2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Riana Noyes on Monday

Zoe, did you get any sewing in this weekend as you'd planned?

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Sunday

Thank you for thinking about me in your prayers, Barbara.  I took inspiration from your tackling the cleaning of your bedroom.  We have a bank of closets between the ensuite and our bedroom and they could use some sorting and a cleaning of the bottom shelf and floor that I use as a catch-all.  I don't have a lot of clothes so the seasonal change-over isn't a chore.  I only keep clothes that fit me.

I love sewing my scraps!  But once my current project is a finished top, I am going back to sandwiching.  My DIL will soon have 4 batts for me.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Sunday

Riana, I did watch a video of Leah Day using a panto. But she did not mention the things you brought up about practising with the light first. Good idea.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Sunday

Offering your practise pieces was so kind of you, Liz. Sorry about your 3 languishing quilts!! 

I haven't any quilting done. Had to get my bedroom fall cleaned. It needed it badly. And finally retrieved my fall/winter clothes. Cleaned the closet yesterday and the room part today. I will start my sewing  again soon.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 14, 2020 at 12:47pm

Yes, Barbara, You will just have to quilt all my quilts in Tiny Town!  You wouldn't want to be in Ottawa right now.  From what I see in the newspaper, most of the infections are in schools and in long term care homes. I used to think I'd go happily to a retirement home and then a LTCHome when my time had come but I've changed my mind.  Even the Red Cross is being asked to come in and help take care of the elderly in our LTCHomes.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 14, 2020 at 10:52am

Thanks Liz, but I think that the closest I can get is in Tiny Town,

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 14, 2020 at 9:48am

Barbara, too bad that you don't live in Ottawa.  I could supply with you with lots of practice pieces.  You would be a pro by the time you got to your quilts. LOL  I have 3 quilt tops and backings languishing in my closet waiting for my Sewjo.

Right now Ottawa is the only hot spot in Canada for covid.  We are being as careful as possible - only food, meds and the bank.  We still take a daily walk, if weather permits, but we stay on the least travelled path.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 14, 2020 at 9:29am

Thanks for the info Riana. Glad to know this ahead of time.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 11, 2020 at 9:35pm

Barbara, once it's set up , take 15 min. to guide the machine ( not turned on) & follow the panto line using lazer ( or stylus)  to get the feel and create muscle memory. It's a bit trickier to move the machine than just tracing with pen in hand. Then, when you're actually stitching , avoid too fast ( you won't stay well on lines and eyelashing occurs on back) or too slow ( like riding a bike too slow, you will start to wobble). When ( not if) you stray off the line, don't panic and jerk back. Instead, just ease back over the next 2-3". Nobody will notice the error amidst all the stitching lines.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 11, 2020 at 9:34am

Riana. I do have a smaller quilt I can put on the frame and practise with a pantograph. Also I was going to look on you tube to see how the grace company sets up for a pantograph. They usually are pretty good at showing good directions. After I get that far If I'm stumped I will scream for help!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 10, 2020 at 9:47pm

Barbara, it really would be a good idea to mount that small quilt you spoke of on your midarm, and quilt it first. You'll become more confident after you have that one done. It's very easy to mount a partially quilted project on a frame to finish if you want. I can coach you via inbox if you wish to try that to complete Star. If not, then put the log cabin on the frame and start quilting! I find that once you plan out the design and practice drawing it on paper, you'll find the best " stitch path". Often, doing an edge to edge overall design works best on busy quilts, but there are other ways for log cabins with available negative space. You'll be so glad you did...scared at first, but glad!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 10, 2020 at 4:40pm

Riana, I think I will try to quilt the large curved log cabin on the midarm. It's kind of scary. It will be my first project. I would have liked to start with a smaller project on the mid arm until I am more acquainted with it. Then when my machine comes back I will go back to my star quilt.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 10, 2020 at 8:51am

Barbara, l take it that it's your domestic that's on the fritz? You don't have an older backup machine? Check out your local thrift shop! They often have good basic machines folks have no room for. You can always redonate it if you haven't got space after yours is fixed.Nothing fancy needed for fmq!. So ...no, you won't be substituting. If you must do  pillows in between, you can certainly do so. We still have nearly 3 months to complete the PHD projects. Repeat to yourself " where there's a will, there's a way." and " when the going gets tough, tough quilters find a way"!!!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 9, 2020 at 8:25pm

Riana, If you don't mind I would like to save my curved log cabin for next year, If we do it next year. And replace it with another one that is a little more simpler to finish. Repair man said it could take 3 weeks. That cuts my time short. I have a custumer who wants me to make 5 wolf pillow for Christmas so that will also take me some time. I have another smaller quilt that I have sandwiched ready to quilt that I could replace it with.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 9, 2020 at 11:29am

Just heard that my repair man is backed up for three weeks due to machines breaking when making covid 19 masks. More than normal.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 9, 2020 at 9:54am

I am on pause for a little bit as something is wrong with my machine. I keep breaking needles. I started free motion on the boarders but keep breaking the needles. And the needle threader is not putting the thread in the needle. Something is not right.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on October 7, 2020 at 4:05pm

I agree, go with your instincts, Mary! It hasn't failed you so far! This is simply amazing to me.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 6, 2020 at 6:20pm

Mary, go with your artistic instinct.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on October 6, 2020 at 11:35am

You guys are all doing so well.  Still haven’t made it to the sewing room to do trimming.  Hope to do it before week’s end.  The quilts and tapestry really are gorgeous.  

Comment by Mary Moore on October 6, 2020 at 11:07am

As we leave the all people skin natural linen, I am making the backgrounds darker than the linen.

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