Isabella's Whimsy

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Duck Family Strolls in the Park

I guess we could call this a sneak preview.  Here is the quilt I’m working on now, well, a sketch of the Whimsy Quilt that I’m making for a friend to celebrate her fourth child, a second little daughter; so here is the family strolling through the park on a fine spring day.    

Duck Family Walks in the Park

This pattern is a little too complex for a beginning quilter, but just right for an intermediate.  It’s not so difficult, but there are a lot of pieces that need layering, and some of the pieces are very small. Another characteristic of an intermediate quilt design is the amount of curve in the lines of the pieces.

When selecting a quilt kit or pattern, it will help you to decide on your level of quilting experience, then to 1) look at the number of pieces, 2) see how much layering of pieces is involved, 3) look at the size of the pieces – like flower: petals, centers, stems, leaves, and 4) look at the shapes to see if they are simple to sew around or a bit too curvy.  When you select a quilt kit and sit down to make it, you want something that will turn out great and that you will enjoy in the process.  As your skills increase, select more complex designs.

At Isabella’s Whimsy, you can always ask how difficult a Whimsy Quilt Kit is.  Maybe a design that you really like can be modified to be simpler or more complex.  Let Isabella hear what you have to say!

Thank you,

~Isabella

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How to shop for a Quilt Kit

Swimming in the Coral Reef

Sammy the Sea Turtle swims among colorful coral; he looks so happy!

So, you want to make a quilt using a kit.  That’s a great idea!  I’ve been looking at quilt kits and have noticed myself beginning to ask some questions:

What is in the kit? – most quilt kits that I see are NOT complete.  Most quilt kits have fabric for the quilt top, design pieces and binding.  But what about the backing, the batting, the decorative thread, the fusible web, safety pins for pre-quilting prep?  Whimsy Quilt Kits have it ALL!

What size quilt does the kit make? – read carefully.  Quilt kits can range from crib to lap/throw to queen to king!  That is not even counting wall hangings and small projects.  I just found a lovely quilt kit (advertised as a quilt kit), but the pieces only make enough for 4 potholders!  Hmmmm.

What do you get for your money? – check out comments about instructions, pieces, size and contents.  Prices vary greatly!  Also, think about complexity.  How complex do you want to go?  If you are a beginner or intermediate quilter, Whimsy Quilt Kits are designed with YOU in mind!

One last idea – ask questions.  When buying a quilt kit, ask the seller questions: Does this come in other colors? (Whimsy Quilt Kits are assembled at the time of the order, so you can select design elements that are just right for you.)  How long will it take to make this? (H0w much time do you have to put into it?) Whimsy Quilt Kits take about 10-12 hours of work time…depending on your amount of experience with reading instructions, using a sewing machine, doing hand sewing.  Then you have a beautiful, cheerful piece that you can be proud of.

If you would like to see some Whimsy Quilt Kits visit my Etsy shop: http://isabellaswhimsy.etsy.com/shop

Check back every 2 weeks or so to look for new Whimsy Quilt Kits.

~Isabella

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Etsy.com Team has great shops!

PCF Team

My Etsy.com team, Promoting Creative Friends, has got to be one of the most dedicated, active, and supportive groups ever!

Take a peek here to see what is going on this week and see my Hugs Quilt Kit among friends http://pcfteam.blogspot.ca/2012/04/weekly-shop-hop.html

~Isabella

http://isabellaswhimsy.etsy.com/shop

https://www.facebook.com/IsabellasWhimsy

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Go Visiting!

Want to go visiting?  I suggest you visit my Facebook page to see the new cover photo that Miss Design It made, then click on over to her Etsy shop to see what she has going on!

Just click away…almost like time travel!

http://www.facebook.com/IsabellasWhimsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/missdesignit

See you there ♥

~Isabella

http://isabellaswhimsy.etsy.com/shop

 

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Whimsy Quilt Kits aren’t for everyone…

If you are an experienced quilter…

If you are a perfectionist quilter…

If you are a quilter who likes everything to line up just so…

If you look at a quilt and say, “I can do better than that.”…

Whimsy Quilt Kits probably aren’t for you.

Whimsy Quilt Kits are for…

               beginner and intermediate quilters

                         who have dreams of someday making their own quilts

                         who like to learn as they go

                         who want to have fun and make something to be proud of.

So, if you are a beginner or intermediate quilter Whimsy Quilt Kits just might be for you.

Or, if you are an advanced quilter, maybe a Whimsy Quilt Kit would be a nice surprise for a beginner that you know.

~Isabella’s Whimsy

http://isabellaswhimsy.etsy.com/shop

isabellaswhimsy@yahoo.com

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