PHD in 2020 – Jan. 1

Happy New Year everyone!!!

I know that today, some of you will be sewing … others will be busy doing other things … at any rate, sewing will likely be in your plans in the next couple of days!

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Have you joined in the PHD in 2020?  You can go to THIS POST for details and to add your link … you have until Jan. 14 to join!

The first part in tackling your UFOs to acheive your PHD in 2020 is making your list.  Many of you have already done that!

Now, let’s look at analysising how you can best tackle your UFOs.

#1 Analysis

The next part is to take out the first project you are going to work on.  Ask yourself, “Why did this become a UFO?”  If you can honestly answer that question, you are on the way to avoiding the same pitfall and letting that project languish as a UFO for more time.  If you can’t answer that question, here’s a few hints as to why it happened:

  • did you get bored with the project?
  • is it too repetative?
  • did too many squirrels (other projects that took priority) interfer?
  • is there a technique you dislike doing?  or is too hard to do?
  • did you get too busy to even make it?

#2 Analysis

The next question to ask is, “Is there something that will make the finishing of this project easier?”   A few solutions that I have used are:

  • treat it as a leader & ender … do small parts while working on another project
  • work on it for a limited time (set a timer if you need to) each time you have the opportunity to sew

#3 Analysis
You’ve already analyed the potential problems with your project … now, to quote Nike, “Just Do It.”     Now Go and SEW …

The UFO I’m going to work on  …


Summer Solstice.  I have chosen this project because I think that it has the most road-blocks for me and I’d like to get ‘er done!

As I Analysed it … the answer to “Why did this become a UFO?” was hard to answer.  I think part of it is that it is a paper-pieced pattern and I can’t do Leaders and Enders while working on it.

As to “What can make it easier?”  I’ve decided that I will spend at least 15 minutes a day working on this project.

Link up and show us the project that you are working on!  Remember, you can link to an Instagram post, Pinterest post or a blog post … it’s totally up to you!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


18 thoughts on “PHD in 2020 – Jan. 1

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  2. Hi Gail, the analysis part is really good. If we know why it became a UFO, we may be able to get over the initial problem. Good luck with your Summer Solstice. It sounds like 15 minutes a day will probably lead to more than that on good days.

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  3. I did some of this reflection before seeing your post on one of my UFOs. It’s a wedding quilt for my best friend and it’s overdue. I just don’t love it anymore. But I got it out yesterday and am using it as leaders and enders–great minds think alike! I’ll see her in person in May so it also helps to have a firm deadline in mind. Not sure yet if I’m going to make it smaller or otherwise alter the original plan, but that’s also a possibility. And I am playing along again, I just need to make my official list and do a post.

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    • Hi Emily!!!
      Yes, we do think alike with a lot of things related to quilting! Having a deadline will also help to get this UFO out of the way.
      You achieved your PHD in 2019, no reason why you can’t do the same in 2020!!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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  5. I’m in, working on a plan to complete some of my UFO’s. Most of my WIPs will be completed once the long arm gets here and I can finally finish my quilts! My goal this year is to work on at least one UFO a month, (hopefully between my ladies and Uncle this will be possible the 3 of them keep me on my toes!) I don’t have a blog maybe some year but it would end up the same way my UFOs and WIPs do…

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    • Hi Liz,
      You’re getting a long arm? Congratulations!!!
      Finishing a quilt is such a great accomplishment! I’m sure you’ll love that your long arm helps you do that!
      You don’t need a blog to join the PhD in 2020 – you can do it via Pinterest (start a board with the 12 and add updates throughout the year) or Instagram – take pictures & provide updates … just make sure to link up! 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  6. I almost forgot to link up that I’m in! Almost everything on my UFO list is a product of “how am I going to quilt this” and just needs quilted. I’m ready to get on it 🙂

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    • Hi Tish,
      Sometimes, figuring out “How am I going to quilt this” is the HARDEST part of finishing a quilt!
      All the best to you as you figure it out and get them quilted!
      Thanks for joining in the PHD in 2020 challenge!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  7. I’m really hoping to get my PhD this year. This is the third year I’ve followed along, so hopefully the third time is the charm. Good luck with your PhD for this month.

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    • Hi Kate,
      I, too, hope you get your PHD this year! At the very least, each year you have finished some UFOs … that counts in decreasing your overall UFO total!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • Hi Frédérique,
      Don’t you DARE work on getting enough UFOs to join in the PHD! Just work on not having UFOs! You really don’t want to be overwhelmed with a zillion UFOs!!!
      I would really like you to be one of those people that I really admire who do NOT accumilate UFOs and finish their projects! OK? 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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