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15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ November

To celebrate 15 years in business, I’m making a quilt ~ and setting aside the 15th day of each month to work on the 15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM commemorative project.

Check it out ~ the penultimate 15th anniversary quilt block! (Okay, I’m going to be honest, I actually finished this block yesterday, November 14th. But I thought it was the 15th. It’s just been one of those weeks…)

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Overall, I’m not sure I’m in love the design of block #11, the pincushion looks a little weird. I tried it without the “stitches”, though, and it looked even weirder, so it is what it is.

And those pins! So if you don’t sew or quilt, you might not get this, but trust me, it’s pretty amusing… I unwittingly chose a pink and orange floral fabric for the tops of the pins. Yep, I created flower head pins without even realizing it!

I really hope you’re enjoying taking the 15th Anniversary Whimzie Quilt journey with me. And remember, there’s still plenty of days each month when I can be working on a super special quilt for you, too! What do you want to celebrate in 2019?

Transporter Chief, Beam Me Up a Trade

While recently listening to The Greatest Generation ~ a Star Trek podcast by “a couple of guys who are embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast” ~ I heard them discussing some Star Trek-themed gifts sent by the AdoptATribble/TribbleOrphanarium. As a person NOT embarrassed by her love of Star Trek, I had to check out that Etsy store!

Turns out the owner, Molly, had some really cute items (including her adoptable tribbles) so I favorited the shop. A couple of days later I got a notification of a new item in stock, this “He’s Dead, Jim” iPhone charger sticker set ~

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It’s so hilariously funny! And I knew my husband would think so, as well, making it the perfect stocking stuffer. Because I’d recently participated in a very successful craft swap, I took a chance and messaged Molly to see if she’d be interested in trading a sticker set for this mug rug set I recently finished ~

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She agreed!

I love how each of us took a classic original series Star Trek quote and transformed it in our own craft style. Seeing what others do is always such an inspiration and it’s fun to share my quilt-y goodness with someone else, too.

I’m so glad I favorited Molly’s shop as she’s already listed some other cool new items (I think there’s a VelociRiker in my future!) I’d also recommend you check out her second Etsy store Molly Bee Studio Shop. The Marie Condo sticker makes me laugh uncontrollably and the Crack the Patiarchy shirt makes me want to me want to move to Philly just so I can wear one!

Celebrating the Quilt Holidays ~ Count Your Buttons Day

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. 

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The winner will be announced in a Facebook post on the morning of October 22, 2019. Good luck guessing!

 

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ October

To celebrate 15 years in business, I’m making a quilt ~ and setting aside the 15th day of each month to work on the 15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM commemorative project.

It’s getting to be the busiest part of the year for me (so many new holiday items for my Etsy store plus a custom quilt order for Christmas!) but I still took today to finish a block for my 15th Anniversary quilt. Fittingly for the pumpkin month of October, it’s a giant ORANGE sewing machine ~

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Don’t have a lot of time for this write-up either, but suffice it to say this wasn’t one of the simpler blocks. 😀 Glad to have another block finished, though ~ only 2 to go!

I really hope you’re enjoying taking the 15th Anniversary Whimzie Quilt journey with me. And remember, there’s still plenty of days each month when I can be working on a super special quilt for you, too! What do you want to celebrate in 2019?

Harry Potter and the Failed Craft Project

Have you ever have one of those projects that you just can’t make work no matter how hard you try? Welcome to my latest disaster…

34947_HarryPotter_AdventCalendar_Front_GLAM_1_largeAlthough I was originally on a wait list, I ended up getting a Funko Harry Potter Advent calendar when they were released last year. It was a lot of fun opening the doors each day during December. But, while the Pops themselves were nice quality, I worried that the cardboard box they came in would not hold up long term and I started looking for a different option.

Ultimately, I purchased a wooden Advent calendar that looked like a book ~ perfect for Harry Potter, am I right? ~ back in January and have been working to update it off and on for about nine months now.

I HATE it.

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The paint is both too thick AND too thin (don’t ask me how).

The pearls look so cheesy.

And the hinges don’t line up.

I thought I found the ideal numbering system in the wax seals, but they aren’t coming across like I’d hoped.

The interior picture keeps coming loose in spots.

And to top it all off, the drawers themselves aren’t large enough to hold some of the Pops!

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I’ve finally decided to give up.

I’m just tired of looking at it and fussing over it. I’m tired of spending money on it and I’m really tired of spending time on it.

So, for now, it’s off my to-do list. In a few months, I might come back to it… or I might throw it out.

