2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 30, 2020 at 10:32pm

Beautiful family Kris and your sewing room is wonderful with lots of space. Love the blocks, they should make a beautiful quilt.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 30, 2020 at 9:22pm

Great looking room, Kris. Glad you got to enjoy some sewing between packing and visiting.L♡ve the top right block with little ballerina... obviosly not a quilt for those handsome grandsons :-))

Comment by Linda Koller on January 30, 2020 at 4:40pm

Lovely blocks, Kris! Very neat and clean sewing room. Momma Duck will be very proud.

Comment by Kris Howell on January 30, 2020 at 4:04pm

Yes, Momma Duck - sewing room organized, conveniently arranged, tools in the lovely wooden work box, and I know where each one is.  Sewing machine has been serviced, quilting machine is at the LQS now for the same.  I got some Splendid Sampler work done one night last week.

Comment by Kris Howell on January 30, 2020 at 3:54pm

Chris - your Vintage Rose is beautiful!!  

Mary - I can't wait to see your quilt all together.

Gail - take your time, rest up.  Sure do hope you feel better soon.

Indy - stop coughing!!  (Yeah - like that's going to work, lol)  Glad you like the new vet. 

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 30, 2020 at 3:21pm

I am hoping to reform some of my crooked ways. LOL!! I printed out the tips and rules that Momma Duck laid out for us. Who knows I might turn over a new leaf.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 30, 2020 at 2:37pm

I've been working so hard today.  All 16 blocks are done and I've laid out both quilts and numbered the blocks.  We just got back from doing the groceries and I think I will have a little nap.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 30, 2020 at 9:34am

Thank you, Barbara.

I don't think I can totally reform and especially now when I have stacks of fabric to be ironed in every nook and cranny, Riana.  I have a friend who phoned me in the evening recently asking for her fidget quilt for this Saturday which is a QOVC sew-day.  I told her that a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment doesn't mean she needs a fidget quilt by the week-end but she insisted (keep in mind she isn't paying me) so I've made her quilt priority no.1 and I will give it to her this Saturday come hell or high water.  So, it is just a slight detour, Riana, a "time sensitive project" in your words.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 29, 2020 at 9:49pm

Gail, what are your 3 most important and time sensitive projects?

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 29, 2020 at 9:49pm

Elizabeth, l know you often sew downstairs in the common room at your building, so you must tidy/ pack after each of those sessions. Once every 2 weeks won't cut it for the rest of us. Threads get stuck to projects, pieces get misplacec/ lost, and worse, when we work in  a messy room, it takes away efficiency.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 29, 2020 at 2:50pm

Elizabeth, can't wait to see all your blocks put together!

Comment by Gail Brown on January 29, 2020 at 12:14pm

I may have to narrow my list down from 6 to whatever I am able to do when I can finally do something.  Went to  the neurosurgery this morning and was told that no surgery needed at this time, just kind of put up with the pain and do nothing.  They did say I could call the Spine and Pain Management doctor to see if they could give me something more for the pain.  Have to go back to the neurosurgery in a month, more x-rays to see if back is healing.  In my head I'm still young but evidently my body hasn't gotten the message.  The bright spot is that my sewing area looks just wonderful, not even a stray thread anywhere.  If you Girls keep up all your good work maybe I'll send you some of mine, {not really}.  

You Girls keep going, I'll stand guard over the "snapping turtles."

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 29, 2020 at 11:27am

Riana, I tidy my sewing room every 2 weeks just before the cleaning lady comes to clean it.  I decided that my PhD project will be 2 quilts.  That will make it easier to handle when quilting.  I'll lay it out as soon as #16 is finished.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 29, 2020 at 11:17am

Yes! Momma Duck, our chit chat could squelch our goals completely.


" keep this in mind...l'll guide you during the challenge. But you'll need to listen to mama or the snapping turtles will grab your feet & pull you under! "
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 29, 2020 at 11:12am
Comment by Linda Koller on January 29, 2020 at 9:42am

Momma Duck has spoken! quack! quack! LOL

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 28, 2020 at 9:48pm

Hey ducklings! This is the PHD page... chit chat on the UFO one please...quack  quack..!

Lesson # 4  Work flow in the sewing area.

When planning a kitchen layout, we know about " the work triangle"... stove, fridge, sink. When we use the sewing area, we use a similar triangle ...cutting table, sewing machine, ironing station. Think about how you work. Are you constantly shifting the ironing board to get to something behind it? Is the sewing machine near a good light scource? If you feel you aren't able to smoothly go from one work area to another, rethink where it sits. Sometimes switching 2 of the 3 works better. Never leave bins/ boxes on floor in walking path, nor piled on your cutting table. You may need a small extra temporary tv tray or an old end table to set those on (most of us need to dig for fabric at some time).As soon as the fabric is out, put the bin/ box away in it's cupboard or storing place. 

Being creative can cause quite a mess! Never feel guilty about a messy workroom while involved in sewing, but do put those tools away as soon as their task is complete. 10 or 15 min. before it's time to stop sewing, clear up the scraps to the scap bin ( for later trimming), organize the day's sewing...completed parts on design wall or folded neatly or in project box, excess large fabric folded & stowed. Clean the surface around the machine & use cover if you have one. Unplug and drain iron ( water sitting in a steam iron causes sediments).Sweep the floor. All neat for next time. It feels good to walk in to a clear space to work.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 28, 2020 at 6:36pm

Oh gosh, I never thought of that! I don't need people talking...LOL!! There are some in this community that find enough to talk about without door knob signs!! This is an active community. It's the ones who don't take part in the offered activities that gossip the most. Now that I'm editor of the newsletter I hear more than I want to hear about a lot of stuff. I can't walk to the mailbox without someone stopping me for a chat. And they don't let you just walk away either! A 5 minute walk takes 15 or 20. Indy just lays down and takes a snooze.

Indy's appointment went well. He has a new vet as the other took a leave of absence. I have to say I like this new one much better. Sat down when we got home to watch a movie and feel asleep.

Helen Hayes was my favorite Miss Marple. I had another favorite but can't remember her name at the moment. She was a dainty looking lady and was in several movies. I didn't care for Margaret Rutherford as I felt she wasn't dainty enough. I loved David Suchet as Poirot! He was absolutely perfect!! I had an extensive Agatha Christie collection but sold it when I moved as I needed to downsize when I moved to Tucson. This is a much smaller house. Sold my Sherlock Holmes and most of my Civil War collections too. Also some of my counted cross stitch and quilt books. It was hard to let go. They were well read. Joan Hickson! I knew I'd remember. She was a good Miss Marple too.

Comment by Gail Brown on January 28, 2020 at 2:53pm

Elizabeth, I saw that you watch Poirot, my very favorite.  Love Agatha Christie, been reading her since I was about 12 years old.  I probably could recite most of it word for word by now.  I always had pictured in my mind exactly how Poirot looked and when David started playing him it was perfect.  There's only one actress that has played Miss Marple that is perfect for me.  My hubby prefers one of the others.  Isn't it funny how characters in some books can come to life just as you pictured them?

Linda, hope all went well with Indy's appointment today and that you're resting your back.  Maybe the "Do Not Disturb" sign will give some bored people something to talk about.

Comment by Mary Moore on January 28, 2020 at 11:15am

With a hotel sign on your front door, people will think you are frolicking with a special fellow.  What  fun rumor to start.

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