The Start of a New Week

Island Batik “Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop”

This is the last week!

Visit  Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads to see what she’s made for the final day!

You have an opportunity to win some fabulous fabric!  This is a FQ pack of Wonderland, designed by the talented Kathy Engle!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Winnie the Pooh Sew-a-long

Are you interested in a Winnie the Pooh Sew-a-long?  Want to join me as I make this quilt?  I emailed Lorna (the designer) about hosting a Sew-a-long and she said, “Sounds fine with me Gail! I would love to have you host a quilt along featuring them.”

SEW … I’m thinking of starting on Monday, June 8.  That will give you (and me) 2 weeks to pull fabric or go shopping.  I’m thinking that if we do one character a day or every 2 days … we’ll be finished in just over a week.    I’m not 100% sure, because I haven’t made any of them yet … But I plan to start on June 8.

Lorna emailed me today to say that the pattern has been updated … so, if you downloaded it before, you may want to download it again as there is an update.    You can access the pattern HERE. (scroll down the page).  There are 3 sizes to choose from.  Your choice as to which size you choose.

If you haven’t visited “Sew Fresh Quilts,” you are in for a pleasant surprise of LOTS of cute, cute quilts!

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Finishes

I finished 2 quilts today … Florabunda #2 & #3.  These count as one UFO finish.  I know … with all 3 Florabunda quilts completed, it should count as 3 UFOs … but it’s only May and that leaves me with one more UFO to finish to accomplish my UFO goal for PHD in 2020!

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Florabunda #2 and #3 were quilted with swirls … lots of swirls … large swirls, medium swirls and small swirls … they were both pretty quick to quilt!  Hobbs 80/20 is the batting and Aurifil #2309 was the thread.

I don’t know what I was thinking when I started this quilt.  Yes, I wanted to use up floral fabric, but … I ended up with 140 blocks … enough to make 2 quilts that are 6 x 8 blocks and one that is 6 x 7 blocks.

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Florabunda is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter and you can access it HERE.

Design Wall

Piecing:

I’m still working on the baby quilt and the big brother quilt.  I changed my mind and the baby quilt is a UFO that needs to be finished.  Big brother quilt is in progress with these fabrics.
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Can you guess what this will be?  It’s part of my June Island Batik challenge.  I’m using the “Kismet” fabric collection, designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis.  Doesn’t the black make the colours pop?

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Quilting:

I hope to sandwich the UFO baby quilt and Big Brother quilt and get them quilted SOON!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish the 2 new quilts!      not done in progress
  2. Finish Quilting Florabunda #2    √   done:  #3 is done as well You can see them above
  3. Piece June’s Island Batik project    not done in progress

This week’s list:

  1. Finish the Baby UFO
  2. Finish Big Brother
  3. Finish piecing June’s Island Batik project

Stash Report

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Florabunda – all 3 quilts used approximately 24 yards!!!

  • Fabric Used this week       24  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        169 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    159.5  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 – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 24 / 24
  • Total days in 2020:  144 / 145
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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With the finish of Florabunda … that leaves 1 UFO to finish for my PHD in 2020.   Somehow, I think I will finish more than 12 UFOs this year!

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Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Monday’s Studio Update …

Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

Is still happening!!  Lots of beautiful projects coming from wonderful fabric collections!

Two people have an opportunity to win fabric … either a FQ pack of Smooch or Sundance.  Both are pretty awesome!!!  Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here’s the links for this week’s blogs:

May 18
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
May 19
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
May 20
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
May 21
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
May 25
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Finishes

I have 2 finishes this week!!!

Florabunda #1 is quilted, label on and binding complete! This is the one with blue floral fabrics.

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The 2nd finish is the Guild’s Ugly Fabric where I used the fabric on the left,  following this YouTube Video.

It was a fun and fast quilt to make!

The hardest part was laying out the blocks so that the same fabric didn’t touch!

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Design Wall

Piecing:

I need to make 2 quilts. One for a baby born about 2 weeks ago and another for the baby’s big brother.  I’m using these fabrics … one of the quilts will have half square triangles.  Hopefully, I can show you the quilts next week!UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_380a

Quilting:

Florabunda Quilt # 2 is in progress …

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

I feel like I got a lot done!

