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 Linda Koller on March 6, 2021 at 4:37pm

Oh Liz, I love it!

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 6, 2021 at 2:59pm

Great finish Liz!

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 6, 2021 at 12:56pm

Oh, Liz, that's lovely! Those blue/ white borders pull it all together :-)) Did you use 2.5" squares? 3 ?

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 6, 2021 at 12:48pm
Comment by Riana Noyes on March 6, 2021 at 12:43pm

Mary, l'd love to see the duckie socks, but your photo did't load! By the way...check your inbox for an interesting artical l found re: horseback librarians.

Comment by Mary Moore on March 6, 2021 at 12:21pm

duckie socks

I just saw this and couldn't resist sneaking in to let you guys see it too.  Mama Duck is near the toe.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 4, 2021 at 12:59pm

Zoe, I'm sorry that you are having trouble with the person who is supposed to be making shelves for you.  I know when everything is out of its place while the work is going on can be such a nuisance.  I had several renovation projects in my condo and I could hardly wait for the work to be finished.

I make a memory quilt out of  a collection of pink and white fabric that was being sold to make memory quilts.  I made one for my Mom and used an applique of the breast cancer ribbon.  I did it in fusible applique with machine embroidery.  I kept it.  I got the pattern from the Connecting Threads web site.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 4, 2021 at 8:03am

Working mornings on the restoration is already making a difference! I can spot the damaged bits and easily thread needle. Which has reminded me to get out a new pack of needles and thread up various colours to help me with the evening session. I have a good light, but my eyes must get tired, sigh.

Zoe, every single carpenter we've ever hired over the years is the same. Just like us quilters, they under estimate the time needed to complete a project.Then if they must take a sick day or deal with an emergency they get further behind. He'll get to your shelves...keep gently reminding him that you're waiting. Meanwhile, dig out your essentials and work in another place temporarily.

Comment by Zoetc49 on March 3, 2021 at 11:55pm

Elizabeth, the Bargellos are fun, the one I need to be working on is a breast cancer ribbon. Right now I have someone supposed to be working on building shelves.. so my concentration and nerves are shot hearing his excuses. I hope he really will do this and not run off with my money. I am hoping to get back to that and the other UFO's. 

Comment by Linda Koller on March 3, 2021 at 3:01pm

Gail, I need to make some filler blocks to make the strips the same length as the panel strip. Maybe pinwheels. Need a break from it for a few days.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 3, 2021 at 1:14pm

Linda, the Beatles are great.  I like the  a layout. Are you going to put some sashing between the two outside rows so that they are the same length as the middle row?  It's so colorful, so fitting for that era when they were so popular, everything was bright and cheerful.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 3, 2021 at 11:28am

Zoe, I was on a retreat once and one of the participants sitting at the same table with me was working on a very complicated Bargello quilt - the kind that has very narrow strips in it to sew together.  It looked so difficult to me.  The quilt on the cover of your book looks doable but, as you say, you still have to really concentrate.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 3, 2021 at 11:08am

Linda, I definitely like layout A.  So I agree with everyone who expressed a preference.  But, of course, it is your quilt so you can do anything that you like.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 3, 2021 at 11:04am

Ginny, I will try to recover those quilts patterns from Debbie on Birds, Blossoms and Blocks (I don't know if that is the correct name).  Leave it with me for a while.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 3, 2021 at 10:49am

Linda, I should have mentioned the strip sets and then I would have been clearer. The on point 9patches with the strip sets is the section I was referring to. Part have strip sets on the left of the 9Patch and part on the right. I would put them all one way or the other. I love the vivid colors in this. Perfect for the Beatles era! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 3, 2021 at 9:38am

Chris, l understand about the momentum and stops. That's likely because quilting that one requires concentration. Make a " date " with yourself in 1 to 2 hour time slot. Turn off your phone, and tell others this is a " do not disturb " time...(so delegate walking the dog to someone else in the house,lol.) A few of those dates ought to do it...best of luck.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 3, 2021 at 9:38am

Linda, I like the layout on the top. I never dreamed such a beautifully colored quilt  and design could come of the Beatles theme. When I think of the Beatles I think black and white and yellow, for some reason. lol!! It is going to be gorgeous. Your creativity abounds.

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 3, 2021 at 9:22am

Linda, I like the top layout best and I agree with Ginny about the 9 patches either facing in or out. BUT-I tend to be a structure person so unique layouts are not something I typically am drawn to. If you like it better the other way, well...it's your quilt. Do what your heart desires.

I am making VERY SLOW progress on the quilting on my Valley Blossoms quilt. Whenever I start to get a little momentum going, something comes along and stops me. Then I find it very hard to get back into the groove. I have committed to myself that I will not take it off the frame again unless it is to turn it to complete the quilting. It is getting finished before anything else gets on the frame.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 2, 2021 at 9:53pm

Riana, I started with them diagonally, but it made big a quilt....65 x 65 plus.  I want to quilt this one myself. This one will finish approx. 48 x 64. I think I can handle it...I hope. May have to wait for warmer weather...cold nights, warm days....my low back/hips are hurting. I'm doing too much.

I love your idea of vertical borders on either side of the panel blocks. Personally, I like the bottom one too. But it never hurts to get opinions from others.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 2, 2021 at 9:25pm

Gee, Linda, l liked your first idea of having them go diagonally ( l like left top, center, then right bottom. But if you're only considering the two...l like the bottom one, with fillers for smaller blocks and then a vertical border each side of the poster blocks. (  l just knew there was a yellow submarine,Lol!) If , however you placed the posters in a horizontal row...they'd be best in the center. You know that would make a cool wall art, more wide than long. But who has any blank walls? Not me < grin>

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