What’s on Your Quilting Bucket List?

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One of the first quilts I found myself drawn to was a log cabin quilt. As a non-quilter I didn’t know it was a log cabin—I just knew there was something about the variety of lights and darks stacked upon one another that I loved—it was orderly, yet yielded surprising results depending on the setting. So you’d think the first quilt I stitched would have been a log cabin. Somehow, eight years later, I’ve yet to make one. But it’s definitely on my bucket list.

It might surprise you that Moda’s designers have quilting bucket lists, too. But just like you and me, they’re busy with work and deadlines and don’t always find the time to quilt for fun. Although Quilt Market preparations are currently keeping many of them busy, they graciously agreed to share the quilt they’re dreaming of making…someday.

Camille Roskelley (half of the design team Bonnie and Camille): I’ve wanted to make a pickle dish quilt for forever, and Lissa’s pickle dish is making me want to start now! Maybe after Market!

Pat Sloan: “My Quilter’s Bucket List has a Baltimore Album on it…but not just any Baltimore Album. I want to make the Mary Mannakee that hangs in Washington, D.C. at the D.A.R. museum. Why a Baltimore Album? Because when I was learning to appliqué they were all the rage in my area, and can look so different with different fabrics. I might do mine with a grey background, or maybe red…hmmm…  
Laurie Simpson (Minick and Simpson): There are two, really. I’ve always wanted to do a big English paper-pieced quilt and am now halfway done with one that has some English paper piecing and hand piecing: the Mrs. Billings Quilt. Also want to do a quilt in the style of a Welsh Strippie, which is  a basic quilt (much like an Amish quilt or a whole cloth quilt) but with lots and lots of hand quilting. (Here’s an example.)  

Vanessa Christensen: The double wedding ring quilt. As a matter of fact, I have started it and I am one side away from my first “circle.” It’s been sitting there for 18 months, just staring at me saying “you started me and you know you can do it…why aren’t you finishing me?” I started wanting it to be for my king-size bed, now I’m just shooting for a small throw. 

Lisa Bongean (Primitive Gatherings): I would love to make an all-wool crazy quilt with lots of wool appliqués and cool embroidery stitches all over it!!!

Barbara Groves (One half of Me and My Sister Designs): The very first thing that flew into my mind was Montana Cartwheel. It was one of the first quilts that stole my heart as a beginning quilter. You don’t see them around so much these days, in fact I haven’t seen one in years. But it will always be on my Quilt Bucket List. I want to make mine with batiks someday, when I have lots of time and learn how to paper piece.

Mary Jacobson (the other half of Me and My Sister Designs): The top quilt on my bucket list is a Pickle Dish….or a Drunkard’s Path!  Really anything with curves and lots of color!

Janet Clare: I’ve been meaning to make an Irish Chain quilt for years and years. Grey and cream. Classic and timeless. My Mum’s a quilter and I’ve dropped heavy hints to her, too, but still no Irish Chain! (My Mum’s Irish so I have extra reason to want one too.)

Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles): After designing for Moda for 10 years, I gathered up bits and pieces of the 33 fabric lines to date to make a block from each for a quilt, KTFavorites: 10 Years & Counting. That inspired me to plan for the the Spider Web quilt I’ve always wanted to make for my king-size bed. We’re now saving strips from each new line to make a block from each group. After 25 more fabric collections (about 6 years) I’ll have my quilt! I chose the Spider Web block so I could use all 40 prints from the different fabric lines in each block. It’s not easy to find a block with that many parts/pieces!

Sandy Klop (American Jane): “I recently received my lifetime achievement award. I was the featured artisit at a local nursery where they displayed 100 of my quilts hanging from giant oak trees! So now my bucket list is much shorter. Of course there’s nothing I’d rather do than start a new quilt, but there’s nothing urgent!” Below is a photo of Sandy’s show.

A show of 100 of Sandy Klop’s quilts—Her “Lifetime Achievement Award”
So, how about you? What’s on your quilter’s bucket list—any particular pattern you want to stitch or material you’re yearning to work with? Leave a comment and let us know!

I’m Baaaaaaack!!

