PHD in 2021: April Report

How are you doing with your PHD in 2021?

Sometimes, people will ask me how I get so much done. I ALWAYS end up telling them the same thing: One stitch at a time. I was quilting yesterday as I thought about this. When I was doing the free motion, the stitches were fast a furious, and when I switched to doing the ruler quilting, the stitches were WAY slower and more methodical. But, in both cases, it was one stitch at a time.

I remember last year, when I was learning to piece curved seams, it was like an epiphany when I realized that curved seams take care and take time. However, when I’m putting binding on a quilt, I’m full speed ahead. But still, it’s one stitch at a time.

When I was working full time, sometimes doing 12 plus hours, plus the commute, I would come home and sew for 15 minutes. That’s all. Just 15 minutes. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish with little bits of time! And yes, it was still one stitch at a time.

SEW … if you are struggling at getting something done: Remember, it’ll get done One Stitch At a Time.

As for me? I’m steadily moving right along! My one UFO finish for April was the “Open House” wall hanging.

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My Favourite Finish this Month

Was my Island Batik “It’s All Up to You” challenge. You can read more about the challenge quilt HERE.


That’s correct, Island Batik ambassadors are bringing you a new blog hop starting Monday! I’ll let you know where to go to see the awesome new fabric collections and the amazing quilts that my fellow ambassadors have made! AND there will be an opportunity to WIN some fabulous fabric!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


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  2. Oh I love your wall hanging, that block is on my some day list. And your April quilt is beautiful, cant wait to see what your hop quilt looks like. Thank you for linking up last week.

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  5. I have to agree that it takes one stitch at a time to finish a quilt. Love your challenge quilt as well–so pretty! Congrats on finishing your goal as well. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  7. I love your favorite finish for the month!! I did have some progress and will be linking up when I write the post – hopefully today. Unfortunately this month the mojo has been waning!

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  8. The last month has been not been fun at work and my sewing time was limited last month. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t getting much done. Looking at where I was at the beginning of the month versus the end of the month has been helpful. You just have to keep the projects moving and the finishes will eventually happen. Happy stitching this month.

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    • Hi Kathy,
      Sorry to hear that work has not been fun! Hopefully, this month will be better! And yes, looking at progress (no matter how little or big) is always encouraging! Just keep doing those short stints of sewing! 🙂


  9. Thank you Gail for the reminder that it IS just one stitch at a time. When I have a week with no finishes I have to remind myself that I do sew something almost every single day. Those stitches do add up to a finish eventually. I’m looking forward to seeing those new fabric lines and what the group of IB ambassadors have to show off. If any of the projects are as stunning as your All Up To You quilt I will be amazed. That one has to be favourite of the year!

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