Our nephew graduates high school today! BIG congratulations to him and all 2017 graduates.
He’s been accepted at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech. We’re sending him these fun, quilted dorm pillows so he can start college life off right…
I love making these BIG pillows for recent graduates. At 24″ x 24″, they are a great size for extra seating in a dorm, for holding a book while studying or for a friendly pillow fight. And since they use college t-shirts, they always fit in with any dorm decor scheme.
If you know a young adult heading off to college this fall and are looking for the perfect gift, contact me for your custom set today!
Let me tell you a story…
As the holidays approached way back in 2011, an idea began percolating in my head. What if the ghosts from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol didn’t visit a miserly old man; instead, what if they sought to change the heart of a overworked and very tired quilter trying to get all her quilted gifts done before December 25th? (No, nope, wasn’t projecting at all…)
The result was a little story called A Quilter’s Christmas Carol ~ With Thanks to Charles Dickens for the Holiday Inspiration. One year later (after I, wink, wink, got caught back up) the little story got turned into a book.
As part of the book writing process, I decided to add directions for a related quilting project, the Quilter’s Christmas Carol block.
Pieced from traditional holiday colors, the Quilter’s Christmas Carol block features three flying geese moving out from the center (embodying the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future) while stylized “C”s in each corner represent the first letters of the classic holiday tale’s title.
Much like Dicken’s classic, today’s story has a happy ending – six years later, I finally finished making a set of Quilter’s Christmas Carol pillows!
I want to make it very clear, I didn’t create such a difficult design that it would take the average quilter six years to make these. Pretty sure these could be knocked out in a day with the no distractions. But what average quilter has NO distractions? Let’s just say, being overworked and very tired is not an uncommon thing around Whimzie Quiltz and leave it at that, shall we?
Still, it’s nice to have these off my to-do list. One less chain for poor Marley, I mean, me, to wear as quilt-y penance when the time comes!
PS – Copies of my book are still available online. They make great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts for quilters. Want to make them even more special? I’m happy to autograph copies!
We replaced our poolside furniture in time for the upcoming summer season and decided to go with Adirondack chairs because, my husband claimed, “They are so comfortable.”
Maybe for his 6’1″ frame, but not for tiny little me.
Fortunately, the quilter in me was able to provide a solution –
I actually managed to make 4 of these little lumbar pillows, but it wasn’t easy. Outdoor fabric is so slinky, folks! Golden Threads paper was a godsend for the quilting, but the binding especially kept trying to escape. After these, I’m happy to return to good old fashioned 100% quilting cotton!
In any case, now I find the chairs comfortable, too – and even my husband admits they are better with the pillows than without.
I’ve been quilting a while now. Nearly 20 years. And in that time, I’ve accumulated a lot of finished projects.
When completed quilts started taking over the house, I figured that switching some of my ideas to quilted pillows would mean less to store. Now that pillows have piled up in nearly every room, I realize that may not have been the answer.
And still I make more…
This one was inspired by a print I saw online. As a former Kansas resident, and a lover of bad puns, I felt I had to recreate the image in fabric. Apologies for the earworm that just started in your head.
This set will be part of our Grinch-themed holiday decorations (see, not all the pillows I make are displayed at the same time. I don’t have a problem, I swear!)
And I loved this meme that came across my desk so much, I not only made it into a quilted pillow, but it’s going to be the theme of our holiday card this year (I’m working on a way to make the card actually smell like peppermint and wondering if it’s possible to do the same with the pillow 🙂 )
“The Year Without Santa Claus” isn’t the best animated holiday special, but like all the Rankin-Bass productions it has it’s classic moments. For instance, the Snow Miser / Heat Miser signature songs have definitely stuck in my husband’s head since their first airing in 1974 and I get regaled with them every Christmas – repeatedly.
So this year, I regaled him… with a Miser Bros. quilted pillow set. He says it’s his favorite gift this year (and I don’t think he’s lying!)
I’m Mister White Christmas
I’m Mister Snow
I’m Mister Icicle
I’m Mister Ten Below
Friends call me Snow Miser,
What ever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch
I’m too much!
I’m Mister Green Christmas
I’m Mister Sun
I’m Mister Heat Blister
I’m Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!
While putting the final stitches on 2016, I realized a few Whimzie Quiltz projects from the year didn’t get posted, including lots and lots (and lots) of pillows…
Me: “I have more quilted pillows to share.”
Blog Readers: “Surely you aren’t serious?”
Me: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”
Snow White and the Tooth Fairy
Nope, not a new Disney animated movie. Our niece really wanted tooth fairy pillow featuring her favorite princess. Someday I hope to get Snow, Cinderella, Aurora and Belle tooth fairy pillow shams listed for sale in my Etsy shop. Someday.
It Started with One…
Initially she just wanted a Tiffany pillow for herself, but by the time I finished making pillows for customer Christina T. she’d ordered a total of nine! These are just the second batch sent her way.
There’s no way I could keep my Etsy store stocked for all the “You’re in my Spot” pillow requests I get. With enough lead time, though, I can get one specially made like I did for Lucy W. in July (threw in the Bazinga! one as a gift with purchase…)
This was a gift with purchase for a custom quilt order from August (yes, I know I still need to post that quilt. What have I been doing all year?) Piecing a Union Jack is tricky! Not only are the angles odd, but you have to make sure the finished layout is symmetrically asymmetrical (and, yes, that is a thing.)
Somehow a bunch of reindeer subway signs got “Picked for Me” on Pinterest this year; naturally, I had to put my pillow spin on the idea. I hope to have this design in my Etsy store for the 2017 holiday season.
I made several Always Be Yourself mermaid-themed pillows for a customer earlier this year and decided I needed a penguin one for myself. This is another design I hope to have available for purchase in 2017.
I hate to end this pillow parade on a sad note, but I want to mention the passing this week of a fellow pillow crafter, Katherine of Pillows-a-la-Mode. While I didn’t know her well, we did follow each other’s blogs. She usually posted shabby chic, often up-cycled projects, with an added cute (and sometimes wickedly funny) twist ~ the a-la-Mode. I will miss her inspirational ideas and her kind comments here at Snip-Itz.
For a while now, I’ve wanted to make a pair of bow pillows. I’ve seen some online and they were always pretty, but looked a little difficult to make. Still, when I had a little extra white twill from another project recently, I decided to try sewing a couple for myself…
Turns out tying them was only the second hardest part – making sure the super long ties weren’t sewn into a seam, now that was a challenge!
The peppermint fabric had been in my stash for a while and I’m really glad I found such a cute use for it. And now there’s proof NOT EVERYTHING in my holiday decor is Grinch themed (though they do coordinate nicely! 😀)