PHD in 2021: September Report

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How are you doing with your PHD in 2021?

I was reading a post from Bustle: “Ways To Get Things Done When You Don’t Wanna” The title certainly caught my eye! There were lots of tips on “How To.”

Here’s my comments on some of the points as it relates to me and quilting

  • Think of the end goal. Remember that wonderful feeling when a quilt project is finished? It feels pretty good, right?
  • Focus on what you can control. OK … so you might not be able to finish your project today, but you can sew a few seams, cut out some of the fabric … That’s doable, right?
  • Start With The Most Loathed Bits First. You might as well get it out of the way and then the rest will be easy. (Well, this won’t work if binding is what you loath, but I’m sure you can find something!
  • Work Out What You’re Afraid Of. Cut out the excuses and just get started.
  • Bribe Yourself Shamelessly. I’m on a serious fabric diet, but maybe I could go shopping. At least I need thread, right?
  • Do It For Just 10 Minutes. We can all work on a project for 10 minutes … set your timer if you need to!

Here’s my tally sheet. You’ll notice that I have 3 Island Batik Secret projects to work on. I actually had 4, but one is completed. These include writing patterns, organizing pattern testers and making the quilts. I’m going to be busy for the next while!

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My Favourite Quilt this month!

Meadow Mist Designs hosts a link up for a Favourite Quilt each month. My favourite is from a new book “Scrappy Improv Quilting” by Kelly Young. You can read about it HERE. I will be teaching this quilt (and others) at Essem Textiles later this month. Contact Simina at Essem to book your spot!

This quilt used Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread and Hobbs batting!

So Scrappy

My Scrappy Table Topper for September was 2 – both featuring orange … you can read about them HERE. October’s colour is Lime Green. Hmmm … wonder what I’ll make?

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Linking to:

Favourite Quilt of the Month @  Meadow Mist Designs

So Scrappy @ Scrap Happy

Sunday Stash @  quiltpaintcreate

Oh Scrap @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework

15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Frédérique  Quilting Patchwork Applique

Monday Making @  Love, Laugh, Quilt

Design Wall Monday @  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Catching up …

I was away on holidays … did a bit of sewing then, but most of it is secret sewing … so no pictures.

Design Wall

Piecing:

#1. Secret Sewing: Island Batik

#2 Secret Sewing: BBQG mystery quilt

#2. Scrappy Improv … another variation of the hot air balloon quilt


Quilting: 

#1 November Island Batik project is being quilted


Stash Report

I was in Edmonton while I was away … Lori’s Country Cottage had a 40% sale on selected fabrics … I did not behave myself … It was fun to be in a fabric store … it was fun to shop … here’s a picture of the damage ….

I could justify each purchase … the fabrics on the left were for one of the guild’s mystery quilts and the fabrics on the right were all flannels … necessary for backings …

  • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       99 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  12  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      39.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  58.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

While away, I managed to sew for 5 days … and for 6 days, I did not sew.

  • January – August –  235 / 242
  • Sept –  20 / 26
  • Total: 255 / 268
  • Percentage = 95 % 

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


TO DO 

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

The last To Do list: (from weeks ago)

OK … so I had over 2 weeks to accomplish my To Do list – a little bit of everything got done!

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project Partially done!
  2. Finish 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv Partially done!
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December  project Partially done! 
  4. Write the directions for the guild’s Fall Mystery quilt √   done
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done  

This week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project
  2. Work on 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December project
  4. Quilt Secret Sewing BBQG mystery quilt #1
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

PHD in 2021

Table Scraps

I have 2 Table Scraps for this month … First is my table runner and 2nd is the coaster.

This Table runner was made with scraps of Island Batik fabric … mostly from the Autumn Wings collection. Quilted with Aurifil thread, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz needles.

This coaster was made with a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi … Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting and made in the hoop on my embroidery machine.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

  • So Scrappy @ Scrap Happy
  • Sunday Stash quiltpaintcreate
  • Oh Scrap @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework
  • 15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces
  • Frédérique  @ Quilting Patchwork Applique
  • Monday Making @  Love, Laugh, Quilt
  • Design Wall Monday @  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
  • To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal
  • Table Scraps @ Joyful Quilter
  • PHD in 2021: August Report

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    How are you doing with your PHD in 2021?

