2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Kris Howell yesterday

Okay, it's official.  The continuum quilt is going on the PHD list, too.  Now I can just focus on Christmas projects!

Comment by Gail Brown on Friday

Riana,I have a Grandmothers Flower Garden that I have been dragging around for many years, don't really know how many.  It is of course hand pieced and will be hand quilted.  That will be one of my PHDs for 2020.

Comment by Riana Noyes on Friday
  • L♡ve seeing how you are all digging deep for the courage to finally finish that one project you've hung onto in hopes to finally get through and enjoy as a real quilt! It takes a definite effort of commitment to publicly anounce your intent! I remember my Grandmother's flower garden quilt ( hand pieced, hand quilted) that l'd kept for 5 yr. hoping to finish. When l finally completed it in 2012, l was so proud! I donated it to Hospice House, and they were thrilled with it. They sent a lovely card explaining they save it for special " last photos"  families have taken when gathered around the bed to give love and farewells to a patient.
Comment by carla j walton on Thursday

I have been trying so hard to get things finished!  There us one that has been bugging me for literally years! I have a quilt that i am hand quilting and it really only needs the borders done to be ready to bind. If i were to do this PHD challenge that would be it. 

Hello Kris Howell!!

Comment by Mary Moore on Thursday

My Phd will be the Hawaiian quilt I started several years ago.  I am hand quilting it way to closely.  My big commitment to this project was to get it downstairs to be my TV project starting in January.

Comment by Kris Howell on November 13, 2019 at 1:09pm

Gail, I think we all sound just like, with quilts in all stages everywhere - except Riana, who gathers all those orphan blocks and turns them into beautiful creations!  

Elizabeth, I just got back from the gym, too.  Good work keeping up with your exercises. 

Gail - I brought that little guy home from the hospital and raised him for 7 months before turning him over to my brother.  I told him I didn't mind infants, but I refused to deal with another teenager!  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 13, 2019 at 11:14am

There is something going on in every family!  We're lucky 'cause we have our quilting to distract us.  I just came back from doing my exercises in the pool and I'm getting ready to face the day!  I am going to lay out a BOM that used to be called Grandma's Kitchen by Pat Sloan.  I'm calling it "Hawaiian Fantasy" because I used the fabric that I bought in Hawaii years ago.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 13, 2019 at 10:30am

Oh, Kris, you sound just like me.  UFOs in every corner of the house, PHDs begun for people that have upset me,  and a big pile of "must finish" yesterday.  So wonderful about your brothers little boys.  So happy for you all.  My oldest son is raising a Grand Daughter so I'm familiar with those kind of  family dynamics. 

Comment by Kris Howell on November 13, 2019 at 12:42am

Riana, that quilt your friend is working on is gorgeous!  

I have a Star Wedding Ring quilt that is half done that I would finish as my PHD.  Started it for a daughter when she was straightening out her life, but she went back to her old, bad ways, and I put the quilt aside.  I've decided to finish it, but it might not be for her anymore.

I have 3 quilt tops done that need quilting, but none of them are Christmas presents, so the presents are getting all the attention right now!  I'm not putting them in the PHD pile.  I'm almost done with a set of placemats for a sister in law, and still working on the Continuum quilt that is going to another sister in law.  I have a couple crib quilts to get done.  Those won't take very long.  Those are for a couple of very special little boys.  They have been fostered by my brother since they were little, and their adoptions will be final on Nov. 26th, and Dec. 2nd!  We are so, so excited and thrilled that it is finally happening.  One of the boys is our grandson - son of the problem daughter - and it's great to know that he's still in the family.  

Riana, I really enjoyed looking through your pintrest page of quilt borders.  Lots of beautiful ideas there.

I have some casserole carriers and bowl cozies to finish for daughter and daughter in law.  I love sewing for Christmas.

Stay healthy and happy sewing!

Comment by Gail Brown on November 12, 2019 at 2:32pm

Riana, I think I would be sending that one out.  It is gorgeous, lots more than I would ever do.  I have been telling myself for years that I should do a feathered star but, I know I probably never will.  That beautiful quilt takes it to a whole new level.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 12, 2019 at 2:09pm

Gail, l don't know about that. A member of our library quilting group has been working on this top for just over a year. It is queen size now, but she must keep going u til it's king. She may chose to send out for longarming, as she quilts her projects on Janome w/9" throat.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 12, 2019 at 1:45pm

I guess quilt tops that need to be quilted would be half done.  I've got lots of those, so I can be busy all year for this challange.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 10, 2019 at 1:15pm

This is wonderful, imagine how smart people will think we are, working on our PHDs.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on November 9, 2019 at 9:29pm

Most of my UFO's need to be quilted or finish quilting. I think I have 5 of them. This will be good for me to conquer my procrastination. I hope!!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 9, 2019 at 6:04pm

Is it paper pieced, Wilma? Yesterday at our library quilting group, a gal was working on a queen quilt Judy Niemeyer quilt featuring the " Glacial Star" at the center, and arcs of flying geese borders beyond that. Absolutely stunning! I would never be able to sit and paper piece for the hours that nust've taken. She was working on a final set for outer border.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 9, 2019 at 4:05pm

Wilma, this looks like a perfect project for your PHD challenge.  It looks difficult too.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on November 8, 2019 at 10:41pm

Well I have the BOM and finishing kit for the Cadence Quilt....have done NOTHING but look at  the pattern book and the kits.  So that will be my PhD for 2020.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 8, 2019 at 11:40am

I've already designated my barely started BOM Tulip Twist as my PHD for 2020.  I will start in January on 2 pieced blocks.  This will be my priority each month and I'll still be working on all my other UFOs which are lesser projects.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 8, 2019 at 7:30am

Hi, welcome to our UFO group, Gail . We've been discussing how this will work...we'll need some guidelines. So it's brainstorming time.

Comment by Gail Romines on November 7, 2019 at 7:44pm

Gee, I have a lot of PHD's. It's on my list of things to do in 2020.

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