrow block is my favorite. 

Linda - keeping my fingers crossed for you that the pool opens soon!  Until then, enjoy your lily pad :)

Comment by Kris Howell on May 15, 2020 at 8:29pm

Still here. Still sewing.  Currently quilting the SS quilt, and got all the blocks assembled for the wedding ring quilt and put it up on the design wall.  I've already fixed some errors, and found another looking at this picture, sigh.  I'll fix it tomorrow.  I'm done for today!  I have never had as much trouble with a quilt pattern.  And it's not because it's a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  This is the 3rd one of hers I've done and I had no trouble with the other two.  I will assemble the quilt top, but then I'm going to put it up.  The daughter it is destined for won't be in a position to take it until late 2021, or early 2022 so there is no hurry.  I want to quilt the Tapestry quilt this summer as it is for my son who lives here.  I want it done and gifted before we head back to Arizona.  

Comment by Gail Brown on May 15, 2020 at 4:23pm

Liz, I'm lad you had a lovely lunch.  It's getting crazy how everything is costing more.  I know that here all prices are creeping up every day on things that are available in the stores.  A lot of things are getting harder to find.

Hope you had a good nap!

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