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 September 29, 2021 at 7:54pm

I'm finishing a little quilt this evening.  It has doggies on it and is 26x26.  I'll take a picture when I get it done.  Tomorrow is a national holiday in Canada - Truth and Reconciliation Day.  We will remember the Indigenous children who lie in unmarked graves on residential school properties.  Jim and Lisa are coming over to have breakfast with me.  We are supposed to wear orange in solidarity but I don't have anything in my wardrobe.  It is a sad holiday - like Remembrance Day on Nov. 11.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 28, 2021 at 9:29pm

This week l'll be looking up my ideas for settings for the travel quilt. I had a few ideas saved on my old tablet, but can't seem to bring up the photos, so l'm scouring my pinterest boards for fresh ideas. Meanwhile, l plug away at the needlepoint whenever it's nice out ( better light out on deck). I'm closing in on the last section.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 27, 2021 at 9:52am

Wilma, I look at the Shabby Fabrics posting almost every day and I would love to do one.  I tell myself once I get the UFOs under control - but that will never happen.  I bought some more fabric: so there go the numbers.

I finished sewing all the blocks for the Scrap Basket Blues.  The blues and browns are in all the wrong places when I pieced the last block.  Just used what was cut.  Now to press them.  I unpick the threads after cutting the blocks apart so the furl is easy-peasy.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on September 26, 2021 at 10:00pm

Chris, love your block.  I just started Shabby Fabrics BOM “Too Cute to Spook”.  Put together part f first block, but will miss several as they are being sent to SIL house.  Will catch up when we move.  

Comment by Ginny Andersen on September 25, 2021 at 5:20pm

The #7 block is so cool, Chris! The antlers look "glittery" and even more magical!....maybe it's just my eyes...anybody else?

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 24, 2021 at 5:39pm

Chris, that looks like a great block for your Christmas Album Quilt.  I think that I would like a project  like yours.  Maybe someday!  I like to fuse and hand embroider.

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 24, 2021 at 9:34am

Thanks Riana! The sleigh was quite challenging on this one due to that really tight curve and how close it is to the body of the sleigh. The antlers on the reindeer were no joke either!

I haven't found the motivation to sew these things yet, but I do have them stored in a travel case that keeps everything together for when I am ready. For some reason, I seem to be more motivated to make the pieces right now so I figure I might as well ride that wave until it passes. Hoping I can get everything pieced and fused to the background, then it will become my take-along project when I want to go somewhere and can't take my other sewing.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 23, 2021 at 9:09pm

Fabulous block , Chris.l'd be itching to stitch those sooner than later. I hope you protect these blocks in a sturdy " project box" .lt would be heartbreakingvto lose a piece.

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 23, 2021 at 1:12pm

I completed all the pieces and laid it out on the background for block #7 of the Baltimore Christmas quilt. This is called "midnight flight" and will have emboidered chain stitiches for the harness for the reindeer. I haven't gotten the blocks sewn down yet, but I have been making progress on piecing the applique on this one. I think next year might actually be the year I get this done!

Comment by Linda Koller on September 19, 2021 at 10:20pm

Love your Maui block, Riana

Comment by Ginny Andersen on September 19, 2021 at 6:06pm

The Maui block feels very tropical, Riana, so you did good! It will be fun to see how this travel quilt goes together, for sure! 

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on September 19, 2021 at 4:10pm

That looks wonderful, Riana.  We love Maui and we’re married on the beach in Kapaloa….not much beach left anymore.  We have made it to Oklahoma City.  Tomorrow we head to Little Rock Arkansas…getting closer to our destination.  Realtor called to let us know he was showing house today at 4pm.  Maybe we will be lucky.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 19, 2021 at 9:55am

yay, l think l'm done all theblocks for my travel quilt. NOW comes the " how to arrange them" puzzle.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 14, 2021 at 5:50pm

The Maui block is lovely!  I am going to hand stitch the binding of a cuddle quilt while the virtual meeting of the quilt guild is going in.  I have a baby boy cuddle quilt ready to machine quilt tomorrow.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on September 14, 2021 at 12:45pm

Loving all the great projects I am seeing in here, Gals! Wonderfully creative! Beautiful work! 

 I am in the same boat Riana! Waited way too long to be seen and am paying for it now. Live and learn...

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 13, 2021 at 5:37pm

What a beautiful block Riana. I can't wait to see it all finished.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 13, 2021 at 4:31pm

The block for Maui ( travel quilt) is fused and ready for stitching down and embroidered words. The white part is only temporary so l can hoop it with stabilizer. It comes off after stitching.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 13, 2021 at 10:08am

I opened the door to feed my second cat, Mia, and she escaped into the hall.  Luckily, I persuaded her to come back in.  I gave her water and set up her automatic feeder with 14 cubes and she ate her first helping in a flash.  Then I did her litter.

I'm sewing a cuddle quilt for a baby boy with 3"  flannel squares and I am ready to machine quilt another cuddle quilt with cotton fabric.  It has teddy bears and blue and red fabric but it could do for a girl or boy, I think.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 13, 2021 at 10:03am

Your koala block is great now that the nose is where the nose goes, Riana!  Haha!  It is so easy to make a mistake, especially when you aren't feeling great.  Yesterday when I was ironing my big quilt, I got right to the the last sweep of the iron and I cut a thread and took a bitty slice into the fabric.  I had to fuse and hand buttonhole a circle without disturbing the ironed part of the quilt.  And I haven't got an excuse because I was well.

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 12, 2021 at 8:13pm

Thank you Liz, Kris and Riana. I’ve made several Bargello quilts. The process can be a bit tedious and boring, but the end results are just so cool that I keep doing them. 

Kris, all of them are going to get Bargello in their favorite colors. I feel like these are quilts they won’t age out of and can be appropriate for years.

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