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 Chris Michelle on March 7, 2021 at 9:23pm

Great job Linda! I love the colors and fabrics. So fun!

Comment by Linda Koller on March 7, 2021 at 7:29pm

Forgot to post the photo of the Beatles top.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 7, 2021 at 3:58pm

Thank you, Barbara.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 7, 2021 at 3:29pm

Hearthside Harmony is beautiful, Liz.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 7, 2021 at 3:16pm

Finished the Beatles top. Not sure when I'll get around to quilting as my master bath is getting torn up this week and there will be workmen walking thru the house over the next 2 weeks. Had a major leak that has damaged the drywall behind the tile work, the floors, and even gone thru to the wood siding outside. I can't even sleep in  the master bedroom due to mold. There is a possibility that I may have to go to a motel if the work causes me any breathing issues. The guy from Eco-Dri assures me that insurance will cover everything including a motel if it becomes necessary. He is handling all the insurance issues.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 7, 2021 at 8:18am

Thank you, Wilma.  I haven't got to my 2nd Ph.D quilt yet.  I changed my mind and I will work on my Hungarian quilt next.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 6, 2021 at 10:29pm

I picked up fabric for binding today, so should finish 2nd PHD this week...Dresden Neighborhood.  
I love your quilt, Elizabeth.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 6, 2021 at 9:40pm

Thimbleberries fabric arrived today and it's perfect!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 6, 2021 at 7:24pm

Thank you, Ginny.  I didn't take a photo of the back but I made it out of the usual scrappy pieced 12 1/2" blocks but I made my own label using fabric crayons - they turn out much brighter than the ordinary crayola crayons I normally use.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 6, 2021 at 7:20pm

So pretty, Elizabeth! Is this done with a Split 9 Patch block? Your colorway is wonderful!  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 6, 2021 at 5:26pm

Thank you everyone!  Linda, I'm glad that you like the Hearthside Harmony.  It is from Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith's book "Super Simple Fat Quarter Quilts".  I used 2 1/2" squares - all scraps.  I've made another quilt from the book called "Ashley"  which is a square matched with a block made up of a rectangle and 2 squares.

I guess you must be looking forward to your Thimbleberries fabric arriving, Linda.  But you must be almost ready to quilt your Beatles project.

Riana, I probably would have skipped the border but it was my daughter's idea and she told me she liked the border too.

Zoe, thank you for the card.  It makes me feel special to have such caring friends on this site.  I feel fortunate that I have this place to share my quilting with you and all the other things that we talk about and help each other through.

I want to share with you too that Zoe sent me a fabulous pattern to make a scrap happy 37 x 40 wall hanging of a sewing machine.  It can be expanded into a lap quilt with the addition of some borders.  Thank you for your kindness, Zoe.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 6, 2021 at 4:38pm

I'm working on Beatles quilt today. Thimbleberries fabric should arrive Monday.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 6, 2021 at 4:37pm

Oh Liz, I love it!

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 6, 2021 at 2:59pm

Great finish Liz!

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 6, 2021 at 12:56pm

Oh, Liz, that's lovely! Those blue/ white borders pull it all together :-)) Did you use 2.5" squares? 3 ?

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 6, 2021 at 12:48pm
Comment by Riana Noyes on March 6, 2021 at 12:43pm

Mary, l'd love to see the duckie socks, but your photo did't load! By the way...check your inbox for an interesting artical l found re: horseback librarians.

Comment by Mary Moore on March 6, 2021 at 12:21pm

duckie socks

I just saw this and couldn't resist sneaking in to let you guys see it too.  Mama Duck is near the toe.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 4, 2021 at 12:59pm

Zoe, I'm sorry that you are having trouble with the person who is supposed to be making shelves for you.  I know when everything is out of its place while the work is going on can be such a nuisance.  I had several renovation projects in my condo and I could hardly wait for the work to be finished.

I make a memory quilt out of  a collection of pink and white fabric that was being sold to make memory quilts.  I made one for my Mom and used an applique of the breast cancer ribbon.  I did it in fusible applique with machine embroidery.  I kept it.  I got the pattern from the Connecting Threads web site.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 4, 2021 at 8:03am

Working mornings on the restoration is already making a difference! I can spot the damaged bits and easily thread needle. Which has reminded me to get out a new pack of needles and thread up various colours to help me with the evening session. I have a good light, but my eyes must get tired, sigh.

Zoe, every single carpenter we've ever hired over the years is the same. Just like us quilters, they under estimate the time needed to complete a project.Then if they must take a sick day or deal with an emergency they get further behind. He'll get to your shelves...keep gently reminding him that you're waiting. Meanwhile, dig out your essentials and work in another place temporarily.

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