What else is happening? PHD mid June

3CC52214-17FE-4618-8F68-1434FB2725ADWinnie the Pooh Quilt Along

… appears to be moving along smoothly.   I haven’t had any requests as to “how do I do this?”  And that tells me that the instructions are understandable!  I didn’t have any trouble following them, so I’m hoping that everyone else is finding the same thing!

I want to keep my other posts separate from the Winnie posts, so that’s why you’re getting 2 posts today!

I have a finish


This was my #22 of the 2020 Start … and it’s now finished … Yes, I know, the binding in the top left corner is not finished.  It’s where I will put the label when I know the baby’s details.  It’s quilted with stars and loops … I started out to do 5 point stars, but many of them are 6 point … oh well, who’s counting?

This quilt, although it took me several weeks to make (because I was doing a ton of other things) is actually a quick quilt to make.  The HST started out as 7″ squares.  Were sewn down ¼” from the centre on both sides and trimmed to 6½”.  They finish at 6″ in the quilt.

Quilt Stats:

  • This quilt is 48″ x 60″
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Glide “Sterling” for the quilting, Aurifil #2000 for the binding

Tidying and Cleaning

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3884I have a horrible habit of starting another project just as one project is finishing, or almost finished or is partly done.  And, consequently, NOTHING gets put away or tidied up.  Those of you that know me are nodding your heads and thinking “She is telling the truth!!  A recent conversation on my guild’s Facebook page talked about setting our phone alarms to remind us to clean up our sewing rooms.  I jokingly said that if I set my alarm to clean up, I’d likely ignore it and my room wouldn’t be tidied.   Well, the state of my sewing room and I had a clash this week.  It was SOOOOO bad, it was really bad … This picture is just a small corner of my sewing desk (2 containers – materials for the retreat bag, left-over backing, left-over border fabric, scraps … and who knows what else was hidden in there?  Anyhow,  I spent 2 hours tidying and vacuuming and dusting and putting fabric away.  What a difference it made … and I think I was able to work better afterwards!  SEW … you can see on my To Do list below, that I aim to work on my sewing room each week!

SEW … what do you do when Quilt Canada is cancelled? 

Quilt CanadaMy sister and 2 cousins were all planning to go to Quilt Canada together, which was scheduled for later this week.  We also decided it would be fun do a project together and decided on the Retreat Bag.  This is a free bag from Emmaline Bags.  We live in different communities in Canada and can’t be together.  (Ontario, Albera and B.C.) So, we will be making this bag together with a few Zoom meetings during the day!  (Doesn’t it sound like fun?)

Winner of Some of my Fabric

Way back in May, I offered some of the fabric that was left-over from the Island Batik Home Decor Blog Hop.  See HERE.  I used a random generator and Delaine of Onoway Alberta was chosen.  She quickly sent me her address and within a couple of weeks (yes, the post is s-l-o-w) she let me know that she had received the fabric!

Design Wall


I’m piecing binding for the Stitchin Sunshine quilt.  I will show you my quilt during the Blog Hop that starts on June 22.  (Just a week away!


The Quilt for the Stitching Sunshine is sandwiched and about to be quilted.

Stash Report

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The quilt above used 4 yards (or more) … and I did go shopping for backing for a few quilts … I bought 10.5 yards of fabric … so that adds to the total.

  • Fabric Used this week      4  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        181.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   10.5  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    161.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – May:  151 / 152
  • 30 min days/  June:  14 / 14
  • Total days in 2020: 165/ 166
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Work on Winnie the Pooh  √   It’s not done, but it’s well on it’s way!
  2. Finish “Stitching Sunshine” project √   done
  3. Pick a UFO to work on … and work on it  NOT done

This week’s list:

  1.  Finish Winnie the Pooh 
  2. Finish  “Stitching Sunshine
  3. Prepare materials and make “Retreat” Bag.  
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.

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No new starts since last week.  #22 of Starts in 2020 is done!

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How are you doing with your PHD in 2020?

Here’s a Linky Party for you to join in and share your mid-June Progress 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  


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19 thoughts on “What else is happening? PHD mid June

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  2. Oh how I wish I had something for your linky! In my favour, I have only started one project this year, so I am at least not making anymore UFOs! Your quilt cleaning up habits sounds familiar here too….. Thanks for sharing at the Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration Party.

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    • Hi Dione,
      It’s OK that you don’t have anything for the linky … you’ve been busy … moving … and everything! Congratulations on only starting one project this year! That speaks pretty loud! and your UFO list will thank you for it!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  3. I am enjoying sewing along with you the Winnie the Pooh pattern. It is just so darn cute! Nice finish and congratulations for tidying up your sewing space. I, on the other hand, still have messes in many places. See you on the 1st if not before!

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  4. Very cute baby quilt. Congrats on another finish. You’ve been just moving along this year on both the UFOs and on the new projects. I really need to stop and clean the sewing room. We are taking some vacation after the 4th of July. Since we aren’t going any place, maybe I’ll take a day and do that. I always feel more productive in a clean and uncluttered sewing room.

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    • Thanks, Kathy!
      If you were to walk into my sewing room right now, you’d not believe that I had done any cleaning, tidying, or putting away! How did these piles accumulate so quickly!!!! 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  5. Hi Gail! Nice job on Winnie and the QAL. It seems to be progressing nicely. Also, I love the addition of straightening your sewing room each week. I would love to pull everything out of our room and give it a deep clean. That sounds like too much work for right now . . . maybe this Fall. Thanks in advance for linking up tomorrow! ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne,
      A deep clean of the sewing room sounds like a LOT of work!!! If you do it in the fall, hopefully you’ll have cooler weather and it’ll make it easier!
      Thanks for hosting “To Do” 🙂

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  7. It’s so disappointing to have a retreat canceled… especially since you must have all your supplies already. But a Zoom sew in should be great to motivate you to get it done. Love your cleaning plan. I find that I tend to pile up the same type of fabric leftovers. Maybe I’ll add a 15 to 30 minute a day clean up period for a few days. I’m looking forward to seeing your bag when done!

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    • Hi Bonnie … I don’t think I’d stick to a schedule of 15-30 min a day … I figure 30 min a week is good!
      Yes, it will be fun to work on the bags together! 🙂


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