2020 PHD Challenge


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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!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 18, 2020 at 9:33pm

A beauty, Elizabeth! And a preview for what's coming with the bigger one.

Gail, Lol...you still need to get those arms moving first. Are you doing PT excesizes? Just take it in stages.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 18, 2020 at 6:44pm

Lovely quilt Elizabeth 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 18, 2020 at 4:34pm
Comment by Gail Brown on February 18, 2020 at 11:31am

Riana,I have been using that hint #5 for a few years not.  It only takes getting things sewed in the wrong order a few times to figure out thatthere must be a better way.  I just used an 18 inch square of heavy cardboard covered with a piece of batting.  It's great, you can carry it from place to place if you have to.  In some cases you can rearrange to suit yourself if thats an option.  I'll volenteer to do Bth's applique for 1/2 hour segments for 2 pieces offudge brownies.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 18, 2020 at 8:07am

Elizabeth has finished the smaller quilt of Tulip Twist...yay , Liz! Please try again to post the photos here :-))

Beth, l know you can do lovely machine applique...l have some on a row of my WWWWRR as proof! Give yourself an incentive. How about 1/2 hr. of applique = 2 fudge brownies? Or, better yet permission to buy 2 yd. of fabric? You probably just got so used to that piece on the wall, that it's become part of the decor...time to change the scenery!

Comment by Beth A. North on February 17, 2020 at 8:40pm

I have a quilt on the wall now that I started a few years ago and it just needs the applique finished.  Not my favorite thing to do, but working on it.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 17, 2020 at 6:32pm

As you can see in the center photo, things can easily get turned around. Laying them out beside the machine helps sort out trouble before the sewing is done.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 17, 2020 at 6:28pm

LESSON #5 ......develop a system that works for you.

We all work in different ways. Some of us like to do all our cutting, then sit and sew our pieces into units chain stitching. And others, like myself, prefer to do cutting of borders/ sashing, then cut blocks as you go.l've observed some talented quilters settle in, small ironing pad & trim board just a swivel turn from machine. They get a ton of work done in a sewing session. I need to get up to cut or press as an excuse to move. I also can get a lot done. l think l just get antsi after sitting a while,lol. 

It's helpful to stick the pieces of a block you're about to sew onto a piece of scrap batting right off the design wall and set it next to the machine. It helps keep me from getting similar shapes mixed up. Try it, it'll work for you too.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 16, 2020 at 2:20pm

Kris, l'm sure you'll heave a huge sigh of relief when it's all behind you. Have fun on your visit with grands... and hopefully get in a few snatches of sewing time. I used to have blocks cut , one per ziplock baggie, and get one done here& there on an overnight stop when we were " p,ugged in". Later we got a larger rig w/ generator, so l could sew on drizzly days.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 16, 2020 at 11:28am

Still having to keep my arms close to my body, no reaching or anything.  I will probably have a huge collectio of hexagone by the time I am able to do more of my PHDs.  Hubbysays they can be used or next years.  I have tried to do more of the blocks for the red white and blue quilt.  I still have two  more blocks to finish for it and then of course sashing and borders.  Everything is right there on my sewing table all ready to go.  The Butterfly quilt has been on the frame all this time and it's driving me crazy looking at it.  The plan was to have it at least hal quilted by now.

Kris, I would say you have been very busy with all you've had to get done.  Have fun with the Grand Kids.

Riana I haven't gone in the wrong direction like that poor little duck, I'm just treading water.  Hope to be back in action before too long.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 16, 2020 at 8:58am

Today I'd like to sew the binding on Tulip Twist 1.  I also have the backing of Half Framed 4 Patch on the ironing board ready to press. First, I'll shower and wash my hair. LOL

Comment by Zoetc49 on February 15, 2020 at 11:28pm


I am so far behind! I still have not sent off the tree blocks, but plan to sew more tomorrow and then Monday , off they go- for real this time! No, I will have the wedding quilt done if I have to sew in my sleep ! Right now we have another walkway going in this next week, plus landscaping - more so for drainage issues, some of it I might have to do due to cost of the project. My mom has been complaining about needing hearing aides, so while I was out today I went to Sam's where she had her hearing tested and got her set up for one more test and she can get her hearing aids.. I too need to wear mine. Then it is taxes to get done.. I is tired !  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 14, 2020 at 5:32pm

I finished free motion quilting Tulip Twist 1.  Next step is to trim the sides.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 14, 2020 at 4:46pm

We have a couple of " wounded" ducklings...don't worry Linda and Gail, you'll float along in the current, and we'll all keep tabs on you :-)

But there's one duckling that's in trouble, and has gone off in a wrong direction...

       ...   you know who you are little one, maybe it's time to get started...after all, we're already in the middle of Feb.!

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