A Little Swap

Star Quilt Pattern Cross Body Bag | Whims And Fancies

As someone who loves to continuously create new things, I almost never get to remake a block that I have designed.  Even though I would love to make a few of them using different colours, I mostly move on to drawing new designs and making the new blocks instead.  That holds especially true for the star quilt patterns.  However, I recently got a chance to remake one.

When I made the coffee-themed cross-body bag earlier this year, Dixie really liked it.  She is a fantastic painter.  So I emailed her asking if she would swap a seascape painting for a bag.  She loves the colour blue.  I picked one of my favourite star patterns, Starlight Converging, and remade it in blue for her bag.  I added a starfish charm to the zipper since she loves the water so much.

 

Zippered Pencil Case | Whims And Fancies

I also made a pencil case for her.  I just had to pick up this sea horse charm for her, along with the starfish charm for the bag.

 

Seascape by Dixie from Arranged Words | Whims And Fancies

This is the painting Dixie made for me!  There are so many details in this painting, the photo just does not do it justice.  It really looks like I am viewing this little seascape under water.

 

Seascape painting by Dixie from Arragned Words | Whims And Fancies

Here’s a close up of the fish.  See the individual scales?!!  She added such beautiful details to every single piece of this painting.  I can’t wait to frame it tomorrow.

Dixie writes a lovely blog at Arranged Words where she shares photos, paintings and crafts.  I am so glad to have found a friend in her.

-Soma

 

 

 

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Happy Finishes

Jane Richmond Oatmeal Raglan Pullover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I bought this yellow yarn to make a pair of mittens, but I fell in love with the colour so much that I got a few more skeins to make a sweater for myself.  Since the pattern is written for a negative-ease fit and I like to wear layered clothing, I made it a little larger than the suggested size and added a few extra stitches to the underarm area.  Once I got over figuring out the sizing, it was a very quick knit with this chunky yarn.  I am in love with seamless sweater patterns, by the way.  It’s so nice not to have to join all the pieces afterwards.

 

My only complaint was that the neck ended up a little too wide for me.  So I crocheted two rounds of single crochet to fix it.  That also gave the neck band nice stability.  Any advice you may have to make the neck a little smaller would be much appreciated, perhaps a smaller set of needles?

 

Although it fits me very well, I am still a little self-concious when I wear it because it’s the first sweater I have ever made for myself.  It’s so comfortable that I am sure I will get over that soon enough.  The Oatmeal sweater pattern by Jane Richmond is available on Ravelry.  It’s really a very well-written pattern.

 

Apart from knitting I am also working on a custom pattern and a couple of new quilts.  However, I thought that instead of showing you my WIPs today, I would share a few finishes made by others using my patterns.

 

 

Camera Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Fields On Camera pattern on Etsy

 

This camera pillow was made by Lyndsey using the Fields On Camera pattern.  She has only been sewing for a year.  I was really amazed by her workmanship.  I think it looks fantastic!!

 

 

Morning Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pinwheel Star pattern on Etsy

 

Very recently, Kathleen has become a grandmother.  She made this sweet baby quilt from the Morning star pattern.  So much love went into making this quilt to welcome the new baby.  Such a happy finish!!

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 

 

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