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9 Jan 2011

In celebration of 10 years of Quilting Arts, I offer my 2nd (of 10) giveaways this month. This time I am giving away a stash of my own hand-dyed, screen-printed fabrics, some of which look something like this:

My question to you: What is on your art quilting bucket list?

To get you thinking, I'll share my own: I would love--at some point in my life-- to have a year dedicated entirely to surface design work. I'd rent a studio somewhere near my home that has great plumbing, great vibes, great artsy neighbors, and create my own hand-dyed, screen-printed fabrics. Once in a while (if we're fantasizing...), I would invite people like Jane Dunnewold or Kerr Grabowski (and many, many others) to come and stay with me and play for a week. Then, after that year is done of creating all of these fabrics, I'd then make actual fiber art for an exhibition, and hold a very unconventional/ hands-on/ very fun/ very memorable cocktail party at the opening.

That's just one pipe dream/item in my bucket list. Now it's your turn! Leave a response in the comments area and I'll randomly choose a winner on Wednesday.

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Jody Johnson wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 4:33 PM

My bucket list would include trying all of the techniques in all of the art quilt books I have ever bought. I continue to buy books in the thoughts of trying out new techniques but rarely have not had the opportunity to try half of what I want to.

Jody Johnson wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 4:33 PM

My bucket list would include trying all of the techniques in all of the art quilt books I have ever bought. I continue to buy books in the thoughts of trying out new techniques but rarely have not had the opportunity to try half of what I want to.

Jody Johnson wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 4:34 PM

My bucket list would include trying all of the techniques in all of the art quilt books I have ever bought. I continue to buy books in the thoughts of trying out new techniques but rarely have not had the opportunity to try half of what I want to.

allycat wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 4:55 PM

Hi, Pokey,  I have had a horrible two years and feel as if I lost the admiration my children once had for me (this is in my mind).  I know that quilting and art should be for fun and the love of the fabric.  My deepest dream would be to win a national contest for quilting, dolls or textile art.  It would help me feel better about myself and let my children know that I am alright.  My first big step is to start quilting again.  My depression has kept me enclosed in the dark for too long and I am fighting my way out.  I love fabric, the colors, the feel and the amazing textures.  I also like your dream, I think that would also be great.  alena

Pokey wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 5:05 PM


I am so, so sorry you have had a couple of tough years. Depression is horrible, and I've experienced this.  I'm giving you a big, heartfelt cyberhug, and hoping you achieve this line item on your bucket list,


on 9 Jan 2011 5:23 PM

An item on my list is to attend some of the big quilt shows.

reginabdunn wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 5:31 PM

I'd like to arrange for many galleries across the United States to join together and commit to set aside part of their gallery for fiber art. And then different groups would put together their shows and the shows would travel from gallery to gallery until each show had been at each gallery. And then it starts again with a new set of shows.

Jeannie EVH wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 5:32 PM

Well, your bucket list is one that I would love to participate in! I would love to spend a week with Melly Testa. I would learn Melly's wonderful approach to creating art in journals and fabric. Then I would invite Melly, Lyric Kinard, Diana Trout, Sue Bleiweiss,Pokey, Kerr, and a few others to come spend a while at the Oregon Coast. We would not have to do housework, chores, cook, etc.  We would walk, talk, create, and share.

cwilburn wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 6:16 PM

On my list is to actually START art quilting! I read and read and read, think and think and think, but don't do it! I am going to try to set aside some time each week to work my through the many books I've bought!!

defling2 wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 6:19 PM

Get to the Houston quilt show

pcoxdesign wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 6:30 PM

My bucket list I would love for my art to be my full time job: making and selling, testing new products and enjoying my life in the process. I enjoy life now but I have to work and my hubby and children are the center of my universe right now so my art takes a back seat.

on 9 Jan 2011 6:45 PM

First on the list is actually using up all the art supplies I have and in so doing make enough quilts and mixed media art that I could have a show.  Sounds super fun to me!

scifimom311 wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 6:57 PM

I would love to collect fabrics from all over the world and learn techniques right from the natives.  This, of course, would have to be done on a 'round the world cruise that stops at each port for lessons, then has the machines, and further instruction while we sail around the world.  I've actually been on one quilting cruise, for 1 week, and it was a dream come true.  But to spend even 6 months devoted to cruising and quilting would be heaven indeed.

