I’ve been making quilted advent calendars for several years now – you can see some of them available for sale in the Whimzie Quiltz Etsy store. The standard version is approximately 10 ½” x 21 ½”, with pockets that hold a single piece of hard candy or Hershey’s Kiss.
Recently, I had a request for a larger version. It would be for a family with two kids and, naturally, they wanted a calendar that would hold two pieces of candy.
I may not love math, but I do love custom orders, so I figured out new dimensions with my handy quilting calculator. And the result is this awesome 15 ½” x 32″ advent calendar… bigger is always better when it comes to Christmas 😀
I love giving wine as a gift – hostess gift, thank you gift, that back-up “person who gives you something, but you didn’t remember them” gift – so I’m always looking for a great way to present the wine. As a quilter, wine bags are a good choice, but, let’s face it, they are a bit 90s. And this is 2017. So how about something different?
That’s why I love these new wine wraps just added to my Etsy store. Combine them with the snack mat trend and you have a really unique presentation that’s modern and fun!
There’s 3 versions currently available. Each comes with a “Santa’s Little Helper” quilted wrap for a bottle of wine (fits most straight-sided wine bottles) which features a sewn-in, non-slip backing —
The snack mat quotes differ from set to set, though.
For those who like to schedule their holiday imbibing, try the “It’s 5 o’clock at the North Pole” set
Or maybe you are an equal opportunity wine drinker. Then the “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas but if the White is out I’ll drink the Red” set is for you.
And the “The Weather Outside is Frightful, but the Wine is so Delightful” set is perfect for those seeking a just a little warmth on blustery winter days.
All 3 are now available in my Etsy store – with FREE SHIPPING!
(Tee hee – I’m trying my hand at writing ‘click bait’ titles. I’m thinking of doing a creative exercise poking fun at that trend later this year; thought I’d toss one in here while I’m at it. 😀 )
I spent the weekend adding a bunch of fabulous new quilted pillow shams to my Etsy store and I’ve started updating some listings from the past, too. Oh, and stay tuned next week for even more NEW listings. I don’t want to spoil the surprise – but there’s going to be some awesome items for the holidays available soon!
Here’s what new and in the shop now…
Always be yourself… unless you can be a penguin!
This penguin-themed quilted pillow sham offers great advice for lovers of those whimsical, flightless, tuxedoed birds. From the Antarctic to the North Pole, you won’t find a more positive message — or a more adorable little pillow cover.
This Bruins quilted pillow sham is a game day must have. I mean, you’re all decked out in your Boston jersey, shouldn’t your man cave be geared up, too?
Everyone can use a little encourage”mint” sometimes, right?
Maybe a peppermint-shaped quilted pillow that reads “You Can Do This” isn’t the first thing to come to mind when someone has a struggle ahead of them, but then again, maybe it’s the perfect way to show your unconditional support.
The best part of this Reindeer Names quilted pillow is the bright red button that replaces the “O” in Rudolph. It’s not quite bright enough to guide a sleigh by, but it’s close!
A TARDIS quilted pillow sham in pink? Why not? It’s a celebration of all things Doctor Who – the history, the continuity, the future and the new – all wrapped up in one awesome accent pillow.
This Round Trip Ticket quilted pillow sham is a Polar Express ticket you’re sure not to lose! And every time it’s bell rings, you’ll be reminded to believe in the spirit of Christmas.
This UCLA Bruins quilted pillow sham is a great addition whether you are decking out a dorm room freshman year or have just graduated and want to bring a bit of college with you into the real world.
Along with the last quilt for customer Beth M.’s daughter, I sent a quilted backpack as a “thank you gift with purchase”. I thought a young girl might find it fun to carry a few things around with it. Beth, though, seemed to have other ideas… she told me it was so cute, she almost kept it for herself!
So what do you think I made as a thank you when I finished her latest quilt? Well, a backpack just for Beth, of course!
You can read all about the process of designing and creating the Princess Mildred and the Pea quilt, but part of the story is that I went to four different fabric stores to find enough of the 1930s reproduction kitten fabric for the backing. It really was the purr-fect choice, though, and worth it, even though, as a quilt back, it will rarely get seen.
Using that same fabric for the backpack, though, means it finally gets the attention it so richly deserves. After adding a pink gingham and a black dot, Beth finally has an adorable vintage backpack of her own!
Ok, apologies up front, but I’m going to do some gushing about this custom quilt because it’s just so cool and I’m just so excited to send it off to customer Beth M. today…
This is the 6th quilt I’ve made for Beth (returning customers are the best!) and it is the culmination of a lot of thoughtful effort to bring together everything she loves into one final piece.
Beth’s love of quilts is genetic – she’d inherited several gorgeous quilts from her great-grandmother that she shared photos of with me. There are nods to her great-grandmother’s work in the choice of 1930s reproduction fabrics and in the baptist fan quilting that I did in the border (see right). Great-grandma did her baptist fans by hand, though!
The bottom quilt in the center represents Beth’s favorite family quilt – a traditional nine-patch. In an effort to replicate it closely, I tea-stained modern fabric the right shade for the vintage muslin. The other four quilts are based on quilts she had me make for her children – love of quilts will carry on in this family for sure!
The pieced kitty sleeping on top of the quilts is the family’s much loved tuxedo cat, Mildred. Mildred passed on during the year we’ve been working together, so this quilt has become a memorial to a much missed furry friend, as well.
In working with Beth, her devotion to her children and her desire to create a loving home for them were her most obvious characteristics. So I chose a block for the border called “Nest and Fledglings” to reflect that dynamic. Using those Nest and Fledgling blocks around the outside to pull everything together was the perfect metaphor for a mom’s warm embrace.
Literally every design element in this quilt was chosen to have a meaningful association for Beth and her family, past and present. And I wanted every detail to be perfect. For instance, the backing features a 1930 reproduction fabric with tiny black and white kittens tossed on a mint background – I went to four different stores to get enough of it! And that’s even knowing she plans to hang this quilt and the backing will probably never get seen 😀
Again my apologies for the long post. But this feeling of happiness mixed with giddy satisfaction is just spilling out of me this morning. I’ve been blessed to make something so beautiful – and so meaningful – for another person.
This is why I create custom quilts.
If you’ve ever considered having a custom Irish Chain quilt made for you by Whimzie Quiltz, now’s the time – you’ve got 100 new designs to choose from!
I just finished my 2017 #100Days Project, a creativity challenge where I designed a different Irish Chain quilt pattern every day for 100 days. (Didn’t skip a single day, either; thank you very much 😀 ) I learned to see the classic quilt layout in so many different ways; it’s AMAZING what you can do starting with one simple idea!
Sample the collection of some of my favorite designs from the project below…
or visit them all at 100 Whimzical Chains and let me know your favorite in the comments…
or have a completely new one designed just for you at Whimzie Quiltz. After all, I seem to be on a roll here and I’d love to keep the creativity flowing!
In my continuing quest to Grinch-ify my house during the holidays as much as possible (see Grinch-y WINQs and “Slipping” Into Something a Bit More Grinch-y and “Whos” Coming for Dinner? among other blog posts,) I’ve just added this pillow set.
The long pillow is based on text from Dr. Seuss’ book. I went for a reversible cover – for most of December I’ll have the first side showing, but come December 25th, I’ll flip it over for the second.
The Grinch character pillow is from Pottery Barn Kids, but I added new, fuller pom pom trim to the outside. Because one should never settle for store bought holiday decor when Whimzie Quiltz can make it better!