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!
Making custom Whimzie quilts for my fabulous customers isn’t all I do (it’s just my favorite thing to do.) When I‘m Not Quilting I still like to create, though, so here’s some quick photos of some of the Grinch themed WINQs I’ve done recently…
Who-ville Canister Set
Must Stop Christmas from Coming Countdown Calendar
A couple of months ago I made myself a “Counting on Christmas” quilt (it’s a super cute pattern by Crazy Old Ladies Quilts). It was so much fun to make! And I was really hoping I’d get a chance to make it again. Enter my mother-in-law.
The last time she came to visit, she couldn’t stop saying how much she liked the way mine turned out. So I took the opportunity to plan one for her holiday 2016 gift.
I love how this one turned out, too. The fabric is from Maywood Studios Merry & Bright fabric line and I backed it with Minkee so it couldn’t be softer or snugglier!
My husband and I sent it to her early and the timing was perfect – she opened it today, December 1. It was the ideal way to start counting down to a warm and whimzical Christmas… 24 days to go!
Normally, I design my own quilts. But every once in a while, I see a pattern on the market that I just fall in ❤ ❤ ❤ with – like “Counting on Christmas” by Crazy Old Ladies Quilts.
The picture hardly does this quilt justice. It’s bright and cheery and fun – and I backed it with Minkee so it’s unbelievably soft and snuggly, too. I can’t wait to count down all 25 days to Christmas happily and warmly curled up under it.
I had so much fun making this quilt, that I really, really, really want to do it again! So I’m offering a deal… you can order your own version of this regularly $550 nearly twin-sized quilt for only $375 with delivery by Dec 15. That’s a savings of $175!
I’ve found some 2016 fabric lines that would work fabulously with this happy, scrappy quilt. If you see something you like, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll start a custom quilt order for you today.
Or feel free ask me to find the perfect fabric to match your holiday decor (’cause you know how much I hate fabric shopping)
You know you can’t wait for Christmas to get here, too 😉
I’m so ready for the 2016-2017 football season!
No really, I’m READY. I’ve even created this wooden countdown calendar to track all the Chiefs wins this season. (I did make “L” plaques, but I can’t imagine needing them. 😀 )
This was a fun project, though it took a long time to create. The jersey, letters and plaques were pre-made items, but the paint job was all me. I aimed to get as close to the style of our home jerseys as possible, so there were lots of layers (and touch ups.)
It’s designed to hang on our pantry door so I can track our record all season long. Week 1 can’t get here fast enough… I can’t wait to place that first “W”!
To start the month off right, I wanted to share a number of frightfully delightful projects for the upcoming holiday that I’ve been working on. My goal is to make my home and the Whimzie Quiltz studio as eerie-sistible as possible this year. 😀
(BEWARE – not only are my Halloween puns pretty scary, but once you see some of these projects, you may want to make versions for yourself!)
First up is the entryway chalkboard you may have seen before – decked out with a howl-iday greeting. Someday, I want to learn how to do the really cool chalkboard fonts I’ve seen on Pinterest, but this will do in the meantime.
Also in our entryway, I have this little display. It features my version of bat o’laterns (which I originally saw on Pinterest) and a set of quilted ‘Trick’ and ‘Treat’ pillows that I designed this year. And Oops! It looks like a wicked witch got caught flying under the radar – right in to a wall!
The witch legs were quite the be-witching project! Well, using glitter in anything is pretty scary and, to be honest, these are shedding ALL over the floor, but I still had fun with them. The shoes were clearance heels at Target, with cardboard details and foil curls added, covered with masking tape and gesso and painted black before being glitter-ized. (See my inspiration here.) The thigh high socks are simply stuffed with polyester and fitted – carefully – into the shoes.
Keeping with the purple and black color scheme are my ‘Bite Me’ bats. Each letter is made from scraps of fabric stretched over an embroidery hoop for the body and I added felt-backed wings on each side. Again, if I have to be honest, these didn’t turn out quite as boo-tiful as the idea in my head, but I still think they are pretty cute (especially when displayed next to last year’s Halloween countdown calendar – and, yes, I’ve already eaten October 1st’s chocolate.)
Nearby, I have another display with a couple more Pinterest inspirations. The ghastly bright eyeballs are foam balls on pipe cleaners, but I found some cool mad scientist beakers and jars to display them in. The fang-tastic vampire pumpkins were based on a Martha Stewart project.
Several months ago, I picked up a newel post at an architectural salvage place downtown. Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it until I saw a candle chandelier on clearance at Wayfair. By putting them both together and painting the entire piece black, I scared up this spooktacular centerpiece. The crystals were part of the chandelier, but I added the draped black beads. I know you can find something similar to this at almost every store these days (for cheaper, too) but the fact that I made this one makes it way more special.
I’m hoping to find time to finish a few more projects before the clock strikes midnight on October 31st, but I’ve got a pretty good start on the thrills and chills of Halloween. Hope you are inspired to craft a bit mischief (or mayhem) this year, too!