Whidbey2 wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 7:00 PM

My bucket list is to get a quilt into Quilt National, or Huston, or any AQS show.  Very high reaching I know but, you can't get anywhere if you aren't standing on your tip toes trying to reach a dream.  


jabotquilt wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 7:44 PM

1.  Get an article in Quilting Arts magazine... just one little one.

2.  Go to Houston Quilt Festival and see my quilt there.

3.  And I want to meet Pokey Bolton, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Kathy York, Judy Coates Perez and Leslie Tucker Jenison, oh and Melly Testa.  That's all=)

DebbieM66 wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 7:44 PM

On my bucket list for a while now is to have the time and patience to make a show quality, award winning quilt! I know I can do it, I just have to get a round tuit.

jakquil wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 9:09 PM

I want to learn to use Photoshop, I purchased Photoshop Elements 7, hoping to learn to use it (didn't happen), so now I have purchased Photoshop Elements 8 with the same hopes.  I am going to be  tenacious about it this year, and I do have a good start.

Then my dreams are to use my wide carriage printer to print designs on fabrics to be used for my quilting arts projects.  I love Quilting Arts, and have every issue, I like the index, that way I can use them more readily as reference.

robinnn wrote
on 9 Jan 2011 10:54 PM

I'm a total quilting newbie and I would love to just get to a point where I can honestly call myself a good quilter, and come up with and execute my own original quilt patterns. I want to learn how to do a good job both hand and machine quilting.  

on 10 Jan 2011 2:54 AM

Hey Pokey -

I want a year of studio time - without having to worry about income. I would rent a quiet studio space overlooking trees and the mountains. I would ban my children from entering (hey - it's my bucket list!) and only allow other fun artists to enter. (Artists have a fun energy about them - I would take advantage of that, keeping all family with negativity away from my special studio space.)

I would spend that year making so many great pieces of fabric - experimenting with fabrics I can't afford to play with now, trying every possible stitching, coloring, etc technique I could think of or search out. I would have room for all of this - and not have to pick up my materials every night. I would hang finished projects all over the walls, surrounding myself with great colors and memories.

Ahhh...the dream! xx

on 10 Jan 2011 5:13 AM

My bucket list  would be to have the time free from outside distractions to just create without having to do laundry, cook and clean.

That is such wasted time.

So send me a helper.

Laura54 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 5:39 AM

My bucket list…..(in Italy we say  a drawer’s dream) is to make an exibition of my artworks in  a big artgallery of my town.

This exbition would make artquilt so famous in my country that everybody would wish to have a piece hung on their walls, and I will have a lot of requests and I will make a lot of money with my dream’s job.

So I can give up my actual job and live only among threads, and fabrics and dyes instead of building yard’s mud and dust.

on 10 Jan 2011 6:25 AM

I would love to have the time and funding to be able to attend all the quilt shows, classes, CREATE, surface design classes etc. that I would want.  Spending time with creative people is so much fun and pushes my creative envelope!  Just one drop in my art quilting bucket!

on 10 Jan 2011 6:32 AM

AT the top of my bucket list is a trip to Japan to collect and learn about the unique textiles and papers created there.  The Indigo dying, Kimono silks, Washi paper - oohh I want to go now!

profmom wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 6:44 AM

I want to transfer my mother's old handwritten recipes to fabric and create a collage cookbook to give to my eleven year old granddaughter who has an interest in cooking and art.


hahvet1 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 7:06 AM

For the past 20 years I have been a full time veterinarian and practice owner.  In my spare time I am drawn to hands-on projects as a means of expressing creativity and relaxing.  I have dabbled in photography, mosaic/tile work, arts and crafts of every imaginable type as well as wood working trying to find "my medium"!  Having grown up with a seamstress mother, I have always felt comfortable sewing however it was not until I made my first quilt for my son for Christmas that I really felt the spark!  I have turned our dining room table into my "workshop" (much to my husband's chagrin) and have been sewing non-stop ever since!  I dream of having the time, knowledge and creativity to allow my "inner artist" to emerge!!