  1. Finish quilting Scrappy Squares     √   done:  You can see it HERE.
  2. Finish Island Batik May project      √   done:  You can see it HERE.
  3. Sandwich Florabunda quilts            √   done:  One is even quilted!
  4. Start June Island Batik project – maybe …

This week’s list:

  1. Finish the 2 new quilts!
  2. Finish Quilting Florabunda #2
  3. Piece June’s Island Batik project

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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PHD in 2020 Mid May Report

I have another UFO finish!  This is the Scrappy 2″ 4 patch that I blogged about HERE.  for the Scrap Happy Blog Hop.  It got quilted and bound.  I had a TON of fun trying to come up with different motif’s for each square … some are definite “who knows” motifs (scribbles or motifs gone wrong) and others are recognizable! I even put a few words in as well. It’ll be fun to see if the recipient notices the words!

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This is my 10th UFO for the year!! WooHoo!!!  I think staying at home has helped!  Although I do miss sewing with friends, visiting friends and just browsing and shopping for things I don’t need (and often don’t buy!)

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_37eaI did start the Ugly Fabric quilt following THIS VIDEO!  Once I decided that I WAS going to make it … it was quick to cut the squares and start sewing.  The hardest part was arranging the blocks so that similar fabrics did not touch.  It is waiting to be sandwiched and quilted.

I also started the “Cool to be Square” quilt … and I’m hoping it’ll be finished by Monday, when it’s my turn to participate in the blog hop!  You’ll just have to wait until then to see what I’m making!

The projects for the Island Batik “Ultimate Home Decor” blog hop were posted on Wednesday! You can read about them HERE.   If you go to the blog post – there is an opportunity for you to win some of the fabric that was used for the rug and valances!

PHD in 2020 – Linky party!

How are you doing with your UFOs?
Post a picture of your latest UFO finish.  And if you’re attempting your PHD in 2020, tell us about your progress!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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It’s Cool to Be Square

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This blog hop is starting on Monday … make sure you come back to see what I’ve made.  (And yes, there is a square or 2 in it!

 

I was Featured

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Wednesday Wait Loss featured this quilt/  You can read about it HERE.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Moving through Monday …

Island Batik Blog Hop

Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 10.45.00 PM… is in it’s 2nd week, starting tomorrow!  Did you check out last week’s hoppers?

This week Island Batik is giving away 2, yes, 2!  Fat Quarter bundles of “River Valley.”  There is a link below for you to click on for your entry for a chance to win.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is the list of Ambassadors that are Hopping this week:

May 11
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
May 12
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
May 13
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail   YES this is ME
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
May 14
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Design Wall

Piecing:

I’m still working on an Island Batik challenge –I’ll show you the results on Wednesday! In the meantime … the pictures below relate to the challenge: Can you guess what it will be?

Make sure you come back on Wednesday because I will also be offering a give-away!

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_37ea.jpgUgly fabric quilt Guild challenge: We are to use the quilt pattern in this video:  Here is the fabric that I’ve pulled from my fat quarter bin.  Some of them aren’t even a full fat quarter … and that’s perfect.  They only need to be at least 14″ square.  This is suppose to be done on Tuesday!  Ha! Ha!  Somehow I don’t think it’ll be completely done … maybe, just maybe a top.

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Quilting:

This scrappy squares quilt in progress … I’m having fun coming up with different motifs for each of the white squares!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

I easily managed to get everything on my list done … and more!

  1. Finish Island Batik May project  – almost done
  2. Finish Flower Power –  √   done  You can see it HERE.
  3. Scrappy Squares: Quilt  partially done
  4. Florabunda:  lay out & piece at least one top – 3 pieced!

This week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting Scrappy Squares
  2. Finish Island Batik May project
  3. Sandwich Florabunda quilts
  4. Start June Island Batik project – maybe …

Stash Report

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The Flower Power quilt was all Island Batik.  However, I did buy the Island Batik fabric that I used for the back and sashing … so, I’ll count that as 1 yard.  No other finishes this week.

  • Fabric Used this week       1  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        139.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    130  yards

Stitchin’ Time

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

  • 15 minute days:  January – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 10/10
  • Total days in 2020:  130 / 131
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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Flower Power was finished … and I haven’t cut the fabric for the Ugly Challenge … so it’s not considered a new start – yet.  No UFOs were finished this week.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Monday in the Studio

Sew … what’s been happening around here?

Well, Helen Godden (on Facebook Helen Godden Quilts) had a Flower Power Quilt-a-long.  I was thinking of doing it for a future Island Batik challenge, but all of the specifics for the challenge are not available, yet.  SEW … I thought I’d share it with you.  If you are on Facebook, you can go to her page and download all of the pictures.  She has directions on how to do each of the blocks with a Youtube video for each block.  It’s fantastic for practicing free motion quilting!

