Mid- June PHD Progress

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

Project #4: Plum & Gold King-sized Quilt
Butterscotch and Purple Quilt by Sharon
Pieced King-size Quilt

I spent an entire afternoon pin-basting the quilt, which was laid out flat and taped to my kitchen floor. This quilt is HUGE, at about 9 feet by 9 feet square! I was a little surprised that Rowdy didn’t “help” me by lying down in the middle of the quilt as I was pinning, but I managed to finish my task without any canine assistance. (Good boy!)

The quilting has commenced! I decided to stitch a grid pattern, since the project is HUGE and I’m most comfortable with my walking foot. I can only quilt this monster for an hour or so at a time, since moving it around becomes exhausting. I have finished quilting the central pieced area, and I’m considering my quilting plan for the plum borders. These photos aren’t fabulous, but you can see the progress!

New Projects

I’ve finished making a pretty pieced pillow cover for the “Stitching Sunshine” blog hop next week. No photo today, as it is “secret sewing”, but you are invited to visit on June 24 to see it.

Our “Christmas Cheer” quilt is quilted and ready for Susan to add the binding. Again, no photos today. You can see the finished quilt when we release the pattern in July. Trust me, it is adorable.

I have continued working on models for our “12 Days of Christmas” event, scheduled for December 1-12, and our “Stash Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler” Sew Along, which will start in January. One more Christmas project is finished, a casserole dish carrier with an elf applique! (Sew stinkin’ cute!) I’ve stitched up 18 of the 26 blocks for the sampler as well, and I’m ready to get back to it after my adventures in machine quilting come to an end. This is all “secret sewing”, so I won’t share any photos yet. (Yep. I’m teasing you again. My bad.)

“NEW” UFO Project

In my quest to find additional safety pins to use for basting my plum & gold quilt, I remembered a hand-quilted throw that I had started several years ago and then set aside with the intention of “finishing later”. Well, we all know how that goes, right? At any rate, as I was removing those safety pins I found that I was closer to finishing that I had recalled, so I’ve been hand-quilting again. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the rhythm of the needle and the quiet time to think as I hand stitch in the evenings. Susan gave me a couple of finger cots to make it easier to manipulate the needle as I stitch, and that really helped prevent sore fingers! Here’s a picture of my “new” quilt project, in progress:

Berry Wreath by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Here’s the updated progress spreadsheet. Not a lot of change since my last update, but that’s OK:

Mid June by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Happy quilting,


Linking up with Quilting Gail!

6 thoughts on “Mid- June PHD Progress

  1. Yeah, Sharon!!!
    It looks like you’re making lots of PHD progress!
    I can’t wait to see your secret sewing! Especially the “Sunshine” pillow! It promises to be a fun blog hop!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

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  2. I guess we’ll have to take your word for all the progress you’re making … so much secret sewing! Lol! Glad you’re making progress on the Monster Gold & Purple Quilt! Little by little and soon you’ll say, “Ta! Da!”


  3. The plum and gold quilt is gorgeous! Maybe not much progress shows up in your tracker spreadsheet, but it looks like a are moving closer to a couple of new finishes.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I’m really excited to be almost finished with the plum & gold quilt; it has been a long time coming and it wasn’t as difficult as I had thought it might be.


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