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,


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.


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,


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 4

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along | Whims And Fancies 

Welcome to the fourth month of the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.  I can’t believe that we are well over halfway through the quilt along already.  I want to extend a special Thank You to everyone who made a donation to Maine Coon Adoptions to acquire the patterns from the previous months.  I will match your donation, which will bring the total amount to over $400.-  Thank you!!

For this month, I created two magical creatures –


Cornish Pixie


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Lockhart didn’t have much luck with these Cornish Pixies, but they are definitely a lot more cooperative as quilt blocks!!


Singing Mandrake


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


I am super happy with this little Mandrake.  You know he is screaming, but he would disagree.  He is extremely engrossed in his singing.




Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Download Cornish Pixie

Download Singing Mandrake


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 (November 26th, 2016).

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.




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.




Harry Potter Fabrics


I decided not to pursue any outside sponsors for this event and fully sponsor it myself.  As a thank you for reading my blog, I want to do a little celebratory giveaway for my readers only.  If you are a subscriber, leave a comment here to be entered in the giveaway. 

For additional chances, link up your finished blocks here.  It doesn’t have to be a blog post.  You can link up Flickr or Instragram photos too.

For each block entered, you will get two extra entries.

Link-ups will close on December 12th.





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


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



My Little Quilt Show

Hot Air Balloon Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Thank you so much for joining me for another year of Trunk Full Of Quilts.  Today, alongside announcing the winners, I get to show you a few of my finishes.  As most of you know, I am a paper piecing designer, I use paper piecing to create pictures with fabric.  I draw the pictures free-hand and then turn them into patterns.  I also like to solve puzzles.  I like the challenge of simplifying complex shapes into simpler patterns.


I made Floating At Dawn earlier this year.  Around the summer months, when we went running in the morning, we could see balloons coming up one by one above the horizon.  I made that scene into a mini.  Floating At Dawn pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.


I have link under every photo if you want to read more.  Also, I always get asked about pattern links right after I publish a post, so I am including the links should you like to purchase any.


Pinwheel Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Dancing Wind on Etsy And Craftsy

This one represents rivers flowing with meltwater at the edge of growing woods, while the wind dances and changes its pace along the way.


Castle Quilts Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Castles In The Air on Etsy

Three of my online friends and I did a wonky house block swap a few years back.  I love castles, so I made 12 castle patterns.  Along with the 4″ swap blocks, I also made a 10″ block of each castle for myself.  That’s how Castles In The Air came to be.


Stone House Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Winter Cottage on Craftsy and Etsy

I love the outdoors in all seasons.  One year it was too cold to go camping, so we rented a cabin.  There was a club house nearby with a gigantic fireplace for everyone’s use.  That’s what gave me the idea for Winter Cottage.


Flowers Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Raindrops On Flowers on Craftsy and Etsy

I created these four blocks with a stained glass style design.  The four flowers are the Scottish Thistle, the Welsh Daffodil, the Irish Flax and the English Rose.  The splashing of raindrops in a puddle inspired the circular quilting on this one.


I hope you enjoyed the display of my paper pieced quilts.  You can find the rest of my work under the Finished Works tab at the top of the page.  It also includes other sewing and quilting finishes, along with a few knittings and paintings.


This year I have also been running two ongoing events.


Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

Wandering Camera

Photography is a big part of my life.  Earlier this year I started hosting a monthly linky party where I share a few photography tips along with my monthly photos.  You are welcome to join me with your photos.


Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along

A paper pieced quilt along where I release two patterns per month.  If you are playing along, remember to grab the patterns this coming Thursday.  I may have a little surprise for you!



I cannot thank the sponsors enough who made giving away so many prizes possible.  I am so thankful to these generous sponsors for providing prizes. Alongside Whims And Fancies, I also have Aurifil Threads, Meadow Mist Designs, Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, Buzzing’ Bumble, and Cooking Up Quilts sponsoring this event.  Due to their generosity, I was able to create a total of 7 packages.


My heartfelt thanks to all of you for participating and also to those of you who visited the blogs and left comments.  It was great to see everyone visiting each other.  As I mentioned earlier, I am not very fond of competition.  There was no judging, this quilt show was just for fun.  I randomly selected the winners for the prize packages.


Many congratulations to all of you!!!

Prize package 1 winner  – Just Let Me Quilt

Prize package 2 winner – Freemotion By The River

Prize package 3 winner – AmyScrapSpot

Prize package 4 winner – Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Prize package 5 winner – Pretty In The Port Quilts

Prize package 6 winner – Quilt Fabrication

Viewer’s Prize winner – NeedledMom

I will contact you soon via emails. 


For various reasons I haven’t been on the web for long lately.  If I haven’t replied your email or haven’t visited you yet, I apologise for that.  I am working on it, albeit slowly.  Just wanted to let you know.


Thank you again!