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I Had a Free Weekend – You Won’t Believe What I Got Done!

(Tee hee – I’m trying my hand at writing ‘click bait’ titles. I’m thinking of doing a creative exercise poking fun at that trend later this year; thought I’d toss one in here while I’m at it. ūüėÄ )

I spent the weekend adding a bunch of fabulous new quilted pillow shams to my Etsy store¬†and¬†I’ve started updating some listings from the past, too. Oh, and stay tuned next week for even more NEW listings. I don’t want to spoil the surprise – but there’s going to be some awesome items for the holidays available soon!

Here’s what new and in the shop now…

 

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Penguin Quote Quilted Pillow Sham

Always be yourself… unless you can be a penguin!

This penguin-themed quilted pillow sham offers great advice for lovers of those whimsical, flightless, tuxedoed birds. From the Antarctic to the North Pole, you won’t find a more positive message — or a more adorable little pillow cover.

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Boston Bruins Quilted Pillow Sham

This Bruins quilted pillow sham is a game day must have. I mean, you’re all decked out in your Boston jersey, shouldn’t your man cave be geared up, too?

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Encourage”Mint” Quilted Pillow

Everyone can use a little encourage”mint” sometimes, right?

Maybe a peppermint-shaped quilted pillow that reads “You Can Do This” isn’t the first thing to come to mind when someone has a struggle ahead of them, but then again, maybe it’s the perfect way to show your unconditional support.

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Reindeer Names Quilted Pillow Sham

The best part of this Reindeer Names quilted pillow is the bright red button that replaces the ‚ÄúO‚ÄĚ in Rudolph. It‚Äôs not quite bright enough to guide a sleigh by, but it‚Äôs close!

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Pink TARDIS Quilted Pillow Sham

A TARDIS quilted pillow sham in pink? Why not? It’s a celebration of all things Doctor Who – the history, the continuity, the future and the new – all wrapped up in one awesome accent pillow.

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Polar Express Round Trip Ticket Quilted Pillow Sham

This Round Trip Ticket quilted pillow sham is a Polar Express ticket you’re sure not to lose! And every time it’s bell rings, you’ll be reminded to believe in the spirit of Christmas.

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UCLA Quilted Pillow Sham

This UCLA Bruins quilted pillow sham is a great addition whether you are decking out a dorm room freshman year or have just graduated and want to bring a bit of college with you into the real world.

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Elbisrever* Grinch Pillow (*It’s Reversible!)

In my continuing quest to Grinch-ify my house during the holidays as much as possible (see¬†Grinch-y WINQs¬†and¬†“Slipping” Into Something a Bit More Grinch-y¬†and¬†“Whos” Coming for Dinner?¬†among other blog posts,) I’ve just added this pillow set.

The long pillow is based on text from Dr. Seuss’ book. I went for a reversible cover – for most of December I’ll have the first side showing, but come December 25th, I’ll flip it over for the second.

The Grinch character pillow is from Pottery Barn Kids, but I added new, fuller pom pom trim to the outside. Because one should never settle for store bought holiday decor when Whimzie Quiltz can make it better!

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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 ūüôā¬†)

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Quoth the Raven

While putting the final stitches on 2016, I realized a few Whimzie Quiltz projects from the year didn’t get posted. This one is a pillow I made for myself right around Halloween…

I’ve never read Stephen King. Or Clive Barker. Usually, the¬†closest I’ll get to reading a horror story is “There’s a Monster at the End of this Book“. ¬†But there is one horror author whose work I return to again and again¬†since first reading¬†him in high school – Edgar Allan Poe.

While I still have nightmares about the tell-tale heart, it was his¬†most famous¬†poem¬†that inspired me¬†to create a Poe pillow –

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The versatility of my favorite scrappy pillow design knows no bounds… ok, it probably knows a few bounds, but¬†using multiple black fabrics in the border¬†really worked in this case. ¬†To get the right look for the center, I tea-stained a¬†background fabric from my stash and machine appliqu√©d “Nevermore.” and the raven in black. ¬†The 14″ x 28″ pillow form is a standard size from Jo Ann’s, but because it’s so big, the finished piece¬†really has¬†a presence.

Originally, this was to be a decorative pillow just for Halloween. But once the holiday passed, I decided to keep it out¬†all year long in our library. ¬†Literary pillows need to be a thing, right? I know! So if you have any suggestions for other book¬†or poem-themed pillow shams, share them in the comments…

Let’s Be Mermaids

Sandra C. contacted me through my Etsy site¬†wanting a custom checkers game board¬†for her and her two daughters. ¬†She chose an absolutely adorable mermaid fabric –

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When it came time to make the playing pieces, I couldn’t decide on¬†which colors, so I sent three sets – pink, purple and green – so each of them could pick a favorite.

The mermaid idea got my creative juices flowing, and, just for fun, I used those three fabrics¬†to create mermaid¬†pillows for the three of them, also –

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I sent the game and pillows¬†off, hoping for at most a nice review on Etsy. ¬†Instead, I got these hand-drawn thank yous from each of her¬†girls –

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I’ve gotten thank yous before, and I always, always appreciate them, but this was one of the¬†sweetest gestures ever. ¬†It really made me remember why I do what I do – and made me want to do even more! ūüėÄ