2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Barbara Hughes yesterday

Happy Thanksgiving to All.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 14, 2020 at 8:47am

Thank you, Chris.

Comment by Chris Michelle on November 14, 2020 at 6:34am

Lovely quilt and quilting Barbara!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 12, 2020 at 5:48pm

Barbara, thank you for the information.  The pillowforms are more expensive here in Canada and I was glad that I did not have to order one from Amazon.ca.  I had one still in the bag and it had a zippered cover.  Mine was only 12x12 and I guess on the machine embroidered pillows you use a lot of thread.  At least I won't worry that I overcharged her.  It can't be fun for her to work every day during covid giving home care to women who need it.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 12, 2020 at 1:43pm

Riana, I have that in mind except today I have an out of town guest coming for the afternoon. Made a cake this morning. And got my cleaning done yesterday. I think I am going to sit down right now and do a label for the quilt I just finished as it is going to a friend in New Jersy.

Liz, I am so glad I am not the only one who does Boo boos. You wouldn't (or would) believe the stupid things I have been known for! LOL !!  To give you comfort!! It didn't register to me that it was a mistake until you pointed it out. The lady that is buying my pillows offered me $50.00 per pillow. I see on Etsy they range anywhere from 12.00 to 75.00. I get my 16 inch pillow forms from Walmart. I like them because they are firm. 2 for 8 something. I think it worked out to 4.50 each. I saw the very same wolf design on Etsy as mine and she was asking if I remember correctly 74.00. She had an elite shop on etsy of all kinds of unique items. However her designs were from embroidery library where I get mine. I don't think this was any help to you but I trust your good judgement.

Thank you so much Gail.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 12, 2020 at 1:03pm

Riana, I don't often get as mixed up sewing a quilt top following a pattern.  Gail, now that you mention it, I have another blue and yellow quilt that I sold at the Church quilt show.  I like that combination too. I also like Red, blue and beige.

Ginny, I am sewing 42 of those scrappy squares together as the backing for "Fun with Bricks".  Why you may have trouble working so scrappy is that the colours are hodge-podge - nothing is enhanced by what you put beside it if you are just matching sizes of scraps.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on November 12, 2020 at 12:50pm

I now understand why this is the kitty quilt. I had to magnify the bright print to see the kitties. That is such cute fabric! Adorable quilt, Elizabeth, and love the back, as usual. I am building one as we speak. It is hard for me to do this and I can't explain why, but I am doing it.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 12, 2020 at 11:46am

Barbara, Your Stars are beautiful and your embrpidery touches are really pretty, makes it even more special.

Elizabeth, your Blue and Yellow make me think of an old friend of mine who loved blue and yellow.  Almost every other quilt she made was blue and yellow. and she loved Sunbonnet Sue.  I'm lucky enough to have a sweet little Sunbonnet Sue wallhanging that she made in 2009 and I treasure it, even her e-mail address was sunbonnet sue.  I don't call those litle things that go wrong mistakes, they are design opportunities and they are done with love. I've had several of them, actually a lot, but I never tell.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 12, 2020 at 10:21am

Liz, l can hear on my left side, as l still have that aid, and my right ear is not my worst, so l'm still hearing...just not as clearly,lol. The border turned out that way because the left and right sides have an uneven # of rectangles and the bottom / top have ane even #. To visually balance, it would need to be a wider quilt...by exactly the width of one rectangle.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 12, 2020 at 9:49am

Barbara, Janice, the PSW, is coming today to pick up the pillow I made to go with the "Going to the Zoo" quilt.  I put a 12x12 pillow form in it that has a zippered cover and then I made the back of the pillow itself envelope style so It can be taken apart and washed.  Because of the price of the pillow form I am charging her $20. Can.  Do you think that is too much?  What do you charge for your Wolf pillows?

My next project is the pieced scrappy backing for the "Fun With Bricks" quilt and the North and South quilt is waiting for its 2 borders.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 12, 2020 at 9:36am

Riana, I know that you can't hear but did you see something went wrong with the last border of my quilt.  I can't even find the pattern to see what happened.  Oh well, as long as you like my quilt as is, don't bother going back to figure out what went wrong.  And I thought it was such an easy pattern!  Thank you, though.  I like those bright coloured cats.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 12, 2020 at 9:03am

Elizabeth, those fabrics go together so cheerfully! Some lucky little one's getting a great Christmas present this year.

Barbara, set that embroidery machine up and do one wolf per day pillow front until there's enough. Then you can fit the actual pillowcmaking in between rest periods or other tasks. Once those are all done and off to your customer, it'll be so much easier to pick a project of your own to complete. Face it now...you likely won't have time to finish both, so pick the one that matters most.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 11, 2020 at 5:50pm

Thank you all for your kind words.  Still have 2 to go before December 31. YIKES!! Plus 5 wolf pillow for someone who wants to purchase them for Christmas, another Yikes!!  I think it's for a family who's name is Wolf.

Liz, Colorful, Beautiful, and finished!! Now is that 159 or 158??? You are  making progress. Congratulations!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 11, 2020 at 5:39pm

Linda, the CT order taker told me it may be 2 to 3 weeks for my order to arrive.  I suspect it might be longer, but I won't be concerned until after that time.  My DIL has been ordering me any supplies I need from Amazon.ca and they come in 1 day.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 11, 2020 at 5:34pm
Comment by Ginny Andersen on November 11, 2020 at 2:17pm

Beautiful quilt, Barbara! So, I am not the only person that pays attention to quilts on movies and TV? 

I haven't decided yet about Bonnie's Grassy Creek MQ, but I will also tweak the colors if I do it. Her patterns are a definite commitment for their complexity. Beth has my Frolic and I am anxious to see it when she finishes her magic. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on November 11, 2020 at 7:12am

Love the quilt Zoe! I made a Maple Leaf quilt years ago as a gift for my Aunt. Batiks are wonderful for them.

Elizabeth, I do plan to make the new Grassy Creek mystery from Bonnie this year. I am changing colors to use a half-yard bundle I have and I like that my quilt won't look exactly like thousands of others when done. I pulled out my Frolic that I started last year and am working on getting that one assembled now. I still have a lot of piecing to do on that one, as it appears I stopped on week 7, when she started making all those flying geese...I changed those colors up too.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 10, 2020 at 9:53pm

Barbara, the quilting is lovely...and there's so much of it! That's a PHD worthy quilt for sure. I'vecmarked it off the list. Now, what's next? I know you must be careful not to overdo. Maybe we can call small amounts physical therapy?

Comment by Linda Koller on November 10, 2020 at 8:25pm

Love all that blue!!!!! Congrats on another finish.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 10, 2020 at 8:01pm

It is interesting how much quilts are used in movies. Just the other day I saw the same star and hexie quilt on a bed in a movie.

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