2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Gail Brown on August 27, 2020 at 12:26pm

Well, Riana I hae not gotten much more done on PHDs.  All the remaining ones are to heavy for my poor old back right now either in frame or on lap with hoop.  I finally got to see the pain and spine doctor this tuesday and am waiting for approval from insurance company for shots in my back.  I am hopeful but not sure that they will work as I have been down this road before without a lot of success.  I have been working on some smaller, lighter ufos and have finished a few so my time hasn't been completely wasted.  I've got the worst case of "cabin fever" possible.  We are in a hot zone with the virus and it's really pretty scarey.  Seldom go out of the house except to grocery store very early in the morning and sometimes for walks in the evening.  Just glad that we are all here again, I really missed seeing everyone and hearing what was up with you all.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 27, 2020 at 9:34am

Okie dokie, ducklings...now that we can " visit" on MQP again...what have you all got done in the past 10 days?

Comment by Zoetc49 on August 18, 2020 at 12:47am

Riana, that is good advice, I will try that.

Gail what projects have you been wanting to work on? Are you going out, or are you having food sent to your home? I have read that having more layers is much better for the mask. I also wash everything that I bring in food wise, I am doing what I can to even if it seems extreme.   

Comment by Gail Brown on August 17, 2020 at 12:16pm

Riana, that sounds like very good advice that you gave Zoe.  It seems to me that I should take some of that advice myself.  Things have changed so drasticlly since all this COVID isolation as been going on and I realize that little by little I have become depressed and unable to even think straight sometimes.  Our area has cases still on the increase and  I am finding it harder and harder to focus.  I think I'm going to try to make a schedule for myself to get things done and try to get interested in what I'm doing again instead of feeling sorry for myself about everything I'm missing.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 17, 2020 at 8:23am

Zoe, you are going to stress out, and sewing at night time now is out of the question. Use a method l found useful in business when l HAD to get gov. paperwork done... " make an appointment" with yourself. Figure what time, ( early morning after dog walks?, at 1 pm when it gets hotter outdoors and you need a break?) and be sure your mom knows you need 1 hour to yourself, so she can tend dogs for a bit. No breaking this appointment! Treat it like a scheduled doctor's visit. Then use that hour every day consistantly. Surprisingly, the world does NOT fall into ruin while you have an hour for sewing. You may have to switch the time of that hour on certain days to for " real" doctor's appointments...but keep it routine. Stop frittering away sewing time doing other odd things that can wait. You owe yourself this. ....there, momma duck has spoken!

Comment by Zoetc49 on August 16, 2020 at 10:18pm

Riana, I keep thinking I will show more progress. Each day I plan to work on the quilt and each day something comes up... it is frustrating ! My head is killing me right now, I think from lifting boxes I took to the post office to mail out today... cleaning out, sending things to family.  Oops, I was going to say more then recalled UFO is where we chat more. Anyways, I am trying.  I really have in my mind to get this done by the end of the month, do you think I can do that?? What I used to do was sew at night when no one could bother me.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 16, 2020 at 6:35pm

Oh dear, Mary. When it's that hot, l do my ' needle holding' projects early in the morning while it's still cool ( and my mind is fresh).

Comment by Mary Moore on August 16, 2020 at 12:04pm

I am doing the borders now, but the twelve blocks of them are 8" X 24" each.  And it is too hot to hold a needle. Even with a fan directly on me.  Whimper, whimper.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 16, 2020 at 8:10am

Goodness, Wilma, l hope not, lol. I wouldn't want any of my ducklings to get left behind! But at this point, l'll be happy to have all duckies clustered around and busy finishing projects. The projects already done so far are outstanding! ....Okay, who's that yellow one!??

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on August 15, 2020 at 11:13pm

Riana....thought of you when I saw this...

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 15, 2020 at 8:59pm

Mary , it sounds like you're nearly getting to the finish of your Hawaiian quilt. You must be on the borders?

Zoe, you're awfully quiet. Are you doing ok?We'd love to see how the leaf quilt is coming.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 15, 2020 at 8:25am

Mary, you are one dedicated stitcher! I hope your weather cools a bit soon...and l hope you were in the shade. I love sitting outdoors on shady deck finishing the binding on quilts...but when it gets THAT hot, l head to cool basement sewing room to sew more quilt tops,lol.

Comment by Mary Moore on August 14, 2020 at 7:36pm

Sore fingers from 3 hours of handquilting.  It is 94 with a bit of cloud cover...hard to hold the needle with slippery fingers. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 12, 2020 at 9:34am

Thank you, Chris, for all the information on Judy Niemeyer quilts.  I'm such a fan of her designs and love to see the quilts others have made with her patterns.  I'll take a peek at UTube.  I get so intimidated by technology.  Riana sent me 2 different links and I have not been able to get them on my computer.  I feel so stupid confessing when 3 year  olds could do it.

Comment by Melanie Keith on August 12, 2020 at 8:55am

Catching up on my reading today.  Thank you for the tips on QAYG.  Riana, I'll try the large stitch basting.  I looked it up on Utube and think that is doable.

Kris and Chris - both of your quilts are just lovely!  I will leave the quilting to Beth, I think, for larger projects.  She did such a beautiful job on my quilt.  

Well, gotta go do some clean up around the house, sew (not in that order) and then some golf later.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 12, 2020 at 7:27am

Thanks everyone for your kind words regarding my Valley Blossoms quilt. It is quite labor intensive to work on these quilts, but it is a labor of love and the results make it worth it.

Elizabeth, Judy Niemeyer has a youtube channel and did what she calls "worx sessions" for this quilt. There were 4 video classes on the making of this quilt where she showed you her tips and tricks for cutting, organizing and assembling the pieces. She did 3 classes and the 4th class was by Vanessa from Fabric Confetti, who digitizes the machine applique/embroidery for her patterns. It is sad to me that one poor teacher has turned you away from trying these quilts. You can definitely do them. Her youtube channel is Quiltworx. She has other paper piecing tutorials for other patterns out there. I would recommend starting with one of the patterns that is a technique of the month. You break the pattern down by section and only complete those units, then move on to the next section. I find that easier to work through, personally.

I have taught myself how to quilt over about the last 9 years or so. I have found things I like and just jumped in. I am not saying I have done a great job on all of these things, but I just love a challenge. None of my quilts are perfect, but I love them just the same and haven't received one complaint when gifting them! LOL

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 11, 2020 at 8:24am

Good idea Riana, but I just want to get through with this one as soon as I can. I already subsituted another project for the braided star and gave it to my SIL, so this one may just go on the porch to sit on. LOL!! I will keep that thought in mind for the future.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 10, 2020 at 9:59pm

Mary, AFTER your Hawaiian snow dyed quilt is all quilted, bound and counted as " done" , we will talk about what to do about poor Don Q. I have a feeling he's depressed, and you're picking up those vibes.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 10, 2020 at 9:54pm

Barbara, how are your hand embroidery skills? Wouldn't it look cool to use silver metalic ( or blue thread) to add a unique but simple design to the grey strips,( top layer only)? It would make your quilt a true "one of a kind".

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 10, 2020 at 6:58pm

NOT Don Quixote!!! I was looking forward to seeing him finished. I'm not one to complain. Ha! Ha!  I to have lost interest in my braided star. Maybe after I finish the red log cabin I will go back to the braided star. One thing I don't like about my braided star is the lightest color is a gray color, it looks white in the pics but in real life it looks like a dirty white. Not happy with it at all. I went with the gray because my SIL wanted it done in colors that went with slate. I know white goes with slate also. DUH!!

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