Susara wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 7:27 AM

TIME and lots more TIME. I would like a lot of time in our bucket to work on all the idees and dreams that I have in my head.

cindyl57 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 7:33 AM

My bucket list includes having a large dedicated studio space with a sink, time to experiment with all the techniques I want to try, to always be inspired and be able to translate the inspirations into art.

Karen K wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 7:51 AM

The big thing on my bucket list is to use up some of my stash. It seems to multiply even though I haven't bought any fabric in a very long time. I want to make several art quilts and use some up this year.

jojo wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 8:02 AM

My bucket list - go to classes given by artist I admire.  I have always said that I have OCCD (obsessive compulsive crafter's disorder) that is hampered by ADD (attention deficit  disorder) so I want to try EVERYTHING!

canary523 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 9:12 AM

I just got into art quilting, so I get ideas all the time, but I would like to do some kind of self portrait.  I am an avid ice hockey player and have a few photographs of me playing hockey and instead of doing things for other people, I would love to do a self portrait.

marlin2 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 9:19 AM

Oh that Bucket List full of inspiration, hopes, dreams and the will to create.  That item would be once a month nationally known art quilter come play with my friendship group.  We would learn all her/his techniques and talk about the experience for years to come.  Bring on the inks, paint, dyes, thread, and embellishments.  We want to play!

Cutienbo wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 9:26 AM

I want to show my quilts at Houston and Paducah. I want to be invited to teach at Houston and Paducah and other big quilt shows. I want to travel to the big shows and share and learn with people who speak our language. (the language of quilting!) I want to be a published quilting author.

on 10 Jan 2011 9:27 AM

My bucket list: to resist the temptation to produce "pretty" work, and explore more complex subjects in my fibre collage work. To learn to reduce images down to form, colour and line. To draw more!

Munderw761 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 9:54 AM

On My Bucket IS a list of many,  many countries I would like to go to and explore fabric and art. So far I have  been blessed to check France and Italy off the list ( althought Italy is a place I hope to go often! )

lrond01 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 10:00 AM

In my bucket list is a trip to Africa to visit their textile industries, meet fiber artists and work on a project with them using African textiles. I find their colors and patterns so full of life. And I would couple this with another one of my long life dream to do a safari to photograph elephants (and use that in my art!).

And on my way back, I would stop in Houston to display the work done on the project!

Line from Montréal

on 10 Jan 2011 10:22 AM

One of the items in my bucket list would be to be artist in residence somewhere.  I always read about those artists in residence who have the room, the time, and the funds to work on their art for an extended period of time.  

sjsagan wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 10:41 AM

The #1 item on my Bucket List is to establish and maintain an organized quilt studio.  Fabric and stuff are not alive in a drawer or opaque container.  I've discovered I am a person who must "see" my "stuff" so I can use my creativity with less stress.  A note to Alena:  I know how hard it is to crawl through the tunnel of depression and I join Pokey in letting you know you are not alone.

Our art is a very important vehicle for us.

on 10 Jan 2011 10:59 AM

I have a REALLY BIG pipe dream ... big enough to cover the side of a BARN with a painted quilt block. How's that for 'surface design?' <VBG> There is a barn in a city park near my home. This year I plan to present my idea the to Park Dept and write a grant with the school district. Maybe by Spring or next year, a local school art class can help design and paint it;  maybe involve the local quilt shop. Historic, educational, art to enhance the community!

