2021 PHD Challenge

Have you decided that this is finally the year you clear up those unfinished projects of the past? Join in the fun, and earn your PHD in completing those projects half done! Here are the 6 rules: 

  • List limited to 6 projects for the year ( average 2 mo. per project)
  • Ufo projects only (  must be already started)
  • You must have the pattern, fabrics, backing ,and batting for completion on hand
  • Photos of each unfinished piece must be posted after your list.
  • Make a list of what is left to do below each project's name (eg:  quilt, bind, etc..)
  • ☆ optional...tell us why a project has " stalled"... do you need help? Etc.


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Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays 8 hours ago

Dee, good luck with surgery.  Great that you have several projects in the works.

Have been packing and sewing.  Have to quilt some quilts next weekend and need binding for one quilt…have to figure out where the fabric is hidden for binding.  We are up to box 44…Hubby thinks we will hit 200 boxes…I hope not.  Sold off a few things and the association is sponsoring a community garage sale on Nov 5-6.  We hope to offload a few more items.

Liz, you could send some rain this way, we have had clouds but no rain.

Comment by Zoetc49 18 hours ago

Deanna, Will you be recouping at home? I hope you will feel wonderful soon !

Riana, I forgot about your travel quilt. I bet that does bring back so many memories.  When I was in the Navy and we did a Med. tour,  The prettiest sight I ever saw was going through the Turkish straights. I did not have my camera out so the sight is inside of my head. Now, with internet I might be able to see it again.  I am so glad that I was able to explore 14 countries, half of them not with the service. A travel quilt would indeed be fun.   

Comment by Riana Noyes yesterday

Dee, sending good vibrations your way, both for healing after surgery and for the interview ( job related?).

Liz, you won't believe how doing a travel quilt brings back your travel memories vividly...not just the sights, but also the smells , sounds, people/conversations of each place  while you work through how to represent it in quilt block form , select fabric and sew.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips yesterday

Riana showed me her travel quilt and it is looking really nice with multiple borders around the blocks.  It will be a great souvenir of your travels with Dave, Riana.  I would really like to do one too because Doug and I travelled the world almost and I have such good memories.  I was going to start one earlier but then I felt it was too soon but the time may be arriving where it would be a great pleasure to make some special blocks.  I could make some and start accumulating them to make into a quilt eventually.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips yesterday

My daughter is at her friend's home in Smith Falls and will come to see me on Tues. afternoon.  I'll still do some quilting while she knits or maybe she will help me quilt.  That would be very special but I won't hold my breath.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips yesterday

Deanna, sending my sincerest wishes that your operation goes well and you have a speedy recovery.  I see that you have some quilting projects underway to get you through your recuperation.

I had a really good zoom sew day today.  I finished my Scrap Basket Blues quilt top and I sewed the labels on 2 flannel cuddle quilts.  They are ready for Oct. 21 to deliver.

I sewed a backing 60x60 with the 12 1/2" scrappy squares.  And have a little boy quilt top ready to sandwich.  Just need to cut a batting.

And I started a 6" square flannel quilt 44x55 for a boy.

Comment by Deanna Davis yesterday

Today I will be getting things in place for what to do with my leg elevated as surgery is Thursday.  I have a QOV flag with tumbler blocks (not on my list) that I need to make the back out of navy strips left over from a border, and found a piece of batting to use, just need to cut. Will then do outline quilting horizontally so that I can trim and make binding to hand sew.  Then my antique improved nine patch is now trimmed, have flour sack fabric to make bias binding and attach, again so I can be ready to sew binding.  Gnomes (on my list) has two blocks to applique and one is ready for assembly, want to get this to the finished top stage over the next couple days .. I will be busy

AND I have an interview on Monday after my pre admission appointment at the hospital -- send vibes and prayers !! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips yesterday

Loved hearing about your progress, Riana.  I have a sew day today.  I am waiting to start at 9:30.  First priority will be the finish my Scrap Basket Blues top.  I am moving my ironing board to the entrance hall right outside my computer room.  Sewing machine will be in the room.

It is raining cats and dogs this morning and it is a very dull day.  Good day for indoor sewing.

Comment by Riana Noyes yesterday

Re hand quilting dd's restoration of wedding ring quilt is going much better than l thought :-))

Progress on travel quilt as l'm adding frames of various colours to each block ( l was planning on one unifying colour, but the quilt shouted " no!" , lol.

Stalled on the needlepoint...all my outdoor seating is stowed away for season, sigh. Back deck in late afternoon is  my fave place to work on it. Now l must move " indoors"...maybe my mission chair by the fireplace with a strategically place Ott lite?

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Thursday

I listened to the Quilter on Fire podcast about the new exhibit on the history of American quilts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  It is on now for a year.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Wednesday

On Thursday morning I have the monthly meeting of the new guild I joined - the Kanata Quilt Guild.  Mary Fons is the guest speaker.  I am looking forward to her too.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Wednesday

I enjoyed seeing Jen Kingwell of Australia on Zoom yesterday.  She was in her quilt store and told us about her quilting career and showed us a lot of her quilts.  I just loved hearing about how she does her quilts.  She showed us around her quilt store - she does most of her quilts by hand - both hand piecing and hand quilting.  She makes patterns that can be machine pieced but she prefers working by hand.  I was so taken by her scrappyness.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Wednesday
Comment by Riana Noyes on Wednesday

Progress! I've begun re-hand quilting the wedding ring restoration project. Shown here is one ring center done. I still need to pull out old threads on the small ovals and redo those. There are still more patches to repair as well, sigh.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Tuesday

Thank you, Chris.  I am machine quilting 2 little quilts but I'll get back to sewing the rows together of the Scrap Basket Blues.  I would like to hand it in this month.  Tonight is a Zoom meeting of one of the guilds I belong to.  Jen Kingwell is the speaker.  We get good speakers when the meetings are on Zoom.

Comment by Chris Michelle on October 11, 2021 at 6:30pm

Liz, you Garden Walk is gorgeous! I love the fabrics and colors. Can’t wait to see your basket quilt photos.

Deanna, sorry to hear about your heat issues. Our spring, summer, and fall have been unusually hot for our region, but thankfully not as brutal as other parts of the country. I love your QOV. I made several for notation years ago and need to get back into making them.

Wilma, adorable dinosaur towel! My friend made some for my grandsons as baby shower gifts. They are always a hit! I like the Friendship quilt too. Gray idea to have it signed.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 11, 2021 at 10:15am
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 11, 2021 at 10:10am

Riana, I loved the modern look of the quilt you made for the theatre group.  I hope that they do well on their fundraiser.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 11, 2021 at 8:42am

Dee, l love your persistance getting those borders to cooperate. Sometimes the fabric is just a bit unstable. I notice now that many patterns are written specifying borders be cut on the lengthwise grain rather than cross cut. This will quilt up beautifully. I am a volunteer longarm quilter for our QOV , and enjoy seeing the talents of the makers as they're on my frame.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 10, 2021 at 11:12am

Deanna, I'm so sorry you have had issues with the heat and now cooler temperatures and allergies.  I made good use of the a/c this summer and had my balcony door open lots of the time.  Now, I still try to have the door open for some time during the day to get fresh air.  I notice the difference the litter box makes in a small enclosed space.  

Your QOV is really spectacular.  I haven't worked on one in recent times because we have not been able to meet.  I like the other projects I am doing.  They keep me busy.

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