Wednesday, February 1, 2023

PHD in 2023: January Update

So far all we've seen from the winter storms this week was some sleet on Monday.  It's just been really cold. But I'll take that over the ice storm that's in the forecast for areas south of us. Grad Girl said that Texas A&M canceled classes for today due to the threat of winter precipitation. Stay safe everyone if you have to get out and about.  

This is my 5th year to participate in Quilting Gail's PHD (Projects Half Done). I've yet to finish my PHD, I doubt I finish it this year. Even so, it's been good motivation to keep my projects at least moving each year.  For January 2023 I've got more new starts and no finishes.  Probably not the best start to the year. 


The plan is to get Unity sent out for quilting before the end of February. The Macaron Mystery needs the backing cut before it can move forward.  There wasn't any progress on those two projects this month, but there was some progress on some of the other UFOs.  

The last block was assembled for Rhododendron (Bonnie Hunter 2021 Mystery Quilt Along). 

Rhododendron had been my leaders and enders project for pretty much most of 2022. It's been sidelined while I work on the new 2023 projects.  Once Unity and Macaron are moved along, I'll get back to this project.  

I'm finally caught up with the clues for the Melodic Mystery Quilt Along  (Meadow Mist Designs 2022 mystery quilt along).  

February's clue will come out tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing how all these bits and pieces go together.  

Chilhowie (Bonnie Hunter 2022 mystery quilt along) is my current leaders and enders project. 

I finished clues 1 and 2 before the mystery ended, but fell way behind with clue 3.  I'll be finishing blocks as the hourglass and HST components get completed.  Block 2 is almost finished.  My plan is make 9 blocks and call it good.  

I've watched other participate in the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) (Quilting Gail) for the last couple of years. It's been fun to see how everyone interprets the weekly prompts. I really didn't need any new projects, but I really wanted a project that exercised my design skills. SAHRR fits that bill perfectly. 

I'm already behind. The first week's border isn't quite finished.  The plan for the second border is decided and I've started cutting and assembling the component parts.  Hopefully I can get caught up this week.  

The second new start is Diatom (Quilting Jetgirl).  I fell in love with the all blue throw version of this quilt.  I really didn't need another new project, but I really couldn't resist.  

I was able to pull all the fabrics from my stash, so this project counts as part of my stash management strategy this year.  Block 3 comes out on Friday. Blocks 1 and 2 are finished, so I'm ready.  

No finishes yet, but I've really been enjoying the new projects.  I needed the lift after getting a bit burned out just working on UFOs in 2022.  Linking up with Quilting Gail for the January PHD report.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

To Do List for the Week of 1/31/2023

January always seems to pass so slowly, while all the other months of the year tend to wiz by.  Maybe it's because I'm in recovery mode from the holidays?  At any rate, today is the last day of January. February usually speeds by. I wonder if that will be the case now that I'm retired?  

Last weekend I was in Fort Worth, TX with Grad Girl and her college roommate (the adopted blond haired daughter).  It was a fun weekend, but it did impact how much time I had to work on last week's to do list. 

To Do List for 1/24/2023

1. SAHRR: Make first border, plan second border - progress
2. RSC Wild and Goosey: Make one block - no progress
3. Chilhowie: Continue as leaders and enders project  ✔

So just one check mark, but I can claim good progress on the SAHRR. This week should be better as there are no plans to head any place. My Guy woke up sick yesterday. He tested negative for Covid, but he doesn't seem sick enough for it to be the flu.  But he's got something that's causing a fever, congestion and a cough. We've gone into divided house mode, which means I'm not doing my usual decluttering activities this morning. So it may be a nothing but sewing day.  We'll see how that goes.  At any rate, here's the plan for this week. 

To Do List for 1/31/2023

1. SAHRR (Quilting Gail): Finish first and second borders

All the HSTs are sewn and trimmed so the spool blocks should come together much faster. The plan for the friendship star border has been worked out.  I'll start on those blocks as I'm finishing the first border.  Hopefully, I'll be all caught up when the new prompt comes out on Monday. 

2.  Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Finish at least one bright blue block

There was no progress on this last week. The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for February is pink.  I'm not using pink in my quilt, so I'm going to stick with making blue blocks this month. I need a number of them for my proposed layout.   

3.  Chilhowie (Bonnie Hunter): Continue to make blocks as leaders and enders. 

Block 2 is currently under construction.  It is slow going, but at least it hasn't come to a full stop. 

4. Unity (Bonnie Hunter): Prep for quilting. 

I've kept the list pretty sparse on the stitching front so I can get this quilt prepped and sent out for quilting.  It's way past time to get it moving.  