    Are you feeling overwhelmed with the number of UFOs? Try just taking one UFO and focus on it. Perhaps write down all the steps you need to do to complete it. Even if the list is LONG … tackle the first step. I promise that you will feel much better about it! Then later, or tomorrow, tackle the next step. Pretty soon it will be done!

    My PHD tally hasn’t changed a lot. Well, no UFOs are finished, but quite a few of the Starts in 2021 are completed. I’ve been working a LOT of my November Island Batik challenge. I am SEW glad that I started early! It’s taking a LOT of time and a LOT of concentration. You’ll see why in November.

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    My Favourite Quilt this month!

    GROAN …. How do I choose which quilt is my favourite when I think I made 3 fantastic quilts? I know I’m biased … but I LOVE each one of these quilts!

    DrEAMi

    This month, I had a DrEAMi … (Drop Everything And Make it) This was a pattern from Sandra Walker (from Musings of a Menopausal Melon) and after seeing that several people made it … I just HAD to. The pattern is “Let Your Star Shine.” You can get the pattern from Sandra’s Etsy shop: HERE. It is a pretty quick quilt to make!

    A NEW Blog Hop

    Kelly Young has a AWESOME new book that has just been published. She is having a blog hop starting later in September. This book is fantastic! There are 22 mini quilts and they are SEW easy to make.

    If you check out Kelly’s blog, My Quilt Infatuation she has an overview of the book HERE.

    I have made one mini quilt for the blog hop and am in the process of making another for myself. I will show it to you after the blog hop is over. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of all the mini quilts that you will see during the blog hop.

    I must say that this book is really well written! (I have my own copy!) The directions are easy to follow and there are a ton of fun projects to make!

    If you live locally, Essem Textiles has the book in their store.

    I will be teaching classes of projects from this book in October at Essem Textiles. Dates are TBA.

    Rainbow Scrap Table Topper

    The monthly table topper is run by So Srappy. The colour for August was aqua. I wanted to try a paper pieced Storm at Sea block … so that’s what I made! It’s 15″ square. Made with Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs fusible batting and Aurifil Dove thread.

    Design Wall

    Piecing:

    #1. November Island Batik project

    It’s being paper pieced, and the project is a secret … but I can show you this …

    #2. Second project from Scrappy Improv … which I can’t show you until after the blog hop


    Quilting: 

    Nothing at the moment!


    Stash Report

    The backings from the 3 “favourite” quilts this month, plus the aqua table topper were all from my stash and totalled 11 yards.

    • Fabric Used this week     11 yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       99 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  70.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day. Many days there are more than a few hours spent in my studio. We were away this past weekend, so there was 2 days that I did not sew.

    • January – July –  209/211
    • August – 26/29
    • Total: 235 / 240
    • Percentage = 98 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    The last To Do list: (from weeks ago)

    OK … so I had 2 weeks to accomplish my To Do list. I kept the list light because I want some more time to enjoy the summer! Consequently, it was easy to get it done. I’m keeping this week’s list light as well!

    1. Piece and Quilt Let Your Star Shine √   done 
    2. Start Aqua Table Topper for the monthly Table Topper challenge √   done 
    3. Start “Orange you Glad” project! √   done 
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done  

    This week’s list:

    1. Complete Island Batik’s November project
    2. Complete 2nd Project from Scrappy Improv
    3. Prepare more fabric for Island Batik’s December project
    4. Write the directions for the guild’s Fall Mystery quilt
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    PHD in 2021: July Report

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    How are you doing with your PHD in 2021?

    Did you know that by setting goals, you are actually motivating yourself? That’s right! Way back in January, you decided to do your PHD in 2021. That meant finishing at least 12 of your UFOs and finishing every project that you start in 2021. (We don’t want that UFO list to increase, right?)

    SEW … take a good look at your list(s) … what do you need to work on? What is your biggest challenge? How about in the next month, you spend at least 15 minutes a day working on your biggest challenge. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you actually get done!