Julaine2 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 12:00 PM

Hmmm...bucket list?  Years ago when I started my adventures in art quilting, I

created a "Starry Night" quilt for a PAQA (Professional Art Quilters Alliance - Chicago) challenge.  It is the same size as Van Gogh's masterpiece, and even though my stitching was a little off, I was so proud of that piece.  I would like it to be displayed somewhere before I arrive in fiber heaven!!!

on 10 Jan 2011 12:12 PM

I want all my best girlfriends to come up to my studio in Vermont where we can work on our projects, eat dark chocolate, wear our pajamas and tell secrets or dirty jokes.

Frances Holliday Alford

maeve4 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 12:15 PM

I would love to have my studio completely organized (and perhaps contents labeled) and then to have a really fun artist to come visit with me for awhile to just play with abandon with all the stuff I have collected over the years.  I'd start with Pokey or Melanie Testa, maybe Lyric Kinard or Robbie Joy Eklow (she is so funny!!!) and we'd have a blast.  We'd have food brought in so we don't have to take time to cook, with favorite beverages for all, great snacks, and fabulous music to play by.  But that's just the start, after I learn all their techniques and pick up on their enthusiasm/energy, I'd love to organize (with the help of famous artists) a world-wide event where everyone who quilts makes just one quilt for charitable causes and donates them to an organization or home that is most in need.  What a wonderful windfall of quilts there would be - I cannot even imagine the numbers!!!  If I win some of Pokey's fabrics, I will have lots of fun using my imagination creating something for my own home, but then I will use some to incorporate into a meaningful, made-with-love  quilt to hang in our community's free medical clinic (I'm on the board there).  We serve the uninsured and indigent, over 3,700 patients.  It is a blessed place.  Love shines in this clinic.  I have lots of ideas, those are just some of them.  I'll never live long enough to do all that I want to do!  Thank you for the great giveaway, I'm crossing my fingers!  Now I'm going to head to my studio - we have about 9 inches of snow on the ground here in the south and it is a beautiful day to create!

maeve4 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 12:21 PM

An extra note to Alena:  You will be in my prayers.  I too have had this experience with depression, anxiety and panic.  It takes a lot of work and many wonderful people to stand by you, but with time, and much help, you can work through it.  My husband died four years ago and I was at the bottom of the barrel then, (I already had depression) but now I have a new life and I have come through it with much purpose and faith.  Find something you can get involved in, where you are always thinking of other people with circumstances that are much worse than yours.  You will have little time to think about yourself if you do this.  It helps put everything into perspective.  Never give up, keep working on it, get good help.  

jpthomason11 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 12:42 PM

I make quilts for abused kids in our local area.  I would like to be able to make enough quilts for all the kids.  

on 10 Jan 2011 12:42 PM

For my bucket list I'd love to be able to stay home and work on whatever trips my trigger for the day.  I'd have my own studio (with plenty of room) and people would stop in to visit or actually buy whatever it is I've created (because I want to try everything).  Plus I'd have a cook.

elanowolf wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 1:38 PM

What a great idea you have! I personally would like to make some quilting art. By that I mean, I would truly create pictures with my quilting. I dream of doing it all the time...just haven't had to nerve to try yet. But hope to!  Thanks, Elaine Rybczyk

LindaS@41 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 1:51 PM

There are a number of ideas simmering on my quilting 'bucket' list:

Devoting myself full time to really exploring art quilting

Spending a couple of years doing surface design with Jane Dunnewold

Going to Bali to see the Hoffman batik factory

Traveling to the fabric suks of north Africa

:) Linda

ses4 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 1:54 PM

My Art Quilting Bucket list includes a week-long or multi-day class with Sue Benner at a terrific retreat location;  a retreat with Philippa Naylor in a luxury location (I am still sad that Art Quilt Tahoe left the Resort at Squaw Creek for a not-so-nice conference center).  A studio away from home where I can do "wet" work.

