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

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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

 

Linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.

Story Book Teddy Bears

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I would love for you to meet my Story Book Teddy Bears.  They are two sisters.  They are in charge of all the stories that are being written at this very moment by people all over the world.  Of course, that would be too much work for just one little bear.  So they divide this enormous job between the two of them.

 

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy

 

 She takes care of the stories between the sunrise and sunset.

 

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Her little sister then takes over while she rests a little.

 

I designed my little story book teddy bear quilt patterns on request, just before Christmas.  I couldn’t resist making them afterwards.

As I finished making one of them, the thought of the other one suddenly occurred to me.  I suppose such is the way of story book bears.

Stories can be told in so many ways.  I love to tell stories through paintings.

 

Daniel Smith Watercolor | Whims And Fancies

 

I picked up these three paints – Quinacridone Gold, Moon Glow and Indanthrone Blue.  I love the name Moon Glow.

Here is a sketch I finished in December.  I really wanted to paint this picture, and I also really wanted to use those colours.   Not a perfect match, but it was fun to use some unusual colours for the painting.

 

Daniel Smith Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

I see myself walking toward the viaduct despite the stormy sky.

 

We all have the power to weave a little tale of our own.  The little bears are muses, giving us a little nudge now and then.  If you want to make a story bear, the 10″ pattern is available on my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

 

Happy Storytelling,
-Soma 

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Seasons, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along – Chapter 5

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along | Whims And Fancies 

Welcome to the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.  This quilt along has been particularly helpful for me to stay focused on finishing this quilt.  It has been such a fun project with drawing and writing the pattern files, then picking out the fabric and sewing the blocks.

I set out to create a quilt symbolizing happiness and all things good.  This month’s blocks are particularly special to me.  I hope you like them too.

 

Flame And Flowers

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

As we play in the Lego Hogwarts castle, we get to light the torches around the castle and make everything a bit brighter.  It reminds me of what Professor Dumbledore once said – 

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” —  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

There are little barrels and mud-blobs all around the Lego castle grounds.  Casting spells on the barrels makes them grow flowering plants.  The mud-blobs flip over to turn into plants.  We often say that if all the land-mines could also flip over to turn into plants, our little world would be so much more of a beautiful place.

 

Spectrespecs

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I love Luna!   In a way, her spectrespecs make me think of seeing the unseen qualities in people.  She is different, therefore she often becomes an easy target of unkind teasing.  That does not ever stop her from being happy though, she is perfectly content being herself.  She is unselfishly brave, extremely kind, a fabulous friend and wonderfully optimistic.  I am glad to have known her, even if it was through ink and paper.

I have always loved these words by Luna –  “I think I’ll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up – it always does in the end.”  —  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

 

Download

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Download Flame And Flowers

Download Spectrespecs

 

Reminder – Remember to download these patterns by Friday night. The download link will be removed permanently on Saturday morning (January 27th, 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 postHow to obtain the old patterns are also on the introductory post.

 

A change in schedule

 

Originally, the QAL was going to end in the month of February.  However,  as time went by, I thought of a few more blocks that I really wanted to be part of my quilt.  I am extending the QAL so I can share the extra blocks with you. 

Don’t worry if you have purchased the background fabric already.  I made allowance for that in the design.

 

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

 

Enjoy,
-Soma

 

Linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.