Isabella's Whimsy

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He is Here! Grandson #2


I’m so happy to say that grandson #2 has arrived safe and sound. Nolan was born on Monday, Oct. 17 at 10:03 pm weighing in at a lovely 7 lbs, 2 oz. Mommy, Daddy, and Baby spent their first night at home last night…wonder how that went…  Both parents are well-prepared to deal with whatever comes; Mommy is a labor and delivery nurse, Daddy is a paramedic in the ER of a major children’s hospital. My son expressed a little concern over handling the normal, non-crisis stuff. :0)

Now, it’s back to the sewing machine. I’m working on Paper Doll Quilts for a grandma friend of mine to give as Christmas gifts. Then there are more Christmas orders to fill as well as some regular orders.  If you want anything made for Christmas by Isabella’s Whimsy, don’t delay, my calendar is filling up fast – including trips to hold that new baby!




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Fun Productivity

It’s my own Show-and-Tell day!

You may remember these mug rugs that I made last year…isabellaswhimsymushrooms2 cute, but nothing to write home about, or to even take home.  So I tried to step it up a notch. With a little snipping and stitching came up with these, now available in my Etsy shop.

And let’s not forget the holidays before Christmas and the whole season of Autumn. Here is my Patchwork Pumpkin

Thanks for looking. I love Show-and-Tell!



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Bundle is Bundled up and ready to go!

One of my customers sent a request for 10 Yellow Sunshine Mug Rugs to give as teacher gifts at Christmas.  I’m happy to say they are all bundled and ready to go in the mail.

Would you like a gift to give or to keep? Let me know!



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A New Granddaughter, A New Quilt

My friend just became grandmother to another little girl. She is so happy; baby and mother are thriving and full of joy.

In anticipation of Gracie’s arrival, Grandma hand embroidered 12 pretty blocks, then she brought them to me with the fabric she selected and I turned her handwork into a quilt.

Happiness all around!

So, here is the new quilt.


Blessings for a beautiful weekend.


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People I Want to be

I was on my way to post today when I saw this lovely post by J. Cervantes and everything else dropped away. This young man’s post is beautiful. And so today, I give you my take on Beautiful Hero Stuff.

Wither Or Thrive

I got the idea for this post from Rosie at Hookup Culture, a blogger that I really enjoy reading and following.  She recently posted a list of places that she would like to visit. A sort of bucket list on places she wants to raise her flag on.  I loved the idea of striving to be somewhere in the not so distant future and marking that off of a list.

I then thought to myself, “Your about to be a dad.  Your wife is 4 months pregnant and instead of traveling so much you will be at home, with the kiddo, teaching what it is to be a good person.”  That question got me to scratching my head on who I was and what traits I could check off of a list.  So I thought I would write a list of the traits that I hope to possess one…

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Scrappy Baby Quilt – It’s an Elephant!


I know you have all been breathlessly waiting for this reveal… {drum roll}… and here it is… the Scrappy Pink Elephant Baby Quilt!

This was such a fun quilt to make. Want to know how?

♥ Collect your pink scraps along with some purples and a bit of gray. Cut them all 2/5″ wide, no matter the length.

♥ Sew them together, two-by-two, then cut them apart in sections of 2 or 3 or 4 fabrics. Just look and decide what you want the lengths to be and keep stitching pieces together.

♥ You need 7 rows of pieces, about 25-26″ (64-66cm) long; one short row for the top of the head about 9″ (23cm) long. The tail 6″ (15cm) and each of the 4 legs 7″ (18cm) are made of2 fabrics stitched together . The trunk was the trickiest part with 4 pieces stitched end-to-end 9″ (23cm) long and one additional piece stitched to the side for the curve in the trunk about 3.5″ (9cm).

♥ I looked at a few clip arts, coloring books, and a similar non-scrappy quilt, then drew my elephant outline on a 36″ square piece of craft paper (I have a roll for just such activities).

♥ Cut out the big elephant (the pattern now) and pin it to the scrappy fabric you made. I folded the pattern back from the tail, legs, and trunk and cut out around the body. To add the legs, tail and trunk I fiddled around with the pattern, body and short pieces, then stitched the short pieces in place and finished by cutting around them for the final shape.

♥ Make the quilt sandwich with the backing print, the batting, and the Kona white cotton quilt top cut the width of the fabric X about 40″. I spray basted them together and pressed them with the iron and left them flat for a few hours. Hmmm…I could have done that before sewing the scrappy fabric…

♥ The first quilting stitches I made were through all layers along each horizontal seam line in the scrappy elephant. Next I added simple quilting lines spaced 2.5″ (6cm) apart, running from the top to the bottom of the quilt, securing the batting. I used a wide machine blanket stitch to applique around the elephant; the applique was done with a shiny European thread that adds a hint of bling.