An Accuquilter, a thermofax machine, a large design wall, and a screen print or Yudo machine are also on my bucket list for art quilting.

on 10 Jan 2011 2:21 PM

My Bucket List includes a 2 week Quilting Cruise with lots and lots of famous art quilters. And of course EVERYONE would get a jumbo goodie bag of embellishments at the start of the cruise with instructions to finish an art quilt with everything in the bag. And the winner, which would be me, would get a free cruise next year!! To Alaska!!

on 10 Jan 2011 2:21 PM

My Bucket List includes a 2 week Quilting Cruise with lots and lots of famous art quilters. And of course EVERYONE would get a jumbo goodie bag of embellishments at the start of the cruise with instructions to finish an art quilt with everything in the bag. And the winner, which would be me, would get a free cruise next year!! To Alaska!!

linlous wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 2:24 PM

My bucket list is long. But as one who also does watercolor, colored pencil and other forms of art, I've really wanted to do some experimenting  using fabrics, many different found objects and other art forms. I'm interested in journaling, quilts and all forms of art. That is why I love all the Quilting Arts magazines and their sister magazines.

on 10 Jan 2011 2:42 PM

my wish list includes fabrics in every possible pattern, hue and value combination, an unjammable sewing machine, and no interruptions.

amarieb wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 2:56 PM

To make an art quilt just for me, and not give it away.

on 10 Jan 2011 3:05 PM

I want everything in my studio to levitate, quietly move out of the area into neatly organized, marked boxes while the studio gets a facelift:  carpet removed and stained concrete will prevail, a wall knocked out between the main room and the sink-area, a new restaurant sink installed on one side, whilst a stackable washer/dryer will replace the other, useless vanity sink.  The wall between the two narrow closets will disappear and be replaced by an open storage area with deeper shelves and one wall-area reserved for quilt and PFD fabric storage.  Afterward, the studio supplies will levitate and quietly find their proper place in the new storage shelves!  

I don't want much, do I?!  A woman can dream.......

MicheleB@22 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 4:07 PM

My bucket list:

- take over the playroom

- go to the Houston show

- make work I can enter into a major show

on 10 Jan 2011 4:09 PM

I want to make a piece that would be accepted into Quilts=Arts=Quilt at

the Schweinfurth Arts Center in Auburn NY.

I will be at that reception some day!

lois johnsen wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 4:54 PM

My wish for 2011 includes using some of the supplies I have been collecting, and learn new things about mixed media... and actually DO THEM.  My goal is to carve out more time from my busy life to play with art and be more creative!

coollabtech1 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 5:26 PM

My bucket list would include a year of doing all the Quilt Festivals, and any other quilt retreats/workshops that could be fitted in. Houston and Cincinatti- here I come(hopefully!)

lonemama1 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 6:02 PM

I would like to create a space for dyeing so I can experiment with different techniques.  I would also like to finish the "wedding quilt" befor my son and daughter in law's first anniversary :-)

LuAnnKessi wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 7:09 PM

What a fun topic......Quilt Art Bucket List !

To spend an entire year with all of my favorite portrait quilt artists like Bonnie McCaffery, Maria Elkins, Deidre Scherer, Charlotte Warr Andersen, Hollis Chatelain, Lura Schwarz Smith, Marily Belford, just to mention a few, to pick their brains and learn all of their incredible techniques so well that I could portray anything whether human, animal, or anything of my choosing in a portrait style art quilt.  Oh how satisfying and thrilling that would be.  I would soak in all of their knowledge like a sponge!  Of course, we would stay at a swanky facility where we would not cooking or clean and be waited on hand and foot, so we could spend all of our time creating and learning and sharing with one another.  Aaaah, yes, that would be paradise to me.

LuAnn in Oregon wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 7:50 PM

I really don't have a bucket list...I just get inspired day to day, and make quilts for people who will be encouraged or uplifted by them.  

whitney12 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 7:55 PM

I would love to go on an art retreat.  Surface design play and learn from the best!  A few days away from the stress of work to focus on me and what I love in a cool new environment surrounded by others who share my creative needs!

shishie wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 8:14 PM

I would like to make a textile journal, filled with all of the techniques I am learning!

judyh321 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 9:26 PM

For my bucket list, I would like a financial grant that would cover my expenses for a year so I could do research in art quilting. I'd also like to have sewing friends come and sew with me during that year.

