PHD in 2018 – update

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As 2017 comes to an end, I’m thinking over the past year.  Lots of ups and downs – with a needle and thread.  I want to thank all of YOU for visiting my blog, commenting and supporting me in my quilting endeavours. I’m looking forward to a fun year in 2018 as I, and others, work on completing their PHDs!

Update

The list of participants in the PHD in 2018 challenge is at the top of my blog.  Including me, there are 5 of us aiming for the certificate.  You can see the details HERE.  You have until January 10 to join and send me your list via instagram, Pinterest or Blog.

Here is the list:

Terry is working on a project and would like some advice.  Visit her latest post and give your opinion. Here post is  HERE.

Preparation

Sandwiching

In the last few days, I managed to get 2 quilts sandwiched.  As you see below,  my daughter’s dog “Fergie” decided that she wanted to help sandwich it.

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This quilt was made from 2 packages of flannel fat quarters that I bought a LONG time ago at Craft Warehouse (?) near Portland, Oregon.  I always planned to make a rag quilt with the fabric, but wasn’t impressed with the work it would take to cut the “rags”.  Even with the Accuquilt – each block would have had to be done separately because of the heaviness of the flannel,  Sew – the plan changed and this became a disappearing 4 patch.  The backing is also flannel.  I can’t wait until it’s finished! It should be nice and cozy.

Quilting

This quilt is under the machine right now. It is primarily made with scraps from other people.  It did nothing to reduce MY own scrap pile.  In making this quilt, I realize that I don’t WANT any more scraps!  But I must admit, it’s fun to sew with other peoples fabrics! unknown-jpg   It will take a bit of time to get this one quilted. I’m doing small feather wreaths in the white blocks and outlining the coloured blocks. Slow going!

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Piecing

The other day, I was almost caught up with “On Ringo Lake” and thought I had a week to finish Clue 6.  But, to my surprise and likely everyone else’s – Clue 7 came out yesterday and Clue 8 came out today … Needless to say – I am not caught up! And, I suspect the final reveal will come out tomorrow.  The picture on the left is the remaining Clue 6 to sew together.  At the top of the picture is a few Clue 7.  The picture on the right is the Clue 8 – the block … And I just noticed that the middle bottom block is upside down!  Good thing it’s not sewn together yet!  Image result for smiley face

 

Well, I’ve got a lot of sewing to do and absolutely nothing will be finished before the New Year rings in.

Stash Report

As of tomorrow, January 1,  I’m starting off my Stash Report at “0”

Fabric Used this Week:     0  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  0  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  0 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   0 yards  

PHD in 2018  //  UFO tally

I have 57 UFOs …  SEW – to get my PHD this year, I will complete 1/2 of the UFOs and finish all new projects that I start in 2018.

Total finished: 0

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Happy Quilting in 2018!
Gail

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Getting ready to Quilt

IMG_1257I’ve been working on Bonnie Hunter’s “On Ringo Lake” and am almost caught up on the clues.  This is a picture of the start of Clue 5.  It is done.

 

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PHD in 2018I’m going to work on my quilting PHD in 2018.  Look HERE for details.  You can join me if you want to!

 

 

IMG_1223I was looking at the projects on top of the filing cabinet and analyzed why I’m not thrilled about them.  See the container on the top left, that says “Paper Piecing + 2 baby quilts?”  Well, the purple that you see in the corner is the border of the quilt that was paper pieced. (Which I did without sewing on the paper!)  It needed to have the back pieced.  There wasn’t quiet enough to cover the whole back … but I knew that I had enough fabric from the front of the quilt that it could easily be pieced together.

IMG_1261Sew … since I want to tackle projects that are on top of the filing cabinet first, I pulled that container down.  I had to laugh at the label that I made ahead of time and put in the box.  I don’t mind the label stating it’s one year earlier, but not 2.  In my last trunk show, I told the audience that my labels have the date that the label was made, not necessarily when the quilt was finished.

But, this quilt now has a destination – so I decided that I would put the label right on the back of the quilt.  Image result for stress clip art freeI actually pieced the backing and then did the label.  That was nerve-wracking!
In retrospect – I should have embroidered first, then pieced the back.

