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!
As October 21st got closer and closer, I was thinking Count Your Buttons Day sure seems like a fun quilt holiday to celebrate. Then I realized you actually have to count those silly little things! And when you have as many as I do, it can take quite a while.
Still, since I did take the time to count them, I thought I’d do a little contest over on Facebook to see in anyone can guess how many pink and orange buttons I own.
The person who guesses closest (or a random winner if more than one person gets it right) will receive this sarcastic “Buttons are the only thing keeping shit together around here” wine wrap! (Bottle of Rosé not included 😦 unfortunately)
And as a thank you for reading my blog, here’s a hint ~
there’s more than 1200, but less than 1300.
The winner will be announced in a Facebook post on the morning of October 22, 2019. Good luck guessing!
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!
Happy Long Weekend! I’m using the 3 days to finish up a few more decor projects for the Whimzie Quiltz suite.
First up are these fabric covered letters in the annex. The built-in cabinet was perfectly fine, but don’t you think the letters add a little je ne sais quois?
These are actually my second attempt at fabric covered letters – trying to get those dots straight was not easy!
Next, I added a dry erase board to the wall in my sewing room. Mine was inspired by a project I saw on the Chez Larsson blog, but I went with buttons for the outline instead of circle punches.
I see where a lot of people on Pinterest have these boards for showing off cute things their kids say, but I thought it’d be great for writing some of the funny quilt-related sayings I see online.
And, finally, I hung this fun fabric wreath on my door. Jennifer Heynen (one of my all-time favorite fabric designers) over at Jennifer Jangles posted this as one of her summer projects and the second I saw it, I knew I wanted one for myself!
I tried the wreath out in a few other locations, but fell in love with the idea that it’s bright and beautiful colors will greet me every time I walk into the room.
Hope you are getting a few projects done over the long weekend, too – share them in the comments, I’d love to see what you are up to!