One of the things I like to do here at Whimzie Quiltz is include with every custom quilt a gift-with-purchase – a little somethin’-somethin’ for you, the customer, to go along with your actual quilt. With a bed quilt, it’s often matching pillow shams, but with smaller quilts, it’s maybe something you wouldn’t normally expect.
Here’s the scoop on a couple of recent surprise somethings that Whimzie Quiltz customers have received…
Movie Night Right
William M.’s Favorite Things quilt pattern was a mix of all of everything he loves – cats, Boy Scouts, England, music – done in a black and white palette. That color scheme inspired his gift-with-purchase… a black and white checkerboard! Knowing his affinity for old movies, too, I chose a vintage-looking film strip fabric for the border. After all, I figured, what could be better than playing a few games while you wait for the DVD to start?
Hitting the Right Note
Originally, Katherine M. wanted a quilt that featured her love of music, but it had to be purple, too. The first fabric I purchased just wasn’t purple enough, which resulted in changing the whole design and creating an ombre purple Triple Braid quilt instead. I still wanted her to have something with the music theme, though, so I used the original fabric to create a fun quilted backpack that lets her “carry a tune” 😀 wherever she goes.
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.
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 😀
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?