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Pink Tardis Quilt ~ It’s About Time… and Space

Order today and your pink Tardis quilt will ship in time for the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special.

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I heard this morning, but it wasn’t until I was sitting in a restaurant at lunch that it really hit me. ¬†And I started crying tears of happiness. Which made a more than a few people at Rubio’s wonder what was going on ūüėÄ

I didn’t care because I’m so freaking excited for a female Doctor!

I’ve actually seen Jodie Whittaker in Broadchurch. She’s really good.

(I am a little worried about Chris Chibnall as show runner. ¬†Broadchurch is so slow-paced that I’m worried his style won’t translate well to Doctor Who. ¬†On the other hand, he picked a fantastic new Doctor, so he must be doing something right!)

There’s 163 days until the Christmas special when the new Doctor will make her debut. ¬†That’s plenty of time to have a custom pink Tardis quilt – or traditional blue Tardis quilt – made by Whimzie Quiltz.

Contact me at deidre [at] whimziequiltz.com to get yours started today!

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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Black and White and Warm All Over

One of my favorite things about custom quilts is when someone asks for a quilt of their favorite things.  The more, the better!

So when customer Beth M. told me her son like Boy Scouts, old movies, their beautiful tuxedo cat, English history and music – well, I knew it’d be a challenge, but I also figured we could have some fun with it.

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I was initially struck by how many of his favorite things were black and white, so I decided to make make the quilt using only those two colors. Although the overall look is high contrast, I actually chose a variety of tone-on-tone small prints or marbled fabrics in these two shades to give the quilt depth and dimension.

As for the symbolism, this quilt features

  • a Tower of London (with the six crows that¬†legend says must live there or the monarchy will fall,)
  • a piano keyboard representing music,
  • a tuxedo cat, in between two halves of the Union¬†Jack,
  • a strip of film, and
  • a fleur de lis from the Cub Scout logo

I filled in the remaining spots with a traditional PINWHEEL block to make the pattern feel more old fashioned and quilt-like – something Beth had mentioned she really wanted. Two thin borders, one white and one black, pull everything together.

Although the majority of the quilting is stippled, I added in some texture in spots – like the birds and the cat’s white accents – to make those areas pop even more.

Influenced by this quilt, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about how individuals are rarely defined by just one characteristic. Different likes and loves, hobbies and habits… they all come together in one person.

Like how lots of different blocks come together in one custom quilt! ¬†Whoa!¬†That’s some deep stuff ūüėÄ

All kidding aside, it’s made me think about a lifetime of¬†my favorite things, and how they’ve come to make the person that is me. I think that’s a quilt I want to make, too (another for my bucket list!)

What makes you, you?  What would be in your favorite things quilt?

Is It December 1st Yet?

1qocrgCouldn’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 Рso glad I had safety goggles on when cutting! Рbut 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!

Merry Mermaid Stockings

Can’t tell you how much we¬†love having¬†our nieces and nephews visit! ¬†We see them mostly during spring breaks or summer vacations, but, because we live¬†in Southern California, sometimes they’ll swing by during Thanksgiving and¬†Christmas just to get a break from the cold.mural

The room the¬†kids¬†stay in while visiting is beach-themed, with this giant tropical mural on one wall. I’ve been mulling over¬†Christmas¬†decorations to go with the theme – so they can enjoy their¬†visit to warmer climes and celebrate the holiday at the same time.

All of which led to these quilted mermaid stockings…mermaidstockings

That is sequin stretch fabric, folks. ¬†Or should I say sequin s – t – r – e – t – c – h fabric. Not the easiest fabric to work with if you are used to 100% quilter’s cotton. ¬†But, hey, I’ve been saying I need to¬†s – t – r – e – t – c – h¬†my quilting skills! ūüôā

I bought a special scalloped ruler to do the quilting on my long arm, though the lines on the tails are freehanded.  That was a lot of work, so I kind of cheated on the backs Рthey are un-quilted fleece.  I bound everything with additional sequin stretch Рextremely carefully cut Рand the trim is a mix of white feathers and green gathered mesh.

I’m really looking forward to decorating the kid’s room during the holidays this year. ¬†I’m thinking a Christmas tree with beach ball ornaments, some twinkly lights, maybe a garland in the blues and greens of the sea. ¬†But the highlight is sure to be these merry mermaid stockings!

Scrappy Happy Stockings

mac30sfamily2The classic Depression-era quilting tale always touches on how nothing was wasted – every scrap of fabric was used by thrifty seamstresses determined to grimly “make do” with what they had.

That description always seems so sad to me. Scrappy quilts are happy quilts! They are every voice singing in perfect harmony. Every person doing their part to make the world a better place. Every piece coming together to make a larger whole.

When I had leftover¬†fabric¬†from Beth M.’s recently completed 1930s Irish Chain quilt, I didn’t just want her thank you gift to “make do”.

I wanted the gift to make her smile.

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It took a LOT of time to piece all those little blocks together, quilt them and hand embroider the names on the stocking cuffs. As it is, she had her custom quilt for nearly a month before the stockings were ready to ship!

But they were so worth it. I can’t help but imagine¬†Beth, her children – and Santa! – all smiling when they see these scrappy, happy stockings.

Celebrating Family and Future

I once read an article about “divorce quilts”,¬†textile art projects made to help process the difficult decision to end a marriage. ¬†I can definitely see the therapeutic value, but I like what customer Beth M. had in mind much better… she asked me to make a quilt celebrating the start of her and her children’s new life.

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The overall design of her quilt is vintage 1930s, a postage stamp Irish Chain design on a white background (all the squares are reproduction 1930s fabrics.)  Appliqués appear in the areas formed by the chain, each turned under and hand embroidered with a blanket stitch Рagain, an old-fashioned, classic technique.

In a way, the design builds on history to create a new future.  That feeling is echoed in her choice of appliqué ideas.  There are blocks that represent heritage Рa shamrock for Ireland, a thistle for Scotland Рand blocks that represent now Рa beloved family pet and shared activities like movie watching.  Every single element in this quilt is meaningful and all are designed to symbolize the foundation on which she and her children will create their new life.

When Beth¬†and her children curl up in this quilt, it’s not just their bodies being warmed, it’s their hearts, too. This¬†is why I make quilts. ¬†I want to create beautiful, thoughtful,¬†treasured keepsakes that touch people¬†deeply. ¬†Laugh, cry, reminisce¬†and¬†dream about your bright, new future ~ a good quilt should encourage all that and more.