Show Your Wings – Steampunk

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



Hello and Welcome to the Show Your Wings bloghop hosted by Carol.   Usually I spend a few days thinking about a project for a given blog hop, but this time I instantly knew what I wanted to make – a set of Steampunk Wings.

As you know, I am a very committed paper piecing quilt pattern designer, but for this one I decided to use other techniques to achieve certain effects.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



I love steampunk.  Alongside playing with the artistic aspect, I also enjoy figuring out how a steampunk mechanism might work.  I drew this small set of wings a few years back on a 3″ x 5″ index card.  Since then I have wanted to create a larger wall art with it.

Show Your Wings provided the perfect opportunity!



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



Originally, I was going to create a paper pieced pattern.  However, I wanted the wings to sit on top of the background instead of being part of the background.  So I quilted the background first, then appliqued the pieces on top of that.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



I also thought of painting the yellow and orange pieces, but that would not have had the layered effect I was looking for.  Therefore, I continued with applique.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



Once all the appliqued pieces were secure on the quilted background, I had the most fun with planning and placing all the metal pieces.  As soon as I saw the large decorative pieces in the store, I could easily envision the rest of the wings.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



I knew I didn’t want to bind it or add any kind of border around it.  Facing the piece would work, but I wanted a lot more stability and wanted to display the wings as flat as I possibly could.  So in the end, I mounted the piece around a stretched art canvas.  I will write another post to show you how I did that.




Show Your Wings hosted by Just Let Me Quilt


Carol from Just Let Me Quilt hosts some of the best blog hops.  Now, thanks to the Show your Wings blog hop, my once “just an idea” has turned into a textile wall art.  Thanks, Carol!!


Make sure to visit here for a list of the bog hoppers

Here are a few of the lovely ladies who I am sharing my day with –


What About Rheema?

Hill Valley Quilter

Nutz For Redwork

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Melva Loves Scraps

Creative Blonde

Keepsake Moments

Quilt n Party

Seams To Be Sew


Have fun blog hopping!

Until next time,


I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them. 



Make Art – Artist Paintbox

Artist Paintbox Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Artist Paintbox pattern on Etsy


Given how much I love to paint,  this block should have been the very first one in the Make Art series.  I think I was waiting for a moment of inspiration and motivation.  It came to me as I unwrapped the recently-received brushes and paints.  Very soon afterwards, I had the initial drawing finished.

I designed it so all the elements in the pattern are independently pieced. That way they can be stitched in random order.  One or more elements of this pattern can also be used for different projects.



Perylene Green Forest Daniel Smith Watercolour | Whims And Fancies


Perylene Green Forest Bookmark


Earlier in the year I made a decision to spend more time painting and returning to photography as I missed them terribly.  I stayed true to my word.  I painted a lot more this year and started the Wandering Camera linky party.



Quill Pen and Ink Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Quill Pen pattern on Etsy


Instead of drawing with ink pens, I love to draw with quill pens because of the uneven lines they create.  The Make Art series started with this Quill Pen quilt pattern.



Fountain Pen Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Fountain Pen pattern on Etsy


I also love to write, and I express myself best in writing.  I have been using fountain pens ever since my third year of primary school.  As I was sewing the quill pen, I knew this fountain pen quilt pattern had to be the next one.




Artist Paintbox Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Artist Paintbox pattern on Etsy


If you know an artist or a writer, they might love these.  All the patterns are available in my Etsy shop.


The colours in the Artist Paintbox are based on my own favourite palette.  I am thinking of framing these blocks instead of quilting them or using them for other sewing projects.  My husband has already claimed the fountain pen as he also loves to write.  It will go off to live in his office.  I have another plan for the quill pen which I will share later.  This one, I am very sure, will go on an empty space on my atelier wall.


Thank you for your lovely comments on the October Stories photos.  Wandering Camera linky party is still open.  You can link up your posts here.


Until next time and Happy Creating,


I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.



Wandering Camera – October Stories


Clearning Storm Sunrise Watercolour / Stormy Sky Sunrise Watercolor | Whims And Fancies



Every October, my attention gets blown around like a leaf in the wind and I continuously find myself in the midst of stories, but not necessarily stories made of words.  This Wandering Camera reflects that.

One late afternoon, with rain clouds outside my window, I was practising painting a sunrise after a clearing storm over the mountains of a distant land.  Unintentionally I tend to I create shapes in the painted clouds.  This time I painted a peacock.


