A Snowballing Project

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Pen drawing | Whims And Fancies

This is a prime example of a project that would never end.  It snowballed and continuously transformed into the next project.  I had taken a passing photo of a stone bridge in Mull while travelling in Scotland.  Although I quite often take photos with the intention of drawing them at a later date, this was not one of those photos.  I simply took it because I love old stone bridges.

 

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

Couple of years later, I found a watercolour painting meet in Los Angeles.  I dug through my pictures and picked out the stone bridge photo to paint from.  This was going to be a rough watercolour sketch, nothing special!

 

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Pen drawing | Whims And Fancies

Before I worked on the watercolour sketch, I decided to make a black and white value drawing.  So one night I roughly sketched this small 3.5″ x 5″ piece.  As I was using it as a reference for my watercolour sketch, my husband saw this, a few people at the meet saw this, and everyone asked me repeatedly why I had made it so small.  I was told I should draw it much larger.  They really didn’t get the point that it was a sketch.  Couple of months ago, as I was rummaging through my little scraps for a drawing motif, my husband happened to see it again.  I was promptly reminded that I should draw a larger version of this.  So I finally did!!

 

North Sea Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

All of this really started with this picture.  This was the first drawing project I worked on while attending the group.  I was playing with painting moving water on this watercolour sketch of the North Sea, from a photo I took in Scotland.  I wanted to paint another picture with water in it, that reminded me of the stone bridge picture that I had wanted to paint.  Thus the snowballing began!!

 

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Pen drawing | Whims And Fancies

My husband also insisted that I frame this one.  He even picked out the mat board and the frame with me.  I am ready to move on from the bridge.  It is a bit ironic, isn’t it, Getting stuck on a bridge?!

 

Swirly Black And White Pencil Case | Whims And Fancies

I recently roped him into drawing as well.  He has his own set of tools now, so I made a little pencil case for him.  He picked out the fabric himself, he said it reminds him of fantasy stories.  The bottom and the top pieces of the zipper were the same size when I started.  I was playing with the serger and I just could not sew a straight seam that day.  So the one side kept on shrinking.  As I was thinking about starting on a new one, I finally got a straight seam at the very last moment.  It is not the original size or the look I was going for, but he really likes it.

Projects sometimes tend to take a life of their own.  What do you do?  Continue on and see where it ends up or call it a day after a certain point?

-Soma

 

The Epic Journey Continues

Greek Alphabet Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Although I am continuing to draw one index card per day, I am still making time to work on my The Greekness quilt.  It is of course not as extensive as Homer’s epic tales of the journey of Odysseus or the war of Iliad, but this Greek alphabet quilt does remind me of the them as I continue to work on it.  As before, I am still making two letters per sewing session, and they are still very easily doable since I am working with only two colours.

 

Greek Letters Iota, Kappa, Lambda Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

iota, kappa, lambda

Greek Letters Mu, Nu, Xi Quilt Letters | Whims And Fancies

 mu, nu, xi

I think xi is probably the hardest one so far.  However, I minimized the seam alignments on the pattern, so I was still able to finish it with surprising ease.  I am also more than halfway through the letters – 14 finished, 10 more to make.

All the Greek Letter quilt patterns are individually available on my Craftsy shop. I also have the set available on Craftsy and Etsy.

 

SLR Camera Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Fields On Camera on Craftsy and Etsy

In the meantime Mary Emmens sent me a picture of this camera she made from my pattern.  It was for a wedding present.  I do love the black and white palette of this pillow.  Hers looks so fabulous, it makes me a little sad that I haven’t made one for myself yet.

I can’t thank you all enough for your wonderful words on my first set of icad drawings, they were so encouraging!  I look forward to sharing more with you.