These were done on an Island Batik neutral fabric … with Hobbs 80/20 batting, Aurifil black thread and Schmetz microtex needle.  (All of the supplies were given to me via Island Batik).

I have done 8 of the 9 blocks … They are SEW fun to do.  I LOVE the zen doodling!  And I’ve learned a few new-to-me patterns.

The other thing, is that I ventured into the world of colouring fabric.  Helen talks about “Inktense” pencils and how you colour your fabric with them.  From another Youtube video, I learned that you colour, spray with water and then press with an iron to stop the spread of colour or bleeding.  That’s how my blocks got their colour!  I was able to get a set of Inktense pencils at a near-by store that does curb-side service!  (Opus, in Langley).

I will show you the finished wall hanging … hopefully it’ll be done soon!

BLOG HOP 

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This week is the following Blogs:

May 4
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Design Wall

Piecing:

I’m working on an Island Batik challenge – so no photos yet!

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Quilting:  

This scrappy squares quilt is sandwiched and ready to quilt!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

I easily managed to get everything on my list done … and more!

  1. Quilt Blue Round Robin  √  done    
  2. Bind Purple Round Robin √  done
  3. Finish 7 masks  √  done
  4. Finish 7 pillow cases  √  done

You can see the Blue & Purple Round Robin quilts HERE.

I completed 18 masks and 12 pillow cases.  When I went to originally take a picture of the 7 pillow cases that were started, I realized they were mostly all “girl” types.  Sew … back to the stash and I made 5 that are more suited for the male gender.

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This week’s list:

  1. Finish Island Batik May project
  2. Finish Flower Power
  3. Scrappy Squares: Quilt and possibly get the binding on.
  4. Florabunda: lay out & piece at least one top

Stash Report

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The fronts of the Round Robins were Island Batik – so I don’t count that.  But the backs took 3 yards.  The pillow cases used up 12 yards.  The masks used up 3.5 yards … for a total of 18.5 yards!

  • Fabric Used this week       18.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        138.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    129  yards

Stitchin’ Time 

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 3 / 3
  • Total days in 2020:  123 / 124
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: May 1 Report

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SEW …. how did you do in the last part of April, taking Small Steps?  Did you try it? Did it make any difference?

I did it with mask making.  One day I cut a bunch of masks, the next the first seam went in … and I broke it down into several steps … and a bit got done each day.  It wasn’t exactly working on my UFOs … but at least they are getting done – a few at a time!

You can read more about taking small steps every day HERE.

Today: SMART 

I want to talk about SMART goals … I had forgotten all about this … I used to teach it to students writing nursing care plans (you nurses … do you remember those?)  Anyhow … SMART stands for

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time oriented

Sew … how does this work for UFOs?

  • Specific – I will work on UFO #4
  • Measurable –  I will work on completing all of block A
  • Achievable – I know how to make block A and have the fabric I need
  • Realistic – It is a reasonable goal
  • Time oriented – I will complete one Block A each day

How will this work for me in the coming month?

  • Specific:  I will work on Florabunda
  • Measurable:  The blocks are done … I have enough for at least 2 quilts  … I will finish one quilt
  • Achievable: The blocks are done -I need to decide which blocks for which quilt and lay them out on my design wall
  • Realistic: Making one quilt is realistic
  • Time oriented – I will complete one Florabunda quilt in May.  (Bonus if I complete 2!)

If you need a review … here are the other topics that have been discussed to help with UFOs.

1.  Analysis analysisHERE.

2. Track your Progress Screen Shot 2020-01-11 at 11.20.40 AM   PHD-Tally-with-formulas 2020

3. Assistance from other Blogs  HERE

4.  Focus :Image result for clipart focus

You can read about it  HERE.

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You can read about it HERE.

6.  STOP Being a PERFECTIONIST!

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Read about why you should stop being a perfectionist HERE.

7. Celebrate Success! Unknown HERE.

My Tally

I have 9 UFOs completed … only 3 more to go!

