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 August 25, 2021 at 12:25pm

Thank you, Riana.  I am machine quilting my Kitty Quilt this morning.  I just got back from a nice breakfast with Linda and her father, Larry, at the Local Heroes.  We had a big breakfast for a reasonable price.

Also, at the same time I am ironing 2 1/2" strips that I have sewn together for the Jelly Roll 18 Quilt.  Now that I know what is no. 3 on my list I will dig it out and start working on it.  It is a quilt using the blue and white polka dot fabric that Jim gifted to me for the sashing.  The blocks are all done.  Thank you for looking it up on your master list for us.

I'm watching "The Chair" on Netflix.  The star, Sandra Oh, is from Ottawa.

And I'm still reading "The Devil's Elbow"  a hilarious mystery.  It is about a murder that happens on a guided tour of Scotland.

Macska has been good since last reported on.  He is in the sewing room, helping me machine quilt on my shoulder.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 25, 2021 at 9:10am
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 24, 2021 at 9:12pm

Just found out that my friend who always helped me close the pins when I sandwiched my quilts has gone into palliative care.  So sad - it won't be the same when we can get together again in the party room.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 24, 2021 at 7:13pm

Riana, what is on my list?  I forget completely.  I find that I can't do anything big because I do not have access yet to the party room.  I am hoping that it will open when Ottawa reaches stage 4.  I have noticed that more people are wearing their masks outside when I go for walks.  They are afraid of catching the Delta variant even though they are fully vaccinated.  I have only worn my mask inside.  I visited my friend a few days ago and we were both masked and sat at a distance from each other.

Comment by Kris Howell on August 24, 2021 at 6:55pm

Riana - I seriously doubt if I can get Visions of the East quilted this summer.  It is assembled, and I will get it sandwiched while I'm in AZ, using my daughter's big table, but the quilting won't happen until next year.  It can stay on the list, and just carry over. The Jewel Box quilt is assembled, too, and will be sandwiched in AZ and quilted next year.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 24, 2021 at 5:00pm

Kris, here's revised list. Is this correct? 

Comment by Kris Howell on August 24, 2021 at 3:44pm

Thank you all for your kind comments.  I can't take credit for the fabrics and colors, though, as it was a kit.  I love the quilts and fabrics from A Wing and a Prayer.  If I had thousands of dollars I'd buy all of theirs!  As it is, I've bought and made two, and almost certainly do more in the future, lol.  

Riana - I'm changing up my UFO list.  I'm removing the Jewel Box quilt, and putting the Inman Park on it instead  The quilt top is made, and now needs sandwiched and quilted.  I'm removing the Kaleidoscope wall hanging, and adding two quilts for grandsons who have outgrown their toddler quilts.  One top is made and ready for sandwiching and quilting, and I have a panel coming next week for the other quilt.  I'm working on an Amy Bradley doll house pattern that should be done in time for Christmas gifting to the 3 year old granddaughter.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 24, 2021 at 12:42pm

Kris, your Tapestry Quilt is lovely!  I really like the colours and the fabric you used.

I sandwiched my Kitty Quilt this morning and used a fleece backing to make it soft.  And now I'm sewing a baby boy cuddle quilt with my flannel squares.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 23, 2021 at 11:17am

Kris your gift will be treasured for years...absolutely lovely.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 23, 2021 at 6:41am

Thank you Kris, I think he's pretty sweet myself! Your quilt is beautiful! What a lucky couple to receive that quilt as a gift. 

Comment by Linda Koller on August 22, 2021 at 9:52pm
Awesome, Kris! Love the colors.
Comment by Kris Howell on August 22, 2021 at 7:56pm

Chris, I love the photo of your grandson with the bargello quilt.  What a sweet, sweet smile he has on his face!  Your Christmas bouquet is gorgeous!  I'm doing some applique right now - an Amy Bradley pattern for a doll house.  Applique has never been my favorite thing to do, but the thought of the 3 year old granddaughter playing with it keeps me going.  I'm in awe of all the work you are putting into your quilt!  

I'll try to keep up with you all now that I finally have Tapestry done!  It was starting to haunt me, lol.

Comment by Kris Howell on August 22, 2021 at 7:47pm

Phew!!! Finally!  Tapestry is done.  It will be gifted to my younger son and his wife at Christmas. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 20, 2021 at 8:33pm

 Thank you Elizabeth! He really is the sweetest boy. It is now his “new favorite blankie”!

I’ve sewn the Snowman block down (#4) and started sewing the Wreath block down (#5) and have completed all the pieces on the Christmas Bouquet block (#6), which requires me to hand embroider pine bows on the background before placing the pieces-and I have more than half the pieces for Midnight Ride (#7) made and on the background fabric. Making great progress on the Baltimore Christmas quilt this year! Still unlikely to be completed this year, but it’s moving along.

Still haven’t found my motivation for quilting the pink and brown Valley Blossoms quilt but it will come before year end.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 19, 2021 at 6:01pm

Chris, you have the sweetest grand son!  He looks like he is having a great dream under his new quilt.  Be sure to tell him that whatever he dreamt will come true.

Yes, Riana, I will try to quilt more in Sept. to finish some of my quilts.  I did start one new one - the pattern I showed you - Jelly Roll 18 - a free pattern from Material Girls.  I have been cutting and sewing 2 1/2" strips of green and blue for it.  And today, I went to my on-line grief support group and I thought myself  noticibly cheerier than some of my other fellow participants.  Some are having such hard times with multiple deaths during covid times and not being able to have a closure ritual.  I'm fortunate to be able to have stuff to do to cheer myself up.  Like today, I bought myself some bar-b-que chicken, had some left over salad and cold slaw and a nice lava cake and a yogurt bar  for lunch and dinner.  And I worked on a Kitty Quilt with 2 new fqs from Fabricland.

Macska was sick with 3 bring-ups of white foam, but he likes the food and I think he will get better.  It was an easy clean-up. 

And I wore my grocery store dress and put a scarf around my neck when I was on camera.  Isn't it awful for a 77 year old to be vain!

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 19, 2021 at 5:44pm

Some members have been busy beavers! ( others are getting distracted by summer activities., myself included) Lets be sure to put in extra effort come Sept., we want to get done by end of Nov. so we can concentrate on gift projects in Dec.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 17, 2021 at 9:30am

You're welcome Liz! I wish she had more videos, but there are probably others who use that method who have more of an online presence.

I love your needlework Riana. It is gorgeous!

I gave my grandson his green bargello when he came for a visit this weekend. His step-mom sent me a photo of him that evening when he was getting ready for bed. THIS makes all the hard work worth it! 

Comment by Linda Koller on August 13, 2021 at 5:21pm

The needlework is gorgeous, Riana!!!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 13, 2021 at 10:26am

Chris, I watched one of Pearl's Youtube tips.  I'll need to watch more to see the whole technique.  Thank you for telling me about her.

Riana, what are you going to do with the needlework when it is completed?  I have a number of framed ones in storage in my locker.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 12, 2021 at 5:01pm

making progress...got the birdbath completed.

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