PHD in 2021

Just so there is no confusion, I’m starting this post by giving you Quilting Definitions:

  • a PHD in quilting terms means Projects Half Done
  • UFO in quilting terms means UnFinished Objects
  • My own definition of UFOs for the PHD includes all projects started in December 2020 that are not complete by December 31.

Do you have 12 or more UFOs???

Do you feel like you’re drowning in UFOs???

Do the UFOs you have make you feel guilty???

Do you want to decrease the number of UFOs you have???

Do you want to make sure that your UFO list does not increase???

Join in the PHD in 2021!!!

Sew … what do you need to do???

  1. List 12 UFOs that you’d like to finish next year. If you have more than 12 … that’s OK – we only need to know about 12 of them. (And if you want to change one UFO to another – that’s allowed).
    • put your UFOs on a blog post, an Instagram post or a Pinterest page
  2. Keep track of your UFOs … some people like to list the steps left in completing the UFO
  3. You MUST finish EVERY project you start in 2021 (with a couple of exceptions). By finishing EVERY project you do not add to your UFO list! These are called “Starts in 2021.”
    • Exceptions include:
      • Project is a “leader & ender” that goes until it’s got enough pieces to complete
      • Projects that are started in 2021 and can’t be finished in 2021 because
        • you don’t have all the steps to the mystery or the quilt
        • a project is started in December ’21 and there’s not enough time to finish in 2021.
  4. Every month, link up and show us your PDH progress.
    • Again, link to a blog post, an Instagram post or a Pinterest page.

Here’s a link to an Excel sheet (2021 UFO Tally) that you can use for tracking your UFOs. You don’t have to use this sheet – but I’m offering it to you to get you started. This is what I use.

SEW …. what are MY UFOs?

My list of UFOs is at the right. I have put a few aside and these are the ones that I want to work on in 2021. However, I might change my mind and pick a different one to finish. AND I sincerely hope that I do not find a single UFO as I go through my stash!!! On the right is my list of UFOs. I am aiming to complete 12 of them this year. I can’t show you a picture of the first 4 on the list, but there’s pictures of the the rest that I hope to complete.

With having 4 UFOs that were started in December added to the list, that brings my total of UFOs to 22. I’ll be happy to finish 12 of them.

#1 Stay at Home Round Robin … this was started this week … I know it won’t be finished by the end of the month … but it needs to be finished by the time the Stay at Home Round Robin is completed. You can read a little bit about it HERE. We’ll be giving you more information at the beginning of January.

#2 & #3 Holiday Seclusion Mystery … I have 2 in progress … one is ready to be quilted, the other is still being pieced. And obviously, I can’t show you a picture of them until later.

#4 Guild’s January Clue-Sew Mystery … currently being pieced … and will need to be completed by the end of the mystery in March.

#5 T-shirt quilt …. I’m not about to drag the bag out, but I have a zillion t-shirts from Echo Lake Bible camp and I promised to make a quilt with them. I’ve been promising for quite a while. Time to get it made, don’t you agree?

Next in line are the panels

#6 These are 2 panels that I bought at separate times … one was bought in St. Jacobs, Ontario and the other was bought several years later in New Holland, Pennsylvania. I plan to combine them into one twin sized quilt.

#7 These are another 2 panels that I plan to combine into a single quilt. The date on one of them says “2004.” But I know that it was bought after that since I didn’t get back into quilting until late 2005.

#8 Birds … I made this into a small quilt for my aunt several years ago. I liked the panels so much, that I bought enough to make 2 quilts.

Next are the kits that are languishing … for too many years now …

#9 Town Table Topper

#10 #11 #12 These kits were bought in Newfoundland. Two of them include applique … which is not a favourite technique of mine. I’ve been often known to call it “CR-applique” … pronounced CRAP-plique.

Linky Party

You have until January 15, 2021 to officially join the PHD in 2021. Here’s the Linky Party to join. Remember, it can be a link to a blog post, Instagram post or a Pinterest page.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

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43 thoughts on “PHD in 2021

    • Hi Celine,
      yes, one does need to start somewhere! However, by making sure that you finish all of your new 2021 starts, you will ensure that your UFO list does not grow!
      Thanks for joining in the PHD in 2021!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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    • Hi Nanette,
      I just take a screenshot of my document (in Mac: shift/command/4) outline the document and then I add it as an image to the post. I hope this makes sense?
      Good luck with it!
      hmmm … I’ll have to look at “numbers” … I’m still using excel …


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  5. I’m playing along again this year. It’s a great motivator. It always feels so good to go to the spreadsheet and update the sheet to show a finish. Thanks for hosting again this year. Good luck with your 2021 PHD.

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    • Hi Tami,
      I just realized that the list at the top of my page wasn’t working … it should be working now. As well, you should be able to see the others that have joined via the linky party!
      Thanks for joining PHD in 2021!!!
      We’ll have a great year decreasing our UFOs and not making the list any bigger!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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  10. I’m in. Going to get my pictures together this week. It will be the top 12 from my FAL list last year that topped out over 80 projects. I did get 12 finished but alas, have started 3 more. Still that’s a win right?!

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    • Hi Divadiversion!
      Good for you, finishing off 12 projects! That is definitely going in the right direction. With the PHD in 2021, finishing off your new starts will prevent that UFO list from growing! Have fun gathering your pictures!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  11. I either have a very similar puffin kit or that same one! I don’t count mine as a UFO yet because I haven’t actually started it. I officially finished my PhD this week, still need to post about my final finish and my year. You’ve made it through so many UFOs this year! Can’t wait to play again next year.

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  12. Thanks for doing this again this year. I will try to post my shameful 2020 list and put up my 2021 list. I really ike the iidea of committing to the first 12 and then to the ones that follow. I was better at finishing the squirrels than I was the UFOs but I hope to do better with that this year. I am getting pretting good at staying focused. Hopefully, 2021 won’t throw me as many curve balls as did 2020!

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    • Hi Pamela …
      Your list is NOT shamefull!!!!!!!! just imagine if you hadn’t attempted anything! Your 2021 list would be much bigger! And finishing off squirrels is a huge part! Good for you getting those done!
      Here’s hoping for 2021 with less curve balls! 🙂

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  13. I’ll be joining in. I’m sure I can find 12! LOL I know I have at least half of that to be quilted!! Thanks for the inspiration to git’er done! LOL

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  14. Great list, enjoy finishing all these projects! ‘m so sorry for not joining you, but even with new projects that will start in 2021, I do not have 12 quilts to achieve this coming year… That’s ok, I will continue to follow you and admire your progress 😉

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