    Something about me: before I retired, I often had to work several 12 hour plus shifts. I had to be at the hospital prior to my students arriving and I couldn’t leave until the last one had left. This meant that I was often there about 13 hours a day. Add in the 45 or more minutes to commute each way and it made for long days. And I had to get up the next day and do it all over again. It was hard to unwind … so I would sit at my sewing machine for 15 minutes. I actually set a timer so that I would quit and go to bed. It helped me unwind and I managed to get a lot of piecing or quilting done!

    I know that you don’t all have an area that you can leave your machine up and your supplies scattered nearby – but it’s something to consider.

    I have completed 12 UFOs this year. Here they are:

    On the “Complete all the 2021 Starts” I’m doing pretty good! Of course I still have my Island Batik projects to finish, so there’s a few new starts there. Plus, I’m sure that a few squirrels will be tempting me!

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    My Favourite Quilt this month!

    This was easy to choose!!! It has to be the Christmas wreath! You can read about it HERE.

    Rainbow Scrap Table Topper

    It didn’t happen this month!!! I’m actually surprised because blue is my favourite colour!

    Well, August is another month! Hopefully, I’ll have a table topper done!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    A UFO Finish for Friday!

    Yes, I finished UFO #12 for 2021!

    This seems like it was a difficult finish. First, I didn’t have the right red to go with the panel. That made is necessary to BUY fabric. I found some grunge and … it worked … and was perfect for enhancing this panel block!

    Then I quilted it and was very pleased to be done … until I looked at the back … on the last 2 rows of swirls … GROAN … 2 and a half days later, the stitching was all removed.

    I changed the needle and started re-doing the quilting … and I was checking every 12 inches or so … but it was fine! YAY!!! Doesn’t this look much better?? Perhaps this lesson taught me that I need to change the needle more often??

    Yesterday, the binding went on … photo shoot happened and it is DONE!!! YAY!!!

    I’m so pleased that it is done!!! Another UFO kicks the dust!!! This also means that I have completed the minimum number of UFOs to achieve my PHD in 2021. (HUGE GRIN!)

    This quilt was made from 2 separate panels … one bought at St. Jacob’s in Ontario and other bought in Pennsylvania … probably a few years apart. The batting is Hobbs 80/20 and the quilting is done with Glide thread.

    I was Featured

    Andree from Quilting and Learning – What a Combo featured my Island Batik “Never Too Early” project! You can read about it HERE.

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Weekly update

    Are you following along with the Summer Mystery Quilt? You can see the latest clue HERE.


    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1. Country Panels: No work on it this week!

    #2 It’s A Secret: you’ll see it in October! (And yes, I HAD to start something NEW to give myself a break!)


    Quilting: 

    #1 Amish panels: I finished the quilting and when I went to put the binding on I discovered that the rows of swirls in the border were HORRID!!! So bad that I’ve spent more than a couple of days taking it out. That’s why it’s not finished, the quilt above isn’t finished piecing.

    Quilting #2: Island Batik August is ready to quilt – but I have to fix the other one first!!!


    Stash Report

    I didn’t need any more fabric this week and I only finished my Island Batik project which used 1 yard of fabric for the backing.

    • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       70 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  42.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week. And, I’m including “unsewing” as part of my 30 minutes / day!

    • January – May–  180 / 180
    • July – 18 / 18
    • Percentage = 99 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    This week it was hard to get everything done. Like most people, I highly dislike unsewing. OK … if I’m honest, I HATE it!!! Its taken me ages to get all the horrid quilting out … and I’m not finished yet! GROAN!!!. I do have a personal policy of taking out the mistakes before quitting for the day … but more than a couple of days of unsewing is discouraging! It’s OK … it’s almost all done … and then I can start moving forward again!

    1.  Add sashing to  Country Panelsnot done
    2. Finish IB August top   √   done 
    3. Finish quilting Amish Panel not  done 
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   sort-of …
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes     √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1. Add sashing to Country Panels
    2. Fix Amish Panel , finish quilting, bind
    3. Start quilting IB August
    4. Finish Secret project (listed at KY book in my UFO tally)
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Summer Days

    I’m really enjoying our lovely summer days! It’s cooling off at night – so I think the weather is lovely! However, it’s so tempting to spend a LOT of time outside! The garden needs weeding, the tomatoes are ready for picking – almost every day!

