4 Short Quilt Stories to Finish 2018

As I was looking back over what I accomplished quilt-wise in 2018, I noticed a few items that didn’t get posted here on Snip-Itz, so here’s a short and sweet look at 4 quilt projects from the last year —

Granny’s Glamper Quilted Accent Pillow

This adorable coordinating pillow was part of DeVon D.’s “gift with purchase” for the quilt she ordered to fit her teardrop camper. I think she liked it, because, after receiving it, she wrote,

“I told my husband he has to paint my camper to match the one on the sham! I’m not even kidding.”

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Steelers Redux

In July, Sheryl M. contacted me about a Pittsburgh Steelers custom quilted checkers game. Seems that she works in a nursing home in Pennsylvania and thought the residents would enjoy playing. They must have ~ because in August she contacted me to have a second Steelers checkerboard made!

Hello There Hello Kitty

After finding me through the Whimzie Quiltz website, most returning customers contact me directly for new projects. So it was extra fun to just see 4x customer Gus H.’s name pop up on an Etsy store order in August for this Hello Kitty custom quilted checkerboard game. Glad he knew that, no matter how someone gets in touch ~ directly, through the website, through Etsy or Facebook ~ it’ll be the same great Whimzie Quiltz experience no matter what!

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Sunny Day, Sweeping the Quilts Away

In 2014, I made a no soliciting sign, a no trespassing sign and two pillows ~ all quilted ~ for our home. This year, the constant sun, wind and dew exposure finally did them in. So this is the new set (the pillows aren’t pictured). I figure I have until 2022 – unless we move 😀 – before I have to do it again.

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A Festivus for the Guest-i-vus

My holiday decorating plan for 2018 was focused on making our guest room extra festive.

I was going to embroider and quilt a set of 2 bed pillow shams, 3 decorative pillow shams and a bed scarf for the queen size bed, all of them using a super cute and extra colorful fabric covered with Christmas trees that I pre-ordered yards and yards of so I’d be all ready to go… and then I broke my arm.

Which seriously curtailed all those grandiose holiday guest room plans.

After recovering, I was able to fit in a few items for myself around my custom Whimzie Quiltz orders. The two square decorative pillows (look at that awesome fabric!) and the smaller “Merry and Bright” embroidered pillow made it to the finish line…

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While it’s true I didn’t have a lot of extra time, I was able to fit in one more non-quilted thing for our future holiday guests.

goodnightshadowboxSo many of these Christmas ornament shadowboxes have appeared in  my Pinterest feed over the years! With the new colorful quilted elements in the guest room, I figured one of these would go really well in there, too. Since it’s a room where I visitors mostly sleep, I chose an “…and to all a good night” vinyl for the front and added the shiny, bright ornaments inside.

Colorful Christmas decor is NOT in right now, I’ve learned; red and black country and soft, shiny pastels decorations are being sold in stores all over. But, as I’ve always said, that’s the #1 benefit of Whimzie Quiltz – I can make your custom quilt whatever you want it to be! And, it turns out, I can make my own guest room as colorful as I want, too 😀

Cuddly as a Cactus ~ My Grinch 2018 Pillows

I’ve printed my own designs on Spoonflower cotton and knit fabric for lots of quilt projects over the years. Recently, I found out they now offer Minky – that super, super soft, fur-like fabric – available for custom printing, too. Of course, I had to try it out.

And the result? Um, yes, more please.

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The Grinch image I found online printed really well on the Minky. For such a fur-like texture, the lines are surprisingly crisp and the colors are bright, too. Minky survived washing better than some of Spoonflower’s other fabric choices and the printed material, even after washing and drying, stayed super, super soft.

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I chose this fun Kaufman fabric for the back of the pillow shams. It’s actually from a non-Grinch fabric line (Hallmark’s Maxine) but the sentiment sure was perfect. If The Grinch hasn’t said “Blah, Blah, Humbug” in one of his many holiday appearances, he certainly could have! And the candy-cane stripe for the binding is just an awesome finishing touch.

Since I wanted a more “squishy” overall feel, these shams aren’t quilted. But they are really comfortable. When my niece was visiting a few weeks ago, she curled up with them on the couch and instantly fell asleep. Even the cuddly-as-a-cactus Grinch would have to smile at that 😀

Catification WINQ

juliusWe lost our crazy orange kitty to cancer earlier this year.

That’s him, not long after we got him, curled up in a Whimzie quilt. He loved to sit outside my sewing room in the afternoons. I like to think it was because he wanted to be around me, but, more likely, it was to be near as a reminder that he got fed at 3 o’clock every day. 😀 Either way, I miss him most when I’m working alone up there now.

It’s been a couple of months and I think we’re finally ready to adopt again. One thing that’s helped while we were grieving is working on this…

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We had a carpet covered cat tree before, but felt that a new cat deserved a new home (a neighbor was super happy to take the old tree for her 5 cats.) And that’s how we ended up taking on this super cool catification project.

You probably won’t be surprised that most of the parts here are from IKEA – a couple of Kallax shelving units, some EKBY shelves and several items from their LURVIG pet line. But we added some other parts from Home Depot so there’s more play options (and the frame which has photos of both of our cats who have passed away along with a spot for a photo of who we adopt next.)

I’m planning to add a few more, but currently there are 5! cat beds in there. Three are foam and two are fiber stuffed. They aren’t quilted, but I sewed all of them with extra love for the furry friend we hope to bring home in January.

