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 12, 2021 at 4:37pm

Wow, Chris!  You have the rest of the year planned out.  I am sandwiching a cuddle quilt this evening.  I just got back from looking after my neighbour's cat.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 12, 2021 at 2:04pm

Riana, as I said to someone, not that much flannel in the pile - more cottons.  It is a lot of ironing.  I think it is going to sit there for awhile.  I bought kitty fabric at the estate sale.  I would like to make some blocks eventually.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 12, 2021 at 2:00pm

Kris, I am really impressed by the map quilt for your second grandson.  It is a beautiful quilt and a teaching tool too.  What do you call it?  The pillowcases are very nice too.

Macska was sick again yesterday.  I had been hoping that he had recovered.  Today he has been well and eaten almost a small can of his wet cat food.  I am looking after a neighbour's cat starting today.  She will get wet food at 5:oopm.

My Seamless Serenity Quilt top (87x87) is done and hanging up in the closet.  I have some wide backing and I will cut a piece and press it next.

I have a question.  I am going to piece my medium weight fleece.  I could iron a 1 1/2" wide iron-on sheer interfacing to the back of the join.  Should I zig-zag it on the front?

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 12, 2021 at 1:22pm

Chris, l've never tried a bargello quilt. I see why your grandson is pleased.

Working on my Maui block today...just taking it slow. Hopefully l can make to Tues. when l have a telephone conference with doc. I really don't want to go to emerge. Drinking lots of water, and staying away from sugars.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 12, 2021 at 1:18pm

Fighting off a bladder infection and taking it easy today. Yesterday when l began feeling ill, l messed up my " Australia" travel quilt block. A bit of unpicking this morning, and l got it right. My hubby went to Australia alone many yr ago on a business trip.

Comment by Kris Howell on September 12, 2021 at 1:10pm

The grandsons are 4 - more or less, lol.  One turned 4 in August, and one will be 4 in October.  They haven't seen the quilts yet.  I might drive up there next week and deliver them.  Even with gas at $3 a gallon it would be cheaper than mailing them!! 

Chris - that Bargello quilt is wonderful!!!!  I'm not surprised your grandson loves it.  Are all the grandsons getting bargello quilts? 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 12, 2021 at 10:29am

Chris, another spectacular quilt!  The blues are beautiful.  I'm glad that your grandson loves it.  All that hard work is worth it.

I just sewed the last seam in my Seamless Serenity.  I will press it today.

I picked Geeta's name for my quilt "Granite and Gold".  Thank you all my friends who submitted names.  If I had a different label I would have added all the names.  My daughter helped me select it.  Did I tell you, she will be visiting me on Oct. 19 -29.  We are thinking of taking a trip to Windsor (across the river from Detroit).  It's a long drive and would take up lots of our visiting time.  Maybe we should fly?

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 12, 2021 at 10:18am

Another great quilt Kris! I love using minky backing, I just wish it came in 108 inch wide pieces so it didn't have to be pieced for larger bed-sized quilts. 

How satisfying, Riana, to be nearing the end of such a large project. 

I am working on grandsons quilt #3 right now. All the strips are sewn and sub-cut, now I am putting them in the "puzzle piece" order the designer gave me, then I can start sewing them. I didn't know we could post photos of quilts that aren't on our PHD list here. Here is the one I just finished for my grandson last week. He was so happy when I gave it to him and texted me that he loves it just this week! This is an Eileen Wright pattern called SuperNova.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 12, 2021 at 9:59am

Your second grandson's quilt will be a hit, Kris! How old is he?

Liz are all those flannels from the estate sale? (?l can't comment on main ufo page...there seems to be a glitch today).

Comment by Kris Howell on September 12, 2021 at 8:53am

Riana - Visions of the East is not going to get done this year.  I will sandwich it while in AZ over the winter, and quilt it next summer.  Same with Jewel Box quilt. 

For the rest of this year I'll be finishing a doll house quilt for 3 year old granddaughter for Christmas, quilting the Kaleidoscope, and an Ohio star table topper.  

I must find another piecing project, though, or the doll house quilt is going to drive me nuts.  It's all applique which is my least favorite thing to do......but it's totally adorable, lol! 

Comment by Kris Howell on September 12, 2021 at 8:48am

Thank you all for the kind words on the Planets quilt. I like working with minky and it was Riana who taught me how, lol.  The animal quilt has minky on the back, too. 

I use a very thin cotton batting with it, and Olfa 505 spray to put it together.  Then I use my walking foot on the sewing machine and run several top to bottom and side to side lines with vanishing thread in the bobbin. That keeps it all together very nicely!  It's actually quite easy to quilt because the minky slides very easily.  

Comment by Kris Howell on September 12, 2021 at 8:41am

Second grandson quilt finished.  I made a couple pillowcases out of some fun fabric I had acquired awhile ago. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 9, 2021 at 11:47am

That is so satisfying, I'm sure, to be able to finish your needlework project, Riana.  Keep it up now that the end is in sight.

I went to see the kitty I will be looking after.  She is beautiful - a long haired cat - mostly white with some brown and black.  She is so friendly, just like Macska.  She has an automatic feeder - fill it in the morning and it automatically opens at certain times.  Her dry food is composed of cubes and she gets 14 cubes for each feeding.  Then, there is the wet food and water.  The litter box is a big one and only has to be looked after every 2nd day.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 8, 2021 at 8:05pm

I can see the end!

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 6, 2021 at 8:33pm

Too funny Kris, I am also making quilts for my grandsons. Also, all of them are going to be backed with Minky! I just finished cutting the strips for #3 of4 and delivered #2 today. I’m making them all large Bargello quilts. Figured they won’t outgrow them that way. Your planet quilt is….out of this world.

Comment by Linda Koller on September 6, 2021 at 11:48am

Cool quilt, Kris

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 6, 2021 at 9:31am

Kris, the Planets Quilt will be a big hit with your grandson.  It is just out of this world!  And you used Minky on the back - did that make the quilting tricky?

I am going to sandwich a flannel quilt today.  And I have to remember that today is the puppy shower.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 6, 2021 at 9:06am

Cool planet material, Chris. And the quilting is just right.

Comment by Kris Howell on September 6, 2021 at 8:48am

Comment by Kris Howell on September 5, 2021 at 6:42pm

One grandson quilt is done.  Top corner is folded over to show the backing - Minky, also in planets!!!  Now I'll start the other grandson quilt which is animals. 

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