If you've read this blog for any length of time, you've probably realised that I'm a big fan of the list. For months (possibly years, but let's not go into that) I've had a very very very long Word document on my Mac detailing every lovely project/recipe/covetable item I come across and am inspired by/want to steal and claim for my own.
Anyway, I've decided that the time has come to share my List (notice how it's gained a capital?). This is a big moment for me, as the List is (have I mentioned?) very very long, and I probably won't achieve half of it in this lifetime, but I'm hoping that by sharing it I'll (a) scare myself into getting going on some of it and (b) inspire some of you to either share your lists or start a project you've been meaning to do forever.
Incidentally, you can tell this is going to be a long list because it has sub-sections. Oh my.
Wherever I make headway, I'll post a link to it next to the item. From time to time I will (inevitably) add and remove things as well, I suppose. Although the original 96 things on this list should keep me going for a little while.
Quilts I'd like to make
- A hand pieced hexagon quilt in a very simple colourway. In progress, being quilted every evening
- A very simple quilt using the first fabric in this post, inspired by this quilt. In progress, going surprisingly badly. I think I may have accidentally abandoned it.
- Snippets quilt, but a big one. And maybe with triangles
- A quilt with circles, inspired by this one
- Scrap killer postage stamp quilt with alternate white squares, in a colour wheel/rainbow
- Postage stamp quilt inspired by a design in The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making (pg 94)
- A quilt involving embroidery, perhaps some redwork or an alphabet with embroidered pictures and appliqued letters for Teddy
- Circles of stripes (perhaps string pieced?) appliqued onto a plain background
- OK, click here, go to the 9th photo down and look at the bottom left quilt (the red chequerboard type one). One like that. It might be called a chain quilt
- A straightforward shaded quilt like this
- Wedding ring quilt, or perhaps Denyse Schmidt's single girl pattern
- Colour wheel quilt
- A quilt incorporating my sashiko supplies
- Bubbles/confetti quilt, inspired by this one
- A clamshell quilt. I have visions of one in Liberty cotton lawn
- A very simple quilt inspired by these stripes for camping and the garden
- Clementine quilt like Elizabeth's
- A quilt in all pale neutrals (white and off white) with quilting in multi-coloured perle cotton
- Flying geese of some description. I like the idea of them spiralling out from the centre, but maybe I need a practise version first
- Half square triangle quilt, very simple, like this
- Snowball quilt
- A quilt that uses up my alarmingly big Heather Ross stash
- Hexagon charm quilt. Slowly piecing the top.
- Dresden plate quilt. Either the design from Material Obsession , or one with lots of miniature Dresden plates appliqued at random
- String quilt
- A bigger quilt a bit like this
- Scrappy quilt like the only improv type quilt I have ever, ever liked.
- A quilt inspired by this one. I love the borders around the central images
Recipes I'd like to try
- Chai tea mix from here, perfect for camping
- Monkey bread recipe. I must be the only person in the world not to have made this
- A lovely looking gnocchi recipe
- Concentrated ice tea, just like the Chicken's
- Squash and kale soup a la the Monkey
- Super quick cinnamon rolls like Cinnabon's
- Sticky lemon slice. Sounds mmmmm
- Kinda key lime pie by the Pioneer Woman
- Dandelion cookies from here, so I can pretend the state of my garden is intentional
Clothes I'd like to make (for me)
- A slip to go under my skirts so I never have to worry about lining again
- The wrap skirt from Weekend Sewing
- A camisole or two from voiles or cotton lawn
Clothes I'd like to make (for Teddy)
- A smock for crafting (on the off chance he ever sits still long enough to make anything) inspired by this one
- A long sleeved jersey t-shirt, on the serger
- A half zip sweater
- Some cosy winter trousers. Or maybe just some cosy thermal leggings to go under the current trousers
- Huck Finn trousers from Weekend Sewing. Made a pair. Or two
Sewing/knitting/creating for the unborn one
- Knitted blanket. I'm thinking something simple with long rows of garter stitch
- Knitted bootees. These ones.
- Sleep sacks, from Handmade Beginnings
- Simple cardigan or two
Sewing for the house (not including quilts)
- Covers for my fabric storage shelves.
- Produce bags for the bread in the kitchen, just to see if it's true that it lasts longer in a bag
- A big pincushion of some description
- A couple of bathmats (I'm thinking a quilt top with a towel underneath)
- Bed linen (including sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover)
- An apron or two for me
- A tablecloth
- Placemats and napkins
- Tea towels that match, inspired by these
- Curtains for my workroom
- Curtains for the dining room
- Curtains for the kitchen (are you sensing a theme here?)
- Curtains for the living room
- Curtains for Teddy's room (bored yet?)
- Curtains for our room
- Potholders that match the kitchen
- Cover that actually fits for the sofa bed (current one is far too small, and ripped)
- A new ironing board cover
- A book sling for Teddy's books, from this tutorial
Sewing for the great outdoors (not including quilts, again)
- Patchwork deckchairs. Oh my gosh
- A beach mat (OK, this feasibly comes under the heading of quilt, but it's going to be very simple and non-quilty)
- Change bag for rushing around with Teddy (mine is not attractive)
- Beach bag
- Advent calendar bunting
- Recipe cards and folder, just like this, for christmas recipes
- Christmas tree skirt
Knitting (for everyone and anyone)
- Knitted toddler dungarees. Could they be any cuter?
- Sweater for Teddy from Essential Kids
- Dishcloths for my mother
- Wrist warmers for winter (for me)
- Finish my mother's socks. Done.
- A cardigan or sweater for me (as in, an actual full sized garment)
- A snood. Yes, really.
Books I want to buy
- A lovely little self sufficiency book
- Japanese craft books from here and here
- Quilt It with Wool
- Material Obsession Two
- Patchwork Style
- Fast Flying Geese Quilts
- Sew U Home Stretch
- Sew U (possibly this should be before the one before...)
Other things I want to buy
- Amazingly fabulous stamps for the non-papercrafty (like me) who nonetheless want to make their own cards.
- A cast iron waffle iron
- Latte bowls. So pretty.
- Book plates, although I'd need a couple of hundred...
- An apple corer and peeler
Things that don't fit into any of the eleven (eleven!) lists above
- I really need to make a design wall for quilting
- Thread storage, exactly like this
- Some kind of logical fabric organisation is required. I'm working on it, OK?
- An upcycled woollen blanket from thrift store sweaters
- Play silks for Teddy. I can see these ending up as a purchase rather than a handmade thing
- A scottie dog toy. I don't know why either
- I'd like to try labelling my quilts in a distinctive way, perhaps with a little grandmother's flower garden hexagon flower, inspired by this
- Really really want to start a fabric diary, inspired by Karyn, who linked to this one