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 Gail Brown on February 1, 2021 at 3:21pm

Deanna, your Gnomes are adorable.  I love Gnomes and have two little ones on my patio.  I have seen a lot of patterns with Gnomes lately and have thought about making maybe just a wall hanging but I need to finish the many, many things I have already started.

Comment by Kris Howell on February 1, 2021 at 10:42am

Deanna - your gnomes are cute, and your Lennon quilt is fabulous!  Well done.

Comment by Deanna Davis on February 1, 2021 at 10:04am

Sent to recipient and baby  ✅

Gnomes for the Holiday.. three blocks to go, one almost done







Comment by Riana Noyes on February 1, 2021 at 7:16am

Dee, try selecting the 3 dots at top rt., and select desktop site. You should get the whole comment box.

Comment by Deanna Davis on January 31, 2021 at 8:13pm
I have a couple pics for my list but will work on them this week but I can't post a pic as the upload button isn't here ..
#1 Gnomes - slow progress due to applique
#2 Lennon .. baby quilt, done and sent to recipient
#3 QOV - needs borders put back on ..
Will try posting pics from computer vs my phone.. my pics are on phone so I thot I could be done
More later
Comment by Gail Brown on January 31, 2021 at 12:34pm

This year I will not be trying to do too much.  I have a few tops that need to be quilted and a wall hanging that I have everything purchased for, just not worked on yet.  Right now I am unable to post pictures but will do so when my grand daughter can help me.

1. This one is already on the frame but has a long way to go, it is a queen size quilt for my daughter Patti.  It's one of those tops that I have had for a while, I seem to collect a lot of tops.  It is one of the biggest I have made. {what was I thinking?}  

2. 1930s Story Book quilt, the top is together, just waiting on line to be quilted.  This one is already promised to my daughter Michele, she picked it out and told me that it was hers.

3. Honey Bees wallhanging - I have some embroidered blocks with bees on them along with some black and yellow fabric to make a few additional squares.  I have some bee printed fabric for borders and backing.  This is for my grand daughter Sheila.

4. Dresden Plate quilt, also a top that is completed and needs to be quilted.  I'm going to try to keep this one for myself.  I should be happy that all my very large family loves all that I make but I will make it clear that this is mine.

This list looks reasonable to me right now, if I see that I am able to do more I will add when these are finished.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 31, 2021 at 9:38am

Hopefully, I'll do better this year. Momma Duck said I should cut my list down to maybe four this year since I'm still basically working on smaller projects. Love the photo for this year!

1. Thimbleberries Pansy Park - just need to finish assembling the top. Won't be able to send out to long arm this year since every penny is going toward a new service dog. (I'm trying to raise up to $8,000 needed for the dog and his training! I almost have enough for the dog. Service dogs are very expensive and there is very little assistance unless one is totally deaf or blind or a vet.)

2. Pansy quilt - borders, quilt and bind....I might be able to quilt this one myself

3. Beatles quilt - Have every thing needed. The top is being designed as I go.

4. Cozy Afternoon - finish last few blocks, assemble, quilt, bind. This is a Jacquelynne Steves pattern but I've changed the centers to hearts.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 30, 2021 at 2:32pm

Thanks for the encouragement Kris. I will try my best to get going.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 30, 2021 at 11:56am

Thank you all, I just did not want you to wonder why I could not get anything done. I had a guy come by today look at the front walkway, it is unsafe for anyone, but he cannot get to it till April. I am trying to clear the weeds and then put down Preem ( I hear good things about it, helps with weeds in the flower beds) I had a guy quote me on spraying the front yard yesterday, now I just need to look at the cost of material if I did it myself, but I think I will let him do it- one less area for me. I am also trying to get the new ( I think) sewing room in order, it sure was cold up there this morning... I will see how I feel about it being a sewing room., then, I am trying to go through things of mine and of my mom's and clear out junk.. I think this will never end. Once, I can feel like I am caught up, then I will feel like there is time to sew. My mom is putting pressure on me too on these other things. I will still be checking in, I love seeing all the quilts !   

Comment by Kris Howell on January 30, 2021 at 10:44am

Zoe - ditto what everyone else has said:  Go do what makes you happy.  Our sewing/quilting challenges are not intended to provoke stress! 

Comment by Kris Howell on January 30, 2021 at 10:42am

Barbara - I spent awhile in that same spot you are in:  I have this mid-arm, but HOW do I quilt this?  Riana's advice is the best - just START.  My motivation was in knowing how much money I spent on the thing, lol.  Having invested that much, I was forced to justify the expense by using it.  Each project got easier.  I sort of  recommend starting with small stuff, but switching from the small to the large can be hard.  I found it easiest to use templates and transfer the design to my quilt in sections, then quilt that section following the lines.  I hope you can find the way that works best for you.  I now love the quilting part of making my quilt, but it wasn't always so.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 30, 2021 at 8:13am

Just wanted to share with all of you, I do not have time to quilt right now, but I do want to get get at the 2021 challenge when I can.  So my advice to all of you, keep quilting because I will catch up to you soon. LOL

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 30, 2021 at 8:10am

Zoe,  your sewing mojo may return after completing reno on the " Zoe Loft".. Go work on your landscaping while it's cool there, and clear your mind of worries.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 30, 2021 at 2:12am

I am taking a break from all sewing right now, too many other projects going on and instead of feeling relaxed, I am feeling stressed when sewing. So, going to get caught up with other things and I will look in still, just understand.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 29, 2021 at 9:38pm

Kris , wow, you're really moving along! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 29, 2021 at 9:08pm

Barbara, your embroidered quilt is already shaping up to be a real beauty! The table topper and lap quilt would look very nice if you just do straight X lines with your walking foot, as they are too busy to show up fmq anyway. You can do the others large or small on the midarm...you've just got to start using it!

Comment by Kris Howell on January 29, 2021 at 8:22pm

Progress:  Tapestry and Star Wedding Ring are sandwiched. 

And my first quilt top of the year will be done Sat. or Sun.  I'll post a picture.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 29, 2021 at 7:16pm

1 Hidden stars  stalled becauseI didn't know how to free motion this project

2 layer cake: I did this so long ago I can't remember why?? Maybe for a kitchen table.  most all my ufo's is because I was stumped about how to free motion.

3. lap size left overs from the above 

4. quilt for my Makani.    Problem, how to quilt. This one is BIG so I hope to do it on the mid arm.

5 Embroidery quilt. I did start on the free motion on this quilt. 2 blocks done.

6. Cover for a recliner I started. Needs to be sandwiched and quilted.



Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 29, 2021 at 7:05pm

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 25, 2021 at 10:07pm

What a lovely quilt, Chris, regardless of name.

Having a difficult time...did get my Dredan Neighborhood quilted, just need to add the binding.  Also finished 2 of the 6 corners on GFG quilt, not much brain work to sewing hexi’s together.  

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