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.


You need to be a member of UFOs to add comments!

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 22, 2021 at 10:24am

Finally finished the " California" block on my travel quilt...the most challenging one of them all. Golden gate bridge, , mountains, San Fran. Bay, beach, pick ax( gold rush) quail, and California poppies. Raw edged applique.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 21, 2021 at 8:47am
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 21, 2021 at 8:42am

Riana, we haven't touched the Hallowe'en candy yet.  I am waiting to join Linda and Larry for breakfast but I am still stuffed from last night's dinner.  We went to East Side Mario's  - Jim and Lisa, Amy and Phil, Jackson and Suzalie and I.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 20, 2021 at 4:25pm

Liz,are you using the 20 min. rule?Lol!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 20, 2021 at 3:38pm

Wilma, you are so busy!  I have moved enough times to know the experience.  Be sure to rest enough so you don't wear yourself out.  LOL

Suzalie and I  made 2 cuddle quilt tops and backings this afternoon.   She cut and pressed and I sewed.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 20, 2021 at 11:50am

Suzalie and I went to the dollar store and got a gift bag and 2 birthday cards for Phil.  I am giving him a quilt I made.  I made a special label for him and hand sewed it on the back of the quilt.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 18, 2021 at 4:17pm

Making progress on the hand quilting.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on October 17, 2021 at 11:30pm

Dee, good luck with surgery.  Great that you have several projects in the works.

Have been packing and sewing.  Have to quilt some quilts next weekend and need binding for one quilt…have to figure out where the fabric is hidden for binding.  We are up to box 44…Hubby thinks we will hit 200 boxes…I hope not.  Sold off a few things and the association is sponsoring a community garage sale on Nov 5-6.  We hope to offload a few more items.

Liz, you could send some rain this way, we have had clouds but no rain.

Comment by Zoetc49 on October 17, 2021 at 1:43pm

Deanna, Will you be recouping at home? I hope you will feel wonderful soon !

Riana, I forgot about your travel quilt. I bet that does bring back so many memories.  When I was in the Navy and we did a Med. tour,  The prettiest sight I ever saw was going through the Turkish straights. I did not have my camera out so the sight is inside of my head. Now, with internet I might be able to see it again.  I am so glad that I was able to explore 14 countries, half of them not with the service. A travel quilt would indeed be fun.   

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 16, 2021 at 8:23pm

Dee, sending good vibrations your way, both for healing after surgery and for the interview ( job related?).

Liz, you won't believe how doing a travel quilt brings back your travel memories vividly...not just the sights, but also the smells , sounds, people/conversations of each place  while you work through how to represent it in quilt block form , select fabric and sew.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 16, 2021 at 6:31pm

Riana showed me her travel quilt and it is looking really nice with multiple borders around the blocks.  It will be a great souvenir of your travels with Dave, Riana.  I would really like to do one too because Doug and I travelled the world almost and I have such good memories.  I was going to start one earlier but then I felt it was too soon but the time may be arriving where it would be a great pleasure to make some special blocks.  I could make some and start accumulating them to make into a quilt eventually.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 16, 2021 at 6:25pm

My daughter is at her friend's home in Smith Falls and will come to see me on Tues. afternoon.  I'll still do some quilting while she knits or maybe she will help me quilt.  That would be very special but I won't hold my breath.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 16, 2021 at 6:23pm

Deanna, sending my sincerest wishes that your operation goes well and you have a speedy recovery.  I see that you have some quilting projects underway to get you through your recuperation.

I had a really good zoom sew day today.  I finished my Scrap Basket Blues quilt top and I sewed the labels on 2 flannel cuddle quilts.  They are ready for Oct. 21 to deliver.

I sewed a backing 60x60 with the 12 1/2" scrappy squares.  And have a little boy quilt top ready to sandwich.  Just need to cut a batting.

And I started a 6" square flannel quilt 44x55 for a boy.

Comment by Deanna Davis on October 16, 2021 at 10:09am

Today I will be getting things in place for what to do with my leg elevated as surgery is Thursday.  I have a QOV flag with tumbler blocks (not on my list) that I need to make the back out of navy strips left over from a border, and found a piece of batting to use, just need to cut. Will then do outline quilting horizontally so that I can trim and make binding to hand sew.  Then my antique improved nine patch is now trimmed, have flour sack fabric to make bias binding and attach, again so I can be ready to sew binding.  Gnomes (on my list) has two blocks to applique and one is ready for assembly, want to get this to the finished top stage over the next couple days .. I will be busy

AND I have an interview on Monday after my pre admission appointment at the hospital -- send vibes and prayers !! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 16, 2021 at 9:18am

Loved hearing about your progress, Riana.  I have a sew day today.  I am waiting to start at 9:30.  First priority will be the finish my Scrap Basket Blues top.  I am moving my ironing board to the entrance hall right outside my computer room.  Sewing machine will be in the room.

It is raining cats and dogs this morning and it is a very dull day.  Good day for indoor sewing.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 16, 2021 at 8:26am

Re hand quilting dd's restoration of wedding ring quilt is going much better than l thought :-))

Progress on travel quilt as l'm adding frames of various colours to each block ( l was planning on one unifying colour, but the quilt shouted " no!" , lol.

Stalled on the needlepoint...all my outdoor seating is stowed away for season, sigh. Back deck in late afternoon is  my fave place to work on it. Now l must move " indoors"...maybe my mission chair by the fireplace with a strategically place Ott lite?

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 14, 2021 at 6:51pm

I listened to the Quilter on Fire podcast about the new exhibit on the history of American quilts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  It is on now for a year.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 13, 2021 at 12:27pm

On Thursday morning I have the monthly meeting of the new guild I joined - the Kanata Quilt Guild.  Mary Fons is the guest speaker.  I am looking forward to her too.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 13, 2021 at 12:26pm

I enjoyed seeing Jen Kingwell of Australia on Zoom yesterday.  She was in her quilt store and told us about her quilting career and showed us a lot of her quilts.  I just loved hearing about how she does her quilts.  She showed us around her quilt store - she does most of her quilts by hand - both hand piecing and hand quilting.  She makes patterns that can be machine pieced but she prefers working by hand.  I was so taken by her scrappyness.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 13, 2021 at 10:29am

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