2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Linda Koller on January 15, 2020 at 6:54pm

No Melanie, Elizabeth and I are not in competition. We just seem to be working at the same pace. I am, however, following a pattern and just completed my last block. I did get most  of it up on the design wall later this afternoon. I'm trying to figure out some of the setting triangles. The directions just said look at the photo.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 15, 2020 at 5:44pm

Hi Melanie,  Thank you.  It was a coincidence that Linda and I started our PhD projects on Jan. 1 and we have been steadily working on each block in our quilts.  She has 12 blocks but I don't really have a firm pattern to follow.  I bought 15 blocks at the QOV garage sale several years ago and I don't have the setting package or each of the packages.  When I get all 15 blocks done I'll lay them out and see what I have.  I have been enjoying  doing the hand blanket stitch on all the fused applique pieces. It takes ages but I don't seem to mind.

Linda and I are not in competition as Riana keeps reminding me but I think she has been spurring me on by posting each of her blocks as she finishes them.

Comment by Melanie Keith on January 15, 2020 at 4:40pm

Catching up on my reading here today.  Only scratched the surface!

Zoe - you and I are on the same wave length!  I've been decluttering in preparation for my grandson to move in for a while.  His parents moved quite a ways away and he is kind of lost here.  I am cleaning out a bedroom full of JUNK!  Trying to be ruthless in the process, but it is hard to realize that I'm a hoarder (GASP)!.  My dh is helping and really pushing me to get rid of stuff, which is a two-edged sword - getting stuff done, but sometimes we're punchy.   I hope your mom is doing ok and not too stressed with all the work going on.  It's OK not to sew for a while.

Linda - that block #12 is beautiful.  I will have to look for the other 11 - or maybe wait for the design wall pix.

Elizabeth - your colors are nice, too!  And you are making great progress.  I guess you and Linda are doing a quilt along?

I guess I better look at my PHD list.  I took the purple quilt and backing to sewing group on Monday - forgot to bring the pins so it didn't get pinned for quilting.  Next Monday.  I did work on a smaller quilt for a gentleman in our church that probably should have been on the PHD list - it was a baby quilt kit in blue and brown shirting that I bought about 5 years ago.  Have now pieced all HST and working on strips for the squares.  I'll post pix separately.

Well, gotta get back to the decluttering.  Take care all!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 15, 2020 at 3:33pm

Looking good!  Linda.  I sewed all morning while my cleaning lady was here.  Then, I took a little nap and I'm back to do some more.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 15, 2020 at 1:34pm

Yipee! Block 12 done!! Now for assembly on design wall...

Comment by Linda Koller on January 15, 2020 at 1:33pm

Oh, Gail, so sorry to hear, but you have to do what the doctor says. I've had a better part of a year sitting on the side lines. It's hard, but worth it in the end. Adding you to the prayer list.

Comment by Gail Brown on January 15, 2020 at 12:26pm

Zoe, it sounds like you are making headway on your cleaning,downsizing project.  I know that taking things to a thrift store is a good idea because someone will come along who will love  what you bring and it will have a new happy home.

Everyone is coming along with their projects.  I am on the side lines for a while.  I was back at the emergency room again yesterday in extreme pain.  Now have appointments with pain management doctor as well as neurosurgery  doctor.  What a mess, broken wrist and spinal compression fractures.   I told doctor that I have things to do and I don't have time for all this right now.  I was promptly told that I had to make time for all this or I would never be able to do all the  things that I want to do.  I guess for right now I will be a spectator to all these goings on.  Like the Terminator I'll be back.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 14, 2020 at 9:50pm

This is exciting, Linda! Do you

Looks wonderful , Linda. I like the bits of blue in there.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 14, 2020 at 2:50pm

Moving right along...here's block #11...one more to go!