candy49 wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 10:03 PM

I have so many things on my bucket list! Number one would be to take a month and do as many of the different mixed media and surface design techniques that I can find on Quilting Arts! Of course I'd ask my friends to come play with me when they can.

quiltbug2 wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 6:03 AM

I would like to have the courage to turn my art quilting project books into actual project books instead of picture books.  I need to open the lid on my box,  step out,  and get busy

bookboxer1 wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 6:43 AM

I'd like to break out of whatever it is that holds me back from trying new things - and trusting myself enough to know that I'd really LIKE some of them!

cindyrquilts wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 7:37 AM

This year I made a conscious choice not to return to my hi-tech job and instead to try to quilt as a career.

My bucket list would be to figure out how to actually succeed at making a living at quilting. But not just quilting. I don't want to make the small stuff that people think is nice to have and buy here and there. I want to create art quilts to die for and become known as the one who does those amazing scenes from the Holyland.

Franbird wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 9:52 AM

I am new to Quilt Art, but fascinated by it.  

One thing I would do if time and money were not a factor, would be to convert my storage room into a quilting room where I could try the techniques, and quilting methods without having to pack up, put away, and then start over again.  I love quilting, but at present I am limited.

If wishes were horses, all men would ride. ; )

pjmockit wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 10:36 AM

Your fabrics are beautiful!

llamour wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 10:56 AM

My bucket list....lets see, I have purchased all of the DVD's you have produced, I watch them over and over and would love to be able to do even a portion of the amazing art quilting that I see.  To create like Beryl Taylor, mono print like Frances Holliday Alford and quilt like Susan Brubaker Knapp, now there is a dream.

ocnjnative wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 11:59 AM

My bucket list would include making all the things in my 3 x 5 index card container.  They include my photography and mixed media designs and making all the pillows and hangings written on the 100 or so cards. All are inspirations are written on these cards from what  I have read or watched on Cloth Paper Scissors .   I would not have to worry about cleaning my house, shopping for food, cooking or going to work, for all those things will be done for me, so I can just create in my woman cave I call the Tiki Lounge, with Jimmy Buffet playing softly in the background.  

spauldp wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 2:44 PM

I have the same comment........... as Jody...on my bucket lis I really want to try the techniques in the art books I have purchased. Love, love, love my art books......sometimes I wonder if I'm out of control with buying them but each one is a treasure!   Just straightened up the studio/sewing room.....awaiting my christmas gift from my husband.......a Bernina 440QE with the BSR.   Have tried to get started this year making art on a "more often" basis.  In progress  the post card out of scraps and Beryl Taylor's mixed media art quilt from her DVD.  

VickiD10 wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 3:54 PM

Two things, one is to learn fabric dying and other surface design work. I just don't have the space to get into it right now. The other is to go to one of the big quilt shows, probably Houston, see everything and take classes.

gre8dean wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 4:10 PM

At this stage in life - 76 - I'd like to be in a national quilt show being able to rub elbows with some of the real stars of the quilt art world.  Sometime this year I'm going to enter a national show and see what happens.  If I win the fabric, maybe that will improve my chances of getting into a show.

Angela95 wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 4:52 PM

My bucket list includes getting published in Quilting Arts.


Angela95 wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 4:52 PM

My bucket list includes getting published in Quilting Arts.


on 11 Jan 2011 4:56 PM

Bucket list, to organize the stash, to keep practicing til I like what comes out, the thread painting, to be able to maipulate the fabric with the thread so it is how I envision, not how its been coming out.  I'm just a newbie but love your show.!

kimquilt wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 6:21 PM

I would like to make an art quilt of my mom's cat!