It’s always disappointing when an idea in your head doesn’t come together like you hope. But, as much as I’d like to be, makers aren’t magicians. Sometimes, a project just fails.

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Counting Down to Halloween “vith” Count von Count ~ Ah! Ah! Ah!

Happy October 1st! It seems like the perfect day to share that, in addition to all the Halloween Advent calendars I made for sale, I snuck in a Sesame Street-themed one for myself ~

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Today’s blog post has been brought to you by the letters W and Q and the number 31.

😀

Feminist Funko Finished!

It’s been a couple of weeks since The Crafty Crusader and I exchanged items as part of our International Feminist Craft Swap ~ I quilted her a Serena Williams pillow sham and she knitted me a miniature pussy hat for my Feminist Funko Pop Collection. I’ve spent the last few weeks customizing a Pop to wear the hat and she’s finally finished!

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deanThough I don’t watch Marvel’s Runaways, I started with a Karolina Dean vinyl figure because of the placement of her hands. I suspect she’s supposed to look like she’s casting a spell (?) but for my purposes, they were perfect for holding a protest sign!

Also, I liked that she was young, because I’m very impressed by the next generation of female activists like Emma Gonzalez, Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. Having nearly reached my 5th decade on this planet, I’m really rooting for these younger women to fix what my generation has (tried and) failed to!

Unfortunately, it turned out that the Dean figure was a bobble head. Because Funkos are newer on the toy doll scene, some other company already has the “non-bobble” vinyl figure license from Marvel, so Funko’s agreement with them states all Marvel Pops have to have bobble heads (who knew small doll heads were such a big deal?)

BobbleFixAnyhow… that means the first thing I had to do to customize my pussy hat Funko was remove the bobble. I researched a few different ways online, but ended up going with my initial idea of a balsa wood connector for her head to rest on. While I couldn’t match the skin color precisely, I don’t think people will be able to tell once she’s on display.

Then it was time for the fun part!

I decided that my Pop was a activist from a long line of activists and wanted to honor those who had come before her. Early 20th century suffragists wore green, purple and white, so I customized her hair to ‘suffragette city’ green, her pants to ‘votes for women’ purple and her tank top to ‘a woman’s place is in the House – and the Senate’ white! I also managed ~ and I honestly didn’t know my hands were this steady ~ to paint VOTE on her shirt with the “O” as the female gender symbol. (Check out her teeny tiny green shoe laces, too!)

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Now when she wears her pink pussy hat, it’s like she’s linking the historic women’s movement with the movement of today – plus, that pink yarn really pops with her green hair!

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I have also made a series of little protest signs for her to hold. Most of these sayings I got off the internet, looking through pictures from various rallies. I’ve decided I’ll change her sign depending on what administration action offends me most that day. Sadly, as you can see, there are a LOT of signs!

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(ETA: These were all made before impeachment proceedings started in Congress. Looks like I need to get my markers back out…)

All this time, I’ve been referring to this as my “pussy hat Funko” or my “Women’s March Funko”. But the more I got into it, the more I felt she needed an actual name. Given the state of world today, Hillary or Elizabeth were strong contenders; Ruth would have been great, too. But ultimately, I settled on Marcia.

My pre-quilting career in public administration started in a small suburban Kansas community called Leawood. Originally hired as an intern, I moved into a special projects role with an emphasis on economic development that worked closely with city’s elected mayor, Marcia Rinehart. This was the first time in my life that I truly realized that a woman could be in a position of power (sadly, I was in my mid 20s at this point.)

Mayor Rinehart was an amazing woman. She was confident and assertive, even forceful when needed ~ city council meetings she chaired never got out of hand no matter what the topic! Yet she was also easy to relate to and really cared about her community and what the residents** needed. Mayor Rinehart was re-elected several times between 1987 and 1997, and when she retired, she’d been Leawood’s longest serving mayor to date.

Leawood was a pretty conservative area, so there’s a chance that Mayor Rinehart might not appreciate having a pussy hat-wearing, feminist Funko named after her. But she was a powerful woman with a powerful influence on me and I hope she’d realize that I truly mean it as an honor.

**Funny aside – Mayor Rinehart is also the person who taught me that people who live in a city are properly called residents, not citizens; you can only be a citizen of a country! 20 years schooling, including a political science undergrad and a public administration graduate degree, never taught me THAT distinction.


 

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Women’s March Marcia, proudly wearing her pussy hat and carrying a protest sign, displayed with some of the other female Pops in my Feminist Funko Pop Collection.

All my thanks again to Monique at The Crafty Crusader for knitting the pussy hat that really brings Marcia to life!