Colour Play

Stone House Painting With Inktense Pencils | Whims And Fancies


During one rainy weekend in March, I started painting this old stone building on a meadow.  I may have unintentionally echoed the grey sky outside with my newly-acquired Sennelier paint.  The tiniest little dab of paint flowed effortlessly though the water.  Everything else was painted with Derwent Inktense pencils.  I was trying out those pencils on different kinds of paper.  They seem to work best on smooth surfaces.  So hot press watercolour paper or Gesso-ed paper works really well.  They do not spread very well on cheaper paper or even good cold-press watercolour paper.


One Monthly Goal LinkUp 2016 | Whims And Fancies

Since I have been in the mood for playing with colours recently, I am joining the One Monthly Goal link-up this month in an attempt to revisit one of my earlier projects in a different colourway.


Purple Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

My original plan was to make a very different version of this Morning Star quilt as a wall hanging.  Since my kitty fell ill before I got to it, I made this purple mini for him back in early 2014.


Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

I would like to work on this gradient quilt in April.


Fabrics For Gradient Quilt | Whims And Fancies

I don’t even have to purchase any of the fabrics needed for this one.  I just can’t decided which white I want to use, I am tending toward the one on the left.


It was dry here last weekend after a long time, and we took care of some much-overdue yard work.  Since we moved into our house two years ago, we have been gradually updating the interior while just maintaining the lawn and a few plants.  This year, finally, I am going to start planning the garden.  I want to focus on mostly local, draught-resistant flowers.  To educate myself, I am planning on attending a wildflower festival in two weeks.  Until then, I am getting my inspiration from nature.  I would like to leave you with a few more wildflower photos.


Wildflowers Of Napa | Whims And Fancies


Wildflowers Of Napa | Whims And Fancies


See you next Thursday, April 7th, for Wandering Camera.

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Pinwheel Vanes For Montague

HST Pinwheel Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Pinwheel Vanes pattern on Etsy


One of my sweet kitties is going to spend all of next week at the UC Davis hospital for treatment.  After he comes home, he is to spend nights alone in a separate room for another two weeks.  He loves to sleep with us on the bed, so he will be a bit lonely.

He is also very fond of quilts.  This is the quilt I am making for him to sleep on during his isolation.  Every other project is on hold at the moment and my sole goal is to finish this quilt before he comes back home.



HST Pinwheel Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Pinwheel Vanes pattern on Etsy


I love wind turbines and the vanes of wind turbines gave me the idea for this quilt.  Pinwheel Vanes is my version of a Pinwheel quilt pattern.

Each block is made of four units joined with sashing in between.  With the sashing I didn’t have to align the seams which made for a very quick finish.  I have had these fabrics in my stash for ages.  Actually, I believe these are some of the first fabrics I ever purchased.


I am going to finish writing the Wandering Camera post for next week and then dive straight into finishing this quilt for Montague while he is away.  I want to have it ready for him to sleep on the first night he is back home.


Pinwheel Vanes is a scrap and 5″ charm-pack-friendly block.  Although it is mainly a paper piecing pattern and these blocks are not true HST blocks, I have included instructions for making the blocks using HST-s as well.  The pattern is available on my Etsy shop.  I have tried to make the pattern quick to sew and very easy for a beginner to use.



Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies


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See you next week at the Wandering Camera Linky Party.  Please join me on another month of photography fun!




Striped Tabby Cat And Acrylic Painting

Striped Tabby Cat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Striped Tabby Cat pattern on Etsy


Thank you so much for visiting me last week and for your lovely comments on my paper piecing.  I have been working on a few different quilting projects simultaneously.  Sometimes I start on one and then get carried away by something else.  I am sure you know the feeling.  I drafted this striped tabby cat quilt pattern months ago.  I was really hoping to finish quilting the mini before showing it here, but alas, that didn’t happen.



My Orange Maine Coon Cat | Whims And Fancies



As I mentioned earlier, most of my quilt patterns are derived from different aspects of my life.  This is my orange Maine Coon boy who is my shadow.  He became the model for my mini.



Striped Tabby Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Striped Tabby Cat pattern on Etsy


For this special mini I cut into the swirly orange fat quarter that I had saved forever.  I had just enough scraps of the black fabric left from another quilt to use as the background for this one.  The faint gold in that fabric makes me think of magic dust.  I had to add the night sky fabric in the window.  So now my cat and I can sit by the window and cherish each other’s company and the night sky together.



