2020 PHD Challenge


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Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 1, 2020 at 3:43pm

Started to lay out my second quilt and will need to press out all the creases due to being in storage. Finished gluing all 216 hexies which I will be doing when I'm bored with #1. Here is my begining work.

Comment by Mary Moore on January 1, 2020 at 12:29pm

I am hoping for lots of in progress pictures. 

Riana, You really don't look like a mamma duck. Or a drill Sargent.

Comment by carla j walton on January 1, 2020 at 9:39am

I am only going to put one thing on this list in hopes of finishing it this year. It has lingered for many years!

* finish fruit and feathers hand quilted kaleidoscope  quilt

* bind and label

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 31, 2019 at 9:56pm

Carla the clock is ticking...tick ...tock... 2 hr. and 15 minutes until midnight...read faster! Anywhere from one large to 6 not so large/ difficult projects. These could be projects that have lingered because you got overwhelmed, blindsided by life event , or lacked a certain skill when you first attempted it. We will be coaching each other. I will be momma duck, keeping you in line. Beware...momma duck sometimes must nibble at a tardy or wayward duckling...so if l seem bossy or like a drill sergeant, so be it. But you  will learn some good work habits!  And the first good habit is to have a clear, detailed list  of what it is we plan to accomplish ie: your work order. That part is so very important, l won't let you start without it.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on December 31, 2019 at 9:24pm

Actually, Riana, my pile up looks worse than that. lol!!

Gail, you're cuter than a bugs ear. Had to read that one to hubby.

Comment by Mary Moore on December 31, 2019 at 9:14pm

OK, so tomorrow I will pick which snow dyed fabrics get to play, look at their relative sizes and organize the top.  Largest Piece with get the full Don Quixote, others will have other silhouettes(thank heaven for spell check) of key items in the book.  Thinking about a plain black border in between blocks.  Can't enlarge the first picture till after dark.  So will work on 2nd sock of son's Christmas present.

Paul has researched translators for the book, Don Quixote,and downloaded it to my kindle.  I haven't read it since college, and may be remembering the musical..not the book.

Comment by Kris Howell on December 31, 2019 at 8:20pm

Riana, I love your ducks!

Some of you are really, really ambitious!  I'm sticking with my 3, all of which are pretty much half done now.  I do have quilts that I'll be quilting, and a couple other projects that will get worked on whenever, but those three are my focus.  

Comment by carla j walton on December 31, 2019 at 7:35pm

I will get back with you soon. Lol i need to re read all this first. 

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 31, 2019 at 7:14pm

Ok, removed the extras.  Here is my list and the rest are “hidden” until I finish some/all of my top 6.

I too am working on the collection of Frolic....but it will wait....for now.  Happy New Year’s everyone.  

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 31, 2019 at 6:04pm

If your duck is a male it gets made into a confit!  I know this because my daughter breeds and raises Peking ducks.  And there can only be one male per group of ducks so it's off with it's head to his unlucky brothers.  And only the females "quack!".  I'm currently making a "Ducks" quilt.  My daughter finds the ducks get dirty every day and spends a lot of time keeping them clean.  They love the snow.  Lots to know if you are keeping your ducks in a row!

Comment by Gail Brown on December 31, 2019 at 3:43pm

Riana, I have complied with your directions.  Posted only the top six in my work space and have given the rest of the list to Hubby with strict orders not to let me see it until the six are done.  He thinks that I have lost my mind but that's what he thinks most of the time any way.  I let him know that by this time next year I will have a PHD and he will only have a High School Diploma, then we'll see who's crazy.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Comment by Linda Koller on December 31, 2019 at 1:48pm

Riana, I love your sense of humor! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 31, 2019 at 12:35pm

Chris, great! This is how we...

Barbara..( and others who love to start projects) .be sure to keep to your 6 , or you may end up like this

We really want this...or this

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 31, 2019 at 12:22pm

Chris, you have a very thorough list with all the steps to check off as you get them done.  I noticed Bonnie Hunter's Frolic on your list.  I also have downloaded the clues and I have a box of Texas related fabric to use in it.  But I'm staying with my BOM for the challenge and leaving time to work on my UFOs.

Comment by Chris Michelle on December 31, 2019 at 12:08pm

Here is my complete (as of today) list for 2020. These are not in the order I plan to complete them, as some are in progress and some I have only selected the pattern at this point. 

Christina’s PHD Projects 2020


  1. Baltimore Christmas Quilt
    1. Make 10 additional blocks
    2. Make border
    3. Complete Hand embroidery/embellishments
    4. Assemble top
    5. Buy backing
    6. Create label & binding
    7. Quilt
    8. Bind
  2. James & Bryanna’s Wedding Quilt-Vintage Rose
    1. Complete remaining Paper pieced units
    2. Assemble top
    3. Piece backing
    4. Create label and binding
    5. Quilt
    6. Bind
  3. Alexandra & Chad’s Wedding Quilt-Bonnie Hunter Mystery-FROLIC
    1. Complete clues
    2. Assemble top
    3. Create label and binding
    4. Quilt
    5. Bind
  4. Complete Winter Themed quilt for our bed-Dinner Plate Dahlia
    1. Choose fabrics for top and backing
    2. Piece top
    3. Assemble top
    4. Create label & Binding
    5. Piece backing?
    6. Quilt
    7. Bind
  5. Make quilt for spare bedroom
    1. Choose pattern
    2. Choose fabrics for top & backing
    3. Piece top
    4. Assemble top
    5. Create label & binding
    6. Quilt
    7. Bind
  6. Complete Green Bargello
    1. Finish piecing top
    2. Buy backing
    3. Create label & binding
    4. Quilt
    5. Bind
Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 31, 2019 at 12:34am

Ok, will move two of these and hide the “back list”.  Will update tomorrow and repost.

I know, Mary, lots of items.  At least I can do the binding quickly....of course I need to cut it.

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 30, 2019 at 9:54pm

Wilma...move 2 items to the " to add when top 6 are done" list, please ( or you may  get overwhelmed). Just the top 6 please ( you must hide the rest of the list on back of closet door...don't even LOOK at it!

Melanie K. , please remove one and keep the list to 6. Worry about # 7 after those 6 are complete.

Gail, you must complete all 6 on your list before starting on any others. Like Wilma...hide the " backlist" in order you wish to complete somewhere out of sight.

 Linda your list was pretty long too. I know you don't actually " quilt" your larger tops, but l still want the " top 6 " for the list.

Ginny Anderson and Carla Walton...we need list of your PHD projects please... any  amount between 1 and 6. 

Comment by Mary Moore on December 30, 2019 at 6:53pm

Oh no Wilma!   Too much.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 30, 2019 at 5:54pm

Here is my list.....

Comment by Gail Brown on December 30, 2019 at 3:23pm

Mary, what an outstanding project.  That is going to be gorgeous.  I have Vol. Fire Dept blood running through my veins so I understand what this project means.  Good Luck with your project, it's a wonderful thing to do.

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