My Quilty Bucket R1P1

Back in February I wrote about a new system I was starting that would take the stress out of choosing which quilty project to start next. I call it My Quilty Bucket system. I put 20 projects + 4 wild cards in my bucket this first time around. R1P1 = Round 1, Project 1. You can read more about my system in this post.

I pulled Moonlight & Roses on 2/18/2021.

It’s a bargello quilt I found in a book called Bargello Quilts by Marge Edie.

This was my first fabric pull.

I later swapped the blues for teals thinking they’d look better in my house as I was planning on hanging this somewhere in my house but I still haven’t decided where. Anyway, when making Bargello quilts, the most common way to arrange your fabric is from light to dark or vice versa. Look at me sounding like an expert in Bargello making…lol. I am definitely not. This is my 2nd ever Bargello but both times the instructions said to arrange the fabric this way. I remember seeing a tip somewhere that said to take a pic in black & white to better see how to do this, so that’s what I did.

And voila!

Here are the main strips.

This book suggests using separator strips in between the main strips. They can be from the same color runs or one solid color from your runs or something different all together. I made separator strips from the color runs. Here it is on design wall w/the separator strips.

And here’s the flimsy.

Then I quilted it…with organic wavy lines, surprise surprise.

I decided to do a faced binding since it’s supposed to be a wall-hanging, and my dear friend @sunnybunnyquilts who loves handwork, stitched it down for me. Thanks Madonna!

And that’s a wrap!

On to the next one!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, God Bless & Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:19-25 NIV

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March BOMs

First up is my Build A Quilt block. After making it, I kinda wished I had used the marigold on these smaller squares, but it will stay as is.

Next up is my Monthly Color Challenge block. March’s color is Red Orange for Yams. This fabric combo brings to mind candied yams.

These first two X Plus blocks are 10.5″. It’s an okay size but I wanted to make a block that uses a lot of 3.5″ squares.

I don’t like quilty math but I actually did it and came up with these 15.5″ blocks. I plan to make my daughter a queen size quilt out of these scrappy blocks and if I use this size, I’ll only need 36 of them! I’m not super thrilled w/either of these blocks but I think when I mix them up w/some really gorgeous ones, I won’t dislike them so much. I felt the same way about some of my Scrappy Trips blocks but when they were all put together, it was total WOW factor!

And last but not least, the 9.5″ Criss Cross Stars blocks. This is a Lori Holt pattern/tutorial. This block is a my 2nd favorite to make after Scrappy Trips.

So that’s all the quilty sew & tell I have for you today. Until next time, God bless and Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2Cor.6:1-2NIV

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My Quilty Bucket

Last year, in an effort to be more productive, minimize the number of WIPs I had going, or end up w/a bunch of UFOs, I created a Quilty Project Lineup. I vowed to work on one project at a time from start to finish. And for the most part I did just that. I had a mental deadline to complete the lineup and I accomplished it! As I was considering drafting another lineup I started pondering a different idea altogether. Something w/o deadlines but that would take the stress out of which project to start next and keep the momentum going.

Before I tell you about it, I have a question for you. How do you decide what your next quilty project is going to be? Especially when you want to make ALL the quilts?!?! Like I said, I’ve been thinking on this since June and I’m excited to finally share my idea w/you. My Quilty Bucket system! It’s along the same lines as a Date Night Jar or Family Fun Activity Jar, but for quilty projects. And of course there are some rules to go with it. But the rules are designed to foster productivity and keep the projects “fresh”.

The basic idea is to fill a bucket (or jar) with quilty projects you want to make and whatever project you pull, you work on until completion, without starting any other projects. My Quilty Bucket system will require quite a bit of discipline AND self-control.

Obviously, it would be ridiculous to put all 23,202 quilts I want to make in my bucket. (I just made that number up but if you are anything like me, which I think most of y’all are, that number is a pretty good representation for all the quilts we want to make, am I right? LOL.) Anyway, the first step is deciding how many projects to put in your bucket. Remember, there are no deadlines in my system, but if you start with a ton of projects it may take forever to get to a quilt you REALLY want to to make (or that one you’ve been wanting to make for 8 years now), which means you might start cheating the system and then what was the point of even trying to have a system in the first place? And what if you see the most awesome quilt on Instagram and want to make it? Do you add it to your bucket and hope to pull it next?

These questions helped me come up with a “perk” for My Quilty Bucket system. And the perk is…wildcards! A predetermined number of wildcards go into the bucket and whenever one is pulled, you can make anything that isn’t already in the bucket (like the latest quilt obsession on IG), OR pull from the bucket again! (If you pull another wildcard, it should go back in the bucket and you should continue to pull until you get a project.)

So, how many projects and wildcards are going into My Quilty Bucket? This first round I’m putting in 20 projects and 4 wildcards. Most of my projects are quilts but I also have totes, zippered pouches, and paper-pieced blocks to make into a table topper or wall hanging. Some are UFOs, WIPs, and cut-offs from previous projects; also patterns from books and downloads. I already have fabric in mind for a lot of my projects but a few of them I’ll be starting w/a blank slate.

My Quilty Bucket – Round 1

Bad Girl-pattern
Big X-IG
Black and Beyond-book
Bricks & Squares-ufo
Chevron Quilt
Endless Mountains-book
Ray-fpp
Hot Cross Buns-pattern
HRTs-ufo
Kokeshi Blocks(3-4)-fpp
The Ties that Bind-book
Moonlight & Roses-book
Scrap Happy-book
Scrappy Snowball
Trick or Treat totes (4)
Urban Bow Tie
Wander Thru Woods-pattern
Wonky Rail Fence-book
QAYG Zippered Pouches (6)
Patchwork Pouf – home-dec fabric

Stay tuned for progress posts here on the blog and IG. I do plan on continuing the BOMs I’ve already committed to this year, (you can read about those here), and I’m reserving the month of July for Christmas projects, but other than that I plan to stick to My Quilty Bucket system.

If you already have a system of your own, or decide to use My Quilty Bucket system, I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time, happy stitchin’ and God bless!

A Thread for Life

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. – Isaiah 40:28 NIV

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