Wandering Camera – October Linky Party

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Welcome to the month of October’s Wandering Camera linky party.  This photography project has been a wonderful experience for me so far.  I can’t thank you enough for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos.

I experimented a lot with my camera in September.  I took photos of subject matter that is new to me.  I also played a lot with light, specially with sunlight.  I like photographing into the sun to see what effect that has on my photos.

Here are my photos from the month of September –

 

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1. Finally figured out the secret of growing basil

2. Box full of colours

3. Lighting up the evening

4. Flamenco dress

 

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5. Venetian glass pens and ink from our Florence trip

6. Clock above the fireplace

7. Standing out

8. Couldn’t resist a paint named Venezia

 

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9. Dreaming of hydrangeas in our garden

10. Intriguing shadow

11. Industrial

12. Coal and steel captured in glass tiles

 

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13. Dryburgh Abbey in watercolour

14. Making a quilt for my orange furball

15. Orange Sparklers

16. Melody awaits

 

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17.  Picturesque Napa by the river

18. Remedy for heatwave

19. Ephemeral

20. Joy of a finished quilt – Squares Plus

  

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21. Banned Books Week

22. Dredging the riverbed

23. Damaged post office building after the M6 earthquake of 2014

24. Life is back to normal in Napa now, for both residents and tourists

  

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25. Facade

26. Fabric flowers

27. The state of my brain mirrored on my desk – both are sorted now :)

28. Wild flowers in our garden

    

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29. Forest bokeh

30. Mopped-up oil paint, the start of next month’s painting projects

 

Telephone Box Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Working on Wandering Camera and creating the Lego Harry Potter quilt patterns is hardly leaving me any time for other sewing projects.  I have a stack of printed patterns sitting on my desk, waiting to be stitched.  However, while I was going through some old photos, I came across a few travel photos from the past.  I had to sneak in a little bit of drawing time on the computer to create this pattern and share a little peek with you.  Hopefully I will be able to sew it soon.

 

As I was compiling the sets, I was thinking how looking at every photo always evokes certain memories for me.  Places, surroundings, sounds, activities, just to name a few.

Then I came across this video.  Photography is so much more than just learning techniques.  So instead of writing a tutorial today, I will leave you with this –

 

Update – Unfortunately the video has been removed from youtube.

  

How amazing is that!!  Lets keep those shutters clicking.  Now it’s your turn to share.  I can’t wait to see your photos!!

 

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 Photo Friday, Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

Wandering Camera – September Linky Party

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Welcome to the September edition of the Wandering Camera linky party.  Thank you so much for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos.  This photo linky party continues to inspire me to try new things every month.

After a busy couple of months, I had a nice relaxing August.  I love to work on different things and I finally had the opportunity to do so.  There was a bit of painting, gardening, cooking, baking and knitting, with long walks in between.  Those activities dictated a lot of the daily photos I took in August.  They resulted in a wonderful mix.

Here are my photos from the month of August, in chronological order –

 

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1.  Fascinating patterns on the stem of a pumpkin

2. Grapes from a roadside vineyard

3. Leaves are already turning red around here

4. A TLR camera pencil sharpener

 

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5. Moon and Jupiter

6. Beginning of a friendship or a just a truce?

7. A large number of hours spent on a Sunday poring over maps and notes

8. Fall leaf on asphalt

 

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9.  Sweet red tomatoes in my favourite bowl

10. Sun-kissed

11. Amaryllis

12. Sun-drenched leaves

 

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13. The spice shipment came!

14. My first knitted hat

15. I might be addicted to building Lego cranes of all sizes

16. Sunflower at the local school garden

 

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17. My favourite paintbrushes and warm fall-colour pastels

18.  Canopy of trees

19.  Asymmetrical roof and a chimney puts me in a fairytale mindset

20. Collected leaves for future painting reference

 

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21. Freshly-repotted succulents

22. Home-made bread always smells delicious

23. A set of Lego Harry Potter blocks

24. Found a tree in the park with a gigantic knot in it

 

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25.  Getting acquainted

26.  An eye-catching entryway

27.  Cleaning my mud-stained boots

28.  Peek-a-boo

 

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29.  My orange Begonia

30.  Sleepy Charlie

31.  Accenting the wrought iron

 

I am still in need of a break, so I will skip the tutorial today.   I will definitely have more next month.  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

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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 Photo Friday, Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my sidebar.

