Tagged: advent calendar

I May Have Hit My Max

Every year I plan a number of new items for my Etsy store. Every year I complain – loudly and often (sorry, Hubs) – about how much work I have to do and how little time there is to do it.

This year, though, I may have finally broken myself… here are the FIFTY-EIGHT(!) quilted countdown calendars started for the 2020 holiday season at whimziequiltz.etsy.com!

Countdown Calendars in Progress

There’s at least 2 of each design shown – 58 in all!

The chances of me getting all these finished before November are pretty slim (I’ve still got some from last year that aren’t completely finished and that was a much smaller batch.)

But I’m so excited to see all the ideas I had in my head coming to life! The sports-themed ones and the princesses have been rattling around in there for quite some time. And I’ve been noodling on the three different dog treat designs since last year. Getting everything out of my brain – and onto fabric – is such a thrill.

There’s even a chance now that I have so many individual designs that I’ll open a second Etsy store just for countdown calendars. Or perhaps look for a craft faire opportunity once there’s a COVID-19 vaccine available. Yes, taking on so many projects during a pandemic lockdown has been stressful, but I’m cautiously optimistic, too.

Time to get back to work…

 

2019 Whimzie Wrap Up ~ Checkerboards, Countdown Calendars and More

I’d hoped to write this post before 2019 was over; instead, I’m writing it in mid January and will backdate the post 2-3 weeks. In a way, it’s kind of fitting, because the whole point of the Whimzie Wrap Up is to touch on projects I forgot earlier in the year or ones I couldn’t mention earlier because they were custom gifts – everything covered below is already late, so a few more days doesn’t really matter!

Quilted Checkerboards

This quilted checkerboard game was a request from returning customer DeVon D., a last minute Christmas gift. Since she needed it quickly, I offered her some fabric choices from my stash and I’m so glad she chose this adorable red and grey cat fabric!

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I ended up offering the checkerboard as a gift with purchase for DeVon’s most recent custom quilt order – a lucky request, since she’s placed so many custom quilt orders with me, I had no idea what to make her as a thank you this time!

This cute checkerboard request came through Etsy back in June. Carol A. was making her daughter and son-in-law a care package, including a quilt, for their new RV. She didn’t have enough time to make anything else quilted, but wanted to include a game for them to play on the road…

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I was really honored that a fellow quilter liked my work enough to ask me to step in. The funniest part was, while she didn’t request a specific fabric for her custom board, I ended up choosing the exact same fabric line she was using in their quilt!

Quilted  Countdown Calendars

You may remember the original Star Trek series-inspired Advent calendar I started offering in my Etsy shop several years ago… in 2019, I added a TNG version for sale ( and a DS9 one for myself 😀 )

2019 was actually a big year for new quilted countdown calendar designs, including some colorful new characters…

and some on-trend designs.

Plus, I created this Tour de France race stage countdown calendar as a Christmas gift for my husband who’s really into cycling.

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He really loved it! Which has got me thinking about other non-holiday countdown calendars I can add to my Etsy store – vacation countdown calendars, birthday calendars, end of the school year, … if you have an idea, please share it with me in the comments!

Quilted Mug Rug Sets

This was another gift with purchase for a long-time customer, Cynthia H. She asked for a bee-themed mug rug set that was classy, not cutesy, for her tea loving friend.

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I especially had fun picking out a trim to add to the edges – it mimics the fancy stitching on the bee wings so beautifully!

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I’m going to wrap up this wrap up with a When I‘m Not Quilting project from July. We’ve had this print for nearly 20 years (purchased at an art fair my then-finance/now-husband and I went to not long after we moved in together) and I’ve been looking for the perfect frame all this time. Saw this originally gold one while thrifting, but of course, I needed it a different color.

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An internet search about how to silver age a frame turned me on to Rub’n’Buff. HOLY COW! That stuff is AMAZING! It totally lived up to everything mentioned in the marketing and I was thrilled with the outcome. Our print couldn’t have a better frame and it is finally, finally! hanging on the wall.

And this wrap up is finally, finally!, over, too! Thanks for sticking through to the end. Hope your 2019 was full of warmth and whimzie ~ here’s to an even better 2020 for all of us!

Don’t Blink! Quilted Doctor Who Items in Stock Now

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%!


