PHD in 2019 November update

Baby Quilt Making Day

The Boundary Bay Quilt Guild gives numerous baby quilts away to various charities in the lower mainland.

The co-ordinators of the program had a Baby Quilt Making Day.  You come and make … guess what – a baby quilt!   There are kits you can choose from, tons of fabric to make up a kit of your own, or you can bring fabric from home.

I choose to make a quilt from my stash … I’m on a mission to decrease my stash – one yard at a time – so it was the obvious choice.

My only regret about baby quilt making day is that it was held on Nov. 30.  Which, according to my own rules for PHD in 2019, this quilt must be finished before Dec. 31 for me to recieve my own PHD in 2019!

Here’s a slide show of everyone at the Baby Quilt Making day:

Design Wall

Piecing:

Quilting

Finish quilting Smith Mountain Morning

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PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

 

I now have THREE little baby quilts to finish  (I had 2 last week!) and ONE UFO to finish … for my PHD in 2019

If you look closely at #30 of my starts in 2019, it says “snowman” and yes it’s finished … I’ll show you in the near future!

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Here’s the November Report for Participants

Kate @  Life in Pieces  is working hard on her PHD, but states that she won’t be able to achieve it this year.  That’s perfectly OK!!!  Many PhD students at universities around the globe often take extensions and finish it eventually.

Tish  @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland has been faithfully finishing all of her beautiful Island Batik challenges … and she hosts a linky party “UFO Busting,” so finishing UFOs is a focus for her!

Emily @ The Darling Dogwood   has also been finishing her Island Batik challenges.  She has an amazing “Octopus’s Garden” quilt that is worth going and taking a look at!

Deana @ Dream Worthy Quilts has a goal tracker on the right side bar. I don’t think it’s been updated recently.

Elizabeth @ Applique and … has been working on various projects, but I’m not sure if they are new starts or UFOs.  I’m sure she’ll update us soon!

Sharon @ Adventures in Fiber has not posted any quilty posts lately …

TO DO

I like to make lists at the beginning of the week, but I’ll still link up to Roseanne & Sue’s Home Sewn by Us on Tuesday.

Last week’s list:

  1. Sandwich Smith Mountain Morning   √  done and quilting started
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – week 45 – 46 xxx Week 45 is prepped, week 46 is not done.
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – week 36-37 √  done 
  4. Finish 2 baby quilts (squirrels) xxx not done!

This week’s list:

  1.  Quilt Smith Mountain Morning – ½ hour / day
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – week 46 & 47
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – week 38 – 39
  4. Add borders to 3 baby quilts.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Retreat accomplishments – some …

Oh my! The retreat was a great time.  They always are!  So many different projects, so many ideas, so much help … so much food … and 2 people brought halloween jellies and candy corn … groan!  … too much sugar …  click HERE to see the slide show of other people’s projects.

SEW … What did I get done? 

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How to get rid of a UFO without going crazy

I’m working on Smith Mountain Morning from Bonnie Hunter’s book “Scraps & Shirtails II.” You’ve seen the odd picture in recent posts … It’s a UFO from 2015 that was started in a workshop with Bonnie at Camp Arnold – near Seattle. Washington.  The workshop was fantastic!!  The quilt will be fantastic!!  (visit Bonnie’s blog Quiltville.com for lots of eye candy and free patterns.)

I think I might be going crazy!  Who in their right mind starts a quilt with 3 million pieces (don’t count them, I just might be exaggerating! but not by much). And then decides that she wants to make it bigger?  YUP – I was crazy when I made that decision! Continue reading

Squirrels!!!

Do you like or dislike squirrels?  We have black and grey squirrels in our backyard. And we enjoy watching them scurry along the fence, hopping onto the trees and burying nuts in our garden. A friend of mine said that squirrels are just rats with fuzzy tails.  I disagree.  They are cute and fun to watch!

Recently, (like in the past year) I’ve been noticing on quilt blogs that some projects are called “Squirrels.”  I didn’t understand exactly what this meant, and I went searching.  Google searching.  When I researched “squirrel quilts” – that’s what I got – a bunch of links to quilts containing squirrels.  Not what I was looking for.

Googled “squirrel quilts new projects” … BINGO … a definition of what I was looking for.  Quilt Diva Julie had the explanation!  Thank you Quilt Diva Julie! (Photo & Definition is from Quilt Diva Julie’s blog.

The Ad-Hoc Squirrel Club
A squirrel is a sudden distraction that pulls us away from projects already underway. Something so exciting that we drop what we’re doing to enjoy the unexpected. The term comes from the movie UP where the dog named Doug is talking and suddenly his head whips to one side as he shouts SQUIRREL and he’s off to chase it.

SEW … all this talk about squirrels … and yes, I did have a sudden distraction that pulled me away from what I was diligently working on.  Our guild has a Facebook page.  This Saturday, a baby quilt kit making day was happening.  One lady posted the cutest quilt with a baby on it.  Of course, it was scrappy and blue – that’s why I thought it was cute.  I quickly figured out how it could be done … easy peasy.  Then Saturday came and I wasn’t able to make it to the baby quilt kit making day.  Sew, to get rid of my guilt, I decided to make the quilt.  It was easy to start.

  • pulled fabric
  • cut them into 6 ½” blocks
  • sew blocks into half square triangles
  • oops – realized that I should have cut 7″ blocks to make the math work properly … oh well, I’ll just add a wider border
  • ironed the blocks
  • placed them on the design wall

That’s as far as the squirrel has progressed.  I will web this together and figure out if I need 2½” border or 3″ border to make the quilt 40″ x 40″.  And, it’s using up some of my stash! And that’s always a good thing!

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