Sunburst Star Bag

Bag With Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Thank you so much everyone, for the get well wishes, all those good vibes definitely helped!  I finally started feeling a lot better earlier this week, after almost a week and a half of being sick.  Now only a little sniffle and a bit of stuffy head remains.  Last week I planned out my one-block WIPs, and I am very happy to share the first finished project with you today.  I started to work on it slowly as the cold left me.

 

Before that though, I have something to share with you.  A couple of days ago, I received a package at the front door.  My friend Kris had sent me a surprise feel-good package.  This is not the first time she has done it either.  Unbeknownst to her, I have been more than a little upset by current affairs lately.  The kind gesture made me intrinsically happy.  Something must also have gotten into my eyes at the same time to make them a bit misty!  I am very thankful for all the lovely, supportive friends I have made here.

 

 

Sunburst Star on Etsy and Craftsy

 

So, with a warm heart I started working on turning this Sunburst Star block into a bag.  The colours are my favourite part of this block,  specially the background fabric.  The nebulous texture of it directed the choices I made for the rest of the bag. 

 

 

Ever since I picked that background fabric for the star, I knew I wanted to make a night-sky-themed project with that block.   Weather permitting, I love to spend time outside watching the night sky.  I took this photo of the galactic centre quite awhile ago when I first started fiddling with the camera and the telescope.  I found the perfect fabric to remind me of that.

 

Bag With Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

One look at my fabric shelf, and I knew this Stonehenge fabric had to be the accompanying fabric.  It also emphasises the blue and the purple from the block.  The back of the bag is completely made of that fabric.

 

Bag With Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Because of the colours of the star block, I had a choice of a warm or cool palette.  I wanted to use the silver strap and the rings, so I opted for a cool palette and picked a lavender zipper instead of a yellow one.  I also found this little charm in my cabinet, which became a perfect zipper pull for this bag.

 

 

 

You would not believe how happy I am with this bag.  I wanted to use my paper pieced blocks on projects other than quilted ones.  I designed this bag ‘pattern’ with that in mind.  This way I can also have bags that are a lot more akin to my personality.  The Sunburst Star bag definitely feels like a piece of the night sky that I love to explore with my telescope.

The Sunburst Star quilt pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy if you wish to make one.

Happy Sewing,
-Soma

 

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One Block WIPs

sailboat, star, flower, phone box art quilt patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

I was having a wonderful time working on different projects until I came down with a nasty cold featuring a fever, body ache, the whole package.  I knew if I forced the matter and sat at the sewing machine, I would end up unpicking every single stitch and redoing everything.  However, being me and not wanting to stay in bed for long, I decided to go through my WIPs and form a plan for tackling them after I get better.

I spent almost all of the last few months working on the Lego Harry Potter quilt – designing, writing, sewing and testing the patterns to share with you.  That didn’t leave me time to work on much else, so I only sewed a few other blocks now and then.  Now I want to finish making a few things with those one-off blocks.  Not only have I figured out what I want to do with them, I have also picked out the coordinating fabrics for these projects.

 

Sunburst Star on Etsy and Craftsy

 

I love cross-body bags.  The last bag I made was done a long time ago and has seen better days, so I will be making a bag with this Sunburst Star block.  I love the nebulosity of the background I picked for this block.

 

Red Telephone Box pattern on Etsy and Craftsy

 

This one was meant be made into a bag all along, even as the picture was forming in my head.  I found the perfect coordinating travel fabric in my stash.

 

Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy and Craftsy

 

I will turn this pinwheel flower block into a mini, a mix of modern and vintage.  My friend Mary gave me the idea of making a quilt with the flowers done in multiple colours.  I am going to make a kitty quilt that way, and I will test out the quilting motif on this little mini.

 

Summer Sailboat on Craftsy and Etsy

 

Lastly, I am hand quilting this recently-finished Summer Sailboat block.

 

Hang Quilting | Whims And Fancies

 

Hand quilting is quite nice when you’re unable to do much else.  I am a very slow quilter, but at least I have started on this one already.

 

Little Sketchbook | Whims And Fancies

 

I also got a little sketchbook for doodling in everyday.  As you can see from the warped pages, I have been scribbling in it quite a bit, even while parked on the sofa and huddling under a quilt.  Apologies for not being able to take new photos.  I will share more very soon.

