I love to collect things and my newest collection obsession is Funko Pops. They are just so cute!
While I purchased a few standard Pops – Wonder Woman, Leslie Knope, Allison from Orphan Black – the crafter in me started wanting to make custom versions. Especially a Funko me, or as I like to call her, Funko D.
I started with a standard Ariel (the Disney princess) collectable because the hair was pretty close to the way I wear mine and the hands were in the perfect position to hold up a quilt. I don’t normally wear a corset and long skirt to work, but I have been known to quilt in my jammies, so let’s call it a nightgown. And while I don’t wear big bows in my hair usually, I am a child of the 80s, and I can’t say there’s never been an oversized hair bow among my beauty accessories.
After a few YouTube tutorials, I figured out how to remove the head for painting (a hair dryer to heat the glue) and the best paint to use (standard craft paint, watered down.) It does take several coats of the paint to get a smooth look, but the new hair color matches real me’s perfectly and the pink and orange outfit works great with my Whimzie Quiltz colors.
I carefully cut the glasses off another Pop (Diane Nguyen from BoJack Horseman) and glued them to my now re-painted version. Zap a Gap glue turned out to be a godsend for adding the glasses and for putting the head and body back together. A couple coats of Matte Finish Rust-o-leum literally sealed the deal and made her look factory fresh.
I created the quilt using orange and pink scraps in my fabric stash and now I’m pretty positive I will never be a miniature quilt maker. I’ve seen fantastically detailed miniature quilts online, and after making this rather simple quilt, I’m much more appreciative of all the work people put into those. But this one is great as a representative of what I make – bright and scrappy, warm and happy, “whimzical” quilts!
I am THRILLED with how Funko D turned out and already have some ideas in mind for more custom Pops. As I always say, it isn’t a true collection until the display case overflows! 😀
I have wanted one of these clever little “Enter Your Pin” pincushions for years and I finally get to add one to my (ever-growing) pincushion collection —
The embroidery file came from ESBests Embroidery on Etsy and it stitched out beautifully. I’m a little over half a year into owning my embroidery machine and so excited to finally be able to make projects like this that I’ve had my eye on for years.
If only it actually dispensed cash so I could buy more fabric…
While most of our home becomes Who-ville for the holidays, we have a separate room that is reindeer-themed. Mainly because I couldn’t stop myself from making this quilt
This year, I added to the reindeer decor with a embroidered scrappy fabric and ribbon garland, which I finished just three days before Christmas!
I’d kind of hoped that the bunting would be easy enough to make and sell in my Etsy shop (always looking for new ways to use my embroidery machine!) but it was WAY more work than I thought it would be. Worth it in the end, though!
This is my last project for the 2017 holidays; so glad to have everything Christmas-y finished and ready to go — even if it is just three days ahead of time.
I am hoping to finish one more (non-holiday) quilt before the end of the year. It’s still on the long-arm and I’m close having it quilted, but I might be binding right up until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Keep your fingers crossed for me to get it done!
Warm Ho Ho Holiday wishes everyone!
A crafter never lets anything go to waste, right? I mean, that’s why my closet is bulging with scraps of fabric that might one day become a quilt. And the reason why when i open my craft supply cabinet, things fall on my head (no, really, happens every time!)
So when we had some Stikwood paneling left from a recent chimney remodel project, I knew there would eventually be a use for it. And there was! Three uses, actually…
Balanced by a Valance
Our chimney looked great wrapped with Stikwood, but that much wood on one side of the room needed balance. The solution was wood paneled cornice boards for windows on the other side of the room.
We had 10-12 usable sized pieces of Stikwood left from the chimney project. Each valance used two of those panels, trimmed to cover maple backer board. The frames were miter cut from outside corner moulding to hide the edges and painted black to match the metal chimney trim.
We’d been wanting to replace our existing shades for better light control at night anyway and the new cornice boards were the perfect complement to the inside-mount honeycomb shades.
To Top it Off
A couple of years ago, Santa left a Singer sewing table under the tree. I loved it, but the traditional table top that came with it never really fit in with our decor. Besides, I do enjoy making things feel personalized, even vintage items.
We created a new top around the existing one by adding a black painted frame, then trimming a few extra Stikwood panels to fit inside. The more rustic look fits in so much better!
At Your Service
I’ve had this tray for a while; to be honest, I don’t even remember why I bought it. (Ha! I just realized it’s another craft supply item that I’ve kept around… lucky it didn’t fall on my head at some point 😀 )
With just a few tiny scraps of wood left, this was the perfect small project. The new white paint pops next to the Stikwood paneled bottom and the twine handles add a homey touch. It’s ready to serve any purpose now!
