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 Theresa McGhee Johnson on May 1, 2021 at 10:33pm

I have completed 4 hand quilted quilts this year 

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 1, 2021 at 9:02pm

Ginny l think we quilters all are creative. We see a pattern and give it our own twist. Here's how l've sketched my version. I've cut my fabrics , but ran out of time...hubby needed help cleaning the dust particals off the new floor after the sandings. Nothing must remain, or the finish he'll be applying later won't be smoothe.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on April 30, 2021 at 6:04pm

I really like the center motif idea that you're going with on your travel quilt, Riana. You are such a creative gal!

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 30, 2021 at 5:49pm

Thanks, Kris. I like your idea of barrel cactus.  

No sewing today ( again!) But the livingroom floor is down, and now comes sanding & finishing. I did manage to audition some fabrics for that center block. But the red l chose turns out to be a " bleeder". So now l'm still selecting. I usually prewash anything coming into stash...but this was a scrap someone gave me. Trying multiple washings in Dawn. We'll see.

Comment by Kris Howell on April 30, 2021 at 3:09pm

Love your New Mexico block, Riana - and yes, it needs more cactii!  Maybe a barrel cactus with its ring of pink or yellow flowers? 

That center block is perfect for your travel quilt! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 29, 2021 at 5:49pm

Chris, you really have done a great job of planning! 

I found a great design on Pinterest to use as center of my travel quilt. I likely will change up the colour scheme. Photo shows it as an entire wall quilt, mine will be much smaller.Liz was so thrilled with her CT order, l just had to see for myself. I was happy to see how efficiently they processed and shipped to Canada. So, thankyou, Liz , for giving me a great source. My stash had become depleated of " near solids", (even my scraps.) It's in the washing machine now.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 29, 2021 at 9:59am

Chris, thank you for recommending movies for me to watch.  I will look for those you mentioned.  We all just love to hear about how your new quilting studio is coming along.

I am sewing on the final grey border on the quilt top today.  It will be 64 inches wide.  I shudder to think about sandwiching and machine quilting it, but I'll manage.  It will be the largest quilt I have sandwiched on the little table, but I've quilted quilts this size before on my Bernina.

My son is keeping me company today.  He is working here.  I had to be very quiet while he had a meeting, so I started a hand applique block.  He bought me 4 cases of sparkling water because they are so heavy for me to carry home from the grocery store.  I made him breakfast and we have decided we will get our lunch at Timmy's.  I haven't had a Timmy's lunch for over a year and a half.  My favourite is the grilled cheese melt with bacon.  We'll eat at home though.

Comment by Chris Michelle on April 29, 2021 at 8:39am

Riana-the plastic that is along the walls will be removed once the tile is finished. It is up there now to protect the new paint from getting dirt and mortar and grout on it during the flooring. We removed the old garage door and put an entry door and windows in that opening. It added a lot of light to the room and is set up so that if I want to one day run a quilting business from this room, I have a separate entry. It will also make it much easier to get the furniture and sewing items in the room. I plan to have a portable A/C in the window and we will be installing a Modine hot air heater in there before winter. We have already run the piping for that, it just hasn't been installed yet. 

I love the New Mexico block! How creative Riana.

Liz, I really enjoy watching TV while I sew so I have run through a bunch of shows and movies on streaming services. I watched "The Professor and the Madman" and that was excellent! We just watched "The United States VS Billie Holliday" and that is an eye-opening movie for sure. I will have to check out the ones you watched. I am always looking for new TV and movies to watch while I sew and with my husband at night after work.

Thank you Ginny, Kris and Barbara-I will be sure to get a video tour of the room once it gets done and set up. I think that will be a while yet, as we still need to grout and trim out the room, and a bunch of other small items that will take time. THEN we need to move everything in and assemble all the IKEA items...maybe one day it will be 100% finished.

Comment by Linda Koller on April 28, 2021 at 10:00pm

Love the kokopelli!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 28, 2021 at 1:41pm

I watched Riana design this block.  It really turned out very well.  The multi-coloured sun looks great too. 

The stars are all on the panel now and I'm adding another magenta border.  Then, I'll measure it - find out how much I need to to make it a single bed size and I'll cut a final border.  Then I have to make the panel for the back a little bigger than the front panel.  The back is just going to get borders - not blocks.

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 28, 2021 at 12:31pm

I believe l'll add more cactus to that lower left area...perhaps in a brighter green.

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 28, 2021 at 12:30pm

Everything computorized unplugged earlier as thunder storms rolled through here early a.m. But l finished this just in time for lunch...we go for our covid this afternoon.

New Mexico...petroglyphs in caves show" kokopelli" the piper, a sign of fertility. Also evident was how the early natives had to aboandon some areas they'd occupied when longtime drought set in, and migrate to areas with water available. So l'm surprised this figure is not for " rain", because it sure seems more important for survival.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 28, 2021 at 9:38am

Yesterday I sewed stars to each side of the panel and this morning I have started on the top and bottom.

I have been watching a few movies as I work.  I saw "Stop the Wedding" "Mank" and "Fishermen's Friends".  I loved the last one and found myself singing afterwards.  I'm doing embroidery in the evenings while I watch T.V. 

All my baby quilts are gone!  I will have to make some more.  The Paisley Elephant pattern is lying in wait.  But I'm staying with Kaitlyn's Quilt.


Comment by Riana Noyes on April 28, 2021 at 9:20am

Chris, love that tile that looks like wood. And l'm pleased to see that moisture barrier along the bottom. If it's snowy/ wet outside the covered garage doors, this will help protect anything from seeping through.l hope you get heat and AC in there ok...that was why l couldn't use my garage attic, just no way.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 28, 2021 at 1:11am

I love to look at new set ups. It gives me ideas for what I can do. Can't wait to see the final pics.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on April 27, 2021 at 8:37pm

What an amazing space you have to arrange and create in, Chris! Can't wait to see the tour when it is all set up! 

Comment by Kris Howell on April 27, 2021 at 7:14pm

Chris, that looks wonderful!  Can't wait to see the finished room and all the wonderful things you're going to make in there!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 27, 2021 at 11:14am

I finished the 20 star blocks to add to the panel I'm working on.  I squared it up after I saw a Utube video on how to do it.  Now I'm putting on a magenta border.  I want the panel to fit a single bed.

Janice, the PSW who works in my building, is coming this afternoon to see a baby quilt I made.  She is looking for one for a female baby and I have the perfect one!  I hope that she likes it and buys it.

Comment by Chris Michelle on April 27, 2021 at 9:11am

Thanks Liz and Linda. The room is 24 x 24 feet, so almost 600 square feet. I am sure that I can fill it up though. I have a bunch of Ikea shelves and cubes, my long arm machine and the new sewing table, plus the cutting and pressing tables I plan to make. We were so wiped out from doing the floors this weekend that I haven't done any other work to get it ready for grout. Hoping to work on that today.

Comment by Linda Koller on April 26, 2021 at 9:30am

Kris, love the floor. Looks like it's a huge room.

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