We all have one.....that list in our minds of all the quilts we want to make. My friend Stacey at the Tilted Quilt had a super idea for this blog hop to prompt us to write them down and share. No matter what your goals are, the first step to success is to get them out of your head and on to paper, or in this case, in to the computer.
As quilters and sewists, I imagine you all like pretty paper, notebooks and pencils as much as you like pretty fabrics, so I suggest that you make your bucket list a fun project. Get a notebook or journal you love and start a list, save scraps of fabric, cut out pictures, doodle ideas. It is a fun and inspirational way to keep track of your quilty ambitions.
Or you could make an inspiration board. A bulletin board or a piece of foam core covered in fabric or burlap make a good starting point. Add pictures, fabrics, color chips, whatever makes you happy. Hang it up so that you can see it all the time and feel inspired every day!
Of course, you can also create a Pinerest board called Quilty Bucket List and pin your images there. But that wouldn't be nearly as much fun.
So what is on my bucket list?
1. Aussie style. Early in my quilt journey, I bought Material Obsession and Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke and I remember thinking, "I wish I could make a quilt like these." I now feel like I could make a quilt like those, and so to actually do it would really be an accomplishment. Gypsy Kisses, Maple Leaf Rag, Jazz Hands and Ginger Snap top the list, but deciding which one to make is going to be the hardest part.
2. A quilt out of all Kaffe Fassett fabrics. These quilts dazzle me, inspire me, wow me and scare the crap out of me. They are such a wonderful explosion of color and pattern that I would LOVE to make one, but hesitate every time I start thinking about it. I mean, where do you begin? How do you choose the fabrics and know what to put where? I think if I pulled off making one, I would feel like my quilty journey is complete!
3. Lonestar quilt. I love, love, love this design. Solids, scrappy, vintage, modern, it doesn't matter, I just want to make one!
|Photo by Gone Aussie Quilting via Flickr|
4. A medallion quilt. The Marcelle Medallion was all over Instagram and blogland after the Liberty Love book came out last year. I really wanted to make one, but didn't feel like I had the time, mostly because I knew it would take me forever to choose the fabrics!! I saw so many gorgeous examples and still want to make one for myself!
6. One of my newest designer obsessions is Jen Kingwell. Her quilts are amazing!! Gypsy Wife, Midnight at the Oasis, Chain Reaction, Broken Glass - ahhhhhh! I'll make any one of them and then be able to die happy.
7. I have a thing for red and white quilts. I am stashing some red and white fabrics and looking for the right design. The thought of the reds bleeding onto the white scares me, but this is a quilt I will be making one day. Back in 2011, The American Folk Art Museum had an exhibit of 650 red and white quilts. I would have loved to have gone to that!
8. Another favorite designer is Gwen Marston. I don't usually do improv and wonky quilting, but her quilts are just so fun and filled with wonderful color that I can't help but be drawn to them. Her Liberated Baskets pattern is my favorite and would be a joy to make!
|Aunt Grace in a Pickle, Marcus Brothers|
9. 1930's reproduction fabrics quilt. I don't use them and don't even really have many in my stash, but I love the colors and the simplicity of the patterns. I think they look prettiest in simple patchwork squares or maybe an Irish Chain. I need to start stashing some of these and plan something wonderful!
10. Circles. Like most people, I stay away from curves. I can do curves, I just don't enjoy them. Any piecing where I have to hold my breath and hope it comes out right makes me break out in hives. But look at this gorgeous quilt from Alexia Begg!! I must make it, or one like it. Definitely a quilt that will make me feel like if I can do it, I can do anything!!
As I look over my list, several things come to mind...1. I really like the Australian designers and colorful, scrappy quilts, 2. I want to be challenged and push myself to keep becoming a better quilter, and 3. I need to buy way more fabric!!
Check out the other blog hop participants and share your own quilty bucket list. The linkup is at Stacey's blog here or click the link at the end of this post.
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I have had a great time reading the lists and found a lot of us have similar goals.
The linkup will remain open through the end of the month.