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When I’m Not Quilting… I’m Biking? Yeah, I Never Thought That’d Happen Either

My husband has been a cyclist for years and recently he got me to try an electric bike. Turns out, road biking a lot more fun than I expected it to be and now we go out for joint rides a couple of times a week.

All summer, I was able to wear just my regular workout tees, but as the weather is turning cooler, I need some warmer layers. So I made a couple of long-sleeved shirts at Vistaprint that combine my old hobbies – quilting and crafting – and my new one – biking.

Can’t wait to zip around the bike path in these!

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Stick a Fork in 2016… Done!

Thank you all for another warm and whimzical year filled with Whimzie quilts!

2016 was a year of BIG quilts for me – I finished 1 king and 1 queen, 2 twins and 4 almost twin sized, as well as several lap and baby quilts.  And when you consider a king quilt is equivalent to 4 lap quilts, you really start to understand how much quilting I have been up to…

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Quilts were not my only creative outlet this year, either.  You can check out 27+ WINQs (When I’m Not Quilting) projects finished in 2016 on my Stick a Fork in it… Done! Pinterest board.

Next year will be my 13th year in business – lucky 13!  Can’t wait!

Inspiration to Inspired

Whimzie quilts aren’t designed in a vacuum.  Although most customers give me great information to work with when they fill out a custom quilt order form, I’ve still got to noodle around design ideas. One way I do that is by keeping up with what other quilters are doing and let their gorgeous creations inspire my own work.

ImageYesterday, I received a request was for a modern quilt with a unique shape.  What to do, what… to… do?

Then I remembered seeing “Science Fair” by Jaybird Quilts and loving how the designer played with the super popular hexagon block. In fact, I liked this quilt so much, I pinned it over at Pinterest ~ twice!

I didn’t want to just copy the Jaybird design – when you are making a quilt to sell, that’s a little something called plagiarism – but I did use their idea as a jumping off place for a design of my own. I started playing around with different hexagon placements and really loved a kind of beehive-look I got when stacking them. Then, a flash – TWO beehives! Different sizes gave me the asymmetric, contemporary look I was going for.

Modern Hexagon Inspired QuiltI decided to go with scrappy black and white fabrics for the outside hexagons, a nod to traditional quilters who used up every scrap available in their quilts, with a darker avocado green for the centers. Then I ‘float’-ed the blocks on a lighter avocado green background. Like “Science Fair”, I let some of the hexagons drift off the quilt to get a cool scalloped effect with the binding – this is not your mother’s typical quilt edge!

I love how the final design turned out. With inspiration from another great quilt, it’s fresh and fashionable and an inspired answer to a request for a modern quilt with a unique shape.

(Bad news for me, the customer didn’t go forward with her order; good news for you, this custom quilt design is still available! If you are interested, contact me at deidre@whimziequiltz.com for more information…)