A Photo a Week: My bucket list

Antique quilt (462x640)

This is an interesting prompt from Nancy this week:

http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/a-photo-a-week-challenge-bucket-list/

When I was still at school I had a bucket list of sorts.  I loved history and being in New Zealand we were so far away from where the action was so to speak.  Many Kiwis traveled overseas – it is called the OE – Overseas Experience.  Mine lasted 15 years. So here is some of the things I wanted to do and see.

1. After reading about Bonnie Prince Charlie I had to go to Scotland and see the Island of Skye – done.

2. After reading about the princes in the tower I wanted to see the Tower of London – done.

3.  I was fascinated by Henry VIII so Hampton Court was on my list as well – done.

4. Paris was also on my list – done.

5. Rome also done.

6. After watching all the Cold War movies I was fascinated with the Iron Curtain.  I managed to get to Berlin before and after the wall came down.  This was really interesting – I have quite a few stories to tell from this city.

7.  I was also fascinated by the history of Russia and in particular the Russian Revolution and the fate of the royal family.  Anyway I had a math teacher (the best math teacher I ever had), anyway he was a weightlifter and traveled to Russia for the Olympic Games when they were boycotted.  When we had done all our work he would tell us all about his experience in Russia.  So going to Russia was top of my list.  I got there and it was incredible, especially as it was just as Glasnost and Peristroika was becoming prevalent but it was still behind the Iron Curtain.  I also have a few stories to tell from there.

8. Skiing in Austria – done – but ended up there for 11 years and came away with two children.

That was just a few of my bucket list from that time.

So why have I got photos of quilted blocks?  Well my bucket list is much more mundane these days.  It is more about finishing all the UFO’s in my sewing room – for those not in the know UFO – Un -finished Objects – get it?

This quilt is a block of the month antique quilt I started last year but among all my troubles this year it has never been finished.  So that is my priority.  Part of the reason is that there are 64 small blocks such as this one, and 9 large blocks.  I think the size also tended to put me off.  Anyway yesterday I dragged it out of the closet and started to finish all the applique.  I was actually onto my last 5 large squares.  I had the great ambition to sew all the details by hand.  But I gave that up when I saw it and so headed to the sewing machine.  So I managed to finish those last 5 blocks in a couple of hours.  I would have been at it all week.  Since this is a long weekend – Labour Weekend here in New Zealand, it is a good time to concentrate on it.

So for those who liked my post on the colour of mint here is the finished quilt.

Lisa's quilt 2 (640x473)

Lisa's quilt (640x473)

Actually another item on my list is to learn new techniques and I certainly did with this quilt.  Now I have to save up the money for the batting and backing fabric.

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/one-word-photo-challenge-mint/

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers

22 thoughts on “A Photo a Week: My bucket list”

  1. I am impressed with your bucket list. WOW what great experiences.
    And you were worried about getting the quilt finished before Christmas? You have time to make 2 more. 🙂

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    1. Actually…….. No I have to move somewhere soon. I can’t afford the rent in this place next year so have to find somewhere cheap to live. I just want the quilts finished before I have to move. 😀

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    1. Thanks. I was really determined back then to travel. I got to meet the Royal Family at a wedding in England as well as Phil Collins and some members of Richard Branson’s family among others. Just the right place and time to be there. I have to apply that determination now to get over this glitch in my health and finish these quilts. 😀

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  2. A woman after my own heart: I love traveling and my family is big into quilting. Please post a picture of the finished antique square quilt once you have it done. Thanks for joining the challenge!

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    1. I loved the travel, but now it is not the same with all the security measures in place, not to mention the Ebola scare. I love quilting and have done a couple now. There is something about sewing something out of scrap fabric into a blanket to keep your family and friends warm. I think of the pioneer women who came together for quilting bees to provide a quilt for a newly married couple and the pride they took in the most complicated designs. 😀

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      1. My favorite thing about the wonderful quilts my husband and I received from my family for our wedding is looking at the material in the squares and knowing that they came from cloth scraps of clothing my mother and grandmother made for my family members over the years. When we use the quilts (and we use them frequently), it like being wrapped up in memories of the past.

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