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 Barbara Hughes on March 29, 2021 at 6:25pm

I started quilting a project on my mid arm. It doesn't look real good to start with, but I'm getting better as I go.  I practiced on a yard of fabric until I got the tension right and filled the clothe with writing my name over and over. That was the easiest. When I started my quilt I just filled the blocks with over laping boxes and back and forth lines for the sashing. Easy you may think to start with but I hope to get better as I go down the quilt. I can hide the not so good parts on the back of the chair. LOL!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 27, 2021 at 7:56am

Yesterday, l sold my 13" midarm on 8' frame. The lady wore a mask as l showed her how to use it. In 3 wk., a new 18"longarm on a 10' frame will be arriving! Hubby decided l need a bigger rig now we'll be spending winters here in Canada. I'm sew excited!! So...l have 3 wk. I can concentrate on getting that travel quilt top made < grin>

Comment by Zoetc49 on March 27, 2021 at 1:06am

Elizabeth, I just read your question to me about the homemade quilt on my bed, it it is due to my dogs. My first quilt I have up right now,just because it is put away. But my dogs dig in the quilts and they are large dogs. A cheaper store bought one is better for that.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 24, 2021 at 3:05pm

I did a load of groceries this afternoon.  I am buying food because my meal service is too salty for me.  There are some low sodium dishes so I will try those.  If they still make my ankles swell I'll have to make my own meals.  I bought some containers to freeze some food when I cook because I eat small portions now.

My fabric arrived from Connecting Threads.  I just love what I ordered.  I have some beautiful blue flowered fabric for the backing and a print that looks just like what I used in my quilt from the Azul collection except it is from the Silver Jubilee collection.  The second print is for the border and binding.  And I got a light grey print on sale for my Elephants and Cat.  

My son is hoping that his trailer park will allow him to have visitors this summer.  I would love to spend some weekends there.  I would take some hand work and sit out and sew.  Trailer park rules during covid are regulated by the provincial government so we have to wait.  Trailer season starts in Ontario the 3rd weekend in May.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 24, 2021 at 11:58am

Elizabeth, I'm so glad you had that lovely day and were able to sit outside.  I know that I'm happy to see nice weather just so I can get out and walk a little or take some hand work outside on my patio and watch children playing outside, especially my great grands.  It seems like it has been a long winter, I guess from being so isolated  and missing the family holidays.

I get to take the quilt off the frame today, I'm so happy about that!!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 24, 2021 at 10:01am

Oh yes, Riana, I won't travel until I have my second shot which is scheduled for July 28.  I would like to go to B.C. with my son and his wife like we had planned last June.  My daughter's whole town is getting vaccinated together about the same time as I will be vaccinated.  I think the province wants the town ready for the tourist season.  A lot of Europeans visit the area.  The summer before last my daughter had a lot of air bnb visitors who stayed for several weeks in her large trailer.  She told me if I visit by myself I have to stay in the trailer alone.  I wanted to bunk in with her and Mike but Mike says no.  She told me I could have one of their dogs for company.  I guess Lucy or Cole would be a good protector.  They bark when any animal comes on the property.

And thank you all for your company while I ate breakfast. LOL 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 24, 2021 at 8:41am

Great progress, Liz, and super happy you will be travelling again once it's safe. Maybe you should hold off on your travel quilt a while...it seems you'll be adding to your collection. I see a very large quilt in your future!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 23, 2021 at 6:04pm

I finished free motion quilting my quilt today.  I am now working on making the binding.  My cousin's family is on Family Feud Canada and tonight is their second night.  I hope that they win again and have a chance to win $10,000.  They won last night but did not win the money.  I will watch and cheer for them.  They announced to everyone that they were Hungarians.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 23, 2021 at 6:00pm

Gail, I'm glad that you and your hubby got your first shot.  I have been talking to people who received their shot and they tell me that they were fatigued for several days afterwards.  I'll be prepared to take it easy after I get my shot.

