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!
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…
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!
Quilting at Whimzie Quiltz is “sew fun” that I had to let everyone know with this embroidery hoop wall art piece outside my sewing room (inspired once again by Pinterest)…
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.
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.
I 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information…)