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.

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Feminist Funko Finished!

It’s been a couple of weeks since The Crafty Crusader and I exchanged items as part of our International Feminist Craft Swap ~ I quilted her a Serena Williams pillow sham and she knitted me a miniature pussy hat for my Feminist Funko Pop Collection. I’ve spent the last few weeks customizing a Pop to wear the hat and she’s finally finished!

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deanThough I don’t watch Marvel’s Runaways, I started with a Karolina Dean vinyl figure because of the placement of her hands. I suspect she’s supposed to look like she’s casting a spell (?) but for my purposes, they were perfect for holding a protest sign!

Also, I liked that she was young, because I’m very impressed by the next generation of female activists like Emma Gonzalez, Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. Having nearly reached my 5th decade on this planet, I’m really rooting for these younger women to fix what my generation has (tried and) failed to!

Unfortunately, it turned out that the Dean figure was a bobble head. Because Funkos are newer on the toy doll scene, some other company already has the “non-bobble” vinyl figure license from Marvel, so Funko’s agreement with them states all Marvel Pops have to have bobble heads (who knew small doll heads were such a big deal?)

BobbleFixAnyhow… that means the first thing I had to do to customize my pussy hat Funko was remove the bobble. I researched a few different ways online, but ended up going with my initial idea of a balsa wood connector for her head to rest on. While I couldn’t match the skin color precisely, I don’t think people will be able to tell once she’s on display.

Then it was time for the fun part!

I decided that my Pop was a activist from a long line of activists and wanted to honor those who had come before her. Early 20th century suffragists wore green, purple and white, so I customized her hair to ‘suffragette city’ green, her pants to ‘votes for women’ purple and her tank top to ‘a woman’s place is in the House – and the Senate’ white! I also managed ~ and I honestly didn’t know my hands were this steady ~ to paint VOTE on her shirt with the “O” as the female gender symbol. (Check out her teeny tiny green shoe laces, too!)

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Now when she wears her pink pussy hat, it’s like she’s linking the historic women’s movement with the movement of today – plus, that pink yarn really pops with her green hair!

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I have also made a series of little protest signs for her to hold. Most of these sayings I got off the internet, looking through pictures from various rallies. I’ve decided I’ll change her sign depending on what administration action offends me most that day. Sadly, as you can see, there are a LOT of signs!

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(ETA: These were all made before impeachment proceedings started in Congress. Looks like I need to get my markers back out…)

All this time, I’ve been referring to this as my “pussy hat Funko” or my “Women’s March Funko”. But the more I got into it, the more I felt she needed an actual name. Given the state of world today, Hillary or Elizabeth were strong contenders; Ruth would have been great, too. But ultimately, I settled on Marcia.

My pre-quilting career in public administration started in a small suburban Kansas community called Leawood. Originally hired as an intern, I moved into a special projects role with an emphasis on economic development that worked closely with city’s elected mayor, Marcia Rinehart. This was the first time in my life that I truly realized that a woman could be in a position of power (sadly, I was in my mid 20s at this point.)

Mayor Rinehart was an amazing woman. She was confident and assertive, even forceful when needed ~ city council meetings she chaired never got out of hand no matter what the topic! Yet she was also easy to relate to and really cared about her community and what the residents** needed. Mayor Rinehart was re-elected several times between 1987 and 1997, and when she retired, she’d been Leawood’s longest serving mayor to date.

Leawood was a pretty conservative area, so there’s a chance that Mayor Rinehart might not appreciate having a pussy hat-wearing, feminist Funko named after her. But she was a powerful woman with a powerful influence on me and I hope she’d realize that I truly mean it as an honor.

**Funny aside – Mayor Rinehart is also the person who taught me that people who live in a city are properly called residents, not citizens; you can only be a citizen of a country! 20 years schooling, including a political science undergrad and a public administration graduate degree, never taught me THAT distinction.


 

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Women’s March Marcia, proudly wearing her pussy hat and carrying a protest sign, displayed with some of the other female Pops in my Feminist Funko Pop Collection.

All my thanks again to Monique at The Crafty Crusader for knitting the pussy hat that really brings Marcia to life!

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!

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ September

To celebrate 15 years in business, I’m making a quilt ~ and setting aside the 15th day of each month to work on the 15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM commemorative project.

Happy September 15th!

It’s the 9th month of 2019, which means it’s time for the 9th block of my 15th Anniversary quilt. The original Sewology pattern included a block of oversized, stylized stitches for this month, but I decided on a customized block for my quilt instead ~

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When I first started Whimzie Quiltz, my marketing tagline was briefly “Colorful and Comfortable Quilts”. Yeah, I’m the first to admit, it’s not very original, nor very distinctive.

But, not long after I started telling people about my new venture, I noticed a lot of the responses I was getting were “You make quilts? I’ve always wanted a quilt…” Thus was born my current catchphrase ~

Creating the Quilt You’ve Always Wanted

Although I didn’t get the embroidery machine until a few years ago, custom embroidered quilted items like pillows, Advent calendars, wine wraps and mug rugs are becoming a large part of my business. So I was excited to add the tagline and date by embroidering them on a simple, pieced box background. (Amusing aside ~ can you believe the first time I thought to add a date to this quilt was yesterday?!? Kind of an important element to almost leave out!)

With this block finished, I’m now ¾ of the way done with the quilt top. Only 3 more months and 3 more blocks to go…

See you back here in October, November and December!

I really hope you’re enjoying taking the 15th Anniversary Whimzie Quilt journey with me. And remember, there’s still plenty of days each month when I can be working on a super special quilt for you, too! What do you want to celebrate in 2019?

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?

Counting Down to Halloween with Whimzie Quiltz

Welcome to another edition of Looking for a Good Home ~ my chance to show off some of the quilted items currently for sale in my Etsy shop. These posts are purely sales and marketing, without any custom quilt-y tidbits, so feel free to skip on by if you’re more interested in stories behind the quilts I create. If you do stick around, favorites and purchases are always appreciated ~ use the coupon code GOODHOME in store and save 10%!


Does Halloween tend to sneak up on you? Well, I might not be able to stop Halloween from shouting “Boo!” and making you jump, but I can help with keeping track of when the holiday will arrive ~ with a quilted Halloween countdown calendar! I’ve got several looking for a good home, all available at Whimzie Quiltz Etsy right now…

Witch Legs | Trick or Treat Smell My Feet Halloween Countdown Calendar 

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Witch Hat | Witching You a Happy Halloween Countdown Calendar

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Harlequin Masquerade Pumpkin | Something Wicked This Way Comes Halloween Countdown Calendar

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Hanging Bat | Cute Waiting for Halloween Countdown Calendar

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Eek! | Cute Spider Halloween Countdown Calendar 

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Fang-tastic Candy Cane Vampire Halloween Countdown Calendar 

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I’ve Got My (Spooky Cat) Eyes on You Halloween Countdown Calendar 

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