Thursday, October 28, 2010

We have a winner!

Congrats to my sister, Erin Penberthy. =) I prooooomise this contest wasn't rigged. Check back again though, I'll be having a giveaway at the end of Nov./beginning of Dec.!! Thanks for all the participation!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Giveaway: Update.

Hi ladies, Just in case you check here, I'm sorry for the delay, but there have been ladies I don't know recently "like" Whimsy Quilts on facebook... This is awesome, so thanks!! But, I want to get your name added to the drawing the correct number of times, so I'm wondering if any of you referred those ladies (#1) and if they'd like to be added to the drawing (#2)... But, because the banner is for Halloween, I'm only going to wait to see if I hear from any of you or them by TONIGHT, Wed. midnight and if not, do the drawing right away in the morning. Then the banner & gift card will be overnighted. So sorry for the confusion!! Also, check back in late Nov./early Dec. for another giveaway!! xo, Cristi

Here's some additional pics of the banner. (Actually, this is a very similar banner that is for sale in the shop. I made two. =) )

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Giveaway!! Update: adding a $15 Starbucks gift card!

Just to sweeten the deal! =) See blog post below this one to see all the details about how to enter the contest!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Giveaway!! Hurry, contest ends Tues Midnight!

Anyone want a really cute decoration for Halloween? Because, really.... if we have to have this holiday, why not at least stick something cute up? CONTEST ENDS MIDNIGHT PST TUESDAY!! I will ship this Wednesday morning priority mail so it can be to your home by Fri or Sat.

Please forgive the terrible photo -- this will change tomorrow! This is an 85" banner with 13 flags sewn into a grosgrain ribbon. This banner sells for $25 in the shop.

Here's how you enter:

You can earn up to 10 entries for the drawing. Here's how:

1. You can earn all 10 in one fell swoop by buying anything in the shop. This includes a gift certificate, newly added to the shop. (Just comment on this blog and let me know you ordered something or when you order something, convo me and let me know you'd like to be entered in the drawing.)
2. Comment on this blog post. =) Easy as pie.
3. Go to the shop and pick out your favorite item currently in the shop and let us know by commenting on this blog (this would count as TWO entries).
4. Become a follower of this blog.
5. Add this blog to your blog page and then comment here and let me know you did it.
6. Become a "fan" on facebook. Our fan page is under Whimsy Quilts.
7. Refer friends to become fans. For every friend that actually does, comment and let me know and EACH friend will constitute one entry (up to 10).
8. Refer friends to our giveaway either by email, facebook posting or blog posting (and then comment here and let us know you did).
9. Last, but not least, tell me your FAVORITE thing about Halloween or Halloween parties. Because even though icky people, can ... well, ... make it icky, there's still some fun things about Halloween. I personally love bobbing for apples (mostly knowing that in the end I get to dip it in caramel, mmmm, yummy!), going to Halloween parties where they stick out bowls of spaghetti and olives and you have to feel behind a curtain, all the while being told it's brains and eye balls!! (oooh, spooky). And finally, that my sweet kiddos are going to be a sweet little fairy and a very scary (21 month old) monster.

Good luck!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sweet Abby

I promise this is the last post showcasing a quilt for the next little bit because next will be a GIVEAWAY! (stay tuned for details!) But how could I resist? This little beauty was made by Desiree and she's even lovelier in person. Mad props to my partner!

Available in the shop!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meet Olivia!

Olivia has been in the making for quite some time. Not because I don't love her so, but because she required just the right fabrics to make her work. She definitely has more of a modern feel... modern, yet pretty. Kind of how I envision someone named "Olivia". Olivias usually have good hair though (at least all the ones I know). To her benefit, however, this Olivia comes without. Hair, that is.

Available in the shop, sold as a set with the bumper.


Look at all of these beautiful pillows on Etsy! Love.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Anthro-inspired curtains?

