Shattered Star And A Touch Of Halloween

Shatter Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Shattered Star pattern on Etsy

 

You are probably aware of my love for the night sky.  The life cycle of a star is a particular interest of mine.  The initial idea of this star came from visiting the Esmark Glacier near Svalbard up close, and seeing the sharp edges on the ice shards floating away from the glacier.  My mind (some might call it overimaginative at this point!) could not help but think of a supernova.  So came the idea of Shattered Star.

I have a few cuts of Stonehenge fabrics by Northcott because they remind me of stars and nebulae. Of course, I used them for this block.

 

 

 

Shattered Star pattern on Etsy

 

 

Colourways I played with before deciding upon the current version.

 

 

 

 

 

I want to make another wall hanging similar to Rainbow Star ( patterns available in my Shop ), following the same theme of the life cycle of a star.  The fuchsia colour is a placeholder for the fabric with myriad shades of pink, green, blue, purple from the Shattered Star stitched block.

 

 

 

 

 

The month of October means my favourite holiday and seasons are on their way.  I couldn’t help but think of another one in Halloween colours.  I have just the fabrics for it too. 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Halloween, I love the magical/fairy tale aspect of it.  I am working on a new painting series – The Halloween Alphabet.  This is A for Acrid.  Can’t wait to share more with you as I continue to work on this series.  I am using a sketchbook to keep it all together.

 

 

 

Halloween Witch Hat pattern on Etsy

 

PumpkinHollowQuilts is even more mad about Halloween than I am.  She makes amazing Halloween decorations and cross-stitches.  With her permission, I get to share this beautiful witch hat with you that she made from my pattern.

 

 

 

Shattered Star pattern on Etsy

 

It has been ages since I made something for Halloween.  As happy as I am with finishing Shattered Star in the nebula colours, I am going to try my best to make the Shattered Star in Halloween colours as well.   You can also get the Shattered Star quilt pattern on my Etsy shop.

 

Thank you for all the well wishes on the last Wandering Camera post.  I am so happy to hear that you liked the camping photos.  You can still link up your posts here.

Until next time and Happy Creating,
-Soma

 

As my monthly goal is to finish the block,  I am linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

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Tweed Journal Cover

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I had planned on making a bag and writing a new pattern last week.  Except last week was fraught with frustration concerning a simple industry-standard modification that I wanted done to my web hosting account.  After 3 days of continuous circulatory, nonsensical conversation with tech support, I decided to move my account to another company altogether.  This was long overdue. Working over the weekend with the wonderful support group of this new company, my websites were moved to their new home.

 

By Monday though, I was in need of a break. 

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is the set of tweed cloth I got from Isle of Harris.  By the way, photos do not do Harris Tweed justice.  There is so much texture and detail in the weaves, it really needs to be experienced in person. 

I want to make a larger work out of this, but on Monday I wanted to work on something incredibly simple.  So, I made a cover for my travel notebook using one of these pieces.

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I like my bags, covers, etc. to have lining and not have the raw edges show.  After choosing the lining and the inside cover fabrics to complement the outer tweed and figuring out the measurements, I finished this cover in no time. 

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Originally I wanted to save the labels for the larger projects.  My husband, however, insisted that I sew the label on this cover.  I am glad he did.  As I had already finished making the cover, I used Heat ‘N Bond to secure the label on the cover, which worked very well.

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I love the A6 format notebooks for my travel planning. It’s a great size to pop into my bag/backpack along with a map, and I don’t have to carry the heavy travel book everywhere with me. My little travel notebooks get exposed to all sorts of rough-and-tumble weather conditions.  Now they will be more protected.  Also, it seems fitting that  they now have a cover made from material that I got while travelling.  I know I will be making more of these.

 

-Soma

 

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Pitmedden Garden – The Quilt

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pinwheel  Flower pattern on Etsy

 

I will start with the name of this little quilt.  Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is home to the beautiful Pitmedden Garden.  Since I love to visit gardens while travelling, we had planned on visiting this one. The idea was to have lunch there, spend an hour or so, and then continue on to Aviemore.  Little did we know that we would end up spending most of the day there.  When I finished making the quilt top and showed it to my husband, the first words out of his mouth were “That’s Pitmedden Garden!” Henceforth, Pitmedden became the namesake of this quilt.