Comment by Zoetc49 on January 13, 2020 at 11:27pm

Wonderful advice Riana ! At Christmas time I spent so much time sewing the kids quilts and stressing out to get them done.. I barely got a Thank you from any of them, only heard they liked them. When I was a child I would have been made to have written a Thank you note, or I would have called.. cost high back in those days.. you all recall Ma Bell.  I am not upset, but taking a break actually is nice. I have been coming across all the things my grandmother made for me, the shaw's I will let go now in hopes that the other little kids will enjoy them. But, the slippers my grandmother made for me were a favorite. At Christmas each year she would make them for everyone in the family. I was always so thrilled to get them as I never knew what color or pattern she would use. I look back now and she is the reason I loved sewing. She made most of my clothing as a child, up until I was in 6th grade, but I still enjoyed knowing that if I wanted something made, she would still do it for me. I loved going to the fabric store and looking at all the fabrics, and knowing all I had to do was find what I liked, then we would mail off the fabric to her and a month or so later a package would arrive and the fabric that I chose turned into a dress.  Yes, I am enjoying memory's, keeping the things I think are important.  

Later this week we have someone to look at if it will be possible to do another walkway for my mom. The back yard is on a slope, so I am not sure right now.

I have been here over 2 years now and My mom has been wanting my help and the truth is, we need to do this as one day she might not be able to and I need to get things where I can handle things better.  I do not know how she feels knowing that the years are numbered. I want to have fun with her all I can and keep her in shape all I can.. and me too. 

I am enjoying seeing all of the progress though from everyone.      

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 13, 2020 at 9:58pm

Chris, it sounds like you almost dread the sewing of the small leaves & stems. When l hand applique small botanicals, l often just embroider in the stems with a hand chain stitch in green embroidery floss split to 2 or 3 strands. It looks beautiful and is very stress free! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 13, 2020 at 9:55pm

Zoe, you are on a mission with your decluttering...and l applaud you! When you get to the sewing, re- evaluate the list. You may need to drop one or 2 to be realistic. In my time management post, you'll notice l mention  4 hr. sewing 5 days / week. Not all of us have that kind of time...and you certainly don't as a care provider. Figure out how many hours/ wk. you can spend uninterrupted in sewing room.Only you know how much you can accomplish in that time frame...l want you to enjoy your sewing time...not stress because you " must" do___ by ___. In short, if you have limited sewing time, then pare down the list to only high priority projects.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 13, 2020 at 9:12pm

Will, I might not be working hard on my quilts, but I am making progress in the garage. I let some clothing go, some I want to keep for just in case I really get the weight off. Looking at the clothing inspired me to want to do more, so last night I was reading a few statements from a Harvard professor, who is a GI doc and researcher who wrote his own plan called " Always Hungry".. that is me... recall the chocolate at Christmas time, he talks about that, well not about MY chocolate but why it is so easy to binge eat.  So, I have ordered his books and looked over his plan... I am willing to try it. he gives more leeway than most that are when they are creating the higher fat plans.   But I took a car load to the thrift store, only pulling out a few clothes for a niece and a ticket to, " Fiddle on the Roof" .. Topols farewell tour.  While there I met a young girl who wanted to get his autograph, she was told to come back the next day. I came back too.. in hopes to meet him, but that did not work out, however I also took the young girl a music box I had picked up at a thrift store of Fiddle of the Roof. So, that ticket gave me happy memories. Maybe I will laminate it and use as a book mark.

It feels good to give myself permission not to sew right now, the home needs to feel "free" of clutter.

I will get back to sewing when I can clear out my sewing space again.. maybe next week.

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 13, 2020 at 8:58pm

These are great blocks Elizabeth and Linda!

I started doing my prepared edge applique pieces for my number one project, the Baltimore Christmas quilt. This one only has about 40 super small leaves and about the same number of 1/8 inch stems....ugh!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 13, 2020 at 8:22pm

Elizabeth, this is another quilt I can't wait to see finished. Great work!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 13, 2020 at 8:04pm

Oh Liz, these all go together so well, please don't break them up into two !

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 13, 2020 at 5:38pm

Linda, block #10 is beautiful!  How close are you now?  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 13, 2020 at 5:36pm

I have 4 more blocks to go  - 1 pieced block and 3 applique ones.  That makes 15.  After I lay them out I can decide what I can do with my scraps and if this will be 1 or 2 quilts.

My order from CT came today and I am very happy to see my lovely stuff!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 13, 2020 at 5:24pm
Comment by Riana Noyes on January 13, 2020 at 5:18pm

Linda, l'm admiring your great workmanship!  And isn't this exiting?! Getting closer tl assembly time.

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