2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 5, 2020 at 9:50am

I think I forgot to push the add comment yesterday. My message was about Zoe's quilt border. What a great find. It was made perfectly for that quilt.  Excellent job!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 4, 2020 at 8:42pm

Yippee, Zoe! Bet it felt great to get that done! I just love the fabric you picked for the border...perfect :-))

Well, Liz, l hope you find the fountain of youth so you will be around long enough to finish all 161  ufos. Now let's see...if you do 10 per yr., it'll take 16 yr. If you can step that up to 20/ yr., you can get them done in 5...but that's 1 every 2 weeks or so. You can probably manage that, given how fast you sew... problem is , l just know you'll start even more before the 5 yrs is up !  < grin>

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 4, 2020 at 5:24pm

This is the border fabric I went with. I got the quilt done, the back fabric sewed up, packaged up and I took it outside with me to mail a letter and right there the postman was at my box ! Perfect timing !!!!

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 4, 2020 at 2:19pm

Riana, I have told Beth I am not concerned when they get them, but I had to wait to find out the cost. You are right, I need to get this off today, or by tomorrow.  My nephew is not coming here.

Gail, I like your style !!!  LOL

Elizabeth, wonderful ! I have a friend who had Covid and still struggles, she told me she wears three layers now.   

I am worn out from watching the election results. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 4, 2020 at 12:51pm

Hubby fell down in the early morning so I was awake for a while worrying about him.  He didn't hurt himself luckily.  So I did fall back to sleep after checking on the election results twice.  So after a late start this morning I sewed some more Elephants & Cat blocks and some scrap blocks.  

I had sent someone an envelope of I Spy blocks seeing a request on one of the on-line sites.  She wanted to pay me but I told her to just sent me some scraps which she did.  So I made 8" scrap blocks with her fabric, mostly aqua and purple and added a few more made with my similar coloured scraps.  When I had 25 I put them aside.  Today I worked on sewing them together into a 40" square and I've cut 2 borders of aqua and purple.  Just what I needed - project 161.  Doesn't this sound like fun, Gail?

Comment by Gail Brown on November 4, 2020 at 12:11pm

Zoe, working on those UFOs soundslike a good idea.  I could do that for the next ten years and not run out of something to do.  Haven't seen some of them in so long that they are like new again to me.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 4, 2020 at 10:25am

I did a large load ($285.) of groceries after dinner yesterday.  It isn't too bad at Loblaw's at 6:00 P.M.  I did quite a bit of sewing on the Elephants & Cat quilt - lots of 6" blocks and started hand appliqueing  the fused cat. (12" block) and misc. blocks to use up scraps.

Riana, I thought about Fabricland as we drove by as it is in the same building as Loblaw's - but I resisted.

I am wearing a paper mask under my 2 layer cloth mask now as directed by our national Dr. of Health, Dr. T. Tam who is advising a 3 layer mask.  I can breathe just fine through the 3 layers.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 3, 2020 at 9:34pm

Zoe, l hope you get those borders on and mail it pronto. It's not fair to Beth if you send it late, then expect it back in time for nephew's visit. Then their is holiday mail to consider...it could get caught up in all that Black Friday package- sending frenzy!

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 3, 2020 at 10:32am

Elizabeth, I did try to join that group once and I was not allowed to join, maybe it was because I do not post my quilts on my FB page.  What I could do, it sew the strips together and then cut them out for new blocks. I think that challenge sounds neat.  Now that this quilt is almost done, I need to take my times to help my mom go though and toss more things and get this home organize while I don't have so much yard work to do.  I will work on catching up on my UFO's and try not to start a new quilt for a bit. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 3, 2020 at 9:07am

Zoe, I didn't realize that your strips were 1 1/2".  The block pattern I outlined will have to be changed to 4 1 1/2" squares dark, 4 1 1/2" squares med, 4 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles light.  It makes a 4" block.  That's too small for me to work with.  I like 6" blocks the best.  I'll take a photo of my block so you can see what I mean.

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 3, 2020 at 12:36am

Riana, I already ordered the pillow insert, as I had planned on that, but the strips I have are cut 1 1/2. I guess I will put them in a bag for now. I will use some on the backside of the pillow. Scrap quilts are in my future.

