Fair Isle Star Pillow And Drawing Cards

Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Fair Isle Star pattern on Etsy

 

Last year, during my attempt to learn a little about the history of knitting, I designed a few star quilt patterns that were inspired by traditional knitting patterns.  I had picked up a set of Grandma’s House fat quarters earlier, which I used to make these stars for a mini quilt.  Unfortunately, once I finished making this block, I realised that I had printed it at 94%.  So I had to remake this one for the mini and ended up with an orphan block.

 

 

Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Fair Isle Star pattern on Etsy

 

This year I am taking care of almost all my orphan blocks and some of them are being turned into pillows for the guest bed in my husband’s office.  Apart from making the office a pleasant place for him to work from, I also have a selfish reason for this.  My favourite bookshelf is in that room, so sometimes I like to read in there.  The guest bed will be much more comfortable with all the pillows in the back.  Once I had gotten over being upset at my own mistake, I knew that I would love to turn this Fair Isle star quilt block into a pillow.  I am working on the other matching pillow this week.

 

 

Here is another set of index card drawings from the icad project

 

 

Icad 2015 - Psychedelic Gravitational Wave | Whims And Fancies

 

Psychedelic Gravitational Waves

 

 

Icad 2015 - Alan Turin Code Breaker | Whims And Fancies

 

I made this card on June 23rd, which was Alan Turing’s birthday.  He has had a profound influence on me and his story makes me extremely sad.

 

 

Icad 2015 - Devils Postpile lava columns, California | Whims And Fancies

 

Devils Postpile lava columns, California

Drawn from a photo I took there

 

 

Icad 2015 - Dancing Neurons | Whims And Fancies

 

Dancing Neurons

 

 

Icad 2015 - Peacock feather | Whims And Fancies

 

Peacock feather – fractal-inspired

 

 

Icad 2015 - Transit of Venus, Voyage of the Endeavour with Captain Cook| Whims And Fancies

 

Transit of Venus, Voyage of the Endeavour with Captain Cook in 1769

We were lucky enough to witness the last Venus Transit live in 2012.

 

 

Icad 2015 - Solar prominence | Whims And Fancies

 

Solar prominence

 

While writing this post, I realised that this set of index card drawings is a bit science-biased!  It was definitely not planned that way.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 

Pillow, Cards And Giveaway Winners

Doctor Who Weeping Angel Sewing Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This 10″ Weeping Angel block started it all.  I had just started creating paper piecing patterns a few months earlier and decided to embark upon creating a Weeping Angel quilt pattern.  Of course, it had to be a paper piecing pattern.  I also wanted to optimize the pattern to have minimal seam alignment for easier piecing.  I won’t lie, as a novice pattern designer, it was hard work.  I worked on it slowly and finally the pattern was written and shortly afterwards, the block was stitched.  I had a tremendous boost of confidence after designing this pattern.

 

 

Doctor Who Weeping Angel Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This year I am taking care of my orphan blocks, and it was time to pull this one out.  I haven’t done much FMQ, I am married to my walking foot.  I thought I’d give FMQ another go on this one.  There are a few spots where the curves could be a little better.  I tried really hard not to fuss over them.  I used a yellow thread for the overall quilting because I didn’t want the quilting to show up too much on the border.  The binding is done in the same blue fabric as the background of the block.  It is now residing in my husband’s office on the guest bed along with the Fairy Door pillow I made earlier.

 

 

4th Of July Fabric Giveaways | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I mentioned giving away two sets of four fat quarters in the last Freadom Quilt blog post.  A huge thank you to all who read it and left such wonderful comments.  Your comments always mean so much.  It’s my pleasure to announce Marjorie Nath and Marly as the two winners.  Congratulations!!

 

Lastly, here are the latest cards from the third week of my index card drawings for the icad project –

 

 

Icad 2015 - Route 66 Neo Sign | Whims And Fancies

 

Route 66 Neon sign

 

 

Icad 2015 - National Parks Posters | Whims And Fancies

 

National Parks Of America

Top row – Death Valley, Carlsbad Caverns, Yosemite

Bottom Row – Saguaro, Rocky Mountain, Arches

 

 

Icad 2015 Melrose Abbey Window | Whims And Fancies

 

Melrose Abbey, Scotland

 

 

Icad 2015 - Fairy Tree House | Whims And Fancies

 

Tree House, A Fairy lives in it.

 

 

Icad 2015 - Snow Globe | Whims And Fancies

 

Snow Globe

 

 

Icad 2015 - Dryburgh Abbey Window Colour Wheel | Whims And Fancies

 

Colour Wheel – Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland

 

 

Icad 2015 - 1970 Disco | Whims And Fancies

 

1970s – Ah yes! Disco of course

 

I am still drawing them, one per day.  Some days it’s very hard to come up with new ideas, but I am still doing them.  Hope you like them!