Is anyone interested in helping me out a bit in the interior home design area? The window in my living room has taken up WAY too much brain space in the past year. I've made curtains for it... I've bought curtains for it... (Let me tell you how much my husband has LOVED this venture. ... Not.) Now I have white wooden blinds in it, which aren't incredibly offensive... so that's nice at least. BUT, I'm dreaming of curtains that change the room. Something unique, something you'd find in Anthro, if they made curtains like they make clothes. So be honest and give me your thoughts... This top fabric swatch is from Anna Maria Horner's new line and I LOVE it!

And these lovely curtains are from Pottery Barn.
The ladies at Fabric Crush in Wallingford, here in Seattle, inspired me with this apron... kind of Anthro, don't you think? Super cute.

So I am thinking about ways to combine the blue striped fabric with the Anna Maria Horner fabric. I'd love to make the PB curtains, but have the AMH fabric mixed in somehow. If the bottom of the curtains was more balloon-curtain-like, then the AMH fabric could be in the bottom... but I don't want it to disappear. Thoughts?

The room right now is definitely not ready to rock these curtains, they would TOTALLY stand out. So maybe I shouldn't spend the $$ on the fabric. I'm pretty confused. If anyone's interested in helping me, I could post some pics of my living room.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Who isn't in the market for WONDERFUL soap?

This is just one of those staples in life, right? I feel that having nice soap in my home just makes everything nicer, takes life up one notch... know what I mean? What's nicer is if you know the lady making your soap and think she's just awesome. =) I met Glenda, owner of SudzNThings, at the Great Falls Farmer's Market in August. She was SO welcoming and made my whole experience totally awesome. This is the type of person who helps her nearly blind and deaf elderly neighbor (whom she only recently met) every single day, what sounds like on and off all day long! The world could definitely benefit if there were more Glenda's around. =)

So if you're in the market for nice soap, want to send a sweet gift to a friend for her birthday, bless your elderly neighbor with something that smells nice OR just make your own home a nice place to wash your hands, stop by her shop. OH -- and I made this banner for her shop. (Not for free, I wish I was that nice, but in exchange for soap -- and I definitely WON! in that trade.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Banner Crazy!

These are SO much fun to make!! I'm thinkin' birthday party. Baby shower. Just to spice up the baby nursery or kid's bedroom. Every time I make and hang one of these in my house, my 3 (less than 1 week from 4, but still for now 3) year old gets so excited and asks if we can keep it! You might not think a 3 year old would care about such a thing, but a. it shouts PARTY! and color! and fun! and b. this is a girl with style, what can I say. At least I think so.

All for sale in the shop!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Fun with the letter "d". Wait, did I just say "fun"? No, not fun. If you ever ask me to make you a custom banner, please, oh please, I beg of you, do not ask for "Edwardian Script ITC" as your font! I'm doing this for the most loveliest of ladies who sold soap at the booth next to me at the Great Falls Farmer's Market and once it's done, I'll post it along with her Etsy shop name because you really must check out her soap. It's wonderful!! And quite honestly, I'm kidding, because now that I've mastered Edwardian Script -- I say BRING IT ON!

But have you ever tried to stitch like this with your regular sewing machine? I've done this a little bit to applique baby onsies and things like that, but MAN, my sewing machine choked on this particular job! I'm really glad that these flags are 2-sided, thus hiding the mass of knotted thread on the underside. I'm just wondering what the deal is -- should I have a different sewing machine, like something meant to machine embroider? I just don't know.

Anyways, happy "d" ness.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ok, so I haven't ended up blogging much, but who can resist a cute baby?

In no particular order, because clearly the sweet baby is number one on this list, I thought I'd just post a few pics of what has kept me (Cristi) busy!! Really, I can't claim that the baby kept me busy for more than one week, but isn't he just a doll? He's my sister's new baby Jaxon. I'm in love with him. I'm impressed by the greater blogging world -- it blows my mind how well y'all do! I'll try to do a better job.

As for Whimsy Quilts, we're hoping to post a bunch of new quilts soon!!