APQ Bucket List Update – August

I know. It’s June. But the August 2019 issue of American Patchwork arrives in June so it’s time for a Bucket List update!

Finish Faster? I just need to finish something!

So these are the tasks the sweet folks at American Patchwork have checked off their lists since April-June.

No. 1. Use acrylic or paper templates to piece a block. I have the templates – Shooting Star by Jen Kingwell. I have fabric. But that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Just one block, that’s all I need, right? I can make a pillow – a small one.

Why this one? Because I love this quilt.

Made with Jen’s Looking Forward collection. This is a Bucket List quilt.

No. 2. Donate a pillowcase to charity. I haven’t made these yet but I make about a dozen each summer to donate to the Million Pillowcase Challenge. I already have some fabric picked out – Annie Brady’s Fish Tales. How cute is this?

No. 13.  Submit a reader tip to American Patchwork.  I haven’t done this but years and years ago, I was sometimes asked for tips and tricks. I was usually asked for tips on “faster finishes” and my answer was always the same… slow down. Making a quilt isn’t a race, it’s supposed to be a pleasurable experience so why rush it?

If you’d like to submit a tip – apqtips@meredith.com.

No. 19.  Label a quilt.  (Don’t forget your name and the date.) Ding ding ding!! I’ve got this one! I used to label every quilt – big and small. But I’ve gotten a bit forgetful the past few years and I’ve missed a few.

While I haven’t finished a quilt this year that I can share – I include labels on almost all of my quilts.

For quilts that are large enough to require two lengths of yardage for the backing, I piece a panel that goes between the two lengths. I use leftover pieces from the front because when it’s scrappy, I always seem to make more pieces than I need.

I also have one other “quirk” with labels. I’m not sure why I started doing it but it’s something I’ve always done.

I always include a quote as part of the label – something that speaks to me at the time I’m finishing the quilt.

No. 40.  Learn a new embroidery stitch.  I’m working on this one because I really want to make this little quilt.

Eastmoreland by Kathy Schmitz. I’ve got the pattern, mini charm packs and I’ve been watching Kathy’s Stitch This videos. (They’re here on Facebook.) I love the Fishbone Stitch.

As for the rest of the list, I’m making progress. I was at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival last weekend so that’s No. 27 off the list – attending a national quilt show. (I know, the title says Regional but folks are attending from all over the country so it counts in my book.)

No. 16.  Creatively piece your quilt backing. Been there, done that. That’s not new but knowing that I had this list, I did that for a quilt going off for quilting next week.

That’s creative, right? (Now that this quilt is finished traveling, it’s going in the wash to make it all quilty and soft.)

No. 22.  Sew a quilt for charity. Does it count if I donate quilts to charity instead of making them specifically for that purpose?

No. 24.  Make a quilt using only solids. I’m working on this one – my fabrics are ready. And I know what I want to make. I’ll update this one as it progresses.

I’m working on this one – I’ve got a preliminary “pull” started. It’s got more yellow and gold than I want – it looked different on the swatches. So I’m going to edit this – pull out a few pieces, and add a few.

That’s it for this update.

How about you?

If you missed anything about American Patchwork & Quilting’s Bucket List for 2019, we can help.

Happy Friday!

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19 thoughts on “APQ Bucket List Update – August

  1. I always enjoy reading your blog posts. It is good to know you can’t resist collecting and planning projects far into the future just like me and so many others. I will never be bored, that’s for sure.

  2. So enjoyed this! I think I am going to have to have that pattern from Jen! So pretty! I love the quotes you include on your quilt labels. Great idea that I may need to “borrow”!!!

  3. I love reading your blog! Even the posts about projects I’d never do – they tickle my imagination and I love it! But for some time now, your blog site is being marked as “not secure “. Please fix it. Thank you so very much! You are so much fun! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Myra –

      The webfolks and WordPress have been working on that for ages. I’m not sure when or if it will ever get fixed. 🙂

  4. You always have so many interesting things going on! I love the new Jen Kingwell pattern and also, Kathy Schmitz. I am curious to see what you will do with them. I love the idea of quotes on your quilts!

  5. Where can I purchase the templates and pattern for Jen Kingwells Shooting Star Pattern?

    1. You can always buy from Amitie. Postage is minimal and good exchange rate. Local quilt shop can also order it

    1. Hi Charlotte – I am pretty sure that the Bucket list was first published in the April issue – which was published in early February. 🙂

  6. I’m doing a solid color Autumn maple leaf quilt. Using many of the same colors. It’s looking good and it’s fun mixing and matching.

    1. Hi Sue – The Home Mini Charm Packs that Kathy used to make Eastmoreland will be in shops in late August-early September. 🙂

    1. Hi Joan –

      I’m not a fan of 505 Spray. I know a lot of people love and use it but I don’t use adhesives or fusible products very often. Aside from the chemical issue – I do have allergies – there is something about having the thread and needle passing through adhesives and potentially leaving microscopic bits in the moving parts of my sewing machine that I dont’ like. I know, I know… some of that is conjecture but I still prefer the tried-and-true pin basting. 🙂

    1. Hi Tanya – I use a couple different pens. I used to use a printer for labels but no matter what ink, setting process or solution, or fabric, too many labels faded. A lot. Quickly. So I went back to the old “tried and true” Sharpie pen – because anybody who has ever gotten a mark or spot on fabric with a Sharpie knows it never comes out! It might fade but it doesn’t go away. I also use the Identi-pen – it has two tips that offer options.

  7. On your label, are you just one of the lucky ones who has beautiful writing (printing) or did you “learn” this method?

    1. Hi Beth – Thank you! That’s my own handwriting. Just so you know, I flunked penmanship in school because my handwriting didn’t conform to the required slant, connectivity, etc. 🙂

  8. I love your quilt in the book “Blockheads”! Can you tell me if you used a specific fabric line ? I’d love to make it and hope you’d consider it a compliment to your awesome quilt. Thanks, Carrie!

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