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 Linda Koller on March 14, 2021 at 10:02pm

I think I'd like to sell the Beatles quilt as I need to start saving for puppy's training. However, my shoulders and sciatica are not letting me do the quilting part. The top is done and I have the backing ready. It's only 52 x 60. I suppose I could attempt to hand quilt but I've been having problems with my right hand. I banged it up pretty good a few months ago when I ran into a door frame. I miss my Indy so very much!

I'm struggling getting the final borders on the Thimbleberries quilt because of my shoulders...and I'm really upset with myself because I cut one 2" too short today so I have to add it on. Really frustrated today. Not to mention the huge mold problem in my master bathroom that the home warranty and homeowners insurance will not cover because the company that flipped the house used incorrect materials and didn't do it to code. And I don't have the money to repair it now that it's been ripped out.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 14, 2021 at 5:56pm

I played hooky today and put the blocks l made while sewing with Liz together into a baby quilt today, but nothing on my PHD 's.

Liz, can't wait to see the Eliz 2 quilt! Did you do a #1? 

Linda, if you sell the Beatles quilt for puppy fund, make sure you ask plenty, and remind folks that those are real  " collector's vintage" fabrics, not repros.

Gail, l used to hand quilt in my drapery shop during slow Feb. some years ( decorators and clients all went south.) It was a nice way to keep open for customers browsing through fabric books, and the beginning of my longarm quilting, as l soon was asked to make " bedspreads" to match drapes. My dad built the frame and l put on an old industrial Singer head. Dad rigged a trigger on handle that powered a B& D drill with pully in it's bit for motor. It was a noisy but effective setup. However, it likely helped along my hearing loss.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 14, 2021 at 5:26pm

I got the 12 blocks done for the "Elizabeth II" quilt.  It is a pattern by Sharon Yenter that I cut out of Quilters Newsletter Magazine from 2005.  The block is called Depression (I guess that is appropriate for me just now) but it has 3 variations so that the border looks part of the blocks.  I pressed the long seams open to reduce the bulk of the heavier Hungarian fabric.  I watched a Turner Classic Movie this afternoon while sewing called "Critic's Choice".  Just as it got near the end my son called me and I did not see what happened.  If anyone knows what happened to Bob Hope and Lucille Ball let me know. Bob was a broadway play critic and Lucille his wife wrote a play.   I'm sure it had a happy ending.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 14, 2021 at 12:26pm

Riana, you're right about Santa.  I can close my eyes and see it just as you described.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 14, 2021 at 12:24pm

Riana, those pictures you put on from Pintrest were great.  We all, at least Ihave a lot of blocks from swaps and such that are all different sizes.  I never know quite what to do with them, you gave me some ideas.

I have sold quite a few quilts, usually made to order,but a few others as well.  Linda, you may be surprised how many people may want to buy your quilts.  When I lived in Florida I had a small shop in a consignment mall and sold everything from large quilts to place mats, even mug mats.  I had a customer that was a snowbird and every year she brought my  a couple of quilts to hand quilt for her.  She liked piecing but wanted them hand quilted and she didn't like doing that, so I did it for her.  I had a frame set up in my shop and people liked to watch me quilt, it was a lot of fun for me.  I really miss doing that, even craft shows have been shut down here for the past year.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 14, 2021 at 11:09am

Linda, that is such a compliment you received about your quilts.  I always am flattered if someone wants to buy one of my quilts.  I think it would be nice to sell your quilts - just the ones that you want to sell - and use it as a puppy fund.  I am sewing blocks this morning while watching Sunday morning T.V.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 14, 2021 at 10:34am

Zoe, I know you saw my post on Panel Quilts in Facebook. Someone commented that "the blocks seem to have the action of a record on a turntable". I thought that was cool. Someone asked if I sell my quilts. I've had several people ask if this one was for sale.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 14, 2021 at 10:17am

Why is it that you do not want a quilt that you made on your bed? Zoe, I always thought that was the first thing a quilter makes - is one for her bed.  If I hang my Hungarian quilt in the bedroom behind my bed I will want to make a new quilt to coordinate with the hanging.