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Linky Party

Link your PHD in 2020 progress with a blog post, Instagram or Pinterest page.  Make sure you visit each other to offer encouragement and see what their SMART goals are!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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April 27 Monday Report

I have no finishes this week …  except for this one mask.  My daughter asked me to make it for a coworker of hers … his nick-name is Plant Dad … so, via messenger, we picked out the fabric and she asked that Plant Dad be stitched in their company’s pink colour.  Apparently he said, “I really love this.”  IMG_0036.jpg

Design Wall

Piecing:

Masks:  lots in progress.  I started serging the ties – much easier!!!  And a friend gave me some florist wire – much nicer for the nose & should hold up better than pipe cleaners!UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_37be.jpg

Pillow Cases:  Some in progress … for a guild charity  …  It was an opportunity to go through my stash and pick out some fabric …

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Quilting:  

The blue round robin is ready to quilt … machine set up, bobbins wound …

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TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the last borders: maybe finish the purple one since it’s a quilt-as-you-go.    √  done … well at least the star borders are done
  2. Masks: being made as leaders & enders … pull out the serger and serge the ties.  partially done … ties are serged … only one mask completed
  3. Scrappy 4 patch 2″:   No quilting done … and now it’s 2nd in line for quilting

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt Blue Round Robin
  2. Bind Purple Round Robin
  3. Finish 7 masks 
  4. Finish 7 pillow cases

Stash Report

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Nothing finished, no shopping, no changes …

  • Fabric Used this week       30.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        120  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    110.5 yards
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time 

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Mar. 90/91
  • 15 min days/  April= 26/26
  • Total days in 2020:  126/127
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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Nothing completed … no change

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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UFOs … just keep getting done!

Yes, Another UFO Finish!

Frolic is finished!  Borders on, label on, quilted and binding!  Done Done DONE!!!   It usually takes me 4-5 days to quilt a full sized Bonnie Hunter quilt, but with my new machine (Janome M7), the quilting was done in less than 2 days!  Those extra stiches / minute really do make a HUGE difference!!!

I’m loving how using mostly whites for the neutrals, along with the colours make for a nice cheery summer quilt!  This will be on a bed as soon as it’s washed!

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The batting is Hobbs 80/20.  For quilting, I did a large swirl, with echoed flower petals around it.  I was amazed at how this pattern caught all of the 1″ squares quite nicely! A light grey CanSew thread was used for the quilting.

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Design Wall

Piecing:

Stay at Home Round Robin:  squares … were added this week.  I’m loving the Island Batik fabrics!

Masks: More made, but no picture …

Quilting:  

Just finished Frolic – as above!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish up a UFO …  Actually finished 2!!!  Frolic (above) and Fr.Gen #2  √  done
  2. Round Robin: add the next borders  √  done
  3. Masks:  Make some more  √  done

This week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the last borders: maybe finish the purple one since it’s a quilt-as-you-go.
  2. Masks: being made as leaders & enders … pull out the serger and serge the ties.
  3. Scrappy 4 patch 2″: Quilt

Stash Report

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Frolic used 17½ yards (12 ½ for the top & 5 for the backing)

French General #2 used  10 yards

I didn’t include the fabric used for masks …  I figure about 6 masks / yard … with ties … so 3 yards of fabric .

  • Fabric Used this week       30.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        120  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    110.5 yards
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Mar. 90/91
  • 15 min days/  April= 19/19
  • Total days in 2020:  119/120
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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2 UFOs completed this week!!  WHOO HOO!!!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: Mid April report

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In Previous posts, I’ve discussed various strategies or hints for completing your UFOs.

1.  Analysis analysisHERE.

2. Track your Progress Screen Shot 2020-01-11 at 11.20.40 AM   PHD-Tally-with-formulas 2020

3. Assistance from other Blogs  HERE

4.  Focus :Image result for clipart focus

You can read about it  HERE.

5.  Be Selective Screen Shot 2020-02-29 at 10.49.09 AM

You can read about it HERE.

6.  STOP Being a PERFECTIONIST!

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Read about why you should stop being a perfectionist HERE.

7. Celebrate Success! Unknown HERE.

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By taking small steps Every Day … it will eventually get done!  SEW … for the rest of April, pick one project that you want to complete and work on it a little each day!

I completed another UFO this week.  It just needed to be quilted and bound. This was from a French General Layer Cake.  The pattern is “Anita’s Arrowhead” by Anita Grossman Solomon.  It is available for free, but I don’t know for how long.  I altered the pattern a bit by adding sashing and cornerstones.

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I quilted it with an all-over pattern, a 4, 5, or 6 petal flower, echoed and surrounded by swirls.

