I was designing this castle quilt pattern while we were in the midst of the Spring Fling Blog Hop and then stitched the block last Thursday. It was a cloudy day here and the weather was unusually cool for this time of year. I had some stew simmering on the stove which would slow cook for close to three hours. The place was smelling very inviting and warm regardless of the cool, damp weather outside. It was very easy to get in the mood that day to sew this castle.
I wanted to make a sandstone castle. I didn’t like a single sky fabric that I had in my stash for this castle. So I figured why not build a castle at the edge of a forest on mossy ground. I imagine this castle is a bit haunted!
This 4″ x 4″ castle quilt block I made for my friends in the swap group this month is done in yellow-green. It was seriously challenging to make this one in a 4″ size. Some of the pieces are so tiny, no more than 3mm-4mm in size.
I chain pieced the previous swap castles, despite not handling repeated activity very well. I felt like a conveyor belt, doing a job that merely needed to be finished in a factory. This time I went back to my previous methods of crafting one castle at a time. I thought of the old times of before conveyor belts when crafting anything was individual and special. Made me feel nostalgic and happy while the sewing machine hummed along!
I haven’t painted a single picture for… oh, over a year now. While I love drawing with fabric in the form of paper piecing, I have been missing the actual motion of drawing and the scratching sound of pen on paper. One evening I pulled out my notepad and micron pens and made this small sketch of the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland. This was the first time I drew with micron pens. It was a bit challenging in the sense that micron pens come in very limited colors. I used another kind of pen to add a little bit of light blue for the water. I thought this post would be very fitting to show this drawing, since we are talking about castles.
Links to castle quilt patterns from previous months –