A Small Exihibition

Today I started writing this post about an embroidery I am working on, but I have been wanting to make this other post for a while now showing off the beautiful works made by others on Flickr.  Enjoy!!

My friend aalia7 made this for the Fandom Mashup challenge held by Fandom In Stitches.  She incorporated the Tardis pattern into her own design of Spinners End from Harry Potter.  Look at the beautiful shading of light she did with different color thread!

I love the beautiful block Quiltmoose made from the Weathertop pattern.  I adore her choice of fabric.

Starlight Diverging by KMJ_creations.  I love the contrast on this block!  So beautiful!

I love the little embroidery my friend Regina (pieksdi) added to this Halls of Khazad-dum block.  I also love how she added depth and dimension to this block with the use of different fabrics.

Karen in Tucson made this fantastic quilt from blocks from the Something Wicked This Way Comes blog hop!!  I love how she joined the blocks together.

I am off to finish some design and work on some embroidery this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
-Soma

Rainbow Star

Rainbow / Color Wheel Paper Piecing Star Wall Hanging

 

Rainbow Star pattern on Etsy

 

You know I love making paper piecing patterns.  As soon as I have an idea in my head, I love to draw it up using Adobe Illustrator, draft the pattern and then can’t wait to see it transformed into a quilt block.  However, I also hate unfinished projects.  Last week I had to make that choice.  Even though I had a couple of patterns drafted and waiting to be be sewn, I noticed that I also had accumulated three quilt-tops that needed to be quilted.  Mustering up monumental willpower, I put the stack of printed patterns aside and pulled out the Rainbow Star quilt-top from the stack and started working on it, and you know what?  I was happy I did.

 

 

Milky Way | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Photo of the Milky Way taken during a camping trip at Tioga Pass, California

 

I was captivated by the night sky when I was about 5 years old.  It is one of my earliest memories.  I remember looking up at the night sky during a power outage and being mesmerized by the pinpricks of light, and that was enough to last a lifetime.  Over the years, I acquired a couple of telescopes and started studying the scientific aspects of the night sky.  I get so much of my inspiration from the night sky, even when designing quilt blocks.

 

 

starlight converging paper piecing pattern

 

Starlight Converging pattern on Etsy

 

It all started with this block called Starlight Converging to represent the birth of a star. This was going to be the only block I was going to make – a small 10″x10″ wall hanging.

This block was put aside for a week or so because I was trying to figure out how I was going to quilt this piece. In the meantime, I was reading a astronomy paper on stars and I wanted to make an opposite block – Starlight Diverging!

 

 

Starlight Diverging - Paper Piecing Pattern

 

Starlight Diverging Pattern on Etsy

 

Starlight Diverging was inspired by supernova explosion.  It is not hard, but it contains a lot of sections.  Each colour has two sections, and there are 12 colours.  However, each section has only 3-4 parts and I had nothing to line up.  That was the pay-off for having that many sections.

 

 

A New Star - Paper Piecing Rainbow Pattern

 

A New Star pattern on Etsy

 

How could I have Starlight Converging and Starlight Diverging and not have a New Star?!  This was easiest and super quick to make.  I found it very helpful to cut the white pieces out first.

 

 

Rainbow / Color Wheel Paper Piecing Star Wall Hanging

 

Rainbow Star pattern on Etsy

 

I put all the blocks together to make a wall hanging called Rainbow Star.

 

Because I occasionally draw/paint, I wanted to make a colour wheel wall hanging one day. These blocks presented a perfect opportunity to use rainbow colours or colour wheel colours to represent the visible light spectrum. This wall hanging was my take on merging two of my passions together – art and science.

 

I used a 1.5″ sash between each block and a 2″ border around the blocks.  I wanted the wall hanging to have a feel of a set of framed photos.  I used mitred corners for that reason and was so proud of them since this is second time ever I have done them!

 

I had a lot of fun putting the colours together.  All of these star quilt patterns are available individually, or as a collection on Shop.

 

-Soma

 

 

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