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Linky Party

Link your PHD in 2020 progress with a blog post, Instagram or Pinterest page.  Make sure you visit each other to offer encouragement and see what their small steps are!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Easter 2020

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Piecing:

Stay at Home Round Robin:  Arrows … were added this week.  I’m loving the Island Batik fabrics!

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Guild Challenge: This week’s challenge is to finish a UFO …. hmmm … which one will I choose?

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My daughter has a beagle, my son has a motor cycle and loves cats and his girlfriend loves cats …

I have very little elastic, but I have some OLD bias tape that I know I’ll never use … a quick stitch down the length, cut to 16″ and I had lots of ties!  The yellow bias tape came from a store in Vanderhoof in the 70’s or 80’s.  Not sure where the iron on seam binding came from!

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There are literally a zillion mask patterns out there – with more being published as I speak!  If you must know, I used the pattern from Leah Day … HERE.  For the filter, I gave each of the kids a roll of blue shop paper towels.  Cut each paper towel into four 5″ squares and you have lots of filters!

PLEASE NOTE:  These masks will NOT prevent you from getting the virus – it will help to prevent you from spreading it!

Quilting:

I quilted 3, yes 3 quilts this week!!! 2 Elvira quilts and a heart quilt!  The heart quilt was quilted with hearts!

On one Elvira quilt, I did a large swirl followed by flower petals that I echoed.

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The other Elvira quilt was lines up and down the quilt with “leaves” here and there … IMG_6439.jpeg

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the next borders   √  done
  2. Guild Heart Quilt: Sandwich & Quilt    √  done
  3. Masks:  Several made …    √  done

This week’s list:

  1. Finish up a UFO
  2. Round Robin: add the next borders
  3. Masks:  Make some more

Stash Report

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Each Elvira Quilt used 7 yards of fabric – for a total of 14 yards …

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  • Fabric Used this week       18.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        89.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    80 yards!!!!
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Mar. 90/91
  • 15 min days/  April= 12/12
  • Total days in 2020:  102/103
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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Still no UFOs finished this month.  However, 3 new 2020 starts were completed!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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First Monday in April Report

Curved Piecing

I did a quilt with curved piecing for my April Island Batik Challenge.  I’m LOVING, yes, LOVING sewing curves now!!!  Isn’t it amazing how, once you are competent at something you loathed, the relationship becomes a good one?  You can read about this quilt in THIS POST.

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Design Wall

Piecing:

Stay at Home Round Robin:  The 2nd row, Pinwheels was put on last week.  I’m currently working on “Arrows” for this week.

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Guild Challenge: This week’s challenge is to make a heart quilt.  People here are putting hearts in their windows … so I’m making a heart baby quilt … later, it can be donated … The top is done, but I’m having to be creative to piece the back!

Quilting:

I have a few quilts to quilt … All but the guild heart quilt are sandwiched.

  • Guild heart quilt
  • Elvira (2)
  • Scrappy

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the next borders     √  done
  2. Donation Quilt:      √  done
  3. Sandwich Elvira #1  & #2    √  done
  4. Frolic: get the borders on!!!!  NOT done

This week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the next borders
  2. Guild Heart Quilt: Sandwich & Quilt
  3. Masks:  The Canadian health officials are now suggesting that people wear masks when out shopping or taking transit.  Therefore, I will be making a few masks. At this time, I do not know which pattern I will be using.  I do know that the mask will have 2 layers and the ability to insert a filter of some sort.

Stash Report

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I completed the above quilt …  3.25 yards for the top and binding & 1.25 yards for the back … for a total of 4.5 yards

  • Fabric Used this week       4.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        71  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    61.5
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

When I started this in January, I was aiming for at least 15 minutes /day.  With social isolating, I am aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.  And yes, on most days, it’s usually at least a few hours.  But, I don’t want to put myself under pressure saying that I will do a few hours each day!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Mar. 90/91
  • 15 min days/  April= 5/5
  • Total days in 2020:  95/96
  • Percentage = 98% 

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

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No UFOs finished since March.  I did finish the Donation challenge quilt.

The Heart Quilt challenge is a new start.  It will be done by Friday when I need to post a picture on Facebook.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: April 1 report

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Previous times, I’ve discussed various strategies or hints for completing your UFOs.

1.  Analysis analysisHERE.

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3. Assistance from other Blogs  HERE

4.  Focus : Image result for clipart focus

You can read about it  HERE.

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You can read about it HERE.

6.  STOP Being a PERFECTIONIST!

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Read about why you should stop being a perfectionist HERE.

