Viking Penguin Olaf, Paintings And Eclipse

Viking Penguin Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Viking Penguin Olaf pattern on Etsy


I have had this idea of creating another penguin quilt pattern for months now.  I recently got a set of loose colour pencils and I desperately need to make a new pencil case.  That provided a perfect excuse to draw my little Viking Penguin Olaf.   Viking helmets didn’t really have those horns, but Olaf insisted that I put horns on his helmet.  Although I think he looks very cute, he thinks the horns make him look more formidable!

I couldn’t resist taking a short break from the stained glass flower blocks to make him.  The penguin pattern is for a 10″ block.  I scaled it down to make a 7″ block for my pencil case.  Originally I was going to give him a green vest, but the red looks so much better on him against the starry background.  Olaf is available on my Etsy shop if you want to make him for yourself.



Penguin Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Little Penguin Polaris pattern on Etsy


It all started with Little Penguin Polaris.  I have a gimpy and chubby kitty cat called Charlie, whose photo occasionally surfaces here.  He would like nothing more than for people to take him seriously.  Except it has never worked since he was a baby.  He just gets picked up and cuddled, and he just sits on your lap with all of his claws tucked in.

When I was going to make a little winter-themed block for a friend, I knew I had to make a chubby little disgruntled penguin in a scarf and a hat.  So if Charlie were a penguin instead of a cat, this is what he would look like where all the other grown up penguins are just not taking him seriously enough!

Polaris and Olaf have become great friends already.  They are busy planning all sorts of mischief together.



Thank you for staying with me until the last set of cards from this set of 61 index card paintings.  Here are the last five –



icad 2015 Sunrise Painting | Whims And Fancies




I like to look toward the west during sunrise where the first rays of the sun light up the mountain ranges while the full moon sets behind them.



icad 2015 Affair Of The Hearts Painting | Whims And Fancies


An Affair Of Hearts



icad 2015 Edinburgh Tenement Painting | Whims And Fancies


Edinburgh Flat


I really like moss-covered stone buildings.



icad 2015 Explore other worlds | Whims And Fancies


Cross the boundary and explore other worlds



icad 2015 Telescope, Stars And Blake Painting | Whims And Fancies



I had to make this one as my final card.  I love William Blake’s work and I love the stars.  I see William Blake’s words come to life every time I look through my telescope.

I will share another post about the index card painting experience along with photos of all the cards together.   It has been a lot of fun sharing these cards with you.  Thank you again for your encouraging words.



I will leave you with a photo of the lunar eclipse I took last Sunday.  We are surrounded by mountain ranges, and there was also a thick layer of cloud right at the horizon.   The eclipse occurred right around sunset for us, so it was low in our sky.   I really wanted to see it during the maximum eclipse.  Just as I was losing hope, a faint, eclipsed moon showed up, shortly before the maximum eclipse and right above the cloud layer.



Lunar Eclipse 2015 | Whims And Fancies





Selenite Clematis And A Few More Drawings

Stained Glass Selenite Clematis Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Selenite Clematis pattern on Etsy

I continue to sew the blocks for my stained glass flower quilt using the Downton Abbey fabrics.  I was looking up different varieties of dogwood flowers one day when I came across a picture of a four-petal white Clematis.  Right then I knew I had my next flower quilt pattern.

I wasn’t very sure about using the black fabric for the flower, but I really like it.  As I mentioned before, I am naming these flower patterns after my favourite minerals since these flowers look like they are made of crystal.  This one is named after the mineral Selenite, a simple but beautiful mineral.  


Selenite Clematis is another fairly easy 12″ block.  It can be found on my Etsy shop.



Stained Glass Kyanite Iris Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Kyanite Iris from last week – pattern on Etsy


I am approaching the end of my index card paintings.  I have only one more set to show you after this one.  Without further ado –



icad 2015 - Snowdrop flower painting | Whims And Fancies





icad 2015 - Star trails painting | Whims And Fancies


Star trails on symmetry of colours

A Flickr friend called it “deconstructed ancient light”.



icad 2015 - Garden bench painting | Whims And Fancies





icad 2015 - Rain painting | Whims And Fancies





icad 2015 - Airmail painting | Whims And Fancies





icad 2015 - Hot air balloon painting | Whims And Fancies


Hot Air Balloon


Canson is a French paper manufacturing company owned by the Montgolfier family.  The Montgolfier brothers created the first hot air balloon.  This card was inspired by a painting of the first public demonstration.



icad 2015 - SS Great Britain ship's propellar painting | Whims And Fancies




Inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain


I tried yet more new techniques on a few of these cards.  I learned so much about working with mixed media.  Thank you again for all your lovely supporting words!  I always enjoy knowing about your favourite ones.




