2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Gail Brown on January 2, 2020 at 12:17pm

Some fantastic stars already!  Splendid Sampler is spectacular, Pansy Garden is great.  

Love your organizing tips, Riana.  I am in a limited space.  When I lived in Florida I had a sewing room, here in Virginia I no longer have that.  I have space in the bedroom with a cutting table and sewing machine and some closet storage space in another room.  I have finished 3 blocks for GGS Dustins quilt.  Will get a quilt on the frame today.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 2, 2020 at 11:49am

Here are simple tool storage ideas from my part time house in Fla. Space is limited, and since l sew in corner of open style kitchen, no putting up pegboard or big rolling tables.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 2, 2020 at 11:38am

So...lesson # 1 was " the list", lesson # 2 is tool organization!

Nothing wastes time more than hunting for your ruler, cutter or seam ripper! We all work in different ways...but the thing to learn is to always put you tool in it's place as soon as you're done with it. Create a " home " for each tool close to where you use it. Avoid placing fabric or papers on top of you tools where they will hide, or roll off surface into a dark corner as soon as you pick up that fabric again. If you use a tool in different places, get 2 and place one at each spot. Example : l have a pin holder next to my machine and a pin cushion on the corner of my cutting area. 

Comment by Linda Koller on January 2, 2020 at 11:19am

Kris, I love your splendid sampler quilt, especially your corner blocks!  I like your sampler quilt better than most of the ones posted on FB. The blocks are pretty but I don't care for the way they finished their quilts. I just love the way yours is coming together! And I love the sewing room wall hanging too!

Thank you Riana (Mama Duck)! I try my best since I know you are watching!! LOL

Comment by Kris Howell on January 2, 2020 at 10:29am

Riana - the blocks are 6 1/2 inch unfinished.  I started sashing when I had enough for two rows because I hate doing nothing but sashing and assembling, so I invented my own instead of waiting for directions *grin*  The sashing strips are cut at 2 inches, so I 1/2 finished.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 2, 2020 at 7:53am

Linda, like the mulberry and green , then the red/ white & green ...Thimbleberries know how to mix & blend. Your piecing is so nice & precise !

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 2, 2020 at 7:47am

Kris your Splendid Sampler is destined to become an heirloom! L♡ve the wall hanging idea! What size are those blocks and how wide are sashings in this version? I remember Pat Sloan doing a different one a few years back.

Comment by Kris Howell on January 2, 2020 at 12:38am

There were some patterns that i just couldn't fit into a ballerina quilt so I used other colors and just put them together for a sewing room wall hanging.

Comment by Kris Howell on January 2, 2020 at 12:37am

I pulled out the Splendid Sampler and hung it up to see what I had:

I finished the embroidery on one square, made another, put sashing on where needed and fixed the wrong sashing on the last row.  So I got one more row done and joined to the rest today.

Comment by Kris Howell on January 2, 2020 at 12:34am

Those are really pretty, Linda.  Love the purple and green together.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 1, 2020 at 11:13pm

Here are blocks #1 and #2...

Comment by Linda Koller on January 1, 2020 at 11:12pm

Barbara I love the blue with maroon!

Comment by Kris Howell on January 1, 2020 at 8:52pm

Barbara = that's a beautiful version of a French Braid star!  I love the pattern and the colors.  

Riana - that duck picture made me laugh out loud - for real!!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 1, 2020 at 8:42pm

Riana, you are a riot!!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 1, 2020 at 8:41pm

This is actually # 4 Cindy's quilt I am starting with.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 1, 2020 at 8:40pm

Comment by Linda Koller on January 1, 2020 at 7:12pm

Oh Riana, love your sense of humor!! LOL

I started early because next week I go for outpatient surgery for my throat dilation. Later in month, I'll be going in for ablation on my low back. Then February, I see kidney doctor and then eye surgeon starts preparing me for cataract surgeries. I'm allergic to local anesthesia so I have to have everything done as outpatient surgery so I can be put to sleep. It takes me a couple extra days to recover.

Hopefully, I'll have photos of blocks #1 & #2 tomorrow and maybe #3 too.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 1, 2020 at 6:41pm

In an effort to get organized in my “shared” sewing room/office, hubby hung up my thread holders to allow more organization and easier to find stuff.  Went to visit mom and now I am off to draw the 4 blocks for Winter Memories.  That is about how long I can stand without leg bugging me.  Will also look for backing for pumpkin quilt so I can meet up with long armer this week.

Riana, love the new look....mama duck at her best.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 1, 2020 at 5:46pm

Barbara, loom at you go! Great start.

Linda, l saw you sneek into line a bit early with 3 blocks begun...bravo!

Carla, " Fruit and Feathers" it is! Soon l will be posting your lists where the bag photo is now...hopefully the page will allow me to edit progress on your lists as we go.

Remember, quilters, this is not a race/ contest with each other, but rather a way to keep each participant focused.  Starting tomorrow, l will give you helpful hints. Feel free to chime in with your own ideas. Anyone who's struggling to keep focused should let us know so we can encourage refocussing with hints and ideas. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 1, 2020 at 5:39pm

Mary...now do you believe me?

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