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 on September 23, 2021 at 9:09pm

Fabulous block , Chris.l'd be itching to stitch those sooner than later. I hope you protect these blocks in a sturdy " project box" .lt would be heartbreakingvto lose a piece.

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 23, 2021 at 1:12pm

I completed all the pieces and laid it out on the background for block #7 of the Baltimore Christmas quilt. This is called "midnight flight" and will have emboidered chain stitiches for the harness for the reindeer. I haven't gotten the blocks sewn down yet, but I have been making progress on piecing the applique on this one. I think next year might actually be the year I get this done!

Comment by Linda Koller on September 19, 2021 at 10:20pm

Love your Maui block, Riana

Comment by Ginny Andersen on September 19, 2021 at 6:06pm

The Maui block feels very tropical, Riana, so you did good! It will be fun to see how this travel quilt goes together, for sure! 

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on September 19, 2021 at 4:10pm

That looks wonderful, Riana.  We love Maui and we’re married on the beach in Kapaloa….not much beach left anymore.  We have made it to Oklahoma City.  Tomorrow we head to Little Rock Arkansas…getting closer to our destination.  Realtor called to let us know he was showing house today at 4pm.  Maybe we will be lucky.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 19, 2021 at 9:55am

yay, l think l'm done all theblocks for my travel quilt. NOW comes the " how to arrange them" puzzle.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 14, 2021 at 5:50pm

The Maui block is lovely!  I am going to hand stitch the binding of a cuddle quilt while the virtual meeting of the quilt guild is going in.  I have a baby boy cuddle quilt ready to machine quilt tomorrow.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on September 14, 2021 at 12:45pm

Loving all the great projects I am seeing in here, Gals! Wonderfully creative! Beautiful work! 

 I am in the same boat Riana! Waited way too long to be seen and am paying for it now. Live and learn...

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 13, 2021 at 5:37pm

What a beautiful block Riana. I can't wait to see it all finished.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 13, 2021 at 4:31pm

The block for Maui ( travel quilt) is fused and ready for stitching down and embroidered words. The white part is only temporary so l can hoop it with stabilizer. It comes off after stitching.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 13, 2021 at 10:08am

I opened the door to feed my second cat, Mia, and she escaped into the hall.  Luckily, I persuaded her to come back in.  I gave her water and set up her automatic feeder with 14 cubes and she ate her first helping in a flash.  Then I did her litter.

I'm sewing a cuddle quilt for a baby boy with 3"  flannel squares and I am ready to machine quilt another cuddle quilt with cotton fabric.  It has teddy bears and blue and red fabric but it could do for a girl or boy, I think.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 13, 2021 at 10:03am

Your koala block is great now that the nose is where the nose goes, Riana!  Haha!  It is so easy to make a mistake, especially when you aren't feeling great.  Yesterday when I was ironing my big quilt, I got right to the the last sweep of the iron and I cut a thread and took a bitty slice into the fabric.  I had to fuse and hand buttonhole a circle without disturbing the ironed part of the quilt.  And I haven't got an excuse because I was well.

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 12, 2021 at 8:13pm

Thank you Liz, Kris and Riana. I’ve made several Bargello quilts. The process can be a bit tedious and boring, but the end results are just so cool that I keep doing them. 

Kris, all of them are going to get Bargello in their favorite colors. I feel like these are quilts they won’t age out of and can be appropriate for years.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 12, 2021 at 4:37pm

Wow, Chris!  You have the rest of the year planned out.  I am sandwiching a cuddle quilt this evening.  I just got back from looking after my neighbour's cat.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 12, 2021 at 2:04pm

Riana, as I said to someone, not that much flannel in the pile - more cottons.  It is a lot of ironing.  I think it is going to sit there for awhile.  I bought kitty fabric at the estate sale.  I would like to make some blocks eventually.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 12, 2021 at 2:00pm

Kris, I am really impressed by the map quilt for your second grandson.  It is a beautiful quilt and a teaching tool too.  What do you call it?  The pillowcases are very nice too.

Macska was sick again yesterday.  I had been hoping that he had recovered.  Today he has been well and eaten almost a small can of his wet cat food.  I am looking after a neighbour's cat starting today.  She will get wet food at 5:oopm.

My Seamless Serenity Quilt top (87x87) is done and hanging up in the closet.  I have some wide backing and I will cut a piece and press it next.

I have a question.  I am going to piece my medium weight fleece.  I could iron a 1 1/2" wide iron-on sheer interfacing to the back of the join.  Should I zig-zag it on the front?

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 12, 2021 at 1:22pm

Chris, l've never tried a bargello quilt. I see why your grandson is pleased.

Working on my Maui block today...just taking it slow. Hopefully l can make to Tues. when l have a telephone conference with doc. I really don't want to go to emerge. Drinking lots of water, and staying away from sugars.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 12, 2021 at 1:18pm

Fighting off a bladder infection and taking it easy today. Yesterday when l began feeling ill, l messed up my " Australia" travel quilt block. A bit of unpicking this morning, and l got it right. My hubby went to Australia alone many yr ago on a business trip.

Comment by Kris Howell on September 12, 2021 at 1:10pm

The grandsons are 4 - more or less, lol.  One turned 4 in August, and one will be 4 in October.  They haven't seen the quilts yet.  I might drive up there next week and deliver them.  Even with gas at $3 a gallon it would be cheaper than mailing them!! 

Chris - that Bargello quilt is wonderful!!!!  I'm not surprised your grandson loves it.  Are all the grandsons getting bargello quilts? 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 12, 2021 at 10:29am

Chris, another spectacular quilt!  The blues are beautiful.  I'm glad that your grandson loves it.  All that hard work is worth it.

I just sewed the last seam in my Seamless Serenity.  I will press it today.

I picked Geeta's name for my quilt "Granite and Gold".  Thank you all my friends who submitted names.  If I had a different label I would have added all the names.  My daughter helped me select it.  Did I tell you, she will be visiting me on Oct. 19 -29.  We are thinking of taking a trip to Windsor (across the river from Detroit).  It's a long drive and would take up lots of our visiting time.  Maybe we should fly?

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