2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Riana Noyes on July 19, 2020 at 1:47pm

Linda, l guess your great progress got the therapist to rev things up a bit too much...so sorry you must pay price for his/ her mistake :-((

Zoe, l'm expecting some progress on the leaf quilt soon. You can certainly use scraps/ strips in that one! 

Mary, l know just what you mean about stiffness. I also found spray basting adds a bit, but as you found out, the machined ones soften with use. If l want a quilt super cuddly, l do minimal quilting ( whater batting allows). Those show quilts are just that...for show. I doubt many get much daily use, especially those with beads& jewels. Great for a wall, though. Maybe limit the hand quilting to 1/2 hr. per day. My callouses on fingers usually take a week to form, if l've not done hand quilting for a long while.

Comment by Linda Koller on July 19, 2020 at 1:37pm

LOL! I wish I was actually dancing! He actually put a broom in my hand and had me do sweeping motions!  Can't believe how much my hip didn't like it and how painful it was!!!!! I'm up moving today...gingerly.

Comment by Mary Moore on July 19, 2020 at 12:43pm

Kris, what a wonderful way to machine quilt manageable pieces. Red and White is my favorite, favorite.

Revelation!!  I have disliked machine quilted quilts because they seem so stiff and uncuddily.  Ones in Quilt shows particularly.  The summer quilt I just did with no filling and a flannel back and machine quilting was also board like.  BUT, after 3 weeks of using it anyway it is softening and is quite comfortable.  Probably also depends on how much quilting.

Linda, Twisting!!!  When I was a bespecticaled, tooth braced, teenager I never went to dances. But, I was taught the twist by patients at a mental hospital where my Mom and I volunteered.

Quilting fingers limping along on the Hawaiian Quilt.

Comment by Gail Brown on July 19, 2020 at 12:12pm

Linda, so sorry that doing the twist put you to bed.  I haven't done "The Twist" in a lot of years and I don't think I will do it again.  Sometimes I think that therapists are sadists.  Praying for a quick and painless recovery.

Comment by Linda Koller on July 19, 2020 at 10:29am

Kris, love the red and white!

Momma Duck, thought I was going to get some sewing done this week. However, my therapist started a new phase...twisting. My body (hip) revolted. I've been on 2 days of complete bed rest and I've been in tears. This too shall pass and I will get thru it.

Comment by Kris Howell on July 19, 2020 at 10:15am

Thanks, Riana - I had been researching how to add backing and batting and front, but your method seems to be the most logical.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 19, 2020 at 10:11am

Kris, that multi border print, mitred, would look fabulous as the final border. You'll need the others too, l'm sure, to get enough drop. Glad you're getting SIL 's input, as she will be the one living with it ...lucky gal that she is. As to method, my fave when " adding",  is to baste on the border to top ( by machine) being mindfull of stop/ start if mitering corners...and then turn over.Then  lay & backing beneath, ( backing rt. sides together), pin all through from top, then sew it all together from top side, following the basting. Again, stop start at mitred corner, not sewing over seam allowance of corner . (Result, the quilt is sandwiched between the top border and backing border.) After a light hovering above with steam iron to set, l then add the batting for border, basting it to seam allowance ( your choice if by hand or machine. )Then spray bast or pin, and quilt.l've had great success with this method.

Comment by Kris Howell on July 19, 2020 at 9:22am

My Continuum top and close up of a couple blocks.  The top is 78 X 87 so just slightly larger than the top of a king sized mattress, so I basically just need the over hang part.  I'm sending pictures to my sister in law asking if she wants similar borders on all 4 sides, or just over hang on 3 sides.  Since it's her quilt, I figure she should have some say in it, but I'd love suggestions on what to do, and how to do it from all of you.  I have enough red for a small border, enough white for a medium border, and plenty of the multi colored fabric.  Throw your ideas out there, please! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 19, 2020 at 7:53am

Kris, good work! Hope you have enough fabric to expand, or a complimentary one, so you can add a border if need be. Did SIL get a bigger bed? My hubby says if the pets keep pushing him around , we'll need one too ,lol.

Chris, the Balimore Christmas will be hard to concentrate on in this heat. Your desire to finish it will return with cooler weather. Meanwhile, enjoy the progress on Valley Blossoms. We all need to make a quilt " just for me" as a reward for all the hard work :-))

Comment by Chris Michelle on July 18, 2020 at 9:52pm

I am almost done with the second round of machine applique on my Valley Blossoms which is the quilt for my bedroom. I have about half of the snowman block sewn down on my Baltimore Christmas quilt. I have lost some of my momentum on that project and am doubtful that will be completed this year. I will post photos tomorrow of the Valley Blossoms progress.

Comment by Kris Howell on July 18, 2020 at 9:49pm

Riana - I just finished the last of the hand stitching on the Continuum quilt!  Tomorrow I will take pictures and post here.  I'm not calling it done yet, because I have to expand it to a king size for my sister in law. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 18, 2020 at 9:40pm

We are lacking progress reports, ducklings! Surely someone must be making headway with something!?

Comment by Barbara Hughes on July 18, 2020 at 9:17am

Mama Duck, Thanks for the cute reminders.

Comment by Mary Moore on July 16, 2020 at 11:52am

Riana, you are the best Mama Duck ever!

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 16, 2020 at 9:15am

Now listen carefully, ducklings...like this guy is 

We are entering into the " summer doledrums", and it's dangerous! You might've been happily swimming along, when these hit. Then, suddenly, all interest in your goal is gone! So many lovely new projects will becon you. They'll be hard to resist! You still have 5 1/2 months, right? Yes, you only have that much left.! Do not be blinded, like this little fellow ...he's about to get a foot choped by a snapping turtle!!

Keep with the plan. If you must start something nes, do not stop working on your PHD projects!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 15, 2020 at 1:05pm

I'm lost when it comes to knitting, but Mary, you're the best (except for my daughter who is also an excellent knitter).  She has made me socks and a pillow!

Comment by Mary Moore on July 15, 2020 at 12:51pm

Thank you for posting the shawl's picture, somehow I never got a good picture of it.

Second sock syndrome is why I usually knit two at a time.  Only have 6 in progress now.  But August is the month when  the group I play with gets to finish UFOs, repeat patterns, and vanilla socks for a prize drawing.

Yes, Riana, am half done with the last big square on the Hawaiian quilt.  My back is getting tired faster these days.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on July 15, 2020 at 11:38am

Sorry, Zoe I missed your quilt. Very creative. My parents when alive lived in a Michigan National Forest. That would have been a super quilt to make for them.

The stitches on Mary's shawl are so tiny. It is Incrediable!

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on July 15, 2020 at 11:21am

Wow, both of those shawls, Mary, are beautiful.  I love the pinkish one.  For me, I think Knitting keeps me occupied and mentally alert.  Sometimes those patterns are a little complicated.  No more tests for now, as I have the second sock of three tests to finish.  Don’t like second sock syndrome (for non-sock knitters, that means a bunch of single socks laying around...thevUFO of socks....lol).

Zoe, love your quilt.  Mary, your Hawaiian quilt is coming along nicely.  Riana, those houses/buildings are just too cute.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on July 15, 2020 at 9:49am

Mary, It was amazing that it was hand made. Gorgeous!

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