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15 Years and Counting…

My 15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz Block of the Month quilt is finished!

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15 YEARS AND COUNTING…
Completed January 2020
Cotton Fabric / Cotton-Poly Blend Batting / Modified Sewology Pattern
71” x 85 ½”

I started Whimzie Quiltz and More, my custom quilting business, in 2004 – which made 2019 my 15th year anniversary. To celebrate I made myself this fun pink and orange quilt (WQ’s current colors!) 😀

From January to December, I set aside the 15th day of each month to finish one “block”, or section. Luckily, I was able to sew all 12 sections together juuuust before the end of the year (not kidding, I finished the last stitch about 4:00 PM PST on December 31st!)

And now it is quilted!

myhappyplacefabricThe backing fabric was going to be a plain, but then I found this super cute “Sewers Wisdom” design from Contempo, part of their My Happy Place fabric line. Even though I hadn’t planned on on a print back initially, it just seemed made for this quilt. Because the fabric had been on the market for a while, a lot of stores had sold out, so I had to sew 6 separate pieces together to get a back big enough. Totally worth it 😀

For the quilting pattern, I decided an all-over, extended chevron design would be the best choice. The all-over design wouldn’t hide all the work I’d done piecing and appliquéing the quilt top and the quilt would be light enough to display if that’s the way I wanted to go. I didn’t realize, though, that the chevron pattern would actually make the quilt drape so nicely that it’s a delight to cuddle up in! Instead, this quilt is going in my “Please Snuggle” cabinet with all the other quilts I love to curl up with.

cursedquiltI’m not going to lie, after all the effort I put into creating this quilt over the course of 2019, it didn’t end up quite the way I hoped. I tried a new technique for marking the quilt top that didn’t work out well. Plus, there were several mechanical issues with my long arm quilting machine that resulted in needing to rip out stitches from over a third of the quilt. (Fingers crossed, I’ve since figured out what went wrong and am in the process of resolving it before I use the machine again.)

Nevertheless, I’m pleased that, after being a quilter for so many years, I’m still trying new things and creating new quilts. Whether they fail or succeed, I’m still learning, still pushing myself and still doing something that I love. As I start 16 years in business, I really can’t ask for more than that.

 

 

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ December

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 December 15, the last 15th of the year, and time to reveal the final block in my 15th Anniversary quilt…

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Yeah, it’s probably not a surprise 😀 I mean, a “15” needed to be in there somewhere.

There’s still more to go, of course; I have to sew the blocks together and then quilt the top. My hope is to actually get all that done before the end of 2019, but, wow, is December 31st coming up fast!

I honestly wasn’t sure when I started that I’d manage to keep with this project all year long. For one thing, I’m the kind of person who wants to finish something fast when I start it (yes, I can hear the snickers. I said I WANT to, not that I actually DO.)

And, second, things come up! Who knows when you are planning something in January what December is going to look like? But I lucked out in 2019 ~ no major health scares, no natural disasters. I mean, it wasn’t a perfect year by any means, but it could have been a lot worse.

I really appreciate everyone who has followed along with this project over the last 12 months AND everyone who has supported and encouraged me during the last 15 years. It still kind of blows my mind that, since 2004, I’ve gotten to make so many warm and wonderful quilts and quilted items for others to enjoy. Can’t begin to tell you all how grateful I am. You are the best customers – and friends – a quilter could ever want.

THANK YOU ALL!

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?

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?

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?

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ September

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.

Happy September 15th!

It’s the 9th month of 2019, which means it’s time for the 9th block of my 15th Anniversary quilt. The original Sewology pattern included a block of oversized, stylized stitches for this month, but I decided on a customized block for my quilt instead ~

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When I first started Whimzie Quiltz, my marketing tagline was briefly “Colorful and Comfortable Quilts”. Yeah, I’m the first to admit, it’s not very original, nor very distinctive.

But, not long after I started telling people about my new venture, I noticed a lot of the responses I was getting were “You make quilts? I’ve always wanted a quilt…” Thus was born my current catchphrase ~

Creating the Quilt You’ve Always Wanted

Although I didn’t get the embroidery machine until a few years ago, custom embroidered quilted items like pillows, Advent calendars, wine wraps and mug rugs are becoming a large part of my business. So I was excited to add the tagline and date by embroidering them on a simple, pieced box background. (Amusing aside ~ can you believe the first time I thought to add a date to this quilt was yesterday?!? Kind of an important element to almost leave out!)

With this block finished, I’m now ¾ of the way done with the quilt top. Only 3 more months and 3 more blocks to go…

See you back here in October, November and December!

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?

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ August

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.

Another month, another block-of-the-month! August’s design ~ these classic orange scissors ~ was the most detailed and most difficult to date.