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But the back is pieced, and the label is done.  Just need to sandwich it and quilt it.   Now, I don’t feel reluctant to work on this project.

 

A Chance to win Silk Batting

Quilt Books & Beyond is having a give-away. Click on the link for a chance to win Silk Batting and a Quilting Book.

Link-ups

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Happy Quilting
Gail

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Best of 2017

Meadow Mist Designs is having a Linky Party.  Participants are to post their 5 best posts of 2017.

In 2017, I posted 109 posts, with a total of 17015 visitors!  I found that number hard to believe, but I do have a number of followers, so each visit adds up. They come from 69 countries all over the world.

Here’s the main picture of 3 of the top posts:

July 17 Update: a quilt for “C”

Quilt 14

No finishes – but lots of pictures BBQG Show quilts

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Warning: the pictures are large and the slide show takes a while to upload.

 

 

 

 

Pictures of Gifted quilts with post on the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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The other 2 top posts were

Tutorial:  Glue basting your quilt  

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PHD in 2018   You can still join us if you want!

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An honourable mention (yes, I know this makes 6) is the post with “Sarah’s Finish – the quilt made by a talented 16 year old!

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This post is linking to: Meadow Mist’s “Best of 2017 Linky Party

 

 

 

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End of Year Report

As promised, I said I would show you this quilt once it was gifted.  It spent a bit of time in transit and I found out this week that little E now has her quilt.

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PHD in 2018

PHD in 2018

I’m going to be working on my PHD this year.  Are you going to join me?

PHDs are Projects Half Done … and I aim to get half of mine DONE.

Check out this post HERE for details.

 

On Ringo Lake

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Here is the start of Clue 5.  If you want to join in this Bonnie Hunter mystery – there is a button on my side-bar.  You can always download the clues to do the mystery at a later date.

I find that doing the mystery quilts are a fantastic way to learn new and faster techniques.  Her mystery quilts are like taking a course in making the quilt.  The directions are superb!

Stash Report

I will continue doing this in 2018.

Nothing bought – but I did finish my charm pack runner,  candle mat & co.   img_1249.jpg

These are my 2017 year end numbers:

Fabric Used this Week:     1.5  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  172.5  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  62 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   110.5 yards  

UFO tally

My 2017 UFO record.

January 2 July 0
Feb 0 Aug 1
Mar 0 Sept 2
April 0 Oct 5
May 2 Nov 1
June 4 Dec 0

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To see what other’s in the quilting world are working on – click on the following links:

Happy Quilting
Gail

Merry Christmas

3 Christmas Wall Hangings

“Do you see what I see?”  This one was hand quilted by me … probably in the late 1990’s … I’m guessing.  It was a panel & I had to make the tabs for it.

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Stained glass, nativity scene“, was made around 2006 … It was made before I started keeping a recored of what I made. It is a reverse appliqué.  All of the black is one piece of fabric..IMG_1250

Poinsettia .  The label on the back says “2009-2015”  It took forever to make!  I usually had each piece reversed the wrong way and usually needed to re-do it.  Pretty frustrating when you’re sewing with tiny stitches (for ease of removing the paper when it’s done.)

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Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
Gail

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A Friday Finish

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In November, I showed a picture of a table runner, in progress, that was being made with a charm pack that I received from Benartex fabrics. (See HERE).  The charm pack called, “A Moose for Christmas” is super cute.  I ended up making a table runner, a candle mat and 2 coasters.  I think there are only two 5″ squares left over.   It was fun to play around with the half-square triangles!

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Gail

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Getting ready to start my PHD 2018

My list is ready …

I pulled out the quilts and took pictures of what’s in the tote. This is the tote that I use for my “big” machine (Janome 8900).  It’s usually only used when I’m going to a retreat.  It’s full quilts that are ready to be pressed, sandwiched and quilted.  2 of them have backings ready.  These are the first 7 that will be quilted.

There are 8 quilts in progress on top of my filing cabinet and 6 in bins on the top shelf of the closet:

Then – there is the 4 mystery quilts I’m working on – 3 with the guild. (no pictures yet) and the Bonnie Hunter mystery.

Then there are 3 baby quilt projects for the guild …

That’s a total of 28 projects … Which will be enough to complete my PHD!  However, I do reserve the right to switch things around and finish some other project(s).

