2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Riana Noyes on Friday

Yikes! There was a vote? It must've been held while l wasn't looking,lol. Of course l'll stay on as moderator... but just know, that all my ducklings are now full grown! Participants in the new 2021 challenge will need to encourage each other to success. If someone is " stuck", l hope they won't be shy about asking for help. 

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 10, 2021 at 5:16pm

Some how I missed the vote, But put me in too. I vote RIana ramains our leader. Thank you .

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 10, 2021 at 11:45am

Wilma, that is a lovely ornament you made for Riana!  A real keepsake for Riana to remember her term as Mama Duck.  And how we all voted for her to stay on another term.

Doug and I just finished our 30 minutes of chair exercises with HASFIT on UTube with Joshua Koval.  Doug high-fived me when we finished!  I recommend it to anyone.  There are 2 versions - seated and standing with weights or water bottles or without.  We do the seated with no weights and we feel good afterwards.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 9, 2021 at 9:42pm

Our tree's still up ( hubby finds it cheery on dark mornings & evenings)... and Snowball loves sleeping under it! He must think we brought a tree in the house for his enjoyment,lol. Since it's artificial, l don't need to worry about dry pine needle fallout...but it's coming down next week. I need my livingroom furniture restored to order!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 9, 2021 at 8:47pm

so cute Wilma, Love your work.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 9, 2021 at 11:01am

Riana, you are welcome.  Just a small reminder of your challenge as Mama Duck in 2020.  Sure hope 2021 is much better fir all.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 8, 2021 at 4:50pm

Oh Wilma, l love what arrived in the mail from you today! Thankyou!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 7, 2021 at 8:17am

This page will be closing for comments after one more week, but it will remain as a readable archive for anyone wishing to revisit their " ducklinghood", lol. My darling ducklings are all grown up! Such a journey! I hope all remember Mama duck's lessons on " planning for success" learned this year. Next year, l will continue to moderate, since no one else has volunteered....and l'll be joining in :-)

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 3, 2021 at 5:16pm

You can choose ANY 6 projects, Barbara...take your time to formulate the list. Follow the rules above the cartoon at top of the 2021 challenge page page. We're holding the list deadline open until the end of Jan.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 3, 2021 at 9:19am

Yes, I got the message, Thank you!! yes, I think I will be taking off the last row and putting the boarder back on and binding. Can that be one of my 2021 projects? It won't be the best looking quilt in the world but worth it all in the end, I think???? I'll call it the incredably stubborn star quilt of 2020. A reminder of the year we've just been through.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 2, 2021 at 6:16pm

Barbara, did you see the message l sent you? Hopefully you've decided what to do with project 5 .

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 2, 2021 at 9:55am

Thank you, Barbara.  I am, of course, proud of the quilting I managed to get done in 2020.  And I will continue, hopefully, in the same vein in 2021.  My enthusiasm is rekindled every morning after breakfast when I chat with all my friends here.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 2, 2021 at 9:01am

I am truly amazed at all the work done by these ladies.  Liz with 52 projects done and that many started again. Congrats to Liz and to Kris Howell for making it to the finish line. 

Thank you Riana for steering us towards the goal. It has been a good mission.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 1, 2021 at 4:13pm

Yes, Riana,  Beth does fabulous work, I never care about the time she takes, it is always well worth the wait !

I had so much going on last year, so quilting just was much harder to do. But I will be able to do more in the next year.

Thank you Riana it has been fun this year !

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 1, 2021 at 9:49am

I had so much fun doing the PHD. challenge in 2020.  Thank you to Riana, my little sister, and all of you "kindred spirits".  It doesn't matter whether you finished 2 or 20 quilt projects in 2020 - I think we all enjoyed quilting together even though we had some frustrating moments - remember my disastrous "Visions of the Forest"?  It did get finished and adopted by my son and DIL.

Now I can't stay around here for too long - have to get at my 2021 list! LOL

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 31, 2020 at 9:06pm

Only a few hours are left in 2020. It certainly has been a year for the history books! I've enjoyed coaching all of the participants of this challenge. With determination, a bit of humour, and a whole lot of encouragement from each other, the following have earned their full PHDs: that is, they've completed all the projects on their list.

  • Elizabeth Phillips ,☆☆☆☆☆☆ + extras!
  • Kris Howell, ☆☆☆ 

 For making huge dents in their lists,  honorable mentions to:

  • Barbara Hughs
  • Chris Michelle
  • Gail Brown
  • Wilma Kayes

To Mary Moore, a bouquet...first for coming up with the idea for this challenge, and secondly for committing to the tapestry project over the course of years, an undertaking the rest of us admire greatly. Hopefully the hand quilted Hawaiian quilt is so near done that you'll push on. 

To Linda Koller, (who started off like gangbusters until surgery) l pray your body heals over the next few months, that your dog design business does well, and you indeed do get a cute new service pup to assist you and love.

Melanie Keith, you got 2 large projects completed by summer. I hope you keep working at the rest...did l miss one?

Zoe, you got the top for your most important project done , l'm sure the quilting Beth does on it will be worth the wait. Good things are ahead for you...how fun to be planning your new sewing and excersize space :-))

Thankyou Zoe for the thoughtful miniature duck trinket, Mary for the duckling fabric pieces, Liz for the Christmas panel and fabric ( in the " think tank" at the moment)...l'll smile at the memories of being " MommaDuck" it's been fun! 

Comment by Mary Moore on December 31, 2020 at 8:34pm

I get the Boobie prize for the least finished here.  I feel like I failed Riana, who was so patient and encouraging.  I did finish 16 pairs of socks and am loving giving most of them away. 

The last tapestry is coming my way soon to finish.  As the main organizer of the tapestry project has a recent COPD diagnosis, I want to work as hard as I can so so she can relax about this project. 

But Beth gave me quilting goodies as my SSS...!

Comment by Zoetc49 on December 31, 2020 at 8:29pm

Elizabeth, we should be neighbors !  I found two more today.

Riana, that is so cute !

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 31, 2020 at 8:26pm

Just had to post this photo of  Gail and Liz!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 31, 2020 at 11:01am

Zoe, If you get all your UFOs done in 2021 and only start 2 quilts at a time, you may lose your membership in this UFO group.  We would be so sorry to lose you - come over to the "more the merrier" side with Gail and I.  Silly me!  Your new year's resolution is admirable!

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