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Check This Out ~ A Checkerboard Game for “Dog” Day Afternoons

My aunt’s granddaughter got a Chihuahua puppy for Christmas and she was so crazy excited.

Since I was ready making a bunch of new quilted checkerboard games for my Whimzie Quiltz Etsy store, it got me thinking that this adorable fabric would make a “paws”itively perfect checkerboard game for her.

So I added it to the list… just hope the puppy leaves them alone long enough to actually play! 😀

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Oversized Chess Pieces Inspire Oversized Chess Board

checkerboardpiecesI’ve been working on a new batch of quilted checkerboard games for my Whimzie Quiltz Etsy shop, so when Lori G. contacted me about a custom board, I said, “No problem; happy to help.” I figured I’d just add it to the growing pile. Then she showed me the oversized playing pieces she wanted the board for – they were freaking gorgeous! That’s when I knew this project would not be a typical quilted checkerboard…GundersenCheckerboardQuilt

The custom board need to be large enough to accommodate her 3″ diameter, non-pawn, chess pieces. So the squares are 3 ½” each; with the two borders, the total size comes to 40″ x 40″.

She had a wonderful color scheme in mind – black, cream, dark coral, gold and turquoise. To make sure the fabrics coordinated with the shabby chic design of the pieces, I bought a crackly black print. Then I tea-stained the black and white striped binding, as well as all the other cream choices, so everything matched. All the other fabrics came from my stash – it was definitely fun picking out patterns and marbles that would work with her request for “funky”.

I’d actually had smaller diamonds in the draft design I forwarded, but once I started piecing them, they just kept getting lost in that sea of black. In this larger size, they “popped” so much better; now Lori can really enjoy the bright, happy accent colors she chose!

I love how the finished quilt works with the wonderful chess pieces she already owned. Here’s hoping she and her family enjoy many games in the years the come!

Surprise!

One of the things I like to do here at Whimzie Quiltz is include with every custom quilt a gift-with-purchase – a little somethin’-somethin’ for you, the customer, to go along with your actual quilt. With a bed quilt, it’s often matching pillow shams, but with smaller quilts, it’s maybe something you wouldn’t normally expect.

Here’s the scoop on a couple of recent surprise somethings that Whimzie Quiltz customers have received…

Movie Night Right

blackwhitequiltWilliam M.’s Favorite Things quilt pattern was a mix of all of everything he loves – cats, Boy Scouts, England, music – done in a black and white palette.  That color scheme inspired his gift-with-purchase… a black and white checkerboard!  Knowing his affinity for old movies, too, I chose a vintage-looking film strip fabric for the border.  After all, I figured, what could be better than playing a few games while you wait for the DVD to start?

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Hitting the Right Note

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Originally, Katherine M. wanted a quilt that featured her love of music, but it had to be purple, too. The first fabric I purchased just wasn’t purple enough, which resulted in changing the whole design and creating an ombre purple Triple Braid quilt instead. I still wanted her to have something with the music theme, though, so I used the original fabric to create a fun quilted backpack that lets her “carry a tune” 😀 wherever she goes.

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Princess Me!

Princess Checkers SetRecently, I’ve been creating a lot of sports quilts. Not that I mind, because I LOVE creating unique team-themed quilts, but my quilting room was starting to look like a bit like the inside of a locker room.

Working on this Princess Checkers Set was a nice change of pace.

It’s pink! It’s purple! It’s pretty! And, as a gift with purchase for a customer’s two little daughters, it’s perfect.