August PHD in 2021 Update

Hi Quilting Friends,

My summer break has ended, and school is back in session. I’m looking forward to a return to normalcy at school, or at least something closer to “normal” than we’ve had in a while. We’ll see what happens! I am teaching six classes of Forensic Science, with around 150 Junior and Senior students this year, all face to face. I am NOT going to miss those Zoom meeting classes, so my fingers are crossed that things remain as they are rignt now.

Since I’m back at work Monday through Friday I have less time for stitching, obviously! I’ve managed to make some progress on several of my UFO projects, so here’s my August update.

Project #7: Make a throw with my “Diamond Star” blocks
Diamond Star Blocks by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

I’ve stitched another ten blocks for this quilt, bringing my total block count to 48. This was my “One Monthly Goal” for August. Yay! I’ll need another fifteen blocks to complete the top, so my evil plan is to raid Susan’s stash for a wider selection of fabrics before I make the last few blocks. (Susan has an extensive private textile collection, and she’s always willing to share with me.)

Star Flower blocks for August OMG by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
Projects #14 and #15: Christmas stockings for the Grand-doggers

I’ve created the applique animals and selected backgrounds for both stockings, with input from my son (Nathan) & his girlfriend (Gaby).

I ran out of green fabric for adding “Naomi” on the left side stocking cuff, and will add trim to match the toe after the applique is finished. Her Christmas moose is from our “Ugly Sweater Contest” collection from 2019.

Ruth’s stocking embellishments are complete, and the stocking is ready to be finished. Gaby approves, and I’d guess that Ruth will love it too. Her giraffe elf is from our “Santa’s Little Helpers” collection from 2016.

Needless to say, I’m having fun! Here’s a photo of progress, so far:

Project #16: Finish the teal, purple, and gray quilt
UFO by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

The quilting is finally finished! It mostly looks OK, although it won’t be a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. (That dream ended when my “artist” got hold of that blue permanent marker. Oh well! No point in crying over spilled milk; this quilt will keep someone warm and cozy, and that’s what quilts are for.)

The next task is to stitch down the binding, so that’s what I’m choosing for my “One Monthly Goal” in September. (I suppose one could call this a binding agreement, LOL!) Here’s a picture of the quilt, with the binding all ready to stitch in place:

Purple, Teal, & Gray Quilt by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
New Projects

Ain’t nobody got time for that. . .

RSC 2021

The color for August was AQUA/ TURQUOISE. I made two AQUA “Sawtooth Star” blocks:

And I made eight AQUA string blocks:

August string blocks by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Here’s my updated task list for 2021:

End August PHD Progress by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

And my UFO tally for 2021, which hasn’t changed this month:

End July PHD Tally by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Happy quilting,


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2 thoughts on “August PHD in 2021 Update

  1. You are doing so well, Sharon!! I managed to mark off a couple of finishes in August. I absolutely LOVE that purple, teal and gray quilt. It is SOOO pretty!! I’ve had to drop one and add another as I forgot about my granddaughter’s Christmas quilt promised two years ago! Poor baby. Her brothers got theirs but not her! That will change this year. I still have six UFOs, counting that, to finish, so I’m scaling back on my “extra curricular activities/challenges” until I can get caught up! Great job on making it to finish 11! Only one to go for that PHD!

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