Can’t wait!

Better Not WINQ ~ Santa Claws is Coming to Town

A person cannot quilt 24/7/365. At the very least, you need to stop to eat and – briefly – sleep. And, I’ll admit it, I sometimes get a thrill out of cheating on my quilts with other crafts. I call them WINQ projects, or things to do When I‘m Not Quilting.

None of our nieces and nephews live in places near the coast, so when they do make it out to visit, we like to give them the full Southern California beach experience. The guest room they stay in has an entire wall mural of sand and surf, the seating is beach chairs and even the closet is decorated to look like a beach cabana.

Some of them are young enough that a night light is still a good idea, so, in keeping with the theme, last year we made this light-up crab to hang on the wall…

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The wood crab itself came from Craftcuts but I’ve forgotten exactly where we picked up the lights. And it’s a little hard to see in the photo, but the blue paint is a metallic with fun sparkles that works really well with all the blues and greens in the room.

He debuted during a holiday visit last year – that’s why he’s wearing the little Santa hat. Which means I’ve actually had the photo in my queue to write about since November 2017! And, well, since holiday 2018 is rapidly coming to a close, I figured I better get Santa Claws here posted before the tide goes out again…

Adventures Await – A Camper-Sized Quilt

I rave a lot about how, with Whimzie Quiltz, your custom quilt design can be exactly what you are looking for. What sometimes get lost in that message is that the size can be customized, too.

When DeVon D. needed a quilt exactly 55″ by 75″ to fit the bed in her new teardrop camper, we came up with this colorful, fun arrow quilt that perfectly fits!

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DeVon already had a purple fleece blanket with little retro campers on it that she wanted her custom quilt to complement. The arrows in the design (inspired by Cluck Cluck Sew’s One Way pattern) give a subtle nod to travel, but the overall look here doesn’t compete with the campers on her existing fabric.

This may be one of the most colorful quilts I’ve ever made. Picking out the rainbow of colors – two fabrics for each shade! – was a delight. Placement was a little harder than I expected. My first attempt at completely random color placement didn’t really pan out. But once I developed a repeating pattern that looks random (but isn’t), it all came together.

The quilting was extra fun on this one, too. When I started, I just liked the mix of straight and wavy lines and thought they’d emphasize the arrow shapes. If you look closely, though, it ended up looking like a sweater! Just adds to the comfy-ness, doesn’t it?

Using the classic method of turning squares into triangles when sewing this quilt top meant cutting the corner of the arrows off. Which left me with a number of useable fabric triangles that I didn’t want to go to waste. So I turned them into a coordinating lap quilt…

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I like to think of this as giving fabric scraps another chance to fulfill their purpose  And, as a lap quilt, it’s not too big, so hopefully she can find room in the camper for it, as well.

The first quilt is named “Adventures Await” so, of course, I went with “Mini Adventures Await” as the name for the lap quilt. Hopefully, both will keep what she’s calling “Granny’s Glamper” extra warm and happy during her exciting travels.

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Whoville Tree Farm ~ My New WINQ!

A person cannot quilt 24/7/365. At the very least you need to stop to eat and – briefly – sleep. And, I’ll admit it, I sometimes get a thrill out of cheating on my quilts with other crafts. I call them WINQ projects, or things to do When I‘m Not Quilting.

Who knew dyeing your own bottle brush trees was so easy and fun? Well, EVERYONE, it seems.  Still, while I may be a little late to the bottle brush tree craze, but I can’t help but think that I’m taking it to a whole new level with this “Whoville Tree Farm” Christmas Countdown Calendar.

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I started this project in the off-season, so it was a bit difficult to find 25 different sized trees. But as November 2018 starts, I’m seeing them everywhere so it shouldn’t be too hard to find some if you want to do something similar. I also purchased a variety of 25 wooden spools from various local and online craft stores.

Your Home Based Mom‘s tutorial for bleaching and dyeing bottle brush trees was super helpful. If I had it do over again, I would have taken my trees out a bit faster. I was trying for vibrant colors, so I left them in a bit too long. Shorter dips in the dye until I got the shade I needed would have worked better.

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My spools are painted with white craft paint (the kind that comes in those little plastic bottles) and each number was printed on regular white copy paper. It took a few times to get the right size for each, but because it was just cheap copy paper, I didn’t mind needing a few tries. They are, of course, numbered 1-25, with the largest, grinch-y green, tree as “25”.

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I picked up the wood plaque for the base from a craft store and used the same white paint on it. This particular red bow was left over from another project, but those are easy to make with any red ribbon you happen to have lying around.

The letters were drawn on ~ printing the words made it easy to get the font right and I used graphite pencil to transfer the outlines, then filled those in with a black marker. The addition of “-Open Daily-” to the label is perfect for the Advent calendar theme as every day in December I plan to add one of the trees to the “lot”.

I LOVE how this project turned out so far. In fact, this is how I was originally going to leave it. But today I had an additional idea! I’m going to include a couple of tall poles on each side and string either tiny LED lights or a banner between them to add to that real tree lot experience.

We have something like 5 traditional Christmas trees of various sizes, and when questioned about it, I always smile and say, “You can never have enough Christmas trees.” So, yeah, this “Whoville Tree Farm” Christmas Countdown Calendar ~ with it’s additional twenty-five dyed bottle brush trees! ~ fits right in at my home.

Happy counting, Grinches!