Category: Serious Quilt Fun

Transporter Chief, Beam Me Up a Trade

While recently listening to The Greatest Generation ~ a Star Trek podcast by “a couple of guys who are embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast” ~ I heard them discussing some Star Trek-themed gifts sent by the AdoptATribble/TribbleOrphanarium. As a person NOT embarrassed by her love of Star Trek, I had to check out that Etsy store!

Turns out the owner, Molly, had some really cute items (including her adoptable tribbles) so I favorited the shop. A couple of days later I got a notification of a new item in stock, this “He’s Dead, Jim” iPhone charger sticker set ~

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It’s so hilariously funny! And I knew my husband would think so, as well, making it the perfect stocking stuffer. Because I’d recently participated in a very successful craft swap, I took a chance and messaged Molly to see if she’d be interested in trading a sticker set for this mug rug set I recently finished ~

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She agreed!

I love how each of us took a classic original series Star Trek quote and transformed it in our own craft style. Seeing what others do is always such an inspiration and it’s fun to share my quilt-y goodness with someone else, too.

I’m so glad I favorited Molly’s shop as she’s already listed some other cool new items (I think there’s a VelociRiker in my future!) I’d also recommend you check out her second Etsy store Molly Bee Studio Shop. The Marie Condo sticker makes me laugh uncontrollably and the Crack the Patiarchy shirt makes me want to me want to move to Philly just so I can wear one!

Celebrating the Quilt Holidays ~ Count Your Buttons Day

Did you know that all year long there are special days set aside on the calendar to commemorate  quilts, quilting, quilters and quilt-related activities? The are known as the Quilt Holidays and here at Whimzie Quiltz we celebrate each one… Let’s party!

As October 21st got closer and closer, I was thinking Count Your Buttons Day sure seems like a fun quilt holiday to celebrate. Then I realized you actually have to count those silly little things! And when you have as many as I do, it can take quite a while.

Still, since I did take the time to count them, I thought I’d do a little contest over on Facebook to see in anyone can guess how many pink and orange buttons I own.

The person who guesses closest (or a random winner if more than one person gets it right) will receive this sarcastic “Buttons are the only thing keeping shit together around here” wine wrap! (Bottle of Rosé not included 😦 unfortunately)

And as a thank you for reading my blog, here’s a hint ~

there’s more than 1200, but less than 1300. 

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The winner will be announced in a Facebook post on the morning of October 22, 2019. Good luck guessing!

 

Counting Down to Halloween “vith” Count von Count ~ Ah! Ah! Ah!

Happy October 1st! It seems like the perfect day to share that, in addition to all the Halloween Advent calendars I made for sale, I snuck in a Sesame Street-themed one for myself ~

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Today’s blog post has been brought to you by the letters W and Q and the number 31.

😀

Sunbonnet Sherlock

I’ve been thinking of adding some new shirts to my wardrobe. Since I work from home, I don’t need anything fancy, so I figured I’d make a few cute quilting-themed designs and have them custom printed.

As is my normal practice, I started a Pinterest board to save some ideas to. One of the first things I saw was clipart that read “Sewciopath”. Bingo! 😀

I wanted to put my own twist on it, though. While mulling ideas, I remember a classic quote from the much-missed Sherlock series on BBC. In the pilot, after Anderson tries to needle Holmes by calling him a psychopath, Sherlock responds, “I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research!”

This is beginning to gel.

chibiSherlockMy plan was to do just text, but I was already on the Internet, so why not click through some Sherlock-inspired images? As is the way of the web, before long my feed was full of cute chibi Sherlocks. One in particular I’m looking at*, and looking at, and looking at… and I suddenly realize it resembles Sunbonnet Sue!

For those who don’t know, Sunbonnet Sue is an image of a little girl wearing a poofy dress and an oversized bonnet. She’s been a common feature of appliqué quilts since the early 20th century.  Over time, though, quilters have created different versions of Sue, giving her personality and showing her involved in a number of different activities.**

With a few modifications, the chibi detective’s head on a sunbonnet Sue body became perfect sewing / Sherlock mash-up ~

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And now she’s a consulting quilter. The only one in the world.

A local Big Frog store is doing the custom printing – Tim was extremely helpful in choosing the perfect fabric and fit and the finished shirt should be here in about 2 weeks.  I feel nearly the same anticipation I did waiting the long months (ahem… years) between Sherlock seasons!


 

*I tried to click through on the image from Google search, but it didn’t link to anything so I can’t give the original artist any credit. Thank you unknown Sherlock fan / chibi illustrator for the inspiration!

