2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Riana Noyes on December 28, 2019 at 9:03pm

Gail, if l may...here's my 2 cents worth,lol. Stay with just these 6 ! If you "skip around", your energies won't be as focused...that's how we get side tracked. Try my " Swiss cheese" method of production, work on 3 that are in different stages( you obviously need variety!)... work on cutting/ planning one, assembling another, and quilting a third. When you've finished quilting, move on to binding asap...when that one is complete THEN you can grab a new #6 from you backlog . In other words...no new ufo's until one of those 6 is complete! With 3 at a time, all doing something different, you won't get bored.

Comment by Gail Brown on December 28, 2019 at 2:57pm

I have gone over my list of 20 plus projects and selected six according to importance.

1. Queen size quilt with alternate hand embroidered blocks to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.

2. Tee Shirt quilt for Grand Daughters graduation.

3. Black Paisley, Gold and Green top to be quilted and bound for Sheila.

4. Red, White and Blue quilt, blocks to be completed, quilted and bound for GGS Dustin.

5. Grand Mothers Flower Garden to be quilted and bound. {for me}

6. St. Patricks Day block exchange quilt to be quilted and bound.

The other remaining projects will be UFOs and probably given some attention as well.  I will probably skip around a little and work on several at a time.  The one's listed are ones that will be, or so I plan, finished at last.

Comment by Zoetc49 on December 28, 2019 at 9:57am

After seeing my credit card bill for Christmas, new projects will not be happening. So far one project that I started the cut out, I needed one more fabric ( I plan to not buy fabric this year at all) and I recalled there were some fabrics of this style put away with another UFO, which is going to become a different quilt now. So, here is my list at this time. 

1) Wall quilt for vet ( I have made this one for two other vet's, so pretty easy)

2) Complete the bargello breast cancer quilt, it gets to go to a different person than who I started out making this for. ( when I moved from Texas, best friend turned out to be not so sweet, so this goes to my cousin whom I have never spoken to, but had a scare last year)

3) A contrast star quilt for me- yes, I get something !!

4) A quilt for my nephew ( okay, recall I said the other fabric in line one was going to find a new home, this is it.. either a log cabin or something.. but he is getting married in 6 months)

5) I was making a quilt for my mom, the pattern was messed up, so I need and want to find a pattern to make her a quilt out of that fabric.

I think I have more quilt parts put away, but when I dig for something else later on I will add to this list.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on December 28, 2019 at 7:05am

I made my list yesterday and just saw it wasn't here so here goes again, with a few changes.

1, Monster quilt for Nephews and Neices Not started but promised. They have 6 children 5 boys and 1 girl. I intend to make small quilts approx 18 X 18 " for each so they can put it together as a collage or hang separately in there rooms. 

2. Christmas quilt has been cut out and a few blocks pieced together

3. Nates 3 table toppers - Hexies . These are cut and glued together over 216. I have about 25 yet to glue together before I hand stitch the edges as bindings. I can do these while I work on other projects during my TV time

4 CIndy's Quilt, needs quilting and binding

5 Makani's quilt needs quilting and binding

6 Carolyn's quilt need quilting and binding

I have others but these are the most pressing to accomplish. The other were not designated to anyone.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 28, 2019 at 12:27am

Glad I am resting/enjoying family time with the sons/grandsons.  Also had a chance to meet up with friends and hubby’s family.  When we return home on Sunday, I will have to work on my plan, and get busy.

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 27, 2019 at 10:10pm

Elizabeth, the 3 blocks a month goal is a good example of what we need to do once we begin...and that is simply to break down your #1 project into a list of tasks. We all work in our own way, so we'll find not all of us use the identical format. But for those who've never tried, here's my complete task list:( l often use a short form)

  1. Read through pattern ( if using one) and make sure l have the required tools and skills( if no pattern, then draw up a plan)
  2. Cut a test block/ unit and sew before cutting any " good" fabric
  3. cut fabrics as directed ( cut large/ long pieces first, then smaller sub/ cuts 
  4. sew units or blocks ( or applique, embroider, ...whatever method applies)
  5. assemble completed units/ blocks to make the top
  6. cut, sew/ piece backing
  7. sandwich and baste ( or frame mount)
  8. quilt
  9. cut, join, press binding ( this  step can be done after to assembly if preferred)
  10. bind the quilt
  11. make and attatch label or dedication

My short form for my "memo " ( where l check off my work ) reads more like

  1. Cut
  2. sew units( applique, embroider)
  3.  assemble top
  4. Quilt
  5. Bind            
Comment by Riana Noyes on December 27, 2019 at 9:45pm

Ha, Gail, that was me at one time! I had not only quilting , but knitting and needlework projects begun...all kept in my giant hope chest. Yep, l was " hoping" to get to them " some day". It wasn't until l openned and ran a busy drapery shop that l realized l didn't get to put money into the bank until the product was completed and installed...I soon learned some very good work habits! 

