Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 PhD

Last year, other than starting a linky party of my own, I've kept a pretty low profile when it comes to participating in things.  I'm ready to be all social and stuff again.  I've decided to join Gail at Quilting Gail and work on my PhD in 2019.  If you haven't heard of this, I'll wait while you go here and read about this very cool project she started last year.  It really is a great way to keep accountable on projects you want to finish and finishing projects you start in the current year.

So I set the task of picking twelve UFO projects I want to finish this year.  For me those projects are all quilt tops that need quilted.  I have granted a pardon of sorts in my sewing room.   As president, queen or maybe dictator of my sewing space, I have decided to exonerate all quilt piecing projects that are not finished.  They are stored on what I like to call the shelf of good intentions and will be started over as new projects aka quilt kits.

My plan at tackling the shelves of good intentions and UFO's are to designate days of the week to certain tasks.  Maybe on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I will allow myself to only quilt quilts.  Thursdays and Fridays will be for piecing and weekends are wild cards for whatever I need to do?  Bottom line, I need to keep both tasks moving forward.

I've made a spread sheet to keep track of my PhD projects and new projects started in 2019.

PhD List 2019 Finished Starts in 2019 Started Finished
Morning Star Out of This World BOM January
Ocean Sky A Flower Bouquet January
Variable Star Dog Gone Cute January
Psychodelic Cat Lady
Holly Jolly Christmas
Unicorn Quilt
Up From Here
Bundle Buster Baby Quilt
Christmas Star Blossom
Midnight Mystery
My Secret Garden
Four Square & Left Over

Now let's take a closer look at my PhD projects.

1.  Morning Star Quilt

This little gem was started well before my blogging days and was meant to be a Christmas present for my mother and her husband.  I'm only like 6 Christmases behind.

2.  Ocean Sky

This quilt is a pattern I tested for Brianna at The Iron and Needle.  I'm not actually sure the pattern was ever released for sale, which is a bummer because it was a fun one to make.  I think it will be even more fun to quilt!

3.  Variable Star

I totally blame Angela Walters for this one.  This was one of the first The Midnight Quilt Show projects she released and when I watched it, I knew these Cotton+Steel fat quarters belonged in this quilt.  Now it just needs finished.

4.  Psychedelic Cat Lady
This one is a good intentions quilt.  It was actually meant as a get well present for someone 3-ish years ago.  Insert palm to forehead smack.

5.  Holly Jolly Christmas Quilt

This one is actually hanging out half finished on the long arm at my cousin's house.  So I ask you, why isn't it finished???

6.  Unicorn Quilt

Hopefully I finish this one ASAP.  My daughter has waited to long for it.

7.  Up From Here

As far as UFO's go, this one hasn't been waiting around too long.  I had hoped to finish it up before the new year but did not get to quilting it.

8.  Bundle Buster Baby Quilt

This is another one that isn't too old.  It's all basted up and just waiting for my attention.

9.  Christmas Star Blossom

I'm beginning to run out of excuses here.  Honestly, I had forgot about this one.

10.  Midnight Mystery

With news of another mystery quilt cooking up over at Meadow Mist Designs, I think it's high time I finally finish one of these two quilts.

11.  My Secret Garden

My how time flies.  I have been vowing to quilt this one since January 2017.  Can I get a maybe this year for real this time?  Not to mention I'm already taking on two more Pat Sloan BOM's this year.  We won't talk about the others I have that are Pat QAL's that need quilted.

12.  Flirty Four Square and Bonus Quilt

And bonus quilt.

The bonus quilt is pieced, but no picture taken.  I'm not sure but I think the bigger quilt may need a border...decisions.  If When I get these two finished they will become a very special gift for a friend of mine.  I need to get cracking!

So the goal is to make the PhD list go down without allowing the New Projects list to go up to high.  I'm already feeling the pressure, but I can do this!  I hope you will consider joining all of us this year as we work toward our PhD's.  If you would like to be cheered on, join me every Saturday for UFO Busting and we will work through our lists together!


Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

You can definitely do this and I look forward to seeing your progress!

Quilting Gail said...

Looks great, Tish!
Thank you for joining me in PHD in 2019!
We will encourage each other to 'get-'er-done!
Happy Quilting! :-)

quilting gail at yahoo dot ca (no spaces and substitute @ and a period)

Quilting Tangent said...

If any of the tops are the same size, make a revisible quilt!

Stitchin At Home said...

Just like the little engine that could, I know you can get them done.

Sandra Walker said...

So nice to know my dear friend has good intentions quilts, and quilts that have idled on the 'needs to be quilted' list for far too long. Good luck with all these beauties!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

There are a lot of lovely quilts on your list. I look forward to seeing them done this year. :)

Emily said...

Wow, there are some gorgeous projects here, Tish! I know you can do it! Sometimes your productivity bursts amaze me! Can't wait to see some of these finished, especially Variable Stars and the Unicorn. (Is that Lorna's unicorn pattern? I've bought that one but haven't made it yet. Some day!)

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Some beautiful quilts on your list. Good luck making progress.

dq said...

You certainly have some goodies on your PHD list. I played last year and accomplished so much more than I thought possible. The "starting new projects" finish rule is genius! There were some BOMs I plan to do this year that I know will take longer than a year, so I intentionally started them in December so they would be UFOs not started in 2019. Gail did say in her rules that new December starts didn't count. The ones I Dec started were just too intricate.

I am SEW EXCITED to watch your list of finishes grow! The red and black one is so stunning. I also favor your Ocean Sky.

I love reading your posts. You are a fantastic creative writer with great things to share!

dq said...

I also have to make time for machine qulting. It is not my favorite part of the quilt process. This week I am just trying to do a small amount every day.

Kathleen said...

Your ufos are already tops? That’s half the battle! You can do this! I will be here to cheer you on!

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