Cast In Stone

Red Telephone Box Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I hope you are having a wonderful Spring.  My husband and I managed to sneak in a break together before he starts his new job today.

I have been going through some of the photos from last year’s England travel. Considering I made it to England twice within the last six months and am already planning my third visit to Scotland probably indicates how much I love the British Isles.  I try to not mention the turmoil of the world here because this is my happy place, but I could not stay away from that this time after reading the news yesterday.  My heart goes out to my British friends.

 

It is a beautiful country full of old history and lovely people.  A visit to Oxford was a must because of its beautiful architecture.  I fell in love with the vine- and plant-decked Oxford windows.  I had the idea of this Red Telephone Box quilt pattern for a long while now.  Browsing the photos rekindled the urge of designing this block.  So I added a Victorian street lamp along with a lit-up window – an Oxford window, if you will.

 

A few photos I took of the Oxford windows –

 

Christ Church College, Oxford England | Whims And Fancies

 Christ Church College

 

Christ Church College, Oxford England | Whims And Fancies

  Christ Church College

 

Exeter College, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 Exeter College

 

Magdalen College, Oxford England | Whims And Fancies

Magdalen College

 

All these stone structures inspired me to work on this watercolour sketch of a crumbling stone castle in Scotland.  I was practising painting the texture of crumbling stones as well as loose-hand painting.

 

Crumbling Stone Castle Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

Van Gogh Watercolour Paint

 

I enjoy playing with different brands of watercolour paints.  Van Gogh watercolour is a student-grade paint made by a Dutch company called Royal Talens.  It is not very expensive, so I was really surprised by the quality of the paint.  They come alive even with the smallest touch of water and the colours are intense.  The paints blend with each other wonderfully, enabling me to create new colours very easily.  They are also quite permanent.  Unlike most watercolour paints, I couldn’t easily lift off the colours once they were applied.  Something to keep in mind before I put paint to paper next time.  I found the included brush to be a bit too stiff and harsh on the paper.  I wouldn’t recommend using it at all.  However, I highly recommend the paintbox.  The colours are also available individually, in tubes.

 

 

Red Telephone Box Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

  Red Telephone Box pattern on Etsy and Craftsy

 

I was working on this block around the same time I was dabbling with the Van Gogh paint.  Since I love stone buildings so much, I used Stonehenge fabrics for the background.  I lit the lamp and the window for a warmer feel.

I pieced the red grid on my telephone box.  However, for easier piecing, I also included pattern sections without the grid.  The grid can be added afterwards via a thick-width machine stitch.  The finished block is 12″.  The Red Telephone Box quilt pattern is available on my Etsy and Craftsy shops, if you wish to make one.

It was nice to take break from the Harry Potter quilt blocks and work on something different.  I need a new day/travel bag, this block will be prefect for that.

Stay well,
-Soma

 

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Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along – Chapter 6

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along | Whims And Fancies 

Welcome to another month of the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.  This month was supposed to be the last month of the quilt along, but I thought of a few more blocks that I wanted in my quilt.  As I mentioned in the last month’s post, I am happy to share those patterns with you.  So the quilt along will continue on for a while still.

Now on to this month’s patterns –

 

Pigwidgeon

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

This is the Lego version of Pigwidgeon, Ron’s owl.   Although he can’t fly more than a couple of feet off the ground (after which he is always exhausted), he wears a flying helmet and a pair of goggles that are way too big for him.  He is such a silly owl, he makes me laugh every time!  I hope you will enjoy having him on your quilt as much I will.

 

 

Lumos Solem

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

You do need to learn a few spells if you are going to be a witch or wizard.  With Lumos Solem you can not only remove those Devil’s Snare vines, you can also find out what treasure awaits inside the chest they are guarding.

 

 

Download

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Download Pigwidgeon

Download Lumos Solem

 

Note – Both of these patterns use three shades of the same colour. I highly recommend writing the shades down on the pattern pieces before you cut them out and start sewing. It takes just a few extra minutes, but you will make a lot less fabric-related mistakes this way.

 

Reminder – Remember to download these patterns by Friday night. The download link will be removed permanently on Saturday morning (February 24th, 2017).

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.  

Information on how to obtain the old patterns is also in the introductory post.

 

A change in schedule

 

In case you missed it last month, make sure to check the introductory post to make a note of the new schedule.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

Enjoy,
-Soma

 

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Daydreaming

Derwent Watercolor Pencils | Whims And Fancies

 

Yarn and colour pencils have taken over my world lately.   In between designing and sewing paper piecing patterns, I am finding myself gravitating toward knitting needles and colour pencils.  Not only are they great for keeping the hands busy, they also share a common thread for me – travel.  As I knit a warm piece of clothing, I imagine myself wearing it in a far-away land, exploring.  Later on, I revisit a favourite travelled place through painting, specially an old stone abbey or other ruins.

 

Dryburgh Abbey Scotland Derwent Watercolour Pencils | Whims And Fancies

 

A few months ago I was travelling to England and I wanted to take a painting project with me to fill in the long 10 hours of travel time on the plane.  Of the places we visited in Scotland, Dryburgh Abbey is one of my favourites.  I found an old photo and it instantly became the subject of my painting. 

