Wednesday, November 30, 2011

bucket list

I've been thinking a lot about what would be on my quilt bucket list, if I were to have one. After much consideration, here are my top 5:

1. Dotty Dresden. As seen on the cover of Material Obsession. There is so much to love about this quilt!

2. Double Wedding Ring. It's a classic and I'd love to try my hand at it, but it scares me to no end! I think that's a sure sign that I should just jump right in and start it.

3. Tiny 9 patch. As seen in the Feb. 2008 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I'd love to make it huge! Like full or queen size. In the quilt shown, each of the little 9 patches finish at 2.25"! 
4. Another spider web. I absolutely loved  the process of making my first one. I dream of having a pair of single beds in room somewhere in my house with matching spider web quilts on them. I guess I'm half way there...as far as the quilts go, at least. :)

5. English Paper Pieced Stars. I've got a good start, just need to see it to completion.

I guess I have a bucket list now. And a substantial one at that! :)

So, what's on YOUR quilty bucket list? I'd love to know!

69 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Amanda Jean, you have a wonderful list. I actually started a Double Wedding Ring quilt a few years ago using templates by Sharlene Jorgenson. It is a do-able quilt pattern. One of these days I will finish this blue and white beauty. Maybe in 2012 :-)

Luisa said...

Right now I have a bucket list of knitting and crochetting some before Christmas. Yikes. I decided to put off my quilting bucket list till the spring
1. Circle quilt (seen on this blog)
2. Big bandana quilt
3. Small bandan quilt
4. Christmas quilt (not this year)
5. Triangle quilt (seen on this blog)
As I continue following your blog my bucket list grows :)

Melanie said...

A DWR, Denyse's Single Girl,and a Dear Jane quilt are on my quilty bucket list! Each of them scare me, but I hope one day to make them. Maybe I'll start one of them next year? Great post, love your blog!

Anita said...

The double wedding ring is on my list too. I think I need to buy the acrylic templates for that one! And something with applique. Applique scares me. My friend Carolyn keeps telling me that it's not that bad... but for some reason I just can't bring myself to start a big applique project.

Miss White Wall said...

A Dresden plate quilt, spiderweb quilt, flock of geese paper piecing quilt (the ones that go in a circle) and to finish my yoyo quilt. Luckily I have a long time to accomplish that which resides on my bucket list! Great post!

Chris said...

My quilting bucket list includes:
1)an improvisational, minimalist quilt, (do you know how hard that "minimalist" thing is for some of us?)
2)a two color (red/white? blue/white? green/blue?) queen-size Drunkards Path or Magic Circles quilt and
3)a lone star string quilt. How's that for scary??? Much scarier for me than a wedding ring!

Bridget said...

I have two bucket list quilts that I can think of off the top of my head: A paper pieced flying geese quilt where the geese are flying in curves and a very modern looking quilt as you go quilt using solids.

safieh said...

I have lots of things that I want/plan to make, but the two that are the most scary are the double wedding ring and the single girl! Eventually I just have to dive in and make one of each!

**nicke... said...

double wedding ring
that dotty dresden
learn how to do hexies so i can make a grandmothers flower garden...
ds's single girl

that tiny 9 patch scares me!

Terriaw said...

Cool list of quilts to make! Very ambitious too, but that's how you roll!

On my quilting bucket list:
-First I would like to finish all the quilts in progress I have laying around my house!
-I would like to make a quilt with each collection by my favorite fabric designer. (That means about 6 more quilts!)

Heleen Groot said...

Since I've become a blog-reading-addict my bucket list has become longer and longer. All of the comments above and then some, except the ring quilt. I've made a small version of that one and didn't enjoy it! I have a book (with me always) and just write down the ideas that I see for quilts-I-will-make-one-day!

Aliceart said...

Ocean Waves with a red solid background
Amazing all solids modern graphic quilt
Antique looking large quilt with little teeny tiny stars
Appliqué quilt made with modern fabric each block an original design by me

Dedra C said...

I started my Dresden plate quilt this morning...it's number 1 on my list. I also want to the an Amish braid and a stacked coin as well as one that looks like argyle.

Alison said...

I would like to do a traditional sampler quilt with tons and tons of applique. I have the fabrics stashed in my closet (I got them for my birthday from my mom and sister) and just need to find the right pattern/design it myself.

Thee Fire Wife said...

1. The "geometric double wedding ring" design I made up because I'm ascared of curves.
2. Cathedral window Quilt, LARGE.


And that's all the longer my list is yet. I don't even know what I want yet!

