2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 6, 2020 at 5:43pm

Thank you, Riana.  I have a piece of batik that I bought in the 70's in Barbados.  I paid $90. US for it and I've never done anything with it.  It is still in the original bag.  After I finish my PhD challenge I will choose it.  I'm very intimidated by it.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 6, 2020 at 5:31pm

Elizabeth, you're doing great! When you get close to finishing the second Tulip Twist, you might consider anothe PHD project...after all the year's only just begun!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 6, 2020 at 12:50pm

Sewing the quilt top of Tulip Twist 1 now. Riana.  This morning, Margaret had to have an ultrasound so I sewed the backing blocks for my Half Framed 4 Patch and started sewing the rows of my Scrap Happy 9 Patch.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 6, 2020 at 12:07pm

Kris, I am so impressed with your paper piecing.  I have tried it a few times, but nothing with curves or to involved. I did it just to say I had done it, was not something that I really enjoyed doing, especially tearing all that paper off.  I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 6, 2020 at 6:28am

Kris- I love those blocks! I made that parttern in traditional fabrics. It is a huge undertaking. Mine took me about 5 years to finally complete it. Can't wait to see yours.

Comment by Kris Howell on February 5, 2020 at 9:41pm

Riana - I like paper piecing.  Some of my favorite blocks in the SS quilt are paper pieced.  It's so easy to make stellar points that way, lol.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 5, 2020 at 9:21pm

I agree with Linda, Kris...WOW! Tried paper piecing, l find l like the results, but not the process. Kudos to you for doing such a great job

Mary, it's great to try new techniques. We quilters love to experiment, don't we? I'd never heard of snow dying before you mentioned it.

Elizabeth, glad you got the pansey quilt done as a side project, as well as the fidget quilt. Now...how's the pair of Tulip Twist quilts doing for their layouts?  


Comment by Kris Howell on February 5, 2020 at 9:08pm

Mary - I'm planning some experiments with that reverse applique myself.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Elizabeth - can't wait to see your whole Pansy Quilt!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 5, 2020 at 12:38pm

Oh Kris!  Those units don't look easy to sew.  I admire quilters who undertake such challenging projects.

I finished binding the Pansy Quilt this morning and will make a label this afternoon.

Comment by Mary Moore on February 5, 2020 at 12:23pm

Kris, Those blocks woke me up this morning.

Am thinking of changing tactics on the applique for my Don Quixote quilt.  A new to me technique is in this months AQS magazine.  Luckily I haven't cut anything yet.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 5, 2020 at 11:32am

WOW, Kris and WOW again! I'm loving your color combination.

Comment by Kris Howell on February 5, 2020 at 10:37am

Finished these units last night.  Have to put some more curved but slightly different units together, and then I can start on assembling the whole quilt.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 2, 2020 at 9:46pm

Looks like more fun,cute, quilts, Wilma. Carla I can see some of the quilting. It is going to be lovely. Mary, nice sewing area. looks like more room than I have in mine. But I have 3 tables that take up a lot of room. One for my cutting and ironing, one for my small machine and the other for the embroidery machine and unit.

Zoe, I am glad I upgraded my sewing machine.  I like the larger hoops more than I thought I would. The hoops work nicely with sweatshirts.

Went to meet friends at Highway Q and spent Saturday afternoon with them. Arrived home again early evening but to late for me to get anything done. Today I did hand sewing on some hexies. Tomorrow I will get going on the star quilt again.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 2, 2020 at 5:46pm

I'm very proud of my ducklings this week. A couple have been busy with non related tasks, but after all, family needs come first. The thing to remember , though, iscbalance. Those who neglect their own needs run into trouble...the batteries need recharging.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 2, 2020 at 5:42pm

Carla, can  see some of the stitching. Lots of relaxing under warm folds when hand quilting. I still hand quilt special projects. 

Mary, any brightness you might lack is more than made up for in the lovely colorful block you currently feature in your hoop. 

I have the same oval hoop ( it came in stand, but l prefer it out). Larger size quilts are done with the square snap frame of pvc. It 's about 2ft. x 3ft.and 29" high. So l must sit in my wing chair to quilt on it. The room l have that chair in only gets late afternoon sun. I only quilt in sunlight. Lamplight of any kind is hard on my eyes for quilting.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 2, 2020 at 4:43pm

Linda, it is O.K. to rest up.  I'm working on my Pansy Quilt and won't go back to my PhD challenge quilts until it is finished.  I want to keep up with you! LOL

Comment by Kris Howell on February 2, 2020 at 2:27pm

Carla - that's lovely fabric!  

Linda - that's more work than put into making most of my own foods! Lucky dog.  I know your care for him is a labor of love, and he loves you right back!

Wilma - the pumpkins are adorable, and your leaves are lovely.  I particularly like the bluish one on the bottom left.  I, too, have a quilting project going, a cable afghan.  It gets worked on sporadically, lol.

Gail - here's to a winning season for your favorite baseball team - and lots of quilting time!  

Mary - your sewing room is wonderful.  The 'not so tidy' chair in the living and the table next to it look like mine, lol!  Happy stitching :)  

Comment by Linda Koller on February 2, 2020 at 1:11pm

You all are moving along. Wilma I love your quilts. Looks like you have a great size sewing room, Mary.

I did manage to sew one row together yesterday. My shoulders and back are hurting today so not getting much done. And, I have to cook Indy's food for the week today. Praise God for inventing crock pots! I still have to shred the chicken when it's cooked, boil eggs, and make the rice. Then cook it all in the crock pot with the veggies. Takes all day.

Comment by carla j walton on February 2, 2020 at 1:06pm

Well Riana you may just have to take my word. You can't see this at all but there is quilting in here....slow as she goes!

Comment by carla j walton on February 2, 2020 at 1:04pm

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