The picture you see above is how much I finished on the plane.  Sadly, after I came back, I moved on to other projects and it was left unfinished.

  

A little review of Stillman And Birn sketchbooks

 

At the time I didn’t have a travel-size sketchbook.  I am very heavy-handed with water when it comes to watercolour, so the new sketchbook had to be able to handle that.  

During my research, I came across Stillman and Birn watercolour paper.  Their Alpha series sketchbook with 270 gsm weight paper seemed ideal to me.  I also like the white paper of the Alpha series.  So I got a 8.5″ x 5.5″ sketchbook.

The sketchbook did not disappoint.  A lot of watercolour papers cannot handle too much water, they often get a lint-like effect.  The Stillman And Birn paper stayed smooth, I didn’t see even the tiniest bit of lint effect.  I couldn’t stretch the paper since it is in a sketchbook, but it warped very little.  I was able to easily fix the little warp afterwards. 

 

Dryburgh Abbey In Scotland with Derwent Watercolour Pencils | Whims And Fancies

 

I recently started making slow progress on it using my Derwent watercolour pencils.  The colours are less intense than Inktense pencils and are easier to lift off if needed.  They also blend beautifully.   As I was painting, I was reliving the moments of standing in front of the quiet Dryburgh Abbey Chapter House all on my own, soaking in the atmosphere of an old, wet stone ruin.

 
 

Derwent Watercolour Pencils Shade Card | Whims And Fancies

 

I always like to make a colour swatch of any paint set I acquire.  Even looking at these colours makes me happy!

 

While going through my sketchbooks searching for more unfinished drawings, I found one of my old pen sketches from another place we visited in Scotland.

 

Jedburgh Abbey Scotland Drawing | Whims And Fancies

A doorway detail in Jedburgh Abbey

 

Knitting Yarn | Whims And Fancies

 

A while back, my husband got me a set of yarn from the local yarn store.  I was browsing on Ravelry for a hat pattern and noticed one that has a striking resemblance to the design in the Jedburgh Abbey doorway.  I fell in love with the pattern and the red yarn was perfect for it.

 

Paragon Toque Knitting Hat Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

It is called Paragon Toque.  Instead of cables, this design is done simply with knit and purl.  I made the large size hat since I like my hats to be a bit on the loose side.   I had made a simple hat for my husband before, but this is the first hat I made for myself.  I think I will be wearing this one a LOT.  I love it!!

I am enjoying this daydreaming escape through knitting and painting.  Here’s to more daydreaming for all of us!

-Soma

 

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A Long Overdue Finish

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

A little self-inflicted toe mishap has me currently home-bound.  I am finding myself knitting a lot during the times when I would rather be outside hiking a beloved trail.  That’s not so bad, since I managed to finish this sweater for my husband before the passing of another winter.

Three years ago, while visiting a yarn store, I found myself buying a set of yarn to make a sweater for my husband.  A daunting prospect considering all I could make at the time were simple scarves.  A year and a half later as a more confident knitter I started looking for a pattern, but I couldn’t find even one for the amount of yarn I had purchased.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Since a long time had passed in the meantime, I couldn’t just buy the extra yarn needed because of mismatched dye lots.  So I had to end up ordering another complete set of skeins with matching dye lots to make this sweater for him.  I learned a big lesson find a pattern first, then buy the yarn.

I have already found and purchased another pattern to make a sweater for myself with the original skeins.  I don’t mind at all since I was secretly wishing to make a sweater for myself in that colourway.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I learned short row during this project.  It makes for a little higher neck line on the back of the sweater.  Short row on the round can be a bit confusing at first, but it worked out quite well in the end.  I was initially worried because it looked a bit bulging, but blocking the sweater removed the bulge completely.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Although the majority of the sweater is knitted in stockinette stitch, there are two sets of cable design on two sides of the sweater underarms.  It’s an easy cable design that I could follow without paying too much attention.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

The sleeves were the hardest part.  Strictly following the pattern made for really billowing sleeves.  I had to frog the first sleeve twice before I figured out the rate of decrease to make a more shapely sleeve.  I reduced another set of stitches right before knitting the ribs to get a perfect fit around the wrists.

 

I used the Gamekeeper Pullover pattern that I found on Ravelry.  I had purchased DK weight yarn, while the pattern is written for worsted weight.  After quite a bit of trial and error, I figured out the right size for him that would work with DK weight yarn. The pattern was very adaptable.

The pattern itself is well written.  I like to learn as I work through projects, this sweater was perfect for that.  Other than the sleeves, I had no problem with the rest of the pattern.  I will definitely use this pattern again as a base for another sweater.

 

Ravi Sweater | Whims And Fancies

 

Once I finished making his, I started on a new cardigan for myself.  This is Ravi by Carol Feller.  The yolk is knitted sideways and the shape is created via short row.  I kept putting this one off because of the combination of short row and garter stitch.  Then I learned German short row.  It is so incredibly easy!  If you are interested, here is the video by Very Pink that I used to learn it.

My husband is all smiles about his new sweater.  Now that I can knit a little better, hopefully he won’t have to wait so long for me to finish the next one.

 

-Soma

 

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I am also linking up on other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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