March PHD Update

Hi Quilting Friends,

One of my personal goals for 2020 is to participate in the online quilting community, and so I’ve chosen to work on my PHD in 2020 with Gail at QuiltingGail!

As things turn out, I’ve had quite a bit more time for sewing this month than I had anticipated. We had our Spring Break for a week, and then school was cancelled for another week due to the COVID-19 situation. Now we’re on a shortened stay-at-home-and-work schedule until we return to classes. I’m hopeful that we’ll be back to school after Easter, but we shall see how it goes; I miss “my kids”! However, my dog Rowdy couldn’t be more delighted about the extra time that we have together for lunch on the patio, playtime with his best squeaky toy, and extra snuggling & belly rubs. 💙 That said, please stay well! Avoid large groups, and wash your hands frequently.

Here’s what I’ve been working on since my last update!

Project #2: Make something with these spare HST squares

Quilting is complete on the “Christmas Wishes” piece, made from those spare red and white HST squares. I decided to do some “fancy” quilting with my walking foot, since the piece is small and I had plenty of time to play with it. I added a solid green binding to match the letters, and embroidered several lines of red stitching around the words to help them “pop”.

I have also started playing with the blue and gold HST squares. I was able to make four 10″ square blocks and four 5″ square blocks from my leftover HST squares. The 5″ square blocks are destined to become coasters. I’ve been doing a little browsing online about orphan block projects, so I may come across an idea that I love. I’m currently leaning toward making two zippered pouches and a tote bag with the 10″ blocks, but I have no zippers yet. It’s progress, but not a finish quite yet. Here’s a picture:

Blue and Gold Blocks by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
Project #3: Lazy Log Cabin Blocks

All done! Visit my March OMG post to pick up the free tutorial for my “Lazy Log Cabin” blocks. This quilt was a great scrap-buster; I estimate that I used between 6 and 7 yards of scrap fabric to make the blocks, plus another 5 yards for the back and binding (all from my fabric stash!) to make the 75″ square quilt.

Lazy Log Cabin by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
Project #5: Make something with these tools
Rulers and foundations

I’ve decided on fabric for the “Perfect Pineapples” foundation paper, and I hope to get started cutting and sewing in April!

New Projects for 2020

I’ve finished up my quilt for the “Scrap Snap” quilt along with Kari at “Quilts for the Making”! The quilting is vertical, wavy lines in a pretty silver thread. The binding is made from leftover strips of binding from my scrap bin. I had such fun playing with my scraps and experimenting with a new (to me) way to quilt, and I LOVE it! The brilliant colors make me smile.

Helicopter by Ms P Designs USA

We’ve started another new quilt, called “My Hero”, featuring police officers and their vehicles. The picture above is our new police helicopter FPP block. The pattern release will be in June! Sew excited!!!

Here’s my updated spreadsheet for 2020:

End March Tally by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

And my progress chart:

End March 2020 by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Happy quilting,


Linking up with Gail’s March Update.