We replaced our poolside furniture in time for the upcoming summer season and decided to go with Adirondack chairs because, my husband claimed, “They are so comfortable.”
Maybe for his 6’1″ frame, but not for tiny little me.
Fortunately, the quilter in me was able to provide a solution –
I actually managed to make 4 of these little lumbar pillows, but it wasn’t easy. Outdoor fabric is so slinky, folks! Golden Threads paper was a godsend for the quilting, but the binding especially kept trying to escape. After these, I’m happy to return to good old fashioned 100% quilting cotton!
In any case, now I find the chairs comfortable, too – and even my husband admits they are better with the pillows than without.
“The Year Without Santa Claus” isn’t the best animated holiday special, but like all the Rankin-Bass productions it has it’s classic moments. For instance, the Snow Miser / Heat Miser signature songs have definitely stuck in my husband’s head since their first airing in 1974 and I get regaled with them every Christmas – repeatedly.
So this year, I regaled him… with a Miser Bros. quilted pillow set. He says it’s his favorite gift this year (and I don’t think he’s lying!)
I’m Mister White Christmas
I’m Mister Snow
I’m Mister Icicle
I’m Mister Ten Below
Friends call me Snow Miser,
What ever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch
I’m too much!
I’m Mister Green Christmas
I’m Mister Sun
I’m Mister Heat Blister
I’m Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!
While putting the final stitches on 2016, I realized a few Whimzie Quiltz projects from the year didn’t get posted, including lots and lots (and lots) of pillows…
Me: “I have more quilted pillows to share.”
Blog Readers: “Surely you aren’t serious?”
Me: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”
Snow White and the Tooth Fairy
Nope, not a new Disney animated movie. Our niece really wanted tooth fairy pillow featuring her favorite princess. Someday I hope to get Snow, Cinderella, Aurora and Belle tooth fairy pillow shams listed for sale in my Etsy shop. Someday.
It Started with One…
Initially she just wanted a Tiffany pillow for herself, but by the time I finished making pillows for customer Christina T. she’d ordered a total of nine! These are just the second batch sent her way.
There’s no way I could keep my Etsy store stocked for all the “You’re in my Spot” pillow requests I get. With enough lead time, though, I can get one specially made like I did for Lucy W. in July (threw in the Bazinga! one as a gift with purchase…)
This was a gift with purchase for a custom quilt order from August (yes, I know I still need to post that quilt. What have I been doing all year?) Piecing a Union Jack is tricky! Not only are the angles odd, but you have to make sure the finished layout is symmetrically asymmetrical (and, yes, that is a thing.)
Somehow a bunch of reindeer subway signs got “Picked for Me” on Pinterest this year; naturally, I had to put my pillow spin on the idea. I hope to have this design in my Etsy store for the 2017 holiday season.
I made several Always Be Yourself mermaid-themed pillows for a customer earlier this year and decided I needed a penguin one for myself. This is another design I hope to have available for purchase in 2017.
I hate to end this pillow parade on a sad note, but I want to mention the passing this week of a fellow pillow crafter, Katherine of Pillows-a-la-Mode. While I didn’t know her well, we did follow each other’s blogs. She usually posted shabby chic, often up-cycled projects, with an added cute (and sometimes wickedly funny) twist ~ the a-la-Mode. I will miss her inspirational ideas and her kind comments here at Snip-Itz.
For a while now, I’ve wanted to make a pair of bow pillows. I’ve seen some online and they were always pretty, but looked a little difficult to make. Still, when I had a little extra white twill from another project recently, I decided to try sewing a couple for myself…
Turns out tying them was only the second hardest part – making sure the super long ties weren’t sewn into a seam, now that was a challenge!
The peppermint fabric had been in my stash for a while and I’m really glad I found such a cute use for it. And now there’s proof NOT EVERYTHING in my holiday decor is Grinch themed (though they do coordinate nicely! 😀)
I have been on something of a tear lately, trying to get a bunch of projects done before the holiday rush really sets in. Thought I’d share a few of them here…
Starting with Halloween, I finally finished my Boo Pumpkin Tower after 2 years of work. (It’s not quilted, I know, but it is crafty and I had a lot of fun putting it together.)
Moving on to Thanksgiving, these embroidery hoop pumpkins will grace the wall of our dining room when we host our first ever Thanksgiving dinner (I’m thinking of serving turkey enchiladas, so there will be turkey at least!)
Finally something quilted! in these Ho Ho Holmium Pillows for a chemical-inspired Christmas. This set is for me, but I’m going to have a set in my Etsy store soon.
In addition to it being the holiday season, it’s also football season! A customer wants to celebrate with this Texans pillow, while a friend is getting these Patriots pillowcases for his birthday and the Green Bay t-shirt pillows were a gift with purchase for a recent quilt customer (more on that order later.)
And last, but not least, a quick guest room project I finished up before the first of our holiday visitors start to arrive…
Whew! Wish I had time to take a break after all this, but it’s back to work – lots more to do before the end of the year!