 

Have a healthy and happy week everyone,
-Soma

 

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Summer Sailboat

Summer Sailboat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I love sailboats.  I see them as giant winged birds floating in the sea.  Many a year ago I even fancied taking sailing lessons.  I even had my husband teach me how to swim. However, that ended up having quite a different effect.  I became addicted to swimming and spent a lot of time at the pool.  I became a fairly decent swimmer, but the plans for learning how to sail fell by the wayside.

 

 Summer Swim at Craftsy and Etsy

 

You see, I was going to the pool so much that my old tote bag fell apart completely.  By that time I had learned how to sew however, so I made another swimming tote bag with pockets for everything.

 

San Francisco Bay | Whims And Fancies

San Francisco Bay

I still love to watch sailboats go by, their white sails surrounded by blue waters and the blue sky.  My mind drifts into a trance, punctuated by thoughts of adventure.  So, when I got a request to make a sailboat quilt pattern, I just had to accept it.

 

Summer Sailboat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Summer Sailboat on Craftsy and Etsy

 

Here’s my finished sailboat block.  The 12″ Summer Sailboat quilt pattern is now available on my Craftsy and Etsy shops.  Many thanks to those who have purchased it already.

That’s my One Monthly Goal finished, and I will be linking up with Patty at end of the month.  I really like the way this block turned out.  When I showed it to my husband, he initially thought I had painted it.  I love the crisp look that paper piecing provides!  I will be hand quilting puffy clouds on this one.

Happy Sewing,
-Soma

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Yorkshire Skies

Yorkshire Skies | Whims And Fancies

 

There really is no doubting that the Yorkshire countryside is a beautiful place.   The hills, valleys, limestone cliffs, heather and waterfalls make for a very tranquil setting.  For me, being in the north and the remoteness of the places adds another sense of enigma to Yorkshire.  Last year, during our roadtrip through England, we spent a few days in Yorkshire, visiting the countryside that I dreamt of so often.

Many months ago I got a beautiful skein of yarn very aptly named Yorkshire Skies.  I just had to make a pair of mitts with it before we visited Yorkshire.

 

Hermione hat and mittens with Yorkshire Skies Yarn | Whims And Fancies

 

I was looking for a pattern that would show off the yarn, and came across Hermione’s Fingerless Gloves on Ravelry.   I managed to finish knitting the mittens the night before our flight.  I was so determined to wear them in Yorkshire that I finished weaving in the stray yarn during the one-hour travel time to the airport. 

Once we were back, I noticed I had enough yarn left to make a matching hat.  The hat pattern was written for worsted weight yarn.  Since I was using smaller size knitting needles for my fingering weight yarn, I added two extra cables to my hat.  That resulted in just 1 extra stitch at the end after the decreasing was done.  It was a tad big for my head, but one run through the dryer in low heat setting made it just the perfect size for me.

 

Malham Cove Yorkshire | Whims And Fancies

 

View from Malham Cove in late summer

 

Malham Cove Yorkshire | Whims And Fancies

 

Malham Cove in late winter

 

As we peregrinated the streets and countryside of Yorkshire, I was smiling happily while wearing my mittens.  My husband and I fell in love with Yorkshire so much that I planned our next England roadtrip earlier this year fully around Yorkshire with a few added days in Derbyshire.  I took both of these photos from Malham Cove, one of my favourite hikes.

 

Whitby Sea with Winsor Newton Waterbased Oil | Whims And Fancies

 

Sunset At Whitby

Of course, very soon after our return I had to paint a picture of the beautiful skies we saw in Yorkshire.  This was my first time playing with oil, and I could not have picked a better subject to paint.

 

Sailboat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

The painting, in turn, had me look back at a pattern I had designed a long time ago.  Sewing this block is going to be my One Monthly Goal for this month.  I know I will be thinking of the beautiful skies.

 

Yorkshire Moors Heather with acrylic | Whims And Fancies

 

I am also very sure that Yorkshire will continue to surface now and then in my paintings.  Currently I am working on this acrylic painting of heather in the Yorkshire Moors while listening to stories.

 

My Orange Maine Coon Kitty | Whims And Fancies

 

My kitty sleeps and purrs beside me, hopefully dreaming of a happy place.  I love a peaceful life.  Whenever I can get it, I enjoy it to the fullest!

 

See you next time,
-Soma

 

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

 

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