PHD in 2022

Hi Quilting Friends,

I’m looking forward to another productive year! This will be my third year to pursue my PHD with Quilting Gail, and I’ve chosen a nice lineup of unfinished projects to complete, including a few that rolled over (still unfinished) from my 2021 list. I picked a few extra projects, in case something goes amiss with one of them.

PHD in 2022 Project List

Project #1: Spearmint/Brown Batik Bundle

I purchased this batik bundle with a gift certificate that I won a couple of years ago. I think that it has been on the shelf long enough now that it is ready to be made into a pretty throw quilt.

Project #2: “A Time to Play” Wall Hanging
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It is time to make “A Time to Play”! This pattern (center in the photo above) has a publication date of 2003, so I’ve had it for quite a long time. I need to purchase some fabric for the water and sky backgrounds, but I have the batik fabrics that I want to use for most of the other pieces. I will have a space to hang it in my new studio, eventually!

Project #3: “Swamp Thang” Nursery Quilt

This will be a new pattern for Ms P Designs, using a set of drawings that Susan created and fabric that we purchased for the back of the quilt, 2 or 3 years ago. The “Star” of the design is a cute little ‘gator, and he (or she) lives in a big swamp with her (or his) friends.

This project will be “secret sewing” until we’re ready to release the design, but I promise to provide “sneaky peeks” as I make progress.

Projects #4 & #5: Gray/Black & Tan/Brown Scrappy Baskets
Scrappy Baskets by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

I intend to create two more scrappy baskets to complete my scrap storage basket set; a black/gray basket and a tan/brown basket.

My “One Monthly Goal” for January is to make the black/gray scrappy basket.

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal January Link-up

Project #6: Star Party Sampler Quilt

This will be our 2023 sew along quilt (I know – “2023”!!), featuring blocks with pieced stars. We purchased the fabric for my quilt at International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2021. I’ve always been a huge fan of black, white, and bright, so this fabric pull is going to be super fun to work with.

This will be “secret sewing”, but I promise to provide a few “sneaky peeks” as I make progress. Won’t this be fun!

Project #7: RSC 2021 String Block Quilt
RSC 2021 String Quilt by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

This is the quilt top that I stitched up in December from the string blocks that I made for RSC 2021. I love it! It needs to be quilted, so it’s on the list for my PHD.

Project #8: Diamond Star Quilt
Diamond Star Blocks by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Seems like I’ve been making these blocks forever, but it has only been about 3 years. The 63 blocks are all stitched, so it is time to make a quilt with them.

Project #9: Scrappy Christmas Quilt
Side B Christmas Box by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

This will be quilt #4 (and counting) from my Christmas scrap fabric stash. I plan to use a controlled palette of red, black, and white for this one. The size will be determined by the amount of scrap fabric that I have available in my selected colors.

Project #10: Scrappy Goose Foot Quilt
Scrappy Goose Foot Quilt by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

This was on my 2021 list, but I didn’t make any progress on it. This scrappy top is due to be quilted and finished.

Project #11: Bright Scrappy Pineapple Quilt
Rulers and foundations

This project is in my “Play with Toys” category, and on my 2021 PHD list.. I have sixteen 9″ x 9″ pineapple foundation papers left from the original package, and plenty of pretty scrap strips.

Project #12: Strippy Triangles Foundations

This project is the second in my “Play with Toys” category and another rollover from my 2021 PHD list. I have a pack of “Thangles” foundation papers for making HST squares from strips of fabric, and plenty of fabric strips to use.

Project #13: Wedge Ruler Christmas Project

This project is also in my “Play with Toys” category, and yet another 2021 PHD rollover. I purchased a wedge ruler long ago, but haven’t made anything with it so far. I’m thinking “Christmas” at the moment, but I may change my mind before I get started.

Project #14: Crayon Box Scrappy Quilt

I started making these scrappy blocks from my 2″ scrap strips during the “2021 February Freeze”, aka “Winter Storm Uri”, and then I continued adding to them as a leader/ender project for the rest of the year. I think that have plenty of blocks for a quilt.

Project #15: Coffee, Tea, or Me Part 3
Coffee Tea or Me Part 3 by Ms P Designs USA

This project is a set of six little place mats, each featuring a coffee mug with a different miniature quilt set into the mug. I need to add borders to increase the size of the blocks, and then quilt and bind them.

New Projects

This space is where I’ll show and tell about the new projects that I create this year. Nothing to show yet, but the year is young!

Ongoing Projects

Since I’m planning to participate in the “Rainbow Scrap Challenge” again this year, I’ve chosen two blocks to stitch in the color of the month. Here’s my plan, so far –

Sawtooth Star
  • 1 or 2 blocks per month, in the color of the month
  • 12″ x 12″ finished size
  • I stitched 10 blocks like this for RSC 2021; not enough to make a quilt.
October RSC A by Sharon @ Ms P Desgins USA
Carolina Chain:
  • 4.5″ x 4.5″ finished size; uses 2″ strips
  • Make sets of dark (left) and light (right) blocks each month
  • Multiple sets when possible
  • My goal is to begin a collection of blocks, which will eventually be a quilt.

Progress Tracking

I like to keep track of my progress with a task list, coloring the cells as each task is completed. Here’s the task list for my PHD in 2022:

PHD in 2022 Initial Post by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

If you like the task list idea, download and personalize one for yourself:

Here’s my UFO list for PHD in 2022:

If you’d like to join in the fun, then you have until January 15 to decide on your projects! See this post from Quilting Gail for more information.

Happy quilting,


7 thoughts on “PHD in 2022

  1. Wonderful list of projects and some very inspirational pictures. I love your RSC 2021 string blocks. Good luck this year and I’ll have fun watching you stitch through your list!

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  2. Great set of projects! I really like your “playing with toys” designation! I have a new ruler set I may pull out this year to play with as I knock off projects.

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