Let me tell you a story…
As the holidays approached way back in 2011, an idea began percolating in my head. What if the ghosts from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol didn’t visit a miserly old man; instead, what if they sought to change the heart of a overworked and very tired quilter trying to get all her quilted gifts done before December 25th? (No, nope, wasn’t projecting at all…)
The result was a little story called A Quilter’s Christmas Carol ~ With Thanks to Charles Dickens for the Holiday Inspiration. One year later (after I, wink, wink, got caught back up) the little story got turned into a book.
As part of the book writing process, I decided to add directions for a related quilting project, the Quilter’s Christmas Carol block.
Pieced from traditional holiday colors, the Quilter’s Christmas Carol block features three flying geese moving out from the center (embodying the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future) while stylized “C”s in each corner represent the first letters of the classic holiday tale’s title.
Much like Dicken’s classic, today’s story has a happy ending – six years later, I finally finished making a set of Quilter’s Christmas Carol pillows!
I want to make it very clear, I didn’t create such a difficult design that it would take the average quilter six years to make these. Pretty sure these could be knocked out in a day with the no distractions. But what average quilter has NO distractions? Let’s just say, being overworked and very tired is not an uncommon thing around Whimzie Quiltz and leave it at that, shall we?
Still, it’s nice to have these off my to-do list. One less chain for poor Marley, I mean, me, to wear as quilt-y penance when the time comes!
PS – Copies of my book are still available online. They make great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts for quilters. Want to make them even more special? I’m happy to autograph copies!
9 days into the #100DaysProject creativity challenge and I haven’t missed one! I think it’s working, too, because I find myself with so many ideas that I want to design more than one Irish Chain quilt a day! But the point is to pace yourself and make it all the way through, so I’m reigning myself in.
If you remember from my Challenge Accepted! post, I’m participating in the #100DaysProject. Each day for 100 days, participants repeat a “simple creative task” and post their effort online.
I chose designing a modified Irish Chain quilt ~ changing colors, mixing blocks, varying settings, etc. ~ and I’m excited to see how the traditional pattern will shift, evolve and develop during the next 91 days!
I’ve been finishing up a few items for the holiday season 2017, including this custom half-round quilted table runner for Halloween. My Halloween decorations, though, are all currently stored away – it is May, after all. So for the photo staging I used my purple plaster Australopithecus afarensis skull that is on permanent display in the library. (What? Doesn’t everyone have one?)
They say two’s company and three’s a crowd, but four? Four’s a party! So grab a beer and let’s party down with my 4th annual Quilt Bucket List!
Every National Quilting Day, I revisit the quilts on my “bucket list” – those quilts I want to finish before I move on to the great sewing room in the sky. The list keeps getting longer, so I suppose I won’t be going anywhere soon…
It’s a party and we’re here to have a good time, right? So let’s get the bad news out of the way – none of my bucket list quilts got finished during the last year. In fact, I didn’t do a single stitch on any of the quilts I mentioned in Quilt Bucket List III: Attack of the Seam Ripper.
Which means my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quilt, my Monk-inspired quilt, my One in a Minion quilt and my Steven Tyler memorial quilt (Steven Tyler my cat, not the Steven Tyler the rockstar) are all still chillin’.
That’s not to say I didn’t make any quilts for myself in 2016; I did. It’s just that those quilts weren’t even a gleam in my eye last National Quilting Day. But sometimes you just need to go with the creative flow, resulting in the addition of these beauties to my personal collection –
Having a lot on my to-do list has never stopped me from adding more, though, so I’ve invited a few new quilt ideas to the “must make before I go” party. Please give a big quilty welcome to
Made in March Quilt ~ For the past two basketball seasons, I’ve been working on a Kansas University Jayhawk quilt only during March Madness. My hope is to finish it during the 2017 tournament – Rock Chalk!
RIP TV Quilt ~ My modern, laugh-in-the-face-of-death take on the famous Kentucky graveyard quilt featuring favorite TV characters who have passed away (including all 4 of Lisa Simpson’s cats)
Sew Geeky Quilt ~ Pulling together my love for sci-fi television and my love for quilting, this one features a LOT of appliquéd pop culture /slash/ sewing puns (like Captain Picard’s classic, “Make it sew.”)
All three of these quilts are in progress, but who knows what I’ll actually finish this year? Maybe a bunch of fabulous new quilt ideas will turn this little shindig into a surprise party for 2018, too. 😀
I’d love to know what’s on your quilt bucket list. Please share in the comments; I respond to every one. And let’s leave this post with the slightly modified advice of blues – and party – legend Stevie Ray Vaughn…
If this sewing machine is a rocking, don’t bother knocking – just come on in!
Thank you all for another warm and whimzical year filled with Whimzie quilts!
2016 was a year of BIG quilts for me – I finished 1 king and 1 queen, 2 twins and 4 almost twin sized, as well as several lap and baby quilts. And when you consider a king quilt is equivalent to 4 lap quilts, you really start to understand how much quilting I have been up to…
Quilts were not my only creative outlet this year, either. You can check out 27+ WINQs (When I’m Not Quilting) projects finished in 2016 on my Stick a Fork in it… Done! Pinterest board.
Next year will be my 13th year in business – lucky 13! Can’t wait!
Now that summer toys are on the market, I was finally able to finish up one of my Who-ville holiday projects – Cindy Lou Who’s giant ornament.
A child’s plastic ball, small tin pail, a bit of wire, gold paint and glue… the hardest part of this project is finding a place to store such a big piece until December!