Isabella's Whimsy

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8 is Great! #pqseason8

It’s Season 8 for Project QUILTING! Challenge 1 was 8 is Great, make any kind of quilt that features an aspect of number 8.

Here is the link to the Challenge. My entry is a modern quilt block that measures about 18.5″ square. I made it as a wall hanging or a table topper.

My inspiration came from Biblical Numerology (what?!) where number 8 means Resurrection or New Beginning. Number 7 means Completion or Perfection, so it follows that the next number is a new beginning.

I was happy to be able to incorporate some inspirational text fabric in this project that ties in with a New Beginning. There is a hanging sleeve on the back that isn’t in the way if the quilt is used as a table topper.

This week all 142 quilts made for Season 8, Challenge 1 are open for public voting, here. Everyone can vote for their 10 favorite quilts…in case you are wondering…mine is #76 (“remember 76 trombones in the big parade”).

I have Project Quilting albums on Flickr from the past few years if you like browsing this kind of thing. And the quilt is now in my Etsy shop, IsabellasWhimsy.

On Friday I want to share another Project QUILTING project that has worked out very nicely for me.

Thank you for taking time to visit the blog.

~ Blessings,



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PQ Season 7, Challenge 5: Through the Eyes of a Child

Don’t know what Project QUILTING (PQ) is? Check this out, Project QUILTING at Persimon Dreams.


The inspiration for this challenge was children’s art. I did a search for “children’s art” and it didn’t take but a couple of minutes to find just the piece I wanted to make into a quilt.
Here is the link to the source: Fish

I took a screen print of the inspirational fish also,

Inspirational fish

This bright, charming fish was painted with watercolors by Bronte, age 8, from Australia.  I had the fabrics and started by drawing a pattern similar to her picture. I decided to make a quilted pillow for my project.

IsabellasWhimsy fish pillow 1

It is about 12″ high by 16″ long.

IsabellasWhimsy fish pillow 1 in chair

  The back has an overlap that is hemmed and left open to insert the pillow form.

IsabellasWhimsy fish pillow 1 back

I think a little more practice with pillows is a good idea.

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Public Voting Open for Project QUILTING


This is the 7th Season of Project QUILTING hosted by Kim of Persimon Dreams. Biweekly challenges for the first 3 or 4 months of the year are presented to quilters.  Kim’s mother-in-law, Diane, creates the challenges.  Both Kim and Diane participate, but they exclude themselves from winning any of the sponsor-donated prizes.

The theme of this week’s challenge was “I Need a Vacation”.  All finished quilt entries were welcomed by noon today.  Then Public Voting begins and runs for several days. So, today is the start of Public Voting for the Vacation challenge.

Here is my entry, please excuse the poor lighting.

IsabellasWhimsy PQ7Ch4 Vacation

Here is a link to the Voting Page. This week everyone is given 4 votes to use on their 4 favorite quilts. There are some really clever quilts that you are sure to enjoy!

Please leave a comment and let me know where you would go for a great vacation.




PQ Season 7, Challenge 3 – Thread

The challenge for Project Quilting hosted by Persimon Dreams is to make a quilt of any size, in any manner, so long as it is a finished project completed within the week and contains one or more of these:

  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

The 3rd Challenge topic for this week is Thread.

As soon as I read ‘Thread’ I knew I wanted to make some Spool Blocks.  The spool block is an old-fashioned blocked that is pieced.  I also knew I wanted to make a mug rug because, well, because it’s small; I was confident I could complete a mug rug in a week.

Here is the thread mug rug.  Titled: Spools. Size 8.5″ X 6.5″. Made by me in my home in San Antonio, TX.

IsabellasWhimsy Thread 1

First I made the two larger spool blocks in the traditional way, but I used my own dimensions to cut the pieces.  I quilted the mug rug and added the binding, but there was too much white space left, so I made three little spools and appliqued them.  I like their wonkiness. I think they add some motion to the mat.


IsabellasWhimsy Thread 2.JPG

If you are interested in how to make the spools, just let me know and I’ll share what I used and what I have access to.

You can vote on the Thread entries starting tomorrow afternoon/evening by going here: Viewer’s Choice Voting from February 7th – 12th  You will need to scroll down a ways to find it, but it’s worth the effort!

Is there a quilt block that you like a lot? Don’t be shy…just tell us which one!




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Another UFO Completed!

A finished UFO from spring 2013.  This wall hanging is my first free motion quilting project.  If I remember correctly, it is the Bethlehem Star or possibly a Carpenter’s Star.

DSCF1452It’s about 28″ square.

Here is the link to the original post about this project.  If you read it you will see why I was confused about the name…hmmm.

Anyway, here’s to a completed project from the past!



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