Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – February

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - February

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

Time for another Wonky Castle quilt pattern.  I wanted to deviate a little from the towers and turrets, and create more of a tower house castle block this time.   I thought the swirly warm fabric would be perfect for a fairy tale castle.  The frosty forest background fabric was perfect for a February block.  Oh, and this one is also by a lake.  Pretty nice place, don’t you think?!

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for February

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

Here is the 4″ x 4″ castle quilt block I made for my friends in the swap group.  January’s color was blue, February is teal.  Can you guess what next month’s color is going to be :)

 

 

Links to castle quilt patterns from previous months –

 

January

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

 

Hope you enjoy making this one!
Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – January

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - January

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

The idea for this block of the month was really a spur of the moment decision, that’s why there was no mention of this earlier.

 

I LOVE castles.  I fell in love with them while reading my storybooks as a little kid and I still romanticize them.  When my friend Ruth invited me to join her along with a couple of other friends for a monthly wonky house swap, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  A castle is not really a house, but I think we can stretch the definition here a little.  I would happily live in a castle :)

 

So here is the inaugural block for the Wonky Castle Block Of The Month.  Since it is January, there’s a bit of snow on the ground.

 

 

Wonky Castle Block Of The Month - Paper Piecing Patterns

 

 

Then I thought, I am going to make these monthly and share the castle quilt patterns on the website anyway, why not make it a Block Of The Month.  I am sure there are other castle lovers out there. Thanks to my friend’s idea of a Wonky House Swap, now we have a fun block of the month.

 

I will be posting a free castle quilt pattern to make a 10″ block on the last day of every month.  By December of this year, you will have enough blocks to make a lap-size quilt.  These are wonky castles, so the idea is to not to be fastidious about the joins and the lines, but just to go crazy and have some fun with paper piecing.

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for January

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

Here is the block I made for the swap.  The swap castle quilt blocks are going to have a night sky as the background.  The pattern is reduced to make a 4″ x 4″ block.  Unless you like punishment, I wouldn’t really recommend making the castles this small!  I am going to make each month’s castle for the swap with one of the 12 colors of the color wheel.  The color for January is of course blue.  Did you see the snow on the grounds on this one too!  :)

 

Please spread the word, the more the merrier!  Here is a small banner image for you to share if you have a blog/website of your own –

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

 

I hope you enjoy making these blocks as much as I do!
Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Piano Sonata – Quilt Pattern

Piano Paper Piecing Pattern

 

Piano Sonata pattern on Etsy

 

I finally finished the last block for the music mini quilt.  I got a few requests for a piano quilt pattern and I play the piano myself, so I decided to make a paper pieced grand piano.

 

I went through a few iterations of the pattern, specially with the keys area.    I didn’t want to cut that area randomly.  I also like to minimize the amount of lining up I have to do when I sew sections together.  That’s what took me the longest to figure out and I am pretty happy with the final design.  I would consider this an intermediate pattern because there quite a few small pieces in there.  I had to keep them small so the piano wouldn’t look too boxy.

 

The other two blocks for my mini quilt –

 

 

Violin Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

 

Fiddle The Violin pattern on Etsy

 

I love to play my little violin.  The very first musical instrument pattern I made was this violin quilt pattern.  The violin can be made all on its own, or with the bow. I even included an alternate to paper piecing the f-holes.

 

 

Cello - Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

 

Soulful Cello pattern on Etsy

 

After going back and forth I figured what else could accompany a violin better than a Soulful Cello.  It was very much like the violin, but without the chin rest and much larger.  I didn’t include the bow in the cello quilt pattern because no matter where I placed it, it was interfering with the harmony of the block.  So at the end I decided to leave it out.

 

Just like the violin,  there is very little lining up on this cello pattern.  There is also an alternate to paper piecing the f-holes.

 

Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Glorious Autumn Block Party!!

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Temperatures have started cooling down, even here in Southern California.  We are finally out of the 100+ F weather.  There’s a little chill in the air in the mornings and after sundown.  We were in a little town called Montrose last night, and they were showing Back To The Future in a parking lot.  It was teeming with people.  Some of us stayed for a few scenes, some sat down to enjoy the whole movie.  As temperatures come down, more people are coming outside, to eat out, visit little bookstores or just hang out with friends.  I couldn’t help but feel that fall is approaching, with it’s glorious warm colors to make up for the chill in the air.

Michele at Quilting Gallery is hosting  the perfect blog hop to celebrate the wonderful colors of autumn – Glorious Autumn Block Party.  This blog hop is running from September 4th through December 13th. There will be 45 quilt blocks made by 45 designers – lots of ideas, talent, inspiration.  There will be Super Deals For Quilters as well!

Please join us, it will be fantastic!  I already joined for November 14th, right after our Halloween Blog Hop, right here at Whims And Fancies.