Around The World Blog Hop

Acrylic painting on fabric with Inktense pencils

Acrylic painting on fabric – this is me in symbols

I got an invitation from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs to participate in the Around The World blog hop.  She is so wonderful, there was no way I could say no to her.  Cheryl not only creates beautiful quilts from her original patterns, she also makes stunning sewing accessories.  I also love her colourways.

It’s my turn to share a few things about myself.  You already know what I am working on since I have been talking about it for the last few weeks.  So I thought I’d share pictures of a few of my favourites – finished and unfinished.

 

Pullover with Caron's Sticks And Stones yarn

My first knitted pullover made for my husband

How does my work differ from others of its genre?  How does my writing/creating process work?

I create with camera, pencils, paint, fabric, yarn, music… well, you get the general idea.  I read this somewhere many years ago about photography – When visiting something iconic, thousands of people take photos of it.  Find a way to put your personal touch to that photo so it doesn’t look like everyone else’s.  I try to apply that principle to everything I do.

 

Spring Kites Quilt

Spring Kites make me want to fly away

“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman

 

Rock Music Quilt Top

Rock Music mini – waiting for a better name and a suitable quilting motif

Why do I write/create what I do?

It is very hard to say why I create!  Although I am new to fabric-craft, I have been creating all my life.  I have always found art to be a venue to channel my emotions and have always used art to find focus.

I am most comfortable with expressing myself through writing.  It keeps me motivated and it is a journal of my thought process behind my projects.  I have met many like-minded people and made new friends from near and far over this website.  I have gotten some great ideas, encouragement and inspiration from interacting with you and I hope to return some of that through writing and sharing my work.

 

Ring of Brodgar - Orkney, Scotland

First ever Micron pen drawing – Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland

These three girls are amongst the chief instigators of many of my crafty projects and, unbeknownst to them, a few non-crafty ones as well.  Other than creating beautiful original art and being the objects of my admiration, another quality they all share is that they are never afraid to try something new.  I hope you will visit them and see for yourself what I mean.

Ruth from Ruthie Quilts is one of my oldest quilty friends.  Last year we did a fantastic wonky house swap together with a couple of our other friends.  Cheerful and fun are the words that come to mind when I think of her.  I am hooked on snowshoeing because of her and I have her to thank for the all-over body aches that follow!  If I know her well, she would accept that blame happily!

You can find Caroline at Trillium Design.  She is a Jane of all trades and master of them too.  My knitting is to her credit.  She is always eager to share her knowledge and she is one of the most encouraging people I know.  She is also the best partner a girl could ever ask for to organize a year-long Doctor Who Quilt Along.

Susan writes about her work at The Bored Zombie.  She can get you into a lot of trouble but in an extremely good way.  She shies away from following any rules and makes her own along the way.  Her rules are always much better, believe me!!

I now leave you in their good hands.

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

-Shel Silverstein

Happy making in whatever medium inspires you this week!
-Soma

Flag For My Atelier

Flag Drawing

Our neighbour’s flower peeking through the fence to say Hello!

When I saw the announcement for the Flag On A Stick blog hop, I teeter-tottered on the decision of joining.  As I was sorting through things and putting stuff up in my new workroom, I came across a drawing I did for a college project few years ago.  The objective was to describe yourself on a shield.  I thought that would make a perfect pennant to hang in my new atelier, as my husband lovingly calls my new workroom.  So I ended up joining the Flag On A Stick blog hop hosted by Sew We Quilt.  It’s an indoor flag, so I used a very light interfacing to give it a little stability and sewed two tabs to the top so it can be hung on a wall.  I took the picture outside just in time before the rain started pelting down.

Flag Drawing

This is the original painting that I scanned.  It is done in watercolour pencils and marker.  The scan wasn’t quite large enough for this project, so I scaled it up and printed it out.  I then traced the drawing on the fabric in pencil and painted with acrylic colour pencils, paintbrush and textile medium.  I haven’t done textile painting in a very, very long time and I couldn’t find any reference on how to go about it when using pencils. So I did a few test doodles to figure out what method works best for fabric painting.

