Category: Serious Quilt Fun

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!

 

 

 

 

It’s a Tea Cozy on Steroids

I’ve had my long arm sewing machine since mid-2012.  That means for 4+ years I’ve been saying to myself, pretty much daily, “Hmm, it’d be nice to have a cover* for this to keep the dust out.” But, while I’d identified the problem long ago, I never did anything about it.  Until now…

contraptioncozy

I bought 2 yds of the seam ripper fabric for another project that never materialized (heh, heh – get it? the “fabric” project never “material”-ized. I crack myself up.)  Given the size of my long arm, I needed a minimum of 2.5 yds, so that’s how the orange got added.  Now I’m super happy I didn’t have enough to work with – that accent is the perfect touch!

An online search found directions from HandiQuilter to create a dust cover for a Avante 18 (my model) but they really weren’t that helpful, except as a jumping off point.  The Quilt Kisses tutorial for creating a sit down machine cover was great (many, many thanks for posting that!) though I still had to figure out my own measurements.

I’m calling it a tea cozy on steroids because it ended up so big.  I mean so big that it just sagged under it’s own weight when I first placed it on the long arm.  So, while you can’t see it, there’s actually a corrugated plastic support structure along the top to keep it from drooping (it’s held in place with Velcro dots.)

If I had to guess, I’ve probably spent 24 hrs of my life just cleaning dust off my long arm.  It might not sound like much in total, but every minute spent cleaning is one minute less quilting!  No more!  Now I can just whip the cover off and get to the fun stuff right away…

 

*I searched online occasionally to see if HandiQuilter sold a cover, but they never have.  Seems a missed opportunity.

My Newest Sewing Machine!

I have wanted a Lego sewing machine for years, ever since I saw Carrie Bloomston’s fantastic tutorial on the web.  Finally – finally! – I found the time to order the special Lego bricks required and my husband put it together for me last night.  I’m so excited!

legosewingmachine

I totally want to create a teeny-tiny mini quilt with the Whimzie Quiltz logo to display with my finished Lego sewing machine.  Wonder how many years that’ll take me 🙂

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…)

pineapple

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!  

“Whos” Coming for Dinner?

grinchmas1Last year I had the best time creating Grinch-themed holiday decorations for our living room, but this year, I realized something… there’s lots more rooms in our house!

So, I tossed a coin between the bedroom and the dining room, and the dining room won (don’t feel left out, bedroom – I’m coming for you next year.)

I started with an idea inspired by View from the Fridge –  a table runner with hand written lyrics from a favorite Christmas song.  I’d planned to do the same with the lyrics from “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”.  Then my husband suggested each placemat feature a stanza, and, well, that pulled the whole thing together…

Whoville Dining Set #DrSeuss #Grinch

Here’s close-ups of each placemat –

Whoville Placemats and Napkins #DrSeuss #Grinch

My lyrics were printed at Spoonflower on linen-cotton canvas.  Everything is quilted, except the coordinating fabric napkins, which were hemmed.  The candlesticks were a Christmas gift from a few years ago and I found the napkin rings and Grinch glasses on Ebay.

I love how everything turned out – so much so that no one will be eating anything even near this new dining set. Want to enjoy your Who hash, Who pudding and roast beast?  No problem!  That’s what they make paper plates and TV trays for.  🙂

And Awaaay She Goes…

A couple of years ago I gave my mother-in-law a quilted backpack.  She fell in love with it, to the point where she carried it with her everywhere she went.  The airport, the store, the beach, the library…

She especially loves dropping by the library and filling her backpack with great new reads.  Last Christmas, we got her a beach cruiser so she can ride the mile and a half there to pick out books any time she feels like it.

All that travel, shopping, beach going and reading was hard on her backpack, though.  During her most recent visit, I noticed it was showing some wear and tear.  So I decided she need a new one, preferably one that would match her adorable teal bike. Mission accomplished!

BackPack

Now both she and her books can ride in style!