2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Barbara Hughes on September 1, 2020 at 9:05am

I will adjust as I go on each petal to give it the 1/8th space.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on September 1, 2020 at 9:00am

Riana, I'm not sure if this will show up. I'm getting low on marker. But this is the new and improved.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 31, 2020 at 9:03pm

Mary, " data entry" is so tedious( though l know you're thrilled to be back!)...l'm glad you'll get to relax with your quilt on days between. You must be SO close to being done!

Barbara, when l quilt units with converging seams, l go " almost" to center, but stop 1/8 " away as l go round the flower, star or whatever...saves needles and skips. If " pounding", please place a scrap of white fabric at center to keep hammer from " bruising" the fabric and destroying threads.

Comment by Mary Moore on August 31, 2020 at 7:57pm


The library barcodes came and I am going in 4 days a week (when no one is there but me in my rubber gloves) to re-enter the 12 thousand plus items in the new program. Old and new would not speak.  My first three 6 hr days I only got 120 things entered. I called the big library with a question and mentioned my lack of progress, they said I was going really fast.  I may get faster, but came home early today with stomach pains. A nap helped some. Psychosomatic?

Still have 3 mornings to sneak in a little quilting though it is heating up again.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 31, 2020 at 4:37pm

Gail, I never did either. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Comment by Gail Brown on August 31, 2020 at 4:01pm

Barbara, I love the way you marked the hezies.  Thats really a great pattern, I know what you mean about the centers, I never thought about a hammer.  I have always joked that I iron some quilts into submission, never thought of beating them with a hammer.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 31, 2020 at 3:56pm

I have a ladies tool box that has a clean hammer. Thanks for the info, Kris. I think I'll put something over it before I wack. That just might do the trick. Liz I'm not sure what pattern you are thinking of. Are you talking about the star quilt? I don't know where I got the pattern from, but maybe it was Missouri Star. My memory isn't what it use to be, Thank goodness!  Ha! Ha!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 31, 2020 at 10:45am

I have a rubber mallet for flower pounding.  Remember when that was in?  Barbara, I looked at the Morning Glory site again.  Where do you find the previous patterns?

Comment by Kris Howell on August 31, 2020 at 10:39am

Barbara - Marti Michell actually takes a hammer to those spots - and it works!  If you grab hubby's working hammer, though, give it a good going over with soap and water before letting it near your quilt, lol!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 31, 2020 at 9:52am

Thank you, Barbara, Riana, Kris, and Linda.  I knew that you would like the Pansy fabric, Linda.  Now to get to work sandwiching my Baby Quilt.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 31, 2020 at 9:06am

The hexie fabric is a light pink with some metallic in it. I had something in mind like the yellow sample on the left for the stars. Nothing in mind for the boarders yet. I'll keep these samples in mind.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 31, 2020 at 8:55am

Liz, nice work on DIzzy Lizzy. The one problem that I have with the triangles is that all the fabric meets in the middle of the hexie and leaves a bump. I hope I can remedy that. I ironed everything to one side so maybe I should open the seems and lay them flat.

Riana thanks for the samples it's always good to have some fresh ideas. When I got up this morning I marked half the hexies.

Comment by Linda Koller on August 30, 2020 at 11:08pm

Love the Dizzy Lizzy, Liz...and all the pansies in it!

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 30, 2020 at 9:28pm

Dizzy Lizzy turned out beautifully, Elizabeth. The tiny navy joining blends right in...if l didn't know you'd done separate quandrants, l'd have never suspected. Have fun with your baby quilt projects. They're my favourite quilts to make.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 30, 2020 at 6:45pm

Thank you, Kris.  I use lots of blues.  I picked these fabrics to coordinate with the pansies.

Nice to see how you plan out your quilting, Riana.  I used to make quilting stencils with mylar and a heat pen.  Nowadays, I just jump in.

Comment by Kris Howell on August 30, 2020 at 6:31pm

Oh Elizabeth - I love blues and yellows and rail fence blocks.  That Dizzy Lizzy is gorgeous!

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 30, 2020 at 5:40pm
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 30, 2020 at 5:23pm
Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 30, 2020 at 4:03pm

Thanks to Riana and Mary who started this whole idea, I actually finished the red log cabin. If we didn't have the PHD challenge It would still be sitting on a shelf. Thanks ladies for all your kind comments. Yes, Riana I do have the midarm on a frame and yet the only thing I've done on it was practise. I don't know how I'd do on the stars. There is so much potential to quilting in those triangles/hexies. I'm still thinking on how to do it. I don't remember what pattern I used for it.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on August 30, 2020 at 12:45pm

You all have been blessed with such large families and see them fairly regularly. Such a blessing! 

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