I’ve been thinking of adding some new shirts to my wardrobe. Since I work from home, I don’t need anything fancy, so I figured I’d make a few cute quilting-themed designs and have them custom printed.
As is my normal practice, I started a Pinterest board to save some ideas to. One of the first things I saw was clipart that read “Sewciopath”. Bingo! 😀
I wanted to put my own twist on it, though. While mulling ideas, I remember a classic quote from the much-missed Sherlock series on BBC. In the pilot, after Anderson tries to needle Holmes by calling him a psychopath, Sherlock responds, “I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research!”
This is beginning to gel.
My plan was to do just text, but I was already on the Internet, so why not click through some Sherlock-inspired images? As is the way of the web, before long my feed was full of cute chibi Sherlocks. One in particular I’m looking at*, and looking at, and looking at… and I suddenly realize it resembles Sunbonnet Sue!
For those who don’t know, Sunbonnet Sue is an image of a little girl wearing a poofy dress and an oversized bonnet. She’s been a common feature of appliqué quilts since the early 20th century. Over time, though, quilters have created different versions of Sue, giving her personality and showing her involved in a number of different activities.**
With a few modifications, the chibi detective’s head on a sunbonnet Sue body became perfect sewing / Sherlock mash-up ~
And now she’s a consulting quilter. The only one in the world.
A local Big Frog store is doing the custom printing – Tim was extremely helpful in choosing the perfect fabric and fit and the finished shirt should be here in about 2 weeks. I feel nearly the same anticipation I did waiting the long months (ahem… years) between Sherlock seasons!
*I tried to click through on the image from Google search, but it didn’t link to anything so I can’t give the original artist any credit. Thank you unknown Sherlock fan / chibi illustrator for the inspiration!
**Perhaps the most famous of the Sunbonnet Sue activity quilts was created by quilters in my hometown (shout out Lawrence, Kansas!) in 1979. It’s called “The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue” and shows the perky little girl perishing in a number of hilarious ways. Maybe a bored British detective could solve her multiple murders? The game is afoot!
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!
DeVon D.’s email read,
“I am a runner. I would really like some type of tote made from [all these race shirts and race bibs that are just sitting around.] Any thoughts? Feel like tackling this?”
13 years of custom quilting and I’d never made a quilted tote bag! But, hey, I love a challenge, so I said, “Sure!”
While waiting for her marathon shirts to arrive, I decided to do a trial bag. That’s how I ended up with this ENORMOUS beach tote. I mean, it’s big. REALLY big. Like “hide the pregnant actress’ belly because it’ll ruin her character’s storyline” big.
With a few adjustments, though, I felt ready to take on DeVon’s projects. She sent me enough shirts that I ended up quilting her both a beach tote and a book tote.
And, I threw in a quilted backpack, just for the fun of it.
These were definitely a fun little digression from regular quilting. I liked having to figure out the math as I went along to get to a normal size on the bags and the instant gratification of finishing a small project is always nice.
And DeVon seems pretty happy with them, too. She posted yesterday on the Whimzie Quiltz Facebook page,
“I knew you were the right person to hand that project over to. The totes are all great and I just adore the fun Jingle Bell Run back pack. Such creativity!”
For the holidays, customer Emily R. asked me to make BIG pillows out of her recently departed father’s t-shirts for her and her siblings. We struggled a bit to turn 3 shirts into 5 pillows, but I think we got the ‘wildlife’ feel into each. It was wonderfully touching to work on these, knowing how much they would be treasured by her and her family.