Gail, thank you. My nephews wife has been very excited about it, and my nephew's quilt along with all of his belongings got taken last Christmas. He loved that quilt.  What I might do is find some panels that I can use these strips in for his future children.


Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 2, 2020 at 5:39pm

Zoe, I just love when there is fabric left over from making a quilt.  In July Bonnie Hunter had an Easy Breezy Leader and Ender Challenge and the block is just made for left over strips.  You need 4 dark 2 1/2" squares, 4 med. 2 1/2" squares, and 4 light 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles to make a 8" block but you can use scraps if you do not have enough scraps in 1 colour.  The challenge is on until July 2021.  The blocks can be used as a table topper or runner, wall quilt, baby quilt, bed runner, pillow or up to a full sized quilt.

My batting is ready for the Colourful Kitties Quilt and I made some blocks today - both 6 and 8".

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 2, 2020 at 4:30pm

Zoe...leftovers? Take a page from Liz's book, and make a matching pillow :-))

Comment by Gail Brown on November 2, 2020 at 3:12pm

Zoe, that's beautiful, they will love it.Riana, I will have the Dresden Plate sandwiched by the end of this week, I wish I could get it on the frame but can't right now.  Still having the back problems, they are some better, but I don't want to aggrivate them again.  I have to wait until I am completely healed.  I guess the three that I have finished will be it for 2020.  I have been working on a lot of smaller projects that are easy for me to deal with so it hasn't been a total loss.  Completing the Dresden Plate will be at the top of next years list.  I think that as many years as I have been carrying it around it deserves to be first.  I have several other tops as well as some blocks that will go on that list.

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 2, 2020 at 2:55pm

Barbara, thank you ! I went to the quilt store and after looking for awhile, I found the fabric to add to the bottom to make this 82 X 82  ... that will help keep their feet warmer ! I will post a picture later.

Elizabeth, the blocks once done were easy to sew into the quilt, but in making these it was touch for me because each item had to be cleaned up/ trimmed. I went to the quilt store often when I needed one more tone of something, as I wanted a scrappy look...   Now what do I do with all that I cut out and did not use??  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 2, 2020 at 10:11am

Riana, I made a  priority for week 1 of November.  I am going to cut and piece the batting for Colourful Kitties Quilt and have it sandwiched by Nov. 8.  Now all the other ducklings may follow and indicate a priority to have finished by Nov. 8.

Chris, I'm glad you are almost finished "On Ringo Lake".  Did you see Bonnie has posted the colours and fabric requirements for the new mystery?  Haha!  It never ends.  No wonder I have so many starts!  Exactly 160.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 2, 2020 at 10:02am

I am so thankful, Hurray!! Just got a call from Dan my repairman. The machine is ready to pick up so we will be off to Beaver Dam in just a few minutes/

Comment by Chris Michelle on November 2, 2020 at 9:59am

Mary, that tapestry is amazing. A true work of art.

Mama Duck. I am still stuck on the quilting for Valley Blossoms, but I pulled out another PhD project, my On Ringo Lake, and have the top almost assembled completely. I should have that done later today. I need to make a baby quilt for a friend whose first grandchild was born last month. I know it wasn't on my list, but babies are one of those things you just fit in the schedule.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 2, 2020 at 9:58am

Zoe, last photo of yours I saw was a all the green and brown strips and now you have sewn the entire top!  I thought I was a whiz getting that little pillow done and you have accomplished a beautiful, large quilt top.

Hubby's 90th is on Saturday.  I am only allowing my son and DIL to come.  I hope our grandchildren are not too hurt!  Jim is picking up the family size dinner of ribs and chicken from a very special restaurant "Baton Rouge" which is our favourite for special occasions.  He has also ordered special cupcakes.  I am contributing salad and ice cream and soft drinks.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 2, 2020 at 9:53am

Zoe, I was right!! lol!! It is beautiful. Nice work. Good point by Riana. 

Riana, Thanks for pushing us forward. Still don't have my machine but I can quilt the fabric for the pillow on my smaller machines. The rest has to be done by the embroidery machine. I'm dividing up my time and will not be making Christmas Cookies this year. I have a 24" pillow all marked for embroidery and lettering. I sure hope it turns out well as it is a retirement gift for Collin's twin. 

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