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 June 9, 2021 at 10:40am

I spent yesterday evening planning 4 wheelchair quilts that I want to work on.  I am trying to imagine how the recipients will feel about them so I lay out the blocks to make the arrangement as pleasing as possible.  I started sewing them, thinking as I sew about the person the little quilt is destined for.  It's a healing process for me.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 9, 2021 at 10:33am

Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father in Law.  It is very sad to lose someone in your family whom you love and honour.  It may be a comfort to you to reconnect with your joy of quilting at this time, as you said.

Comment by Linda Koller on June 9, 2021 at 9:46am

Chris, so very sorry about your FIL. May God wrap his comforting arms around you and the family and bring you peace.

Comment by Chris Michelle on June 9, 2021 at 7:25am

Wow, so much activity here the last few days. 

Liz, I love the quilt and the label. What a great name you suggested Ginny!

Riana and Linda, I can totally relate to the chaos caused by home improvements. My studio isn't 100% done and the supplies are not put away. The floor desperately needs cleaning, etc. I am trying to ignore that a bit and just enjoy the space for now. Cleaning can come any time.

Sadly, my father-in-law passed on Monday night after an 8+ year battle with cancer. It was so hard to watch him slowly fade away. I am glad he is at peace now, but we will all miss him terribly. He was the best of men. I have some time off to help us all deal with what needs to be done, and to try to come to terms with losing him. Maybe I will feel like getting out there and spending some me time in my studio. I had pulled the Pink and Brown Valley Blossoms quilt from the box the other day and started cutting for the final sections that need piecing. I also ordered backing for the green bargello the other day so I hope to have that soon and get it all loaded on the longarm.

Comment by Kris Howell on June 7, 2021 at 8:07am

Chris - that's a BEAUTIFUL bargello!!  What a great start to your gorgeous new sewing center.  Keep it rolling!

Riana - this duck is swimming along.  I'm quilting the French Braid now, and have one and a half of the 7 braids quilted. Aiming to be done with it by the end of June. 

Liz and Ginny - sitting here giggling over Purple Prancing Pachyderms.  What a great name! Kudos, Ginny!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 6, 2021 at 7:14pm

No, Ginny, I don't have anyone in mind for the quilt.  I just make them and stack them up until someone claims them.

I did quite a bit of work in the kitchen - the cupboards haven't been done since I moved in.  I feel good when I see them looking nice and clean.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 6, 2021 at 6:28pm

L♡ ve that label, Liz! Today hubby and l took a day off to go golfing. Tomorrow he's doing finishing touches to hallway before sanding.l'm still patching that wedding ring quilt.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on June 6, 2021 at 5:08pm

First off - you have beautiful penmanship, Elizabeth! Second - I am glad you liked my suggestion. This is a very pretty, sort of girly quilt. Does it have a special someone already? 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 6, 2021 at 1:45pm
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 6, 2021 at 10:46am

Linda, you inspired me to get a move on in the kitchen.  I am doing one of those cupboards where you have to get down on your knees and crawl in just to take the stuff out that are hiding in the back.  I couldn't even reach back there to clean it out.  But I think whatever I wash down will be good enough.  I found all kinds of things that I may use now that I know I own them.

I have been working on a scrappy backing.  It is kind of fun sewing bits and pieces of fabric together.

I haven't heard from the humane society so I know how anxious you must be, Linda, waiting for your pup to be conceived.  And it won't be long until you have your cataract surgeries.  You will have a chance to slow down and rest up afterwards.

Comment by Linda Koller on June 6, 2021 at 10:24am

I haven't gone anywhere, Riana! My house has been is disarray for months now. First a major leak in the master bath and big mold problem. Finally got it fixed and now had to have the subfloor replaced in the great room in the middle of the main traffic area. He finished late yesterday afternoon. Now to start cleaning! There is dust everywhere! I've taken down most of the curtains and quilts on the wall and laundered and cleaned the windows and chandelier in the dining area last night. Today is the kitchen area. I dread starting the sewing room area...all those books!! 

My cataract surgeries are scheduled for July 15 and 29...finally! My vision has gotten so bad that I'm stepping out in front of vehicles. When out in the sun, I'm literally blind in my left eye. I miss my Indy so very, very much!! I talked to the breeder. Evidentally momma Coco has not gotten pregnant after two tries. He's hoping the third time will be a charm.

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 5, 2021 at 8:12pm

Ha ha, Ginny, that works,lol. I suggested Song of India on Liz's  fb post. I have been cleaning up after my hubby...tools, sawdust, planks of left over flooring. Tomorrow he'll put the finishing touches on the hall floor, then sanding and finishing next week. After that the floors will finally all be done! Once all the things in our house are dusted/ washed and put back in place, l should be able to get back to sewing and quilting. I admit to being a bit grumpy through all this...l'm not a clean freak, but l do like things put away in an orderly manner so l know exactly where they are.

Zoe, l think for 2 months, someone has been shooing my ducks away...l'll have to go looking for them.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on June 5, 2021 at 5:06pm

For fun - how about Purple Prancing Pachyderms?

Comment by Linda Koller on June 5, 2021 at 3:47pm

Indian Dancer is appropriate. However, living in the Southwest, I had something else pictured.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 5, 2021 at 3:09pm

|Chris, I really like your bargello quilt.  Some day I will make one too.  It will be so nice for you to quilt it in your new quilt studio.

Zoe, it doesn't matter of our ducks are in a row.  Just having ducks is good enough and you've got a lot of them in your picture.  My daughter has white Peking Ducks that she breeds and raises and sells.  Today was her market day, so I will talk to her later and find out how her baked goods sold and the other produce as well.  She bakes all day Friday to prepare for this morning.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 5, 2021 at 3:03pm

I'm sewing a backing now.  I remember what Linda said - that it took me a lot longer to sew the scrappy pieced blocks than the tops of my quilts.  |It is true! Haha!  I will be ready to sandwich another quilt next week.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 5, 2021 at 2:54pm

This is a closeup of my quilt so you can see the quilting and the subject matter.  Please send me a good name.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 5, 2021 at 2:53pm
Comment by Ginny Andersen on June 5, 2021 at 10:57am

The pic and words are so appropriate, Zoe. I can relate completely! 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on June 5, 2021 at 10:54am

Gorgeous Bargello, Chris! 

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