I’m baaaaaaaack!  This blog thing could become addictive. 
Here are the newest selections from The Kansas City Star due in our warehouse
sometime in July.(note: that can be anywhere from the 5th to the 31st)

History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas
by Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle
Inspired by their love of antique 19th-century quilts, the Patchwork Divas recreate these
quilted treasures of the past with 1800s reproduction fabrics. The group’s co-founders,
Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle, have assembled a captivating collection of quilts from
past block exchanges. Ranging from the simplicity of the Double Nine-Patch block to the
more challenging Carolina Lily block, there is a project for every skill level among this
book’s 16 classic quilts. Each of the chapters features detailed block instructions as well as
one to three setting options. To give you even more setting and color palette ideas, most of the chapters include an inspiring photo gallery of additional quilts by the Patchwork Divas.
Softcover, 112 pages

A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Kitchen Quilts from American Jane

by Sandy Klop
If you’ve got quilts in every room of the house, it’s time to start on the kitchen! Sandy Klop
of American Jane presents 13 designs — a Baker’s Dozen — to use throughout your
kitchen: on the walls, and as tablerunners too. Many feature Sandy’s signature appliqué
designs — several are pieced patterns. All are cheery, bright and just right for this favorite
gathering place of every home.
softcover, 96 pages
Be sure to visit Sandy here & here.

 Be Merry: Quilts and Projects for Your Holiday Home
by Martha Walker
Martha Walker of Wagon’s West Designs offers some sweet touches when decorating for the
holidays. You’ll want to make one of the six original quilts to brighten your home for
the season. And if you need something for a quick gift, there are ten projects from which to
choose. Journal covers, penny rugs, punch needle, cross stitch, ornaments – there’s something for everyone between the covers of Be Merry!
softcover, 96 pages

Graceful Rhapsody: A Quilted Paisley Block-of-the-Month

Beautiful designs from the imagination of appliqué artist Denise Sheehan await as you step
into the harmonious world of Graceful Rhapsody. Come join Denise as she shows you how
to compose your own quilt, striking the right blend of melody and harmony. The appliqué
featured in Rhapsody is a tribute to the timeless beauty of paisleys. Embroidered accents
and a soft arrangement of pieced and alternate blocks enhance the applique. The balance of
paisleys and flowers in blue, grey and taupe will make your heart sing. Two additional
projects found inside – including an embroidered wall hanging – are based on these
beautiful paisley delights!

softcover, 96 pages

Welcome Home: Surround Yourself with Country Warmth
 by Cheryl Wall
Welcome Home
was inspired by house motifs, often used in the author’s designs, and the
 pleasure she feels when being welcomed into someone’s home. The sampler quilt
depicts many homes, each with a unique personality, made up of different pieced blocks
and some applique for interest. Cheryl encourages you to use your own personality and

fabrics you have on hand to make this quilt reflect who you are.

Welcome Home contains a second charming quilt,
One House, Two House, and several smaller projects, including a
wallhanging, a tablerunner, a picture, and a pillow, which include a variety of techniques
including embroidery and working with wool. Along the way, she gives you mini

tutorials on quilting details, from “Making Half-Square Triangles” to “Finishing Your Quilt.”
softcover, 80 pages

Fruitful Hands
by Jacquelynne Steves
There was a time when the fruit of one’s hands was a necessity to keep our families
clothed and fed. Today, we don’t have to accomplish any of these tasks ourselves, unless
we want to. And many of us do want to achieve a feeling of accomplishment by using our
creative spirits to express ourselves through home decor and other items that offer
comfort to family and friends.
Fruitful Hands offers a variety of projects for both machine
sewing and hand stitching, and a yummy recipe that is “family approved” accompanies
each project. Includes 14 projects – from the “Citrus Peel Quilt,” to the “Cheery Cherry
Punchneedle Pillow,” to the “Heartfelt Home Floor Mat.” Indulge your appetite with
“Pineapple Bread Pudding,” “Blueberry Chutney,” and “BLT Macaroni & Cheese Cups.”

Iron Maiden: Mrs. Bobbins’ 2012 Calendar
Mrs. Bobbins has had quite the year! She saw the birth of her niece’s baby, she realized
 she’s more of a cat lady after dog sitting, and she hit the gym as her New Year’s
 resolution. And she did it all quilt-style! This 2012 calendar showcases 12 of our
 favorite Mrs. Bobbins cartoons from the past year. See her use a layer cake as a birthday
cake, question why a postage stamp quilt can’t ship for free, and fly a quilt as a kite. Oh,
 and let’s not forget about her panhandling for fabric money! Mrs. Bobbins has been
 spicing up everyone’s Monday mornings since 2008. She is the product of artist Julia
 Icenogle’s wacky humor and quirky pen.