The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue**Perhaps the most famous of the Sunbonnet Sue activity quilts was created by quilters in my hometown (shout out Lawrence, Kansas!) in 1979. It’s called “The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue” and shows the perky little girl perishing in a number of hilarious ways. Maybe a bored British detective could solve her multiple murders? The game is afoot!

Celebrating the Quilt Holidays ~ Sewing Machine Day

Did you know that all year long there are special days set aside on the calendar to commemorate  quilts, quilting, quilters and quilt-related activities? The are known as the Quilt Holidays and here at Whimzie Quiltz we celebrate each one… Let’s party!

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I’m not sure I’ve actually made my bed since I moved out of my parents house 30+ years ago, but there’s a holiday for those who do 😀 Enjoy?

Create the Things You Wish Existed, Create the World You Wish Existed

Recently, I posted about how I participated in a craft swap and how much I enjoyed it. There was a brief mention in there about how the swap was international, but I didn’t elaborate. As awesome as it was to exchange projects with a fellow crafter, the fact that she was half way across the world in London was the icing on the cake!

Since our International Feminist Craft Swap was my first official craft swap, I wanted to do something quilt-y to commemorate it ~ it’s what I do 😉 ~ so created a mug rug set for both of us ::

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The American and British flag embroideries were from Urban Threads. There were a lot of flag embroidery designs available online, but I loved the fun, graphic look of these for a fellow crafter – a little different, a little more artsy. (Just an aside, the actual files from UT were so stitch heavy! No matter how I stabilized, I got some puckering every time. Ugh!)

I most proud, though, of the coordinating sentiments. Since ours was 1) a craft swap, 2) a feminist swap and 3) and international swap, the ideal saying needed to cover all three – and still fit! I auditioned ideas for days and finally decided on just two short phrases, with one word change…

create the things you wish existed
create the world you wish existed

Here’s hoping that every time I and my craft swap partner use the mug rugs we’re inspired to make more things AND make a difference. And here’s hoping EVERYONE finds a way to both create more beautiful things and a more beautiful world!

I Participated in a Craft Swap!

A little background first… I’m a collector. Part of it is in my genes (I come from a long line of hoarders) but part of it is also necessary – what kind of quilter would I be without a stash?

Outside of fabric, one of my favorite current collections is Funko Pops. In an effort to reign in my natural instinct to overdo, I’ve limited myself to only female Pops. I call it my Feminist Funko Collection ~

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A couple of months ago I started thinking what my collection needed was an actual feminist Funko, a pussy hat wearing representative of the Women’s March movement. Looking around online, I came across Monique over at The Crafty Crusader. She had knitted the perfect pussy hat accessory for one of her Pops and even provided directions!

Unfortunately, my knitting days are long past. I think I last picked up knitting needles as a teen, so we’re talking decades of skill loss. On a whim, I contacted her to see if she’d be willing to knit me one, too. A few conversations later and we’d created our own International Feminist Craft Swap – a miniature pussy hat for me, a Serena Williams quilted pillow sham for her.

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ISN’T THE HAT AWESOME?!? I’m hoping to customize this Pop a bit before she goes into the permanent collection – change her hair color, add a feminist symbol to her shirt, maybe pull in some additional suffragette imagery – but the knitted pussy hat is EXACTLY what I hoped for. (True story – when Monique went to look for hat yarn, she found a skein actually called “Pussy Hat” in her stash. It was meant to be!)

Monique seems happy with her quilted pillow sham, too. She shared that Serena Williams is her favorite feminist icon; I agree she’s totally amazing, but I don’t watch a lot of tennis. So I went looking for inspiration online and found this image of Serena’s face by RGB_Rao – their work is stunning and just called out to be recreated in fabric.

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I chose solid fabrics to complement the modern, stylized image and created the sham using a mixture of reverse appliqué, machine embroidery and classic grid quilting. This was my first attempt at reverse appliqué and I really hope I did the original artist proud.

This craft swap was so much fun – and it was my first craft swap ever, too! I mean, I’ve exchanged gifts with friends who craft before, but this was an actual, official, quid-pro-quo. I got to give a really cool pillow, with a design that I normally wouldn’t have thought of doing, and, in return, I received a really cool knitted hat that I couldn’t have made myself. It’s like the best of both worlds!

I’d totally be willing to do one again, so if you are a crafter or craftivist looking for someone to swap ideas and inspiration with, let’s hook up – contact me at deidre [@] whimziequiltz.com anytime!