Karen said...

A Log Cabin and a Dresden plate. Two classics that are timeless.

audrey said...

Love your list!

Mine includes:
1. Dresden--actually have this one partly done, have all the petals done just need to get sewin!
2. Double wedding ring
3. Snail Trail
4. Dear Jane
5. Bargello

I've started being more aware of the projects I start, I find the end results are more rewarding when planned rather than spur of the moment.

m @ random musings said...

the epp stars is my in-progress quilt. so addictive! (and George is adorable)

Deb said...

I'm working on my Dresden over on the Old Red Barn Co Flickr group. It's slow actually, but going to be lovely. I couldn't get the actual fabric (red and white spots) in New Zealand, but my version will be fine :) On my bucket list is a Lone Star quilt, I think I want to master that one day, and a flying geese quilt a la Blooming Workshop.

Donna Becker said...

My list grows with each blog post, quilt or book magazine I read! On my quilt bucket list right now are:

1930s quilt
Civil War quilt
modern art quilt (a la Nancy Crow)
Hawaiian quilt
quilt using Hmong embroideries
one using Australian aboriginal-designed fabrics
African fabric quilt
Northwoods-themed quilt for my DH
Outer Space-themed quilt for my DH

Gosh. I'll have to live to be a very active 100-year-old, or these will have to be really, really small quilts!

Jessica Christensen said...

I started a dotty dresden, so I should probably finish it. I, too, have plans to do a double wedding ring quilt. Then I have a pickle dish I want to do. I found a paper piecing template online. I want to do a Baby Jane. I have saved a billion tiny triangles left over from binding and other things. I'd like to do a tiny HST quilt with those. I also want to do the piece 'o cake polka dot circles quilt. I've been saving polka dots for a LONG time. Well, that's the short list, but of course, knowing me, there's definitely a long list too. :)

aneela said...

You mean there are quilts out there you haven't made????!
Top of my bucket would be a postage stamp quilt, it's just the thought of all that cutting, piecing and ironing that scares me....

Tiara said...

Love that dresden. I also want to make a single girl quilt (maybe in about thirtyyears) and a joseph's coat.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Double Wedding Ring..that's on my list. I started one and put it away.

I'd love to make a scrappy postage stamp quilt.

But the one that I've wanted to make for a long time is here ...http://www.windhamfabrics.net/cgi-bin/fabricshop/projects.cgi?patternID=201 but in brighter colors.

Maybe someday!

Suzanne said...

Looks like I'm going to have to start one as I sure got a lot of ideas from reading on your blog today.

Tamie said...

I used to say to a friend of min- I think I have one of those in me. I just need to write them all down. I love crossing things off a list. Maybe that would get me focused.

Jill@northstarquilting said...

I've always wanted to try a double wedding ring and I jumped right in recently when I found out a friend was getting married.

I've always admired Baltimore Album quilts but needle turn appliqué scares me. I also really love the Hawaiian quilts but ditto with the appliqué fear. Maybe it's time I tried it.

goletagirlwendy said...

Great list.

My list would include Hawaiian, Single Girl, scrapy log cabin,zig zag rail fence and finish all the quilts I have started.

Kari Nitzel said...

One quilt that has been on my 'bucket list' is...a Dear Jane; I know call me crazy, but I think it would be very interesting and challenging.

CJ said...

Ohhhhh the quilty bucket list is LONG!
8 baby quilts to make for this coming year!!
Curio quilt for a 'client' friend
Swoon done in Hometown (inspired by one I saw online - GORGEOUS!)
Bloom's Summer Blush (JUST bought the pattern)
too many more to list!

I realllly want to try some dresdens too.

Lorraine said...

Love your list .... I think it is my list too !!
Except for the dotty dresden , which I made earlier this year ( in orange ) xx

Becky said...

I'm afraid my list would be too long :) I used to be afraid to make a Wedding Ring quilt also, then I did it a couple of years ago. It took me f.o.r.e.v.e.r., and I can honestly say I don't think I will make another one. However, it turned out great. You should just do it!

charlotte said...

Great list. I'm not sure I have one, but I have to say you can totally make the double wedding ring. I made one about 14 years ago when I was still quite new to quilting and I don't remember it being difficult, just time consuming and hopefully I'd be better and faster now. Go for it!

Kim said...

