Tagged: Whimzie Quiltz

Poolside Pillows

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 –

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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.

A Case for More Pillows

I’ve been quilting a while now.  Nearly 20 years.  And in that time, I’ve accumulated a lot of finished projects.

When completed quilts started taking over the house, I figured that switching some of my ideas to quilted pillows would mean less to store.  Now that pillows have piled up in nearly every room, I realize that may not have been the answer.

And still I make more…

This one was inspired by a print I saw online.  As a former Kansas resident, and a lover of bad puns, I felt I had to recreate the image in fabric. Apologies for the earworm that just started in your head.

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This set will be part of our Grinch-themed holiday decorations (see, not all the pillows I make are displayed at the same time. I don’t have a problem, I swear!)

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And I loved this meme that came across my desk so much, I not only made it into a quilted pillow, but it’s going to be the theme of our holiday card this year (I’m working on a way to make the card actually smell like peppermint and wondering if it’s possible to do the same with the pillow 🙂 )

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New Website. Same Whimzical Quilts.

The new Whimzie Quiltz website is up and running – catch it here!

One of the big changes is LOTS and LOTS of yummy quilt photos.  Since starting Whimzie Quiltz in 2004, I’ve made over 200+ quilts and many of the more recent ones haven’t been featured online.  The homepage alone has 4 new quilts never included on my website until now.

At the same time, I updated the site’s overall design. Webpages in general have evolved over the last 13 years, but whimziequiltz.com definitely had not.  My new online presence is streamlined (from 21 different pages to 7!) and much more modern.  I especially love the contemporary layout of Whimzie Quiltz gallery with it’s emphasis on happy customers and their warm and whimzical quilts.

I didn’t change everything, though – you’ll find that I still offer free custom quilt designs with no obligation to purchase.  And if you do decide to work with me, it’s still super easy to order your own custom Whimzie quilt.  Old website or new, I’m dedicated to “creating the quilt you’ve always wanted” and I always will be.

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Made in March

The story of this quilt starts two years ago.

A customer had requested a Duke University-themed toddler quilt that I just happened to be working on during March – at the very same time the Blue Devils were advancing towards their 2015 NCAA Tournament Championship.

Now I’m not saying Whimzie Quiltz had anything to do with their win, but if my working on that quilt helped in any way… well, I wasn’t going to let that advantage slip by again.

So in 2016, I started a quilt celebrating my alma mater, the University of Kansas, during March Madness.  And guess what?!?  KU lost in the fourth round. So much for that theory…

The Kansas quilt was half-way finished, but I was too bummed to continue to work on it and carefully tucked it away.

As Selection Sunday rolled around again this year and the Jayhawks earned a #1 seed, I took the quilt out again, determined to finish it before this year’s tournament ended.  And I did –

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Ain’t she a beaut? That was a lot of appliqué work there in the center, but the oversized Jayhawk mascot came out great.  And I love me some scrappy fabrics!  My favorite part, though, is the asymmetry of the logo contrasted again the symmetry of the borders – it’s such a cool overall design.  I crosshatch quilted the squares, with meander quilting in the logo and red border, and, for a little variety, added piano key quilting around the outside.

The basketball tournament structure has created a saying that college champions are “made in March”. Turns out this quilt was, too.  It took two years – two tournaments, really – but by only working on it during March Madness, this quilt was truly “Made in March”, as well.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk – Go KU!

Beta Testers Wanted

With the 13th anniversary of Whimzie Quiltz approaching, I started to realize exactly how much things have changed – not necessarily with the quilting side of my business, but with the Internet-side.  The website I first designed and coded in 2004 went away pretty quickly, but WQ 2.0 is looking dated and old-fashioned, too.

screenshotSo I’m in the middle of a drastic overhaul, modernizing and updating my website for 2017 – and I’d love your input!

Currently, two pages are “live” (or up on the web, although the links on each page still go to the current Whimzie Quiltz website.)

You can visit the proposed homepage here and the new gallery here.  Let me know what you think in the comments – I’d especially like to know if the updated design makes you more (or less) likely to purchase a custom quilt online, but I appreciate any feedback you have!

Many thanks!

 

Bird Watching on the Kaw

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I mostly design my own quilts, but there are times I’m browsing Pinterest and see a quilt that just makes me green with envy. Lorna McMahon’s Black Birds quilt pattern was on of those. I mean, look at this quilt to the right – is it not the cutest thing you’ve seen today?

I purchased the pattern last September intending to make a version pretty close to hers, maybe in different colors, but mostly the same. Then, one day, I’m looking at her design and it hits me – if those birds had shoes they’d be Jayhawks!

jayhawk-currentIf you don’t follow college sports, the University of Kansas mascot is a made-up bird with a yellow beak, red head, blue body and BIG yellow shoes. I graduated from KU in 19?? (like I’m going to give my age away) and I’m still a proud alum.

With just a few additions, I was able to turn the black birds I already loved into Jayhawks, making a unique and personal quilt just for me! birdwatching

KU’s campus is located in a city called Lawrence near the Kansas River, which is locally called the “Kaw”. Having spent a number of lazy afternoons in a local park watching the river flow by, I choose this quilt’s aqua background fabric so I could name the quilt “Bird Watching on the Kaw.” (I know the river is actually a muddy green, but, hey, watery blue worked with my color scheme 😀 )

The birds themselves are scrappy and I had such a good time picking out various blues and reds and yellows. The quilting was super easy – just wavy lines from side to side to give the impression of water flowing by; since the quilt is backed with Minky plush, the simple quilting keeps the nap from being crushed, too.

I LOVE this quilt. It’s fun, it’s warm and it’s finished just in time to do some ‘bird watching’ during March Madness 2017. I’ll be snuggled up – and cheering the KU men’s basketball team on!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk – go KU!