At this point, there are only 3 pieces of Stikwood remaining – one’s 9 inches, one’s 12 inches and one’s 20 inches. We’re keeping them around just in case, but even if they never get used, I definitely think we got our money’s worth out of this purchase so far!
Although I hoped to finish a quilted tote bag I’ve been working on instead, this weekend was set aside for a When I‘m Not Quilting (WINQ) project – adding wood paneling to our upstairs fireplace.
The fireplace is designed to be a divider between two rooms (we don’t use it much here in Southern California, but it’s come in handy on a few winter nights when the desert chill rolls in.) The chimney part that hides the vent rises to the ceiling and was done in traditional drywall and orange peel. It was calling out for something more dramatic, though!
So we decided to add Stickwood paneling.
We hadn’t planned to do this project until later in the year, but Stickwood was discontinuing the Honey color wood we wanted; luckily, we snatched up the planking before it sold out (at clearance prices!)
Since this was our upstairs fireplace, and the table saw was downstairs outside the garage, we hired a friend’s son to be the runner between us. (It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that our ancient knees couldn’t take the repeated strain and don’t let anyone tell you differently. 😀 ) Having his help cut the time in half; we finished measuring, cutting and attaching all the planks – including some not quite level rip cuts along the top – in less than 4 hours.
Although Stikwood offers edging, I found the metal corner trim we decided to use online at Home Depot. It did require a special metal blade/grinder to cut, but with the right tools it wasn’t a problem.
We’re really pleased with the way it turned out – it does make the fireplace focal point much more dramatic!
However, in the interest of being completely truthful, I’m going to mention one note of caution. If you are a stickler for precision, Stikwood may not be for you. It’s a natural product, made from reclaimed or sustainable wood. There are tiny gaps here and there and some edges that don’t match up exactly. I’m sure some of that is installer error – our first attempt! – and some is caused by a 15+ year old house which was never level to start with.
But you definitely end up with a rustic look. Which is perfect for what we wanted, but may not be for everyone. I have to admit, though, the whole time I was working on this project, I kept imagining an entire accent wall of wood with an antique quilt hanging in front of it. It would be absolutely lovely! Maybe that’ll be my next WINQ…
Couldn’t be more excited for Christmas this year as I’m planning to decorate the Whimzie Quiltz sewing room for the holidays, too. One of the first decorations is this sewing themed Countdown Calendar.
The impetus for this piece came from a Nancy Zieman blog post from 2015. Instead of a quilted wallhanging, though, I decided I wanted fabric-covered canvas. Luckily, there was just enough of the grey snowflake fabric in my stash!
I loved-loved-loved how she used a measuring tape for the numbers, but wanted mine to be one piece. Which meant my version ended up using a 15″ x 30″ canvas from JoAnn’s.
The tree is felt, trimmed with mini pompom ribbon, and the base is machine appliquéd fabric from my stash. Most of the buttons came from LittleRedCottage on Etsy (her button selection is AMAZING) and they are attached with those stick-on velcro dots. The loop dots are next to the measuring tape; by using the hook side on the back of the buttons they stick to the felt without any thing else needed.
The wooden spools were left over from another project years ago, but had to be cut in half in order to lay flat. This did not go as well as expected – so glad I had safety goggles on when cutting! – but eventually I got 4 semi-identical halves. I painted them orange and wound pink embroidery floss around each before attaching.
I finished it off with a little white ric-rac around the edges and the sequin star – all easily glued down.
I am just super thrilled with the way it turned out! It’s going to be the highlight of my holiday sewing room decor. But stay tuned to see what other fun things turn up before December arrives!
DeVon D.’s email read,
“I am a runner. I would really like some type of tote made from [all these race shirts and race bibs that are just sitting around.] Any thoughts? Feel like tackling this?”
13 years of custom quilting and I’d never made a quilted tote bag! But, hey, I love a challenge, so I said, “Sure!”
While waiting for her marathon shirts to arrive, I decided to do a trial bag. That’s how I ended up with this ENORMOUS beach tote. I mean, it’s big. REALLY big. Like “hide the pregnant actress’ belly because it’ll ruin her character’s storyline” big.
With a few adjustments, though, I felt ready to take on DeVon’s projects. She sent me enough shirts that I ended up quilting her both a beach tote and a book tote.
And, I threw in a quilted backpack, just for the fun of it.
These were definitely a fun little digression from regular quilting. I liked having to figure out the math as I went along to get to a normal size on the bags and the instant gratification of finishing a small project is always nice.
And DeVon seems pretty happy with them, too. She posted yesterday on the Whimzie Quiltz Facebook page,
“I knew you were the right person to hand that project over to. The totes are all great and I just adore the fun Jingle Bell Run back pack. Such creativity!”