Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis - A Watercolour Painting by Soma Acharya | Whims And Fancies

 

Hi Everyone!  I spent the last few months in a haze.  Apart from many other things, I spent a lot of time pondering the subject of existentialism, alongside a feeling of swimming forever without reaching the shoreline.  When this happens, I escape into my self-made world of photography and painting.  It wraps me in a safe cocoon.  Sometimes I find it very hard to leave that world behind and come back to reality.

 

 

Simple 365 – Set 1

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A part of my little world recently changed forever, even before the larger world started to go awry around us.  Sadly, it is an echo of my current state of mind, more destructive than constructive.  I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy. Reflective of my current state, they are in black and white.

Very aptly, my husband suggested I call it “Simple365“. 

 

 

Metamorphosis - A Watercolour Painting by Soma Acharya | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Trading Secrets

 

 

Metamorphosis - A Watercolour Painting by Soma Acharya | Whims And Fancies

 

I really love the solitudinous nature of a forest; it creates such a beautiful setting for reflection.  My cat is happy to be there, enjoying the simplicity only nature can bring.   An oak tree, strong and wise, protects my cat within its branches.  There is a green butterfly that roams there.  They trade secrets with each other.  Today, the butterfly is telling him about metamorphosis.

 

I hope this little story of their friendship made you smile.

If you will, please leave a happy note or memory in the comments.  Let me know which one of my “Simple365” strikes a chord with you.  Join me if you wish.  You don’t have to take a picture everyday, but do look around you, take a photo and share if you like.  It might make someone else smile too.

 

Take care and until next time,

-Soma

 

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Squares Plus Quilt Remade

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Squares Plus pattern on Etsy

 

I had a brand new fun pattern written, fabric pulled, pattern pieces cut, and ready to be sewed.  Then, I broke my toes.   So, now I have to take a break for at least a few days.  I needed to finish sewing the binding on this quilt, so that’s exactly what I did, with my foot propped up on the sofa.  These blocks got a fresh new setting and are the focus of today’s story.

 

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last September, I finished making this quilt for my kitty.  He kept on using it happily, but I HATED it!  Yes, I truly hated that green sashing.  I thought the green dulled those bright beautiful colours of the blocks.  I refused to lay that quilt out for my cat.  So finally, before I went on holiday, I started remaking the quilt.

 

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Time was short.  Instead of taking the whole quilt apart, I started at the seams that joined the blocks to the sashing.  I unpicked the stitches until the blocks came free.  Since I am a fairly light quilter, I was able to pull the blocks out during one afternoon.  Patience is required for the process though, good thing I like to listen to stories while I work.  Some day I will pull out the yellow backing for use in an another project.

 

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Squares Plus pattern on Etsy

 

Of course, the blocks were not as crisp as when they were new.  They also shrunk a bit during multiple washes.  After trimming them to be of the same size, pressing them with a hot iron and steam made them good to be used again.

 

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This time I used plain white Kona cotton for the sashing to bring out the bright colours of the quilt blocks.  I did somewhat of a grid quilting.  It’s not a perfect grid, but it’s not random either.  The pale sea green thread is almost the same colour as the block background.

 

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern - Grid Quilting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I found this steel-grey-blue in my stash for the backing.

 

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern - Binding Tips | Whims And Fancies

 

 

To keep it light and airy, I used the same fabric for the binding that I used for the block background.  By the way, if you use pins for binding, I highly recommend binding clips.  Clover clips are even better.  I only have one set of those at the moment, I will definitely get more in the future.

 

 

Squares Plus Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Squares Plus pattern on Etsy

 

The Squares Plus idea started with my wanting to make a plus quilt.  I also wanted to add a little twist to the traditional plus blocks.  While fiddling with the design, I added the little squares on top of the plus sign.  That became my Squares Plus pattern.  This beginner-friendly and scrap-happy pattern is on my Etsy shop.

 

So here’s the newly-finished Squares Plus quilt for my kitty.  Not that he would know the difference, but I am certainly much happier to lay it out now.

My kitties use their quilts a lot.  If there is not already a quilt on one of their usual sleeping places because I have taken it away to wash, they sit and wait patiently, right beside the spot.  They continue to look at me until I lay a quilt down for them.  Smart, huh?!!

 

Happy Sewing,
-Soma

 

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