Interesting … these are only half of my UFOs.  As I contemplate the projects that I’ve listed here … the ones on the filing cabinet are the ones that I have the least interest in finishing.  So, I should start on them first, right?

Now, I’m going to need motivation and encouragement to get these done, so I can complete my own PHD! (see details HERE).

Unfortunately, I realize that I have at least 3 other projects that I want to get done this year.  One is a t-shirt quilt, another is a quilt for my son (requested a few years ago) and I also need to repair his very first quilt.  It’s falling apart. Literally.

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If you want to join in the fun finishing PHD (Projects Half Done), you can see the details HERE.  Add the link to your blog, Instagram, or Pinterest board and you can join in the fun!

Stash Report

I did this last year and am pleased with the amounts that I used.  This year, (so far), I used 171 yards of fabric and bought 62 yards.  I definitely used up way more fabric than I bought!  And that’s a good thing!  Sew … I’m  going to keep doing my Stash Report.  I found that when I was tempted to buy with no purpose, I would often think, “I have to report this on my blog.”  And, sometimes, it worked and I wouldn’t buy any fabric!

Planning Party

Yvonne, from quiltingjetgirl is having a Planning Party.    I emailed Yvonne, just to make sure that it was OK to join the 2018 Planning Party while I host “PHD in 2018”.  She said, “yes.”  I first met Yvonne in the spring when she was one of the hosts for the “2017 New Quilt Blogger’s.”  This group experience where I received valuable feedback about my blog and met some awesome quilters as well!

Link-ups

To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

Happy Quilting
Gail

Sewing, sewing …

On Ringo Lake:  Clue 4 is DONE!!!  (it was an easy clue)  And bit’s and pieces of Clue 1, 2,  & 3 are done … still sewing away at them!  I’d sort of like to get them done so I can possibly get at least one UFO done & increase my fabric used numbers a bit!  And also decrease the numbers of UFO’s I’m entering into 2018 with.

I do know that I need to get the Christmas decorations out and decorate the tree … hopefully in the next few days.

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PHD in 2018

Are you going to join me?  Check out this post HERE for details.

 

 

Stash Report

Nothing bought – nothing finished!  So my total stays the same!

Fabric Used this Week:     0  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  171  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  62 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   109 yards  

UFO tally

UFOs completed:

January 2 July 0
Feb 0 Aug 1
Mar 0 Sept 2
April 0 Oct 5
May 2 Nov 1
June 4 Dec 0

17 UFOs completed!  There are 27 UFOs left to complete

To see what other’s in the quilting world are working on – click on the following links:

Happy Quilting
Gail

PHD in 2018

No finishes this Friday … I’m not sewing very much and am trying to catch up on Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery “On Ringo Lake.”

PHD in 2018

That’s right!  I’m going to be working on my PHD in 2018.  I’m hoping I can accomplish this!  Do you want to work on yours?  You can join me if you want!

When I was working, I would often be asked when I was going to start working on my PhD … I would answer with something vague … I had no intent on doing that much academic work for what? Maybe prestige? I was already at the top of the pay scale – so it wouldn’t pay for itself!   BUT  now that I’m retired, I figure I’ll work on my PHD.

In the quilty world, PHD is affectionately called “Projects Half Done.”   I have looked at my UFO list for 2018 and it’s not a pretty sight.  56 UFO’s!!!!  (I did start 29 projects this year and only finished 8 of them, PLUS, when I cleaned up my sewing room and sorted through my fabric, I found a zillion more UFO’s … they are included in the “29” projects from this year. I also have 4 mystery quilts on the go – none can be finished until 2018.

Sew … I figured I would work on my PHD this year.  To accomplish my PHD in 2018: I have made my rules:

  1. to finish Half of my UFOs.  This includes quilting, labels and binding.
  2. to finish EVERY quilt or project I start in 2018 (except for 1 – the Bonnie Hunter mystery that starts in Nov. and runs into the next year).
  3. I will post a picture of each UFO in progress and completely finished.

These are lofty goals …

It means that I will need to finish 28 UFO’s and not start any new projects!!!  Ha!  Not start any new projects?  That’s a dream … but maybe ….   (My one exception will be the 2018  Bonnie Hunter Mystery that will carry into 2019.)  Can I do it?  We will see.

