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 August 20, 2021 at 8:33pm

 Thank you Elizabeth! He really is the sweetest boy. It is now his “new favorite blankie”!

I’ve sewn the Snowman block down (#4) and started sewing the Wreath block down (#5) and have completed all the pieces on the Christmas Bouquet block (#6), which requires me to hand embroider pine bows on the background before placing the pieces-and I have more than half the pieces for Midnight Ride (#7) made and on the background fabric. Making great progress on the Baltimore Christmas quilt this year! Still unlikely to be completed this year, but it’s moving along.

Still haven’t found my motivation for quilting the pink and brown Valley Blossoms quilt but it will come before year end.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 19, 2021 at 6:01pm

Chris, you have the sweetest grand son!  He looks like he is having a great dream under his new quilt.  Be sure to tell him that whatever he dreamt will come true.

Yes, Riana, I will try to quilt more in Sept. to finish some of my quilts.  I did start one new one - the pattern I showed you - Jelly Roll 18 - a free pattern from Material Girls.  I have been cutting and sewing 2 1/2" strips of green and blue for it.  And today, I went to my on-line grief support group and I thought myself  noticibly cheerier than some of my other fellow participants.  Some are having such hard times with multiple deaths during covid times and not being able to have a closure ritual.  I'm fortunate to be able to have stuff to do to cheer myself up.  Like today, I bought myself some bar-b-que chicken, had some left over salad and cold slaw and a nice lava cake and a yogurt bar  for lunch and dinner.  And I worked on a Kitty Quilt with 2 new fqs from Fabricland.

Macska was sick with 3 bring-ups of white foam, but he likes the food and I think he will get better.  It was an easy clean-up. 

And I wore my grocery store dress and put a scarf around my neck when I was on camera.  Isn't it awful for a 77 year old to be vain!

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 19, 2021 at 5:44pm

Some members have been busy beavers! ( others are getting distracted by summer activities., myself included) Lets be sure to put in extra effort come Sept., we want to get done by end of Nov. so we can concentrate on gift projects in Dec.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 17, 2021 at 9:30am

You're welcome Liz! I wish she had more videos, but there are probably others who use that method who have more of an online presence.

I love your needlework Riana. It is gorgeous!

I gave my grandson his green bargello when he came for a visit this weekend. His step-mom sent me a photo of him that evening when he was getting ready for bed. THIS makes all the hard work worth it! 

Comment by Linda Koller on August 13, 2021 at 5:21pm

The needlework is gorgeous, Riana!!!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 13, 2021 at 10:26am

Chris, I watched one of Pearl's Youtube tips.  I'll need to watch more to see the whole technique.  Thank you for telling me about her.

Riana, what are you going to do with the needlework when it is completed?  I have a number of framed ones in storage in my locker.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 12, 2021 at 5:01pm

making progress...got the birdbath completed.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 11, 2021 at 3:22pm

Hi Liz-These blocks are made using the off-the block freezer-paper and starch method. Pearl Piera of P3 designs uses it and has a few tips and techniques for doing these blocks. I do admit, I wish she had more detailed instructions with the pattern as many of these units are extremely difficult to make. It does give good results, though, allowing for sharper edges because you turn the fabric over a freezer paper template. Then you use applique glue to baste them in place to be sewn.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 11, 2021 at 10:04am

Chris, how do you finish the blocks?  I thought at first that you do needle turn because that is the traditional way to do Baltimore Albums.  I once taught a course - 8 ways to applique and we worked on a heart wreath.  Each heart was finished in a different method, starting from needle turn to the easiest with glue.  And I had notes for them on all the different ways.  They liked the glue the best!  Times have changed since then - that was before the invention of fabric adhesive.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 10, 2021 at 9:10pm

Riana, there are 12 blocks plus the Santa in the center and a holly border.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 10, 2021 at 8:58pm
Lovely start on # 6, Chris. How many blocks in the quilt?
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 10, 2021 at 7:05pm

Chris, what a lovely block #6 will be!    I finished machine quilting my little baby quilt today.  I just have to wait until tomorrow to trim all the threads from the back.  I can't see well enough at this time.  And I am going to make some pink binding.  It is all sewn ready to press.

I had a friend in for tea this afternoon.  First time since covid started.  We had a nice chat.  She is a quilter too.

Now I'm going to do my exercises so I can relax and watch T.V. afterwards.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 10, 2021 at 3:08pm

Me again! I have completed the preparing of pieces for Block #6 and have just the mittens left to sew down on the Snowman block (#4). Block #6 is called "Christmas Bouquet" but it requires me to embroider some pine boughs on the background before putting the pieces on. So, my progress is that I have block #4 almost completed, Blocks #5-6 pieces prepped and ready to stitch. GO ME!

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 5, 2021 at 4:05pm

Riana-Thanks for that! I don't have the talent or patience for needle turn applique, but I love the results. I know we are the most harsh critics of our work, but the bells are pretty messy. I am loving the progress on your travel quilt too. You certainly are well-traveled.

Thank you Wilma. I hope it looks presentable enough to hang on the wall. 

Try it Elizabeth! I wish I had started with something a little more simple. This is my first hand embroidery project of any kind. It is a bit ambitious.

I hope so Ginny! My hope is to have it hang at my house every Christmas and one day one of my grandchildren will want it because it will remind them of Mimi & Papa's house at the holidays!

Comment by Ginny Andersen on August 4, 2021 at 2:46pm

Your Holland windmill is such a fun block, Riana! Your travel quilt is going to bring so many good memories to mind! I have never left the USA, but have travelled and lived in a lot of places. 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on August 4, 2021 at 2:24pm

Chris, This quilt, when finished, will easily become a family heirloom! Beautiful!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 4, 2021 at 9:44am

Chris, I really like what you are doing.  I wish that I could do such beautiful work too.  I may try my hand at some applique.  The results are so  amazing.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on August 4, 2021 at 6:56am

Chris, this is just beautiful.  Think the quilt itself will be amazing.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 3, 2021 at 9:08pm

Chris, l think your prep work on that wreath block looks fabulous! When l do needle turn, l only do "needle turn using needle tip" from flat shape + seam allowance...those never look as crisp as what you have going.

Comment by Chris Michelle on August 3, 2021 at 4:03pm

Finished making the pieces and placing them on the background for block #5 of the Baltimore Christmas quilt. I need to fix a couple of thing with the bells but I am hoping I can do that with my needle as I sew it down. Those pieces were just ridiculously small. Not sure if I will start making the next one now or work on sewing down these two I have made. The Snowman block (#4) is probably about half sewn at this point. Don't look too closely at this. It will look fine from 50 feet! LOL

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