This is the warmest March 23 on record in Ottawa.  I sat outside on the balcony and talked to a friend in Montreal on my tablet.  We were room-mates at a quilt retreat and we would like to do it again.  I plan on travelling after my second shot and it would be nice to combine travel with quilting.  Let me know if you want to go somewhere.  I'll be ready, hopefully.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 23, 2021 at 12:18pm

Elizabeth, my hubby and I got our first shot last Thursday and have an appointment for our second one on April 8. For about two days I felt very tired and my arm hurt.  The needle they use is so small it didn't even leave a mark and you can hardly feel it at all.  I was so happy to have recieved the shot I was God Blessing everyone that was helping at the vaccination site, hubby said I blessed more people than the Pope.  We have been register for the shot for almost 3 months so it was a relief to get it.  I'm so glad to hear you are getting it.

I am almost ready to take my first project, the queen size one off the frame.  I will just have to trim and put on the binding.  Almost three months and finally it will be done.  The next one is a wall hanging, Bumble Bees, for my grand daughter.  This will be a project I can do in my lap and that's a lot easier on my back.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 23, 2021 at 9:33am

Thank you, Barbara.  I will have the vaccine first shot in 2 weeks.  Most of the friends I have talked to get some sort of reaction, such as fatigue or poor sleep.  But it will be good to get it.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 23, 2021 at 9:16am

Liz, hope all goes well with the vaccine. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 22, 2021 at 9:25am

I have my appts. for the covid vaccine.  My son went on-line and got them for me.  He is such a special son.  

Today I will cut out the batting size I need for Kek Nefelejcs.  I also cut some fabric while watching T.V. yesterday evening so I can sew those today.  My #2 quilt for this year's challenge is Elephants and Cat.  The blocks are all pieced.  Next step is to sew them in rows.  I may start that today.  I feel like it is something I can tackle today.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 22, 2021 at 8:49am

Chris I would go crazy just with the 1 ! But 2, you are amazing!!

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 22, 2021 at 6:24am

Thanks Elizabeth, your blue quilt is looking lovely. Blue is my favorite color!

Thanks Barbara and Riana. Green isn't really my thing but I had these strips left from some Hoffman strips after making my youngest son's wedding bargello so I figured I might as well make another. I have made this particular pattern twice before. Certain parts of making bargellos can definitely be tedious, but the end results are worth it.

I didn't get any sewing done this weekend. We spent the weekend making some serious progress on my sewing studio. Started hanging the drywall FINALLY! Got the ceiling done and 3/4 of the walls. Hoping to have it ready to mud and tape this coming weekend. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 21, 2021 at 6:41pm

No problem.  I realized that you were still connected because I could hear you talk to Dave but I ended the call.  My dinner turned out well except I opened a can of Mexican corn and I rinsed the corn before I microed it but I found it salty and spicy.  My salad and baked chicken was good though.  

I hope that some of you listen to the song Ginny found for me.  I still know all the words and love it.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 21, 2021 at 5:46pm

Linda, l hope you just made them into shorts and kept them ( as a souvenir", lol.

Liz got more done than l did. As we were just finished our video chat, hubby openned door with arms full of wood flooring...and l was summoned to help. I think l forgot to " end the call". I hope Liz understands if it caused a problem.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 21, 2021 at 5:21pm

Once I made the mistake of trimming blocks with scissors on my lap....the days before rotary cutters. Yep, I cut my slacks! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 21, 2021 at 3:46pm

Thank you, Ginny.  I listened to the 2 female Hungarian singers sing "Kek Nefelejcs".  It was so beautiful.  It made me cry that you would find the song for me to listen to.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 21, 2021 at 3:32pm

I sewed with Riana this afternoon and got the pieced backing done for the  Blue Forget-me-nots quilt.  I've been sewing 8" finished blocks and realize I will need 35 blocks to make a quilt 50x70.  So I need to cut quite a bit more to make those.

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