♥ Square up and bind in your favorite way and voila – your scrappy elephant quilt.

ORRRR, you can purchase it in the IsabellasWhimsy shop on Etsy and I’ll send it to you without delay!

As long as my scraps last I will be happy to make another elephant in various colors. I’m also about to make a similar whale quilt.



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Just stopping by…

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I wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you :0)

Will be back in a couple of days with a new baby quilt to show you.

In the meantime maybe you would like to see a young elephant’s first experience with the ocean and share his joy –

Here is the Facebook link



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Baby Quilt Finished and Delivered at Shower

My son and daughter-in-law’s baby shower was on Saturday, Aug. 27 and was so much fun. I was glad that the Monkey Quilt was finished (I’ve been known to finish the binding at a shower before) and wrapped, ready for the shower. The parents-to-be liked it! yay! Each monkey holds special meaning to the parents, so that made it even more fun for me to make.



Sister-#1-of-the-Daddy and I made the table decorations for the Star Wars Monkey theme. Sister-#2-of-the-Daddy was able to fly in from Nashville for the festivities. Sisters-#1-3-of-the-Mommy organized the whole event.

Table decor SW baby shower

Blessings to my son and his family.

Blessings to you,



New Quilt – Sea Creatures and 2 Mermaids

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Coral Queen of the Sea, quilt #2

Worked this weekend and took pics today as soon as the rain let up. It’s a finish!

This sweet quilt is 36: X 48″ (91.5cm X 122cm), a lovely size for a baby, a little girl, a beach house throw, a recliner or wheelchair lap quilt.  I could go on and on…because I am crazy about this pretty fabric. Coral Queen of the Sea was produced this season by Moda, one of the top fabric makers in the US. All the prints are from this collection. The white and deep teal binding are Kona Cottons, very popular with quilters.

The prints feature several whimsical sea creatures such as whales, dolphins, jellyfish, puffer fish, sea horses, star fish (sea stars), squid, fishies, and the pink / coral triangles have a couple of shy mermaids swimming. The backing is one large piece of the sea creatures fabric.

This sweetie is finished in time to enter the QQQ Etsy Team’s Quilt of the Month Challenge. Entries must be posted by this evening (CST) and then voting begins and goes until the end of the month. The winning quilt will be used by the team through the month of September as our logo on all of our sites across the internet. That gives the winning shop lots of visibility.

If you want to see more pics and read the description, click here.

If you love it and want to pin it, here’s a pin ready for you:

I’ve got fabric to make 2 more quilts in different styles…yes, that’s how much I like it!

Thanks for stopping by.



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Books, Travels and Row by Row Experience


Today is National Book Lovers Day, and that makes today special to me! Some of my friends, my sister, my daughter and I have formed our own 2016 Reading Challenge group on Facebook. We are using the popular SugarPop Challenge list. Some of us did the 2015 Challenge with more or less completion (my sister was the only one to finish last year). I think what we liked most was being prompted to try out new types of books.  We made some great finds in new authors, and a few sad finds in books to avoid (most notably the Pulitzers that we read). So with 4-5 months left to go, my sister has completed all the categories. Some just aren’t into it…at. all. I’m about halfway done; I keep getting side-tracked by additional books of new authors I find – and that’s nice.

Travels and the Row by Row Experience

Last summer while visiting my sister in Oregon and becoming acquainted with more of the new-to-me San Antonio area, I visited many quilt shops to collect their Row by Row Experience quilt patterns*. The Row by Row Experience is essentially a marketing campaign for LQSs (Local Quilt Shops), and quilters love it! This year all 50 states, all the Canadian provinces (I think), and even some European countries are participating in this amazing project.  Unlike last year when I collected 21+ row patterns, this year I am way too busy with IsabellasWhimsy on Etsy, so my collection will be MUCH smaller and only rows that I really, really like.

So this year I have gone to two Texas towns, New Braunfels and Bandera, and collected 2 row patterns. I still have a list with 4 remaining possible shops. Here are the patterns I have. I’m likin’ the Texan style here! Yaahoo!


Please know you are invited to visit Isabella’s Whimsy on Facebook and on Pinterest.


I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of the current baby quilt on my worktable,



Until next time,

Blessings to All,


*If you want to see the 2015 rows I collected look here, here, and here.



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