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 January 1, 2022 at 8:49pm

 How would everyone like to keep this PHD challenge going until we lose the site? None of us got ALL our list done. Anyone finishing before April can just add on another project.

So, we haven't heard from Gail Brown in a very long time. Is anyone in touch with her via email? I hope she's ok. And Barbara Hughes... nothing lately. Are you still there Barbara? 

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 1, 2022 at 8:36pm

Zoe, the Go Daddy is only free for a one month trial, then you pay. Also, this one costs mega dollars to maintain. The bandwidth for photos is large and expensive. Plus, Ning is the problem in the first place. We'll find ourselves a home l'm sure.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 1, 2022 at 2:41pm
Comment by Zoetc49 on January 1, 2022 at 2:39pm

I think a private FB group would do well, but I don't want to lose any of our friends on here. I looked last night and cannot find a good group/ forum. Maybe we can just buy this one??

Comment by Linda Koller on January 1, 2022 at 11:18am

Sewing room starting to come together, yet a long way to go! Happy New Year!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 1, 2022 at 8:39am

Happy New Year! 

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 1, 2022 at 12:33am

https://forum.apqs.com/online/  ; It looks like it is a small group, maybe we can see if it would allow us to do our own group there.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 1, 2022 at 12:14am

Wilma, I am glad you stated that , I too was confused by the format on MSQC ,

Linda, I will look at the site you stated, you always find the great sites !

Happy new years !  Let's concentrate on our health,our joys and then our passions. Our lives are not all about quilting, but quilting brought us all together-- and that is a blessing !

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 31, 2021 at 10:46pm

Happy New Year all…hope we all have a healthy 2022 and we get rid of this blessed Covid stuff.

Riana, I agree.  I joined the MSQC board and found it confusing.  I think either FB private group or maybe the Needlespot.  I checked out the other one (can’t remember name right now). It they charge about $20/year to do stuff like we do here.  Hopefully we will figure something out.  I enjoy our little group.

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 31, 2021 at 4:43pm

Great, Linda, l'll check that one out. I joined the Missouri star non facebook group to try, and don't like it at all. It's organized a bit like Quilting Board , but very chaotic. I don't find it easy to navigate at all, and posting photos is a nightmare, same as Quilt Board.

To me, a private fb group would be easiest, but since some of our group have issues with fb, l'm going to keep looking.

Comment by Linda Koller on December 31, 2021 at 11:42am

There is a group called Needlespot.com which was formed when The Quilt Pattern Magazine got fed up with their ning format and all the problems. They have a live chat line too. Now that I'm on the west coast I have to get up at 5AM in order to join the chat. They are a great group of gals. Cindy McCoy is co-founder and has done a fantastic job setting up the site. You are able to form groups like our PHD, UFO, Tiny Town, Secret Santa, etc.

Comment by Chris Michelle on December 31, 2021 at 9:27am

Riana-the sewing studio is working out quite well! I finally bought a TV for the room in December and my husband hung it on the wall for me. I love being able to have the TV or music on while I work. I have not decided to go pro yet. I need to practice quilting others tops so I may need to find a charity in need of longarm services. I tried reaching out to Project Linus in my area and never heard back after multiple attempts.

I REALLY want to have the Baltimore Christmas quilt made for next Christmas. I want to hang it on the wall every year. I just haven't really felt like doing the sewing part to the blocks I finished this year. I was really on a roll making blocks for a couple of months though.

Has there been any discussion about a FB group or other ways to keep in touch? I am interested in keeping the friendships here if there is another format. Maybe AQS will have some groups on their FB page? Let me know. Happy New Year everyone!

Comment by Zoetc49 on December 31, 2021 at 1:36am

Wilma, one can always put back into the jar that one does not wish to do..lol

I did not sign up this year as I knew there was no hope.. I got other quilts done. 

I must get the three that still have been lingering done this year plus one. But, I am into tearing though all of the home. So far I have over 20 quilt books to donate to the local quilt Guild and now working on fabrics to give to them. They do baby quilts for Ronald McDonald, my closet took me 5 hours today and that was on 1/2 of the space. I am finding all sort of fun things that I have not used- out they go for someone else to enjoy.  

Comment by Kris Howell on December 30, 2021 at 8:53pm

Riana - I finished Tapestry, French Braid and Wedding Star.  I subbed Inman Park for Kaleidoscope, and finished it. 

Comment by Deanna Davis on December 30, 2021 at 8:45pm

Reproting in -- I did get a few done, even with the last surgery.

Baby quilt - check - baby momma LOVED it -- 

Land of the Free (QOV) - check .. turned in to co-leader and will be sent for quilting coming up.

Gnomes - check .. backing is pinned and ready to sew, binding is cut.  Gnomes are hanging over my quilt in my office at work to give it a different look - and everyone loves it :) 

I have pulled the Civil War Tribute out and reexamined my blocks .. does that count?  I had to purchase new fabric to replace something I had screwed up, I did get it, but stowed everything then. Then moved twice. That is next on the list ... 

With the holidays, and we had guests overnight travelling from NY to TX, everything was piled on my cutting table. I have been off the past week between Christmas and next Monday, so I have been sorting, trashing and thinning things that I have 'had' to save over the years. That can only make my sewing space better :) 

Happy New Year all !! 


Comment by Riana Noyes on December 30, 2021 at 4:51pm

Chris, wow, you did well! How is your new quilting studio working out? Have you gone " professional" yet? Unfortunately, there will be no 2022 PHD challenge, the site will be closing down in April, likely. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on December 30, 2021 at 2:25pm

Here is my PhD status as of today:

  • En Provence-DONE
  • Grassy Creek-DONE
  • Green Argyle Bargello-DONE
  • Black and Red Valley Blossoms-DONE
  • Pink and Brown Valley Blossoms-Needs quilting and binding
  • Baltimore Christmas Quilt-Needs 4 more squares made, plus borders and needs 8 blocks appliqued, then assembly and quilting and binding

I finished several projects but didn't quite hit the mark. Maybe next year!

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 30, 2021 at 8:51am

Linda,who would ever dream you'd have cold and damp in Calif., it's not that common. Just your bad luck at this time, and hopefully , only temporary.

Wilma, that's an interesting way of doing older projects. It takes away one decision for sure...the " what's next" question often has some people staring at a pile of ufo's and frozen with indecision.

Comment by Linda Koller on December 29, 2021 at 10:33pm

I'm with you on that one, Wilma.

The past two years have been so difficult with health that I haven't been able to do much. I just have to put the final border on my Thimbleberry quilt, then it will be ready to send out for quilting. I  haven't done anything else on my list. The handyman is suppose to be here tomorrow to anchor my cabinets to the wall. I can then start unpacking my sewing area. That is if I'm able to function...fibromyalgia has taken over with all this cold and rain here in California. I'm sure missing the Tucson weather.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 29, 2021 at 7:02pm

I recently read an article where all projects unfinished were written on a piece of paper and put in a jar.  When finishing a project, pull out a new one.  I have so many small kits, quilt, embroidery and wool applique, I may need to do a combination of PHDs and new projects and just draw them.  Finish and move on.  

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