2020 PHD Challenge


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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.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 29, 2020 at 9:34pm

Gail, I was in need of a hair cut also, so I took a scissors to my head this morning. Not bad for a rooky!! I just have a place on the left back that is thicker than anywhere else. I just did the best I could. When I was finished I asked Collin to check over the back to make sure it was straight. 

Riana, I can't wait to see your finished quilt. The characters are so adorable. Your Grand will love it.

Wilma,  Your quilt is coming along beautifully.  It will be lovely.

Mary, The tapestry is amazing. And looks like the Hawaiian quilt is coming along beautifully,

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.

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