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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Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along – Chapter 8

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along | Whims And Fancies 

Welcome to the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.  Thank you for the wonderful comments and for the donations to my favourite charity.  Today I get to share the final block of this quilt along with you, but before that I want to remind you to check back on the last Thursday of July.  On that day, I will share the layout along with the extra blocks that are needed to put the quilt together.

So, without further ado, I present to you:  A Dragon.

 

Dragon

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I specially made mine grey after the Gringott’s dragon, the tortured dragon who is later freed by Harry, Hermione and Ron.  Freedom is something I value the most, and I think all creatures, big or small, ferocious or meek, should be able to live free without fear of captivity.  The moment of the dragon’s breaking out of Gringott’s into open air always fills me with relief and utter happiness.  So, I had to include the Gringott’s dragon in my quilt.

“She was helping the dragon enlarge the passageway, carving out the ceiling as it struggled upwards, towards the fresher air, away from the shrieking and clanking goblins.”  —  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

 

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Download Dragon

 

Note – The dragon 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 (May 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 post.  

Information on how to obtain the old patterns is also in the introductory post.

 

My blocks for this quilt –

 

 Now I can’t wait to make my very own Patronus quilt with these blocks.

 

 

Hermione’s Bookshelf and Hedwig

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Weasley Box and the Deluminator

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Time Turner and Crookshanks

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Cornish Pixie and Singing Mandrake

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Spectrespecs and Flame And Flowers

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Lumos Solem and Pigwidgeon

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Fawkes

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

The knights

 

 

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

  

 

Next month is a break month, make sure to check back in July for the final blocks of the layout.

Enjoy,
-Soma

 

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

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Happenstance

 

 

One of the recent weekends was full of wonderful moments of happenstance.  The weekend started with visiting an exhibition called Monet: The Early Years at one of the museums in San Francisco.   Earlier in the month, I had mentioned it to my husband.  Knowing how much I adore the Impressionist painters, he got us tickets for the event.  A couple of weeks ago we were there on Saturday morning, bright and early, although not quite bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

 

Monet

Towing of a Boat at Honfleur by Claude Monet

 

 

A Cart on the Snowy Road at Honfleur by Claude Monet

 

 

Green Wave by Claude Monet

 

 

A Hut at Sainte-Adresse by Claude Monet

 

We explored his early work through approximately sixty paintings.  Exquisite play of colours, light and shadow, brush strokes and dynamics are an integral part of every painting.  Although he lived in abject poverty, Monet was so passionate about this work that he continued on with his personal style of painting.

 

 

 

 

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

 

The museum also has two small paintings by Van Gogh.  As I walked into the Gallery that had the Van Gogh pieces on display,  there was this painting by Monet right across from where I was standing.  As we walked around the room, we found a few more paintings by Monet and Renoir.  A lovely surprise find before leaving the museum.

 

 

Pattern on Craftsy and Etsy

 

My violin bow had been at the luthier to be rehaired.  They are about an hour away from our house, and also an hour away from San Francisco.  The bow was ready so we decided to stop by to pick it up on our way back.  We found a small coffee shop where we recharged before heading home via a beautiful road.  Inspired by the all the artwork of the morning and atmosphere of the violin shop, I have a new musical pattern brewing.

 

White Rose | Whims And Fancies

 

On the way back, the conversation digressed toward the gardens of Versailles.   We haven’t been to France yet, but we have seen a couple of beautiful stately home gardens in England.  It was therefore not hard to imagine the scale and beauty of the gardens of Versailles.  Our home is not a very large one, but I do like to take inspiration from large enterprises and scale them down to suit my need.  The thought of doing the same with our garden stayed with me.

Next day, when my husband went to the shop, I went along to browse the plants area.  I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but then I spotted this white rose.  All resolve melted away and I came home with 29 plants!

 

 

 

Can’t say no to irises.  I got these and my friend Mary sent me some more.  I am a lucky girl.

 

 

Also, a few foxgloves.

 

 

The following Friday, after work, I sat down with the garden measurements to create a layout for the plants.   Influenced by the larger gardens of the stately homes, I am designing a garden with a few different focal points.  Our garden may not be huge, but it is certainly big enough for that.  I created a circular focal point with the white rose in the centre.  It is a working plan, so it will continue to grow as I get inspired by the greatness of others.

I am going to take a break for the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully a few more moments of happenstance will find me.

-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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Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along – Chapter 7

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Welcome to the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.   Many Thanks to those of you who wrote such lovely comments, and to those of you who donated money to my favourite charity.  The break month in March gave me an opportunity to catch up, I hope it was the same for you too.  We are almost reaching the end.  After these two patterns, I have one more to share with you, then we move on to the layout.

The blocks from this month turned out to be about loyalty and protection.  It was not planned that way, I only noticed the common theme after sewing the blocks.

 

Fawkes

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I have always felt that there was a lot more to Fawkes’ story than is written in the books.  I quite often wondered how Dumbledore and Fawkes met.  Fawkes protected and cured Harry on multiple occasions.  He even took a killing curse for Dumbledore.  I am not surprised that Dumbledore named the Order Of The Phoenix after his companion.  It was only fitting that after Dumbledore’s passing, Fawkes went back into the wild, never to be seen again.

“ ‘Lo, Fawkes,’ said Harry quietly. He stroked the phoenix’s beautiful scarlet and gold plumage.  Fawkes blinked peacefully up at him. There was something comforting about his warm weight.”  —  Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, by J.K. Rowling

 

Knight

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Piertotum Locomotor is possibly my favourite spell in the whole story.  That spell, performed during the battle by my favourite teacher, Minerva McGonagal, always sends a shiver down my spine.  I am suddenly filled with an otherwise non-existent courage.

“Hogwarts is threatened!’ shouted Professor McGonagall.  ‘Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!” – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling

 

Download

 

Download Fawkes

Download Knight – Sword In Right Hand

Download Knight – Sword In Left Hand

 

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Note about the knight – You will need to make two knights.  You can make the same block twice with the knight holding the sword in the same hand.  Alternately, you can make one knight with the sword in the right hand and another with the sword in the the left hand.  I did the latter.  I am including both patterns here.

 

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 (April 29th, 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.

 

 

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.

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