Comment by Zoetc49 on March 14, 2021 at 9:07am

I am playing a bit of catch up on looking at post and pictures.  Elizabeth I just saw your quilt with the blue boarder, it just looks inviting and relaxing and peaceful. 

I have a quilt on my bed that I saw in a magazine, thinking about buying another for when this one wears out. It is a blue sea look and with my mural in the room that looks out into the ocean, it works well.. also relaxing.. and cheap as my dogs dig on my bed. No homemade quills go on my beds.

Comment by Zoetc49 on March 14, 2021 at 9:00am

Chris, Your quilt is so pretty ! I am amazed at the work that is put into applique, I love it, just never want to do it.

Linda I love the creativity of the Beatles quilt, the colors are so much fun !  

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 14, 2021 at 8:49am

Riana, I have my Q'nique back again. Bought a new surge protector just to be double sure.  They say the new board has been improved. Your  2 ideas from pinerest are so creative. You can do so much with those ideas.

Chris, I love your Christmas quilt it will be a treasure.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 13, 2021 at 4:10pm

Kris, I don't think I'd try quilting with minky I'm afraid I would mess up.  I tried working with fleece and had good success so If I wanted added warmth I'd use fleece.  I'm making 8 inch blocks right now with the waste triangles.  The Hungarian fabric is a bit heavier than ordinary quilting cotton so I am pressing the seams of the rows open.  I did the same on my Hungarian Quilt.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 13, 2021 at 3:19pm

Hi Ginny, now I'll have to get busy and make some quilts.  I sewed with Riana today for about an hour.  I even had my lunch with her.  I ducked out for a second and made a chicken, cheese, pickle and mayo sandwich with a glass of sparkling water and ate it while she continued sewing and talking to me.  It was really fun.  I am sewing on the 3rd side of the first border on my Hungarian quilt.  I will have to put it aside while I wait for my fabric to arrive from Connecting Threads.  While I'm in a holding pattern with it, I have some blocks in progress with the waste HSTs.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 13, 2021 at 1:45pm

Chris, the En Provence is just lovely! Your colors really sparkle! 

I am very impressed with your willingness and generosity to help with quilts for the patients, Elizabeth. I am sure they will appreciate the quilts you make for them. 

Your plan is a good one, Riana, for the sashing improv. I cut apart a panel and did a quilt for my gr'son, Kyler's ABC's, that was done in the manner You are planning. Good Luck! I am sure you will manage it very successfully!

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 13, 2021 at 12:18pm

Liz, it's only the concept that l'd be doing. My " frames would all be 1" fin., but the " sashing"( in the neutral train fabric top left of photo) would be the varied. I never worry about the math because l own a calculator,lol. Victorias Quilts had a pamphlet out several yr ago at a quilt show....yes, lots of " specs". 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 13, 2021 at 11:19am

I just reached out to the leader of a Victoria's Quilts in the nearby town of North Gower and spoke to her by telephone.  They make quilts for cancer patients.  I am going to make some quilts for them.  They like 50 x 70 tops and supply fabric, batting and flannel.  I will use my own supplies - what an outlet for all my unfinished quilts.  The quilts can be straight-line or free motion quilted and the batting can be 80/20.  The only thing I'd need to buy is some flannel.  And they are always short of male quilts.  Riana, this group has less stringent rules that the local one - I had heard the batting had to be 100% cotton and the quilts had to be tied here.    Well, I'll have to get busy for them.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 13, 2021 at 10:40am

Riana, it looks really complicated to figure out all the math for the quilt in the picture on the right.  All the beige borders are the some width.  I would love to see your plan.  Do you save your graph or pencil and paper diagrams from other quilts you've figured out?

Comment by Kris Howell on March 13, 2021 at 10:39am

Chris - that turned out great!  I made a minky backed quilt this summer and yeah - they are HEAVY!  But the weight is part of its comfort factor.  My stepdaughter has used it all winter for couch snuggling :) 

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.  

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