PamC32 wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 7:36 PM

My dream is to create fiber art that touches people's hearts and livens their spirits.  I want my art to arouse joy, hope and contentment in the viewer's soul - just like looking at beautiful yard goods does for me.  

steampunk wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 9:08 PM

I would like to work with Interweave to write the forward and publish "The Mija Fiber Art Process." The artists involve friends and family in creating one-of-a-kind quilting art. It looks like a cool place to intern if I was younger and did not have a care in the world. I think the process and the artists deserve an Interweave title, don't you? Read about the process at Thanks.

on 11 Jan 2011 10:10 PM

One item on my bucket list is to walk into a gallery space - actually, I have my eye on a favorite quirky cafe in Portland, Oregon - and see it full of my own art.  Someday!

on 11 Jan 2011 10:14 PM

One thing on my bucket list is to walk into a gallery space - I've got a special quirky cafe picked out in Portland, Oregon - and to see my art on the walls.  Someday!

on 11 Jan 2011 10:17 PM

One thing on my bucket list would be to walk into a gallery space - I've got a quirky cafe picked out in Portland Oregon - and to see my art covering the walls!  Someday!

kate si wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 10:50 PM

Quilt of a thousand different squares. Each hand embroidered and the rest of the quilt entirely hand sewn. I might be a mashocist.

kate si wrote
on 11 Jan 2011 10:51 PM

Quilt of a thousand different squares. Each hand embroidered and the rest of the quilt entirely hand sewn. I might be a mashocist.

on 12 Jan 2011 4:36 AM

Our minds must run in the same vein.

Both Jane and Kerr are at the top of my list along with Mary Hetts from Peru.

The only changes I would make is that it is somewhere warm with great views that would inspire me and comes with maid service.

The time to create without distractions  would be priceless.

Mary Ann

on 12 Jan 2011 7:45 AM

1.Having my own sewing room with all the quilting supplies & fabrics.

2.Attending & participating in quilt shows

(Dreaming too much ;D )

on 12 Jan 2011 7:45 AM

1.Having my own sewing room with all the quilting supplies & fabrics.

2.Attending & participating in quilt shows

(Dreaming too much ;D )

GGQuilts wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 8:03 AM

I just turned 60 and hope to retire this year, yippee, so my bucket list is simply to have the time to do all the things I don't have time to do now!  most of which are listed in everyone else's bucket lists. It's all about time....

Polly41 wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 8:25 AM

I don't need a bucket! I just need more patience!

Didy123 wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 8:49 AM

i am trying to be more disciplined about making, recording and storing samples of work so i want to get a large plain paper book and stick in samples, or attach pockets for some of them, and add written notes about how i have achieved it and any useful points to remember next time.

well i can but try!!

lbeckert wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 1:39 PM

My bucket list would include a big studio to work on big projects, with big tables!  My sewing room is way too crowded, I need space baby!

cindylee4 wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 3:53 PM

i want to party with pokey in houston in my pjs and be an intern at quilting arts magazine for a week to drink up some of the creative mojo that must be in their water cooler!!!

paczach wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 5:57 PM

I would love to show something in a national show, anything.  Have not been brave enough or productive enough yet to do it!  I also would really love to get this portrait of my grandmother that I started last spring done. She died last April just as I started on it and so have not been able to really look at it since.  

I would like to try fabric painting too and using either linoleum block or wood block patterns carved by moi to make my own motifs.

Getting a quilt to each boy (now 12 and 14) is lower down on my list now that they are not interested in turtles and dinosaurs!  They were when I started...

paczach wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 6:00 PM

Oh and go on a retreat for a week or even just a weekend.  Wouldn't it be cool to do one with hikes and designer food and massages too interspersed with class time of course!  One of those hoipolloi type spa resorts but with quilting too!

Riverlovr wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 10:42 PM


I may be too late, but Big Picture-wise, I'd love to do the same thing you described!  But on a practical level, I'm just concentrating on saving a small chunk of money so I can get my Thermofax machine retrofitted so it works.  I bought  it 3 yrs ago at "such a bargain" (not!), only to discover that this model can't use the one type of light bulb available for Thermofax machines.  How disappointing!!!  So now I have to ship away this 50 lb. dud and pay another big chunk of $$ on it.  I know . . . I'm lucky to have it, but I just wish it worked!