 

Pinwheel Vanes

Half Square Triangle Pinwheel Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Pinwheel Vanes pattern on Etsy

 

A couple of months ago my dear little cat Montague had to spend a week at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital.  I worked on this quilt for him while he was away.  Once he was back home, he was to sleep alone at night for a couple of weeks.  Since he loves to sleep with us, he was more than a little lonely.  He also loves quilts, and I had this quilt ready on his bed to make him feel comfortable.

 

 

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I love wind turbines, that’s what gave me the idea for this quilt block.  It’s my version of a pinwheel quilt pattern with a little twist.  These are some of the fabrics I purchased when I first started quilting/sewing.  They were perfect for this project.  Because of the sashing, I didn’t have to align any seams on these blocks, which made for a very quick finish.

 

 

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Along with using the walking foot for quilting, I also tried a little bit of free motion quilting on this one.  I wanted a sense of motion on the vanes, so I added light, curved-line quilting on them as if they were moving in counter-clockwise direction.  Then I added wavy lines in the sashing for wind.

 

 

Half Square Triangle Pinwheel Paper Piecing Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pinwheel Vanes pattern on Etsy

 

One day I will make a larger quilt from this pattern.  As I was playing with colours, I came up with a few colourways.  Orange-yellow-grey is my favourite combination and the blue one is inspired by my love for the night sky.   I believe I was thinking of trees and lakes when I coloured the blue-green one.  Gradients are always fun in any colour, I drew up an aqua-teal one!

 

A few notes about the pattern – 

It is NOT a true HST block.  However, along with the paper piecing pattern, I included instructions for making the blocks using HST-s as well.

Measurements and templates are provided if you wish to precut fabric for the paper piecing blocks.

It’s a scrap and 5″ charm-pack-friendly block.  Instructions are included to make both 10.0″ and 8.0″ blocks. The 8.0″ blocks can be made from 5.0″ charm packs.

 

 

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Here is a photo of Montague on his quilt after he came back home.  It has been a couple of months since his treatment.  He is doing extremely well, happy, healthy and joined up with the rest of the family.  Thank you for all your well wishes!!

 

Crafted Applique Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Nancy A for winning Lara’s Crafted Applique book!  I will email you soon.  I know you will enjoy Lara’s book very much!

 

 

Coming Soon

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along

 

I have a list of the blocks already.  As soon as I finish figuring out the details, I will post about it.  I am so excited, I just had to share it here already!
 

Happy Sewing,
-Soma

Linking up to the linky parties on my sidebar.  They are great for finding new inspiration.

 

 

Bobcat In The Woods

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Bobcat pattern on Etsy

 

I love cats and that includes big cats too.  In March I got a request for a bobcat quilt pattern for a school mascot and accepted it right away.  I wanted to give my block a stylized feel, so instead of using fabrics that would resemble fur, I focused mostly on just the colours.

The pattern is for a 16″ block.  It has only a few seam alignment points, which makes the block easy to sew regardless of how complicated it looks.

 

 

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Bobcat pattern on Etsy

 

The pattern also includes alternate sections without the stripes.  That eliminates a lot of piecing and, in turn, a lot of sections.  It is an intermediate-advanced pattern because of all the details.  This large cat quilt pattern is available on my Etsy shop.

 

I really love how it turned out.  I am not sure yet if I am going to incorporate the block as part of a quilt or make a wall hanging with it.  Since I can easily imagine those markings on a kitty-cat, this block will always represent a cat to me.

 

 

Perylene Green Daniel Smith | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I have been playing with the colour green this month.  We are always in need of bookmarks.  I found a scrap of watercolour paper in the perfect shape of a bookmark on my shelf.  After an exhausting Saturday, I painted these trees using Daniel Smith’s beautiful Perylene Green.  I have been using the bookmark ever since.

 

 

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Last weekend was the wildflower expo.  Unfortunately, for various reasons we couldn’t make it there on Saturday when they would have had more plants.  We went there on the cool and drizzly Sunday morning after breakfast.  They still had a wide variety of local plants for sale.  Although most of the plants were too young to have blooming flowers, there was a lot of information available and a group of very knowledgeable hosts to help educate us.

 

   

Wildflower Expo Skyline Park, Napa, CA | Whims And Fancies

 

 

These are the plants that came home with us.

 

 

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One of them is a Douglas Iris.  I spotted this flower on one of the plants and that was immediately followed by the plant being in my little cart.

Other than sewing, painting and planning the garden, I have been updating my website a little.  I added “Free To Imagine” as a tag line.  I also created a new template for my pattern files so they have a better look and feel.  It was a busy week, but the stolen moments of art gave me much-needed balance.

 

Happy Crafting,
-Soma