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Quilt Bucket List 4 – It’s a Party!

They say two’s company and three’s a crowd, but four?  Four’s a party! So grab a beer and let’s party down with my 4th annual Quilt Bucket List!

bucketbeers-copyEvery National Quilting Day, I revisit the quilts on my “bucket list” – those quilts I want to finish before I move on to the great sewing room in the sky.  The list keeps getting longer, so I suppose I won’t be going anywhere soon…

It’s a party and we’re here to have a good time, right? So let’s get the bad news out of the way – none of my bucket list quilts got finished during the last year. In fact, I didn’t do a single stitch on any of the quilts I mentioned in Quilt Bucket List III: Attack of the Seam Ripper.

Which means my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quilt, my Monk-inspired quilt, my One in a Minion quilt and my Steven Tyler memorial quilt (Steven Tyler my cat, not the Steven Tyler the rockstar) are all still chillin’.

That’s not to say I didn’t make any quilts for myself in 2016; I did.  It’s just that those quilts weren’t even a gleam in my eye last National Quilting Day.  But sometimes you just need to go with the creative flow, resulting in the addition of these beauties to my personal collection –

Having a lot on my to-do list has never stopped me from adding more, though, so I’ve invited a few new quilt ideas to the “must make before I go” party.  Please give a big quilty welcome to

Made in March Quilt ~ For the past two basketball seasons, I’ve been working on a Kansas University Jayhawk quilt only during March Madness.  My hope is to finish it during the 2017 tournament – Rock Chalk! 

RIP TV Quilt ~ My modern, laugh-in-the-face-of-death take on the famous Kentucky graveyard quilt featuring favorite TV characters who have passed away (including all 4 of Lisa Simpson’s cats)

Sew Geeky Quilt ~ Pulling together my love for sci-fi television and my love for quilting, this one features a LOT of appliquéd pop culture /slash/ sewing puns (like Captain Picard’s classic, “Make it sew.”)

All three of these quilts are in progress, but who knows what I’ll actually finish this year?  Maybe a bunch of fabulous new quilt ideas will turn this little shindig into a surprise party for 2018, too. 😀

I’d love to know what’s on your quilt bucket list.  Please share in the comments; I respond to every one. And let’s leave this post with the slightly modified advice of blues – and party – legend Stevie Ray Vaughn…  

If this sewing machine is a rocking, don’t bother knocking – just come on in!






World’s Nicest Neighbors

Earlier this year, I lost a knife fight with an avocado while trying to make guacamole and ended up losing the use of my left hand for several weeks. There’s so much you can’t when you only have one hand! Especially when you add in fear of your kitchen utensils turning on you… can you blame me for not wanting to cook?

When our next door neighbors heard about my mishap, they brought over a couple of dinners for me and my husband. Can you believe that? We’ve only lived here a little while, but their wonderful gesture sure made us feel welcome. Added bonus – Shawn is a fabulous chef! Everything was so delicious.

Once I was back to quilting, I wanted to make her something special as a thank you. What cook worth her salt (see what I did there?) doesn’t need more hot pads, right?

Thank You Hot Pads

For the design I chose stylized versions of our two houses, and, since we both drive the same color autos, I appliquéd cute little blue cars, too! The hot pads have insulated batting inside, so they can be used (though they’re probably better at being decorative :D) We’re so grateful for our wonderful neighbors and hope this little thank you lets them know how much.

And just a last word of advice to everyone – watch out for those darn avocados!