Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – May

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - May

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

I love the guard tower in this month’s castle quilt pattern.  You can’t see it here, but this castle is situated by the sea.  If you wanted to hide from your enemy and escape by sea, this would be the perfect castle to be in.

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for May

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

The 4 x 4 castle quilt blocks I made this month for swapping with four of my dear friends are done in yellow.  When I was a little girl, I read a story in which there was a castle known as the Golden Fortress.  It was named so because of the way it shone in the sunlight.  Even though this one is a nighttime block, it reminded me of that story.

 

 

Tuffleberry With Castle Fabrics

 

 

I just had to share this photo here with you.  Tuffleberry is my shadow.  Here he is ready to fall asleep on last month’s swap fabric while I was still working on it.  I had to finally pack up because he fell asleep on the fabric shortly after.  When I shared this on Flickr, my sweet friends were very understanding.  I was told not to disturb him but to go buy new fabric.  Perfect excuse, right?!

 

 

Links to castle quilt patterns from previous months –

 

January

February

March

April

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Geese Around The Sun – Wall Hanging

Geese Around The Sun Paper Piecing Wall Hanging Pattern

 

Geese Around The Sun pattern on Etsy

 

I love the combination of a star quilt pattern and a flying geese quilt pattern in one.  I went through a few design iterations but none of them was anything special that I could hold on to.  Then this idea came to me and it stuck.

 

 

Flying Geese Paper Piecing Pattern - Close Up

 

Close-up of one of the sections

 

 

Geese Around The Sun Paper Piecing Wall Hanging Pattern

 

Geese Around The Sun pattern on Etsy

 

This is the first time I didn’t draw straight on the quilt-top for quilting.  I got some tracing paper, pinned it on the quilt, and drew the lines on it using a ruler.  The process worked like a charm and the tracing paper tore off very easily.

 

I am going to make another one.  It will have a dark background and Northcott Stonehenge fabric.

 

If you would like to make one for yourself, I have the Geese Around The Sun wall hanging pattern available on Etsy.  It’s not a beginner pattern, but if you have done paper piecing before, you can easily make it.  I would also suggest trimming the whole piece only after you finish quilting it.

 

-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

 

 

Bear Cub

Bear Cub Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

 

Bear Cub pattern on Etsy

 

California has been home to us for the last 13 years and I fall in love with her more with every passing day.  I had to make something that represents spring in California.  Wildflower season here is brilliant but brief. My first idea was to make a California Poppy.

 

Then I remembered how we have to be ever so careful while driving when we go to the Sierra Mountains in Spring because of the little bear cubs.  They suddenly dash out in front of the car from the mountainside and run across the road toward the river.  Sometimes you can see them sitting on the mountainside like big teddy bears.  So cute!  Of course you don’t approach them, but it is wonderful to see them in their habitat.  I had to make a little bear cub!

 

This 12″ little bear cub quilt pattern is now available on Etsy.

 

You can also make a brown bear from this pattern.  I hope you enjoy making this block as much as I did!

 

-Soma