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 January 18, 2021 at 12:33pm

Thank you, Wilma.  I'm going to get the mail box this afternoon.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 18, 2021 at 11:29am

Elizabeth your quilt is gorgeous as is your label.  Riana, what a great idea about a travel quilt.  Maybe I will do something for us like that to cuddle in our next season (moving from 70s to 80s) ... the years are moving too fast.  Almost finished with 1 PHD.... have about 24” left on binding.  The GFG has two of six sections almost squared; easier now that I have all the hexi’s ready to go.  Also removed all the unneeded papers.  So am moving forward.

Have a great week.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 18, 2021 at 11:13am

Riana, glad that you enjoy repairing your heirloom.  I once was asked by Jim to repair the Dresden Plate quilt he had been using since he was little.  I repaired all the hand quilting breaks but I didn't find it particularly fun.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 18, 2021 at 10:20am

Riana, I think that I will have to limit my travel quilt to a specific location and zoom out from there.  I have a lovely floral square hand batiked in St. Kitt's that I acquired during our Caribbean cruise.  I'll start there.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 18, 2021 at 10:16am

This is quilt #1 3/4 for the 2021 Challenge.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 18, 2021 at 10:15am
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 18, 2021 at 10:14am
Comment by Riana Noyes on January 17, 2021 at 9:50pm

Elizabeth, try this: make a list of every place you've travelled to. Beside each place, put a word or 2 of what you remember most about that place...for instance for me " Cuba" was horse drawn carriage taxis and vintage cars, and Bermuda brings to mind pink houses with white trim. Once you have that done, look for embroidery or applique patterns that show these things. I'm in the process of doing that now. It's rather fun, leliving your travels like that!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 17, 2021 at 5:59pm

I made it all the way around the very outer rim of quilt...Step # 1 done. Going on to step #2, replacing only the worn patches of interior ( l want to save as much of the original quilt as possible.)

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 17, 2021 at 10:56am

Chris, I think the idea of a travel quilt is very exciting!

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 17, 2021 at 10:50am

Riana, that is quite a project you have in front of you, fixing the wedding ring quilt. I can't wait to see it all restored to its original glory. I am also excited to see the traveling quilt and what you create.

Comment by Mary Moore on January 15, 2021 at 8:55pm

Trying to post pictures that were E-mailed of the status of the last tapestry.  I am such a klutz at doing this sort of thing.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 14, 2021 at 8:59pm

Zoe, thankyou. Today l finished basting on the last of the outer scallop replacement sets. Tomorrow, l'll blind hem them on with my 8900 and clear thread. It's a long way around that quilt.                                                                        So, you're putting the label on the leaf quilt then? Beth was quick. Please remember to take photos for us to admire!

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 14, 2021 at 12:22am

Riana, What a special quilt ! So many memories. 

Chris, I am amazed at the projects you are doing, very nice.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 11, 2021 at 8:56am

Yesterday , l made enough arcs to finish replacing those around the outside of the quilt (  l'd done 2/3 of them in Dec. , when my dd brought it to me). So l have some hand basting to do this morning. The closeup shows what l'm up against. It amazes me to see how some fabrics have completly dissintigrated while others remain intact, though faded.The solid blue, which is a polycotton blend, a percale from my drapery days, fared the best ...and l still had some in my stash. The small floral that's on the ends opposite is also still in my stash. It's 100% cotton, and did not wear well at all. But l figure if the quilt makes it another 16 yr., l'll repair it then ( if l'm still alive,lol).

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 10, 2021 at 11:59am

Riana, or anyone else who is doing embroidery or applique that fits the travel theme, let me know if you find some good patterns.  I like doing both techniques in the evening under my very good light.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 10, 2021 at 11:49am

I'm glad that you are participating this year, Riana.  I finished machine quilting #1 1/2 quilt and I'll make some binding today.

Comment by Kris Howell on January 10, 2021 at 12:30am

Riana - good luck with mending that well loved quilt!  It's beautiful and deserves a long life. 

Comment by Kris Howell on January 10, 2021 at 12:30am

Chris - that red and black quilt is stunning, but I love, love, love the pink and brown version!  

Can't wait to see the Green Bargello finished.  It looks fantastic. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 9, 2021 at 8:35pm

I bought the kit before retiring, and put it with my other projects to finish " after l retire" in a cedar chest. It's the only ufo left from that  packed full ' retirement hope chest'.l 'd completed all the others within 3 yr.

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