OMG, PhD in 2020 Update and Other News

I am so excited about my OMG. It is to use up some blocks that I made from a design for the Fall into A QAL in 2018. I have 3-12 1/2″ blocks and 6-6 1/2″ blocks to work with. Furthermore, this will serve 2 other purposes. The first, is that it is also one of my PhD projects. The second purpose is that I am using this as the base for my HelloFall Blog Hop. I hope to come up with a fun pattern for the Hop on my September 21 date.

My PhD is within reach. I have finished 8 projects and started and finished 11 projects. I think that is a pretty good for this year so far. I do need to think about how I want to quilt my barn quilt, as I was planning on renting a machine. I may have to have someone quilt it for me; I need to see how the fall goes.

I am working on 2 small quilts. One for my grand niece Edith. Since Edith is a close cousin of Annaleigh, I thought another Elizabeth Hartman Pattern would be appropriate, Delightful Desert. I am also using the same background, as another way of relating the quilts. I like the way the first two blocks are looking; and hope to work on a third block this week.

The second quilt in progress is one called Granny Squares. A small group of quilters decided to do this. I won this, during the Coronavirus Quarantine on Scott Fortunoff’s facebook page. He is one of the owners of Jaftex Fabrics (Free Spirit, Henry Glass, Studio E, and more). He’s bringing it back at some point, so I will let you know when, when I figure it out.

Speaking of winning, I won this too, a swag bag from Sewing Machine’s Plus for commenting during one of their live events. Again, I encourage you to watch for these things and play along – you never know when you will win!

Oh, and confession time…a nice new machine is coming my way. I needed to update one, and I am soooo glad with my purchase. It won’t arrive until the end of the month, or even the end of October so I have to say nice things about the machines I am using until then….otherwise I will be cursed! Well, watch for lots of things this week.

Coming Up on the Blog:
QAL by the Sea #5 – 9/8
QAL by the Sea #6 – 9/15
Garden Party Hop Hop – 9/17
QAL by the Sea #7 – 9/22 
Hello Fall Blog Hop – 9/21
QAL by the Sea #8 – 9/29

Linking Up to:
Elm Street Quilts
PhD In 2020

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  1. September 6, 2020 / 9:02 AM

    Ohhhh, a new machine! Lucky you! Can’t wait to see it and what you create! You’re busy with a few things; love that acorn block!

  2. September 6, 2020 / 1:38 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Oooh, a new machine?! Can’t wait to hear about that. Those Granny Squares look just like the afghan my great-grandma had made. I do wonder what happened to it but it’s long gone now. You’re doing great with your project and the PHD this year. Just four more months and you’ll have earned it for sure. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. September 6, 2020 / 8:57 PM

    You are moving along with your UFOs for your PHD!! Isn’t it nice to make progress?

    Congratulations on your new machine … hopefully it comes sooner than expected!

    Thank you for linking up to PHD in 2020! 🙂

  4. September 8, 2020 / 7:50 PM

    Nice winnings! That’s a cute acorn block; we have a TON this year from our oak tree, but that’s what they do when they’re stressed, and it was a very dry summer. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Love it when a project ticks off a few boxes!

  5. patty
    September 10, 2020 / 12:11 PM

    Happy sewing. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project!

  6. September 17, 2020 / 3:58 PM

    You’re making a lot of progress on your PhD! Love the Delightful desert blocks so far. It’s always nice to win something, too. Good luck on your goals!

  7. September 21, 2020 / 12:48 AM

    Very pretty and I love that it is reversible and your quilting design is lovely!!

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