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 Pat Aneszko on January 4, 2022 at 6:46pm

Riana, It is a keeper for the immediate future.  I never decide the future of a quilt until it's done since it takes me so long to get there.   I already have the fabric for the binding.  it will be one of the fabrics (the lighter green).  

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 4, 2022 at 6:39pm

Keep the names for the new group coming! They are all going on a list for us to vote from.

How about " My Quilt Place Friends"?

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 4, 2022 at 6:25pm

Pat, l too use photos for inspiration, so my Pinterest boards and quilt magazines ( dating back many years despite several moves) are much used. Graph paper and math keeps our brains agile. I do follow patterns sometimes, but often make changes. A design wall on the hallway wall opposite my basement sewing room helps in tweeking arrangements. I'm glad you were able to post the photo of your first ufo project to tackle. I hope you find the perfect backing, and don't forget to make sure you have a suitable fabric on hand for the binding. Do you have someone in mind for this lrish chain? Or is it a " keeper"?

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 4, 2022 at 6:22pm

Pat, that’s really a pretty quilt.  Always wanted to do an Irish chain, just never managed.  Like you, I need to finish some projects.

Comment by Pat Aneszko on January 4, 2022 at 6:01pm

I have the backing fabric for the Irish Chain but I don't like it so I will order some more .  Then I will take it to someone to do the quilting.  I will do the binding once completed.  

Comment by Pat Aneszko on January 4, 2022 at 5:58pm

Here is the first PHD I want to get finished.  I completed the top in March of 2017.  It's about time to get it off the to do list.  

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 4, 2022 at 12:26am

Pat you are in the right group, we quilt, but we have lives too. Several people have physical moved so they have not been sewing lately, but are involved in our friendships here. I moved 4 yeas ago to care for my mom, so I quilt when I can, but my mom comes first.. she often does not think so when I get a desire like you to quilt. Many people on here do not use patterns- the creativity that comes from those are most fun ! My skills are not as grand as many on here- but there is no competition on skills, only encouragement to help us along. I have a quilt that is so easy that I am making for my mom.. but I have gotten too used to seeing it on the design board.. this one must get done soon. I decided I am not buying more fabric and will resist patterns. Glad you are here.    

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 3, 2022 at 9:29pm

Pat,to post a photo ( from computor)...  in comment box, describe what photo's about first. Then BEFORE you " add comment", select the  second icon above the comment area ( tiny mountains). A menu will ask if from computor or web...select ' computor'. This should now either bring up your photo files, or you'll need to " open" the file on computor. Select the photo you want. After it loads, select left, right, or center placement. Then in box marked width choose 250 ( that's not too big). Once you've done that, the photo will appear in comment box , and you can select " add comment" from beneath box.  If using tablet, it's similar. I can't help you if using a smartphone, l don't use one.

Comment by Pat Aneszko on January 3, 2022 at 8:54pm

Another thought.  I have several long term projects - a Grandmothers Flower Garden which has been in the works for at least 10 years' or longer,, Loyal Union Soldier which has been in the works for at least 5-7 years and a Dear Jane which also has been in the works for a while).  These will continue to be long term as I only do a block a week or sometimes a month.  It just depends on how I feel at the time.  I guess I am a lazy quilter.  I use to have a lot of demands on my time and got quite a bit of quilting accomplished.    But since I retired and since my husband died I just can't seem to get motivated to finish up anything.  This is one of the reasons I wanted to belong to a group hoping I could get some motivation going.  So I hope you ladies can be patient with me.  I need to get back in the groove, mostly because I have nothing  else to do with my time except read and watch television.  

