OMG, PhD Update & some Seminar Ideas

Here we are at the beginning of another month. I need 3 projects to finish for my PhD in 2020 – time to step up my game. As I look over the year, I am pleased with what I have done and I think I can get 12 of my UFOs completed by the end of the year. As you can see below, there are a whole slew of finishes for new projects started in 2020 that are finished (16!). With the 9 UFOs, I finished, I am at 25 projects. I should be able to get 12 UFOs done and all the ones listed on the 2020 new quilts. I think that means means I have 34 finished projects for the year!

My Paula Nadelstern block is the one I will finish this month for my One Monthly Goal. I will make a second block and make a wall hanging. The trouble with this month is I will be away from Maine for a little more than I would like due to our strange schedules. I don’t think covid will change anything, but that might be taunting that nasty creature by even uttering those words!

I thought I would share a few other things I have been doing. I have attended a few seminars/launches on line and thought you might like to hear about them.

Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting gave a seminar about all the different types of batting – I learned a lot about their batting. Here’s one You Tube video with some of the information she shared, and some of the facts she gave are on this page. There is also a sheet explaining some information that is handy to have – here’s a link. The seminar was sponsored by Batting Super Sale*. I love her service and she is very knowledgeable about her products – so get in touch with her and order and email any questions.

Now, Accuquilt was another seminar I watched. They were showing off these systems and there are more launch parts scheduled. Here is a registration link* for one on 11/17 at 12 CST. It is fun to watch, and sometimes there are prizes. I love my Accuquilt GO* and the starter set is a great way to get a lot of useful pieces. Having the 2 1/2″ strip cutter and 8″cube gives you lots of common shapes to cut from. On the other hand, I would consider the Accuquilt Go Me* as a great place to start and a little less money upfront while you check it out.

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I also did a seminar from Shannon Fabrics on making a Cuddle Luxe Throw. There was a lot of good information here and there are a ton of these scheduled here. Also, I am doing an embroidery seminar from Sulky (link to seminar here). There is a lot out there, avail yourself of some new experiences…and see what you can find out.

Tell me what fun things you have been learning during these Covid Times.

Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block 
Tips and Tutorials – 11/22
2020 Monthly Color Block – December 1
Virtual Cookies Exchange & Christmas Blog Hop – Dec 1-4
Surprise Hop – Dec 6
TGIFF – December 18
TTot@@ – 12/22

Linking Up:
PhD in 2020

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  1. November 6, 2020 / 9:00 AM

    I get so into my sewing that I don’t think to take time to sign up and watch seminars. I need to get that into my thought process, especially now that there are no in-person workshops. I waffle back and forth on die cutters. Where to store it while not using is one of the issues, and the ongoing debate of whether I’d use it enough.

  2. November 6, 2020 / 2:42 PM

    Howdy, Kathleen! Aren’t you a wealth of information today. I have been meaning to watch the Sulky/Shannon Fabrics webinar. I stumbled upon them when I was afraid to use that lovely fabric as a backing on quilts but since then I love their product. Since Addison adores the feel of that cuddly-type of fabric, I suspect I will be making more things featuring it. And the batting video and sheet of info is fabulous! Thanks for sharing all the scoop with us. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. November 6, 2020 / 2:44 PM

    I waffle, too, Wendy. Not only do I agree with your thoughts but I’d also put a bestie out of business! She keeps me hoping as it is without making her job easier, quicker, and more accurate. Cripes! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. November 6, 2020 / 4:56 PM

    There may be a slew of UFOs but I trust you can slay them all. So many seminars and webinars – so little time, Kathleen. Do stay safe. Sending big hugs.

  5. November 6, 2020 / 10:29 PM

    Wow, you are accomplishing so much this year. I’m really impressed with how you keep track of it all. It took me a long time to find a rhythm during Covid. I’ve made peace with just getting a bit done each day—or when I can. That might be the most significant thing I’ve learned this year, and when I stop and think about it, I have gradually completed quite a few projects. And I’m comfortable staying home these days. Stay safe!

  6. November 8, 2020 / 7:35 PM

    You are doing fantastic with your numbers!!! The end is in sight! Stay focused and you’ll get there!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  7. Patty
    November 14, 2020 / 8:56 AM

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

  8. November 15, 2020 / 11:03 AM

    Hi Kathleen, thanks for sharing these links. I’ve had so much fun attending virtual classes. I hope that this is one thing that won’t change after the pandemic. Your block is stunning! Take care.

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