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 February 21, 2021 at 9:08am

Linda, how nice it will be for you to have a new puppy!  I was wondering too, like Barbara, whether you know about or have seen the doggie you are getting.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 21, 2021 at 7:37am

Linda, So you're expecting??? Have you picked him out yet or will you do that after you've  collected more pennys? I do hope he is as charming as little Indy is. I hope they come through with the pansy fabric you are hoping for. 

Comment by Linda Koller on February 20, 2021 at 5:00pm

While I'm waiting for the fabric for my Thimbleberries pansy quilt to come in, which is taking forever, I pulled out my other pansy quilt and I'm putting on the borders today. Just have the final outer border to do. My bp is very low today and my back is achy, so taking it slow. Hope to finish the top tomorrow afternoon after Bible study. Don't know when I'll get any of these quilts quilted since every spare penny is going toward the new puppy and his training.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 20, 2021 at 1:53pm

I am putting in time every day at the frame working on my daughters quilt, getting kind of tired of looking at it but it's coming along nicely.  I have the top put together for the Honey Bee wallhanging and it has worked out good.  I didn't have a definate plan for it, just five blocks that were machine embroidered that I found on e-bay.  I decided to make it really simple, just those five blocks and four 4-patch blocks, sashing and a border.  I wanted those embroidered blocks to stand out.  I think my grand daughter will love it.

Riana, I know exactly what your talking about, having to replace worn out places, they seem to multiply overnight.  I repaired a very large yo-yo for a friend and I think it ended up with more replacements then originals.  Glad I had all those 1930s fat quarters to use.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 19, 2021 at 9:23pm

Chris, would it be so bad if you " cheated" and machine appliqued that Christmas applique quilt? I hand appliqued my Life in Autumn Woods quilt, and wasn't happy with the look ( l do have experience), so l went over the edges with machine and bingo! ... the pieces stood out nicely. I did hand quilt it. 

Someone must be adding worn out pieces to this wedding ring quilt at night when l'm not watching! < frown>.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 18, 2021 at 6:28pm

Dee, love the QOV. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 18, 2021 at 10:06am

Deanna-Love that QOV. I have made a few and find them quite gratifying to give.

Thanks everyone for the nice words about my En Provence Christmas quilt. This one will actually be staying at my house. At least, that is my plan for now. I got some work done on the Valley Blossoms quilting, but I am waiting for a digitizer to respond to my email to purchase a few patterns for this quilt to use on my Pro-Stitcher. As soon as I have those, I can advance my quilt and will be about 1/4 done. I have had no desire to work on my Christmas applique quilt. I need to buy some other thread and maybe re-make a few of the pieces. Just not feeling it.

Comment by Deanna Davis on February 17, 2021 at 4:00pm

Chris - gorgeous !!

I have been on vacation stuck in the house with a ton of snow this week .. making progress on gnomes, finished large bottom block and put sashing on the sides of the bottom section I could. Now choosing fabrics for gnomes bodies and hats for next blocki also put my QOV on the wall after taking off the wonky borders, rewashed and reironing pieces to remeasure and since I have tan thread on machine will stitch it back on and cross this one off the list 

stitch on and stay warm all .. Arkansas doesn't know how to handle all this snow. Hahaha

Comment by Kris Howell on February 17, 2021 at 10:48am

Chris - that quilt is stunning!  I know you are going to enjoy it a lot more than just at Christmas time.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 16, 2021 at 6:04pm

Chris I love your Christmas Quilt ... great job.  Imagine that it will be warm and cuddly with minky on the back.  Lucky person who will be gifted this quilt.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 16, 2021 at 5:01pm

Chris, I think that the snow just added to the Christmas feel of your quilt.  I expect the quilt will be happy to have some minky on its backside, I know that I would after having my picture taken in the snow.

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 16, 2021 at 2:34pm

Thank you Linda, Riana and Barbara. I am happy overall with how the Christmas fabrics look in that quilt. My husband loves it also, and my grandson Jameson was super excited about it when he was visiting this weekend. he even took some photos of it with his tablet to show others.

I did manage to get Valley Blossoms back on the frame but I am struggling with getting my designs to modify and fit the block like I had before. Too long since I worked on it, now I can't remember some of what I did already. I have decided to not try to give it show quality quilting. I just want it done and ready for my bed. Less quilting, simpler patterns, more meandering in the open spaces will help finish it faster.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 16, 2021 at 10:38am

I'm working on the backing of Hearthside Harmony.  It's going to be another scrappy pieced backing.  Suzalie went out in the snow to deliver a package of documents and buy some groceries.  The strip mall is right out our back door and she wanted to get some fresh air.  We've been cooped up way more than she normally is at home.

I will miss her when she goes home on the 20th.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on February 16, 2021 at 10:01am

The minky sounds nice on the back. It is beautiful Chris.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 15, 2021 at 9:17pm

Chris, that's a real beauty, and the black print binding will be perfect :-))  My grandd wants a quilt more her age too...but instead of making it for her, l've been giving her lessons and she's sewing it herself.

Still plugging away at hand appliquing the replacement parts of restoration job. I keep finding more that are damaged :-(

Comment by Linda Koller on February 15, 2021 at 8:21pm

Gorgeous, Chris! WOW!

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 15, 2021 at 4:26pm

Thanks Ginny. I want to get my UFO's finished so I can add some new quilts I need to make to my list. All 4 of my grandsons have asked for new quilts since they all have ones I made when they were very young. My husband has requested a Mariner's Compass to keep in the boat for when he spends the night camping in it. I want to make the Dinner Plate Dahlia and Coral Reef patterns from Quiltworx this year too. So much I want to make, so I need to clean up these ones I already started. All this in the middle of remodeling our garage into my quilting studio and remodeling the bedrooms and kitchen in our house. Not having to commute for work has really put some time back into my schedule for doing things I enjoy.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on February 15, 2021 at 3:47pm

Beautiful, Chris! Your commitment and "get it done" attitude is inspiring!

Comment by Chris Michelle on February 15, 2021 at 2:49pm

Finished piecing the top today! Christmas En Provence is ready to be quilted. I have decided I want to put a tan minky on back to make this a super cuddly winter quilt so I just ordered that and will wait for it to come in. While I wait, I want to get my Valley Blossoms loaded on the long arm again and get myself motivated to finish that before I get the backing for this one. I will make the binding for this today, I think I am going to use the black fabric with the Christmas stockings that I used in the top for binding. 

Comment by Linda Koller on February 13, 2021 at 2:30pm

Waiting for it to come in, Riana.

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