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.


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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.


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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.


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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.




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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




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.


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Introductory post with information and dates




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

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Yarning For December

Knitted pullover for men | Whims And Fancies


Knitting is such a comforting and calming activity for me.  A few years ago, I started knitting and it stuck.  The prospect of working a piece of string with a couple of sticks to create a knitted cloth fascinates me.  Learning how to knit actual wearable clothes is quite exciting.  It is such a forgiving hobby too.  Worst case scenario, all you have to do is rip it apart and restart.


Wool On Sundays 

I did a lot of knitting in the month of December.  I showed a few photos in the previous Wandering Camera post.  My dear friend Janine from Rainbow Hare hosts the Wool On Sundays linky party.  It has been awhile since I linked up, so I thought it would be nice to elaborate on my yarn endeavours of December and link up on Wool On Sundays as well. 

I had been working on this sweater for my husband for quite a while now.  Following the pattern resulted in a really baggy sleeve.  Since my knitting skills are not much beyond apprentice level, I had to rip the first sleeve a couple of times before the sizing finally worked. I finished the sweater a few days ago.  I will share more once I block it.


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I was going through my cabinet and I found this set of crochet blocks.  I love the earthiness of the yarns and the simplicity of these blocks.  I don’t remember when I worked on them.  I also don’t remember why I stopped.  My last crochet project was so long ago, I don’t even remember how to crochet anymore.  So after a quick refresher course, I am ready to work on this one again.


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This is the one and only crochet project I have ever done.  If I was able to make this, then surely I should be able to finish the easy single crochet patchwork blanket.


Fingerless Mittens | Whims And Fancies


I really love making fingerless mitts.  They leave my fingers open to work my camera while keeping my palms warm.  As far as I am concerned, one can never have too many fingerless mitts.

I made this pair to give away as a celebration of Wandering Camera.  The winner of these mitts is Alycia.


 Arranged Words

Dixie’s Shop

My lovely friend Dixie from Arranged Words is fabulous enough to offer one of her paintings from her shop as part of the giveaway as well.  The winner of Dixie’s painting is Jo. 

I will email you both shortly.

I started working on another sweater already.  I hope you are getting to work on something that is soothing for you.



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


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Wandering Camera – January Linky Party

Camera And Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies 

Welcome to the Wandering Camera linky party.  When I started this project in January of 2016, I had no idea where this photographic journey would take me.  I became more aware of my surroundings, and I found unexpected possibilities.  My wonderful friends inspired me to make new things which became the subject of my photography many a time.

I apologise for being late with the post this month.  I found myself seeking comfort in December and I let that urge continue a little longer.  I spent a lot of time at the dining table working on scores of things while watching the rain outside.  Comfort food, films, video games and other activities played a big part in our daily lives.  The December photos are definitely reflective of that.


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 1.  Unfinished Dala Horses waiting to be painted Falun Red

2.  Beautiful shades of yellow and green from moss and lichen

3.  A Lego photographer

4.  Found a Haiku on the trail


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5.  Painted leaf in my sketchbook

6.  My one and only finished crochet project

7. I always love spotting Earth’s shadow in the eastern sky at sunset

8. We have a lot of fun playing Lego board games


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9. A bit scuffed up, but sings beautifully

10. A myriad leaves turning into fireflies

11.  Fruit wines.  They could also double as potion bottles

12. A few of the travelled places


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13. Painted Wayside Beacon for Twitter Art Exhibit, a charity art exhibition / sale

14.  Gnarled bark

15.  Rain-soaked

16.  Knitted mitts


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17. Recipe book scribbles (The Half Blood Prince has nothing on me!)

18.  Yellow always brightens up the day for me

19.  Black oaks and pink skies

20. Third time’s the charm, I finally finished the first sleeve without having to frog again


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21. Winter Solstice

22.  Pretty rain clouds

23. Downpour

24.  Shuttle Tydirium – A Lego finish


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25.  Getting ready to paint

26. Baked cinnamon rolls in the wee hours of the night

27.  Last light of the day on a skeletal tree

28.  Strumming again


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29.  Creating warmth

30.  Taking chances

31. Finding magic




That wraps up my Wandering Camera project.  It has been wonderful sharing this project with you.  I can’t thank you enough for joining me,  sharing your photos, and boosting my confidence by leaving such lovely comments.  I want to do a little giveaway to celebrate.


Dixie’s Shop

My dear friend Dixie from Arranged Words is a fabulous painter.  If you don’t know her already, please pay her a visit.  She has very generously offered a painting of your choice from her shop.

 Fingerless Mitts | Whims And Fancies


I have grown very fond of my fingerless mitts.  They keep my hands warm while my fingers stay free to work the camera.  So I made a pair for the giveaway  (The box is not included).  They are of medium/large size.

Just leave a comment.  I will announce two winners, one for each prize, on the 19th of January.  

Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them.


Badge to share on your post and website

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You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!


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 with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.


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