OMG! I have that 2008 magazine ( thrift store .10 great find) and I have that quilt marked as a TO DO!!!!! I really want to try a Mariner's compass.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Oh I am sure your versions of those will be wonderful!
I made a dresden quilt inspired by MO this year: http://ellisonlane.blogspot.com/2011/07/dreaming-under-dresdens.html

As for my bucket list: a king size quilt for our bed (still unsure of what pattern to do)

then learn to sew some clothing! :)

Mary Jo said...

Funny you should ask. I have the same book and my red and white dotted material ready to go. For about 6 months now. It will happen some day. I have a fat eight of Lil apples waiting patiently to happen, and I really want to make a red and white school house quilt. I have a lot more too but you have more to do than read this. Thanks for you inspiration.

Mary said...

Hmmm....I have always wanted to do a double wedding ring because it is pretty much my favorite.

I have all the fabric to do a Tennessee waltz for my bed and have had for 4 years, I think. Still haven't done it.

I have been eyeballing The Farmer's Wife.

I want to do a Lonestar.

I want to do a scrappy triple Irish chain in 30s repro fabrics.

I have been collecting fabrics to do a red and white.

I want to do so many things....except a Dresden plate or a Grandmother's Flower Garden. Neither of those appeal to me at all.

I better stop there.

bec said...

Not sure what would be on mine, but I totally agree about the Dotty Dresden! Can't get enough of their quilts!

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Marjorie said...

Double Wedding Ring was on my quilting bucket list, but I finally broke down and pieced one this summer. Now my bucket list is just to finish the dozen quilts that are in various states.

Spangled said...

I'm getting married this weekend (eep!), and my fantasy for last summer was to make a double ring quilt in time for the wedding, so we could take neat wedding photos in front of it. Oh well, I will make it for an anniversary (maybe the 5 year, hah hah).

I would also like to finally finish sewing the binding to a quilt that I'm already using, and to finish a baby quilt before my sister-in-law gives birth in 2 months. I think those are do-able after the holidays!

I also have a great idea for a quilt with a white background, with circles of different sizes appliqued on top, in a color gradient. I am pretty sure I ripped it off of someone's quilt blog, but I can't remember which. The idea is sketched on a post-it, stuck to my computer, and I always stare at it longingly when I am supposed to be doing work. It will be so much fun to pick all the colors! And not too time-consuming to piece, I think.

Beth said...

Double wedding ring for sure.
A really scrappy quilt ( like tons of fabric and all types). A Baltimore Album.

Lexi said...

You know, I had never thought to write a list!
Yes the Dresden one, yes the double wedding ring but also Swoon, Single Girl and something reproductiony with an inherited stash if you can supply ideas....

Love your work!
Lexi

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hola! Saludos desde Finlandia! I love your quilts! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

Adele said...

Oh yours is a good list. Here's mine;
1. Double Wedding Ring - for the same reason as you... the thought makes me a little nervous, that makes me curious..
2. Georgetown Turnaround - google it, it is flipping gorgeous!! I have the pattern, but I'm waiting for the right time.
3. Curlique Quilt, small drunkard path pieces - i have all the pieces cut from a beautiful French General fabric all stacked in order and ready to go. Big job.
4. Finish the 11 UFOs I have.
That's it
xx

Thimbleanna said...

What an awesome list CrazyMom! I love this post -- I'm thinking I'll have to follow suit soon -- what a fun thing to think about. I can't wait to see your bucket list come to life!!! ;-D

elsie123 said...

I've definitely got one or two ufo's that are on my bucket list to finish. And a nice applique. But what I'm curious about now, and have to go google, is a Single Girl quilt!

Josie McRazie said...

#1 on my list a wedding ring quilt!! I am gathering up 30's prints and that is what I want to do with them!! There is just something about it that jumps out at me! But it scares me that a seasoned quilter fears it!! (I am a newbie) But maybe being blisfully unaware will work to my advantage! LOL

Anonymous said...

Here are mine too:
1 - Garden Party, a pattern from Kathy Doughty's (Material Obsession) shop, that features a variety of dresden plates,
2 - Hanging Latterns from Sarah Fielke's latest book, it's a sensational quilt,
3 - Another Australian, Kellie Wulfsohn's Worry Dolls, made to reference all the family,
4 - The Waverunner Quilt,
5 - A Word Quilt.

Thanks, Katrina

Mrsblocko said...

The diamond star is on my bucket list too. I'd like to do a Hawaiian quilt some day too, but Santa'd have to grant me an extra bucket or two (or 12) of patience for that one!

SarahZ said...