7. Today: Celebrate Success!

Unknown.jpegRight now, in this time of chaos, uncertainty and the unknown, it is important that we Celebrate Success!  I know that most of us are starting to settle into our “Stay at Home,” “Lockdown” or whatever situation we are in.  I know for myself, this is really, really important as we learn to adapt to our new reality!

We need to congratulate ourselves on the goals that we have accomplished … or the individual step or steps to reach the goal.  We NEED to appreciate what we have done or accomplished!

SEW … what have YOU been successful with?  Do you have a flimsy? A totally spotless sewing room (LIAR!!)?  A partly spotless sewing room?  A plan for finishing that UFO that’s been begging to get finished?

Each of our successes releases endorphins (the feel-good hormones), but we need to acknowledge the successes for what they are!

Share your success with the rest of us!

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Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - March 2020Favourite Finish

At the end of each month, Cheryl, from Meadow Mist Designs holds a linky party where everyone post a picture of their favourite finish of the month.

My Favourite Finish for March is my “Circles” quilt!  It represents struggles that I previously had with curved piecing.  I now feel successful and am starting to look at curves in a whole different way!  You can read more about this quilt HERE.

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There are no changes in my Excel sheet from the last time I posted.  No finishes, nothing new started!

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Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Meadow Mist Designs

Dust bunnies?

Nothing too exciting this week.  I did finish my April Island Batik challenge … but of course, I can’t show you until April.

How am I?

I’m feeling a bit unfocused!  The other day, I sewed for about 10 minutes and then I HAD to organize my zippers [i don’t know why – i’ve never done so before]…  Then I sewed for about 5 minutes and then I HAD to tidy up a box of fabic [OK … it was a huge mess and needed to be cleaned up] … Then I sewed for about 3 minutes and then HAD to sweep the floor and gather the dust bunnies … Then, it was time for a break … Sigh … but the zippers are still organized, as is the box I tidied … but the dust bunnies escaped and multiplied and are taking over!!!!  Thankfully, this is from the floor and not from inside a sewing machine!!!  And this is just today’s bounty … and I did sweep yesterday as well!  fullsizeoutput_c9e

ANYHOW … enough of my First World Problem!   On to quilting!

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Piecing:

Donation Quilt:  On Facebook, I challenged the guild members to make a donation quilt by next Friday … the inspiration for this came from the cancelled Baby Quilt Kit Making day that had been scheduled for Saturday.  There are a few that have taken up the challenge, and some are almost finished!  Me?  Well, I haven’t even started.  Do I make a quick baby quilt? Finish a flimsy for donation?  I’m un-decided … but I better make up my mind soon, eh?

Frolic:  One border is done on 1 side … 

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10 blocks completed this week … the picture on the left is not from this week … I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be making more than one quilt from these blocks.

Stay at Home Round Robin:  The 2nd row (piano keys) is on and you can read about it / watch the video about it HERE.   And, below is a picture of the 2 quilts with their piano key borders on.

Quilting:

No quilting happening right now.

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the next borders    √  done
  2. (Maybe) finish quilting April Island Batik    √  done
  3. Make Elvira into a flimsy    √  done
  4. Summer Solstice: Complete next step  NOT DONE
  5. Frolic: get the borders on!!!!   only side of one border on

This week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the next borders
  2. Donation Quilt: ???
  3. Sandwich Elvira #1  & #2  (need to piece the backing)
  4. Frolic: get the borders on!!!!

Stash Report

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  • Fabric Used this week       0  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        66.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    57.75
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 15 minutes / day.   Even with a sore back, I’m managing 15 minutes a day …

  • 15 minute days:  January – Feb  59 / 60
  • 15 min days/ March = 29/29
  • Total days in 2020:  88/89
  • Percentage = 98% 

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

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Another Blog Hop this week!

Scrap Everything

 

I’ll be posting on April 2 … so stay tuned!

 

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Did you see it?

All the posts on Facebook for International Quilt Day!!  It was a lot of fun!

I think I’m the only one in the neighbourhood that had quilts out … but that’s OK …

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I just grabbed a few small quilts that were handy and made in the last year … no digging through the camper to find more … and yes, I have more, LOTS more!

It was a BEAUTIFUL spring day!  Sunny (although not very warm) … you can see purple hyacinths blooming and the magnolia tree on the left is just starting to bloom!

I have a finish!!

Yes, my “Circles” quilt is finished.  The quilting is finished, the binding is finished AND the label is on!

