Thursday, December 1, 2022

PHD in 2022: November Progress

Just 31 days left in 2022.  I'm really not ready for that. On the other hand, this year hasn't been so great on a number of fronts, so I'm looking forward to the new year in hopes it's a lot better.  Since it is a new month, it's time to summarize my progress on earning my PHD and share over at Quilting Gail's.  It's not a stellar report, but there has been some progress on all the active projects.  

No new finishes, but one new start. The clues for both mystery quilts won't end till next year, so they don't have to be completed this year.  I doubt there are any more finishes this year, but I'm going to try to move each project closer to that point.  

Unity, the Bonnie Hunter Pandemic quilt along,  is the closest to being finished. 

The backing has been pressed and prepped for quilting. Now I just need to do the same for the quilt top.  That means tying up the cutting table for a few days. I'm much more interested in actually sitting at the sewing machine the last few weeks, so it's been hard to get motivated on the clean up.  I will get to that before the end of the month. It would be nice to start my 2023 PHD with a finish in January.  

Macaron Mystery, the 2021 Meadow Mist Designs mystery, is now a finished quilt top.  

The backing is proving to be difficult, I don't seem to have enough of any one fabric for the backing. So I'm back to deliberating between a pieced backing or buying backing fabric. I'm leaning heavily towards buying backing fabric, so that's probably what will happen.  

My current leader and ender project is Bonnie Hunter's 2021 mystery quilt, Rhododendron.  

All the "A" blocks are finished and one "B" block was finished last month. Just three more "B" blocks and quilt assembly can begin.  I doubt I get that far this month, but at least it's progressing.  

Clue 4 for this year's Meadow Mist Designs mystery, Melodic, will be out today.  

Clues 1 and 2 are finished, and clue 3 is over halfway finished.  Hopefully, I'll be caught up with all the clues by the time the January clue comes out.  

Chilhowie is the newest Bonnie Hunter mystery.  

I'm still working on the strip sets for the 4 and 9 patch units from last week's clue.  I'm not going to be caught up when tomorrow's clue comes out. But that's usually how it goes with Bonnie's mysteries. I tend to stay perpetually behind. But that's OK, I really enjoy the process. 

So 2022 will probably be one of my least successful years for the PHD program.  Maybe that will motivate me to do better in 2023?   


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you always do good work on those mystery quilts

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Looks to me like you're making great progress! Those BH mystery quilts are always very labor intensive; I would be very slow with them! Buying wide backings is so helpful for getting quilts to the finish line - I've been doing that more and more recently.

Anonymous said...

I only made a few of the first clue blocks. Then I can decide later how big I want to make it or not. Didn’t do any Rhododendron blocks. Have a few Grassy Creek ones made.

Barbara said...

It looks like a lot of progress to me. Everything is looking good.

Eileen Emerson said...

Beautiful progress made. Nice post.

Rose said...

Your PHD list looks like mine. I'll get mine posted tomorrow maybe. Love the colors of your mystery quilt.

maggie fellow said...

i like your rhododendron colors, macaron is pretty, great progress all around

Cheryl said...

I love the multiple borders on the Macaroon mystery quilt and seeing the progress in all of your other projects.

Katie Z. said...

You’ve had quite a year outside of quilting, so I’m impressed at all the beautiful projects on the go. I opted not to stay any mystery quilts this year, so I’ll enjoy your photos of them!

Jennifer said...

It is hard to believe that we are so close to the end of this year, didn’t it just begin?!? Good progress in the last month, glad you’ve been able to find a new routine that gives you time to sew.