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 24, 2021 at 12:31am

Linda - those Pansy Stars are gorgeous!  Great job.  Good luck with the coming puppy, too.  I honor you for making kennel quilts for the Texas shelters.  You do really great work.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 23, 2021 at 9:39am

No I don't think it's backordered, Riana. It showed in stock when I ordered. They are located in Texas I discovered which probably explains the delay.

I need to get some kennel quilts made next as the Texan shelters are requesting now. Then I think I'll work on the Beatles quilt next.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 22, 2021 at 8:50pm

Linda, it's the lovely fabric in your Pansy Stars that make that humble pattern sing with colour and vibrance! It's so lovely to look at those cute pansy faces and dream of spring. Very nicely done :-)) Hope your other fabric isn't backoredered ...that could mean they won't be able to get more.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on February 22, 2021 at 7:24pm

Ooh, I like this, Linda! I have the same pansy fabric you used in your outer border! 

Your gnomes are adorable, Dee, and your QOV is just beautiful! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 22, 2021 at 7:04pm

Chris, the quilt is so beautiful I don't think that you can spoil it with echo and meandering quilting.  I like to do a large meander on my quilts and I always think it looks good and the quilt is done.

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 22, 2021 at 6:51pm

Great job Linda. Pansy stars is lovely!

Wilma, you sure have been keeping yourself busy. 

I am very slowly picking away at the quilting on the red and black Valley Blossoms quilt. I am not a FMQ'r so the large borders with applique are getting some very bad echo and meandering. Oh well, we won't think about how bad it is when we are sleeping under it at night.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 21, 2021 at 9:30pm

Thank you, Liz and Barbara.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 21, 2021 at 9:27pm

Linda, the Pansy Stars are beautiful. Great Job!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 21, 2021 at 5:08pm

Linda, your Pansy Stars is so very beautiful!  You must be so pleased that you were able to get it done.  I would like to be able to keep working on my UFOs.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 21, 2021 at 4:24pm

 Wilma, see my post on the UFO page regarding the update on puppy situation.

Gail, I ordered the fabric on Feb. 8! Still haven't received anything on shipment. Going to call tomorrow. I've ordered from the Fat Quarter shop many times in the past and they've always been quick to ship, but it's been quite a while since I've ordered from them. 

I just finished my other pansy quilt top. I'm calling it Pansy Stars. I don't remember the actual pattern name nor can I find the pattern. I think the pattern originally came from Quilt Pattern Magazine, possibly from one of their virtual retreats. I know I started it a year or two before moving to Arizona. I have the fabric for the backing, just have to piece it.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 21, 2021 at 1:19pm

Thank you, Wilma. I have to get used to taking care of myself and try to relax.  If anyone who has gone through a major life change has some tips, I'd like to hear them.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 21, 2021 at 12:36pm
A little update. Have one corner left of hexi’s for GFG. Border on Dresden Neighborhood will do binding this week. Sorted through T-Shirts and appears there is enough for a baseball quilt and another one for football / Lacrosse. Will start trimming and putting stabilizer on shirts. Have been working on a couple more baby quilts.

Elizabeth glad you are moving forward little-by-little. A puppy, Linda. Take it easy and keep us up-to-date.
Comment by Gail Brown on February 21, 2021 at 12:21pm

Linda, waiting for a needed piece of fabric to come in always seems to take forever.  You know that I am just as anxious as you to see the Thimbleberries Pansy quilt done, I love Thimbleberries.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 21, 2021 at 10:16am

Thank you for your encouragement, Riana.  I'll get back to work!

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 21, 2021 at 9:40am

Liz, do what you can, keep it simple for now, and know how l admire your dedication...l know you promised Doug you'd keep working on your " ufo" projects. He always was encouraging you. I'm sure you can sense his prescence nearby, as he continues to do so.

Linda, when my bp drops, l eat an orange or banana...the potasium helps shake that woozey feeling.Still...be safe, and don't cut anything while it's low. I'm glad you didn't give up on the other pansey quilt.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 21, 2021 at 9:09am

I finished the backing for Hearthside Harmony and I am working on a batting.  I don't know whether the backing I am piecing will be big enough or I'll have to start a new batt.  It is hard to concentrate on one thing for long. My daughter told me to do what I like to do but even that is difficult.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 21, 2021 at 9:08am

Linda, how nice it will be for you to have a new puppy!  I was wondering too, like Barbara, whether you know about or have seen the doggie you are getting.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 21, 2021 at 7:37am

Linda, So you're expecting??? Have you picked him out yet or will you do that after you've  collected more pennys? I do hope he is as charming as little Indy is. I hope they come through with the pansy fabric you are hoping for. 

Comment by Linda Koller on February 20, 2021 at 5:00pm

While I'm waiting for the fabric for my Thimbleberries pansy quilt to come in, which is taking forever, I pulled out my other pansy quilt and I'm putting on the borders today. Just have the final outer border to do. My bp is very low today and my back is achy, so taking it slow. Hope to finish the top tomorrow afternoon after Bible study. Don't know when I'll get any of these quilts quilted since every spare penny is going toward the new puppy and his training.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 20, 2021 at 1:53pm

I am putting in time every day at the frame working on my daughters quilt, getting kind of tired of looking at it but it's coming along nicely.  I have the top put together for the Honey Bee wallhanging and it has worked out good.  I didn't have a definate plan for it, just five blocks that were machine embroidered that I found on e-bay.  I decided to make it really simple, just those five blocks and four 4-patch blocks, sashing and a border.  I wanted those embroidered blocks to stand out.  I think my grand daughter will love it.

Riana, I know exactly what your talking about, having to replace worn out places, they seem to multiply overnight.  I repaired a very large yo-yo for a friend and I think it ended up with more replacements then originals.  Glad I had all those 1930s fat quarters to use.

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