Bits And Pieces

Derwent Watercolour Pencils | Whims And Fancies

 

With the approach of October, one of my favourite months, I find myself in the flightiest of moods.   Sitting with anything for long is a chore and the thought of finishing anything seems an impossible task.  My otherwise tidy desk is now a mirror image of my brain.  This is true except for one thing- books!  A book is the only thing that can still pin me down for hours on end.

 

Freedom and Read Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Freadom on Etsy and Craftsy

 

This week is Banned Books Week, an event sponsored by the American Library Association.  I am lucky enough to celebrate my freedom to read and think independently every day.  This FREADOM quilt I made last year is possibly my most favourite piece!  You can read about the story behind this mini here.

 

Dryburgh Abbey With Derwent Watercolour Pencils | Whims And Fancies

 

Other than travelling in the pages of my books, I also travel by means of painting places I have visited before.  I love Derwent pencils.  I already have a set of their Inktense pencils and recently I was gifted a set of the Derwent Watercolour pencils.   I am trying them out on this sketch of Dryburgh Abbey.

 

Hexagon Quilt | Whims And Fancies

 

I pulled out my Hexagon quilt again.  After having made a little over 2000 hexagons, sadly, I have lost interest in this project.  I will probably sew a few more rows and then come up with a design sans hexagons to finish this quilt.  Any ideas, anyone?

 

Fall And Halloween Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

October of course means Autumn and Halloween.  I have been selling quite a few Fall/Halloween quilt patterns from my shops.  That means very soon I will be able to make a sizeable donation to my favourite charity.

Here is a collage of all the Autumn / Halloween blocks I made until today.  I have two orange kitties in real life, and they are both here of course!

 

  1. Wizard Tabby Cat – Craftsy and Etsy
  2. Halloween Witch Hat – Craftsy and Etsy
  3. Cat Eyes – Craftsy and Etsy
  4. Jack-O-Lantern and Cat-O-Lantern – (two patterns in one) – Craftsy and Etsy
  5. Fall Maple Leaf – Craftsy and Etsy
  6. Striped Tabby Cat – Craftsy and Etsy

 

I always get asked about pattern links right after I publish a post, so I am including the links here should you like to purchase any.

 

Halloween Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

Charlie’s Adventure

 

There won’t be any new fall or Halloween projects this year, but I have pulled out the Charlie’s Adventure quilt and its backing fabric.  I made this one for the Black Cat Crossing blog hop alongside writing a short story that goes with this quilt.  You can read the story here.  It’s high time I quilt this one.

 

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Janine from Rainbow Hare wrote a wonderful post called Leap In Colour.  I myself have been thinking about taking a leap for a while now, and her post gave me that much-needed push.  Many thanks to all of my online friends as well for their constant encouraging comments.  I started taking the first steps toward the next phase of Whims And Fancies.  Following on Janine’s footsteps, I am also letting my byline be my inspiration.

 

On the note of taking a leap, I just created a Twitter account – https://twitter.com/whims_n_fancies

If you are on Twitter, I would love for you to follow me there!

 

Thank you for listening,
-Soma

 

 

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Squares Plus Quilt Pattern

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I drew this simple and easy pattern quite a few months ago.  It all started with my wanting to make a plus pattern quilt, but I wanted to do a bit more than the traditional plus blocks.  While fiddling with the design, I added the little squares on top.  That became my Squares Plus pattern.  Then I got distracted by other shiny new things and it lay forgotten.

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Squares Plus on Etsy and Craftsy

 

A few notes about the pattern – 

The pattern includes both paper piecing AND regular piecing instructions.

This is a very beginner-friendly and scrap-happy pattern. It should be fun to use up some scraps for this block.  Charm packs can be used as well.

 

  Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

These were the two colourways that I was originally going to use. One day when I make a larger quilt using this pattern, I will probably go back to one of these two.

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

In June there was an abundance of yellow and orange colours in the photos I took for my Wandering Camera project.  Inspired by those colours, I made the first Squares Plus block.

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

It was such a fast block to make, I had the rest of the blocks done in no time.  Then a multitude of summer events happened and unfortunately they were stowed away.  Recently however, I really wanted to finish this quilt.

 

Hot Air Balloon Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Hot Air Balloons on Etsy and Craftsy

 

Remembering how much I enjoyed the wavy quilting on Floating At Dawn,

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I quilted this one with wavy lines too.

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

The recipient of the quilt was keeping me company whilst I worked on it.

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

This little quilt reminds me of a breezy day in the midst of flowers, water and grass.  It makes me smile to see my beloved kitty sleeping peacefully on it, hopefully dreaming of the things I envisioned in the colours of this quilt.

 

You can make your very own Squares Plus quilt too.  The pattern is available on my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

-Soma

 

I am also linking up on Photo Friday, Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my sidebar.

 

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Wandering Camera – September Linky Party

Camera And Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to the September edition of the Wandering Camera linky party.  Thank you so much for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos.  This photo linky party continues to inspire me to try new things every month.

After a busy couple of months, I had a nice relaxing August.  I love to work on different things and I finally had the opportunity to do so.  There was a bit of painting, gardening, cooking, baking and knitting, with long walks in between.  Those activities dictated a lot of the daily photos I took in August.  They resulted in a wonderful mix.