This quilt was started at a guild workshop on curves.  The circles were all cut with a large and a small Accuquilt die. (The guild owns them).  The instructor was fabulous and the die-cut pieces made for almost perfect piecing.   I say almost, because nothing I do is perfect!IMG_6336.jpeg

And here’s a close-up of the quilting: A biggish swirl with smaller swirls on the outside of the biggish swirl …

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And, it seams like flange binding is all I do these days!  But, I do like the look.IMG_6340.jpeg

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Piecing:

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Frolic: didn’t work on it this week …

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Only one block completed this week

 

Stay at Home Round Robin:  I started 2 … you can read about them HERE.  You can still join in, if you want … there will be a linky party on Friday for you to post pictures.

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Elvira: This as a “Quarantine Quilt Along”  with GE Quilt Designs.  The temptation to spend the day quilting with others was too much …  SEW, I dug into my stash of Reproduction fabrics and cut the amounts I needed.  For some reason, the bins are still just as full!!!

Quilting:

April’s Island Batik is being quilted … sorry no pictures until April!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. (Maybe) Finish quilting “Circles“  √  done
  2. Summer Solstice: Complete next step  √  done
  3. Round Robin: Make block  √  done
  4. Make “Making us Laugh”   —  almost there
  5. Sandwich April Island Batik    √  done
  6. Get bordrers on Frolic!  Not done

This week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the next borders
  2. (Maybe) finish quilting April Island Batik
  3. Make Elvira into a flimsy
  4. Summer Solstice: Complete next step
  5. Frolic: get the borders on!!!!

Stash Report

Circles used up 14.25 yards … and since I didn’t leave the house and didn’t shop on-line, there were no fabric purchases.

  • Fabric Used this week       14.25  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        66.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    57.75
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 15 minutes / day. 

  • 15 minute days:  January – Feb  59 / 60
  • 15 min days/ March = 22/22
  • Total days in 2020:  81/82
  • Percentage = 98% 

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

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Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop

It stated on Wednesday … and here are the participants for this week.  These are FUN!!!  I will be sharing mine on Tuesday!

Qwazy Monday, March 23

Qwazy Tuesday, March 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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A Stay-at-home Round Robin

With all the stuff happening in the world right now, I’m electing to self-isolate.  Yes, that means I’ll be staying home, not going out and will have lots of time to sew.

Well, I will go out.  I was signed up to do the 10 km SunRun, and that is now cancelled.  However, I’m still going to continue training for it.  I no longer run, but I walk.  I walk a LOT.  So, going outside and walking will still be a constant in my life. Unless I’m told to stay home.

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Have you ever wanted to do a round robin?  I’ve been interested, but have huge BUTs surrounding them.  Well, I’m going to do a Stay-At-Home Round Robin here on my blog.  Beginning instructions will be given  on  Friday, March 20th.

For those of you that don’t know what a Round Robin is … here’s how it usually works:

  • Each participant makes a block … usually you are given a size.  Sometimes participants have the fabric they want used placed in the bag that the block is in.  Sometimes a little notebook is with the block and states the block owner’s preferences, notes are added as the block is passed along.  Then the original block is passed to another participant.
  • Directions are given as to what to add as a border onto the block.  Sometimes it’s all 4 sides … sometimes only one side …
  • Then the block is passed on to the next participant and there are different directions as to what to add as a border.
  • This carries on until the quilt is deemed “finished” and the original with all the borders are returned to the original block owner.

There are many advantages of doing a Stay-at-Home Round Robin

  • you use the fabrics that YOU want to use
  • you don’t have to sew on someone else’s quilt
  • you make the decisions
  • it’s your quilt
  • it doesn’t need to leave your home (which is a HUGE thing right now with all the media attention of COVID-19)

Here’s how it’s going to work.  

This Friday, I will post the beginning instructions.  What size centre block (if you follow what I do) and approximately how big the quilt will be.

By March 27th, you will have your centre block done.  There  will be a linky party on the 27th, and you can share your block then.  With the linky party, you can share a blog post, an instagram post, a pinterest page.  Your choice!  You don’t need a blog to do this!  And, with the Linky party, we get to see what everyone is working on.

There are no hard and fast rules … this is meant to be fun and to occupy your mind as we live in this chaotic time!

A New Blog Hop starting this week

Quilt Qwazy Queens!

It starts on Wednesday … and here are the participants for this week.  It should be FUN!!!  I will be sharing mine the following week!

