Tagged: Big Pillow for a Big Fan

There’s a New Hokie in Town

Our nephew graduates high school today! BIG congratulations to him and all 2017 graduates.

He’s been accepted at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech.  We’re sending him these fun, quilted dorm pillows so he can start college life off right…

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I love making these BIG pillows for recent graduates.  At 24″ x 24″, they are a great size for extra seating in a dorm, for holding a book while studying or for a friendly pillow fight.  And since they use college t-shirts, they always fit in with any dorm decor scheme.

If you know a young adult heading off to college this fall and are looking for the perfect gift, contact me for your custom set today!

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This Quilt Was in the Cards

While putting the final stitches on 2016, I realized a few Whimzie Quiltz projects from the year didn’t get posted. This one is a custom quilt order from May – you know, back when baseball was still being played…

DeckertPillow1 copyI frequently get custom quilt requests related to already purchased items  – to finish a quilt kit (sorry, no, I’d prefer to design you something personal and unique), or to use already bought fabrics (often no, tho I’ll sometimes consider it if it’s a quality manufacturer.  I don’t want a quilt I make falling apart on you because of cheap fabrics) or to include embroidered patches.

Patches can be especially problematic.

A lot patches on the market seem like they are made for clothing purposes and could be easily incorporated into a quilt.  But if you look closely, the care instructions say “Do not wash” or “Dry-clean only”.  Yikes!  That’s not going to work for a much loved quilt which needs careful regular care.

But, occasionally, I get a request to include some high-quality, well made (and let’s face it, pretty expensive) patches in a quilt, like these from DeVon D.  She’d been collecting St. Louis Cardinals championship patches for years and was hoping to include them in a special quilt.

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I love the baseball diamond theme design we came up with, with pieced Cardinal blocks and an appliquéd logo, and the wide border is the perfect solution for showing off her patches.  There’s even a few spots still available to add patches – should the Cards continue their winning ways  😀

Adorable Update

In October, DeVon sent me a picture of her and her granddaughter attending a late 2016 pennant race game, snuggled up in her Cardinals quilt.  The team didn’t make World Series, but the two of them sure looked warm and happy nonetheless!

The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack (of Pillows)

For the holidays, customer Emily R. asked me to make BIG pillows out of her recently departed father’s t-shirts for her and her siblings. We struggled a bit to turn 3 shirts into 5 pillows, but I think we got the ‘wildlife’ feel into each. It was wonderfully touching to work on these, knowing how much they would be treasured by her and her family.

Memory Wildlife Pillows

Join Team Whimzie Quiltz in a Pillow Fight Today

Today is International Pillow Fight Day! Seriously, in cities around the world, massive public pillow fights are being held even as you read this. Maybe it’s all the feathers in the air, but are you as tickled by the whole idea of cushion-only conflicts as I am?

12 BIG Pillows+ Or maybe I love this idea because, since the last time I wrote, Whimzie Quiltz has been stuffed with pillow orders.

It all started with this order of 12 BIG Pillows right before Christmas…

While I was working on those, the customer asked if I ever made smaller pillows. Always game to quilt something new, I made her 2 ‘bitty’ BIG pillows.

Which led to this order of 5 ‘bitty’ pillows and 1 BIG Pillow (I love how it looks like a mama Herky the Hawkeye being followed by her 5 baby Herkys.)
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12 MORE Pillows

 

Which led to 12 more ‘bitty’ pillows, 6 more BIG pillows and a final 2 ‘bitty’ pillows (that pair was actually for me)…

For those of you not keeping track, that’s a total of 40 – forty! – pillows!

The smaller pillows were so much fun, I decided to offer both ready-made and custom ‘bitty’ pillow shams in my Etsy shop. Currently, I have available Little Blue Pillows in the style of Tiffany’s little blue box,
Doctor Who Tardis sign pillows, and Superhero pillows
(Batman and Green Lantern will be joining the Man of Steel shortly.)

