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    Bucket List Question

    We've all seen beautiful quilts that we want to make someday, so we add it to our bucket list. My question is, do we really have an actual bucket list? Is there a actual list in a notebook or computer where we write the names of these quilts? Do we own the pattern already and pile all the patterns together and say "someday"? How do we actually pick which pattern to make next? Does the pattern "speak" to us? My personal bucket list reaches to the next country gravel road and back again. So for now while I'm working on my Dresden Plate quilt, I've put the really must do patterns in a tall wicker basket and the first pattern facing me, gets done next and then I'll put it away or sell it. How do you manage your bucket list??

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    I have a bucket, but not a list. Mine is a directory on my computer with saved pictures and files. Sometimes I browse through and select what catches my eye. And if I've saved something and it never catches my eye when I'm reviewing, that is fine.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Quilts I really, really want to make I “kit”. I put the fabrics I will use and the pattern in large plastic, zippered bags. They are ready to go when I am. I also save patterns in3 ring binders. From time to time I go through them and see if I still want to make them. If not, out they go!
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    I have a pattern file for ideas if I lose my sewjo. In that pattern file I just have one on my bucket list which is Labyrinth Walk.

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    I have a list in a notebook of quilts I would like to make; this includes the pattern name and what magazine, year and month. Fabric for those are not yet chosen. I also have on my bulletin board a list of quilts that are ready (pattern and fabric are bought or a kit, maybe from my stash) when I'm ready to start them. Either way I always have something to work on or dream of starting.

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    I don't have a bucket list. I have a working list of quilts I'm planning to make with fabric already on hand, and as I work on those, a more hazy idea is forming, of the kinds of quilts I'd like to focus on in the future. I collect a lot of photos of quilts and patterns that interest me, and weed those out from time to time as my interests and tastes change.

    My order of quilts to work on is not firm. I'll pick a bunch of five or so and will sometimes change the order within that group. I'll usually review the patterns and fabrics of upcoming quilts several times, so by the time a quilt's turn comes around, I'm very familiar with the pattern, and the anticipation of starting on it is a big part of the fun.
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    I write down in a note book names of patterns that I see tutorials on and think I would like to make them. I doubt that I will get all of them made but I like to dream!

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    The term bucket list implies that I really want to do them before I die. I guess I don't really think in those terms. I consider it SABLE (Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy). I do keep a document on my computer which has a list of my UFOs, WIPs, PIGS, and Brain Bunnies. My PIGS are stored in large plastic drawers under my sewing table extension … four main drawers (1 drawer with PIGS for each of my DDs and her family; 1 drawer for PIGS for me; and 1 drawer for miscellaneous PIGS that could be for girlfriend gifts or donations or whatever). I also have a document on the computer listing the contents of each drawer. I keep my UFOs in plastic boxes with all the blocks I've made, fabric, pattern, etc. I'm pretty well organized that way, just need more time as all of us understand.

    So this serves as a reminder to me to check those computer lists to see if they are updated.

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    I do like luvstoquilt, kind of. I have the assortment of fabric stashed together. Sometimes with a pattern, but sometimes just an idea of what I want to do with said fabric. Because I "stash" buy, most of my fabrics are in 2 yard increments so ample to do just about any pattern that strikes my fancy. Some of my "kits" have had numerous pattern changes before getting cut into and some I have "cannablized" because I had another project that I knew the fabric I had kitted aside would be just perfect. But for the most part I am good about committing the fabric to a project, I just don't always know what the project will be.
    I also work the other way around, find a pattern I really like, shop my stash with maybe a few more fabrics added and away I go. There are certain patterns I definitely want to make like a Swoon quilt, Pineapple and feathered star. There are also patterns I will revisit, like Mariner's compass and another offset log cabin. Some quilts I see I think to myself "Oh I am definitely making that" then a year down the road they are forgotten. And I know I have "kits" with pattern in my bins that may or may not get made or evolve into something else. Some do see fruition. I am currently working on one of my "kits" I set aside at least 4 years ago. And am sticking with the pattern I picked out for it and didn't use any of the fabrics out of the kit, but will surely have leftovers when I am done.

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    DJ This is the first that I have heard of PIGS (except for the barnyard kind) I also don't know the Brain Bunnies. Please enlighten me.

    Even tho I have only been quilting about two years I have a three ring binder with a list of 13 quilts. I created this quite early on as I started getting swamped with all the fabric and needed to keep things organized. I have the patterns and fabric for 11 of them. Only two are finished. Seven of them are all or mostly cut out already. Several have been sewed on. One I ran out of fabric as I couldn't find the right colour; One I got bored of sewing black and white squares; One was set aside as another became more important; One I couldn't find a backing for. Two are really close to being finished and I would like them done as I need them to actually use. They are the next ones up, but I have been distracted making dolly quilts for a donation. All of these I consider WIP not UFO's. I also have a list and am gathering fabric for some that I aspire to like a couple of wall hangings, a Lucy Boston and a Grandmothers Flower Garden

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    I have a chart for everyone I want to make a quilt for plus any other quilt I want to make just because. Next to it I have their colors, likes and dislikes and even a pattern in mind for them. I also list whether I have the backing for it too. Then I write their names on a piece of paper, throw it in a basket and when I ready to make a new quilt I pull out a name and that's the next quilt I make. Everyone once in a while I might bump up a quilt or two but normally I go with the name pulling. So far my name hasn't come up so my beds do not have a quilt on them yet......
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    PIGS and Brain Bunnies? Great ideas here. Thx for sharing. I really intend to do kits because I set fabric bundles aside and then forget what I wanted to make with them.

