Category: Celebrate!

Quilt Bucket List 4 – It’s a Party!

They say two’s company and three’s a crowd, but four?  Four’s a party! So grab a beer and let’s party down with my 4th annual Quilt Bucket List!

bucketbeers-copyEvery National Quilting Day, I revisit the quilts on my “bucket list” – those quilts I want to finish before I move on to the great sewing room in the sky.  The list keeps getting longer, so I suppose I won’t be going anywhere soon…

It’s a party and we’re here to have a good time, right? So let’s get the bad news out of the way – none of my bucket list quilts got finished during the last year. In fact, I didn’t do a single stitch on any of the quilts I mentioned in Quilt Bucket List III: Attack of the Seam Ripper.

Which means my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quilt, my Monk-inspired quilt, my One in a Minion quilt and my Steven Tyler memorial quilt (Steven Tyler my cat, not the Steven Tyler the rockstar) are all still chillin’.

That’s not to say I didn’t make any quilts for myself in 2016; I did.  It’s just that those quilts weren’t even a gleam in my eye last National Quilting Day.  But sometimes you just need to go with the creative flow, resulting in the addition of these beauties to my personal collection –

Having a lot on my to-do list has never stopped me from adding more, though, so I’ve invited a few new quilt ideas to the “must make before I go” party.  Please give a big quilty welcome to

Made in March Quilt ~ For the past two basketball seasons, I’ve been working on a Kansas University Jayhawk quilt only during March Madness.  My hope is to finish it during the 2017 tournament – Rock Chalk! 

RIP TV Quilt ~ My modern, laugh-in-the-face-of-death take on the famous Kentucky graveyard quilt featuring favorite TV characters who have passed away (including all 4 of Lisa Simpson’s cats)

Sew Geeky Quilt ~ Pulling together my love for sci-fi television and my love for quilting, this one features a LOT of appliquéd pop culture /slash/ sewing puns (like Captain Picard’s classic, “Make it sew.”)

All three of these quilts are in progress, but who knows what I’ll actually finish this year?  Maybe a bunch of fabulous new quilt ideas will turn this little shindig into a surprise party for 2018, too. 😀

I’d love to know what’s on your quilt bucket list.  Please share in the comments; I respond to every one. And let’s leave this post with the slightly modified advice of blues – and party – legend Stevie Ray Vaughn…  

If this sewing machine is a rocking, don’t bother knocking – just come on in!

 

 

 

 

Stick a Fork in 2016… Done!

Thank you all for another warm and whimzical year filled with Whimzie quilts!

2016 was a year of BIG quilts for me – I finished 1 king and 1 queen, 2 twins and 4 almost twin sized, as well as several lap and baby quilts.  And when you consider a king quilt is equivalent to 4 lap quilts, you really start to understand how much quilting I have been up to…

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Quilts were not my only creative outlet this year, either.  You can check out 27+ WINQs (When I’m Not Quilting) projects finished in 2016 on my Stick a Fork in it… Done! Pinterest board.

Next year will be my 13th year in business – lucky 13!  Can’t wait!

Pineapple Pack

While putting the final stitches on 2016, I realized a few Whimzie Quiltz projects from the year didn’t get posted. This one is from late August…

One of my cousins turned 50 this year and celebrated with a tropical pineapple themed birthday party. We gave her a quilted backpack to fit the theme (yes, it’s another quilted gift. The joy of having a relative who sews…)

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Adorable Update

When we visited her home on Thanksgiving this year, this backpack was hanging right next to the front door.  I smiled, but didn’t say anything.  As we were leaving, though, she pointed it out and said she uses it all the time!  

Trek the Halls

I had a design request today for a Star Trek-themed Christmas tree skirt.  Yeah, I know, I couldn’t believe my luck either 😀

Normally I don’t share requests here (although you can see a lot of them on my “Quilts that Could Be Yours” Pinterest board) but I just had to post these…

Each one is 54″ in diameter (the perfect size for a 6′ tree) and would cost $300.  If you are interested in having one made just for you, contact me today at deidre [at] whimziequiltz.com.

Merry Trek-mas to all, and to all, a good night!

Quilt Bucket List III: Attack of the Seam Ripper

It’s Worldwide Quilting Day – woot! woot!  As has become tradition here at Snip-Itz, I’m using the this day as an opportunity to revisit the list of quilts I want to finish for myself before I die, my “Quilt Bucket List”, as it were.

