Reviving Old Ones

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Over the past few weeks, I took stock of all the projects that are shoved inside my cabinets and shelves.  I was not the least bit surprised to find quite a few forgotten ones.  I love to play with new ideas. That of course comes at the cost of unfinished projects, no matter how much I despise having them around.  I picked some of them to be my current work-in-progress projects.

 

 

Victorian House Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I don’t even remember when I started working on this Victorian house or why I abandoned it.  I found it quite by chance while looking for another painting.  The house that inspired this one is itself in a sad shape, just like this painting of mine.  I am now actively working on it, starting with adding a few magical elements to it.

 

 

Gothic Architecture Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After painstakingly drawing out the architectural details, this Gothic building came to a stall as well.  I am glad I waited with this one though, because I have since changed my mind and now have a much clearer vision of how I want to proceed with it.  Can’t wait to see it take shape!

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Stained Glass Flowers patterns on Etsy

 

The Garden Path quilt.  I had the quilt layout design done long ago.  However, upon revisiting, I changed the flower distribution while keeping the original layout.  After a LOT of iterations, I am finally happy with it.  There is now a bit of symmetry amongst the asymmetry.  I also didn’t want the fabric combinations to repeat, that was part of the “puzzle” I had to solve as well.

 

Due to limited space, I don’t have a design wall.  I use my computer software all the time for layouts.  Plus, I like figuring out the layout first before I make the blocks, so I have a clear idea of how many of which I need to make.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My August goal was to finish at least a few of the blocks.  I am so glad to have finished four of them.  I will be joining One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I got a 12″ cutting mat lately.  It is fantastic for trimming and cutting paper piecing fabrics.  I place it on my ironing board, which is usually placed perpendicular to my sewing machine.  This setting has been great for my back, since I can now just swivel my chair while sitting back on it properly.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Stained Glass Flowers patterns on Etsy

 

These were the first four blocks that I made.  I am very happy to have finally started on this one again and I am already halfway through making all the blocks.  These are all 12″ flower patterns that I designed with stained glass motifs in mind.

 

I am considering both of the paintings and the Garden Path quilt as large projects.  I know I will soon get sidetracked by something new and small for instant gratification.  I just need to make sure I continue to come back to these. 

How about you?  Whether you paint, sew, or do other craft work, do you work on one project at a time, or do you find yourself working on a few small ones and then coming back to the large ones?

 

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-Soma

 

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Wandering Camera – My Summer Days

Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

Preferring much cooler weather, summer is not my most favourite season, really. We don’t travel during summer and most of my time is spent indoors during this time. Therefore, over time, this has become my most productive time of the year. I do stretch my legs during very early summer mornings to avoid cabin fever, and I get to experience some of the most beautiful sunrises at our local park.

 

 

Misty Mornings In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The misty and cool mornings of spring have now…

 

 

Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

…been replaced by fields of gold.

 

 

Rainy Morning In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After years of drought and dry winters, we finally had a lot of rain last season, and my little flower garden is very content.

 

 

Tree Mallow Flower In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Wildflower season is gone, but I still have a few summer flowers blooming in the garden.  We planted a Tree Mallow when it was a no more than 2 feet tall, just a sapling.  It started flowering last year, and this year the tree is covered with tiny pink flowers.  I love seeing them swaying in the wind, backlit by the late afternoon sun.

 

 

Downton Abbey Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Stained Glass Flowers patterns on Etsy

 

Aside from tending the garden so my beloved green-children survive the hot summer, I also restarted working on a few fabric flowers.   I pulled out my stained glass flowers pattern set and started making blocks for the English Garden quilt again.  My August goal is to finish at least a few of the blocks.  I will be joining One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts, a great way to stay on top of those goals.

 

 

Sketchbook page - GPS Error | Whims And Fancies

 

A little sketch from my musings sketchbook

 

I also use summer for travel planning.  As I was mapping a route, I thought of the time when we were following GPS instructions and a set of detour signs got us to a road-closed sign.  We were in tears from laughing so hard.  That only strengthened my hate for GPS, and I pulled out my trusty map.

 

 

Travel and Magic Watercolour Prints for Sale | Whims And Fancies

 

Prints Available On Etsy

(free shipping in the US)

 

Lastly, Many Thanks for leaving such lovely comments on my last post, where I shared news about my new venture of selling prints from my paintings on my Etsy shop.  Much to my delight, this is the first set of sold paintings and they are now in their lovely new home in Scotland.

A Step Forward – If you missed the post and you are interested in seeing the available prints (free shipping in the US)

 

How is your summer going?  Feel free share your summer-themed photos, or any photos that you have taken, on this month’s Wandering Camera.