Wednesday March 18 
Thursday March 19
Friday March 20

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Summer Solstice:   I made myself complete these blocks.  Yeah, they got done!

Frolic: The centre is trimmed.

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This is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.com  You can access the pattern HERE.  This is being used as a “Leader & Ender” project and 12 blocks were completed in the last week.

 

April Island Batik Challenge is ready for sandwiching

Quilting:

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TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Time to pull this back out and work on Summer Solstice: ½ hour / day √  done
  2. Finish March Island Batik √  done
  3. Finish piecing April’s Island Batik √  done
  4. Trim Frolic and get the borders on  Partially done … Trimmed but no borders on it.

This week’s list:

  1. (Maybe) Finish quilting “Circles
  2. Summer Solstice: Complete next step
  3. Round Robin: Make block
  4. Make “Making us Laugh” wall hanging
  5. Sandwich April Island Batik
  6. Get bordrers on Frolic!

Stash Report

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There was this sale at “Dinkydoo” … a friend had never been … so off we went.  Inspite of the strict fabric diet that I have put myself on, I fell into temptation … 7 yards worth of temptation …  but aren’t they pretty?   The plan is to use some of them for guild pillowcases …

  • Fabric Used this week       0  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        52.25  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   7  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    42.75
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 15 minutes / day. 

  • 15 minute days:  January – Feb  59 / 60
  • 15 min days/ March = 15/15
  • Total days in 2020:  74 / 75
  • Percentage = 98%

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

 

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: Mid March Progress Report

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Sew how are YOU doing with your PHD in 2020?

In the past we’ve talked about:

1.  Analysis analysisHERE.

2. Track your Progress Screen Shot 2020-01-11 at 11.20.40 AM   PHD-Tally-with-formulas 2020

3. Assistance from other Blogs  HERE

4.  Focus :  HERE.Image result for clipart focus

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6.  Today: STOP Being a PERFECTIONIST!

Image result for StopOk … OK … I know that you are going to say “Gail, that’s easy for you to say, because you’re NOT a perfectionist!”  Yes, I know I’m not … but I really, really, really don’t understand when people take things out because the point is 2 threads off of perfect.  I get it when the point is 1/4″ off, or even 1/8″ off, maybe even 1/16″ … but in the whole scheme of things – NO ONE is going to notice the 2 threads difference.  I get taking stitching out when it’s bad and not what you want … but 2 threads?  … seriously!

Did you know that Perfectionism sets you up to fail?  Mostly because NOTHING is perfect.   Perfectionism limits your creativity and the willingness to take risks and TRY.  It may also be what’s holding you back from finishing that last UFO.

Get it out that UFO that’s your stumbling block … work on it … try to not let the 2 threads ruin your enjoyment.  Fudge and ease in that seam … it’ll be fine in the end – you won’t even notice it!  I promise!

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I went to try out a new sewing machine.  (Yes, I did end up buying it! More details in another post).  But what better way to test out a sewing machine than to take a few UFOs?  The Sunflower placemats were great to try quilting, piecing binding together, and sewing binding on.  The Orange/Green Baby quilt was good for doing more quilting.  As soon as the machine was set up, I finished the projects!  I also took some straight piecing to try out the 1300 stitches/minute!  It works like a charm!

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A close-up of the fox.  It is with the orange thread … I used a Janome app, took a picture of a fox on the white fabric, drew the fox and transferred it to my embroidery machine.  It stitched out ok.  I still need to do some work on it.

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To be honest, I almost feel a little guilty at finishing these 2 small projects in one week, when I have SEW many others to finish that take more time.  However, they are done and now off the to do list!  At this rate – I’m sure I’ll get more than 12 UFOs finished this year … and that’s OK with me!

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Linky Party

Show us your progress (finished or not) on what you’ve been working on for your PHD in 2020!  Or show us your recently finished UFO!
PLEASE:  Make sure that you link your post back to this blog post .  Also, visit others that also working on their PHD in 2020 and leave them an encouraging comment!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

52 x 52, Friday’s Finish

I finally finished my “52 Blocks in 52 Weeks.”  The quilt blocks were released weekly by Canadian Quilter’s Association designed by Jackie White.  Each block is unique and finishes at 6 ½” square.  Or should I say, each block is suppose to finish at 6 ½” square?  Most of mine did and I fudged with the rest.  I did not trim down any blocks.

Every single piece of fabric came from my stash. This was a picture of the bag of scraps that I dug into for each of the blocks … along with a constant light that I’d had for years.img_2976

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