2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Riana Noyes on February 23, 2020 at 6:58pm

Mary when we have property to maintain , it must sometimes take precedence. I have that problem in April when we return home and must clear the detrus of winter. I take it that you prefer daylight for your quilting and tapestry? Do you have an Ott light? Those give clear light, though maybe not color true enough for the tapestry.

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 23, 2020 at 1:56pm

I haven’t done much on my major PHD project, which is the Baltimore Christmas Quilt. I managed to get a number of the small leaves and pears turned when I was at a conference in mid-January. I just don’t like my set-up for doing the preparation of the pieces. I need to figure out a better way to do it while watching tv at night so I can make real progress. My Vintage Rose quilt has had some progress, with beginning to sew some of the units together, but I am at a stop right now not really wanting to work on it. I have a block swap I’m completing that wasn’t part of this group, and those are due in a couple weeks so those are almost complete?

Comment by Mary Moore on February 23, 2020 at 11:33am

Am outside working on brush clearing, while we still have burn days.  No rain since mid January.  I get to stop every half hour for Paul's PT.  This can't be Spring though the fruit trees are confused by temperatures in the 60's.

PHD is really being neglected...maybe I can work really hard in a month or so.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 22, 2020 at 3:44pm

Lovely Wilma

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 22, 2020 at 3:09pm

Binding is finished.  Both of these were part of my Featherweight group that I lead and were done over 2 months.  Was so fun.  We only meet once a month, so I try to finish the projects before the next month, or before we meet so they know what the finished project will be.  Next month is a bottle wine carrier, also quilt as you go.  

Working on borders for my PHD.  Home to finish next week.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 21, 2020 at 12:42pm

The whole point of doing these PHD's in a group like this ,is we're held " accountable". It's our word both to ourselves and group members that we mean business, and intend to actually complete projects. Yes, there will be temptations to start brand new projects... my advice is to buy( download or copy) the pattern if you really like it. Use scraps to try out the method or a block/ unit. If you still love the idea, then rotate it in your sewing sessions AFTER you have fully completed your biggest most difficult project in progress. Keep to just the 6 in rotation. Don't add in a brand new project every time a ufo is done... just once .You should first finish 2 more old ones.Then you can add one older project and a brand new one.When 2 more projects are done, then add in one old, one new. Keep this rule going, and you will finish as many old ones as new ones!

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 21, 2020 at 12:33pm

Elizabeth, l only have " Tulip Twist "down for your PHD. So when it's complete, why not post the list of the 5 remaining ufo's  on your personal list and then add the "new" one. You've been a very good duckling! I think you will be the first to finish your PHD :-)) 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 21, 2020 at 10:27am

Riana, I've kept to your rules (I made a list of the 6 projects I was allowed to work on while working on my PhD Challenge).  I only made that Baby Quilt that was a new start.  But can we substitute other UFOs when one of the 6 are finished?  They could count in my Stashbusting Challenge.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 21, 2020 at 10:16am

I have even more incentive to work on my PhD Challenge.  My grand daughter, Amy. saw the smaller version and told me she liked it.  I told her about the larger one that I'm working on and she would like it.  My son thought that the smaller one could be a wall hanging in her room.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 20, 2020 at 9:17pm

Mary, it would work. I'd say not to even start a new one until all 5 are done, but life throws in birthdays and baby showers,lol.lt's a lot like what we're doing here on the PHD challenge, only that has a 6 project limit. No time limits, but definitely no starting " new" ufo's or from scratch quilts until all 6 are done. It's a good way to decipline your work habits, getting in more finishes. How is the Don Quixot deign coming?

Comment by Mary Moore on February 20, 2020 at 8:27pm

You corral up to five (5) projects from your pile, preferably WIPs that are sizable, hanging out on the needles for longer than two months and/or those you’re having a hard time talking yourself into finishing. You rotate through these five only, dropping or picking up new projects when and only when you’ve bound one off OR finished a 12-hour cycle, whichever comes first. You absolutely can keep introducing projects to your five–there’s no ‘rule’ about having to alternate between newbies and old WIPs–but once you’ve started the clock, you must maintain project monogamy until those 12 hours are up. When you’re done with your 12-hour block, if it’s not finished, your piece moves to the bottom of the pile; you will now need to work through four 12-hour segments of knitting time before you can go back to this project. Obviously, every knitter is different (we all knit at different speeds and have varying time in our allotted knitting schedules), so your 12 hours might span over a long weekend, a week–even a month. This isn’t a methodology that works only for people who routinely schedule marathon knitting sessions; this method works for commuters, lunchtime stitchers and for those who only have ten minutes with their morning coffee. There are weeks when neither of us knit much at all. That’s life, darn it. But every one of those little moments adds up and before you know it, with a plan in hand, you’re actually chipping away at something. You’re making visible progress. Shock and disbelief, YOU’RE FINISHING SOMETHING.

This was on a knitting site...it might work for me?

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 20, 2020 at 10:16am

Riana, yes, I have access to long arm in sewing club here in Sun City Anthem, just need to find time to get there and coordinate with another to supervise....I haven’t been given the clearance to go on my own.  Started quilting a lap quilt on my domestic, just straight lines, just need to finish it (that one isn’t on my list).  Have several small ones I could do.  I did, however, use a serpentine stitch on my domestic to add quilting to the placemats.  Turned out okay.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 20, 2020 at 7:29am

Wilma, l think it would be a great PHD feat if you would indeed quilt them yourself! If you mark your desired stitch path first with water erase or frixon , you won't " get lost" during the quilting. I love doing fmq on my domestic! A couple of members here in Fla. use their embroidery machines set up with an all- over quilting design, and rehoop about 12 to 15 times for a lap quilt. I thought you also have access to a long or midarm at your guild to use or rent?

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 20, 2020 at 1:29am

Well, I haven’t done much this weekend.  Did square up the other 2 quilt as you go placemats, so maybe tomorrow will add binding.  Then I can finish up the HST for Winter Memories.  Have the batting and backing ready for the 2 finished quilts, but haven’t heard back from quilter...maybe this week.  I have another ready which I will quilt.  If I was really brave I would attempt it on my regular machine, but I am not that brave.

Mary, do be careful when you are tired.  Not a good idea to drive.  Put up your feet and rest a bit when Paul rests.  Hard job being a caregiver.

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 19, 2020 at 5:16pm

Oh Mary you've got to stop driving if you're tired! That could've been disastrous on those mountain roads.

I'm designing a quilt for my youngest grandd's " big girl" bed, and have the fabric prewashed & pressed. Fairies, ballerinas, mermaids , kitties and flowers...yup that's the request,lol! This will be an adventure...

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 19, 2020 at 4:49pm

So sorry to hear about your flat tire, but am so happy to hear that Paul is improving.

Comment by Mary Moore on February 19, 2020 at 12:02pm

HI!  Am behind in most everything in life, except Paul is getting so much better.

May have fallen asleep driving on Friday..went off the road a bit and over corrected and flattened a tire.  Wish the three hours it took to replace tire counted somewhere.

Am enjoying watching your progress. 

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 19, 2020 at 11:09am

That's my plan for the day too, Elizabeth. Hoping to get a lot accomplished.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 19, 2020 at 10:00am

Thank you Linda and Barbara.  Today is a bright sunny day here but bitterly cold!  Hubby and I are going to do our errands this morning and then I'm going to machine quilt the rest of the day.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 18, 2020 at 10:05pm

That will make a beautiful table topper or wall hanging, Liz. Love it!!

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