2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Riana Noyes on February 8, 2020 at 9:07am

Mary, l can see why it's your fave. It looks like very good progress. So nice to see tropical flowers while it's winter outdoors, right?

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 7, 2020 at 9:59pm

Adorable already, Wilma...l'll bet you can't wait to do the embellishments. We'll want closeups of each block you decorate!

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 7, 2020 at 7:44pm

Well, Winter Memories has the first border finished.  The next border is the blocks and final border has the last of the HST.  But here is a look at the “unpressed” quilt.  My hubby said it will really look cute when I add in embellishments (post quilting).  

Finished 12 “little” aprons (2 as gifts for little girls) and 10 for mom’s place.  I removed the waist ties, so they will be more like a bib with just the neck.  Will post pictures later.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 7, 2020 at 12:34pm

Awesome Mary.

So very, very sorry to hear about Rogue's husband.

Comment by Mary Moore on February 7, 2020 at 12:30pm

This is my favorite of the squares.

I can't go to work as Paul is supposed to spend 20 minutes in every hour doing his exercises.  He is not good at remembering (multiple small strokes) or counting as he exercises.  Plus his attitude is uneven. The day goes very quickly with these short blocks of time to do other things. It seems like my hands need a few minutes to get back into quilting or knitting rhythms.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 6, 2020 at 9:29pm

Liz, go for it...you're a much more accomplished quilter now than you were over 40 yr. ago!

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.

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