A Day By The Ocean

Summer Sailboat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


I took a break last week to catch my breath a little, and it was quite nice to be able to do that.  During that time I worked on a few hand sewing finishes.  The Summer Sailboat was amongst them.  I wanted to add to the paper pieced block with hand quilting.  Large fluffy clouds are always a favourite of mine and my husband.  I started there and added on as I went along with the quilting.


A couple of months ago, we went to the Point Reyes National Seashore.  We don’t live by the ocean, but it is a very nice day trip for us.  Sadly, we only go once every few years.  We had never been to Point Reyes before, and I needed to learn my new camera that I got earlier this year.  So we decided to drive out and make a day of it.  After having a delicious seafood lunch at one of the many small seaside towns en route, we arrived at Point Reyes.


Point Reyes, California | Whims And Fancies


It was a cool, windy day.  Although a bit hazy, you could still see the bay in the distance.


Point Reyes, California | Whims And Fancies


The colour of the water makes me think of glass.  I could have stood there forever, watching the water crashing into those rocks creating frothy white foam.   Different every time!


Point Reyes, California | Whims And Fancies


The call of the ocean.  I always feel a strong pull whenever I see the vast expanse of the sea, wondering what’s on the other side.


Point Reyes, California | Whims And Fancies


The ever-present stiff gale has bent all the trees, creating a canopy.


Point Reyes, California | Whims And Fancies


There are wonderful sitting grooves on the thick branches of this lovely tree.  Sitting in one of those was like being hugged by a tree.


Point Reyes, California | Whims And Fancies


The marine mist rolled in at the end of the day.  The contrasting white of the breaking waves against the blue-grey is beautiful.


Point Reyes, California | Whims And Fancies


I love the pale and soft pastel purple, peach and cream colours of sunsets even more than the bright ones, they feel very serene and peaceful to me.  It was time to head home.


This was the first outside trip for my new camera and it was a wonderful one at that.  I hope to create many more memories with it.



I set out to quilt the little wall hanging with that ocean blue colour in mind.


Summer Sailboat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Summer Sailboat on Craftsy and Etsy


The finished Summer Sailboat quilted wall hanging.  There was another quilted square on the border, but it looked crowded, so I removed it in the end.  This one is my very first all hand-quilted finish.  I could have been done with it a bit sooner if I didn’t always get hung up on the stitch sizes being almost same all the time, but I am glad I took the time to work on it. 


The Summer Sailboat quilt pattern is on my Craftsy and Etsy shops should you wish to make one.  I hope you enjoyed the photos and my little finish.  I will tell you a bit more about this one and a couple of companion quilted wall hangings another day.



I am also linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.   They are fun to visit and great source for new inspirations.


Playing In The Rain


Exactly a year ago last July, I set out to create a Lego Harry Potter quilt.  I love the worlds made of ink and paper and the friends I make there.  They are always there, always happy to see me. I was delighted to befriend Harry and the others within the pages of the seven books.  As I finish the journey together with them (countless number of times) and read the words “All was well”,  I imagine a happy future for all my friends, finally able to leave conflict behind them.



Lego Harry Potter | Whims And Fancies


I also love to tinker with Lego.  A few years ago, my husband got me the Lego Harry Potter video games to cheer me up and it has become a form of Patronus for me.  Afterwards as I learned how to write quilt patterns, I knew I wanted to make a Lego Harry Potter quilt – a Patronus quilt – some day.  Last year I set out to make these blocks inspired by the game.

Thank you so much for joining me over the months and for leaving lovely comments. Also, a BIG Thank You to everyone who donated to Maine Coon Adoptions, one of my favourite kitty charities. 

The donations raised a total of $550.  Words cannot express the gratitude I feel. 


My blocks for this quilt –



Hermione’s Bookshelf and Hedwig


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Weasley Box and the Deluminator


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Time Turner and Crookshanks


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Cornish Pixie and Singing Mandrake


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Spectrespecs and Flame And Flowers


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Lumos Solem and Pigwidgeon


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies




Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


The knights


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies






Playing In The Rain


Since I have always loved playing in the rain, I love its presence in the game.  As a child, I got in trouble a myriad times for soiling my clothes and for getting sick, but that never stopped me.  The Lego figures also run around in the castle, oblivious to it. 

I wanted the quilt to look as if I am looking at a shelf full of Hogwarts paraphernalia through the rain.  I quilted a lot of broken lines randomly coming downward with a very pale-steel-blue coloured thread.   The quilt is named Playing In The Rain.


Here is my layout of the quilt.  I used 2″ sashing for the bottom three rows, and 3″ between the dragon and the knights.  The shelf border is 2″ and then I added a 4″ outer border. 

The quilt measures a nice 66″ x 80″.  I love to take the quilt I cuddle under on the couch to bed.  It’s perfect for both.




I was not sure what backing I would use until I went to the store, where my husband pointed a leafy fabric out to me.  That instilled the idea of the Forbidden Forest.  We kept on looking and came across this fabric.  It looks a bit like looking at the trees through rain.




Then, of course, I had to take the quilt to the nearby state park to get a photo in the woods.




I am too embarrassed to mention the number of times my husband and I went to watch the first movie in the theatre.  I just had to place the quilt in one of the Alnwick Castle photos I took last year while we were there.  

