2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Linda Koller on November 28, 2019 at 11:18pm

Kris, as a matter of fact...she graduates with her bachelors in the spring and is looking at ASU for her masters...possibly....or S. California.

Comment by Kris Howell on November 28, 2019 at 10:18pm

Linda, that would be really cool if your D-I-L could move close to you!

Mary and Elizabeth  - go ahead, sew a bit - but if you finish it in 2019 it doesn't count, lol!

I'm making good progress on all the Christmas project.  Might even have some pictures for you all next week.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 28, 2019 at 10:09pm

I did some sewing today also, Liz. Saw a pot holder in my stuff that I started and decided to finish it.LOL!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 28, 2019 at 9:34am

Mary, I won't tell a soul if you want to take a few stitches on the Hawaiian Quilt before January 1.  Isn't it funny?  I am tempted to work on my Tulip Twist before the New Year too.  My Pansy Quilt is till all over the place so I really need to sew the top together.  So while all of you are celebrating Thanksgiving I'll be sewing.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 28, 2019 at 9:27am

I am getting things lined up and on the starting line.  Big sale this weekend on a 20 yard roll of cotton batting at Joanns.  That should get me through quite a few of the projects I have lined up.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 28, 2019 at 9:13am

Mary, no reason why you can't clear out a couple of " little projects" that you may have neglected...a kind of " warm up " excersize for the main event :-))

Comment by Mary Moore on November 28, 2019 at 12:32am

Having declared the PATDS Hawaiian quilt for my PHD project I can't work on it until 2020..which may be what I needed as I want to work on it now.   Perverse, as I have been in a non-quilting mood for the last 6 months.

Comment by Linda Koller on November 26, 2019 at 2:49pm

Gail, thank you so much for your words! They were so beautiful! Moving to this community in Tucson has made me feel the same way you have expressed. I am fortunate that an ex-daughter-in-law (mother of 2 of my grandchildren and lives in California) is more like a daughter that I never had. She has never deserted me. As a matter of fact she is looking to continue her education here in Tucson or Phoenix so she can be closer to me.

You know Cleveland Brown fans feel the same way that Redskins fans feel. LOL Well maybe not as much....LOL LOL LOL I don't keep track of football, but I know for a while Cleveland didn't have a winning record.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 26, 2019 at 12:39pm

Gail, I loved your words of encouragement!  Thank you.  Hubby was glad to hear that there is another Redskins fan in the world.  He thought he was the only one.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 26, 2019 at 11:53am

Linda, get those quilts out that were for "fair weather friends" and finish them for your self or your real friends.  Not getting them was their loss.  You have been through so much and came through it all with a sunny personality and your beloved Indy.  We are all "Family".  we are the Quilting Sisters a very big family.  Do you all remember Dog Patch in Lil Abner?  We are from "Quilt Patch", all sisters from different Mothers..  Lets get our phd lists in order and start off the New Year with a real goal  I'm excited now that I have actually put down in writing what actual projects need to be done.  It's more meaningful than just saying "I'm going to get some stuff done."

Riana, you are such a great "coach", I can close my eyes and feel you standing behind me saying "you know what you have to do, concentrate."  Not too many of us can keep up with you but you're a great inspiration.  I wish the Washington Redskins had a coach like you, my Grandson is heart broken, only 2 wins this season.  I'm worried he won't love the Redskins quilt and pillow case I made him for Christmas.

Comment by Linda Koller on November 26, 2019 at 10:37am

Thank you everyone! You all are more family to me than my real family! I'll try to get my complete list together this week.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 26, 2019 at 10:31am

Linda, yes, you certainly belong! You have moved at least 3 times , maybe 4, and l know you lost a good deal of your belongings when your life got turned upside down and you had to spend months away from your house up north. I'm aware items lost were part of your quilting life...l hope you'll forgive my highhanded manner, I was only trying to keep things " fair". So how be we get you ( and others in similar boat) to provide a complete list of projects by our Jan1 " commitment" date? That  bundle will be your phd challenge. ( But don't go overboard...' cause over estimating what we can take on is how many of us end up here in the first place!)

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on November 26, 2019 at 2:04am

You are all too funny.  This group should keep each other on their toes.  One of the ladies in my Loose Threads Quilt Group frequently travels to Tucson AZ.  She brought back this time a grandmother’s quilt, unfinished but with all its parts.  She guesstimates it to be from the mid 60s based on fabric ($25 she paid to the thrift shop).  Another she brought it to show was $7 about.  All 2-1/2” squares from around the 70s.  She said this is the 4th quilt she has bought from this thrift store.  Some she fixes up and donates, but the grandmother’s garden she will keep.

 Linda, of course you belong in this group.  Your procrastination was just for a different reason.

Riana, glad you made it safely and your fur babies have settled in to their winter home.

Comment by Mary Moore on November 26, 2019 at 1:47am

Oh Elizabeth...I knew you were laughing with me. 

Glad Riana is home to keep us in order.  Snow due tomorrow!

Comment by Linda Koller on November 25, 2019 at 11:32pm

Well gosh darn Riana! I don't know that I have one that has me stymied or that I procrastinated about. I just simply started too many at one time and never got back to them. A couple I didn't finish because the people they were for turned their backs on me after the accident. I need to get all these quilts done to make space since I've downsized and decide what I want to do with them. The two I want to do first are for my best friend and for a change one for myself. So maybe I don't belong to the PHD group.

Ginny, I'm doing ok. The swelling came down quite a bit today altho the jaw still feels a bit tight. I see the surgeon Wednesday.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on November 25, 2019 at 10:30pm

OMGosh, Linda! I sure hope things improve for you! So sorry to hear about the emergency surgery.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 25, 2019 at 9:38pm

Mary, I hope I did not offend you - I may have gone overboard with my silliness.  To show you how sorry I am I'll make a donation in your name to the bad word jar.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 25, 2019 at 9:37pm

Well , l've safely arrived in Fla. Laughed when l heard we had a " bad word" jar. I think we should also designate the word " procrastinate" as a bad word! 

Linda, what l believe we are doing in this challenge is getting out our oldest, longest standing ufo...that nemises that has had us stymied, but we won't give up on or we'd have given it away! That project we took on before we were ready...but by golly we're ready now! That's what's worthy of our PHD efforts, in my opinion.What we're doing starting January 1 of 2020 is to finally get that thing done , out of our hair, and out of our feeling guilty baggage.

Comment by Mary Moore on November 25, 2019 at 8:27pm

We have a bad word jar?  Maybe that is how we can raise money for our prizes!  My second quilt was a grandmother's flower garden before I knew about paper piecing..it was finished that year.  And it was used up by a friend's little girl loving it to death.  Happy Ending.

Comment by Kris Howell on November 25, 2019 at 8:17pm

When we were in the States we slept in the unheated back room at our grandparent's house under layers and layers of quilts.  The top one on my bed was a Grandmother's Flower Garden. I made one Flower Garden block in a sampler quilt years and years ago, and that's the closest I've been to a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  I have not made a full size one.  I have never contemplated making one.  I do not have one hiding in a closet somewhere waiting to be finished.  There.  *grin*

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