Thursday, March 16, 2006
New Quilt Magazine?
Little Boy and I walked to the magazine shop today. Ah yes, typical Europe - a seperate store for each item on your shopping list! In anycase, my intent was to see if there were any new quilt magazines on display... and indeed, there were! Yippee! I eagerly flipped through several - and put them all back. An American quilting magazine costs 11 EUROS here, so I often think 2X before purchasing one. And, on the way in, I had caught sight of the new Puuh (or Pooh) magazine, which just happens to be Little Boy's favorite magazine! And this Momma can even read enough elementary German now to sit down and read/invent the stories for him! An added bonus - this magazine always comes with some sort of toy (last issue it was a clock and there was a page about telling time), AND it only costs just under 3.50 euros (can't remember the exact change amount off the top of my head). There are always a few stories, a few learning games (like shapes, matching colors, etc.), a craft project, a cooking project, photos of wild life, etc. So - here it is, my new quilting magazine. Although, at this point in time, after listening to Little Boy happily toot away on that flute, a quilting magazine would have been the more peaceful option! Don't worry - he is safely sitting on the couch - I don't want him running with that thing in his mouth!
I could have just as easily bought myself a magazine and the Puuh one too, so what stopped me? It all goes back to that shopping list I posted - it includes lots of fabrics for works in progress (mostly borders) and some fabrics to get me started on some other quilts I want to make- and I didn't quite include everything in that list. There are already so many quilts that I want to make... so why would I want to buy another quilting magazine full of new, tempting patterns??? No thank you, for now, I will stick with my lists and try to stay on track!
So, I came home and wrote out a list of the Top 25 Quilts I want to make (including some UFO's). Of course, the list is subject to change, but these are the patterns I want to make for now - and you might recognize some of them from the shopping list of fabrics I need! Hey, it really works - keeping lists do keep you organized.
New quilts that I already have the patterns for:
Scrappy Squares, Economy Patch and Triangle Manic (all on finn's blog)
2 more bars quilts (crossed tracks or railroad). I am making great progress on my current one and want to make one in blues/yellows and another in sage greens/mauves
Another Shakespeare in the Park (I have already made a blue/cream version, plus a purple/whites version). This pattern looks complicated, but goes together like a dream! I just have to decide on a color!
A scrappy Robert Calahan pattern - it is a bit like a scrappy chain -can't remember the name of the pattern, but I have it in Canada
A scrappy 16 patch or 25 patch or 36 patch - we will see when I start putting it together
Another Broken Dishes quilt - I did one this winter and really enjoyed the technique
2 more Stars quilts using my WonderCut ruler (I made the Cars & Stars this winter with this pattern and want to try it out using different fabrics)
Barrister's Blocks quilt in pastels
(that is 13 NEW projects that I already have the patterns for and even some of the fabrics - depending on the pattern)
UFO's I would like to work on/finish (NOT my WIP's which I have been working on over this winter)
2 Ocean Waves quilts
1 pinwheel quilt
2 whirly gig quilts
Tropical shells table runner
little dresden sunflowers
(that is 11 more!)
And I still want to make that Fiesta Wear pattern from American Jane patterns (have to get the pattern). Plus, a Buggy Barn book is on my original shopping list - so add at least 1 more quilt from whatever is in the book I buy (so that is 2 more).
Altogether: The Top 25 Quilts I Want To Make!!! (well, actually 26 if you count the 1 unknown from the Buggy Barn book!) I think I can live without a new quilt magazine for awhile.
What is on your Top 25 list? Go ahead - post it on your blog! I had fun thinking about my Top 25 and hopefully this list in conjunction with my shopping list will help keep me on track. And yeah, my list was longer than 25, but these are the ones on the top... for now!!!