Comment by Pat Aneszko on January 3, 2022 at 8:33pm

Well I am a bit confused as to how I should start.  I'm afraid I am not as organized as some of you.  I tend to quilt by the "seat of my pants".  I don't always have a pattern, I see a picture or draw an idea out on graph paper and I'm off.  Then it is simply mathematics to figure out out to do it.  Also I usuaIly don't get backing until the quilt top is finished mostly because I don't know how big it will end up being.l  I have several quilt tops finished but no backing and no patterns.  I can post a picture of the tops but I cannot find instructions as to how to do that.  If someone can tell me how to post these pics, I will be glad to.  Thanks.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 3, 2022 at 9:21am

Linda, l'm glad to see your sewing room is getting set up. It'll start feeling more like home soon. I got no email, but tried logging in to the new site, and was successful! So l asked to join a group that helps set up groups and maintain. This looks very good...nice bunch of smaller groups. 

l think we've found our new home! More info in a few days. :-)) 

Comment by Linda Koller on January 2, 2022 at 10:33am

Riana, I know Cindy (and Nan Baker) has been busy with the kennel quilt group. We respond to national disasters making and sending kennel quilts all over the country. And now we have a group in Denmark! Lately with the the tornadoes and now the fires in Colorado. She's been busy posting the needs and tracking. Everyone who sends out kennel quilts posts how many they send and to who and these are tracked. Unfortunately, I haven't been very active the past couple years. Plan to change that this new year...I have a new kennel quilt inspector too...LOL! You can see the Kennel Quilt Group on FB. https://www.facebook.com/KennelQuilts

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 2, 2022 at 9:22am

Linda, l'm still waiting for the email from needle spot to give me my entry code. I " joined " late last night, so maybe l must wait until Monday .

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 2, 2022 at 1:20am

Pat, we will continue to do UFO's, regardless of where we end up, so you are in the right place. Stick with us here now as we all learn the best way to do this.  It is a fun caring group.

Yes, I was on QCOF too, it was so sad when they just closed us down with no warning, some made it here and some I am not sure where they went off to.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 1, 2022 at 9:41pm

Riana, I didn't have problems downloading my photos on Needlespot. Friend Cindy McCoy and she can answer any questions you may have since she's the one who set up the site.

Talked to Barbara Hughes just before the holidays. They had to go back east for family matters. Don't remember the reason. Then, of course, with Colin being a pastor they were busy during the holidays at church.

Comment by Pat Aneszko on January 1, 2022 at 9:38pm

That is very disappointing.  A site I have been on has decided to discontinue UFO;s as well.  They mostly do swaps, and I am not into that.  So I have been looking for a "home".  I use to be a member of Quilters Club of America and I found it to ideal since it was varied in interests , and had a lot of participation. (I recognized several of your names who also had been a member of QCOA)  I learned a lot from the other members.  Haven't found anything similar.  Because of physical challenges and my age, I don't get anything done quickly so it really helps me to have a goal or at least a cheering squad.   So if a substitute is found, please let me know.  In the meantime I will hand out here.   

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 1, 2022 at 9:34pm

So, Pat, since you decided to join us ( at least until April) how be we get started right now? Read the statement above the photo of our tired seamstress. List the 2 UFO 's that are most important to you. As instructed, post a photo if possible of the ufo ( can be the pattern , the fabrics, parts completed so far). List what is left to complete ( borders? more units? the quilting?) Be sure all is on hand...pattern ( or your plan), fabric for top, backing, batting and the tools you need ( special ruler?). Then as you work on your projects, keep us up to date. We encourage each other here, and if you get " stuck", there are many here with quick minds who may think of something you didn't as a solution. Good luck :-))

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 1, 2022 at 9:20pm

Pat, unfortunately, yes. AQS rep. Betsie Langford emailed me a couple of months ago. They will keep it open until April. I

I have just joined Needlespot to check 9ut the site. It looks interesting and appears very safe. I'm going to see about photo uploading, that is of greatvimportancecto us quilters.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 1, 2022 at 9:18pm

Hi Pat, welcome to our room. Please stay with us as yes this site is planning to close this room. Maybe you have new thoughts too on how we can stay connected. This is a wonderful group on woman, men are welcome too.  

Comment by Pat Aneszko on January 1, 2022 at 9:09pm

Hi all.  I just found this page and am interested in joining it because of the number of UFO's I have.  It looks as though you may be  disbanding the site.  Is this true?  

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