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 Zoetc49 on November 27, 2021 at 9:02pm

Riana, that is so pretty. I love that you added butterflies to the quilt pattern.

Comment by Linda Koller on November 27, 2021 at 8:15pm

Looking beautiful, Riana! I'm sure Liz is looking down and smiling.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 27, 2021 at 12:48pm

I'm at the half way point now, though l will be turning the quilt so my side borders will go smoothely.

Comment by Chris Michelle on November 24, 2021 at 12:50pm

Riana, you sure are doing Liz proud on that quilt. I am sure it will be a treasured heirloom for the granddaughter. 

I am open to a FB group or some other method to keep the PhD group going. I have made a lot of progress on my partially finished project after joining the group. Not to mention the friends whose encouragement has made my days brighter. Anyone have ideas?

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 23, 2021 at 9:12pm

More done on Liz's quilt. I'm near 1/4 way mark. I've planned how the common elements are being quilted, but the blocks take longer as each one is different. I'll post photos after l pass the half way mark later this week. 

My restoration quilt's hand quilting is slowly progressing, butvthe travel quilt and needlepoint must wait for Liz's quilt before more is done on those.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on November 21, 2021 at 11:48am

You're doing a wonderful job on Elizabeth's quilt, Riana. She would be so pleased! 

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 20, 2021 at 2:16pm

Riana, that is amazing !  I just always thought everyone had a digital computer. What I think is great too is that you have a steady hand, I don't think I could do that. It is so very pretty !

Comment by Kris Howell on November 20, 2021 at 10:58am

Riana, that border quilting is stunning!  You are so talented in that area.  Liz would indeed be pleased with it.  

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on November 20, 2021 at 1:14am

Love your quilting, Riana.  I am sure Liz is approving from above.  It will be beautiful.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 19, 2021 at 9:18pm

Zoe, my longarm machine is not set up with the digital control works, it's simply a machine without feeddogs and enough room for stitching on a frame. So l used those cardboard templates to draw on quilt using dissappering ink pen and did the feathers etc. freehand fmq. I draw designs first to plan what l'll be stitching. Sometimes l chose what others have done, but l prefer to invent my own :-))

Comment by Linda Koller on November 19, 2021 at 8:04pm

That is beautiful, Riana. I think Liz would be pleased.

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 19, 2021 at 4:59pm

I don't have a long arm, and do not plan to get one.. but, when you design this do you draw it out in your machine?\ Riana, this is very pretty ! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 19, 2021 at 1:40pm

This is the border l designed for Liz's last quilt. And here  is the first border stitched out.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 18, 2021 at 9:43pm

Today l sewed the backing for the quilt top Liz made for her granddaughter. I've been planning how to quilt it, and have come up with some solid ideas...still deciding about borders, tnough.

Still plugging away at hand quilting the PHD restoration quilt ( it sure is big!). My fingers have good hand quilting calouses now,lol.

My travel quilt's on hold until Liz's quilt is done & sent off.

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 17, 2021 at 7:45pm

Chris, please check my message to you on your inbox ( top right corner of any page).

Comment by Chris Michelle on November 17, 2021 at 5:04pm

Did I miss something? The site is going away? 

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 17, 2021 at 8:08am

 I have the fabric for Liz's quilt back in wash to preshrink. Next l'll iron and figure out a plan.

Zoe, I was thinking the same about copying Liz's remarks/ postings, but then l recall she would post much of same on fb which they already have access to.

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 17, 2021 at 5:25am

Riana, it will be fun to see what you do with Liz's last quilt.

I do hope we will all figure out something, someway for us to continue. I am sad knowing that this site will go away.

Riana, I hope you will reach out to Liz's family and encourage them to copy what their mom wrote in these pages and her pictures. It would be too much for you to do all of that.   

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 16, 2021 at 9:57am

Zoe, the backing fabric is indeed a paler shade of that bright aqua, but is too noticably off. The reverse side of it blends a bit better. Given the overall modern pastel look, l've found a brown mixed subtle print l've decided on. Yes...great idea...a fun block sewn within the addition will make it " Liz style"    :-))

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 16, 2021 at 12:03am

Can you match up the fabrics in the window block on the front , it is what I am calling it.. and do something fun on the back with those colors? 

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