June PHD in 2022 Update

Hi Quilting Friends,

Yay for June! I love June because I have the time to sew whenever I want to sew, rather than only on Saturday or Sunday. Freedom to set my own summer schedule is wonderful, and I’m splitting my time between socializing, playing, and home projects, with sewing whenever I wish.

One home project that I’ve been wanting to do for a while is to “make the back yard great again”. In previous seasons, my allegies were too severe to allow this to happen. I’m feeling MUCH better now, so I’ve been spending an hour or so outside most days, working in my garden. I’ve pulled out unwanted plants, trimmed overgrown shrubs, added a garden fountain and a gazing ball, repainted some of the furniture, and planted flowers. It’s looking good, and I’m happy to be making progress!

There’s more work to be done outside, but temperatures in the upper 90’s to low 100’s have put the garden makeover on hold until it cools down a bit. Whew! It is HOT out there, even at dusk.

PHD in 2022 Project List

Project #3: “Swamp Thang” Nursery Quilt

I selected most of the fabric for the applique blocks and cut out the pieces for the four gator blocks, and now I’ve prepared the appliques. I still haven’t fused them to the background, but don’t you agree that this guy is just TOO CUTE!

My “One Monthly Goal” for July is to complete the four alligator applique blocks. Ready, Set, Go!

Project #6: Star Party Sampler

Ta-Done! My “One Monthly Goal” for June was to stitch the 6″ and 9″ blocks for the sampler quilt. Here’s a photo of the star points –

I’m ready to decide upon block placement and create some filler sections, and then I can finish up the quilt top. Don’t know exactly when this will be at the top of my list, but soon. . .

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

I purchased the fabric for my setting triangles; it’s a yellow blender that looks nice with the yellow flower centers. I spent a couple of days stitching the blocks together and adding a border. The top is ready for quilting, so now I need to learn how to get Rosie (Susan’s Gammill quilting machine) to help me with that step –

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

I bought fabric for my backing, so my next step is to decide how to quilt. I am still thinking. . .

Project #12: Strippy Triangles Foundations

Squirrel alert! I thought that I was going to play with my “strippy triangles” foundations this year, but I’m replacing this project. I got distracted by a squirrel! The triangle foundations will keep until later.

Project #12: Sticks and Stones Scrappy Quilt

I ran across this squirrel, a.k.a. pattern, while thinking about my 1.5″ scraps, and decided to make a block and see if I like it. As it turns out, I like it! Now I’m making more blocks, using up my remaining 1.5″ scraps. Here are some of the blocks, so far-

I’ll be using most (if not all) of my remaining 1.5″ strips to make this quilt, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

New Projects

I designed and stitched these military vehicles- a fighter jet, an amphibious assault vehicle, and a nuclear submarine, which were featured in our “Salute to the Armed Forces” post.

  • Jet Fighter by Ms P Designs USA
  • Amphibious Assault Vehicle by Ms P Designs USA
  • Military Submarine by Ms P Designs USA

I also made an insulated water bottle carrier to use when I walk, and featured it in our post for the “Here Comes the Sun” blog hop.

My husband wanted a new shirt for Independence Day. I made an exception to my rule about NOT sewing clothing and made this for him-

Ongoing Projects

The #RSC2022 color for June was BLUE (both bright and dark), so I pulled out my blue scrap box and stitched up some blocks-

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

Blue is probably my most frequently-used color, and I have a TON of blue scraps! This month I made 21 dark Carolina Chain blocks, and 20 light blocks.

June Sawtooth Star by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Progress Tracking

Here’s my updated task list:

Here’s my UFO list for PHD in 2022:

Happy quilting,


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5 thoughts on “June PHD in 2022 Update

  1. You’ve had a busy and productive month! Isn’t it great to be able to sew when you want to sew?!! Your garden makeover is looking nice. I love your water bottle and your gator is cute as he can be. I love that dragonfly with him also!! Have a great month!

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  2. You are right. That guy is the CUTEST! You are one busy lady. The way you keep track of it all is impressive.

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