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 Chris Michelle on March 10, 2021 at 5:15pm

That is so kind of you to say Elizabeth. I certainly don't feel like an amazing quilter most of the time. I am happy if some of my quilts inspire you to try new things or work on things you have started and put away. I have a very small number of UFO's at this point and so I am already starting to plan my new quilts. So exciting!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 10, 2021 at 2:15pm

You are an amazing quilter, Chris.  I am thrilled that you are a part of our group and show us your beautiful work.  You are an inspiration to me.  I would like to improve my quilting skills and finish many of the projects I have started.

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 10, 2021 at 1:37pm

Thank you Gail and Elizabeth. Gail, I do seem to be drawn to the more challenging quilts for some reason. I have several of these large FPP patterns on hand and plan to do as many as I can. I love the precision of FPP and the elaborate looks you can get with the technique. I need to practice FMQ, ruler work and stitch in the ditch on my long arm. One day I hope to quilt for others, but right now I just don't think my skill level is there with quilting. 

Comment by Gail Brown on March 10, 2021 at 11:36am

Chris, your work is absolutely fabulous.  First place for sure at any quilt show I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot.  I myself would look at thatpattern and be shaking in my boots, I wouldn't even attempt it.  You are very talented and do gorgeous work and never anything that is not very challenging, all your work is just Wow!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 10, 2021 at 9:28am

What an absolutely beautiful quilt, Chris.  You are really on a roll.  I wish that I could quilt a little more than I have been doing.  I'm sewing the top of my Hungarian quilt.  I finished laying out the last of the rows yesterday evening on my dining room table.  It was kinder to my back than doing it on the bed.  I am pinning carefully and not accepting any twisted seams.  I'd like this quilt to be as good as I can make it.

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 10, 2021 at 9:11am

Thank you Barbara, Linda and Kris. I am honestly just happy to have it done because I made myself not move on to another project until I completed that one. Now I can get the Christmas En Provence quilt loaded on the machine for quilting. I already made my backing, binding and label. 

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 10, 2021 at 6:50am

Spectacular Chris. I don't see any errors. Looks great!

Comment by Linda Koller on March 9, 2021 at 9:47pm

Wow, Chris! Stunning!

Thanks, Kris.

Comment by Kris Howell on March 9, 2021 at 9:24pm

Linda - your Beatles quilt is so cute!  Well done.

Comment by Kris Howell on March 9, 2021 at 9:23pm

I don't see a single thing wrong with that quilting!  I see a quilt that is FINISHED!!!  and will look great on your bed.  Well done, Chris

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 9, 2021 at 5:22pm

Don't look too closely at the quilting-It is COMPLETED! I have it in the washer now. I want to put it on my bed tonight. It has 2 layers of batting so it should be warm enough for a winter quilt. UFO #3 done for me.

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 9, 2021 at 1:34pm

I finally finished quilting Valley Blossoms! There are a number of errors and issues with the quilting, but it is a quilt for my bed, not a show, so I just don't have the energy to care. I plan to get the binding done and wash it today...if I have time. I will post photos when complete.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 8, 2021 at 11:38am

Linda, I love the way you decided to layout the Beatles quilt, it's just great.  It's crazy the way prices jump around for certain items.  I have things, mostly pottery that I collected over the years and the prices flucuate over the years.  Sometimes high, sometimes low, it just depends on demand I guess.  Since we have had to down size several time most of it is in my Grand Daughters big farm house now, we both like the country style of furnishings so it's found a good home.  

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 8, 2021 at 10:47am

You did good, Linda! I like the finish a lot! It's very Groovy! 

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 8, 2021 at 10:33am

Great job on Elvis Quilt, Linda. Hope you make some BIG BUCKS for Puppies etc....

Comment by Linda Koller on March 8, 2021 at 9:19am

I was considering making a patchwork quilt with the rest of the fabric, but having second thoughts now. I think I will sell the fabric. I can definitely use the money towards puppy expenses.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 8, 2021 at 9:10am

Yes, Riana.  You are correct about antiques losing their value.  For everything that we may want to sell there has to be someone who wants to buy it.  My grand daughter just sold a teepee that goes with the American Girl doll's American Indian outfit as an accessory.  She received $200.

I'm going out this morning when I know the stores are open to buy a new vacuum cleaner.  Mine is a piece of junk.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 8, 2021 at 8:50am

Linda, the golden 'op- art' fabric is perfect! You'd be wise to separate all your remaining Beatle's fabrics , so not to accidently cut them for other projects, and treat them as an " investment". Sell when you need to finance puppy training or vet bills. The Beatles were only known to a certain age group...after a few years, the peak prices will drop, as those buying collectables will be too young to remember.This happened with many items you see on Antiques Rd. Show... case in point, Royal Doulton Lady figurines and fancy  silverware.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 8, 2021 at 8:12am

Wow!  Linda, your Beatles quilt top is terrific.  No wonder someone wanted to buy it.  I don't go on Etsy or Ebay so I don't know what is for sale there.  

I watched most of Oprah's interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last night.  At least Meaghan got to tell her side of events.  I loved the fact that they are raising chickens on their property. 

Comment by Linda Koller on March 8, 2021 at 12:47am

I was looking on Etsy and Ebay. Those panels are worth between $75 and $100 each!!! I looked because someone asked me if I was interested in selling the quilt. You can still get the backing but only in blue. I couldn't find the yellow. Some other Beatles fabrics that I have I didn't even see or you could only buy small pieces at a premium.

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