One Block Wonder or Stack & Whack
I absolutely love the look of these quilts, especially when done in black and white. It makes me think of the pure joy I feel when I'm standing in the falling snow surrounded by the beautiful, unique snowflakes. And just like a snowflake, each block will be unique! I bought the ruler to do one at MQX last year but I still haven't found the perfect black and white fabric to cross this one off of the bucket list.
Amazingly enough, this one isn't only on my bucket list. It's also on my husbands! He loves this quilt and would be so happy for me to complete one. I have the book I got it at VQF a few years ago but I find the very scale of this quilt daunting. I actually had the opportunity to see the original Dear Jane late last year and it's further cemented this quilt on my bucket list. But there is a lot of mental roadblocks to be overcome before I feel I can begin this one.
Another Big Sampler (also on my husbands bucket list for me to make). I read through the entire book two years ago; another find at VQF. I loved the letters that inspired this quilt and can't wait to get started on it. I'm actually planning on starting this one this year! I just need to choose some fabrics and get going.
Cathedral Windows have inspired me for as long as I can remember. I've always admired this quilt style and pined to have one of my own. I actually started one about 4 years ago and got a total of 5 blocks in before giving up. I don't think I was ready for it yet. Now that I've got more quilting experience under my belt I understand the labor of love that this quilt is and know that I'll pick it back up again someday soon.
Double Wedding Ring
Is this one of those quilts on EVERYONE's bucket list? I wanted to participate in the NYC Modern Quilt Guild Double Wedding Ring challenge this past year but just couldn't make it happen with all of the things that were happening in my life at that moment in time. This is such an adaptable pattern, capable of being modern and traditional, that I don't think I'll have any problem crossing this one off the list. I just need to conqueror curves first.
Have you seen all of the medallion quilts out there right now? The Marcelle Medallion, Midnight at the Oaisis, not to mention all of the other home-grown medallion quilts. I love the idea of starting a quilt and just adding a little bit at a time until I'm either sick of it or convinced that it's finished. I have the pattern for the Marcelle Medallion quilt (blue, top right below) but I'm not sure when I'll start it.
So maybe this one is cheating but it's quilt related... I am absolutely dying to have a barn quilt for our house! My husband thinks that a barn quilt is one of those round orange and brown and white medallions that people had on their houses in the 70's but boy is he wrong. Once we choose a vinyl siding color I'll be ready to start designing and painting a beautiful barn quilt to proudly display on the side of the house!
Make A Go At It
I like my job as a data analyst. I like going to work everyday and creating wicked awesome reports and documents to make people's lives easier. I like that I can connect what I do directly to the patients that we serve. (I work at a hospital, btw). I like knowing that what I do makes a difference in someone's life.
But I love quilting. I love art and fabric and quilt math and creativity and creating beautiful things. So my final bucket list item is to make a living through quilting. I don't know if it will be pattern creation, or designing fabric, or long-arm quilting, or teaching, or simply working at a company that is part of the quilting world but I do know that this is my dream and my passion. I pray that I'll be able to find the path that will get me there.
Thanks for reading. I hope that this inspires you to create and think about your own quilty bucket list and why the things on it are there.