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 Riana Noyes on February 12, 2021 at 9:32am

Love how this one's shaping up, Chris! Those pieced sashings will make it a stunner!

Barbara, my midarms are both Bailey Home Quilters...low end mechanical only machines with not one bit of computorization! Just basic ...not even an " up/ down" button ( you learn to quickly tap the start button for that). I bought my 15" new in 2012 that's in Fla., and since bought a much older used 13" for here in Canada. Neither have ever needed anything but my own oiling cleaning.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 11, 2021 at 10:00pm

Chris, that is going to be a gorgeous Christmas quilt!

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 11, 2021 at 7:04pm

Made some significant progress on the Christmas EnProvence quilt this past couple of weeks. The blocks are all sewn and I have started sewing the sashing and rows together. Here is a photo of it earlier today. I actually completed the first two rows and a row of sashing between, but didn't take a photo yet. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 11, 2021 at 7:02pm

Your quilt is coming out beautifully Linda. There are a number of Facebook groups for finding older fabrics or just fabrics people aren't sure of where they came from, perhaps you could try one of those. 

Barbara, I am not sure where you live, but you should check the implied warranty laws for your state. In my state, for example, there is an implied warranty of usability that is 4 years for everything except used cars. The seller and manufacturer are on the hook for helping with repairs if the product doesn't last at least 4 years. Sometimes sellers will try to send you to the manufacturer, but in our state that is actually not legal. Also, manufactures cannot deny these rights with their own limited warranty. It might be worth looking into. It is called the warranty of merchantability. 

Comment by Linda Koller on February 9, 2021 at 12:55pm

Gail, I  tried ebay and etsy. Every color but what I needed!

Comment by Gail Brown on February 9, 2021 at 12:26pm

Linda, have you tried e-bay?  I have occasionaly found some Thimbleberries fabric there.  I looked thru what I have but none are suitable.  Mine are either small pieces or more Autumn colors or Christmas fabric.  I love the iron!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 9, 2021 at 8:19am

Riana, the warranty  is up for the electrical problems. It was only for 1 year and another part was 2 years and the remainder was 3 years. I only used up 1 bobbin before the power went off. (Now you tell me. LOL!!) What mid arm do you have? Maybe some day I'll trade it in for something better. That would be very sad if every time I use a bobbin the power goes out.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 9, 2021 at 8:07am

Linda, this is exactly why l always insisted on having the fabrics for the job on hand at the start. Unfortunately, we sometimes " borrow" for different projects, lol. Sometimes, when you need to change fabrics due to a shortage, the outcome's something even better :-))

Comment by Linda Koller on February 8, 2021 at 9:30pm

Riana, it was the first antique I ever bought...I was 18 years old.

I have all the inner borders on. Went to start on the outer borders and discovered I didn't have a fabric for one of the 3 outer borders. And, of course, finding Thimbleberries fabric is near impossible now days especially since I changed the colorway somewhat. Soooo, I've spent my evening on the computer searching for a substitute. I found two that may work. Hard to tell how close the colors are on screen so I ordered both. Should take a week or so to get here. I got a large Indy's Doggie Designs order so I'll work on that in the meantime....rain coat, regular coat, harness, and leash from Dani's mom! Dani is going to be stylin'!!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 8, 2021 at 8:44pm

Cooperstown NY where the baseball hall of fame is. Hubby was in so happy to be there 6 yr.ago...the first time we tried was on a family vacation in 1984, and he developed a bad case of strep throat, so l had to drive us home immediately. Pt. Aransas Tx. is where we volunteered at the Animal Rescue& Keep feeding sea turtles stinky raw octopus, tortoises romaine lettuce, and feed & clean ( also smelly) injured seabird's cages.  And a small piece for Lady Lake Fl. with the sandhill crane. They and cattle egrets roam the neighbourhood around our home there aerating lawns as they dig for grubs with ling beaks. (No flamingoes there).

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 8, 2021 at 8:31pm

Linda, what a beauty this is becoming! I notice you have an antique iron...how appropriate for a sewist :-))

Barbara, if the machine is new, isn't the repair under warrantee? l belong to Grace fb page because my frame is theirs...l notice a lot of electrical and computor gliches on those machines...glad mines all mechanical except motor & light.

Gail, l learned my organizing lessons when l had my drapery shop with 4 employees all sewing multiple orders in one large room.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 8, 2021 at 5:19pm

Linda, I love it, can't wait to see it with the borders.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 8, 2021 at 8:58am

This is my mid arm. Electrical board went out. There is a man in town that fixed machines for Oshkosh B" Gosh. When the temps rise. We are at wind chills of -25 yesterday and looks like it will be that way all week. Then I will head out to his house and ask if he can fix it for me. He is not in the book. He can order parts through Grace Company. I called Grace company and they said it would cost me shipping both ways for 50 lb and $150.00 to fix. It will be cheaper if I can find someone in town to fix it. This man from OBG is reasonable. He fixed for me some years ago.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 7, 2021 at 7:45am

Linda it's gorgeous!!! 
I have many senior moments. lol!!!

Comment by Linda Koller on February 6, 2021 at 3:31pm

Barbara, it's Dee who's doing gnomes. Posted a photo in UFO's.

I'm ready for borders! Maybe tomorrow....Spent too much time playing with Dani this morning!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 6, 2021 at 12:09pm

Linda, The Cottage Block is so Sweet, I love it. Can't wait to see all your other finishes. Will we be able to see the photo shoot? And your gnomes.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 6, 2021 at 12:03pm

Riana, I just found out that much to my surprise a few minutes putting things away after using them and straightening up the mess can save hours of hunting and poking around looking for what I need.  I just needed that little shove in the right direction, thank you.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 6, 2021 at 11:59am

Ha ha, Gail, sorry if l made you a bit paranoid, but isn't it great to know exactly where things are and save time hunting for an item lost beneath others?

Linda, l love the fabrics and house block.So will this quilt be set en point?

Dee, have a great sewing day for valor quilts. Please post the current list of 6 projects you will be making , and l will save that instead of the other. 

Every evening l work on the restoration job. Slow going.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 6, 2021 at 11:49am

Linda, what a cute block, I love the house.  I'm waiting to see the Thimbleberries Pansy quilt, I'm a big fan of all her patterns and have made many of them.

Dee, that's so funny that Riana spotted your list in the picture of your blocks, she is a real eagle eye.  You can't slip anything past her, however she notices things that can make things easier for you.  She has certainly given me some really good tips for staying organized, that was never one of my strong skills.  Now I just pretend that she is watching me and I'm better at not leaving a mess.

Comment by Deanna Davis on February 6, 2021 at 10:39am
Thanx ... was making the list and realized one is already done, Lennon, as it was shipped off. I will have to look again at the list lol

Linda - I can share this with you <3

My breaks happen when 1-bobbin runs out, 2-my pieces hide lol

Today is QOV Sew at Home day .. off to a quick appointment and run to the grocery store to make lasagna for tonight and a breakfast casserole for the week of lunches. Have to make a quick list ..

Be back in a while..


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