Tagged: holiday

Don’t Get Caught Holding the (Wine) Bag This Year

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 —

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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

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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.

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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.

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All 3 are now available in my Etsy store – with FREE SHIPPING!

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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! 🙂

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 – they are un-quilted fleece.  I bound everything with additional sequin stretch – extremely carefully cut – and 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!

A Case for More Pillows

I’ve been quilting a while now.  Nearly 20 years.  And in that time, I’ve accumulated a lot of finished projects.

When completed quilts started taking over the house, I figured that switching some of my ideas to quilted pillows would mean less to store.  Now that pillows have piled up in nearly every room, I realize that may not have been the answer.

And still I make more…

This one was inspired by a print I saw online.  As a former Kansas resident, and a lover of bad puns, I felt I had to recreate the image in fabric. Apologies for the earworm that just started in your head.

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This set will be part of our Grinch-themed holiday decorations (see, not all the pillows I make are displayed at the same time. I don’t have a problem, I swear!)

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And I loved this meme that came across my desk so much, I not only made it into a quilted pillow, but it’s going to be the theme of our holiday card this year (I’m working on a way to make the card actually smell like peppermint and wondering if it’s possible to do the same with the pillow 🙂 )

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It’s Almost Here! (and a Discount :D)

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.

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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 deidre@whimziequiltz.com 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 😉

Home is Where You Hang Your Quilt

You’ve got quilts on the bed, quilts on the couch, quilts overflowing every nook and cranny in your house. So you know there’s only one thing left to do – go vertical! Hanging your quilts can add a whole new dimension to a home’s decor.

Wall quilts, for instance, can be purely decorative – a large quilt is often less expensive but as colorful as a painting of the same size – or they can be functional – a small quilt with pockets near the front door easily organizes your mail. Hung quilts make terrific curtains, too, keeping drafts out when covering family room windows and keeping warmth in when used with a shower curtain liner in the bath. Hung from the ceiling, quilts also make great room dividers, especially if you want to show off both sides of a well-crafted heirloom.

More Inspiration…

My favorite way of hanging a quilt, though, is to put up a quilted Christmas stocking. When you have your stockings custom created by Whimzie Quiltz, you can have them made big enough to hold all the goodies in Santa’s sleigh!

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