At the top of my list is a zigzag quilt using your tutorial...and I think I will use my "Garden Party" bundle for that :)
And after that, I am with Terriaw who said she wanted to make a quilt with fabric from each of her favorite designers...so I have a Kate Spain quilt on the list, too...now to find the perfect pattern :)

Cheryl Arkison said...

Definitely a double wedding ring too. As for others... the only thing that comes to mind is a completely hand pieced and quilted quilt.

Chris Ann said...

Ooooh...that tiny 9 patch is on my list too! Also, a whole cloth quilt...hand quilted and a scrappy red white and blue log cabin made with thin strips. I could go on...

Clair said...

a ragtime quilt, an airplane quilt, a cross quilt, a charm quilt (each block is different) and a row quilt (each quilt has a different block for that row)

scraphappy said...

What a great list! I have the double wedding ring on mine and just ordered the die for my GO cutter thinking that would get me started. I was thinking of tiny nine patches in rainbow colors as well. After that I SO want to try a tiny paper pieced log cabin quilt and a basket block perhaps.....I guess Dear Jane should be on the list as well though nearly insane might be too scary. Right now it is all about midget blocks. Wow, I guess that is quite a list. Good think I've got a bit of time before i think about kicking the bucket!

Lana said...

1. A Cathedral Window quilt
2. A log cabin quilt for my bed
3. A heirloom quilt for each one of my five children
4. A quilt made with Flea Market Fancy
5. A Christmas quilt.

See not much in bucket! LOL!!!

amitietextiles said...

I started a Dear Jane is solids a few years back... I'd love to see it finished but doubt I ever will!

Jen Kingwell

Amanda said...

Mariner's compass, double wedding ring, dresden plate, sunbonnet Sue, storm at sea, civil war, one block wonder, also design a lot more with batiks, finish a quilt with all second-hand materials.
Reading the comments about tripled my list!

Peg said...

Oh, my, where does one begin?
1. Learn how to use my long-arm machine and get these flimsies all done
2. A Celtic quilt
3. A bargello
4. Design and make a quilt from a photo of a painting I have

That's probably enough to keep me going for a while, don't you think!

Rusty said...

Bucket list, hmm. 1, A king size quilt for my lovely restored cast iron Victorian bed, the best piece of furniture I ever bought. Can't decide the design. 2, re-cover an antique family quilt made in the 30's for my great grandmother which is badly frayed and worn. It is a Durham Quilt, so called for the part of the North East Of the UK where it originates from, traditionally whole cloth quilts hand quilted in beautiful designs (sounds out of my skill level doesn't it?) 3, a knitted jumper for my husband. He is extra large and I've never knitted anything larger than a toddler's sweater. 4 new curtains in a Sanderson fabric handed down, again from my grandmother. I remember it hanging in her house when I was a child.
All projects which are important but a little bit daunting, which is why I have never started them.

Heather said...

I love reading everybody's lists! Your list is great. I too want to do a dresden plate quilt, I love that block. I also want to do something with applique, I have yet to try it. And a Lonestar quilt, they have such a visual punch. Good luck on your list!

Tracy Johnson said...

I was so inspired by you that I built my own bucket list and posted it on my sideboard.

http://myworldinastitch.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-need-bucket.html

sewkatiedid said...

I am a few layers deep on design walls trying to accomplish the bucket list. Great idea for a post!

quirky granola girl said...

cathedral windows. love them, but not brave enough yet.

love you, too :)

Sarah said...

Actually, your list mirrors a chunk of mine! :D I'm saving up polka dot prints for my dotty. I have 90ish string pieced DWR bands-I just need to put it all together...
I still want to make a broken star quilt. I'm handpiecing a 6 point star quilt, so it'll probably end up as another hand piece job. Hopefully the stars get completed in a shorter time than my GFG in 30's prints!
I definitely want to make the 9 patch you listed-I have that magazine & the pattern is flagged :) I'd also like to make a postage stamp quilt. I like stuff with small blocks, but my attention span is horrible!

Kathleen Marie said...

If you tackle the double wedding ring will you pretty please blog step by step about it? I would love to try one, but like you am scared to death of it! :)

Sarah said...

My bucket list includes a dresden/grandmother fan quilt made from fabric saved from my actual grandmothers old aprons. The very "heriloom" quality of that project scares me enouth that i havent' started!

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

I love your list. And the idea of one. I may just have to copy yours as they are all great pics. Not that I don't have enough quilts to make already... ;)

Mama Pea said...

I want to do a postage stamp quilt, a New York Beauty, and a Mariner's compass someday....