 

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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A Step Forward

Prints From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Prints Available On Etsy

(free shipping in the US)

 

Hi Everyone!  I have something really exciting to share with you today.  A few months after the beginning of Whims And Fancies, I started creating paper piecing patterns because I wanted to create quilt blocks from the images that I drew.  Drawing and painting have always been a part of my world, ever since I learned how to hold a pencil.  After months of sharing my paintings here and being encouraged by your kind words, I have decided to sell some of my artwork as prints.

 

 

 

 

I worked on these prints every waking moment of the last few weeks.  I won’t bore you with the details, but somewhere in there, I sneaked in some quick sewing.  I needed a larger zipper-bag to carry sketchbooks and colour pencils.  I love making these two-tone bags.  The clock and the math fabric were made for each other.

 

 

 

 

I like the combination of red and grey, hence the red zipper.  I selected the grey lining fabric for two reasons – it won’t show the colour pencil rubbings and the red pops very well against it.  I really love this bag and now I carry it in my backpack whenever I travel.

 

Speaking of travel, you may have noticed that a lot of my paintings are inspired by my travels.  So, no surprise there that the prints I selected were inspired by places that I have visited.

 

Without further ado, here is the very first set of paintings –

 

 

Weathered Scottish Abbey - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Weatherd Scottish Abbey On Etsy

 

I painted most of this one during the long hours of travel during our flight, both to and from England.  It is based on the picture I took at Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland. I so enjoyed the tranquil moment standing alone in front of this aged and wet stone abbey chapter house ruin that it became the subject of my painting.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Magician’s Bookshelf on Etsy

 

If you have known me for a while now, you probably know how much I love books.  I also love old ruins and stonework.  I created a Magician’s Bookshelf full of magic books, featuring a candlelit bookshelf adorned with stone leaves, and a wise raven watching over the books.

 

 

Heather In The Yorkshire Moors - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Heather In The Yorkshire Moors on Etsy

 

During one of our countless visits to the British Isles, we drove out one afternoon to the outskirts of Whitby in Yorkshire.  The fields were covered by heather as far as the eye could see, and the sky was full of flowing clouds.

 

 

Summer Sailing In Whitby, Yorkshire - Print From Original Artwork | Whims And Fancies

 

Summer Sailing in Whitby, Yorkshire on Etsy

 

As we were walking to dinner that same evening, a lonely white sailboat on the North Sea caught my eye.  The Yorkshire Sky was still beautiful with the setting sun.  It was so calming and peaceful that I relived the feeling while painting this on a much later day.

 

I hope you liked the selection.  This is a huge step for me.  Many Thanks to all my friends here who continue to be so supportive and encouraging!!  I would be very happy if you could please take a look at the prints in my Etsy shop (free shipping in the US) and help spread the word.

 

You can still link up on this month’s  Wandering Camera here.

 

Thank you again!
-Soma

 

 

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Red Telephone Box Travel Bag

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Red Telephone Box pattern on Etsy

 

I had the idea of a Red Telephone Box quilt pattern for a long while.   As you know, I love old architecture, and I fell in love with the vine- and plant-decked Oxford windows.   So I added a Victorian street lamp along with a lit-up window – an Oxford window, if you will.  Once I had designed and made the block, it became obvious to me that I wanted to make a travel bag with it.

I not only finished sewing the bag, I also managed to make good progress toward an architecture-influenced painting.

 

 

Gothich Architecture Drawing | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After meticulously drawing out the previous symmetrical design with drafting tools, I changed my mind and reordered the elements in an asymmetrical fashion.  This is the planning sketch for the new drawing.

 

 

Gothic Architecture Drawing | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Now that the initial drawing is done, I will start adding shading and the ornamental details.  Then I get to start painting it.  Still a long way to go, but I enjoy getting lost inside a long project.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After the last two Wandering Camera posts full of Oxford photos and the drawing, I couldn’t ignore the Red Telephone Box block any more.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last week I used my very own crossbody bag pattern to make this bag.  I had all the materials at hand, even a fire-engine red zipper.

As this was my One Monthly Goal, I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This blue fabric that I had been saving for a special project was perfect for the back.  I love that it has “Destination Adventure” printed on it.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern on Etsy

 

I pieced the red grid on my telephone booth.  However, for easier piecing, I also included pattern sections without the grid.  The grid can be added afterwards via a thick-width machine stitch.  The finished block is 12″, which I find to be a great size for fun projects.  The Red Telephone Box quilt pattern is available on my Etsy shop, if you wish to make one.

 

Now when I travel, I am all set to walk around in old cities carrying my camera, my little travel journal / notebook, even a sketchbook and colour pencils.  It’s even the perfect size for the day trips we love to take on weekends.

 

If you have missed the photos or want to revisit, here are the links for a few of my photos of Christ Church, Oxford –

Posts On England Travel – 2016

Oxford – Christ Church Part I

Oxford – Christ Church Part II

 

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Happy Wandering,
-Soma

 

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