Category: Celebrate!

Quilt Bucket List Five

Happy National Quilting Day! 

Generally, I use this annual quilt-y celebration to look back on the quilts I’ve made in the last year and look forward to the quilts I still want to make – my “quilt bucket list”, as it were. After 5 years of observing National Quilting Day this way, I’m starting to realize that the bucket of quilts I want to make has sprung a leak. A LOT of leaks. There are still SO MANY quilts I want to create before I go and there’s just not enough time to make them all…

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I finished only 2 quilts for myself last year! I understand why – a lot of my custom quilt orders were for oversized quilts and my Etsy store really picked up around the holidays, so there just wasn’t a lot of “me” quilt time available. At least both quilts that did get done were ones I’d be hoping to finish for a very long time – Made in March and RIP TV.

Still, that’s leaving me a with an ever expanding list of personal quilt projects and an ever shrinking amount of time. I’ve crunched the numbers and my bucket list currently has 25 quilts on it.

Twenty-freaking-five!

At the rate I’m going, I won’t be done until 2031 – and that’s if I don’t think of any more in the meantime! So while I’m over here in the corner hyperventilating, you can take a quick look at just the ones closest to being finished…

Welcome! Everything is fine. Quilt – a new addition based on my current favorite television show, The Good Place. Hoping to finish before Season 3 premiers later this fall

Grinch Panel / A Christmas Story Panel Quilt – bought both panels a while back, but had the hardest time choosing panel-friendly patterns (I think I’ve finally found perfect choices for each)

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”)

Steven Tyler Quilt – a memorial quilt for my rock star kitty cat (not the actual rock star). I’m embarrassed to say how long it’s been since he passed away, but it’s taken me a while to come to grips with the loss and feel comfortable enough to finish this one

Friends Quilt – an addition based on one of my all-time favorite television shows, Friends. Having made a Tardis door quilt and a 221B door quilt, I’m calling this one – which will feature the iconic purple apartment door – Part III of my Door Quilt Series 😀

As for the other 19? Deep breath… a Merry Mustache quilt, a Minions quilt, a sheep quilt, a Monk quilt, a french rose quilt, a Dairy Queen quilt, an NFL quilt, a flamingo quilt, a mermaid tail quilt, a Star Trek quilt, a Beetlejuice quilt, a penguin quilt, a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quilt, a Christmas dresden quilt, a gingerbread house quilt, a sewing machine quilt, a scottie dog quilt, a Create-themed quilt and, finally, a My Favorite Things quilt.

I think I better get off here and get busy! But I’ll make time to read about your bucket list quilts in the comments if you want to share. Here’s hoping your bucket isn’t as leaky as mine!

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Round-Up of Whimzie Quilted Stockings (Warning – I use the word stockings a lot in this post)

Over the years, I’ve made a LOT of stockings ready to be “hung by the chimney with care”. Thought I’d offer a little photo montage to get you in the holiday spirit if you aren’t already — there’s something for everyone in this round-up of “whimzical” quilted stockings by Whimzie Quiltz…

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I love making quilted stockings – giant stockings, themed stockings, traditional stockings, non-traditional stockings – all sorts of stockings. (Do you think I’ve used the “S” word enough? Stockings, stockings, stockings.)

Got a stocking idea you’d like to have me make? Order early at Whimzie Quiltz so your special stockings are ready to hang in 2018!

Happy Small *Creative* Business Saturday!

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It’s Small Business Saturday – a day to support the small businesses and business people who keep our communities vibrant and strong. Today, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite small businesses – the makers and the crafters who are not only strengthening the economy, but making the world a little more creative at the same time! #Shopsmall #BuyHandmade

Two Kazoos

sugarskullI’m not sure how I first came across Steph at Two Kazoos, but I am so glad I did! Nearly all the felt items in my home – from the sunflower table runner in my living room to the TicTacToe game in the kids’ guest room – are made by Steph. I dare you to try and find a mass-produced item that comes even close to her impeccable handiwork. Everything she does is fantastic, but I’d especially recommend checking out her absolutely amazing Day of the Dead magnets and tooth fairy pockets!

Angela Crider Neary

liltomI probably don’t need to say more than “cat detectives” to encourage you to read author Angela Crider Neary‘s amazingly fun mystery stories and books, but I will share this – her evocative descriptions of San Francisco take me back to one of my favorite cities in the world every time.  The Kindle version of her first novel Li’l Tom and the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau is currently on sale (and the second book in the series comes out early next year – can’t wait!)

Sewhooked

Charity-quilt-Project-of-Doom-2Although I don’t do paper pieced quilting, I am in awe of quilters who do, especially Jennifer at Sewhooked; the blocks she can create from this technique are phenomenal! Check out her Sewhooked Pattern Shop on Craftsy – literally so many awesome designs I can’t pick a favorite – or visit Fandom In Stitches, the fandom quilting website she runs that offers FREE paper pieced quilt patterns featuring much loved TV shows, movies and books like Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

Crafty Staci

coffeCamera accessories and coffee cup sleeves and vendor aprons – oh my! Crafty Staci offers them all and more. She also runs the Crafty Staci blog, one of the most fun creative blogs I follow, and regularly appears on her local TV station with crafting ideas and tips. I don’t know how she does it, but I wish she would bottle her enthusiasm and sell that – I’d be first in line!

Stitch On

fabricI have been to a lot of quilt shops in the last 18 years, a LOT.  I’ve visited brick and mortar shops from Arizona to Rhode Island and I’ve bought fabric online from all over the world. But my all-time favorite place to shop for fabric is Stitch On Needlework Shop.  Stitch On is located in my hometown of Lawrence, KS, but here’s the funny part – I never shopped there until I moved to California! Found this family-run gem one time when I was back for a visit and still wish I could afford to fly to Kansas every time I need fabric (about once a week 😀 )

 

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Counting Down to Grinch-mas

grinchcountdownAs of today, there are 80 days left until Grinch-mas 2017! Yes, I’m counting them down… and I can’t wait to get to use my just finished “Merry Grinch-mas” quilted advent calendar.

It’s the standard design I created years ago, though the first quilted calendar I’ve done with a Grinch / Who-ville theme (check out others in my Whimzie Quiltz Etsy shop.) Each little pocket holds a single peppermint or Hershey’s kiss, so you can enjoy one per day – every day – until the BIG day!

This is the last calendar that my fabulous friend Shirley helped with. I’ve since purchased my own embroidery machine, and it’s a lot of fun, but I miss working with her terribly!

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Love the Grinch as much as I do? Check out these blog posts with more of my holiday Who-ville decor – 

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!