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 February 28, 2021 at 7:41am

Linda-I love staying up late sometimes just being creative and working on a project. Something about the solitude and quiet gives me so much creative energy. I am glad to hear your fabric has shipped. These storms and COVID really are creating havoc with so many shipments. My cousin is a power lineman and just returned from Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana where he was helping repair storm damage. 

My husband and I spent the last 3 days on a road trip from Maine to Virginia to drop his boat off to have a new outboard installed. His other motor was no longer viable and due to COVID none of the dealers in Maine were going to be able to get anything until at least fall of this year. That would have been well past fishing season, so we opted to bring the boat to a dealer who had a motor in stock...we had a tire failure in Connecticut on our first day and that delayed us an extra day so we got home yesterday afternoon. I did manage to get a small amount of hand sewing done on my Baltimore Christmas block. It wasn't a lot, but it was something. 

My minky backing arrived just before we left for our trip. The photo did not show that it was the dotted minky, which I really don't like at all, but at this point, I already paid for it so it's going on the back of my En Provence.

I am maybe 1/4 through the quilting on Valley Blossoms. That quilt will need to be turned after I get the first half quilted so I can do the other parts that don't fit in my machine throat space. I do not want to keep re-loading it, so I will not be quilting En Provence until this one is done. I think after these two are quilted, the green bargello will be next on the list. I want to try to start sewing on the applique blocks a little bit at night when watching TV. We shall see how that plan goes.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 27, 2021 at 1:50pm

My pizza was nice.  And I watched about 15 minutes of Superstore, a crazy sit-com on Netflix.  Linda, I hope that the fabric will come soon, but you must have a good start on your Beatles quilt.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 27, 2021 at 1:43pm

He he he! We'll see how long the post office takes to deliver it!!! LOL

Meanwhile, I was up till 1:30 am cutting blocks for the Beatles quilt. Not telling until it's together. It's colorful to say the least! LOL

Liz, I did an Elvis quilt many moons ago. I'm sure I have a photo on one of the USBs. My computer guy made me put some of the many photos onto USBs. Said I was running out of memory. I've been running out of memory since that car accident!!!!!! I might even have some scraps somewhere unless my cousin took them.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 27, 2021 at 12:30pm

Kris your Jewel Box looks wonderful so far...l'm sure the borders will enhanse it even more.Had to chuckle at that quip " pretend you are...", lol. It's true, l love the challenge of ' impromtu quilting'.

Linda, we were all holding our breath waiting to hear you'd indeed be getting your Thimbleberries fabric. Now we'll all exhale...be ready for the wind storm!

Chris, l'm so looking forward to your Christmas en provence quilt's photo. I understand you still have work to do on it, so l'll be as patient as possible.  :-))

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 27, 2021 at 10:25am

Linda, I still have lots of Elvis Presley fabric!  And I haven't even cut into them!

Comment by Linda Koller on February 26, 2021 at 10:06pm


Comment by Kris Howell on February 26, 2021 at 10:01pm

Linda- just pretend you are Riana working with a bunch of orphan blocks, lol

Good luck!  Gonna be fun seeing what you come up with.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 26, 2021 at 9:58pm

Got an email today that my fabric shipped for my Thimbleberries quilt. Meanwhile, I pulled out the Beatles quilt. I don't know what I was thinking way back then. But none of the blocks I had made measure the same. I've started taking some of them apart. Not quite sure what I'm going to do yet but something is forming in my head....that is a dangerous thing!

Comment by Kris Howell on February 26, 2021 at 9:29pm

Riana - I have sandwiched the French Braid quilt, and finished piecing the Jewel Box quilt.  Posted a while back that I had sandwiched the Tapestry and Star Wedding Ring quilts, so I'm right on track!  

Tonight I'm going to make some bowl cozies for ME!!  I've made several sets for other people, and now it's my turn, lol.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 24, 2021 at 1:25pm

Kris, your Jewel Box is gorgeous.  Some of my favorite quilts are ones I put togethr with scraps.  The best thing about them is I can look at them and remember the quilts I made with all the different fabrics, kind of like a trip down memory lane.

Linda, I love your Pansy Stars and that's a great name for it, just beautiful.  My heart goes out to those poor people in Texas having gone through a catagory 5+ hurricaine, but at least it was warm and we didn't freeze to death.  The first people that got to our town was a Salvation Army group from Texas, I hope they got help like we did.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 24, 2021 at 11:00am

Beautiful Jewel Box, Chris with all the color I'm sure the free motion will be hidden and it will all turn out just fine.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 24, 2021 at 10:24am

I can understand why your order may take so long given that Texas has been in emergency mode for quite a bit of time.  My heart went out to the people standing in long lines for water and food.  I watched it all on T.V.  And then lots of people were freezing in the cold.  So as soon as they are O.K. and back to work they will fill your order.  It gives you a chance to start something new in the meanwhile.  

I watched this morning as a caravan of trucks came into our parking lot to take away the excess snow that his accumulated.  I counted 4 truck loads and there may have been more.  And our forecast this morning called for 10 cm. more snow.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 24, 2021 at 10:04am

I just checked on my order. They are just filling orders for Feb. 5. My order was placed on Feb. 8. They were closed for a week due to the weather. So should go out early next week providing Texas doesn't get anymore bad weather.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 24, 2021 at 9:22am

Kris, I love your Jewel Box quilt. Scrap quilts are the best! If this covid ever subsides I'll have to take a shuttle up to Phoenix to visit all my friends some week. I'd love to see your RV and work space, Kris!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 24, 2021 at 8:33am

Chris, I don't think that I could sew with minky.  I was happy when I managed a fleece backing for 2 baby quilts.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 24, 2021 at 8:32am

Kris, I just saw your Jewel Box Quilt.  Did you sew it in a trailer?  I think I remember seeing your setup but this is amazing!

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 24, 2021 at 6:15am

Kris I love your Jewel Box quilt, that is one of my favorite scrap patterns. It is on my list of quilts I want to make one day. I love that you used all scraps too. 

I ordered the minky for the backing of the Christmas En Provence quilt and, according to the tracking information, it should be here today. I need to get it pieced so that quilt is ready for quilting when I eventually get done with Valley Blossoms.

Comment by Kris Howell on February 24, 2021 at 12:37am

The Jewel Box quilt top is mostly done.  It's almost queen size.  When we get back to Ohio I'll add some light blue borders to make it truly queen size.  It's all made from scraps, even the three different blue fabrics, lol. 

Comment by Kris Howell on February 24, 2021 at 12:31am

Linda - those Pansy Stars are gorgeous!  Great job.  Good luck with the coming puppy, too.  I honor you for making kennel quilts for the Texas shelters.  You do really great work.

Comment by Linda Koller on February 23, 2021 at 9:39am

No I don't think it's backordered, Riana. It showed in stock when I ordered. They are located in Texas I discovered which probably explains the delay.

I need to get some kennel quilts made next as the Texan shelters are requesting now. Then I think I'll work on the Beatles quilt next.

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