 

 

There are 8 projects in the boxes on top of my filing cabinet and at least 6 project bins on the top shelf of the closet … that’s 14 to start with …   I’m not too excited to work on any of the projects on the top of my filing cabinet … so I will work through those first!

Now – if you want to join me in completing your PHD in 2018:  Put your name in the comments and a link to either your blog, Instagram or a Pinterest board that you have set up for this purpose.  I will create a page at the top of the blog and will enter your name and your link.   Periodically, throughout 2018, we will examine how we are progressing on our PHDs.     Now – you must follow my rules to get a Quilting Gail PHD certificate!

  1. You must finish half of your UFOs.  This includes, quilting, labeling and binding.  If you want to quilt by cheque, you can, that’s your choice.  But the UFOs must be totally FINISHED.  (Exception – if you have more that 60 UFO’s – you can make the number that you finish to 28 (you don’t have to complete more than me!). Edit: you must have a minimum of 12 UFO’s to complete.
  2. Every project started in 2018 must be finished.  The only exceptions would be any projects (like BOMs or Bonnie Hunter’s mystery) that carries on into 2019.
  3. You must post 2 pictures of each UFO: One of unfinished project / in progress and one of the finished project. (Either on your blog, Instagram or in Pinterest).
  4. You must add your link to the comments on this post.

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The certificate is already prepared … it might get some tweaking prior to presenting them, but it’s in the works.

SEW – the big question is : Will YOU work on your PHD in 2018?

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Happy Quilting
Gail

 

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Broken Toe

My big toe on my right foot is broken – in 2 places.  Groan.  That is my machine-driving foot.  Yes, I can use my left foot – but it’s not as good as my right foot.  However, I have managed to start the “On Ringo Lake” mystery!  When there is a will, there is a way!  Here is 10 of each of the first 3 clues done.  Many many more to do!  They just won’t all get done in a day!IMG_1219

If you want to join in the fun – there is a link to the mystery in the right side-bar.  If you want to see what others are doing – there is a linky part on Bonnie’s blog.  Click HERE.

Stash Report

Nothing bought – nothing finished!

Fabric Used this Week:     0  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  171  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  62 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   109 yards  

UFO tally

UFOs completed:

January 2 July 0
Feb 0 Aug 1
Mar 0 Sept 2
April 0 Oct 5
May 2 Nov 1
June 4 Dec 0

There are 27 UFOs left to complete

To see what other’s in the quilting world are working on – click on the following links:

Happy Quilting
Gail

Quilting Withdrawal

I have been away – without Internet connection and have done absolutely no sewing in the past 3 weeks!  Yes, I am going through quilting withdrawal!  At least it will be an easy fix!

A creation like this was on our beds each night!

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SEW …. How do I know I was going through quilting withdrawal?

  1. I didn’t get to talk about quilting on the cruise …I would mention that I was a quilter and I would get polite smiles and comments like “my ancient great grandmother was a quilter.”
  2.  THEN, on the LAST day,  the LAST time I was in the elevator, just before we got off the ship and one lady mentioned that she hadn’t met a quilter on board and there were THREE of us in the elevator!  GROAN – missed opportunities!
  3. My sewing machines are feeling neglected … I can tell – there is dust near the needles!  (Dust on the top is normal around here!)  And – they are calling out to me … SEW, SEW, SEW
  4. When I did have Internet connection, (for about 10 minutes in each port), I diligently downloaded the clues to the new Bonnie Hunter mystery.  I think I must have read each clue at least 4 times …
  5.  I’m still debating about the mystery … not whether or not I’m going to do it – but which colours I will use …. usually by this stage, I would have both clues in progress ….
  6. I’m really missing my quilting buddies … a LOT!  It seems like ages since we’ve sewn together
  7. I’m a bit annoyed that I have laundry and more laundry and even more laundry to do …
  8. I’m annoyed that I have to go to the gym before I can sew (my own rule!)  And aren’t rules meant to be broken? unknown-jpg

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     0  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  171  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  62 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   109 yards  

UFO tally

UFOs completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:         2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:          2
Oct:          5
Nov:         1
Dec:          0

There are 27 UFOs left to complete

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Happy Quilting
Gail