Robinbelinda wrote
on 13 Jan 2011 1:09 PM

I would like to start a quilting club at an Elementary school. The thought of helping to encourage young people to quilt is exciting and scary. I love quilting and see quilting in this area waning. Young people have such wonderful ideas and are capable of so much. I would love to egnite their imagination toward quilting. The possiblities are unlimited.

ilove2dye wrote
on 13 Jan 2011 1:39 PM

On my Bucket list is:

To have a Dye Guild!!  Instead of a quilt guild, the dye guild would meet and dye, share, teach, have show and tell and even have a Challenge Dye Project!!!

There are lots of quilt guilds and other textile art guilds, but I have never seen a Dye Guild yet!!!  I want one!!!!!  That's my dream!!!



on 13 Jan 2011 6:11 PM

Hiya Pokey, on my bucket list is to attend Art Fiber Fest or a similar retreat, and then to be invited back to teach.  I live in Australia and decent fabric art retreats are few and far between.  Blessings, Johoanna

AnnLR wrote
on 16 Jan 2011 6:31 AM

My bucket list is long and ranges from the exciting to the mundane.  One item would be to use that heat gun I bought about 8 years ago to a fabric embellishment (de-bellishment?) I saw in Quilting Arts.  So far it has only been used by my husband to strip paint.

Connie Horne wrote
on 16 Jan 2011 8:52 PM

My bucket list is to try as many techniques as I can.  I love to try different things to see how they come out.  Thanks for what you are doing for the art quilters.

tuxedo mom wrote
on 17 Jan 2011 11:28 AM

My bucket list is simple -  a studio for quilters, weavers, fiber artists who could all spend their day creating in a wonderful sunshiny place, laughing and enjoying the company and stimulation of being together.  The core group would be my most talented sisters, the quilter who sews everything for everyone else, the weaver with the antique looms who is self-taught and has garnered a following of her incredible rugs, table runners, place mats and long casserole runners (the funeral guilds at church are crazy about these), the animal girl who has a way with animals and wants to raise sheep, rabbits and goats and then spin their hair, fur, wool into yarn and dye it glorious colors. And me, the painter who is drawn to quilting because of the glorius colors and wonderful feel of the fibers.  To that we would add friends and family and strangers who feel the need to be working with fibers and learning how to do the things with us that we do with our tools, our hands and our history; we would hold classes to learn and teach even more how to play with the color and lights of the fibers, having fun and building a history that is passed on to future generations.

susu52 wrote
on 18 Jan 2011 2:20 AM

One thing on my quilting bucket list is to make a quilt for each of my three children and eight gandchildren this year. I want to make each an original designed by me using fabric I think relates to each one's personality

Rainnata wrote
on 20 Jan 2011 8:51 PM

I'm a very new sewer. I've only been sewing for a year. On my bucket list is to learn as much as I can about the sewing and quilting arts.  Eventually I'd like to pass on this hobby to my two girls. They're 4 & 2.

dollydianne wrote
on 22 Jan 2011 8:43 PM

I would love just one day with no responsibilities. No agendas except for "playing".  That would be just awesome!

clamscrapper wrote
on 31 Jan 2011 5:34 PM

carol m.

I totally agree with your wish list.  I'd love to have a studio and guest artists come and play.  The ultimate.

palominopup wrote
on 10 Feb 2011 12:50 PM

My bucket list is short by most folks' standards as far as projects go.  Since I work about 46 hours a week at a job that I love and drive 45 minutes each way, it doesn't leave enough time in the day to be creative.  My top three projects are:  Create a wall hanging with a flamingo theme for my god-daughter (flamingos are her sorority's mascot), a Mardi Gras wall hanging because I love NOLA with embellishments of beads and masks with cool feathers, and last but not least - a large Japanese themed wall hanging for my sister whose living room is so cool.  I want to make a one dimentional paper lantern (out of silk in lieu of paper) and and I have lots of neat ideas for that one too.  Too many projects, so little time.

on 2 Jan 2015 6:18 PM

I work in a variety of media fabric being the base

Love your prints would be interested in seeing more