2020 PHD Challenge


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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.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 6, 2020 at 9:49am

OOH! Mary, looks like there is still a lot of work to do.  I found a scrappy "Fun With Bricks" UFO yesterday.  I had stopped at the point where I was sewing 20 blocks into rows 4x5.  I don't even recognize some of the fabrics.  Anyway I started in on it again.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 6, 2020 at 9:30am

Mary, l think l like it with just the canvas color, as thus the figures show clearly. Any chance you have a " natural "or light oatmeal colored yarn?

Comment by Mary Moore on October 5, 2020 at 8:30pm

Where you see the linen colored background needs filling in with crewel type embroidery stitches.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 5, 2020 at 11:34am

Ooh, how dissappointing for you . Hopefully only a narrow band of stitches requred .l'd be tempted to just cut off...but realize you must keep sizes of all pieces in series uniform.

Comment by Mary Moore on October 5, 2020 at 12:25am

Everything looks so good.

I knew I would have to hem, line and make a sleeve for the tapestry.  When it was returned for that work, I happily cut it off the frame, and discovered it still needed stitching on the top.  And the weather got very hot again. Any way here is what I need to do, before I can start the finish work.

Paul has been fussing with the printer connection and now the computer is not seeing my phone.  Grumble.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 3, 2020 at 11:43am

Thankyou for the info on Quiltworx projects, Chris. Maybe next yr. I'll join in on a PHD project with one similar. I've been doing " easy" quilts for charity...don't want to get too complacent about challenging with new skill. 

Liz, hubby wants you to keep busy so...   A: you won't be worrying too much, and B: you won't find him new cleaning chores to complete , lol.  



Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 3, 2020 at 10:43am

Kris, enjoyed the pat on the head!  Hubby helped me take out all the safety pins this morning.  I have been busy making 5 and 6" blocks for 2 quilts in the works.  That's the first time in ages that Hubby helped with something as difficult as removing pins.  He wanted to encourage me to keep going.

Comment by Chris Michelle on October 3, 2020 at 7:36am

Liz, what a cute baby quilt! A baby quilt is on my list next, once I get Valley Blossoms done (or at least loaded on the long arm frame for quilting). My friend's first grandchild was born on Thursday and I am designing a custom quilt for him. I am trying to create applique blocks in Art N Stitch, and that is something I have never done before.

Kris-What a great jacket! Your State Parks quilt is really neat also. It seems like you have been really busy too!

Comment by Zoetc49 on October 3, 2020 at 2:00am

Riana, I keep getting distracted ! Look what I found tonight !  Yes, I bought it. I have a friend who is 92 years old and her husband use to give her a stuffed bunny for her birthday each year.   I will post what is going on in the UFO page. image 0https://i.etsystatic.com/11046997/r/il/6d199f/1441564838/il_1588xN.1441564838_f1nw.jpg 2x" data-original-image-width="700" data-src-zoom-image="https://i.etsystatic.com/11046997/r/il/6d199f/1441564838/il_fullxfull.1441564838_f1nw.jpg" data-index="0" width="366" height="474" />

Comment by Chris Michelle on October 2, 2020 at 9:43pm

Thanks ladies! It was a ton of work, especially the embroidery on the borders. It seemed to take forever! 

Riana, the Quiltworx patterns come with all the pieces needed to complete each unit printed on large pieces of newsprint. Everything you need to do the whole quilt is included in the package, With step by step cutting, sewing, and assembly instructions. This one also included laser cut templates for the appliqué and I purchased the machine embroidery for the appliqué and cut the pieces with the included cut files for my Cameo.

Comment by Kris Howell on October 2, 2020 at 9:35pm

Chris  - that quilt is just wonderful!  Good luck with getting it loaded this weekend.  Happy quilting!

Elizabeth - you made me laugh with your good behavior story!  I could pretend you are a little puppy and pat you on the head.......but I won't!  Good luck with the second go round of sandwiching. 

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 2, 2020 at 5:51pm

Thanks Ginny. I copied those also. 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on October 2, 2020 at 4:45pm

What a glorious quilt, Chris! Really beautiful! 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on October 2, 2020 at 4:44pm

Thos e are beautiful blocks, Riana! Thanks! Here is another site with free NYB blocks. -

 https://www.lenzula.com/free-pattern/new-york-beauty/ ;

Comment by Gail Brown on October 2, 2020 at 3:09pm

Chris, all I can say is FABULOUS!  I admire your skill and patience and ability to consentrate, I know all of that is required to turn out such a piece.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 2, 2020 at 1:37pm

Chris, your Valley Blossoms quilt top is a masterpiece!  You deserve a gold medal and many , many gold stars!

I messed up the sandwiching of my Visions of the Forest yesterday.  I tried to fix it today but messed up again.  Nothing ruined.  I will take the pins out and press the front and back and try again with a better batting.  I read your article on time - so all I've wasted is a day's work and another day's work to right the wrongs and get back to my starting point.  

Also I want everyone to know that I lived up to my motto:  Calm in the face of the storm.  I was well behaved in the drug store and even in the grocery store today after lunch.  My halo is shining so brightly!

Comment by Linda Koller on October 2, 2020 at 10:18am

Stunning, Chris!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 2, 2020 at 8:14am

Riana can your share the site with us where you found the free New York Beauty blocks? I also saw a picture of multiple NYB blocks that the lady said she gathered from different sights on the internet but didn't say where. I've been looking for these patterns.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 1, 2020 at 9:52pm

Wow, Chris, that looks terrific already! Do these paper piecing patterns have full size sheets you must copy off? Or do they include multiple unit pieces already printed? I've only done small blocks of fpp. Recently, l found a free download of variations of New York Beauty blocks that you print off. It'll be my first whole quilt attempt of fpp. Thinking a bed topper to add colour to grandsons' guest room at our house.

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