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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
- Wizard Tabby Cat – Craftsy and Etsy
- Halloween Witch Hat – Craftsy and Etsy
- Cat Eyes – Craftsy and Etsy
- Jack-O-Lantern and Cat-O-Lantern – (two patterns in one) – Craftsy and Etsy
- Fall Maple Leaf – Craftsy and Etsy
- 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.
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.
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,