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 Deanna Davis on May 23, 2021 at 7:12pm

Wilma ~ that is awesome! Just getting my wee cubbies up I was excited  lol 


Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 15, 2021 at 6:27pm

Thank you, Ginny.  I quilted for hours today from early morning until dinnertime.  I ate and then did a load of groceries.  Tonight I will probably quilt again.  I have a Rectangle Pizzazz laying out on my living room floor.  My place is just one big quilt studio.  That's what happens when you live alone.  

Comment by Ginny Andersen on May 15, 2021 at 12:32pm

Wow, Chris! That is some amazing storage! I'd be excited, too!

Such a sweet little pink quilt, Elizabeth! You are really getting after it! 

Comment by Linda Koller on May 14, 2021 at 10:32pm

Liz, I can't keep up! LOL I'm back to working on small items.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 14, 2021 at 3:42pm

Forgot to mention on my Rosebud Baby Quilt - the binding I made from the Kaffe Fassett fabric I received from Jim and Lisa for Mother's Day.

I have started another quilt - the Berry Patch.  Tomorrow I will work on it at the sew day.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 14, 2021 at 3:40pm

This is the fifth quilt I have made this year - the Rosebud Baby Quilt.  I used the lovely fabric that my daughter Suzalie gifted me at Christmas.  The light blue backing was the fabric which I received from Melanie.  I free motion machine quilted it in rosebuds and swirls.

Comment by Chris Michelle on May 14, 2021 at 10:08am

Thank you Liz. I am pretty excited it is finally at the move in stage.

That is a great idea too Riana! I have several quilts just hanging out in the guest room right now without a bed to be displayed on. We will see what the shelving space looks like when I get everything moved. I have all my fabric in and haven't even used 3 full cabinets at this point. I still have project boxes and boxes of squares from swaps, orphans etc that will all need homes too. The moving in has just begun.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 14, 2021 at 9:55am

Chris, your storage cupboards are lovely.  You have lots of room for fabric and all the supplies you will need when you start up your business.  

I have another sew day coming up tomorrow.  I will work on a quilt called Berry Patch using my Bethany Reynolds fabric.  I made an order of fabrics I need from Connecting Threads this week:  4 yds. of white, 4 yards of cream and 2 yds. of lilac ice. and a set of pastel  threads and a gadget to close my pins.  This evening my son and DIL are coming over for dinner.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 14, 2021 at 9:38am

I got up a little after 5am this morning and sewed the last seam in the backing for my charm quilt, then I went back to sleep.  Now that I am up and have had my breakfast I will press the entire backing.  Still have to make the binding for the baby girl quilt.  It is a nice sunny day here.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 14, 2021 at 7:54am

I meant Edyta...

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 14, 2021 at 7:17am

Chris you can do as Anita Sytar does and display finished quilts neatly folded in some of them :-)) Happy " nesting"!

Comment by Chris Michelle on May 13, 2021 at 9:35pm

Thank you Linda and Riana. Those are IKEA Billy bookcases with the glass doors. I wanted to try to keep the dust off the fabrics as best I could. I started moving my fabrics in tonight and I don't think I will even come close to filling half of these shelves! Guess I need more fabric...lol

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 13, 2021 at 8:21pm

Hubby says 2 more days, and we can at least start moving furniture back. Can't wait, because l've heard Tammy's restoration quilt whimpering from back behind/ under the stuff stacked in den. And my pattern books are in a bookcase on the back wall ( unreachable now) with my " Netherlands" pattern for travel quilt.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 13, 2021 at 8:16pm

Chris, WOW!  Those are fabulous...are they lkea? 

Comment by Linda Koller on May 13, 2021 at 6:30pm

Now that is wonderful storage, Chris!

Comment by Chris Michelle on May 13, 2021 at 4:48pm

Cabinets are all in and I have one more double-dresser style piece to assemble and then everything will be ready for moving in! I am going to start putting fabric in the cabinets tomorrow. Here is one wall with cabinets. I have one book case that didn't fit that wall so I had to put it in another corner. Should have plenty of storgage now.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on May 12, 2021 at 10:30am

Kris I've go o ge ha book!!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on May 12, 2021 at 10:19am

Kris, Thank you.  The villains side would be better than the princesses side if I would have quilted it from that side.  As it was, I used purple Aurifil on the right side and pink Aurifil on the back so the quilting would not detract from the faces as much.  I still haven't  heard if Kaitlin liked it.

Today I am ready to sandwich a baby girl quilt.  I used the last of the elephants fabric in this quilt.  Last night during the virtual meeting I pinned all the blocks of a Christmas Jelly roll Jam together.  The fabric really does not look pleasing  to me, but I should finish it.  Maybe once it is together and if I put a border on it, I will feel differently about it.

Comment by Kris Howell on May 12, 2021 at 8:25am

Riana - sewing with kids is always fun, and I'm glad to see another quilter being launched.  I have a zippered bag project for my granddaughter, and possibly for my grandson, too, when school is out. 

Liz - I think I like the villains side of that quilt better than the princess side!  You did a fantastic job on all the stars.  They really make that quilt. 

Barbara - your missing letter posts remind me of a great book from a few years back:  Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. In it, a letter falls off the sign post of the village, and the city council announces it is a sign, and everything written needs to NOT use that letter.  Other letters fall off, and each one is now a forbidden letter.  The whole story is told in a series of written letters and quotes and it's amazing to see how people managed to communicate with out letters of the alphabet.  I must get a copy of that book and re-read soon.

Comment by Kris Howell on May 12, 2021 at 8:20am

Wilma and Chris - congrats on your lovely sewing spaces. 

Chris - I particularly like your colors, as they are my favorites for walls and trims, too.  Have lots of fun setting up and using them.

Wilma - glad your cabinets finally went in.  Now to fill them up with fabric, right?

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