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 Elizabeth Phillips on July 10, 2021 at 12:31pm

Kris, the French Braid Quilt is beautiful!  It looks great on the bed.  I can see some of the intricate quilting you did.

It makes me want to get back to my quilting.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 10, 2021 at 11:23am

Taking Macska to the vet was a nightmare.  He cried the whole way there in the car and it was a 40 minute trip.  Then, he peed in his carrier.  The vet and his asst. looked after that.  I paid and took him home.  He did a big stinky poo in his carrier and when I got home I gave him a lukewarm shower that he fought like crazy and cleaned out the carrier (gave it a shower too) and changed the litter box.  Now he is hiding under the bed and I am wringing sweat!  My car is going to need airing out too.  I feel like I pood in my pants  - yuck!

As soon as I recover I'm going back to some soothing quilting!  Haha!  the joys of having a cat!

Comment by Linda Koller on July 10, 2021 at 9:42am

Lovely french braid quilt, Kris!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 10, 2021 at 9:03am

Kris, there are 3 restaurants within a few blocks of my condo - Red Lobster, Swiss Chalet, and Montana's.  Any one will be good.  I'll let my friend select the one she likes.  I got my hair cut - same as last year.  I am so happy to be rid of the long locks.  Now to take Macska to the vet and then I'll get back to my quilt. I'm hand sewing the sleeve.

Comment by Kris Howell on July 10, 2021 at 8:25am

Chris - I sure do sympathize with you on the bad backing and having to pick it all out.  That is such a pain.  Good luck with the new backing!  

Riana - I know you'll be glad to get home, even tho you'll miss your granddaughter!  Can't wait to see what sort of surprise your hubby is working on.

Elizabeth - dinner for a quilt sounds perfect to me.  Where will you go eat?  And I saw in another post that you finally got your hair cut.  I'm a month overdue for mine.  My step daughter is a hair dresser and she always does my hair when I'm here, but she hasn't made time to do it yet.  I'd go get it cut somewhere else, but it would hurt her feelings.  Maybe this weekend she'll get to it.  

Today I'm off to watch a granddaughter in a swim meet, and hug a grandson who turns 12 today!!

Comment by Kris Howell on July 10, 2021 at 8:21am

French Braid quilt is done!

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 4, 2021 at 11:33pm

Chris, now that you have a ' customer' who's interested, l know you'll get this PHD done this yr. I love the cuddle factor of minky and fleece. I wonder what made that fabric behave so...usually batik is too dense to do that ( the real kind...same on both sides , not the " printed faux batik")

Comment by Chris Michelle on July 4, 2021 at 10:24pm

Riana-it is an Anthology wide batik backing. I do plan to "skin" the quilt from the back. I have ordered green minky and plan to gift this to my 7 yo grandson since he asked me about it yesterday when visiting.

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 3, 2021 at 12:15am

He's got something up his sleeve, Liz...a project he won't tell me what. I hope l don't come home to a zebra kitchen,lol.

l wish l'd brought my needlepoint ( # 2 PHD), but the roller/ frame was too big for suitcase. Still planning blocks for the travel quilt, though. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on July 2, 2021 at 12:02pm

Today is a little cooler.  I did a big load of groceries this morning.  The grocery store was packed - the day after the holiday.  I stood in a long line - only 2 cashiers on duty.  I did a little machine quilting and I'm going to make lunch now.  Wonder how Dave is making out without you, Riana?  He must miss you.

Comment by Riana Noyes on July 2, 2021 at 11:09am

Oh Chris what bad luck. What fabric line was this? I saw a video on " skinning" a quilt back ofv using a razor with taped edges. The batting protects the top.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 30, 2021 at 1:21pm

Chris, so sorry your are having a problem with your bargello quilt.  I get discouraged when something goes wrong with my quilting too.  I wish that I were there to help you take out all that stitching.  I have done that for several quilts of valour which needed to be requilted.  Save the chore for watching TV and it won't be so onerous.  I am working on my third little wheelchair quilt.  Easy, fast projects can be just the thing to tackle when you need to relax.

There were ominous rainclouds in the sky this morning, but I went for my walk and it turned out O.K.  I had my iced coffee and got home.  Even though rain was forecast, it looks like we escaped.

Comment by Chris Michelle on June 30, 2021 at 12:34pm

Well, the batik backing I used on this bargello performed horribly! It looks like the top thread is pulling through to the back, but it isn't. What it appears to be is the threads in the backing being cut and pulled through the needle holes. I got about 3/4 of the way done on the quilt and decided to stop and pull it off the frame. Some day I will pick out all that stitching and try again, just not sure when that day will be.

I am working on the pink and brown version of Valley Blossoms. Finishing up the final paper pieced units, then need to assemble the borders so I can put the applique on them. This project is going slowly because I have lost my enthusiasm for it, unfortunately. I will keep picking away though.

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 17, 2021 at 10:56am

Have fun, Chris. :-))

Comment by Chris Michelle on June 17, 2021 at 6:10am

To my surprise, my green backing for the Bargello arrived yesterday! I am so excited to get that cut and get my quilt loaded on the long arm. I am hoping to get that done today.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 15, 2021 at 4:54pm

The Fairies Quilt top is finished.  I decided not to put a border on it.  It is 48 x 56.  I intend for it to be a child's 

I finished my Fairies Quilt top.  I decided not to put a border on it.  It will be 48 x 56 and is intended for a little girl.

I baked a baguette for dinner and now I have a baked salmon dinner in the oven.  It's nice to have frozen senior meals ready to pop in when I feel like one.  The portions are small but I get 2 vegetable helpings that are half of the plate.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on June 15, 2021 at 9:55am

Thank you, Chris.  I am ready to sew down my binding on the Christmas Quilt by machine.  I didn't think it needed the "by hand" treatment.  At the same time, I am sewing the rows of my Fairies Quilt.  The pattern called it The Brown Quilt but I don't have any brown in it.  It is all pastels with a predominant fabric with fairies on it.  The pinks are the brightest colours in it.  I sewed the blocks during the sew day on Saturday.  I didn't lay it out - Macska would have gotten into it on the bed so I just varied the blocks as I sewed them into rows.

Macska has changed my routine in the morning.  I get up and dressed and have my breakfast.  Then I empty his litter box and swiffer the whole condo quickly to pick up the cat hairs.  Macska tried to get up on the table when I was eating but I said "no,no" (in English, not Hungarian) and he backed off.  He meowed so much last night wanting to go out.  I spoke to the Vet.'s receptionist and she said the neutering may help or maybe not because the cat was used to going out.

Comment by Chris Michelle on June 15, 2021 at 9:29am

Thank you all for your kind words. Grief is the price of love, unfortunately.

I love the Secret Window quilt Liz.

I have finally been able to find a wide green batik backing for my bargello. I am hoping it will be here next week so I can get that loaded on my longarm. I have dug the pink and brown version of Valley Blossoms out of the project box and begun the final paper pieced units. Still a long way to go on that, as I have to make the border pieces and then do all the machine applique after that. I only have that one and my hand applique Balitmore Christmas on my UFO list for the year.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on June 15, 2021 at 7:46am

Riana, Hope you can relax and have a fun time with gd and family. 

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on June 15, 2021 at 12:50am

Riana, glad you arrived safely and are settled in.  Am sure you will enjoy time with the family.

Chris, sorry to hear of your loss.  Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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