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 Ginny Andersen on March 12, 2021 at 12:48pm

I love the Dresden Neighborhood and yours is wonderful, Wilma! I have seen these done in so many variations and they all are so fun! 

Comment by Gail Brown on March 12, 2021 at 11:44am

Wilma, I could just imagine that in Christmas fabrics, maybe a snowflake background and ofcourse Santa and his sleigh in one corner  You've got me thinking now and the last thing I need in another project.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 12, 2021 at 10:47am

Wilma, I really like your Dresden Neighborhood.  I think that is a good idea to make them in holiday fabrics.  Maybe you could make one in greens for St. Patrick's Day and put a shamrock in the centre.  Wow!  great idea I might use too!

Comment by Kris Howell on March 12, 2021 at 10:14am

Wilma - that's cute and different!  Nicely done.  Did you give your neighborhood its own name? 

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 12, 2021 at 9:24am

PHD #2 finished, Dresden Neighborhood.  Love how it turned out.  Might make another with a holiday them and see if I can find a Santa with his sleigh to put up in a corner.  Pinterest has some great ideas.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 11, 2021 at 9:49pm

Somewhere I have photos of the wildflowers at Picacho Peak which is between Phoenix and Tucson. It's so beautiful! I used to take the ladies from church there in the spring and we'd stop somewhere along the way for lunch. I rather guessed the fabric came from those areas. I recognized the Sedona landscape and I've been to New Mexico many, many times to visit friends in Albuquerque and the Four Corners area. We never took the freeway. We always drove north of the freeway across the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona stopping in the few little towns/trading posts and Monument Valley. Then we'd cut down thru New Mexico to Albuquerque. Always enjoyed those trips. Met several Code Talkers...fascinating! Sad that they are gone now.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 11, 2021 at 9:40pm

Wow, Chris, that was fast quilting indeed , even for a longarm!

Dee, the wayward border piece will turn up just as you are binding the quilt,lol...Murphy's law. I'm sure the valor quilt will look just fine without it. Sometimes these things turn out for the best. Hope the quilt top still meets size criteria.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 11, 2021 at 9:35pm

Linda, one is the Arizona fabrics which l purchased in Sedona, which shows the " green desert " of Sonora where we camped amongst towering cacti and green sagebrush. In the distance were those gorgeous red cliffs. And we visited a ghost town and it's mine nearby. The other fabic is the New Mexico fabric purchased at a little shop in the middle of nowhere,lol. There the fabric depicts the low green sages and tumbleweed before it dries out . The area gets flood , then no rain for nearly a year. Sadly, we missed the spring wildflower display. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 11, 2021 at 6:51pm

Thank you Ginny.

Christmas En Provence is completely quilted. I am done for the night so I will take it off and trim and bind it tomorrow. 3 more PhD's left now! 

Comment by Deanna Davis on March 11, 2021 at 6:49pm

Just checkin' in on eeryone ~ I have hit a snag on my QOV on the list, I took all the borders off, and one set left the building ?  How dare they ! I have put the first one back on, the outer-most border I have to remeasure, I might just skip #2 now .. I just want to turn it in ! lol

Gnomes is coming along, all my pieces are fused and ready to put on the background .. only two blocks to go! 


Comment by Linda Koller on March 11, 2021 at 6:28pm

I love the Route 66 and the two fabrics just above it, Riana!!!!

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 11, 2021 at 12:41pm

Gorgeous, Chris! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 11, 2021 at 11:25am

Ya,! You go Chris!

I have to mull over what type of setting l'm going for before l make any more " travel" patches & blocks.. So l pinned almost all my travel fabrics to my board. I have e tra blue bonnets, and 2 Texas " word" prints l just don't have room for.

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 11, 2021 at 10:59am

Christmas En Provence is on the frame and has the first row of quilting done! Making it happen around here.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 10, 2021 at 5:49pm

Taking a break from home improvement project of the day to pop in. Wow, Chris! I admire your fpp expertise. I've tried the method several times, and though the results are ok, l always end up with a pounding headache. I agree with the others that the quilting looks great...the echo style quilting you did suits the design beautifully. None of are so great as to critique your ruler work. We seem all need improvement on some aspect of the art, and that's what keeps us happily challenged :-))

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.

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