Flag Drawing Closeup

The flag is steeped in symbolism.  Every single colour and element in the flag has some meaning that describes me, but I won’t bore you with all the details.  The only thing I think I should mention is this – the cat on the top is not there because I love cats.  It’s there because I am very much like a cat – I am an extreme introvert, I like small spaces to hide in and I like to have control over my own life situations.  The last bit is probably best described in the Latin phrase you see on the shield – Resolutely in action, gently in manner – which is why I chose it.

Flag On A Stick

Thank you so much, Thearica and Mdm Samm, for coordinating the blog hop.  I would have never worked on this otherwise and my new atelier would have remained without a flag.  There are some really awesome flags being created by the other participants in the blog hop.  I am sharing my day with these talented ladies and they would love for you to visit them  –

Thimblemouse & Spouse

Stitchin’ By The Lake

Just One More Stitch

The Quilting Queen Online

Selina quilts

Spring Kites Quilt Pattern  Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern

I am giving away these two patterns from my shop to celebrate spring – Spring Kites and Fair Isle Star.  My giveaways are for my followers only and I would love for you to follow me anyway you like.  Please leave a comment and let me know how you follow my blog and you will be entered in my giveaway.  The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 10th.

Thank you so much for visiting!
-Soma

Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – April

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - April

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

I was designing this castle quilt pattern while we were in the midst of the Spring Fling Blog Hop and then stitched the block last Thursday.  It was a cloudy day here and the weather was unusually cool for this time of year.  I had some stew simmering on the stove which would slow cook for close to three hours.  The place was smelling very inviting and warm regardless of the cool, damp weather outside.  It was very easy to get in the mood that day to sew this castle.

I wanted to make a sandstone castle.  I didn’t like a single sky fabric that I had in my stash for this castle.  So I figured why not build a castle at the edge of a forest on mossy ground.  I imagine this castle is a bit haunted!

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for April

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

This 4″ x 4″ castle quilt block I made for my friends in the swap group this month is done in yellow-green.  It was seriously challenging to make this one in a 4″ size.  Some of the pieces are so tiny, no more than 3mm-4mm in size.

 

I chain pieced the previous swap castles, despite not handling repeated activity very well.  I felt like a conveyor belt, doing a job that merely needed to be finished in a factory.  This time I went back to my previous methods of crafting one castle at a time.  I thought of the old times of before conveyor belts when crafting anything was individual and special.  Made me feel nostalgic and happy while the sewing machine hummed along!

 

 

Ring Of Brodgar With Micron Pen

 

 

I haven’t painted a single picture for… oh, over a year now.  While I love drawing with fabric in the form of paper piecing, I have been missing the actual motion of drawing and the scratching sound of pen on paper.  One evening I pulled out my notepad and micron pens and made this small sketch of the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland.  This was the first time I drew with micron pens.  It was a bit challenging in the sense that micron pens come in very limited colors.  I used another kind of pen to add a little bit of light blue for the water.  I thought this post would be very fitting to show this drawing, since we are talking about castles.

 

 

Links to castle quilt patterns from previous months –

 

January

February

March

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Hats and Mountains

My mom, who is an avid knitter and crocheter, was visiting for a week.  Recently she started knitting and crocheting again and made me two new hats while she was here.  She had already started one when I told her I wanted the hat a little loose on my head.  But I didn’t want her to unravel the other one, hence the two hats look almost identical :)

Crochet Winter Hats

Of course, while she was here I didn’t get any sewing done, but I did get a sketch finished that I started working on earlier in the year.  I am a decent watercolor painter, but when it comes to pencils and markers, my skills don’t reach very far.

This one I started in the Yosemite Valley in January.  I have never done sketch at location before.  We were at the valley for my birthday and I got sick.  So instead of our usual hiking around, we took it easy and drove into the valley during one afternoon with tea and some snacks.  While Kaushik read, I decided to do a sketch from the parked car at Cook’s Meadow.  I finally got around to finishing it, now that I have the right shade of gray that I didn’t have then.

Cook's Meadow at Yosemite Valley