 

 

Pitmedden Garden Scotland | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I can see why he thought of Pitmedden Garden.  You can see the four quadrants of the garden and the walking path through them in this photo.  I will share a lot more photos of this garden in one of the monthly Wandering Camera linky party posts.

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pinwheel  Flower pattern on Etsy

 

I drew this pattern after seeing a flower through the window of my little atelier, and then combining it with a pinwheel pattern.   Then, inspired by our travel to England – specially Derybyshire and Yorkshire – I made this mini using the pattern.   The Tale Of Two Shires post has more on this mini.

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Once I finished that one, I wanted to make a quilt for my kitties using the same colours, prints and quilting lines.

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Since I often get asked how I choose colours and prints, I wrote a separate post on that – Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints.

I think the blender fabrics for the flowers make them look like flower-patches, which I like even more than the idea of one flower per block.

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I used the same quilting lines as I used for the one-block-mini.  I love using my walking foot, so I try to come up with straight line quilting designs to complement my quilts.

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The parallel lines on the quilting ruler were exceptionally helpful for this.  I drew a line through the middle first, and then made the V-lines from each side meet there.  That was the only way I was able to get a square-shaped diamond in the middle of the sashing instead of a rhombus. 

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I used the same acid green thread that I used for the one-block-mini.  Much to my surprise, it worked really well with all four flower colours.

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Finally,  a green binding to mimic a green wall of shrubbery surrounding the garden.

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

That wraps up my quilt version of Pitmedden Garden.  It is now being used by our little kitties on one of their many beds.

The Pinwheel  Flower quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop.  It is a  simple pattern, very quick to make.  The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks.  Now I may just have to make one for ourselves!

-Soma

 

This was also my one monthly goal, which I am happy to say I have accomplished.  I am linking up with –

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish

 

Related Links –

The Tale Of Two Shires – Pinwheel Flower One Block Mini
Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints
Wandering Camera

 

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Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints

 

I am making a quilt for my kitties using one of my old patterns, Pinwheel Flower.  I often get asked about how I choose colours for the blocks I make from my paper piecing patterns.  For me they are illustrations done in fabric, so most of the time it is very akin to how I paint.  I will try to show my selection process.

 

I use colours and prints together to create a certain style, mood, or even a season. 

 

 

 

 

I took this photo of a little purple larkspur flower during a hike.  I was looking for tiny little wild flowers for photography and my husband found this one for me.  As this photo was my intial inspiration, I chose green for the quilt background.

 

Most of the time though, the background is the last fabric I select.  No matter what the order is, I like the design of the block to stand out against the background colour and/or print.  If I don’t get the right contrast, I change out the fabrics until I am satisfied.

 

 

 

 

I wanted the flowers to pop against the background without being too bright. It was also important to have a balanced ratio of cool and warm colours.  From the very beginning, I was sure about the purple flower from my photo appearing in the quilt.

 

 

 

 

The other cool colour choice would be a shade of blue.  After trying out quite a few mid- to dark blues, I settled on this teal.  I adore that colour, but I don’t get to use it too often.  I also have only a little bit of it left, just enough for my little kitty quilt.

 

 

 

 

I love yellow flowers.  A vase full of yellow Chrysanthemums cheers me up immensely.  Unfortunately, yellow was not dark enough to provide enough contrast against the green, so I picked the next best – a burnt orange.

 

 

 

Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy

 

For the last colour, I looked to our garden for inspiration.  We have two wildflower plants with the brightest shade of red flowers blooming in our garden.  The whole plant looks like it is bursting into red fireworks.  That became the red flower in my quilt.

 

The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and a pinwheel block.  For sashing, it was going to be either white or cream fabric to represent the window frame.  Since the green I chose was a warmer green, I used a yellowish-cream for the sashing.

 

 

 

 

Once I finish selecting the colours, I start on the prints.  I think about what the quilt is supposed to represent.  That helps me decide on the style as well as giving the quilt a sense of coherence while I choose the prints.

When I show you the finished quilt, you will see why I used blender fabrics for this one.

 

-Soma

 

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