The Last Ten

Greek Alphabet Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

I had very little sewing time in the past few weeks.  During the little spare time that remained, I mostly felt like drawing and painting.  It has a very calming effect on me.  Despite that, I found a little time here and there and finished making the last ten blocks of my The Greekness quilt.  As before, I continued to make two blocks per sitting.  Since the blocks are 5″ x 10″ and have only two colours, the sewing went along very smoothly and quickly.  Exactly what I needed at the moment.

 

Greek Letters Omicron, Pi, Rho Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

Omicron, Pi, Rho

 

Greek Letters Sigma, Tau, Upsilon Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Sigma, Tau, Upsilon

 

Greek Letters Quilt Pattern - Phi, Chi, Psi, Omega | Whims And Fancies

Phi, Chi, Psi, Omega

 

Try saying these three letters – phi, chi, psi – together, fast and out loud, without showering the person next to you.  I dare you!  :-)

I already have a very good idea about adding borders to, quilting and binding this one.  I am going to start working on putting this quilt together as early as tomorrow.

 

Happy Sewing,
-Soma

 

Pillow, Cards And Giveaway Winners

Doctor Who Weeping Angel Sewing Pattern | Whims And Fancies

This 10″ Weeping Angel block started it all.  I had just started creating paper piecing patterns a few months earlier and decided to embark upon creating a Weeping Angel quilt pattern.  Of course, it had to be a paper piecing pattern.  I also wanted to optimize the pattern to have minimal seam alignment for easier piecing.  I won’t lie, as a novice pattern designer, it was hard work.  I worked on it slowly and finally the pattern was written and shortly afterwards, the block was stitched.  I had a tremendous boost of confidence after designing this pattern.

Much later, Caroline found this block on Flickr and we started working on a Doctor Who Quilt Along together.  She wanted to make a quilt for her son, and very selfishly, I wanted to make a quilt for myself.  We made 12″ blocks for the quilt along.  Originally I was just going to use this block in my quilt with borders added.  My husband, however, egged me on to make a 12″ version of this block for the quilt.  I did, and therefore ended up with this orphan 10″ block.

 

Doctor Who Weeping Angel Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

This year I am taking care of my orphan blocks, and it was time to pull this one out.  I haven’t done much FMQ, I am married to my walking foot.  I thought I’d give FMQ another go on this one.  There are a few spots where the curves could be a little better.  I tried really hard not to fuss over them.  I used a yellow thread for the overall quilting because I didn’t want the quilting to show up too much on the border.  The binding is done in the same blue fabric as the background of the block.  It is now residing in my husband’s office on the guest bed along with the Fairy Door pillow I made earlier.

 

4th Of July Fabric Giveaways | Whims And Fancies

I mentioned giving away two sets of four fat quarters in the last Freadom Quilt blog post.  A huge thank you to all who read it and left such wonderful comments.  Your comments always mean so much.  It’s my pleasure to announce Marjorie Nath and Marly as the two winners.  Congratulations!!

Lastly, here are the latest cards from the third week of my index card drawings for the icad project –

Icad 2015 - Route 66 Neo Sign | Whims And Fancies

Route 66 Neon sign

Icad 2015 - National Parks Posters | Whims And Fancies

National Parks Of America
Top row – Death Valley, Carlsbad Caverns, Yosemite
Bottom Row – Saguaro, Rocky Mountain, Arches

Icad 2015 Melrose Abbey Window | Whims And Fancies

Melrose Abbey, Scotland

Icad 2015 - Fairy Tree House | Whims And Fancies

Tree House, A Fairy lives in it.

Icad 2015 - Snow Globe | Whims And Fancies

Snow Globe

Icad 2015 - Dryburgh Abbey Window Colour Wheel | Whims And Fancies

Colour Wheel – Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland

Icad 2015 - 1970 Disco | Whims And Fancies

1970s – Ah yes! Disco of course

I am still drawing them, one per day.  Some days it’s very hard to come up with new ideas, but I am still doing them.  Hope you like them!

Until next time,
-Soma

 

FREADOM

Freedom - Bookshelf Reading Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Happy Birthday America

My grandmother grew up in a time and a place when women’s education was not valued.  While her two brothers went on to become headmasters, she didn’t get to finish her education.  When she got married, my grandfather provided her all the books she wanted to read to quench her insatiable thirst for knowledge.  She learned the value of equality and humanity from those books.  In a culture steeped in segregation, she opened her home to everyone.

Unlike my grandmother, I am lucky to live in a country where I can receive education, express my opinion freely, read banned books and write without fear of censorship.  I dearly love my country for all that and more.  My FREADOM quilt is made to honor the books that continue to free my mind and in red, white and blue for a country that makes it possible.

 

Freedom Quilt Pattern , mini made by Susie from Susie's Sunroom| Whims And FanciesI asked my wonderful friend Susie from Susie’s Sunroom if she would be willing to make a mini for this blog post.   She was so enthusiastic about it that I had photos of her finished mini in my mailbox within a couple of days.  Susie has impeccable colour choices, so I knew I would love the colours she would use.  I really fell in love with the photo of her beautiful mini amidst her  books.  It was very hard to pick just one photo for this post.  Make sure to visit her blog to see more.

 

The FREADOM bookshelf quilt pattern makes a 10″ x 16″ quilt block. Both striped and non-striped versions of the R-E-A-D letters are included in the pattern.  It is also a very scrap-happy block.  Other than the background fabric, I used scraps for every bit of this mini.  The pattern is now on my Etsy and Craftsy stores.

 

4th Of July Fabrics | Whims And Fancies

As a thank you for reading my blog, I am giving away two sets of these Fourth of July fabrics.  Make sure that you are subscribed to my blog and leave a comment.  I will announce the two winners on July 16th.

 

I will leave you with my next set of index card drawings for the icad project –

ICAD 2015 - Solitude in rain | Whims And Fancies

Solitude in rain, breathing in the smell and quietness

ICAD 2015  - Windmill sentinel against the sunset sky| Whims And Fancies

Windmill sentinel against the sunset sky

ICAD 2015 - Vintage Porsche | Whims And Fancies

Always have had a weakness for vintage Porsches

ICAD 2015 - California Poppies | Whims And Fancies

California Poppies – lovely flowers of my state

ICAD 2015 - Corn Lilies | Whims And Fancies

Corn Lilies – I always stop at the site of corn lilies on hiking trails

ICAD 2015 - Supernova Tardis| Whims And Fancies

The colours started taking their own forms

ICAD 2015 - Grey dapple foal | Whims And Fancies

A grey dapple foal, free and beautiful like moonlight

There you have it!  They are taking up every last scrap of my time, but I am letting myself get lost in these mini index card paintings.

Have a fabulous weekend!
-Soma

 

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