Comment by Gail Brown on December 27, 2019 at 12:16pm

I am ashamed to say that after much digging and organizing I have unearthed more than 20 projects in various stages of, well, not done.  I won't say how many more than 20.  By tomorrow I will winnow the list down to the most important six.  The others will be UFOs.  This has been a real eye opener for me and I am going to do my best to stay organized and on track.  I knew I was always excited by  the new project and tended to put aside the current one but, this is crazy.  Well, the best part is that all this stuff is new again and will be completed this year.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 27, 2019 at 11:27am

I am just keeping "Tulip Twist" as my PHD project  This way I will have a nice big quilt done before the end of 2020.  Each month I am assigning myself 3 blocks to do as my No. 1 priority.  Then all my other many, many UFOs will be in line and I can work on any of them as I feel like.  I need to take in mind the way I work and it isn't very organized.  This will be a compromise for me.

Comment by Kris Howell on December 27, 2019 at 10:32am

I'm keeping the same three projects on my PHD list.  Continuum is the big one - king size.  Splendid Sampler will be whatever size it ends up being when I finish making blocks!  Basically, when I run out of the fabrics for it.  I like many of the blocks and might do duplicates if I have enough fabric.  The third one is Gemstone Wedding Star which finishes at 64 X 64.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 26, 2019 at 9:15pm

When making up your list...minimum 1 large, and maximum will be 6 projects. ( l know many of you have more, but we'll discuss that later).

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 26, 2019 at 9:10pm

Tomorrow is list day! Write your list. It can be one big/ or difficult project, or, as some of you prefer, list of several projects.The purpose of this challenge is not necessarily just to clear out those older neglected or put aside projects. This will be about the learning  process of acquiring good habits. Think of yourself as your own production manager. More on this tomorrow. Time to clean out those closets, bins and hidey holes! Lets get those projects out on a table in room's center...go through them and sort out which are " keepers. Those you have no desire to ever see again, finished or not should go right into a bag, and out to your vehicle. Next time you're in town, those should be donated to either a charity thrift shop, or a member of church group or guild who can use them for teaching or for tbe fabric alone.lf you still like a fabric that's in the bag, return it to your fabric stash. Not all the " keepers" will go on the PHD list. More on that tomorrow too. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 22, 2019 at 9:51am

We start refining our lists on Dec. 27...Merry Christmas, everyone.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 22, 2019 at 9:27am

Riana, have been known to “procrastinate” especially on those patterns I didn’t really like.  Eventually, the quilt is finished.  January 1 st is fast approaching.

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 22, 2019 at 9:11am

If this is how you manage to get your Christmas sewing done " just in time" ( ie:pulling " all nighters"), we're about to change your habits!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 12, 2019 at 9:02pm

No, Mary...l gave everyone the holidays off ,as quoted below from my post on Dec.5th

"I think we shouldn't worry about our lists during holiday preparations. Family and traditions should be properly seen to at this busy time. However, between Dec. 27 and Dec 31, l will be calling for all lists...and l will finalize our guidlines"

Comment by Mary Moore on December 12, 2019 at 8:06pm

It looks like I killed our discussion?  Just had 3 AmericaCore Volunteers at the library for the fourth day.  I was running out of projects...so we reversed the Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction...it convinces the patrons we have all new stuff.  I kept them moving by moving faster...now I am aching everywhere.

Comment by Mary Moore on December 7, 2019 at 11:59am

Children's books are such great anchors for memories.  Our son just turned 50, and I find I am getting him Christmas presents that remind me of his childhood: a sea otter ornament(we made a quilt together when he was 6), a copy of his most favorite teenage movie, knitting him armadillo socks(wouldn't let him buy the real stuffed one he found in N.M.), and I'm trying to make myself give him his favorite children's book(maybe after the great grands are born)..

Comment by Linda Koller on December 7, 2019 at 10:05am

ROFLOL!  No ouchies...got stitches out yesterday. I never heard of this duckling book...or the horse book...or the blueberry book....and we had a lot of books! My favorite was the one Grandpa would read to me at bedtime...Donald Duck Goes Around the World....dates back to the 1950's.

Boy, mama duck, we had better listen! I don't want to get pulled under by those snapping turtles!! LOL

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 7, 2019 at 9:34am

Quack, quack!  I'm good.

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