Pitmedden Garden – The Quilt

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Pinwheel  Flower pattern on Etsy


I will start with the name of this little quilt.  Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is home to the beautiful Pitmedden Garden.  Since I love to visit gardens while travelling, we had planned on visiting this one. The idea was to have lunch there, spend an hour or so, and then continue on to Aviemore.  Little did we know that we would end up spending most of the day there.  When I finished making the quilt top and showed it to my husband, the first words out of his mouth were “That’s Pitmedden Garden!” Henceforth, Pitmedden became the namesake of this quilt.



Pitmedden Garden Scotland | Whims And Fancies



I can see why he thought of Pitmedden Garden.  You can see the four quadrants of the garden and the walking path through them in this photo.  I will share a lot more photos of this garden in one of the monthly Wandering Camera linky party posts.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Pinwheel  Flower pattern on Etsy


I drew this pattern after seeing a flower through the window of my little atelier, and then combining it with a pinwheel pattern.   Then, inspired by our travel to England – specially Derybyshire and Yorkshire – I made this mini using the pattern.   The Tale Of Two Shires post has more on this mini.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



Once I finished that one, I wanted to make a quilt for my kitties using the same colours, prints and quilting lines.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



Since I often get asked how I choose colours and prints, I wrote a separate post on that – Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints.

I think the blender fabrics for the flowers make them look like flower-patches, which I like even more than the idea of one flower per block.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



I used the same quilting lines as I used for the one-block-mini.  I love using my walking foot, so I try to come up with straight line quilting designs to complement my quilts.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



The parallel lines on the quilting ruler were exceptionally helpful for this.  I drew a line through the middle first, and then made the V-lines from each side meet there.  That was the only way I was able to get a square-shaped diamond in the middle of the sashing instead of a rhombus. 



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



I used the same acid green thread that I used for the one-block-mini.  Much to my surprise, it worked really well with all four flower colours.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



Finally,  a green binding to mimic a green wall of shrubbery surrounding the garden.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



That wraps up my quilt version of Pitmedden Garden.  It is now being used by our little kitties on one of their many beds.

The Pinwheel  Flower quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop.  It is a  simple pattern, very quick to make.  The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks.  Now I may just have to make one for ourselves!



This was also my one monthly goal, which I am happy to say I have accomplished.  I am linking up with –

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish


Related Links –

The Tale Of Two Shires – Pinwheel Flower One Block Mini
Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints
Wandering Camera


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Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints


I am making a quilt for my kitties using one of my old patterns, Pinwheel Flower.  I often get asked about how I choose colours for the blocks I make from my paper piecing patterns.  For me they are illustrations done in fabric, so most of the time it is very akin to how I paint.  I will try to show my selection process.


I use colours and prints together to create a certain style, mood, or even a season. 





I took this photo of a little purple larkspur flower during a hike.  I was looking for tiny little wild flowers for photography and my husband found this one for me.  As this photo was my intial inspiration, I chose green for the quilt background.


Most of the time though, the background is the last fabric I select.  No matter what the order is, I like the design of the block to stand out against the background colour and/or print.  If I don’t get the right contrast, I change out the fabrics until I am satisfied.





I wanted the flowers to pop against the background without being too bright. It was also important to have a balanced ratio of cool and warm colours.  From the very beginning, I was sure about the purple flower from my photo appearing in the quilt.





The other cool colour choice would be a shade of blue.  After trying out quite a few mid- to dark blues, I settled on this teal.  I adore that colour, but I don’t get to use it too often.  I also have only a little bit of it left, just enough for my little kitty quilt.





I love yellow flowers.  A vase full of yellow Chrysanthemums cheers me up immensely.  Unfortunately, yellow was not dark enough to provide enough contrast against the green, so I picked the next best – a burnt orange.




Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy


For the last colour, I looked to our garden for inspiration.  We have two wildflower plants with the brightest shade of red flowers blooming in our garden.  The whole plant looks like it is bursting into red fireworks.  That became the red flower in my quilt.


The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and a pinwheel block.  For sashing, it was going to be either white or cream fabric to represent the window frame.  Since the green I chose was a warmer green, I used a yellowish-cream for the sashing.





Once I finish selecting the colours, I start on the prints.  I think about what the quilt is supposed to represent.  That helps me decide on the style as well as giving the quilt a sense of coherence while I choose the prints.

When I show you the finished quilt, you will see why I used blender fabrics for this one.




