August PHD Update

Hi Quilting Friends,

August means back to school for me, as I start another year of teaching. This year I moved to a different (smaller) room (again), so the week of preparation time was spent (mostly) moving things and organizing lab equipment and supplies. I’m teaching forensic science and engineering design & problem-solving, with around 140 junior and senior students in my six classes. I enjoy the kids, as well as the content, so here we go with year #23!

With that said, my time has been limited now that I’m back to work but I’ve managed to make progress on my PHD projects. Keep reading for the details!

PHD in 2022 Project List

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

My “One Monthly Goal” for September is to make this project bag. I’ve chosen fabrics and purchased a zipper. Maybe I’ll finish, but I’m not going to make any promises beyond getting started. School is back in session, and it is exhausting.

Project #3: “Swamp Thang” Nursery Quilt

I’ve finished stitching the “Swamp Thang” quilt, and the pattern has been published as well. (See it here in Ms P’s Pattern Shop) We introduced “Swamp Thang” during the “See Ya Later, Alligator” blog hop, and you can read more about Beau and his friends when you visit that post.

Project #10: Scrappy “Jewel of the Prairie” Quilt
Snail's Trail Batik Top by Sharon

My “One Monthly Goal” for August was to continue quilting this UFO, and I have exceeded my goal by quilting AND binding too. Yay! I found the pattern for this quilt in the July/August issue of “Love of Quilting” magazine in 2005, and started stitching the blocks as I collected batik fabrics. I don’t remember when I finished the quilt top, but it is great to have it finally finished. Here’s a photo of the completed quilt on our guest bed-

Snail's Trail and Stars B by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

This picture really doesn’t do justice to the brilliant colors in the fabrics, but it’s the best I could do with the available lighting.

Project #12: Sticks and Stones Quilt
Sticks and Stones by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

It is basted, and the quilting has commenced! I’ve been taking my walk and then falling asleep almost as soon as I get home from work, so I haven’t been inspired to sew much. Every new school year begins this way. . .

I can take this slowly whenever I feel like stitching, now that I have my sewing machine all set up in my new studio.

New Projects

Nothing, again. It’s OK!

Ongoing Projects

August’s RSC 2022 color is ORANGE, and here are the ORANGE blocks that I stitched-

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

I currently have 201 of the 310 blocks that I’ll need for the Carolina Chain quilt.

Progress Tracking

Here’s my updated task list:

August Task List Update by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Here’s my UFO list for PHD in 2022:

August PHD Tally by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Happy quilting,


Quilting Gail’s August PHD Linkup

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal September Link-up

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