    I finished my latest project for Island Batik! You can read more about it HERE. This wall hanging used Hobbs 80/20 batting, Aurifil thread, Schmetz needles and of course, Island Batik fabric!

    Are you following along with the Summer Mystery Quilt? You can see the latest clue HERE.


    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1. August Island Batik project: Moving right along!

    #2. Country Panels: No work on it this week!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Amish panels: Lots of quilting done … not quite finished.


    Stash Report

    I didn’t need any more fabric this week and I only finished my Island Batik project which used 1 yard of fabric for the backing.

    • Fabric Used this week     1  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       70 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  42.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week.

    • January – May–  180 / 180
    • July – 11 / 11
    • Percentage = 99 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    I did work on a few projects and was not distracted by squirrels! And the studio got a cleaning for 30 minutes! However, I think that I need to spend more than 30 minutes this week – but I’m going to leave my To Do list at 30 minutes! ~grin~

    1.   Work on Country Panels: not done
    2. Work on IB August project   √   done 
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel √   done 
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes     √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1. Add sashing to Country Panels
    2. Finish IB August top
    3. Finish quilting Amish Panel
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    No further finishes. I started my August Island Batik project.

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Heat wave is over

    Thank you to all that offered your sympathy and concern for us surviving the heat wave. It is over and the temps are way more comfortable … around 30C (86 F). And it is cooling down at night! So sleep is possible!!! YEAH!!!

    Although, in the wake of the heat wave, there are a LOT of fires burning in British Columbia, lots of lightening strikes … one town was burnt totally to the ground … the residents had less than 15 minutes to flee the town. Lots of sad stories …

    But this blog is about quilting … so here goes …

    The Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt fabric amounts and cutting directions have been posted. You can see them HERE and HERE.

    I still don’t have a lot of energy, but Zoom sewing with Island Batik Ambassadors on Friday helped! I got a start on my August project … using a BEAUTIFUL line of fabric (Autumn Wings) and Studio 180 rulers. It’s a secret, so no pictures … sorry!

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1. August Island Batik project: a bit of progress

    #2. Country Panels:

    I started working on another UFO … 2 different country panels that I’m putting together. I’m using the burgandy grunge fabric for sashing and a first border. But I don’t have enough … so I had to go shopping … More about that further down …


    Quilting: 

    #1 Amish panels: 2 panels, put into one quilt top, sandwiched and ready to quilt. No progress on this. But the machine is threaded with the thread I want to use, bobbins are wound … just need to start.


    Stash Report

    I needed some more burgundy grunge for the 2 country panels that I’m putting together … so I went to Essem Textiles … and they just happened to have a skinny bolt sale on a “black dress” grunge and a “grey” grunge. I might or might not have bought them. Well, I can’t lie, of course I bought them … Sew … that adds 3 yards to my total of fabric bought!

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  3  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  41.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week.

    • January – May–  180 / 180
    • July – 4 / 4
    • Percentage = 99 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1.  Finish July Island Batik project. √   done   and blog post is almost ready!
    2. Quilt and bind:  Town Table Topper √   done   
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel not started.
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes    √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Work on Country Panels
    2. Work on IB August project  
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    No further finishes. I started my August Island Batik project.

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    PHD in 2021: June Report

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    How are you doing with your PHD in 2021?

    A couple of blog followers have commented on part of my weekly “To Do” list where I say “Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS.” And most of the time, I am not distracted by them!

    Squirrels are those enticing projects that just want to be done NOW. You can read a blog post about them HERE.

    So … how do I manage to (mostly) avoid squirrels? Well, as I wander through many different blogs, I get several new ideas, see new patterns, see cute quilts, and see tons of things I just want to do. I know that you all feel the same way!!! Right? The temptation is there!

