Thursday, 30 December 2010

Projects Half Done (PhD) Challenge

Ok, Myra has done it again . . .

Thrown out that challenge that just makes me want to prove to myself that I CAN do this.  I start all these wonderful things and then something new comes along and POOF! I’m sidetracked again.  This morning I grabbed up my camera and started walking around my sewing room taking photos of projects that are started and not completed.  That was all the humiliation push that I needed to take the bull by the horns.

So, I’ve signed up over at the PhD Challenge blog and if you want to join all us (I think there are 53 of us now!), you have until tomorrow night at midnight to sign up.  How many PhD’s can I get done between January 1, 2011 and June 30th, 2011? 

The following is my list of shame . . .



This was a mystery quilt that I have been working on and it still requires one more border with some appliquéd words on it.  Need to find the right print for that final border though, so that will require a shopping trip.



The borders have been decided for this one and just need to be cut and attached.  Also have plans for another quilt using the scraps from this one – we won’t include that one in the PhD challenge though!



This was from a class that I took about 4 years ago and it has been hanging in my quilt room ever since.  The border fabrics are bought and just need sewn on.  I think what stopped me four years ago from finishing this one was that I didn’t know how to machine quilt back then . . . or if I did, I didn’t have the confidence to dive into this one.  Now I think I know what I want to do and I’m going to commit to getting this off my sewing room wall and hung up where it was intended to go in the first place.



Is the Hopscotch pattern . . . and


I don’t like my fabrics!  BUT . . . I’m going to commit to getting it done.  The wool is all picked out and sitting on my cutting table to make the appliqués and then get her layered up and quilted . . . I have six months after all – right??



The backing fabric came for this just before Christmas so I’m ready to get this one done also . . . just need the time.



This one was a workshop that I had taken a couple of years ago now.  Just last month I pulled out all the pieces and put the blocks together and then the quilt top . . . all ready to layer and quilt.



This was supposed to be a tree skirt for this Christmas.  Once again – not happy with the colors I chose, but the backing fabric has arrived and it is ready to be layered and quilted also.



Here’s an easy one (I think!) . . . The appliqués are all done up and ready to be stitched down and then it’s ready to layer up and quilt and tuck away for October, 2011.  I’m going to be ready for Halloween this year!



This is a Sipiweske original and I don’t know where I went off the rails with this one but it’s been almost four years since it was started.  It has never been tucked into a drawer though . . . it remains out in plain view to taunt me for my procrastinating ways.  It’s time I showed it who’s boss!!!!

So there we have it . . . “9”, NINE – I tell you, NINE projects half done . . . can I really do it?  Keep reading and you’ll see that I could have gone with more than nine, but even I know when to cry “uncle”!  So the rest are goals for the remainder of 2011 – after June 30th.


To Complete in 2011



Bunny Hill BOM – still need to complete a bit of embroidery and then setting everything together and quilting.


The Brandon group’s BOM – garden theme.  A couple of blocks to complete and then finding a layout.  Plus quilting.


Great intentions from last year never came true!  Still love this quilt and haven’t lost my enthusiasm to make it – I lost the time somewhere along the line though.  One block done, fabrics chosen for the remaining eight – would love to get this one made . . . love it, love it!!!


Also another one that I love and can’t wait to get going on . . . so far only the one block cut out and ready to go, although I had fun one day deciding which fabrics/prints I wanted to use on the other blocks. Would like this one done for Fall 2011.



Have most of the blocks made for this quilt . . . still ironing out some of the details for the remaining couple.  Original designs always are a work in progress and this one is no exception.  The Fresh Cotton fabric is gorgeous and I think this one will be a favorite – if I ever get it done!!!

What plans do you have for 2011?  Joining a PhD group?


Myra said...

Wow! Great post of commitments there Marlene!!! You can do it! I know you can!!! Thanks for jumping on the bandwagon with me again!!! It is even bigger this time!!! 53!!! wow!

Annette said...

You have some gorgeous projects going there. I especially love #3. I'm looking forward to seeing the finishes. They will be awesome.

Jennifer said...

My goodness, you will be busy! Looking forward to seeing the progress on these - especially #3, I love it.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Happy New Year 2011 Marlene!

Good on you joining Myra's PhD challenge.
I have to go find my camera to take some pics so I can sign up too :^)

joan said...

Wow! I love all your projects. I have no doubt we will be posting about them all finished in no time... Good Luck!
Happy New Year!

Rhonda said...

go you! I love the projects, good luck on completing them!

Ann Marie said...

Your list is like mine, a little bit of everything. We can do it, I will watch to see how well your doing on getting all your PhD's. =)