Striped Tabby Cat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



Susie made this pillow from my pattern way before I could finish mine.  I love the vintage look of her kitty.  Her kitty’s name is Tessie!  You can read all about Tessie in Susie’s Post.

The 14″ Striped Tabby Cat quilt pattern is on my Etsy shop.  The stripes are completely optional, as is the window.  You can fussy cut a piece for the window or leave it out like Susie did.

Hopefully I get to quilt mine soon!  The quilting design is already traced on it and it is basted, but I may have to wait a few more days before I can sit at the machine.



Trees In Acrylic Paint | Whims And Fancies



Last week I suddenly got sick with the flu.  When I started feeling a little better, I pulled out the acrylic set that I got during the holidays.  Painting has always been my pastime when I’m sick.  Whenever I can’t go outside, I bring the outside to me with paint.  I love to paint trees.  Last time when we were in the Sierras, we saw a lot of trees dying due to the draught we are facing in California.  They look like fall colours, but sadly they are dried leaves on dying trees.  The orange in the painting depicts those leaves.

Although I hadn’t used acrylic before, I learned a lot about acrylic painting just from this small sketch.  The Liquitex Basics set I got has 48 tubes.  It is perfect for trying out colours before purchasing better quality versions of the colours that I really like.  I highly recommend the set for anyone who is interested in trying out acrylic painting.  I can’t wait to play more with mine.





A Long Holiday

Knitting And Gift Bag | Whims And Fancies

Various reasons called for a long holiday this year and I obliged.  For me that typically means going into hibernation, at home or sometimes elsewhere on a trip.  These getaway trips would be completely impossible for us without our fabulous pet sitter, Nanci.  She not only takes care of the basic necessities of our kitties, she also spends time with them and reads aloud to them.  She even warmed her way into the hearts of my shy kitties enough that they are completely relaxed around her.

During our Sweden vacation, we got this mug for her as a thank you.  That was in September, but with one thing and another we didn’t get to see each other again until after the holidays.
Knitting And Sewing Gift Bag | Whims And Fancies

Pattern at One Lucky Day

As soon as I finished the first bag using the pattern on One Lucky Duck, I had to make another one for Nanci.  It made a great gift bag, the mug fits in it perfectly.  Nanci is a quilter herself.  She also runs a craft workshop for her occupational therapy patients.  She was very excited about the bag and I shared the pattern link with her for her workshop.


Yellow Knitted Mittens | Whims And Fancies

Harvest Date Mitts

She spends a lot of time outside, so I made these yellow mitts for her to keep her hands warm while she is out and about.  As soon as she pulled them out of the mug, she put them on right away.  She was very happy with her handmade gifts and that in turn made me smile big.

The pattern links for both the bag and the mitts are under each photo if you want to make them.  They are very quick to make and they make great gifts!


Pattern Writing Blog Series

Speaking of patterns, Cheryl from Meadow Mist Design is starting a series on Quilt Pattern Writing.  If you are interested in writing patterns or ever wondered what goes into writing them, you won’t want to miss this.  She is also doing round table discussions and I am one of the designers participating.  It will be great to see both the similarities and the differences the various designers will bring to the table.  I had a great fun writing my answers before I started my holiday.
Lego Harry Potter | Whims And Fancies

This year’s holidays were all about indulging my inner child.  My husband and I love the Lego Harry Potter video games.  We spent large chunks of time playing and laughing at the silliness in the game.  The settings and the music in the game are very comforting for us and we love to get lost in that world.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe | Whims And Fancies

This is sticky toffee pudding, the most delectable dessert I have ever had.  I only make it for the holidays using Nigella Lawson’s easy recipe with reduced sugar for the sauce.  I had it for breakfast one morning with vanilla ice cream!  I really don’t care about the calorie consumption, having it for breakfast once a year won’t kill me!


Mary's Bread | Whims And Fancies

My friend Mary shared her bread recipe which I made during the holidays.  The bread came out perfect the very first time and was incredibly delicious!


Yosemite Tunnel View | Whims And Fancies

The holidays ended with a trip to Yosemite National Park.  There was an unexpected road closure due to a major rockfall.  That resulted in three separate three-hours-a-piece detours in and out of the park on icy and snowy roads instead of our usual 15-minute jaunt from the hotel.  On the second evening, on our way back, we were very happy to learn that they were about to reopen the quick route back to the hotel.

While we were waiting for the road to reopen that evening, we drove to the Tunnel View vista point.  The drifting cloud from the cold and overcast day was starting to settle into an even colder Yosemite Valley night.

Happy Creating, everyone!