Lest you worry that Whimzie Quiltz and More has become Whimzie Pillowz and More, in January I finished a very touching memorial quilt and I’m currently working on another photo quilt, a NFL quilt (got to keep that team a secret as the customer is giving it as a gift) and a super fun Iowa/KSU House Divided quilt using only pink fabrics.

With all these great projects in the pipeline, I’m now taking orders for delivery in the late summer/early fall, so if you were thinking of having a custom dorm quilt made or something for the holidays, now would be a great time to get that order in.

And as just a little more encouragement… with every new quilt order placed between now and June 30, I’ll throw in a coordinating 14″ x 14″ ‘bitty’ pillow sham for FREE! After all,
you’ll want to be prepared for Pillow Fight Day 2014, right?

Warmest wishes,
D
Your Custom Quilt Creator

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If one side of your pillow is cool,
does that make the other side nerdy?


Come for the Weather – Stay for the Pillows

I moved to San Diego from the midwest and my husband moved here from the east coast, so we’ve got family living pretty much all over. When someone comes to visit us here in America’s finest city, it’s a BIG deal.

And, well, when I hear BIG, I think BIG Pillows!

So naturally, for our guestroom, I created this series of San Diego BIG pillows each featuring a t-shirt from a San Diego area attraction, including
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San Diego Zoo ~
The World Famous San Diego Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the globe.

 

USS Midway ~
Once the longest serving US Navy carrier, the USS Midway, with it’s collection of 27 restored aircraft, is now the most-visited floating ship museum in the world.

 

LEGOLAND California ~
128 acres of rides and attractions geared specifically towards kids who love Lego building blocks (though I loved it, too, and I’m no where near the intended age :D)

 

Birch Aquarium ~
Part of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, Birch Aquarium features more than 60 fish and invertebrate habitats (check out their online Kelp Cam)

 

SeaWorld ~
Known for spectacular animal shows, SeaWorld San Diego is an ideal place to learn about some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures.

 

Natural History Museum ~
Affectionately known as theNAT, this museum promotes understanding of the natural world through research, education and really cool exhibits.

 
If you make it out Whimzie Quiltz way, I’d definitely recommend you visit each of these attractions. Once you’ve finished your tour of all the San Diego quilt shops, of course!

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Remember Me?


The essential question is not “How busy are you?”
but “What are you busy at?”

~ Oprah Winfrey


I haven’t been buried under an avalanche of fabric, although it’s been far too long since I’ve been in touch, hasn’t it? I’ve missed you all so much! And I think that’s the problem.

Busy Busy QuilterI feel I’ve lost the personal touch in much of what I do. Did you know, in addition to Whimzie Quiltz, I am running two Etsy stores, a Facebook page, this blog, a newsletter (which is supposed to be monthly), a Flickr site, a Google Place Page, a Google Map, and, most recently, a Pinterest account?

The World Wide Web is great – let’s face it, without the Internet I wouldn’t have great customers from Texas, Indiana or Australia! And heaven knows I wouldn’t find nearly as many cool fabrics as I do shopping online.

But the time it takes to keep all those online balls in the air has kept me from doing what I really want to do – QUILT! And, while posting a picture of my latest quilt online is easy, a lot of the story behind it’s creation is not being told. Truthfully, it’s the stories behind the quilts that really make Whimzie quilts special.

So, as I move into my 9th year in business, I’m going to pare back in some areas so I can really bloom in others. I’m going to focus here, on my Snip-Itz blog, where I can tell the quilt stories that inspire me and, hopefully, inspire you. I’m going to limit my time on Facebook and send my newsletter quarterly, with the occasional special email when I have something really exciting to share.

And I’m going to QUILT!

I’m overflowing with ideas for new products in my Etsy shops, from fun, fresh CompQCover designs to a fashionable expansion of my BIG Pillow for a BIG Fan line. Of course, what I’m most looking forward to is getting back to making colorful and comfortable, traditional, yet “whimzical” quilts.

Getting back to “creating the quilt you’ve always wanted”.

That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.

Warmest wishes,
D
Your Custom Quilt Creator

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