    I will take a screen shot, download the pattern, or something so I can remember the fantastic idea I saw. Then, I say to myself, “If I still am really wanting to do this in a few days (or a week), then I give myself permission to do so.” Well, usually it works. Usually. As you can see in my tally sheet, there is a LOT more “Starts in 2021” than my monthly Island Batik projects … but for the most part … they get done!

    Another UFO was finished the other day! The town Table Topper. Once I fixed the mistake (see HERE) and finished quilting, it didn’t take long at all.

    Linky Party

    Link up and show us your PHD in 2021 progress:

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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    My Favourite Quilt this month!

    Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs hosts a Favourite Finish Monthly Link up.

    Oh, it’s HARD to choose my favourite quilt for this month? Is it one of the two quilts I made as an Island Batik ambassador using Accuquilt dies? Or the Follow Your Own Path quilt?

    It was hard to choose! I put all 3 into the “tiled” image and it made the one with red maple leafs the biggest … so I thought I’d let the program choose! But then I had 2nd thoughts … and decided that I’d go with the Follow Your Path Quilt … I wasn’t sure how it would turn out with the background and I was super pleased with the result … so that’s going to be my choice for this month! (You can read more about the quilts HERE and HERE.)

    Mystery Quilt

    The Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt has started! Fabric Requirements were posted on Saturday. (See HERE)

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    We’re having a heat wave

    A serious heat wave. This is so unusual for Canada’s west coast! But our temperatures are over 41 C (translates to 106 F) and it’s not cooling off at night. No fun!!! It’s hard to have any energy to do anything … oh … and did I mention that our air conditioning is called a fan?

    I have been working to get the Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt ready to roll. It takes time, but I was able to post the introduction on Saturday! You can read about it HERE.

    Sew, even though not a lot is happening … here’s this week’s report:

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Town Table Topper: This table topper is not finished, yet … On Friday, I showed the “unstitching that I needed to do … It’s now unstitched and the 2 offending blocks are switched around … but that’s as far as it’s gotten!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Island Batik July’s project: Still in progress … 2 days of ripping out did not help my progress or my mood with this project!

    #2 Amish panels: put into one quilt top, sandwiched and ready to quilt. No progress on this.


    Stash Report

    No shopping, no buying … nothing finished …

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  44.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes most days this past week.

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 25 / 27
    • Percentage = 99 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1. Finish July Island Batik project. not quite done
    2. Finish piecing Town Table Topper √   done
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel: Not started
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes    √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Finish July Island Batik project.
    2. Quilt and bind:  Town Table Topper
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    No changes from last week!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Progress ? Well yes … a bit …

    I have almost finished my July Island Batik challenge and here is a close-up of the progress. I’m using Aurifil #2600 (Dove) quilted on Island Batik Coconut and using Silly Moon’s “Twinkle” ruler. There are 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20 to make those stars pop!

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Town Table Topper: This panel will be a table runner … and yes, it is that curved! One of the main reasons that I highly dislike panels … they are NOT straight! And fudging is the main focus of putting them together! It is a UFO that is headed to the Finish line!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Island Batik July’s project: in progress

    #2 Amish panels: put into one quilt top, sandwiched and ready to quilt. (I decided that this is it … no more borders …)


    Stash Report

    No shopping, no buying … nothing finished … well, I did finish this panel, but I didn’t buy the fabric and I didn’t use any of my stash … so it doesn’t count.

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  44.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 20 / 20
    • Percentage = 100 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1. Summer Mystery Quilt: still waiting for the testing to be completed and double check fabric amounts
    2. Amish Panels: sandwich and prepare for quilting √   done
    3. Essem Panel: finish quilting and deliver it √   done
    4. July IB project: work on it √   done
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes    √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Finish July Island Batik project.
    2. Finish piecing Town Table Topper
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    I was Featured

    Tish, the Madd Quilter from Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland featured this quilt … Thank you, Tish for the feature!


    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Moving Along with Projects

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Amish panels: 

    I think I have the top pieced … just deciding if I need to add another border … The centre square, the star block is what I bought extra fabric for. I’m sort of wishing I hadn’t bordered the rest of the small blocks and I could have done all of them like the star. But, since I’m not a fan of taking a lot of things apart … it’s not going to happen.