Until next time,
-Soma

 

LOTS Of Paintings And Sidewalk Cafes

ICAD 2015 - Element Picker | Whims And Fancies

Day 7 – Periodic Table

Derivative of Colour Picker – An Element Picker

Last year I got to know about icad – Index Card A Day – at Daisy Yellow, but it was toward the very end of the event.  So I decided to not bother joining it at the last moment.  This year, however, I was ready to jump start my drawing, which I had been missing very dearly.  Since the 1st of June I made a commitment to draw one index card per day.  This set is from my first week.

 

ICAD 2015 - Taxi | Whims And Fancies

Day 6 – Taxi

They need to go home too!

ICAD 2015 - Owl | Whims And Fancies

Day 5 – Owl

Want to play in the rain with me?

ICAD 2015 - Mailbox | Whims And Fancies

Day – 4 Mailbox

From the Edwardian Era, for one of my favourite authors, P. G. Wodehouse

ICAD 2015 - Map | Whims And Fancies

Day 3 – Map

Milky Way, in case you were going that way

ICAD 2015 - Carnival | Whims And Fancies

Day 2 – Carnival

The book Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury has haunted my dreams for a very long time, but no more.

ICAD 2015 - Chevron | Whims And Fancies

Day 1 – Chevron

I love to swim in the summer; sunlight reflecting off water is one my favourite sights.

The event runs until July 31st, that makes a total of 61 cards.  You can find out more about it at the Daisy Yellow website in case you are inclined to join in.  It should be a lot of fun for kids too.  I am really loving it so far and I am very happy with my progress.  I hope you enjoyed the little show and tell.  I will share more cards as I draw along.

Sidewalk Cafe Quilt Pattern for travel or coffee and tea lover | Whims And Fancies

I have one little sewing note to mention.  Since I love coffee and tea so much, cafe stops are a must for me while travelling.  Those are also the best places to try out local food and watch life happening around me.  That thought initiated the Sidewalk Cafe quilt pattern.  I made mine with British Motor Racing colours and used the address of my all-time favourite fictional detective as the name of the cafe.  Sidewalk Cafe is now on my Etsy and Craftsy stores.

Sidewalk Cafe Quilt Pattern for traveller or cafe and tea lover | Whims And Fancies

I had fun making these alternate versions.  Wouldn’t it be nice to make a cafe quilt block each for different places and make a table runner or a wall hanging?  I wish I had more time to create, don’t you?!!

Happy Crafting,
-Soma

A Little Swap

Star Quilt Pattern Cross Body Bag | Whims And Fancies

As someone who loves to continuously create new things, I almost never get to remake a block that I have designed.  Even though I would love to make a few of them using different colours, I mostly move on to drawing new designs and making the new blocks instead.  That holds especially true for the star quilt patterns.  However, I recently got a chance to remake one.

When I made the coffee-themed cross-body bag earlier this year, Dixie really liked it.  She is a fantastic painter.  So I emailed her asking if she would swap a seascape painting for a bag.  She loves the colour blue.  I picked one of my favourite star patterns, Starlight Converging, and remade it in blue for her bag.  I added a starfish charm to the zipper since she loves the water so much.

 

Zippered Pencil Case | Whims And Fancies

I also made a pencil case for her.  I just had to pick up this sea horse charm for her, along with the starfish charm for the bag.

 

Seascape by Dixie from Arranged Words | Whims And Fancies

This is the painting Dixie made for me!  There are so many details in this painting, the photo just does not do it justice.  It really looks like I am viewing this little seascape under water.

 

Seascape painting by Dixie from Arragned Words | Whims And Fancies

Here’s a close up of the fish.  See the individual scales?!!  She added such beautiful details to every single piece of this painting.  I can’t wait to frame it tomorrow.

Dixie writes a lovely blog at Arranged Words where she shares photos, paintings and crafts.  I am so glad to have found a friend in her.

-Soma

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award And Friendship

My Pixie | Whims And FanciesMy girl and my best friend – Pixie

I very recently met Lara and it was instant friendship.  It feels like I have known her forever.  Susie is the first friend I made when I started writing here.  So it is specially wonderful to be selected by both a new AND an old friend for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Susie and Lara are friends with each other as well, isn’t that wonderful?