The angels may have the phone box, but I’ve got several quilted Doctor Who items available at Whimzie Quiltz Etsy right now, all looking for a good home…

Countdown to the Christmas Special TARDIS Advent Calendar

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TARDIS / Police Box Sign 12″ x 16″ Pillow Sham

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Pink TARDIS / Police Box Sign 12″ x 16″ Pillow Sham

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Always Take a Companion 14″ x 14″ Pillow Sham

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Harry Potter and the Failed Craft Project

Have you ever have one of those projects that you just can’t make work no matter how hard you try? Welcome to my latest disaster…

34947_HarryPotter_AdventCalendar_Front_GLAM_1_largeAlthough I was originally on a wait list, I ended up getting a Funko Harry Potter Advent calendar when they were released last year. It was a lot of fun opening the doors each day during December. But, while the Pops themselves were nice quality, I worried that the cardboard box they came in would not hold up long term and I started looking for a different option.

Ultimately, I purchased a wooden Advent calendar that looked like a book ~ perfect for Harry Potter, am I right? ~ back in January and have been working to update it off and on for about nine months now.

I HATE it.

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The paint is both too thick AND too thin (don’t ask me how).

The pearls look so cheesy.

And the hinges don’t line up.

I thought I found the ideal numbering system in the wax seals, but they aren’t coming across like I’d hoped.

The interior picture keeps coming loose in spots.

And to top it all off, the drawers themselves aren’t large enough to hold some of the Pops!

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I’ve finally decided to give up.

I’m just tired of looking at it and fussing over it. I’m tired of spending money on it and I’m really tired of spending time on it.

So, for now, it’s off my to-do list. In a few months, I might come back to it… or I might throw it out.

It’s always disappointing when an idea in your head doesn’t come together like you hope. But, as much as I’d like to be, makers aren’t magicians. Sometimes, a project just fails.

Evanesco!

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.

😀

Day 12 of Counting on Whimzie Quiltz for Christmas

I’m super excited to debut 14 NEW quilted holiday countdown calendars for 2018 available now in my Etsy store!

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Last year, I created a Harry Potter / Quidditch themed advent calendar in Gryffindor colors. This year, I realized I need to give the other Hogwarts Houses a little love.

:: Accio Christmas Advent Calendars ::

Cast a summoning charm on the holidays with these quilted Harry Potter / Quidditch themed advent calendars and have a very merry – or is that “very Harry?” – Christmas.

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

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Slytherin

150 points to Slytherin if you catch this Advent calendar by Dec 1!

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Ravenclaw

150 points to Ravenclaw if you catch this Advent calendar by Dec 1!

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Hufflepuff

150 points to Hufflepuff if you catch this Advent calendar by Dec 1!

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Day 11 of Counting on Whimzie Quiltz for Christmas

I’m super excited to debut 14 NEW quilted holiday countdown calendars for 2018 available now in my Etsy store!

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I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really ~ Linus van Pelt

:: Charlie Brown Advent Calendar ::

There’s lots to love about the Charlie Brown Christmas animated special, but the opening song “Christmas Time is Here” is especially charming. That’s why I chose the lyrics as the sentiment for this Peanuts Advent calendar. Features an embroidered Charlie Brown Christmas tree – all it needs is a little love.

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

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Day 10 of Counting on Whimzie Quiltz for Christmas

I’m super excited to debut 14 NEW quilted holiday countdown calendars for 2018 available now in my Etsy store!

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Here’s one way to make your holidays tree-mendous!

:: Whimsical Tree Advent Calendar ::

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, do you often find yourself asking how many days are left until Christmas? Make sure you never lose track by counting down with this whimsical quilted Christmas tree Advent calendar. Features an adorable embroidered Christmas tree surrounded by cheery presents.

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

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Day 9 of Counting on Whimzie Quiltz for Christmas

I’m super excited to debut 14 NEW quilted holiday countdown calendars for 2018 available now in my Etsy store!

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OH… MY… GOD… could this be any more perfect for friends of Friends?

:: Holiday Armadillo Advent Calendar ::

You remember the Holiday Armadillo, don’t you?  He’s Santa’s representative in all the Southern states and Mexico and he’ll be there for you all December long with the Holiday Armadillo Advent calendar. Features an embroidered armadillo “wrapped” in a giant red bow under the phrase “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah”.

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

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Day 8 of Counting on Whimzie Quiltz for Christmas

I’m super excited to debut 14 NEW quilted holiday countdown calendars for 2018 available now in my Etsy store!

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Most people can’t wait until Santa arrives, but if you’re on the naughty list there’s other things to watch for…

:: Krampus Advent Calendar ::

While Krampus typically comes on December 5, there’s no reason not to keep an eye out for the half-goat/half-demon all month long with this Krampus Advent calendar. Features greetings from Krampus stitched in German (Gruss Vom Krampus) and an embroidered horned-demon head with extra-long tongue.

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

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