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 January 29, 2021 at 7:16pm

1 Hidden stars  stalled becauseI didn't know how to free motion this project

2 layer cake: I did this so long ago I can't remember why?? Maybe for a kitchen table.  most all my ufo's is because I was stumped about how to free motion.

3. lap size left overs from the above 

4. quilt for my Makani.    Problem, how to quilt. This one is BIG so I hope to do it on the mid arm.

5 Embroidery quilt. I did start on the free motion on this quilt. 2 blocks done.

6. Cover for a recliner I started. Needs to be sandwiched and quilted.



Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 29, 2021 at 7:05pm

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 25, 2021 at 10:07pm

What a lovely quilt, Chris, regardless of name.

Having a difficult time...did get my Dredan Neighborhood quilted, just need to add the binding.  Also finished 2 of the 6 corners on GFG quilt, not much brain work to sewing hexi’s together.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 25, 2021 at 9:03pm

Sigh...going nuts paper pieacing a baseball mitt, bat  & ball for Cooperstown NY ( baseball hall of fame). After over 2 hr., l had 2 parts of 4 successfully done. Then came piece 3. Grr. Stopped for the day to make dinner :-((

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 25, 2021 at 8:29pm

Thank you, Ginny.  The Lucky Elephant Popcorn Quilt  - I gave to my cleaning lady and dear friend, Linda for the birth of her first grandchild today.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on January 25, 2021 at 5:00pm

The baby quilts are both adorable, Wilma and Elizabeth! 

Amazing Longhorn, Riana! 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on January 25, 2021 at 4:58pm

I just love your MQ finish, Chris! Definitely Happy! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 25, 2021 at 2:19pm

Chris, I love your Happy Valley Quilt.  Bonnie is having a difficult time too during covid times I feel, so we must be grateful that she can still produce such beautiful patterns for us.

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 25, 2021 at 1:17pm

Riana, Bonnie Hunter's colors for her mystery quilts are based on places she has traveled and seen the colors together. This year, because of COVID, she didn't get to travel so she used colors near her home, and the road name was Grassy Creek. Her colors were reds, gold, orange, green, white and gray. I changed my colors because I didn't want my quilt to look like 1000s of others. I am calling mine Happy Valley!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 25, 2021 at 1:13pm

Chris what a great start to 20121 PHD challenge. I love the brights next to black, and your choice of panto and thread for quilting...but l never " get" the names that designers give their quilts... l'd have called it " Stars plus", lol.

You ladies are off the starting line like gangbusters! 

Comment by Chris Michelle on January 25, 2021 at 11:21am

Sutters quilt is so cute!

Congrats on being a G-G Wilma. Grands are surely the best thing ever.

Nice start to the travel quilt Riana. It's going to be great.

I have FINISH #1 on my PhD's. I have quilted and bound "Grassy Creek" as of last night. I don't have a whole quilt photo at the moment, but here is a photo of the quilt and quilting.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 23, 2021 at 5:39pm

Oh I like that block....Texas longhorn.  I guess I should pull out the RxRs I have finished.  I was making it into a quilt for a friend of all the places we have vacationed together.  Maybe 2022 PHD...

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 23, 2021 at 5:33pm

Yay, Wilma... like those royal blue feature squares with cats. Congrats on becoming a great grand later this year!

 this is the second block for my travel quilt.

Comment by Kris Howell on January 18, 2021 at 10:04pm

Sutter's quilt is adorable!!

Wilma - I like yours, too!  Such cute animal fabrics.

I'm currently quilting a table runner for youngest daughter, and getting rid of scraps in a scrap quilt called Inman Park.  Just got batting for the quilts I need to sandwich while I'm still here.  Found a real deal on Dream Green, which I love:  4 King size packages for only $124.00.  We have company next week, but I'll be able to work on sandwiching the week after that.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on January 18, 2021 at 6:15pm

It is finished.  PHD #1.  This will go to great nephew #2 scheduled to arrive in March.  Also working on a knitted shawl for his room.  Just learned last night I will be a great grandma in August.  Guess I will have time to make a baby quilt in between my PHDs.

Riana, I started the GFG in the mid 90s.  So taking much longer than yours.  But it will get done this year...a little at a time.  I am actually planning to do a border wide enough to accommodate an applique piece.  Think it would enhance the holiday feel.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 18, 2021 at 5:45pm

My son and I were messaging back and forth this afternoon.  We picked out a new floor lamp and a desk lamp for my sewing room.  There is no light in there.  I have those 2 6" blocks ready to sew but I need to wait for daylight.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 18, 2021 at 4:53pm

Wilma, how long has that GFG quilt been a ufo? I did one that took me 7 yr. of rv traveling plus 4 mo. of hand quilting! It ended up at the newly openned Hospice House in a nearby town and used for " last family photos" of patients and their realatives. I received a lovely letter explaining it's use ♡.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 18, 2021 at 4:48pm

Liz , Sutter's quilt is marvelous! You did such a lovely job of quilting in the texture.  Great idea to start and work out. I'll be doing similar , starting with that lighthouse. I listed all the places we've been, and it'd be a pretty big quilt if l  did a whole block on every place. So some will have to be represented by a patch of fabric purchased at the place.

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.

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