Kyanite Iris And Drawing Cards

Stained Glass Kyanite Iris Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Kyanite Iris pattern on Etsy

I joined the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2014 to share the story of a quilt I made for my kitty when he suddenly fell ill.  I was lucky enough to win which got me a very nice gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  When I saw a set of Downton Abbey fat quarters, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them – a stained glass flower quilt.  As I continued to draw the flowers, they started to look as if they were made of crystals.  I love to study geology; therefore I decided to name the flowers after my favourite minerals.  This is Kyanite Iris.  I love irises and I think kyanite is a very beautiful mineral.

I am very excited to finally start working on this quilt.  There are three more flowers in this set and I can’t wait to share them with you. 


Kyanite Iris a very easy 12″ flower quilt pattern, which is available on my Etsy shop.



While I continue to sew the flowers, I leave you with my next set of index card paintings –



Icad 2015 - Svalbard Painting | Whims And Fancies


Ta Vare Pa Svalbard = Take care of Svalbard


For me, the North will always be defined by Svalbard.  It is a frozen land of polar bears, devoid of trees, where glaciers and nature dominate over a small settlement of people.  I had the opportunity to visit Svalbard couple of years ago.  It was a fascinating experience and I loved it.  So I made a poster-style card for Svalbard.



Icad 2015 - Focusing through lens painting | Whims And Fancies


Focusing through the lens



Icad 2015 - Reading Painting | Whims And Fancies


This is my usual Saturday night.  My husband pointed out my apparently bad posture that I copied in the drawing :)



Icad 2015 - Summer 78 Painting | Whims And Fancies


Summer 78 by Yann Tiersen is one of my favourite pieces to play on the piano.  So I made an album cover for it.



Icad 2015 - My Hiking Boots Painting | Whims And Fancies


I really love to walk.  I never pack for a vacation without including my walking boots.



Icad 2015 - Northern Lights Painting | Whims And Fancies


Dancing Lights Of Aurora Borealis



Icad 2015 - James Bond Aston Martin Painting | Whims And Fancies


Black and White – Aston Martin



That’s all I have for today.  It has cooled down after the heat wave we had here recently and it started raining yesterday.  We are desperately hoping for more rain which will help our fire fighters immensely.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.


Until next time,



Photography, Paper Piecing And Painting Cards

Camera Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Fields On Camera pattern on Etsy


I was wondering the other day why I like paper piecing so much and I think I might have an answer.  My camera and I are inseparable.  Photography makes me more aware of my surroundings.  The small flower and the grand scenery that it is a part of, the colours of reflected lights, the motions or the stillness of a moment – I love to see them all through my lens.  Photography, in turn, also helps me with my painting.  Even the paintings I create from imagination have their roots in the life around me.


Soon after I discovered paper piecing, fabric became another medium for me for painting pictures.  I start with drawing my designs from scratch before turning them into patterns.  The patterns are like puzzles to me.  I enjoy the challenge of trying to define shapes with minimum amount of seam alignment.  I realised that paper piecing is the playground for all three things that I love so much – photography, painting and puzzles.


I could therefore hardly say no when a custom order for making this camera quilt pattern came along.  However, I ended up waiting this long to make my own block.  I like to take photos in the moody, grey light of stormy days.  The grey leaf fabric couldn’t have reflected that any better.  The dark colour is also very well suited for the travel bag I will be making with this block.


Many thanks to those who have purchased this pattern and shared the projects they made for their photographer friends and family.  Fields On Camera is available on Etsy.



Speaking of paintings, here’s my next set of index cards –



icad 2015 - Steampunk Wing Painting | Whims And Fancies


Steampunk Wings



icad 2015 - Night Sky Painting | Whims And Fancies


Nightscape – I love to watch the stars during camping trips.



icad 2015 - Violins Painting | Whims And Fancies


My Violins



icad 2015 - Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Painting | Whims And Fancies


Tell Them Stories


Stories have such power – pass them on!



icad 2015 - Solar Eclipse And Shuttle Endeavour Painting | Whims And Fancies


Solar eclipse viewed from our backyard


I was fortunate enough to see the flyby and transport of the Shuttle Endeavour to the museum.  I added a silhouette of her on the sun as a tribute to her glory days.



icad 2015 - Paper Cutting Tunnel Painting | Whims And Fancies


Paper Tunnel


I used a white pen to draw the lines after painting the background grey.



icad 2015 - Vineyard in autumn | Whims And Fancies


Vineyard in autumn


Painted from a photo I took last year



I tried some new techniques on these paintings.  After some trial and error, I think they turned out all right.

Happy Crafting,