Gettin’ Festive with Your Favorite Fandoms II

 

Holiday countdown calendars featuring your favorite fandoms are now available in my Etsy store

I’m super excited to debut all 5 for Christmas 2017, but today, let’s visit Jack Skellington as he gets ready for the holidays!

::Sandy Claws Is Coming to Town::

In my head canon, after Sally finished Jack’s Santa suit, she started stitching these Nightmare Before Christmas Countdown / Advent calendars. And now you can count down to the arrival of Sandy Claws just like the residents of Halloween Town!

10.5″ x 21.5″ :: holds 25 small candies :: hanger included

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Gettin’ Festive with Your Favorite Fandoms I

 

Holiday countdown calendars featuring your favorite fandoms are now available in my Etsy store

I’m super excited to debut all 5 for Christmas 2017, but today, for all you Trekkies out there, I’m featuring Star Trek. Let’s boldly go!

:: Trek the Halls ::

Don’t let your Enterprise quarters feel bare this holiday season… hang a quilted Red Shirt Advent Calendar and count down the stardates until Christmas Day in sci-fi style.

10.5″ x 21.5″ :: holds 25 small candies :: hanger included

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I Had a Free Weekend – You Won’t Believe What I Got Done!

(Tee hee – I’m trying my hand at writing ‘click bait’ titles. I’m thinking of doing a creative exercise poking fun at that trend later this year; thought I’d toss one in here while I’m at it. 😀 )

I spent the weekend adding a bunch of fabulous new quilted pillow shams to my Etsy store and I’ve started updating some listings from the past, too. Oh, and stay tuned next week for even more NEW listings. I don’t want to spoil the surprise – but there’s going to be some awesome items for the holidays available soon!

Here’s what new and in the shop now…

 

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Penguin Quote Quilted Pillow Sham

Always be yourself… unless you can be a penguin!

This penguin-themed quilted pillow sham offers great advice for lovers of those whimsical, flightless, tuxedoed birds. From the Antarctic to the North Pole, you won’t find a more positive message — or a more adorable little pillow cover.

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Boston Bruins Quilted Pillow Sham

This Bruins quilted pillow sham is a game day must have. I mean, you’re all decked out in your Boston jersey, shouldn’t your man cave be geared up, too?

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Encourage”Mint” Quilted Pillow

Everyone can use a little encourage”mint” sometimes, right?

Maybe a peppermint-shaped quilted pillow that reads “You Can Do This” isn’t the first thing to come to mind when someone has a struggle ahead of them, but then again, maybe it’s the perfect way to show your unconditional support.

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Reindeer Names Quilted Pillow Sham

The best part of this Reindeer Names quilted pillow is the bright red button that replaces the “O” in Rudolph. It’s not quite bright enough to guide a sleigh by, but it’s close!

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Pink TARDIS Quilted Pillow Sham

A TARDIS quilted pillow sham in pink? Why not? It’s a celebration of all things Doctor Who – the history, the continuity, the future and the new – all wrapped up in one awesome accent pillow.

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Polar Express Round Trip Ticket Quilted Pillow Sham

This Round Trip Ticket quilted pillow sham is a Polar Express ticket you’re sure not to lose! And every time it’s bell rings, you’ll be reminded to believe in the spirit of Christmas.

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UCLA Quilted Pillow Sham

This UCLA Bruins quilted pillow sham is a great addition whether you are decking out a dorm room freshman year or have just graduated and want to bring a bit of college with you into the real world.

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Counting Down to Grinch-mas

grinchcountdownAs 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!

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Love the Grinch as much as I do? Check out these blog posts with more of my holiday Who-ville decor – 

“Waste Not, Want Not” Times Three

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!)

stikwoodSo 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Quilting and Fabric Shopping Are Two Entirely Different Hobbies

I finished my new fabric shopping tote just in time for this weekend’s San Diego Quilt Show… it’s quite roomy and I can’t wait to fill ‘er up!

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I had the image printed on a t-shirt at VistaPrint – their heat transfer process does an amazingly crisp and clear print on bright cotton knits. Using 7 oz cotton duck for the stripe and black fabrics gives the bag enough heft for stability, but keeps it light enough to carry. And it’s fully lined with a super cute grey dot that coordinates with the image.

Speaking of that image – the utterly adorable seamstress is from LovelyToCU. I fell in love with her the moment I saw it on Etsy.  This one’s mine, all mine 😀 , but I’m considering purchasing the commercial license so that I can sell these bags – what do you think, fellow quilters? Would you want to own one of these totes for yourself or maybe gift one to a quilty friend?

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From Quilt Back to Vintage Backpack

Along with the last quilt for customer Beth M.’s daughter, I sent a quilted backpack as a “thank you gift with purchase”. I thought a young girl might find it fun to carry a few things around with it. Beth, though, seemed to have other ideas… she told me it was so cute, she almost kept it for herself!

So what do you think I made as a thank you when I finished her latest quilt? Well, a backpack just for Beth, of course!

macmildredquiltYou can read all about the process of designing and creating the Princess Mildred and the Pea quilt, but part of the story is that I went to four different fabric stores to find enough of the 1930s reproduction kitten fabric for the backing. It really was the purr-fect choice, though, and worth it, even though, as a quilt back, it will rarely get seen.

Using that same fabric for the backpack, though, means it finally gets the attention it so richly deserves. After adding a pink gingham and a black dot, Beth finally has an adorable vintage backpack of her own!

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