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 

FREADOM

Freedom - Bookshelf Reading Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

FREADOM pattern on Etsy

 

My grandmother grew up in a time and a place when women’s education was not valued.  While her two brothers went on to become headmasters, she didn’t get to finish her education.  When she got married, my grandfather provided her all the books she wanted to read to quench her insatiable thirst for knowledge.  She learned the value of equality and humanity from those books.  In a culture steeped in segregation, she opened her home to everyone.

 

Unlike my grandmother, I am lucky to live in a country where I can receive education, express my opinion freely, read banned books and write without fear of censorship.  I dearly love my country for all that and more.  My FREADOM quilt is made to honor the books that continue to free my mind and in red, white and blue for a country that makes it possible.

 

 

Freedom Quilt Pattern , mini made by Susie from Susie's Sunroom| Whims And Fancies

 

FREADOM pattern on Etsy

 

I asked my wonderful friend Susie from Susie’s Sunroom if she would be willing to make a mini for this blog post.   She was so enthusiastic about it that I had photos of her finished mini in my mailbox within a couple of days.  Susie has impeccable colour choices, so I knew I would love the colours she would use.  I really fell in love with the photo of her beautiful mini amidst her  books.  It was very hard to pick just one photo for this post.  Make sure to visit her blog to see more.

 

The FREADOM bookshelf quilt pattern makes a 10″ x 16″ quilt block. Both striped and non-striped versions of the R-E-A-D letters are included in the pattern.  It is also a very scrap-happy block.  Other than the background fabric, I used scraps for every bit of this mini.  The pattern is now on my Etsy shop.

 

 

 

4th Of July Fabrics | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As a thank you for reading my blog, I am giving away two sets of these Fourth of July fabrics.  Make sure that you are subscribed to my blog and leave a comment.  I will announce the two winners on July 16th.

 

 

I will leave you with my next set of index card drawings for the icad project –

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Solitude in rain | Whims And Fancies

 

Solitude in rain, breathing in the smell and quietness

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Windmill sentinel against the sunset sky| Whims And Fancies

 

Windmill sentinel against the sunset sky

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Vintage Porsche | Whims And Fancies

 

Always have had a weakness for vintage Porsches

 

 

ICAD 2015 - California Poppies | Whims And Fancies

 

California Poppies – lovely flowers of my state

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Corn Lilies | Whims And Fancies

 

Corn Lilies – I always stop at the site of corn lilies on hiking trails

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Supernova Tardis| Whims And Fancies

 

The colours started taking their own forms

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Grey dapple foal | Whims And Fancies

 

A grey dapple foal, free and beautiful like moonlight

 

 

There you have it!  They are taking up every last scrap of my time, but I am letting myself get lost in these mini index card paintings.

 

Have a fabulous weekend!
-Soma

 

 

A Snowballing Project

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Pen drawing | Whims And Fancies

This is a prime example of a project that would never end.  It snowballed and continuously transformed into the next project.  I had taken a passing photo of a stone bridge in Mull while travelling in Scotland.  Although I quite often take photos with the intention of drawing them at a later date, this was not one of those photos.  I simply took it because I love old stone bridges.

 

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

Couple of years later, I found a watercolour painting meet in Los Angeles.  I dug through my pictures and picked out the stone bridge photo to paint from.  This was going to be a rough watercolour sketch, nothing special!

 

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Pen drawing | Whims And Fancies

Before I worked on the watercolour sketch, I decided to make a black and white value drawing.  So one night I roughly sketched this small 3.5″ x 5″ piece.  As I was using it as a reference for my watercolour sketch, my husband saw this, a few people at the meet saw this, and everyone asked me repeatedly why I had made it so small.  I was told I should draw it much larger.  They really didn’t get the point that it was a sketch.  Couple of months ago, as I was rummaging through my little scraps for a drawing motif, my husband happened to see it again.  I was promptly reminded that I should draw a larger version of this.  So I finally did!!

 

North Sea Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

All of this really started with this picture.  This was the first drawing project I worked on while attending the group.  I was playing with painting moving water on this watercolour sketch of the North Sea, from a photo I took in Scotland.  I wanted to paint another picture with water in it, that reminded me of the stone bridge picture that I had wanted to paint.  Thus the snowballing began!!

 

Stone Bridge, Mull, Scotland, Pen drawing | Whims And Fancies

My husband also insisted that I frame this one.  He even picked out the mat board and the frame with me.  I am ready to move on from the bridge.  It is a bit ironic, isn’t it, Getting stuck on a bridge?!

 

Swirly Black And White Pencil Case | Whims And Fancies

I recently roped him into drawing as well.  He has his own set of tools now, so I made a little pencil case for him.  He picked out the fabric himself, he said it reminds him of fantasy stories.  The bottom and the top pieces of the zipper were the same size when I started.  I was playing with the serger and I just could not sew a straight seam that day.  So the one side kept on shrinking.  As I was thinking about starting on a new one, I finally got a straight seam at the very last moment.  It is not the original size or the look I was going for, but he really likes it.

Projects sometimes tend to take a life of their own.  What do you do?  Continue on and see where it ends up or call it a day after a certain point?

-Soma