    #2 July Island Batik project … it’s a secret for now!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Mystery Quilt … coming soon! I finished quilting it and am quite happy with the result!

    #2 Essem Panel: Essem Textiles (the new store close to where I live) got a huge bunch of kids prints in. SEW cute!!! The owner is not a quilter (yet!!!) and I offered to quilt a panel for her. I’m having a LOT of fun … here’s a sneak peak! I hope she likes it when it’s completed.


    Stash Report

    The backing on the 2 maple leaf quilts used 9 yards of fabric. On the purchasing end of things, I bought some grunge fabric to use for the UFO, Amish Panels (see the star above!)

    • Fabric Used this week      9   yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0.75  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  44.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Here’s the 2 maple leaf quilts I finished … you can read more about them HERE. Yes, the tops were were made with Island Batik fabric, using an Accuquilt cutter and dies. Hobbs batting, Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles were also used.


    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 13 / 13
    • Percentage = 100 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1. Summer Mystery Quilt: Quilt & Finish writing pattern √   done
    2. Amish Panels: Finish cutting out and maybe get it assembled √   done
    3. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes   √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Summer Mystery Quilt: waiting for the testing to be completed and double check fabric amounts
    2. Amish Panels: sandwich and prepare for quilting
    3. Essem Panel: finish quilting and deliver it
    4. July IB project: work on it
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    FINALLY: Story-less Improv gets a facing

    Oh, I put off putting a facing on my improv piece. I haven’t faced a quilt before … so why not procrastinate and put it off? and wait a little longer? and put it off? and put it to the side so it’s not staring me in the face? Maybe it’ll just disappear and I’ll forget about it …

    Oh … it’s on my PHD chart of “Starts in 2021” and so in order to get my PHD in 2021, it does need to be finished. And a lot of my followers have seen me say in my “To Do” list that it needs a facing … for several weeks. Sigh …

    Last week in my PHD in 2021 May post, I talked about how one can easily be faced with procrastination. I wasn’t thinking about this project, but it fits!!!

    SEW … with a renewed determination to get it done, I decided to Google “How to Add a Facing.” The first link that showed up was a Youtube video from American Patchwork and Quilting. I grabbed a drink of water and started to watch it. You can see it HERE. AND my immediate reaction was

    HOW CAN IT BE THAT SIMPLE ????

    I quickly cut the squares for the corners and the side strips. I LOVE the fact that there are hanging triangles on ALL 4 corners, so I can easily change how I want it hung! I cut the squares at 4.5″

    Then I pinned the triangles and facings in place:

    The facings were pinned in place and I sewed as directed …

    Turned the facing and triangles to the backside.

    Then, the directions said to HAND stitch the facings down. OH NO!!! I hate hand stitching. What to do? I took my trusty Elmer’s disappearing glue and glued the facings down. If it holds for a period of time, I’ll be happy! If it doesn’t, well then I’ll pull out the black thread and hand stitch it down. But I’m crossing my fingers and hope that it holds!

    This little piece used Island Batik solids, Aurifil, dove for quilting and Hobbs batting.

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Amish panel: I’ve cut some of the blocks apart … I’m just deciding if I want to cut them all apart … Then I need to add black sashing …

    #2 July Island Batik project … it’s a secret for now!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Mystery Quilt … coming soon! This will be a mystery quilt that you can do over the summer. I’m still writing the pattern, but I think there will be around 10 clues. (This mystery was originally going to use fat quarters, but I’ve changed my mind and have gone in another direction … so it’s no longer called the “Bunny Fat Quarter Mystery.”


    Stash Report

    The backing of Story-less Improv used 1 yard as did the “Follow Your Own Path”

    • Fabric Used this week     2   yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       60 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  36 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 6 / 6
    • Percentage = 100 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting it “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1. Follow Your Own Path: bind √   done
    2. SPEED DATING: ADD FACING GAIL: QUIT PROCRASTINATING!!! √   done
    3. Bunny Fat Quarters: Summer Mystery Quilt: finish writing the pattern partially   done
    4. June IB project: finish √   done
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes   √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Summer Mystery Quilt: Quilt & Finish writing pattern
    2. Amish Panels: Finish cutting out and maybe get it assembled
    3. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Getting the UFOs done!

