Bucket List Worthy – Quilting Style

I received an email today from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.  Did I ever mention I love, love, LOVE to go on cruises?!  Sailing on the open sea, river or ocean, fun things to do on the ship, exciting ports to visit, unique excursions to partake in . . . what’s not to like?  The subject on the email was “Bucket List Worthy Places We ♥.”  I am all about loving things, so I thought it might be time to revisit the ‘ole bucket list.


I wrote an article about this earlier this year in June, and here are the highlights from that post:

Bucket List – Short-Term (blue from 6/2017; red new for this post)

  1. Go visit MSQC in Hamilton, MO – 12 quilt shops in one small town (!!)
  2. Visit Allen, OK – my niece lives there and she has a quilt shop with her mom
  3. Experiment more with free motion quilting – complete a baby quilt top all in free motion
  4. Attend a quilting retreat – those sound like great fun! (What’s not to like – sewing, food, friends and lots of laughs?  Why haven’t I done one yet??)
  5. Master the art of ruler quilting


Of course, I will need to involve Sue in both these short- and long-term bucket list items.  I’m not driving to Missouri or Oklahoma by myself.  I would love to talk a few different friends into participating in a quilting retreat . . . that would be a blast.


Bucket List – Long-Term

  1. Purchase a mid-arm sit down quilting machine
  2. Teach my great-niece/nephew-to-be how to sew and quilt
  3. Visit a quilt shop in every state . . . and some in Europe
  4. Get involved with valor quilts for veterans
  5. Find a local need for quilts – hospital, woman’s shelter, etc
  6. Build our Etsy shop or dismantle it
  7. Sail on a quilting inspired or theme cruise
Bucket cruise

I really want to go on a quilting cruise!

This is pretty pathetic as I can barely cross off anything from either list.  No visit to Missouri or Oklahoma, no quilting retreat, and only one thing from the long-term.  I have experimented more with free motion quilting, as I showed on the Love You To the Moon baby quilt for Dominic.  I am not confident by any means, but I really did enjoy making that little sheep have some texture as well as free-handing some stars in the background.  That is staying on the list because I still want to do more, and now the whole ruler fad!   Sadly, I removed the possible purchased of the beloved Juki mid-arm as I have the new Elna named Ellie.  I love her and am so happy she came home to live with us!


I have been visiting quilt shops around the area as noted in my Road Trip posts.  Winter is not the time to pop over to Minnesota, Iowa or any other neighboring state for some of their great shops unfortunately.  Our Etsy shop did just have TWO quilt sales so I can’t give up on that yet.  We are going to participate in the two week Black Friday sale event that Etsy is having, starting November 20.  Maybe that will generate some traffic to the website and possibly even a sale or two.  Who knows?  That reminds me that I need to get more quilts listed!!


Any Additions?

So, do I have any to add to the list?  It seems like I should have one or two more by now wouldn’t you think?  Well, previously mentioned ruler fad has been added with the task to become a master at it.  How hard can it be to follow a ruler . . . seriously?!  That’s all I’ve got to add.  Do you have a bucket list of the quilting variety?


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12 Responses

  1. Snowcatcher says:

    I love some of the wishes on your bucket list and wish I lived close enough to hit MSQC with you! Bucket lists are a great way to survive winter doldrums. Gives me a way to keep my mind and hands busy until better weather and longer hours of daylight.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Deborah,
      I think you are in Colorado? That isn’t tooooooo far away – just a straight shot down to Missouri. Kind of. Well, it’s a stretch – okay – but it would be SO fun! I’m not fond of driving in the snow – who is? So I like the winter because I spend a lot of time in my sewing room, and that is a happy place. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Susan says:

    Good idea to divide the list that way. As for Quilts of Valor, look for a post from me. =)

  3. I think it’s great to have two lists…short term and long term. I haven’t really written my list down on paper but I probably should. The days I have left on this earth are way fewer than those that have already passed. Perhaps if I wrote it down and posted it in my special space I could having something to remind me to have fun above all else! Thanks for sharing your list. 🙂

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Cindy,
      No one really knows how long we have left on this earth . . . but it is fun to me to think of meeting some of these short- and long-term goals for just quilting. I hope you do share yours – you might give me some ideas to add to my list. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Shannon Fleming says:

    You’re planning on driving to Oklahoma? From where? We have an old country quilt shop like none other about an hour from my house. It’s located in Antlers and it’s out in the country. I’ve never been to a retreat, but I imagine they would be exhausting. I’m on the fence about trying one out. It wouldn’t be about getting things done, now would it!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Shannon,
      My peeps live in Allen, OK and I live in Wisconsin. Yes, I believe you are correct about the retreat and not getting much done. Hmm, maybe I should take that off my list. Nah, I still want to give it a try. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    You have a fun bucket list, I hope you get to accomplish another 1 or 2 in the next 6 months! Retreats are fun but they can also be very exhausting. I went for 5 years and have given it up, didn’t miss it at all last year. I usually got sick right after, I think due to lack of sleep there. I am so happy you had the 2 sales, I’m hoping things pick up for you.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Vicki!
      I can imagine the retreats are exhausting because I don’t sleep well anyway, and having friends around would make me too excited to sleep. If the Etsy shop works out, it does, and if not, oh well. I’m not going to stress about it – that doesn’t help anyway. I am thrilled to hear about your sales, though!! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Gretchen says:

    You can take care of not attending a retreat by attending the Jane Stickle retreat next April! See you there, I hope.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Gretchen,
      I looked at the dates and it is the week after Sue is off for Spring break. Darn it, but maybe next November would work. I didn’t check out those dates yet. There will be a retreat sometime for sure! It would be so fun to see you at a retreat! ~smile~ Roseanne

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