As 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!
Love the Grinch as much as I do? Check out these blog posts with more of my holiday Who-ville decor –
- Down in Who-ville
- “Whos” Coming for Dinner?
- A New “Who” Debut
- Elbisrever* Grinch Pillow (*It’s Reversible!)
- Grinch-y WINQs
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!
Every 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!
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…
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!
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…)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
Making her choice, she sits in a nearby chair.
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?
- A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy design featuring the phrase “Don’t Panic”, with terry cloth toweling for the back (of course)
- A Monk–inspired 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
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.
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…