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,

Isabella

 

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Let’s catch up!

It’s a busy time of year, so let’s catch up!

I finished an order of three Paper Doll Quilts for a friend, and since they received them at Christmas, I can post pics now.

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For a little album of the quilts check out Flickr. The dolls were made to resemble their recipients. The two older little girls’ dolls have 3 outfits and 2 pairs of shoes, while the littlest girl (6 months) has 2 outfits and 2 pairs of shoes. One girl like bright colors, one likes pastels, and one has a bit of a nautical theme. It was so much fun to design the quilts and clothes for each special girl. Grandma was very happy with them.

I hope everyone had a happy celebration, I certainly did. ♥  My youngest flew in for a week, sorry her hubby had to work though. And we all drove north to visit my son and his sweet little family. It was my 4th time to visit my new grandson ♥♥ and actually had both grandsons together. What happiness!

On the home front I have moved into a little house and am honing my homeowner skills:

  1. Take trash to curb on time, and learned they want the can on the other side of the driveway
  2. Replace toilet seat
  3. Paint closet (psyching myself up to paint the room next)
  4. Begin cleaning out leftovers from garage and drag bulk trash to curb on time
  5. Remove kitchen appliances where German cockroaches decided to live
  6. Selected replacement appliances
  7. Replace broken door knob so no one gets stuck in the room for too long
  8. Make new friends of neighbors, pest control, handyman, and HVAC people

As this year draws to a close I wish you each a Happy New Year filled with joy and blessings!

~Isabella

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Beginning to think about Christmas

With IsabellasWhimsy on Etsy I spend a lot of time looking at Etsy and seeing some pretty fun handmade items.  So this week on the blog I want to show you 3 Christmas items for your home, or for gifts, that I hope you will like.

First a hand made quilted tree skirt from PeggyGaylerDesigns.

After her wonderful, whimsical village is appliqued to the tree skirt foundation,  Peggy takes a lot of time with machine quilting a sky full of snowballs. The end result is a high quality family tradition for you. I encourage you to visit PeggyGaylerDesigns on Etsy to see all of her Christmas creations and many other lovely quilts for all year.

Next is a 12.5″ tall Scandinavian Reindeer from HappyDollsbyLesya.

Lesya has touched my heart with her sweet Christmas decorations, dolls, and creatures. I can see that she is well admired and has a successful shop. How does she manage to stuff those little arms and legs? She must be a very careful creator. All of her dolls and toys are made of cloth. You will be happily surprised at their appealing little faces when you visit HappyDollsbyLesya on Etsy.

The last Christmas item this week is from my own IsabellasWhimsy.

This is a set of 4 quilted coasters made with Scandinavian design fabric. They are 4.5″ square and come packaged in a celo bag tied with red and white baker’s twine. Just add a gift card or open and use yourself. I plan to add more Christmas items, so visit IsabellasWhimsy on Etsy to see if I have just what you are looking for.

Thank you for stopping by.

~Blessings,

Isabella

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He is Here! Grandson #2

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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!

~Blessings,

Isabella

 

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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!

~Blessings,

Isabella

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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.

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Blessings for a beautiful weekend.

~Isabella

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Scrappy Baby Quilt – It’s an Elephant!

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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.

Blessings,

~Isabella

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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.

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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.

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Blessings to my son and his family.

Blessings to you,

~Isabella

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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: www.pinterest.com/pin/471892867189087726/

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,

~Isabella

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Books, Travels and Row by Row Experience

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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,

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Until next time,

Blessings to All,

~Isabella

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

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