    I finished another UFO.

    These are the hankies I bought in Thailand 7 years ago. You can see this in progress HERE and HERE.

    I used Island Batik “Lavender” for the sashings and border.

    And here is the finished wall hanging. Yes, I did quilt it to death in the background, but I wanted the main elements to pop. I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed quilting it!!!

    I used 3 different Aurifil threads to quilt this: #2315 (light Orchid), #1148 (Light Jade), and #2220 (Light Salmon).

    Hobbs 80/20 batting was also used.

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    2 Blog Hops this week and more …

    The 1st Blog Hop is …

    Island Batik’s Quilt Modern … Just look at these beautiful fabrics!!!! I’ve had a sneak peak at some of the creations and believe me, you are in for a treat …

    I believe there will be a draw for some fabric, but we haven’t received any information yet … so stay tuned!

    and here are the participants …

    May 17:

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    Pleasant Surprise!

    You know what? Years after you have gifted a baby quilt, it’s lovely to see it actually being used! This was a quilt made with left-over blocks from watching an Eleanor Burns video around 2017. This quilt was gifted to my daughter’s co-worker and they recently sent her this picture! I don’t know about you, but knowing that my quilts are being used makes my heart smile!

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    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.

    Linky Party

    Link up and show us your PHD in 2021 Progress.

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter
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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.

    NEW BLOG HOP

    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! 
    Gail 

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    Outstanding Blogger Post & Weekly Report

    Emily, from the Darling Dogwood, nominated me! I must confess, someone nominated me a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t find the blog post … sigh … so I didn’t follow up. (Sorry, whoever you are! …) The purpose of the Outstanding Blogger Award is to applaud our fellow bloggers and learn more about them by answering questions that are asked.

    Here are the questions that Emily asked:

    1. Do you still have your first quilt? No. I made my first quilt when I was 17. I designed it with scraps in my mother’s scrap drawer and used gingham in part of the blocks. It was backed with the ugliest fabric (translate into cheapest) that we could find. It was tied. I had no idea what I was doing. No one showed me what to do. I used the quilt throughout my years in nursing school. I remember it became the dogs blanket at one point and was either buried with her or destroyed.

    2. What is something on your Quilty Bucket List? I’ve always wanted to make a Storm at Sea! And, I hope to make one later this year.

    3. Is there a color or fabric style that you really dislike working with? I used to hate working with orange. But orange goes nicely with so many other colours … and when I’m using Island Batik fabrics … well, what can I say … it’s growing on me.

    4. Do you have a favorite traditional quilt block? The quick answer to this question is no. I don’t have ONE favourite block. I have several … Log Cabin, Pinwheels, Friendship Star, 8 point star … and the list goes on.

    5. What one non-quilting thing about you that your readers might not know? I was a swimming instructor and lifeguard prior to going into nursing school. I also scuba dived at that time. I played the oboe and bassoon when I was in middle and high school.

    Who to nominate? I have a zillion blogs that I follow … and I honestly couldn’t say that I know who has or has not been nominated …

    • Anja @ Anja Quilts
    • Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery
    • Karen Neary @ Sew Karenly Created
    • Michelle Roberts @ Creative Blonde
    • Jennifer Eurbank @ Jennifersewing.wordpress.com

    If you choose to accept the nomination, here are your questions:

    1. What inspired you to make your first quilt?
    2. What inspires you to make your quilts today?
    3. Do you use software to pencil to design your quilts? (or patterns)
    4. Which quilt is your favourite?
    5. Tell us something about where you live that is fantastic!

    Scrappy Table Runner is Completed!

    Light blue was the chosen colour for this month’s Table Runner. The pattern is from QUILTsocial and you can find it HERE. I also talked about this runner HERE.

    After I had this quilt top done, I saw my Studio 180 “Split Recs” ruler. It’s still in the package. I’ll have to pull it out and try it. I suspect that I will prefer the Studio 180 method, but I do need to try it to be sure!