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Make Art – Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Fountain Pen pattern on Etsy


Fountain pens and I go a long way back.  The school I attended focused very much on penmanship.  We were only allowed the use of pencils until we reached Third Year.  After that, we were to use fountain pens only and told to steer clear of ball point pens.  I still remember the anticipation of getting my very first fountain pen.  Since that first day of my third year in primary school, I have only ever used fountain pens for writing.



Quill Pen Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Quill Pen pattern on Etsy


A few months ago, I started to create a Make Art quilt pattern series starting with this quill pen and ink bottle.



Fountain Pen Quilt Pattern & Shel Silverstein | Whims And Fancies



I express myself best in writing.  So, not surprisingly, I decided to make a fountain pen quilt pattern next. 

I have had many a pen, but the Pelican pen given to me by my husband, is my workhorse.  I would be lost without it.  I adore the scratching sound it makes on paper.  I now prefer to use sepia ink over black.  I also have a soft spot for indigo, a very dark blue ink.

I love my pen so much that I made this little card featuring my pen, sepia ink and parchment paper featuring one of the Shel Silverstein poems I really like.



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A few nights ago, I started painting a bookmark featuring the city of Oxford, England.  Thinking of the colleges there set the perfect mood for sewing the pen.



Fountain Pen Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Fountain Pen pattern on Etsy


The fountain pen stitched up quite quickly.  Teal is one of my favourite shades.  I am keeping the background same for all of my Make Art blocks in case I decide to make a quilt with them.  Just like the Quill Pen quilt pattern, this one is also 12″.  The Fountain Pen pattern is now available on my Etsy shop.

Shortly after I finished sewing the last seam, my husband, who also uses fountain pens, laid claim to the block.  You might also have someone in your life who would appreciate a gift featuring this writing instrument which represents the lost art of penmanship in the digital age.



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Winter Warmth

Old York street light with Sennelier watercolour | Whims And Fancies


Lately, my head has been full of plans for the future and a growing list of things to accomplish, matched only by my lackluster state of mind.  A few months ago, I took a photo of a street light while exploring the old city of York, and have wanted to paint this ever since.

On Tuesday, as I finally made myself put the paint-loaded brush to paper, the ease came back.  Painting the weathered stones and the walls was quite cathartic, and the warm light became the proverbial beacon.


Thank You for keeping me going with your lovely supportive words and personal emails sharing memories evoked by my work.



Tule Elk at Point Reyes | Whims And Fancies


More photos from Pt. Reyes on A Day At The Sea Post


A few weeks ago we went back to Point Reyes National Seashore.  On our way back, we came across these Tule elks grazing right by the roadside. They were introduced back after their extirpation from this region in the 1850s.  Warms my heart to see them back in their natural habitat.



Tule elks at Point Reyes | Whims And Fancies



Last rays of the setting sun



Harvest Hat Knitting Pattern | Whims And Fancies



I made a pair of mitts for my friend Kris before.  It was about time I made this matching hat for her.  This hat, along with a few other things made it out there on Monday.  She loves it and said the hat snuggles her ears too.  Perfect!



Yosemite | Whims And Fancies


Yosemite And I – A post about why I love it there so much

We haven’t had much rain or snow here this year.  Instead, our beautiful California has been burning from north to south.  Snow-covered landscape has been scarce this year, as has the winter rain.



Colonial House quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies


Post about a holiday in Kings Canyon inspired wall hanging

Colonial House pattern on Etsy


That photo I took of Yosemite reminded me of sitting by a large stone fireplace, sipping on a warm drink after a wonderful day out in the snow.  The parks here have common rooms with warm fires in large stone fireplaces.  We will not be going to the Sierra mountains this year, but that won’t stop me dreaming of my favourite place.



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At home, looking out of the window at the bare trees and at the bookshelves beside the window gave me an idea for a small sewing project.


The time has come for my holiday hibernation away from the computer.  This year with everything that has been going on, I will need this time to gather myself more than ever.  Time to bask in the warmth that old man winter brings to me.  This comes in the guise of admiring my favourite star clusters during the long winter nights,  and walks wearing my favourite woolens during the days. 

Inside the home, long hours of video game playing with my husband has become a tradition.  I love to paint in the soft winter sunlight.  Ink and paper adventures await me, along with the prospect of a warm beverage, fireside and kitty cuddles. 


Happy Holidays, everyone!  I wish you a warm and safe holiday season full of wonder and magic!



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