May PHD in 2022 Update

Hi Quilting Friends,

I hope that you’ve had a marvelous May! My husband and I had a nice weekend trip to San Antonio to celebrate Mothers’ Day with our son and his girlfriend. We also took in the amazing M.C. Escher exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston a couple of weekends ago. Oh, and school is out! (Yay!!)

The end of the school year is always a whirlwind, and it takes a while to settle into my summertime routine. I’ve just returned from a vacation trip with my husband, visiting family in Iowa and enjoying the sights. This is going to be a GREAT summer, with adventures, home & garden projects, socializing with friends & family, and quilting on the agenda! Stay tuned for some of the details.

PHD in 2022 Project List

Project #1: Spearmint/Brown Batiks

I can’t decide what I want to make with this beautiful fat quarter bundle; it just isn’t speaking to me. The fabric will keep until I’m inspired.

My original PHD list had 10 quilts on it, most in their early stages of construction. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I made my list, although it all seemed like a good idea in December. Full-time teaching requires a huge chunk of my waking hours and consumes much of my energy, so I’m scaling back my quilting goals.

Project #1: Purple Orphan Block Project Bag
June Sawtooth Star Block B by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

I’m swapping out Project #1 with this instead –

I have a few “orphan” Sawtooth Star blocks that I made last year for RSC 2021, so I’m going to use the purple and pale gray block to make a project bag (similar to those shown in the photo below, but a little bit larger) to use for storing my works in progress.

Blue and Gold Pouches and Coasters by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
Project #2: “A Time to Play” Wall Hanging
More Patterns

Ta-done! This was my May “One Monthly Goal”, and it is finally finished. I love it and I can’t wait to get the wall in my studio painted so I can display it.

Project #6: Star Party Sampler Quilt

My “One Monthly Goal” for June is to piece the six 9″ x 9″ blocks and three 6″ x 6″ blocks that I’ll need for this quilt top. Ready, Set, Go!

Project #10: Scrappy Snail’s Trail and Stars Quilt
Snail's Trail Batik Top by Sharon

I’ve purchased the backing for this quilt, and I’m leaning toward getting Susan and Rosie involved in quilting it. Rosie needs some practice with edge-to-edge quilting, and I’d like to spend a relaxing (yet productive) afternoon with Susan in her new studio-in-progress.

Project #11: Scrappy Pineapple Throw
Rulers and foundations

The “Bright Scrappy Pineapple Throw” is on the back burner until later. I’ve decided to put it on hold for a while longer, and then make something really special with the remaining foundation papers.

Project #11: Aqua Sawtooth Star Project Bag
August RSC A by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

I’m swapping out Project #11 with another project bag for my works in progress, and will use this aqua and light gray Sawtooth Star “orphan block” from the 2021 RSC to make my bag.

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

I decided how to finish the coffee mug place mats, at long last! And “Ta-Done!” I took my time, let the ideas percolate (LOL), and then I finally came to a decision.

It took me a while to figure out that all I needed was another border and then a colorful binding to brighten them up. After all of my deliberating, this was an easy finish. I used coordinating Northcott Toscana blenders to bind each place mat in a different color. This project was posted for the “Foodie” blog hop last week, and here’s a picture-

Coffee Mug Place Mats by Ms P Designs USA

New Projects

Nothing to see here. As stated earlier, May has been a crazy month and I’ve been “playing outside”! My backyard flower beds are looking better, and my little veggie garden is thriving.

Ongoing Projects

The #RSC2022 color for May was GREEN (specifically olive, forest, and dark greens), and here are the blocks that I made with my GREEN scraps-

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

I made 26 chain blocks with my green scraps, and here are some of them-

May Carolina Chain by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Progress Tracking

Here’s my updated task list:

Here’s my UFO list for PHD in 2022:

May PHD Tally by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Happy quilting,


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4 thoughts on “May PHD in 2022 Update

  1. Like you, I work full time, (for 213 more days) so my stitching time is limited to an hour each evening and on the weekends. After purchasing a new to us motorhome the weekends are kind of limited also. When we take a longer trip I will take my featherweight with me.

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  2. I love that purple block, as well as your “Time to Play” project…well, all of them! LOL To work full-time, it seems you manage to get a LOT done!! Have fun with your goals this month!

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