As 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!
Love the Grinch as much as I do? Check out these blog posts with more of my holiday Who-ville decor –
- Down in Who-ville
- “Whos” Coming for Dinner?
- A New “Who” Debut
- Elbisrever* Grinch Pillow (*It’s Reversible!)
- Grinch-y WINQs
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!
The Washington Post reported this morning that Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the German “Bishop of Bling,” resigned over findings that he spent $43 million dollars renovating his residence. The article details some of his expenditures, including $300K for a koi pond and $2.38 million for brass window casings.
But the one that stood out most to me was $25K – 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS – to hang an Advent wreath. I’m now thinking I’ve seriously underpriced the Advent calendars in my Etsy shop (of course, you don’t need a crane to hang these!)
Regular candy bars are great, but sometimes you want just a taste. That’s when those “fun-size” Snickers come in handy.
It’s the same with bed-size quilts – they have their place (on the bed, naturally!) but, like these past custom projects, sometimes a small quilt is all you need to join in the fun…
Maybe you’ve always wanted to put a brightly colored wallhanging in that long, dark hallway. Or consider Thanksgiving dinner – a stunning tablerunner will finish off your family’s feast in style. Perhaps it’s your first Christmas together? Matching stockings from Whimzie Quiltz can be the start of a meaningful new tradition for your family.
Think custom placemats, decor pillows, advent calendars, stadium cushions, yoga mats… a quilt doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful!
To prove good things come in small packages – I’m offering FREE SHIPPING in addition to FREE GIFT WRAPPING with every custom small quilt order placed by August 31st for holiday delivery.