One Lovely Blog Award | Whims And Fancies

I love visiting Lara at Buzzing Bumble and Susie at Susie’s Sunroom.  If you don’t know them already, you must really pay them a visit.  I promise you will not regret it!

For the seven things about me that I need to share for this blog hop,  I decided to pick seven words and pair them up with photos I’ve taken.

 

Ink

Love Of Notebooks And Ink | Whims And FanciesA Very Small Subset Of My Ink And Paper Collection

I grew up on top of my grandfather’s large printing business which printed books, among other items.  I learned about different stocks of paper, various types of ink, book binding techniques, etc. at a very early age.  The sounds and smells of the large printing machines, ink, paper, glue, typesets – it was magical.  I was hooked for life to the world made of ink and paper which turned into a passion for art.

 

Books

Foyles Books London | Whims And Fancies

Advertisement At A London Tube Station

I have always lived mainly within the pages of books, away from the world around me.  I walk around glumly for days when a book disappoints me.  I stay in a haze every time I say goodbye to my ink-and-paper friends at the end of a book.  It all started with my aunt telling me stories when I was too young to read.  Then it continued on with my mother taking me to large annual book fairs and with reading from my grandmother’s book collection.

 

Camera

Valley View, Yosemite National Park | Whims And Fancies

Winter in Yosemite National Park, California

Lenses are an old hobby of mine.  I see the world through the camera lens.  My camera is my security blanket and the source of my confidence.  I wake up at wee hours to catch the first sunlight,  I even hike up the sides of mountains despite my severe acrophobia, all for that one perfect shot!  ( My husband has the yawns and the droopy eyes to prove it! )

To see the world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

                                   – William Blake

Rocks

Liberty Cap Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park, California | Whims And Fancies

John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park, California

I study rocks and I collect them.  So, if I get a bag of coal, that is a very good thing.  Although it feels a bit nightmarish for me to ever settle down in one place, the diversity of California’s geology has kept me here, camping, hiking and exploring. I specially love the Sierra Mountains.

This picture was taken from the John Muir trail.  Towards the end of the hike, instead of checking the map, we decided to follow our instinct.  So, a 6-mile hike turned into …. wait for it… a whopping 7-mile hike!!!

 

Stars

Milky Way | Whims And Fancies

Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, California

It’s a love affair.  When it’s dark outside with clear skies and my nose is not stuck in a book, you will most probably find me peering through my telescopes, with a little help from my husband because of their weight.  Currently I am in the process of building a radio telescope at home.

 

Travel

Fjord, Norway | Whims And Fancies

Heading Into Gairangerfjord, Norway

I have to travel, or I fall apart.  Before a trip I read, I do research and I pore over maps.  It’s a ritual for me.  Then I whisk my husband away on an exhausting trip.  I want to soak in everything about the new place without wasting a single moment.

 

Cold

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park | Whims And Fancies

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

I was born in January, and I have a feeling Old Man Winter must have made me using a little piece of himself.  I have been in the icy arctic rain with an ear-to-ear smile on my face.  Winter is when I am outside the most.  Those of you who abhor winter, don’t judge me, I was born this way.

 

Now it’s my turn to pass the torch.  Not only do I love the diverse art these ladies create, I also feel very comfortable nominating them because of their encouraging personalities and their eagerness to share and help.  I know you will love them too.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Esther @ I Patch And Quilt
Kris @ Kris Loves Fabric
Mary @ Needlemom

 Also please remember to visit Lara at Buzzing Bumble and Susie at Susie’s Sunroom.

 

Weeping Angel Quilt | Whims And Fancies

It is to their credit that I am ready to try Free Motion Quilting on this angel block. Wish me luck!!

And have fun visiting my friends,
-Soma