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 Kris Howell on February 17, 2021 at 10:48am

Chris - that quilt is stunning!  I know you are going to enjoy it a lot more than just at Christmas time.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 16, 2021 at 6:04pm

Chris I love your Christmas Quilt ... great job.  Imagine that it will be warm and cuddly with minky on the back.  Lucky person who will be gifted this quilt.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 16, 2021 at 5:01pm

Chris, I think that the snow just added to the Christmas feel of your quilt.  I expect the quilt will be happy to have some minky on its backside, I know that I would after having my picture taken in the snow.

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 16, 2021 at 2:34pm

Thank you Linda, Riana and Barbara. I am happy overall with how the Christmas fabrics look in that quilt. My husband loves it also, and my grandson Jameson was super excited about it when he was visiting this weekend. he even took some photos of it with his tablet to show others.

I did manage to get Valley Blossoms back on the frame but I am struggling with getting my designs to modify and fit the block like I had before. Too long since I worked on it, now I can't remember some of what I did already. I have decided to not try to give it show quality quilting. I just want it done and ready for my bed. Less quilting, simpler patterns, more meandering in the open spaces will help finish it faster.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 16, 2021 at 10:38am

I'm working on the backing of Hearthside Harmony.  It's going to be another scrappy pieced backing.  Suzalie went out in the snow to deliver a package of documents and buy some groceries.  The strip mall is right out our back door and she wanted to get some fresh air.  We've been cooped up way more than she normally is at home.

I will miss her when she goes home on the 20th.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 16, 2021 at 10:01am

The minky sounds nice on the back. It is beautiful Chris.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 15, 2021 at 9:17pm

Chris, that's a real beauty, and the black print binding will be perfect :-))  My grandd wants a quilt more her age too...but instead of making it for her, l've been giving her lessons and she's sewing it herself.

Still plugging away at hand appliquing the replacement parts of restoration job. I keep finding more that are damaged :-(

Comment by Linda Koller on February 15, 2021 at 8:21pm

Gorgeous, Chris! WOW!

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 15, 2021 at 4:26pm

Thanks Ginny. I want to get my UFO's finished so I can add some new quilts I need to make to my list. All 4 of my grandsons have asked for new quilts since they all have ones I made when they were very young. My husband has requested a Mariner's Compass to keep in the boat for when he spends the night camping in it. I want to make the Dinner Plate Dahlia and Coral Reef patterns from Quiltworx this year too. So much I want to make, so I need to clean up these ones I already started. All this in the middle of remodeling our garage into my quilting studio and remodeling the bedrooms and kitchen in our house. Not having to commute for work has really put some time back into my schedule for doing things I enjoy.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on February 15, 2021 at 3:47pm

Beautiful, Chris! Your commitment and "get it done" attitude is inspiring!

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 15, 2021 at 2:49pm

Finished piecing the top today! Christmas En Provence is ready to be quilted. I have decided I want to put a tan minky on back to make this a super cuddly winter quilt so I just ordered that and will wait for it to come in. While I wait, I want to get my Valley Blossoms loaded on the long arm again and get myself motivated to finish that before I get the backing for this one. I will make the binding for this today, I think I am going to use the black fabric with the Christmas stockings that I used in the top for binding. 

Comment by Linda Koller on February 13, 2021 at 2:30pm

Waiting for it to come in, Riana.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 13, 2021 at 12:00pm

Barbara, l'll pm you on inbox. 

Linda, did you find a border fabric yet? I was wondering...if you have just over 1/2 of what you need, can you make border skinny ( 1/2 of intended width, then add a different fabric as second border?

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 13, 2021 at 10:24am

Riana, The Q'nique was bought new. I did some practising on it about a year ago. I had some books I wanted to read about how to use it and several UFO's that were sandwiched using basting spray. I wanted to finish up those things before I started in on a new thing for me to  learn. I did some practising about a year ago and that was it until now. The Q'nique does nice stitching. However when I got on this last time. I went about 2 feet and ran out of bobbin. It stopped in the down position and I couldn't lift the needle. I started putting in a new bobbin in and the entire machine went out. We were out of town yesterday so I want to check out what Chris said about warranty laws for our state. Don't know yet how to begin searching for this info. My worry is that after I send it to Utah which will coast a mint, and back again and pay for the repair will it  get me through more than 1 bobbin??? Does the Bailey do basting stitching? How do you ajust the tension? Does it come with a larger throat? What size is your frame? Thanks for the info.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 12, 2021 at 5:09pm

Barbara, how is it a year lapsed before you used one bobbin? Was it bought preowned? Here are my Baileys...the one in Fla is a 15" and has a " sew control" regulator. The smaller one in Canada is non regulated. I only notice the difference when doing ruler work ( easier with regulated one).

Comment by Zoetc49 on February 12, 2021 at 4:21pm

Wow Chris ! Your quilt is stunning !

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 12, 2021 at 2:39pm

Thank you Chris, I will look into it. My concerns are if I send it in to the company to be repaired will the repair last more then 1 spool of bobbin. That's all the work I put into it before it completely stopped on me. No one in town or around seems to be able to fix this machine. I have never had the electrical system go out on my machines. I had a Viking, Computerized Kenmore, Baby lock.  Love your Christmas Quilt. It's beautiful.

Riana, Thank you so much for the pantographs. I look forward to using them.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on February 12, 2021 at 1:06pm

Beautiful version of En Provence, Chris! 

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!

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