To Hellenikon And Drawing Cards

Greek Letters Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies


Greek Alphabet pattern set on Etsy


I got the name of this quilt, To Hellenikon or Greekness, from Herodotus.  The shared sense of identity among the ancient Greeks as described by him is perhaps the reason behind the everlasting legacy of the Greek civilization.  Its presence permeates almost everything I encounter from literature to science.  I got the idea of making a Greek alphabet quilt a couple of years ago.  Shortly after that I found myself designing these Greek letter quilt patterns like an addict and very soon I was finished.  Then we purchased a house, moved 400 miles and experienced a few unsavory events.  I had to shelve this quilt for a while, but earlier this year it was time to start working on it again.



Greek Alphabet Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Greek Alphabet pattern set on Etsy


I love to visit old, tranquil abbey ruins.  The colours of this quilt were drawn from the colours of Monks’ habits.  The khaki and brown seemed like perfect symbols for something old and hard-wearing.  I used the same set of fabrics for the letters, the shashing and the borders.  Only the binding is done with a different brown fabric.

As for the layout, I finally decided to mimic a page from an exercise book used by someone who is learning how to write .  That in turn dictated the horizontal quilting with cream coloured thread.  I tried a different design on the border but it looked too busy compared to the simple design of the rest of the quilt.  At the end I framed the “page” by quilting rectangles around the border with variegated thread.  I love quilting with variegated threads.  Now my idea of this quilt is finally a reality and ready for us to use!

Since many have asked, I have the set available on Etsy.  Thank you so much!!



I have a few more index card drawings to share this week –


Icad 2015 - Ice Cream | Whims And Fancies


Ice Cream On A Hot Summer’s Day



Icad 2015 - Shel Silverstein | Whims And Fancies


I express myself best in writing.  Pen and ink took the centre stage on this one, alongside my favourite poem by Shel Silverstein.



Icad 2015 - Broken Clock | Whims And Fancies


An Exploding Clock with its pieces floating away into nothingness



Icad 2015 - A Windy Autumn Day | Whims And Fancies


Even though wind has hijacked many of my umbrellas, I love a blustery autumn day.



Icad 2015 - Man Men | Whims And Fancies


My version of Mad Men – unplugged and mad with ideas!



Icad 2015 - On The Road In The Morning | Whims And Fancies


I love to drive during pre-dawn hours. A sense of independence engulfs me.



Icad 2015 - Self Portrait In The Forest | Whims And Fancies


Self-portrait – walking into the unknown most of the time



I played with different ideas on these but “movement” seems to have found its way into almost all of them.  Thank you for following me on the journeys of The Greekness quilt and the index card drawing projects.  Your encouraging words have been very motivating.


Happy Crafting,




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Aran Star Pillow

Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Aran Star pattern on Etsy


I am more than a little smitten by the intricate cable designs of Aran knitting.  Needless to say, I had to design an Aran Star as part of my knitting star quilt pattern set.  This was the first block I made with that background fabric and all was well.  Then I made the Fair Isle star block with the same background fabric, but scaled it to 94% by mistake.  By that time I was completely out of that fabric since I only had a fat quarter to begin with.


 Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Aran Star pattern on Etsy


I couldn’t use just the one block, the Fair Isle Star, with a different background on the mini.  So I remade both of the blocks with a completely different background and made pillows with the discarded blocks.  Quilting was a little tricky on this block.  I had to play with the lines quite a bit before I was happy with the design.



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Orphan blocks make great pillow cases and they are easy to store too.  If I get tired of this set, I can always make new ones and change them out for a new look.  I set all the pillows on the corner of the day bed in my husband’s office, leaned against a body pillow.  I will make a more decorative cover for the big pillow, but this is already one step closer to making the home office a little more pleasant.  I like to spend time there as well, since my favourite bookshelf is in that room.  This way I have also made myself a very comfortable corner in that room to settle down with a book.  I have a quilt in the making for that bed, I will share the designs for it very soon.



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The alternate stars  with the blue background actually worked a lot better on the mini.



Cat On Quilt | Whims And Fancies



I had to share this photo of Mr. Montague one more time.  His quilt is also on the same bed where the pillows are and he still loves to sleep on it.  So it all worked out really well in the end!






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