Here are my photos from the month of August, in chronological order –

 

Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

1.  Fascinating patterns on the stem of a pumpkin

2. Grapes from a roadside vineyard

3. Leaves are already turning red around here

4. A TLR camera pencil sharpener

 

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5. Moon and Jupiter

6. Beginning of a friendship or a just a truce?

7. A large number of hours spent on a Sunday poring over maps and notes

8. Fall leaf on asphalt

 

Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

9.  Sweet red tomatoes in my favourite bowl

10. Sun-kissed

11. Amaryllis

12. Sun-drenched leaves

 

Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

13. The spice shipment came!

14. My first knitted hat

15. I might be addicted to building Lego cranes of all sizes

16. Sunflower at the local school garden

 

Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

17. My favourite paintbrushes and warm fall-colour pastels

18.  Canopy of trees

19.  Asymmetrical roof and a chimney puts me in a fairytale mindset

20. Collected leaves for future painting reference

 

Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

21. Freshly-repotted succulents

22. Home-made bread always smells delicious

23. A set of Lego Harry Potter blocks

24. Found a tree in the park with a gigantic knot in it

 

Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

25.  Getting acquainted

26.  An eye-catching entryway

27.  Cleaning my mud-stained boots

28.  Peek-a-boo

 

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29.  My orange Begonia

30.  Sleepy Charlie

31.  Accenting the wrought iron

 

I am still in need of a break, so I will skip the tutorial today.   I will definitely have more next month.  Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them.

 

Badge to share on your post and website

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!

 



I am also linking up on Photo Friday, Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my sidebar.

 

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Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along – Chapter 2

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to the second month of the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.  Last month there was a pretty large number of pattern downloads.  Many thanks to those of you who left such lovely and encouraging comments.   Since quite a few people have written to me afterwards,  I am posting the first two patterns one more time.  This way if you are just joining us, you can start from the very beginning.

On to this month’s blocks.  Both of them focus on the Weasley brothers.

 

The Deluminator

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern - Deluminator | Whims And Fancies

 

I have always liked this part of the story.  Sometimes we do foolish things, but good friends always find their way back to each other.  They would have never found each other without the Deluminator.   So here’s a toast to friendship with a Deluminator quilt pattern!

>> Ron’s ears turned bright red and he became engrossed in a tuft of grass at his feet, which he prodded with his toe, “he must’ve known I’d run out on you.”
“No,” Harry corrected him. “He must’ve known you’d always want to come back.” <<  —  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

 

Weasley Box

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern - Weasley Box | Whims And Fancies

 

The Weasley twins always put me in mind of the Wooster twins from P. G. Wodehouse.  Laughter is the best medicine and nobody dispenses it better than these boys.  The Weasley Box quilt pattern celebrates their love of laughter!

 

Download

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Download Deluminator

Download Weasley Box

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

As promised, here are the download links for the first two blocks, one final time –

Download Hermione’s Bookshelf

Download Hedwig

 

Reminder – Remember to download these patterns by Friday night. The download link will be removed permanently on Saturday morning (August 27th, 2016).

I draw these pictures freehand and then turn them into patterns, which is a lot of work. Please only use them for personal use and do not distribute or share them anywhere. For more information and for the pattern schedule, please read the introductory post.

 

Sharing your work

 

If you are on Facebook, you can join the group Pictures With Paper Piecing and share your blocks there.

You can also share them on this Flickr group.

Additionally, I will be hosting linky parties here for you to show off your finished blocks.

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies
Introductory post with information and dates

Next month is a break month, so there will be no patterns.  I will have the next two patterns in the last week of October for you.

 

Enjoy,
-Soma

 

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Unseasonal Finishes And Paintbrushes

Leaf On Asphalt With Neocolour II | Whims And Fancies

 

One day, earlier this month, we decided to walk along a route that we haven’t been on since the beginning of spring.  I found a few leaves on the asphalt that were already taking on fall colours.  Of course I had to put a few in my pocket and bring them home.  I painted one of them using Caran D’Ache Neocolor II pastels.  The pastels are from a special edition Fall Colour set, which could not have been more perfect for this leaf.  Afterwards, using watercolour, I painted cracked asphalt around it as the background.

 

Neocolour II and Escoda Versatil Watercolour Brushes | Whims And Fancies

 

I have been slowly buying a few good paintbrushes.  I had always wanted to buy kolinsky.  However, when it came to actually purchasing one, I could not make myself buy brushes made of “fur”.  I felt that my paintings would be tainted forever.  So I looked at different synthetic options and came across these Escoda Versatil brushes which are synthetic kolinsky.  I can’t tell you how they compare with real kolinsky brushes, but I like these brushes very much.

Mine are round, short-handle brushes.  They are well-balanced and feel very smooth on paper.  I have successfully used them on hot- and cold-press watercolour paper, as well as mix-media paper.  They retain their shapes very well and certainly hold enough paint for me to do long lines with ease.  These brushes are also beautifully made.  If you are looking into buying good watercolour brushes, I highly recommend them.  Buy them from a proper source though, so you know you are getting the genuine article.

 

Thank You Hat With Purl Soho Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Since we vacation a lot in colder places, my husband recently requested a knitted hat.  I opted for this easy Thank You hat pattern from Purl Bee.  The pattern makes for a pretty long hat.  However, since he wanted a shorter one, I reduced the length by about 2.5 inches.  The pattern was extremely easy to follow.  I was able to finish making the hat within just a couple of days despite intermittent knitting.  It fitted him so well that I didn’t bother blocking the hat any more.  I will be linking this on Janine’s Wool On Sundays post.

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along | Whims And Fancies

 

I also wrote the next two Lego Harry Potter quilt patterns, and will be sewing them this week.  Make sure to come by next week to get the patterns.

Happy Crafting,
-Soma

 

I am also linking up on Photo Friday, Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my sidebar.

 

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