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 Elizabeth Phillips on April 8, 2021 at 8:33am

Kris, I really like your Visions of the East.  It is my kind of quilt!  I wish that I had a design wall.  I used to have one until I had a wall of cupboards built.  I needed the storage space more than the wall.  Your wedding ring quilt is so beautiful and the quilting is so intricate.  I just can't imagine myself doing a difficult quilt like that.

I feel so badly to hear of family members getting covid, Chris and Linda.  I'm glad that your grandson and his mother are recovering and the exposed family members have tested negative, Chris.  And Linda, I hope that someone lets you know how your son is doing.  You are in a similar situation to me - I wish that I could communicate with my son but he is not ready.

Chris, lovely to hear about the progress on your studio.  We are awaiting the pictures.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 8, 2021 at 8:22am

Chris I do hope you and family are strong and healthy again and everyone elses family on MQP that are suffering because of the Covid-19.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 8, 2021 at 8:17am

I guess I'm a little confused at which is the Visions of the Earth and which is the Wedding Star.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 8, 2021 at 8:11am

Kris, Beautiful wedding ring and half sq's. Your work is delightful.

Comment by Chris Michelle on April 8, 2021 at 6:41am

Thanks everyone for the concern for my son and his family. They are all doing well and recovering with no major effects, thank goodness. They are, however, still on quarantine until next week. My older son and grandson both tested negative last week and are free to go back to work and school as of Tuesday of this week.

Sewing studio progress is getting EXCITING now. My brother-in-law is a carpenter and he has been coming to work on the drywall every day. It is just about ready to sand now and he is going to run all the trim on the doors and windows and install the remaining interior doors today. He thinks he can have it primed by tomorrow afternoon. Then it will just be paint and flooring left! Could be done before month end at this rate.

Kris-I love your quilts! That Visions of the East is spectacular. I can't wait to see that finished.

Riana-You must be really excited about getting a new long arm machine. I am happy that I am fortunate enough to own my own long arm. I hope to upgrade to a larger one in a couple of years, but this one works fine for now.

Comment by Kris Howell on April 7, 2021 at 9:52pm

Riana - I used 5 inch squares to make 4 1/2 inch HSTs.  You could use the 4 1/2 inch squares and end up with 4 inch HSTs.  Your quilt would just be smaller.  I still have lots of left over fabric to pick from.  Do you need a care package?  I know I can rustle up some orphan squares to send you!

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 7, 2021 at 9:18pm

You're doing a fabulous job, Kris. I'm not sure how many 4.5" squares l've saved , but all my various squares need to get used, as l'm running low on fabric, and we're in another lockdown, though I did buy about 4 yd just before.

Comment by Kris Howell on April 7, 2021 at 6:50pm

Riana - they are 4 1/2 inches, and there are over 300 - I think 328 - of them.  

Comment by Linda Koller on April 7, 2021 at 6:08pm

Chris, hope everyone with Covid is getting better. I learned my eldest son has Covid.  Unfortunately, I don't have any details on the rest of his family.

Comment by Linda Koller on April 7, 2021 at 6:07pm

Kris...Wow and Wow!!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 7, 2021 at 9:16am

Kris, that's a lot of hst's...what size are your hst units before sewing together?

Comment by Kris Howell on April 7, 2021 at 9:04am

Chris - so nice to have you back!  Yay for new sewing spaces.  I hope you enjoy yours.

But boo on people sick with Covid, and no grandchildren for Easter.  Here's hoping you are all able to enjoy Fourth of July together.  I trust those who were sick are recovering now. 

Comment by Kris Howell on April 7, 2021 at 9:01am

Progress report:  House in Ohio was in fine shape after sitting empty for 6 months, no repairs needed.  Everything that needed to be moved from the RV to the house has been done, and the RV cleaned.  Today it gets new tires, and then moved to its storage spot.  And what does all that have to do with PHDs???  Had to get the work done first before I could start playing, lol!

Half of the Visions of the East quilt is assembled.  I'll take that half off the design wall and go to work on laying out the second half.   All the rings on the Wedding Star quilt have been quilted.  Next up - the melons inside the rings.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 4, 2021 at 5:51pm

Chris, how exciting to get a nice renewed studio space! Although l'm keeping my sewing room as is where is ( in laundry room downstairs) I too have a new place for my new longarm arriving later this month ( l hope!) The 7 ft frame and 13" Bailey were in our upstairs guest room. I sold that setup and have cleared a place in our seldom used den for the new 10ft. frame with 18" longarm( out with grandkids' toys...outgrown anyway,lol).  I should be working on my travel quilt, but first l want to finish the doggie quilt l'm donating to Humane Society for their much needed new building in town. It'll be the first quilt on my new setup.

Comment by Chris Michelle on April 4, 2021 at 10:54am

Hello ladies! It has been a while since I checked in. I have not done any sewing this past week except for quilting a charity quilt on my long arm as a trial run for this charitable organization. When I basted it to the top, the sides were CRAZY wavy. I did my best to spray them and get out what I could, but it was clear the borders had been just sewn to the perimeter of the quilt with no measuring. 

I was able to schedule my mom's first COVID vaccine for her and she went and had it done last week. She will go in for her second shot the first week of May. My youngest son's family has been exposed to COVID and the older grandson and his mother both tested positive this past week. My son and the younger boy have both been negative so far. However, both sons families are on quarantine, so I won't be able to see my grandsons for Easter. :-(

Barbara, I too need to practice FMQ on my long arm. I am not a natural doodler, so I struggle with getting that muscle memory where the quilting looks good. I hope to practice more when my studio remodel is complete and I have everything set up in the new space.

I like to sew and chat with my friend Missy who is in Ohio. She is really my only quilting sister...It is great that technology allows us to video call for free now. How I wish that technology had been around when my husband was in the Marines and stationed overseas. The phone bills were quite ridiculous back then!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! Off to brunch with the hubster.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 30, 2021 at 10:26am

Barbara, if you keep practicing designs with pen/ paper or whiteboard, you will improve even when not quilting...doodle, doodle, doodle! We all start at the beginning.My first efforts reside at the bottom of dog's travel kennel,lol.

Liz keeps me at the task...no popping out for coffee, laundry load etc. ( though Molly's doggie breaks are non negotiable). I got 7 blocks sewn out of tiny pieces.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 30, 2021 at 7:40am

I'm learning, but it will be a while before I have success................

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 29, 2021 at 7:15pm

I am working on my 2nd project for the 2021 challenge, Elephants And Cat.  I am pressing the backing today.  Today I quilted with Riana and I got 10 blocks done using the left over fabric from Elephants And Cat.  We talk and sew.  It's fun!  We do a lot of both.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 29, 2021 at 6:25pm

I started quilting a project on my mid arm. It doesn't look real good to start with, but I'm getting better as I go.  I practiced on a yard of fabric until I got the tension right and filled the clothe with writing my name over and over. That was the easiest. When I started my quilt I just filled the blocks with over laping boxes and back and forth lines for the sashing. Easy you may think to start with but I hope to get better as I go down the quilt. I can hide the not so good parts on the back of the chair. LOL!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 27, 2021 at 7:56am

Yesterday, l sold my 13" midarm on 8' frame. The lady wore a mask as l showed her how to use it. In 3 wk., a new 18"longarm on a 10' frame will be arriving! Hubby decided l need a bigger rig now we'll be spending winters here in Canada. I'm sew excited!! So...l have 3 wk. I can concentrate on getting that travel quilt top made < grin>

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