Did you see the movie “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? The movie wasn’t much, but the concept is great: What things do you really, truly want to do before you kick the bucket?
Well, my friend Amy just introduced me to the concept of a quilting bucket list! What are those quilts you absolutely, positively can’t die without doing first!? It’s kind of a wish list, Amy says. “Techniques, styles you've always been meaning to do, or an extra special project. My friends and I bring our list to shows and meetings so we can add to it as we see new things that just need to be on the list. It’s a great way to prioritize all those things we want to do and put some structure around it.” She’s starting a notebook of motivation, containing pictures of quilts and projects she likes. “It’s kind of cool and surprising how things seem when you commit them to writing.”
Makes you think, huh—and dig through your fabric and pattern stash for those lost projects!
If you’re not a quilter, well then broaden the concept to creativity in general. What creative projects do you want to pursue? What pieces of yourself do you want to leave behind…a scrapbook, a collage, a knitted sweater or scarf, an embroidered wall-hanging, a painting, a poem.
Now that we've rounded the corner of a new year (and, woo hoo, a new decade after a lousy, lousy one), what projects are you going to put on the top of your to-do list and resolve to finish this year?!
I am a freelance writer and editor, as well as an avid quilter/crafter. My work has been published in over 30 national magazines and newsletters, including Glamour, In Touch Weekly, More, Quilter's Home, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Shape, Today's Health & Wellness, Through the Needle, and Woman's Day. I specialize in craft/creativity, lifestyle, relationship, health, and nutrition topics.
I am the author of Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Pastimes (Hats Off Books, 2005), a self-help book about the therapeutic benefits of pursuing a hobby.