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Although I’m happy with how they turned out, overall, things are starting to get a bit hairy with this quilt. As I’ve mentioned, I’m changing up a few things from the original Sewology pattern, like adding my company name and logo. I’m also doing a scrappy gray background instead of the recommended single fabric. Finding gray fabrics that coordinate is so much harder than I expected!

Still, while it would be nice to not have to worry if I’m going to have the right shade of backgrounds or if I’m even going to have enough(!), I really wanted to do this as a scrappy quilt because it’s been something of a signature of mine these past 15 years. Fortunately, the San Diego Quilt Show is later this month and I’m hoping to find some grays that work at one or two of the vendors there. Keep your fingers crossed I’ll have something fitting to share in September!

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?

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ July

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.

Happy July! This month’s tape measure block is a bit different from the 15th anniversary quilt blocks I’ve created so far (January, February, March, April, May/June) – the tape measure itself has no background fabric, which means it’s really going to stand out when the entire quilt top gets put together…

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Since there’s going to be such a focus on this element of the pattern, I wanted to make the block out of a very special fabric.

When I first repurposed a guest room into a sewing space, back before Whimzie Quiltz was even a glimmer in my eye, my colors were sky blue and orange – and this ditsy floral is the very fabric I used to cover my first sewing room chair. The chair, which was a hand-me-down, eventually bit the dust, but I saved the fabric, hoping for a meaningful project to eventually come along that it would be perfect for. And look what happened!

I am now more than half way done with the blocks for this quilt and it’s starting to feel real. Maybe it’s a quilting thing, but sometimes when you are focused on so many individual blocks, you don’t get a feel for the way the finished piece will look until far along in the process. It can be unnerving! But I’ve completed enough now that that feeling is subsiding and I’m getting more and more excited. Can’t wait for August!

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?

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ June (and May)

 

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.

Best laid plans of mice and quilters – I missed the chance to work on my 15th anniversary quilt in May! Can’t for the life of me remember what came up, but something did, and I wasn’t able to get in the sewing room.

So when June 15th rolled around, I was – for sure – not going to miss a second month in row. By 8 AM, I was hip deep in fabric, working on TWO sections – the iron and the rotary cutter/needle combination. And, while it took all day, I finally caught up with the blocks in my block of the month (BOM) quilt!

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If you notice, though, I’m writing this post on June 27 – 12 days after I finished the blocks. Well, there’s a reason. I was unhappy with the pink diamond fabric I chose for the iron. So I redid it. Which made me unhappy with the fabric I used on the seam ripper back in April (you can see a bit of the old seam ripper fabric at the top left of the picture.) So I redid that too! It’s been a whole thing.

Still, everything is caught up now and I’m finally ready for the 7th block next month… see you in July!

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?

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ April

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.

I know for most people today is Tax Day, but Whimzie Quiltz taxes are always due in January, so it’s just a normal day around here… EXCEPT IT’S NOT! Because it’s the 15th of April which means it’s time to work on my 15th Anniversary Block of the Month quilt.

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This month’s block design was a seam ripper. Now, personally, I have never had a reason to need a seam ripper (snort!) but it is a classic sewing implement, perfect for this quilt celebrating 15 years of custom quilting.

Getting to use such a busy pink and orange print was fun – it really pulls together all the individual pink and orange pieces I’ve sewn so far. Plus, I’ve now finished a second section of the Sewology quilt pattern and I’m liking how the different grey backgrounds in each section are working together, too. Sew exciting!

Although I’m only showing the current block here, on my design wall I have all 4 blocks-of-the-month I’ve finished to date, including today’s seam ripper. Can you believe the quilt is already ⅓ of the way done!?! 2019 is just flying by…

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?

15th Anniversary Whimzie Quiltz BOM ~ March

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.

Happy Ides of March! Actually, I don’t know if wishing someone that is a thing, but what the heck, traditions have to start somewhere…

Speaking of traditions, since it is the 15th of the month, that means it’s time to work on my 15th anniversary quilt. March’s block is this super cute pencil (a very handy quilting tool, if not the most obvious.) The pencil is part of the original Sewology block of the month pattern that was my inspiration, but I added my company name in machine appliqué below.

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Three months in, I’m still loving how this quilt is coming along. What I am finding, though, is that making small changes to a block of the month pattern can snowball!

Remember how instead of Sewology block 1, I did my logo? Then I added two of the same thread spools on either side (whereas Sewology had three different spools.)

Turns out, when my two blocks were combined, they ended up 1/4 inch larger than the original pattern! So this month’s section, which attaches, also had to be slightly larger, as will next month’s. And don’t get me started on all the calculations I had to do to fit my machine appliquéd company name in there. So much math! (Amusing side note – I did most of the work by hand with a… drumroll please… pencil! See, I told you it was a handy quilting tool.)

The hardest part is remembering that I’ve made these small changes month to month. Who knows what I’ll remember come April 15th? Better keep that pencil handy…

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?