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 March 13, 2021 at 10:25am

Chris, you and l have the same thoughts...l saved these 2 ideas ( photos from pinterest). Liz, l agree, after a day of errands or chores mixed in with sewing sessions, it's nice to put the feet up and relax with handwork.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 13, 2021 at 10:22am

Chris, the quilt is absolutely gorgeous.  Won’t be seeing another Dresden Neighborhood for a bit.  I have to play catch up....BOM for sewing Club and for another group....plus I have 3 more PHDs to work on.

Thanks for the nice comments on the Dresden Neighborhood...it was fun and fairly fast and easy.

Elizabeth, I do handwork, binding and knitting at night to relax from the day and I listen/watch TV at same time.  Helps me unwind from the day and try to empty the mind before bed.

Riana, the travel quilt will be lovely.  I have some T-shirts I was going to use for our travels, but not enough.  I may have to rethink what to do.  I have some states embroidery blocks I could also do.  Something to think about for a future project.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 13, 2021 at 9:43am

Hi Chris, your Christmas En Provence is so beautiful!  What a good place you have for taking quilt photos.  I have a balcony and as soon as the weather gets better and the balcony gets cleaned up I will use it too.  I didn't think of it until I saw your picture.

I watched Superstore on Netflix last night and worked on embroidering the house block.  It really helps me relax.  I'm going to keep embroidery and hand finished applique for the evening.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 13, 2021 at 8:55am

Oh my, Chris, your quilt is simply gorgeous!!!!!!

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 13, 2021 at 6:50am

Love the Dresden neighborhood Wilma. I can't wait to see the Christmas themed one.

Liz, how exciting to be creating a one of a kind piece for Suzalie and getting help from the family. What a special quilt that will be.

Great progress on your travel quilt. Have you thought about giving each block its own unique sashing? You could incorporate other fabrics that relate to that place's block, or use the Texas fabric, for example on a block for another state to tie them together. 

Christmas En Provence was bound, washed and dried yesterday! It is so heavy but super snuggly with the minky backing!

Comment by Linda Koller on March 12, 2021 at 7:22pm
Wilma, one of my quilt friends in Georgia just completed the Dresden neighborhood. It is so cute. I want to do one so bad, but refuse to start something new until I get some of my UFOs done....LOL!
Comment by Riana Noyes on March 12, 2021 at 5:56pm

Wilma, that is a really cute wall quilt! The Santa/ sleigh idea is great...but l wouldn't relegate him to a corner. I'd make the whole quilt large enough so his reindeer and sleigh can arc around the sky above rooftops by @ 1/3 of the way.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 12, 2021 at 1:19pm

So now I want to work on my Hungarian Quilt.  All the blocks are sewn together and I need to get the 20 rows sewn next.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 12, 2021 at 1:17pm

I did an 8" block with a house on it in embroidery.  I thought it might help me relax.  So today I designed 3 more house blocks with the help of Pinterest and outlined and transferred them to beige fabric with a red transfer pencil.  I am saving them to embroider in the evening while watching T.V.  My son told me he had some ideas for a quilt for Suzalie about her Life in B.C.  and he will help draw the blocks.  We brainstormed and have subjects of 12 blocks.  Amy, my grand daughter and Jim's daughter, is a good artist.  She did some really great drawings when she was in school so we may enlist her help.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 12, 2021 at 12:48pm

I love the Dresden Neighborhood and yours is wonderful, Wilma! I have seen these done in so many variations and they all are so fun! 

Comment by Gail Brown on March 12, 2021 at 11:44am

Wilma, I could just imagine that in Christmas fabrics, maybe a snowflake background and ofcourse Santa and his sleigh in one corner  You've got me thinking now and the last thing I need in another project.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 12, 2021 at 10:47am

Wilma, I really like your Dresden Neighborhood.  I think that is a good idea to make them in holiday fabrics.  Maybe you could make one in greens for St. Patrick's Day and put a shamrock in the centre.  Wow!  great idea I might use too!

Comment by Kris Howell on March 12, 2021 at 10:14am

Wilma - that's cute and different!  Nicely done.  Did you give your neighborhood its own name? 

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 12, 2021 at 9:24am

PHD #2 finished, Dresden Neighborhood.  Love how it turned out.  Might make another with a holiday them and see if I can find a Santa with his sleigh to put up in a corner.  Pinterest has some great ideas.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 11, 2021 at 9:49pm

Somewhere I have photos of the wildflowers at Picacho Peak which is between Phoenix and Tucson. It's so beautiful! I used to take the ladies from church there in the spring and we'd stop somewhere along the way for lunch. I rather guessed the fabric came from those areas. I recognized the Sedona landscape and I've been to New Mexico many, many times to visit friends in Albuquerque and the Four Corners area. We never took the freeway. We always drove north of the freeway across the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona stopping in the few little towns/trading posts and Monument Valley. Then we'd cut down thru New Mexico to Albuquerque. Always enjoyed those trips. Met several Code Talkers...fascinating! Sad that they are gone now.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 11, 2021 at 9:40pm

Wow, Chris, that was fast quilting indeed , even for a longarm!

Dee, the wayward border piece will turn up just as you are binding the quilt,lol...Murphy's law. I'm sure the valor quilt will look just fine without it. Sometimes these things turn out for the best. Hope the quilt top still meets size criteria.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 11, 2021 at 9:35pm

Linda, one is the Arizona fabrics which l purchased in Sedona, which shows the " green desert " of Sonora where we camped amongst towering cacti and green sagebrush. In the distance were those gorgeous red cliffs. And we visited a ghost town and it's mine nearby. The other fabic is the New Mexico fabric purchased at a little shop in the middle of nowhere,lol. There the fabric depicts the low green sages and tumbleweed before it dries out . The area gets flood , then no rain for nearly a year. Sadly, we missed the spring wildflower display. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 11, 2021 at 6:51pm

Thank you Ginny.

Christmas En Provence is completely quilted. I am done for the night so I will take it off and trim and bind it tomorrow. 3 more PhD's left now! 

Comment by Deanna Davis on March 11, 2021 at 6:49pm

Just checkin' in on eeryone ~ I have hit a snag on my QOV on the list, I took all the borders off, and one set left the building ?  How dare they ! I have put the first one back on, the outer-most border I have to remeasure, I might just skip #2 now .. I just want to turn it in ! lol

Gnomes is coming along, all my pieces are fused and ready to put on the background .. only two blocks to go! 


Comment by Linda Koller on March 11, 2021 at 6:28pm

I love the Route 66 and the two fabrics just above it, Riana!!!!

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