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 10 hours ago

Chris , Valley Blossoms2 is lovely ♡♡♡ How did you fix the centering problem you referred to earlier? I can't wait to see how you quilt it!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips 14 hours ago

I'm just so amazed at your Valley Blossoms quilt top, Chris.  It is beautiful!  I did some cutting of my flannel scraps and watched some Olympics and then I read a little on the balcony.  In the afternoon I had a nap.  I must have been tired.  Now I'm refreshed and have had my dinner of 2 pork cutlettes on buns.  It's back to the flannel.

Comment by Ginny Andersen 17 hours ago

That is a beauty, Chris! 

That is quite a project, Riana! And working is a really nice setting. Great view to enjoy!

Love your French Braid, Kris! 

Comment by Linda Koller 21 hours ago

WOW, Chris, your quilt is amazing!

Comment by Chris Michelle 21 hours ago

Both are beautiful Riana!

I finished assembling Valley Blossoms #2 this morning. I also completed the task of removing the stray threads from my green bargello. My plan is to piece the minky backing and start quilting that one today. Here is the Pink and Brown Valley Blossoms top. Please ignore the mess on my floor. My dog visits me quite frequently while I am sewing.

Comment by Linda Koller yesterday


Comment by Riana Noyes yesterday

made some progress today. My back garden isn't quite as colorful because of the shade.

Comment by Riana Noyes on Wednesday

After being away a month, l really need to get caught up. Today, l've decided my needlepoint will be my " lunchtime project" after weeding gardens, and before removing gypsey moths from trees.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Tuesday

Chris, glad to hear that you are ready to requilt the green bargello quilt.  That quilt will be so beautiful when you successfully complete it.  Your Valley Blossoms quilt requires a lot of patience to get that one to the quilting stage, but it sounds like you are moving right along.  I am working on hand binding my Nativity quilt and I also started machine quilting a quilt for my grand-dog Cole who lives in B.C.  He completely wore out the last one I made him.  This one is the Gudrun Erla pattern Hey June.  I think that he will like it.

Comment by Chris Michelle on Tuesday

Wow! Awful quiet around here lately. I have completed one full border and all the embroidery on the left borders on the Valley Blossoms quilt. I have also got all of the quilting picked out of the green bargello and have started removing all the stray threads from the quilt top. I am hoping to get that finished and loaded on the longarm this week so I can start quilting it again. I got a green minky for the backing and hope to have better luck with that than I did the wide batik. Have not even touched my Baltimore Christmas quilt this year. That is the only one left on my PHD list for this year and it will probably roll to next year...lol!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 12, 2021 at 5:08pm

Chris, I've given Macska lots of loving since that awful day and I think he has forgiven me.  Today I bought him a big package of fancy feast wet food with gravy.  His fur feels so soft since he had his lukewarm shower which he hated.  And his paws are so soft now that his long nails have been clipped.  Next trip is in August for neutering.  He'll be still sedated when I bring him home, my daughter said.  Your quilt is so complicated - I think you are are a perfectionist - I wish I had had more will to be as creative.  I take care in doing my work - but I haven't the confidence to tackle something as intricate as you work on. - Maybe someday - when my UFOs are under control.

Comment by Chris Michelle on July 12, 2021 at 4:57pm

I started embroidery on the first border of the Valley Blossoms quilt today. Laid it out wrong from the first section and now it's 2.5 inches too far left...I am not picking it out so I will have to make it work. Here is a progress photo from before I started embroidery.

Comment by Chris Michelle on July 11, 2021 at 8:10am

Kris your French Braid quilt is beautiful! I love the look of those quilts and your quilting is great!

Liz-Poor kitty! I had a female cat who had never had to ride in a car carrier because I had a mobile vet who always came here to do house calls. She had a very similar incident the one time I had to take her to a vet. The poor thing! Your kitty is probably more upset about the bath than the ride at this point.

Riana, that is a lot of precautions for travel, for sure. Do you think things will ever go back to just the normal amount of difficulties in traveling? Especially for vaccinated people. 

I am at the stage of assembling the borders on the Brown and Pink Valley Blossoms quilt. I have to put those together in sections so I can do the machine embroidery/applique. I still have to cut all those pieces out with my Cameo, which is quite an undertaking itself. I am hoping to have it ready to start the embroidery today.

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 10, 2021 at 11:35pm

Kris, your French braid is absolutely lovely! Yes, l'm very ready to go home. I need a covid preflight test for travellers, fill out re entry form on a government site, then get retested upon landing ( even though fully vaccinated), then a 14 day self quaranteen. Canadian government is being super careful! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 10, 2021 at 2:49pm

Macska got a booster shot and had his nails cut.  Kris, I don't think we would have a vet who made house calls.  There is a cat groomer who charges $75. to comb the cat and cut his nails and is mobile.  I paid $78. for the booster and the nail cutting which was the $15.00 portion of the bill.  I didn't even get to see the vet.  The techies take the cat at the door and I waited in the car.  I just have to trust that he got what I paid for.

I don't have to go back until August for the neutering. 

Comment by Kris Howell on July 10, 2021 at 2:19pm

Yep, cats mostly don't like car rides, and they always make a mess.  Why did he have to go to the vet?  I thought he had just been before you got him?  Maybe find a vet that comes to you?  There are some who do that.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 10, 2021 at 12:31pm

Kris, the French Braid Quilt is beautiful!  It looks great on the bed.  I can see some of the intricate quilting you did.

It makes me want to get back to my quilting.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 10, 2021 at 11:23am

Taking Macska to the vet was a nightmare.  He cried the whole way there in the car and it was a 40 minute trip.  Then, he peed in his carrier.  The vet and his asst. looked after that.  I paid and took him home.  He did a big stinky poo in his carrier and when I got home I gave him a lukewarm shower that he fought like crazy and cleaned out the carrier (gave it a shower too) and changed the litter box.  Now he is hiding under the bed and I am wringing sweat!  My car is going to need airing out too.  I feel like I pood in my pants  - yuck!

As soon as I recover I'm going back to some soothing quilting!  Haha!  the joys of having a cat!

Comment by Linda Koller on July 10, 2021 at 9:42am

Lovely french braid quilt, Kris!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 10, 2021 at 9:03am

Kris, there are 3 restaurants within a few blocks of my condo - Red Lobster, Swiss Chalet, and Montana's.  Any one will be good.  I'll let my friend select the one she likes.  I got my hair cut - same as last year.  I am so happy to be rid of the long locks.  Now to take Macska to the vet and then I'll get back to my quilt. I'm hand sewing the sleeve.

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