The quilt represents everything I love and treasure about the story of Harry Potter – Friendship, wit, laughter, whimsy, protection, freedom, just to name a few. 


July was a hard month for us.  The irony of finishing a Patronus quilt during that time didn’t escape me.  I was glad I had Nicholas Hoopers’s music, Stephen Fry’s reading of the books and David Yate’s movies to accompany me and egg me on to finish.  I placed the last stitch on this quilt on our 25th Anniversary!


And dance your final dance

This is your final chance
To hold the one you love
You know you’ve waited long enough

So, believe
That magic works
Don’t be afraid
Of being hurt
Don’t let this magic die
The answer’s there
Oh, just look in her eyes.

Magic Works From Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Soundtrack


All Is Well!


I am linking up with Patty on One Monthly Goal

I am also linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page

Tale Of Two Shires


Summer is definitely here, but it feels like Spring in our garden.   Despite the heatwaves we have been having, all the plants in our garden are bursting with flowers.  The pink and purple flowers reminded me of the field of wildflowers we saw during our trips to the UK.  Inspired by a couple of photos that I had taken during our travels in England, I finished an acrylic painting and a quilted mini wall hanging.


Heather In Yorkshire Moors Painting In Acrylic | Whims And Fancies


Seeing all the flowers growing in the garden gave me an urge to start painting this Yorkshire Moor scene.  Acrylic as a medium is very new to me.  Before this I had only done one small tree painting in acrylic.  Not to be overwhelmed by the size of the painting, I worked on it in little sections.  I made innumerable mistakes, covered them up with a neutral base paint and repainted until I was happy with it.  I learned too.  Overall, I think I spent well over 12 hours on this painting. 



Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy and Craftsy


In June, I  wrote this one-block WIP-s post in anticipation of finishing a few small projects.  This Pinwheel Flower block was one of them.  I designed this flower through the window a long time ago and finally created the block in April.



The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and, of course, a pinwheel block.



Originally I wanted to quilt circles, but I ditched the idea because it reminded me too much of a circular wave motion.  Then the V-shape of the corners gave me the quilting idea.  I used an acid green thread to make the quilting stand out a bit more and finished the quilt with a green leaf binding.



When it came to naming this mini, that was easy.  The purple flower made me think of Regency Purple.  I love Jane Austen.   I also fell in love with Derbyshire while visiting earlier this year.  This photo I took while standing on Stanage Edge made me think of Pride And Prejudice.  So my mini is called A Flower For Jane Austen.




A Flower For Jane Austen Mini Quilt


I love making small quilts for my kitties.  I am going make a multicoloured flower quilt for them using this pattern . It is such an easy pattern, very quick to make.  The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks.  Now that I have figured out the quilting, I can’t wait to get started on the quilt itself.  This little flower is going to reside in our kitchen as a reminder of the lovely Derbyshire.  The Pinwheel  Flower quilt pattern is on my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

I am very happy to have brought back wonderful memories with me and that a bit of both Yorkshire and Derbyshire are now part of our home.



Linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  They are great source for new inspirations.


A Double Bass – Music And Books

Double Bass Music Instrument Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


It has been a long time since I made a musical instrument quilt pattern.  I love to play music so much that I try to play the violin and the piano very regularly, and occasionally strum the guitar too.  Recently though, I had to take a little break from playing for various reasons.  The idea of a double bass quilt pattern had been brewing in my head for a while.  So during my hiatus, I worked on creating this pattern and stitching the block.

The Double Bass block is going to be the bridge between the other two music wall hangings I made.



Classical Music Inspired Piano Sonata


Music Quilt - Guitar, Drums, Microphone Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies


Rock Music Inspired Super Massive Black Hole


In the meantime, I also heard some wonderful news regarding this fREADom pattern I created.


Freedom - Bookshelf Reading Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


fREADom on Etsy and Craftsy


Last October during Banned Books week, an event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA), they shared this mini on Twitter.  I was also contacted by a group of librarian quilters who auction off quilts at ALA’s annual conference.  I gave them a discounted rate for the pattern.  Last week I heard back from Kelly, the organiser, that they were able to raise $620 in scholarship funds from the sale of the minis.

The fREADom mini means so much to me that I was elated by the email from Kelly.  You can read more about the inspiration behind this mini – my grandmother – in the FREADOM post here.


Double Bass Music Instrument Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Double Bass on Etsy and Craftsy


Sometimes inspiration strikes you out of nowhere as I mentioned in the Happenstance post.  In May I had the opportunity to visit a Monet exhibit.  On our way back I stopped by the violin shop to pick up my re-haired bow.  I was inspired by all the artwork from earlier that morning, as well as the atmosphere of the violin shop.

Thereafter I found myself working on this block.  I couldn’t resist taking a picture of it on my sheet music.  They are all violin music, but I am sure the bass wouldn’t mind.

This block is 10″ x 20″.  I paper pieced the f-holes, but I also included an alternative to paper piecing the f-holes in the pattern. I love the way this turned out.  I will make a single-block wall hanging with this one.  The Double Bass quilt pattern is now in my Etsy and Craftsy shops along with the other musical instruments patterns.