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 Riana Noyes on January 9, 2021 at 8:19pm

Guess what? I'm joining in this year!  l have 3 projects.

  • #1 Restoring Tammy's double wedding ring quilt. Cut fabric pieces to replace the worn ones, requilt, rebind.
  • #2 Use the lighthouse block l made before Christmas,&14 yr worth of souvenir  fabrics collected in our travels to make a " travel quilt" for the trailer.Draft my own pattern,fabricate top, quilt, bind.
  • #3 (not a quilt) a needlepoint picture  " Backyard birds"that's 3/4 complete.Finish stitching, block, frame.

Tammy's quilt has been in daily use for 16 yr. With 3 active kiddos ( who loved building forts & bed jumping), 4  household moves, 2 big renos,  2 dogs and 5 cats , it's in pretty rough shape...it's a wonder it's survived at all! 

The ' travel quilt 'is something l've been wanting to do, but never got moving on until Nov., when l decided the lighthouse wall hanging ( made from a pattern & fabrics from trip to east coast's PEI) would be better off in a quilt than as a door or wall piece.But during Dec., l got caught up making lap quilts for nursing home residents.

The needlepoint only got worked on while travelling in rv., or in summer while l enjoyed the wonderful outdoor light our back deck offers. But it's been nearly 10 yr.of " picking away" at it, and since l now have an Ott light, no excuse!

Comment by Ginny Andersen on January 9, 2021 at 11:55am

Wonderful colorways for the BKH Ufo's. I can't wait to their progress.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 8, 2021 at 4:56pm

Chris those are 6 really awesome quilts in progress! I'm so happy you're getting a sewing studio to enjoy your sewing and quilting! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 8, 2021 at 12:33pm

Chris, I'm so in awe of your UFOs!  It's thrilling to watch your progress.

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 8, 2021 at 11:16am

Green Argyle Bargello in progress

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 8, 2021 at 11:16am

En Provence Christmas in progress

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 8, 2021 at 11:16am

Grassy Creek progress-it was revealed today so I am going to be working on assembly now

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 8, 2021 at 11:15am

Valley Blossoms Pink and Brown in progress

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 8, 2021 at 11:14am

Valley Blossoms Red & Black Top

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 8, 2021 at 11:14am

Baltimore Christmas in process

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 7, 2021 at 12:58pm

Thank you, Riana, for the sage advice!  Doug and I had a little talk over lunch and he told me he is depressed.  I understand depression very well since I have suffered from it most of my life and for my years it was undiagnosed and untreated.  I know the triggers and how to relieve them so we can confidently help each other.  Jim is coming over this evening to pay us a visit.  We will remain masked for it.

It took me ages to park the car in our tight little parking spot in the garage!  It will take me a while to become accustomed to driving again.  But I felt empowered behind the wheel!  LOL

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 7, 2021 at 12:25pm

Chris, please post photos of the projects. I'm glad you're sticking with the 2 carry overs. Do you really need to do all the applique by hand? Personally, l like the look of a mixture of hand and machine together... each shape lends itself better to one than another.You can do a very nice hybrid as well...needle turn, fastened with invisble thread using tiny blind hem or spaced narrow buttonhole stitch. It looks especially nice with a non- shiny filament thread.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 7, 2021 at 12:18pm

Liz, you have been blessed with enough fabrics and time to create your 2020 quilts plus MANY extras .I don't think you'll be able to sustain that pace forever. Look after Doug, take on some of his chores, and be content to slow things up. You and your family need time together more than ever. I can't believe this is me saying this ( lol), but quilting is only part of life. I need to remember this too...l don't want to look up from my sewing machine one day to discover l missed the most important things.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 7, 2021 at 9:40am

Riana, Doug is getting frailer.  I've officially as of tomorrow taken over his laundry duties which he liked to do.  He finally admitted it is too much for him.  I'm not sure whether more chores for me mean I can't do as much quilting because it makes me want to accomplish more when I do get into my sewing room.  Today I am going to the pharmacy and then buy some groceries at Farm Boy.

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 7, 2021 at 8:07am

My list for 2021:

1. Baltimore Christmas Applique-I need to make 8 blocks, assemble, quilt and bind

2. Red and Black Valley Blossoms-Finish quilting and bind

3.Pink and Brown Valley Blossoms-Create Applique Borders, quilt and bind

4. Finish Grassy Creek Mystery-Finish piecing blocks, assemble, quilt and bind

5. Finish En Provence Christmas-Finish piecing, assemble, quilt and bind

6. Finish Green Argyle Bargello-Finish Piecing top, quilt and bind.

Two of these projects were moved from last year. I need to try making more applique pieces for the Christmas quilt and maybe get some better thread. I am not happy with my pieces or my stitching on that and it has stalled my progress.

Last time I tried working on the bargello I made several errors in the layout and got frustrated and put it back in the box. I need to really be able to concentrate on that.

The red and black Valley Blossoms...I am a terrible FMQer and am not happy with my results. I may tear out some of what I already created there. The pink and brown...the applique takes FOREVER so I have not wanted to tackle it. 

We are also in the middle of creating a quilting studio for me in our garage. It is coming along and I hope to have it finished by month end. That will stall my sewing some as I try to get everything moved and organized in that space. I am so excited to get it done though! I can have my long arm and my sewing station in the same room finally!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 7, 2021 at 8:06am

Zoe, think of the smile it brings, and how much she'll enjoy using something her daughter made especially for her. With that thought in mind, sew in the love.♡

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 6, 2021 at 11:12pm

I have had neck pain the past few days, but I have been working some on the quilt for my mom. It is hard to work on something I am not excited about, but it will get done soon.   

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 6, 2021 at 9:16pm

You're making amazing progress, Liz! I remember that pink popcorn...sugary sweet :-))

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 6, 2021 at 5:34pm

I sewed this morning and got the Baby Boy Quilt ready to be sandwiched.  Also I have a Baby Girl Quilt ready to quilt.  I'm going to call it "Lucky Elephant Popcorn".  I loved eating the pink popcorn in a box with an elephant on it, and there was a prize in the box, when I was a little girl.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 6, 2021 at 5:26pm

Great list, Wilma. I love the dreasdan houses! 

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