Hot Days Of Summer

August Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

Taken with my cell shortly after dinner at a pho place

 

The outside temperature has been around 40C (104F) lately and I am determined not to expose myself even a little bit to the hot sun.  The quilts are all put away.  Even my quilt-addicted kitties are rolling up their mini quilts so they can sit on the cool, bare surfaces.  Yes, they bundle up their quilts with their forepaws when they don’t want to use them.  Hot summer days are perfect for rummaging through photos.  I did exactly that and found a few that I would love to share.

 

 

Icad 2015 Drawing Discards | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is a photo of all the bits and pieces of discarded index cards.  I had to restart quite a few of them because of mistakes and bad or unexpected results.  The fanned-out stack of cards on the right is where I practised drawing circles over and over until I could draw them without having the marker leaving a darker dot at the start and stop points.  I couldn’t bear to throw those cards away.  When I get frustrated of my ineptness, they serve as a reminder of the age-old saying – Practice Makes Perfect.

 

 

Cold Pour Soap | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Recently I got a set of lovely soap moulds along with a set of essential oils from my DH.  The oils make the house smell amazing while the soap cures.  Now I have enough moulds to make a double batch of soap.

 

 

Quilt And Cats | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I used the Panorama feature of my phone to take this picture.  I am at the bottom left corner, being pinned down by these two kitties.  I was positively cooking under the bulk of the quilt and two hairy cats.  No wonder it took me so long to finish hand-sewing the binding of the Greekness quilt!

 

 

Quilt And Cats | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This was a few months ago.  I couldn’t sleep, so I worked on the binding of the Castles In The Air quilt.  I was glad of his company in those wee hours of the night.

 

 

Aran Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Aran Star pattern on Etsy

 

Lastly, Fort Worth Fabric Studio featured my Aran Star pillow on their blog.  I am stoked!!

 

Thanks to my friends Susie and Lara, I entered this post to Pets On Quilts 2015

 

Pets On Quilts

 

I hope you enjoyed photo-rummaging with me.  If you are in the area of this extreme heatwave we are having, I hope you stay safe and cool.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 

To Hellenikon And Drawing Cards

Greek Letters Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

Greek Alphabet pattern set on Etsy

 

I got the name of this quilt, To Hellenikon or Greekness, from Herodotus.  The shared sense of identity among the ancient Greeks as described by him is perhaps the reason behind the everlasting legacy of the Greek civilization.  Its presence permeates almost everything I encounter from literature to science.  I got the idea of making a Greek alphabet quilt a couple of years ago.  Shortly after that I found myself designing these Greek letter quilt patterns like an addict and very soon I was finished.  Then we purchased a house, moved 400 miles and experienced a few unsavory events.  I had to shelve this quilt for a while, but earlier this year it was time to start working on it again.

 

 

Greek Alphabet Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Greek Alphabet pattern set on Etsy

 

I love to visit old, tranquil abbey ruins.  The colours of this quilt were drawn from the colours of Monks’ habits.  The khaki and brown seemed like perfect symbols for something old and hard-wearing.  I used the same set of fabrics for the letters, the shashing and the borders.  Only the binding is done with a different brown fabric.

As for the layout, I finally decided to mimic a page from an exercise book used by someone who is learning how to write .  That in turn dictated the horizontal quilting with cream coloured thread.  I tried a different design on the border but it looked too busy compared to the simple design of the rest of the quilt.  At the end I framed the “page” by quilting rectangles around the border with variegated thread.  I love quilting with variegated threads.  Now my idea of this quilt is finally a reality and ready for us to use!

Since many have asked, I have the set available on Etsy.  Thank you so much!!

 

 

I have a few more index card drawings to share this week –

 

Icad 2015 - Ice Cream | Whims And Fancies

 

Ice Cream On A Hot Summer’s Day

 

 

Icad 2015 - Shel Silverstein | Whims And Fancies

 

I express myself best in writing.  Pen and ink took the centre stage on this one, alongside my favourite poem by Shel Silverstein.

 

 

Icad 2015 - Broken Clock | Whims And Fancies

 

An Exploding Clock with its pieces floating away into nothingness

 

 

Icad 2015 - A Windy Autumn Day | Whims And Fancies

 

Even though wind has hijacked many of my umbrellas, I love a blustery autumn day.

 

 

Icad 2015 - Man Men | Whims And Fancies

 

My version of Mad Men – unplugged and mad with ideas!

 

 

Icad 2015 - On The Road In The Morning | Whims And Fancies

 

I love to drive during pre-dawn hours. A sense of independence engulfs me.

 

 

Icad 2015 - Self Portrait In The Forest | Whims And Fancies

 

Self-portrait – walking into the unknown most of the time

 

 

I played with different ideas on these but “movement” seems to have found its way into almost all of them.  Thank you for following me on the journeys of The Greekness quilt and the index card drawing projects.  Your encouraging words have been very motivating.

 

Happy Crafting,
-Soma

 

 

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