That's my list for this week.  Linking up with Carol who blogs at the Quilt Schmidt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Stitching Stuff: Week 4 of 2023

I've commented before how the first month of the year always seems to go slowly compared to the rest of the year, but January is just about over.  We'll move into the second month of 2023 in just a couple of days.   But back to now, Week 4 of the year went pretty smoothly on the stitching front. I didn't get in as much time as I had hoped each day, but I did get in my 15 minutes most days this week.

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Jan = 25/28 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 25/28 days
  • Success rate = 89.29%
I missed Friday due to plans with Grad Girl.  We met up in Fort Worth, TX to go to a concert. We spent Saturday at an art festival and paid a visit to the Water Garden late in the afternoon.  It was a low key, but fun day.  We'll both be heading to our respective abodes after lunch today.  

How did your stitchy week work out?  

1. Gretchen
2. maggie f
3. Julie in GA
4. Ivani
5. Karen
6. DonnaleeQ
7. Marti
8. Celine
9. Quilting Gail
10. Lyndsey
11. katie z.
12. Janice
13. Susan in TN
14. Carol Andrews
15. Shasta @ High Road
16. DawnyK
17. kris@SewSunshine

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Stay at Home Round Robin: Prompt 1 Spool Blocks

It's been a weird week. It's amazing what can pop up that derails your day and consequently any stitching plans you might have had. My stitching week is also short a few days this week due to the planned meet up with Grad Girl this weekend.  All of that to say I didn't get as far as I'd hoped on the first prompt for the Stay at Home Round Robin. But there was some progress.  

First step was to add coping steps to bring the center up to 12" by 18".  

The math works out to 3" finished spool blocks.  Assembling all those 1.5" HSTS takes time, so does trimming.  But I did get far enough to make almost enough blocks for one border. 

The corner blocks are modified spool blocks. Those were constructed first to ensure I got all the HSTS turned the right direction.  Here's the plan drafted in EQ. 

So I'll have to play catch up next week. Most of the HSTS are made so block assembly should go much faster.  

Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for the SAHRR Prompt #1.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 1/24/2023

It was pretty productive week in the sewing room. The last couple of weeks I've been trying to work on just a couple of projects at at time till I finish whatever the to do is for them that week. That seems to be working well for me. 

To Do List for Week of 1/17/2023

1. Melodic Mystery: Finish the sashing for Jan clue ✔ 
2. Diatom: Cut fabrics and assemble first block ✔ 
3. SAHRR: Draft plan for first border ✔ 
4. Chilhowie: Work on as leaders and enders ✔ 
5. Unity: clean up and press before sending our for quilting - no progress 

Check marks on four out of five isn't a bad week.  My Guy was home on Monday due to the holiday. That messed up my sense of time, I thought Tuesday was Monday, so when Friday got here, I wasn't where I had planned to be.  Unity is going to take a while to prep and it will take over my cutting table. Since I've started two new quilt alongs that have a schedule, it just didn't work with the plans for the week.  I'll get back to it at some point.  

I'm meeting up with Grad Girl and my "adopted" blond headed daughter (GG's college roommate) in Texas for a girls weekend. So there won't be as much time to stitch this week.  I'm going to pare the list back a bit.  Thankfully I'm caught up on Melodic Mystery and Diatom till early February.  

To Do List for Week of 1/24/2023

1. SAHRR (Quilting Gail): Make first border, plan second border. 

Spool blocks are the prompt for this first border. I've worked out my color scheme, I need 24 blocks and I'm limiting the colors to green and purple for this first round.  Other than the background fabric, I was able to cut all the triangles for the HSTs from my scrap bin.  I'll need a few more greens, but I've got enough to get started.  

2.  RSC Wild and Goosey blocks (Bonnie Hunter): Make at least one

This was my last Rainbow Scrap project back in 2019. I've not worked on it since January of 2020.  The plan is to make a few blocks each month in an effort to get this project moving along.  I can only use bright blues, dark blues would blend too much with the black. This pattern is from Bonnie's Addicted to Scraps book. It was also published in the 2013 May/June issue of Quiltmaker. 

3.  Chilhowi (Bonnie Hunter) - Continue to make blocks as leader and ender project.  

Block #2 is in the process of being assembled.  It will be slow going to finish the other 7 blocks for my version, but at least it's still moving.

That's my list for the week.  Linking up with Carol over at the Quilt Schmidt: For the Love of Fabric for this week's To Do Tuesday.