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.


You need to be a member of UFOs to add comments!

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 21, 2021 at 2:38pm

Oh, Riana! Thanks for the morning laugh! How many of us can say we've done the exact same thing doing some sort of handwork in our laps?! It brought to mind me standing up and the item hanging off me. Snowball is very cute pink! LOL

The vivid blue in your quilt is gorgeous, Elizabeth! What a sad, timely song name. I am going to search out that song title. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 21, 2021 at 1:58pm

Gail, you are so right...it appears some pieces of the old fabric are dissintegrating on one side as l work on the other. This a.m. l got an early start, only to find l'd  basted the quilt to my pj's, sigh. Snowball was worse than this...l'd brushed him off before photo,lol!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 21, 2021 at 1:52pm

Gail, the title will be Kek Nefelejcs, translated to be "Blue Forget-me-nots".  It is another Hungarian song that talks about a person who is sick and going to die soon and wants a funeral wreath made with blue forget-me-nots.  My grandfather taught it to me when I was young and we sang it often.  It is a song sang at a burial service at the cemetery.  I never realized how sad the song is until now.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 21, 2021 at 11:55am

Elizabeth, the blues in your quilt are really very pretty.  I can't wait to hear what its name will be when it's finished, maybe Blue Skies.

Riana, it's been my experience that the restoration jobs seem endless.  Just when you think you've got it all done you notice another spot that needs a little help.  I've never seen a pink Snowball, I bet that's kind of cute.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 21, 2021 at 11:39am

I got 2 sets of tax returns ready to take to the preparer as a rest from sewing.  It didn't even seem so hard.  I'm going back to the sewing machine now.  I'm going to ask Riana to show me what she has done on her travel quilt when I see her this afternoon.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 20, 2021 at 8:48pm

Still plugging away at the restoration job. Will it ever end? Sigh. I keep thinking l'll work on my travel quilt, but l get interrupted. Hubby needs help with flooring project. And Snowball got into the red chalk from straight line markings. I brushed him to try getting most of it off...now he's pink! ( Just in time for Easter,lol.)

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 20, 2021 at 12:54pm

I'm having lunch with you now after a productive morning sewing.  Thank you, Wilma, for the compliment on my QEII quilt top.  I have sewed the rows of scrappy 12 1/2" pieced blocks for the backing.  Now to iron all the seams open.  

Wilma, you are fortunate to be able to longarm your baby quilt at a club.  As soon as covid is over I may learn how to longarm quilt too.  It is amazing to me that you are working on Christmas gifts.  It is a good idea!  I could do that too.  You are an inspiration to me.  So are all of you!

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on March 20, 2021 at 12:25pm

Liz, I love the blue tones in your QE2 quilt...like Riana, can’t wait to see that chicken.  Chris, you definitely have patience...the quilt will be beautiful.

Off to sewing room at club to do some longarm work on another baby quilt.  If enough time will do two sets of placemats that will be put aside for Christmas gifts.

Comment by Linda Koller on March 19, 2021 at 11:12pm
Those of you doing the bargello quilts...you have more patience than I do!!!!!
Comment by Riana Noyes on March 19, 2021 at 7:23pm

Chris, the bargello looks lovely. I could never make myself sit long enough to do all that piecing ( let alone the cutting first). Kudos to you!

Liz, love your Queen E 2 quilt. It's great that you had " bonus" triagles. Can't wait to see your chicken :-))

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 19, 2021 at 6:02pm

Thank you, Barbara.  On Monday the phones will be ringing (and computers will be buzzing) 75 and over Ontarians can make an appt. for the vaccine shot #1.  I'll try my best to get a spot.  Today my grand daughter had an interview for a job on her computer in my den.  I thought she did very well and I hope that she gets it.  I wore my mask and stayed in another room while she was here,  My son drove her back and forth from work so he was working from my living room for a while.  I was as quiet as a mouse with all this serious activity going on.  I fused a pattern of a chicken in my sewing room.  I will work on hand buttonholing around the applique while watching T.V. tonight.  I used up all my fabric left over from New Zealand making blocks this afternoon while there is light in my sewing room.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on March 19, 2021 at 5:27pm

Chris happy piecing on your Argyle Bargelo, lookin' good.

Liz, Elizabeth the 2 looks lovely.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 19, 2021 at 2:52pm
Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 19, 2021 at 2:50pm

Chris, the Argyle Bargello is looking spectacular!  I love the colours.

Comment by Chris Michelle on March 19, 2021 at 2:17pm

I have made some progress on the Argyle Bargello. I am a little more than half done at this point. There is some fullness in it but it will be fine once quilted. I have 31 more rows to do! It is slow going and can be tedious, but I do love the effect when it's done.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 15, 2021 at 3:43pm

Gail, it's true - I'm going to give this quilt a new name when I get to make the label.  I talked to a friend of mine today and one of the guilds in Ottawa is making wheelchair quilts for one of the LTCF.  They also are making cuddle quilts and baby quilts so I might have to join so I can participate in these charities.

Comment by Gail Brown on March 15, 2021 at 3:38pm

Elizabeth, it's your quilt and you can name it anything you want to.  Our quilts are like our children, we put in a lot of time, love and work as well as personality with our fabric choices.  I wish I could share some calcium with you, mine is too low.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 15, 2021 at 10:07am

Riana, the quilt pattern I'm making was not named after me, but the Queen because Sharon Yenter designed the quilt to showcase repro fabrics from the early 19th C.  It doesn't make sense to me and I could always rename it.  Today I am waiting for the blood work technician to come to my home to do blood work.  I'm still having a problem with calcium levels too high.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on March 15, 2021 at 9:49am

Linda, I am so sorry that your shoulders and sciatica are keeping you from working on your projects.  I read Riana's advice and I hope that you are able to get some redress for the problem caused by the mold.  It just sounds so awful!

I hadn't thought about quilters liking to buy tops but it makes sense.  Maybe you could offer it for sale as a top only.

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 15, 2021 at 9:30am

Linda hold on to the top. You can sell it later ( even as just a flimsey). Some longarmers love buying tops to quilt their own way. Or another buyer/quilter may enjoy doing it for themselves. I think you can likely sue the company that did flipping. They obviously didn't get a permit or inspections. If they did, then inspectors are liable. Ask for a consult with gov. housing rep. There are laws to protect people from this kind of grief.

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