Lego Harry Potter Halloween Feast | Whims And Fancies



I set up little patches of decorations everywhere that tell little stories.  I shared with you the Lego Winter Village before.  For October, I have the students back at Hogwarts.  They are getting ready for their Halloween feast. 

Wine Country Raibow And Hot Air Balloons | Whims And Fancies
One morning I found a beautiful rainbow right outside my backdoor.  I wondered what it would be like to follow one.
Solitary Rose And Ticking Clock | Whims And Fancies



I have a weakling rose plant in my garden that gives one beautiful flower every year.  This one was too heavy for the stem, so I brought it inside.  One of my cats knocked the vase over trying to eat a leaf, so I moved it to the mantelpiece where the clocks are (I collect clocks).  That in turn made me think of a story about a solitary rose and a ticking clock.

Shattered Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies
Shattered Star pattern on Etsy


Earlier this month I showed the quilt block I made from my new pattern, Shattered Star.  I got the idea after seeing ice shards floating away as we admired the Esmark Glacier up close near Svalbard.  That block was about stars and nebulae
I made this block using the vibrant colours of Halloween.  The swirls in the fabric and the shards in the design make me think of the mysteries of smoke and mirrors. 
Bookshelf Of A Magician - Ink And Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies
My beloved ink-and-paper magician is brilliant, but is having trouble procuring books.  So I am building a bibliotheque for him.  Quoting my friend Dixie – a bibliotheque filled with books on practical magic, spells, and alchemy.  As soon as I bring everything to life with a bit of colour, he can have it all.
I love the romanticism of magic and fairy tales.  With the help of the autumn wind, October brings them a bit closer to me and sweeps me off my feet every time.

Charlie Cat On Harry Potter Quilt | Whims And Fancies


Charlie’s Adventure – A little Halloween story


Charlie and the rest of us wish you a Happy All Hallows Eve, whether or not you celebrate Halloween!


Thank you for sharing your photos and stories too.  I love reading them!   All photography and creative themed posts are welcome.



Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies


You can add any number of links to your posts, or write a new post to link up.

Please add the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy as long as you link back :-)

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that runs on the last Thursday of every month.  If you follow me via email, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!

As my monthly goal was to finish the block,  I am linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

I am also linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.



Shattered Star And A Touch Of Halloween

Shatter Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Shattered Star pattern on Etsy


You are probably aware of my love for the night sky.  The life cycle of a star is a particular interest of mine.  The initial idea of this star came from visiting the Esmark Glacier near Svalbard up close, and seeing the sharp edges on the ice shards floating away from the glacier.  My mind (some might call it overimaginative at this point!) could not help but think of a supernova.  So came the idea of Shattered Star.

I have a few cuts of Stonehenge fabrics by Northcott because they remind me of stars and nebulae. Of course, I used them for this block.




Shattered Star pattern on Etsy



Colourways I played with before deciding upon the current version.






I want to make another wall hanging similar to Rainbow Star ( patterns available in my Shop ), following the same theme of the life cycle of a star.  The fuchsia colour is a placeholder for the fabric with myriad shades of pink, green, blue, purple from the Shattered Star stitched block.






The month of October means my favourite holiday and seasons are on their way.  I couldn’t help but think of another one in Halloween colours.  I have just the fabrics for it too. 






Speaking of Halloween, I love the magical/fairy tale aspect of it.  I am working on a new painting series – The Halloween Alphabet.  This is A for Acrid.  Can’t wait to share more with you as I continue to work on this series.  I am using a sketchbook to keep it all together.




Halloween Witch Hat pattern on Etsy


PumpkinHollowQuilts is even more mad about Halloween than I am.  She makes amazing Halloween decorations and cross-stitches.  With her permission, I get to share this beautiful witch hat with you that she made from my pattern.




Shattered Star pattern on Etsy


It has been ages since I made something for Halloween.  As happy as I am with finishing Shattered Star in the nebula colours, I am going to try my best to make the Shattered Star in Halloween colours as well.   You can also get the Shattered Star quilt pattern on my Etsy shop.


Thank you for all the well wishes on the last Wandering Camera post.  I am so happy to hear that you liked the camping photos.  You can still link up your posts here.

Until next time and Happy Creating,


As my monthly goal is to finish the block,  I am linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

I am also linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.