If you would like to read my original post on this topic, you can find it here and last year’s update is available here.  But with no further ado, Quilt Bucket List III: Attack of the Seam Ripper

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FADE IN

INT. SEWING ROOM – NIGHT

It’s cold.  Our protagonist, DEIDRE, mid-40s, covered in thread from a long day sewing, is looking to rest by the fire.

DEIDRE

Which of the quilts I finished last year should I curl up with?

There’s my Sherlock inspired “Home Sweet Holmes” quilt, with the life-size door from 221B Baker Street.  Or the “Out of the Blue” quilt I made because of my love of Doctor Who – vworp vworp, indeed.  Or maybe I should visit the Grinch with my “Down in Who-Ville” quilt.  Who says Christmas must come only once a year?

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Making her choice, she sits in a nearby chair.

DEIDRE

I had so much fun creating these 3 quilts! I’d been planning them for a long time, so finally finishing them feels great. But with these done, I have room on my list for a couple of new projects. What to start on next?

DISSOLVE TO…

MONTAGE

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy design featuring the phrase “Don’t Panic”, with terry cloth toweling for the back (of course)
  • A Monkinspired quilt created with 10 blocks designed to look like suit jackets in brown tweed (and yes, they will be perfectly pieced.  It’s a blessing and a curse.)
  • Using Spell-It with Moda letter blocks, a March Madness pattern showcasing NCAA basketball tournament phrases (i.e. Final Four, The Big Dance)
  • A Mermaid quilt of clamshell blocks – maybe shaped to resemble a mermaid tail instead of the traditional quilt rectangle?

BACK TO SCENE

DEIDRE

Wow!  That’s a lot of new quilt ideas!  And it doesn’t even take into account the One in a Minion quilt, the memorial quilt for my beloved cat, Steven Tyler, the I ❤ Ewe sheep quilt and the Merry Mustache quilt – all projects I’ve already started to some degree.

She starts to stand.

DEIDRE

Well, I better get busy if I want to finish all these before I die. Ha, ha!

Walking towards her sewing machine, the camera pans over her shoulder.  In the shadowy corner of the sewing room, a giant seam ripper slowly turns towards her…

OMINOUS MUSIC

FADE OUT

THE END

Bucket List Refilled

Bucket List II

Two years ago for National Quilting Day, I posted a list of quilts on my bucket list – ones I want to create before I kick the proverbial bucket.

As of today, National Quilting Day 2015, I’m very excited to say that I’ve checked off three of the five quilts listed!

I’m less excited to say that my list has gotten a lot longer.

TardisBig 8 QuiltThe Quilt of the 12 TequilasLet’s start with the bucket list quilts that are done, including The Quilt of the 12 Tequilas featuring favorite tequila t-shirts and the Big 8 Conference appliqué quilt I just finished this month. Both of those are quilts I happily curl up with regularly now. The third quilt is a Doctor Who Tardis that a customer asked for, so while I didn’t get to keep it, I did have the fun of making it.

Now, on to the new…

Steven Tyler Quilt ~ I can see where you might think I’m talking about an Aerosmith-themed quilt, but this would actually a memorial quilt for my wonderful cat who passed on several years ago, Steven Tyler. Found in a snowstorm, he spent most of his life laying in sunbeams and the design I have in mind reflects his life and his loves.

I ❤ Ewe Quilt ~ When I was little, my sister received a stuffed black sheep that cried ‘baaaa’ when you turned it upside down. It was never her favorite, but for some reason, I loved that silly sheep and I eventually talked her into giving it to me. Someday I plan to create a sheep quilt to keep that little guy company.

Whoville Quilt ~ For the last several years, my husband and I have attended matinee performances of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. This live action version draws on Dr. Seuss’ original book artwork – everything on the stage is red, pink, black or white (except the Grinch.) That beautiful set has inspired me to add a Whoville quilt to my list of must make quilts.

NFL Quilt ~ With the Big 8 blanket finished, this quilt takes the sports quilt spot on my list. For my birthday, I’m getting an embroidered logo from all 32 NFL teams. So excited! Not exactly sure how I’m going to incorporate them or what the final design is going to be, but I can’t wait to play around and see what happens.

And just making the list in the last two weeks…

One in a Minion Quilt ~ Loves me some minions! When I saw minion fabric was available for pre-order, my “no more new fabric” new year’s resolution flew out the window (hey, I lasted nearly three months!)

These new ideas join the Star Trek Quilt and Jellyfish Quilt still on my list from last time. Plus I have some other ideas still noodling around in my head (a penguin quilt, another Doctor Who design) that may yet make the list. Looks like I won’t be kicking the bucket for quite a long time – too many quilts I must make before I go!