Thursday, March 19, 2009

PhD Challenge

Hey y'all..I am working on my PhD. Working at a University, it is very important that I have a Ph.D. in order to advance in my position, but I am not sure this one will count. Our guild is sponsoring a program, through the efforts of Carol, a 2009 PHD Challenge. In this program, we select PHD (Projects Half Done) that were begun in 2008 or earlier that we will complete this year. Then, if we get them all done by November, we will be awarded our PhD at the guild meeting. We will also display our projects at the November meeting. The program began in February and you are allowed to pick up to 7 projects, but you can do less - just have to be realistic.

Well there is nothing realistic about me. Of course, I had to pick some projects that will take a bit of doing to complete, but hey it is a challenge, and I would love to have these done by November. So here is my list:


  1. Complete hand quilting on my Fall Wall Hanging . Remember this one? I did minimal machine quilting just so I could use it this past fall. So now I am removing the machine quilting which really looked bad, and handquilting it.
  2. Machine quilt my french braid quilt. This one is going on the bed in our bedroom and I have some beautiful fabric to make a dust ruffle for the bed as well. We also have to paint the room, make a window treatment and get one new piece of furniture. So, this project is more than just finishing the quilt.

  3. Complete a crazy quilt project that my sister-in-law is helping me with. I made the crazy quilt blocks and she did the embellishing. She did a great job, but I have never finished the quilt. We had a great class on crazy quilt this past week at guild meeting which got me to thinking about this project. Someone at the meeting brought a crazy quilt block she had stretched over a wooden frame and used as a wall hanging. I just loved it - so that is what I am going to do. No picture of this one yet - but keep on the lookout, its a beauty and maybe just the thing to hang in our new bedroom.
  4. Complete the Redwork BOM being sponsored by QBee Quilts. I have four more blocks to do the stitchery on, then need to complete the quilt. I am thinking of tying this quilt to give it a real traditional look. Whatever I decide, I have to get 'er done by November.

So that's my four goals. Not to worry, I almost have Elijah's quilt finished, but it doesn't count as I started it this year. I also have not forgotten my friendship quilt, my Be Attitudes and my Kscope that I have been showing you all pictures of - but these will be for next year's challenge!

Wish me luck!

13 comments:

Jackie said...

Wow, you are ambitious! I also have a mental list of PhD's I would like to complete. I can't wait to see yours. I think it is a great idea for the guild to be sponsoring something like this. Ours is doing something similar, but I love the name of yours.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I need to work on a similar graduate degree, although to aim for a PhD I'd have to find something half done... that's not as easy as it sounds... many of mine aren't that far along!

Well done, you!

Cathi said...

Is that all !?! Really, T, you'll have those done by the end of the semester. Love the new layout of your blog!

Norma said...

Did you schedule time in there to sleep? LOL

You can do it and we will all be cheering you on!

Ellen said...

Wow, Mom. I was about to run upstairs to ask why you hadn't told me you were going back to school! lol Good luck with your PhD. I hear it's a difficult thing to achieve!

love you!

KCQuilter said...

You go, girl!

Thimbleanna said...

Well, that looks like the most fun PhD program I have ever seen! Good Luck!

Jackie said...

You'll complete your PhD with flying colors! I love the fall wall hanging!

Catherine said...

What a great idea -- your projects to be completed are all lovely!

Zlaty said...

Your are busy, but you can do it!

PHD that sounds good! I am working on few right now! :)

Linda said...

PhD, I love it! Such a cute name...I'm going to tell my guild about this one. I know you can do it. I'll be cheering you on. We need to see finished projects!

Hugs, Linda

Quilt crazy said...

Love it! My MBA program is interfering with my quilting. Maybe I'll just skip it and move on to a PhD!

kjquilts said...

Oh, now I get it! I think I'll start working on a PHD too!