    I used Scraps from my Island Batik box with Coconut as the neutral. The batting is Hobbs Poly Down and it is quilted with Aurifil #1148 (light jade). I didn’t have a light blue Aurifil, but the Light Jade was a perfect fit!

    I will be linking to The Joyful Quilter.

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    A SQUIRREL ?? !!!! oh no!!!

    Oh yes!!!

    A blogging friend of mine, Sandra, from MMM Quilts is having a quilt-a-long. For a couple of weeks, I’ve been telling myself, “NO … don’t start this quilt.”

    Sandra hosts a quilt-a-long every year. And every year, I regret that I didn’t do it! And for awhile, I was pretending that I didn’t want to do it. But who was I kidding?

    SEW … this year is different and I’m going to do it!!! Follow Your Own Path! Yup, I’m going to follow my own path and sew along with Sandra!

    There are 2 sizes … but I thought the small one would be perfect for a baby quilt! The cutting directions are out. I have pulled my fabric, but haven’t started cutting! The fabrics are all Island Batik. The background is “Moonstone,” an Island Batik basic. The top left and bottom right are from “Primo” by Ebony Love. The top right is a basic called “Lavender” and the bottom left is a nameless fabric, likely a basic. I’m using the solid grey as the shadows of the arrows.

    Are you going to join me in this Quilt-A-Long?

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Blue Table Runner It is started … this is for the monthly Rainbow Scrap Challenge. As you can tell, the first couple of rows are sewn together … the rest is webbed.

    One of our guild members posted a link to a website on “Learn to make Half Rectangles with this Easy Technique.” Well, since I didn’t want to be distracted by a squirrel project, and the technique was for a table runner – to me it was an easy decision to try the technique. You can visit QUILTsocial for all of the steps.

    I tried to follow the directions, honestly, I did. But I messed up with the marking of 8 of the rectangles, so basically the table runner is backwards. And, I only used 4 fabrics instead of 6 … so I had to play a bit – but it was fun! I always enjoy playing!

    And yes, The fabrics are all Island Batik, with Coconut as the background!

    #2 June Island Batik Challenge: is in progress and being used as my leaders and enders. (Sorry no pictures).

    #3 Follow your own pathAs stated above … I have the cutting to do.


    Quilting: 

    #1 House Wall hanging. This UFO is now pieced and sandwiched. It needs to be quilted.

    #2 Speed Dating still needs a facing. “Story-less Improv.”

    May Island Batik challenge is quilted and I will give you a sneak peak of it … That’s the only peak you’ll get until my day on the Blog Hop.


    Stash Report

    May’s Island Batik challenge is completed and I used 4 yards of fabric from my stash for the backing.

    • Fabric Used this week     4   yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       39 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  30 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – March –  80 / 80
    • April – 18 / 18
    • Percentage = 100 % 

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


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting it “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    Again, I did not focus on my “To Do” list … but a couple of things got done.

    1. House Wall Hanging: finish putting together √   done
    2. Healthcare Hero’s Mystery: Make backing not   done
    3. Speed Dating: Add facing not   done
    4. May Island Batik: sandwich and start quilting √   done and bound!
    5. A & A’s quilt: Make extra blocks if decision has been made! not   done
    6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!    not   done   
    7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes  √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1. Focus on the TO DO list
    2. Cut out Follow Your Own Path
    3. Quilt and finish House Wall Hanging
    4. Healthcare Hero’s Mystery: Make backing
    5. Speed Dating: Add facing
    6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    Later this week:

    I’m participating in the “In the Kitchen blog hop” … My project is done. Photo is taken and I just need to write the blog post. My day is April 22 … Thursday!


    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Second Monday in April

    I’ve been busy in the studio!!! Not a day goes by that I’m not working on something!

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 House Wall hanging. I started working on a UFO. It was a little kit in a bag: A cute little house wall hanging. I must admit, that when I opened the bag, I was a bit disappointed with the “green” house colour. See the pale, olivy grunge … well it didn’t do anything for me. I substituted the darker green in the picture on the right. Much better, I think! Unfortunately, I do not remember where I bought this kit.

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