Can’t tell you how much we love having our nieces and nephews visit! We see them mostly during spring breaks or summer vacations, but, because we live in Southern California, sometimes they’ll swing by during Thanksgiving and Christmas just to get a break from the cold.
The room the kids stay in while visiting is beach-themed, with this giant tropical mural on one wall. I’ve been mulling over Christmas decorations to go with the theme – so they can enjoy their visit to warmer climes and celebrate the holiday at the same time.
All of which led to these quilted mermaid stockings…
That is sequin stretch fabric, folks. Or should I say sequin s – t – r – e – t – c – h fabric. Not the easiest fabric to work with if you are used to 100% quilter’s cotton. But, hey, I’ve been saying I need to s – t – r – e – t – c – h my quilting skills! 🙂
I bought a special scalloped ruler to do the quilting on my long arm, though the lines on the tails are freehanded. That was a lot of work, so I kind of cheated on the backs – they are un-quilted fleece. I bound everything with additional sequin stretch – extremely carefully cut – and the trim is a mix of white feathers and green gathered mesh.
I’m really looking forward to decorating the kid’s room during the holidays this year. I’m thinking a Christmas tree with beach ball ornaments, some twinkly lights, maybe a garland in the blues and greens of the sea. But the highlight is sure to be these merry mermaid stockings!
The classic Depression-era quilting tale always touches on how nothing was wasted – every scrap of fabric was used by thrifty seamstresses determined to grimly “make do” with what they had.
That description always seems so sad to me. Scrappy quilts are happy quilts! They are every voice singing in perfect harmony. Every person doing their part to make the world a better place. Every piece coming together to make a larger whole.
When I had leftover fabric from Beth M.’s recently completed 1930s Irish Chain quilt, I didn’t just want her thank you gift to “make do”.
I wanted the gift to make her smile.
It took a LOT of time to piece all those little blocks together, quilt them and hand embroider the names on the stocking cuffs. As it is, she had her custom quilt for nearly a month before the stockings were ready to ship!
But they were so worth it. I can’t help but imagine Beth, her children – and Santa! – all smiling when they see these scrappy, happy stockings.
Regular candy bars are great, but sometimes you want just a taste. That’s when those “fun-size” Snickers come in handy.
It’s the same with bed-size quilts – they have their place (on the bed, naturally!) but, like these past custom projects, sometimes a small quilt is all you need to join in the fun…
Maybe you’ve always wanted to put a brightly colored wallhanging in that long, dark hallway. Or consider Thanksgiving dinner – a stunning tablerunner will finish off your family’s feast in style. Perhaps it’s your first Christmas together? Matching stockings from Whimzie Quiltz can be the start of a meaningful new tradition for your family.
Think custom placemats, decor pillows, advent calendars, stadium cushions, yoga mats… a quilt doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful!
To prove good things come in small packages – I’m offering FREE SHIPPING in addition to FREE GIFT WRAPPING with every custom small quilt order placed by August 31st for holiday delivery.