April PHD Update

Hi Quilting Friends,

May is here, which means that the end of the school year is getting closer. I always have mixed feelings about May. I’m excited for summer with time to relax and play, but I’ll miss “my kids” when they graduate and leave for their next adventures.

We said goodbye to our beloved Rowdy on April 4. I miss his happy greetings, his endless mooching, his sweet kisses, his handsome face, and his excellent photobombing skills. We will probably adopt another dog, eventually, but we’re not ready yet. Rowdy will be a hard act to follow.

Rowdy smiling by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
RIP Rowdy, 9/22/2009-4/4/2022

PHD in 2022 Progress

Project #2: “A Time to Play” Wall Hanging
More Patterns

April was “a time to quilt”, and so I’ve started stitching around the edges of the applique pieces with the smoke-toned thread that I liberated from Susan. There are SO many little pieces here, and it will take several more sewing sessions to stitch around all of them! My “One Monthly Goal” for May is to finish quilting and binding “A Time to Play”.

A Time to Play March 2022 by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
Project #3: “Swamp Thang” Nursery Quilt

Susan has drawn the four alligator applique blocks, and I’ve finished tracing their parts onto fusible webbing. This little quilt will be SEW much fun to make! No photo or sneak peek yet, as there’s not much to see at this stage.

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

And it’s a wrap! (Well, actually, it is a quilt. A sparkling finished quilt.) I quilted along each edge of the black diagonals, and then I used my binding leftovers for the scrappy binding. I’m keeping this one for my new quilting studio’s seating area, because I really love it. It is so colorful, cheerful, and cozy!

Project #14: Crayon Box Scrappy Quilt

Ta-done! My “One Monthly Goal” for April was to add the scrappy binding to this beauty, and it’s alll done. In case you wonder, the “Crayon Box” pattern is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter. I modified the instructions a bit and used 2″ strips instead of 2.5″ strips. Here’s a photo of my finished quilt, in all of its glory-

Crayon Box Quilt by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

New Projects

I have started planning and collecting fabrics for my project to show in the “Foodie” blog hop in late May. I shall remain mysterious for now.

Ongoing Projects

The #RSC2022 color for April was PINK! I don’t use a lot of PINK in my quilting projects, but I did the best that I could with the scraps I have. Here’s what I made with my PINK fabric scraps-

Sawtooth Star
April Sawtooth Star by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
Carolina Chain

I made 32 little chain blocks this month, which brings my total to 92 of the 310 blocks that I’ll need for the project.

Progress Tracking

Here’s my updated task list:

Here’s my UFO list for PHD in 2022:

Happy quilting,


Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal May Link-up

Quilting Gail April PHD Update

10 thoughts on “April PHD Update

  1. Great progress on your PHD, Sharon. I’m so sorry about Rowdy. He reminds me a lot of our rescue, Chloe, who is part Aussie but she is brown and white. Our fur babies are so special. I do hope you will get another. I think they rescue us as much as we rescue them! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Brenda, I appreciate it. It has been 4 weeks, and I still haven’t gotten used to the idea of having him gone. I’m sure that I’ll find another pup to rescue me when the time is right.

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  2. You did an amazing job in April, from the RSC blocks to the happy & delightful diagonal diamonds! Way to go!!! Looking forward to your May report.

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  3. Love your string quilt for RSC 2021! Your Carolina Chain blocks look great. Will be fun to see how that quilt turns out. I’m sorry to hear about Rowdy’s passing. He was a beautiful boy.


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