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    I'm an "all of the above" person. When I renewed my quilting interest several years ago, I went all in, gung ho! I have the Farmer's Wives book, and several blocks started, but put on hold. I have the Beloved Baltimore book...way over my skill level! I have computer files of someday quilts. I have a file of patterns to do. I have several quilts kitted, just waiting to be done. I have tons of ideas rolling around in my brain bubbling to the surface. I have totes filled with fabric I had to have, because it spoke to me. I have 4 magazine holders filled with books and magazines with sticky notes flagging the quilts I want to make. I'll never get them all done! As I finish up on the quilt I'm working on, I start to think about what I want to do next, what my options are, and go from there.

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    I have a few things in my head - mostly to try something I haven't done before. I don't have much of a stash and I quilt for my own pleasure, so, one at a time as they interest me. I guess that is my bucket list, such that it is.
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    I also do what luvstoquilt does. I have lots of pattern filled binders, lots of bookmarked ideas, lots of kits I have assembled with a pattern I want to do, a few store bought kits...
    for those who want to know what PIGS are...Projects In Grocery Sacks. Brain Bunnies? Don't know. I have a guess...
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    I have a bucket list .. sort of... but it resides in my head. Same for other things I want to do before I die.

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    I’ve bought my stash fabrics in groups, a set of charms with enough coordinating fabric for a border or two, a jelly roll with coordinates, etc. of the fabrics I really liked, I got enough for more than one project. I guess I’m more fabric driven than pattern driven. Maybe that will change with time and experience.
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    I have my list of ufo, kits and quilts I want to make on my computer
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    I have a file of "interesting quilts" that have caught my eye. Some I may make, some I may use just for a jumping off point. Every couple of months or so I go through the file and look at the pictures for inspiration, and if one doesn't catch my fancy at that time, I delete it.
    As it is, I'll have to live to 387 years old to finish what I've already collected, LOL!
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    This is why my Pinterest boards are huge! I pin the things that catch my eye for the general pattern, specific pattern, color combo or general inspiration...when and if I ever run out of current projects (bwahahahah!)I have a huge 'inspiration book' to look at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshirepat View Post
    This is why my Pinterest boards are huge! I pin the things that catch my eye for the general pattern, specific pattern, color combo or general inspiration...when and if I ever run out of current projects (bwahahahah!)I have a huge 'inspiration book' to look at.
    I also use Pinterest, though I don't know if I would call it a bucket list. I just pin quilts or blocks that look interesting and when the time comes to pick a pattern for someone, it usually comes out of that list.

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    I used to have a bucket list, but my interests change so often, every time I see more quilts being shown here and elsewhere. Now, as joe' smom says, I just collect a lot of photos of quilts and patterns that I would like to make someday and browse through them when it is time to start the next quilt. .... I keep adding photos of quilts to my collection as I read this board... loll. They are kept either on my computer, in 2 or 3 private photo albums here on this board, in a 3 ring binder and on my bulletin board.

    As I keep changing my mind I only choose the "next" one so no kit prepared in advance for me. I don't have a big stash and I don't buy much fabric ahead of time except when I travel and find a LQS I feel I have to buy myself a "souvenir" and encourage LQS at the same time (my excuse loll .)

    Depending on the pattern I choose for the next quilt I will shop the fabrics on hand and buy some fabrics to complete my selection for that next quilt. I try really hard not to collect scraps also, therefore I work on a leader/ender scrap quilt, along with the one quilt I try to finish before starting another one. I always do reversible quilts so I can "sandwich" and quilt them 2 at a time...
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    I have assembled "kits": some purchased and some assembled by me, sorted and labeled in my sewing room. Didn't realize how many until I recently wrote them all down on a notebook. I was shocked & distressed & embarrassed that I let it get so out of hand. Soooooooooo I am "mostly" on a hiatus and started pulling projects from my list, and then crossing them off when done. Some get moved to the "To be quilted" list, ha, ha. Amazingly, I still love all of them and would love them completed!

    This says nothing about the stash I have on fabric boards, pre-cuts, and scraps I have cut into 5" sqs. Yikes. I'm with Jan..........I will have to live 100's more years to get it all done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pewa88 View Post
    PIGS and Brain Bunnies? Great ideas here. Thx for sharing. I really intend to do kits because I set fabric bundles aside and then forget what I wanted to make with them.
    PIGS - Projects in Grocery Sacks
    Brain Bunnies - Project ideas/plans that multiply like rabbits …

    There's no hope that I will ever get it all done, as I keep adding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
    Quilts I really, really want to make I “kit”. I put the fabrics I will use and the pattern in large plastic, zippered bags. They are ready to go when I am. I also save patterns in3 ring binders. From time to time I go through them and see if I still want to make them. If not, out they go!
    I do the same thing! I now have two very large wicker baskets full of kits.

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