Tale Of Two Shires

 

 

Summer is definitely here, but it feels like Spring in our garden.   Despite the heatwaves we have been having, all the plants in our garden are bursting with flowers.  The pink and purple flowers reminded me of the field of wildflowers we saw during our trips to the UK.  Inspired by a couple of photos that I had taken during our travels in England, I finished an acrylic painting and a quilted mini wall hanging.

 

 

Heather In Yorkshire Moors Painting In Acrylic | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Seeing all the flowers growing in the garden gave me an urge to start painting this Yorkshire Moor scene.  Acrylic as a medium is very new to me.  Before this I had only done one small tree painting in acrylic.  Not to be overwhelmed by the size of the painting, I worked on it in little sections.  I made innumerable mistakes, covered them up with a neutral base paint and repainted until I was happy with it.  I learned too.  Overall, I think I spent well over 12 hours on this painting. 

 

 

 

Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy

 

In June, I  wrote this one-block WIP-s post in anticipation of finishing a few small projects.  This Pinwheel Flower block was one of them.  I designed this flower through the window a long time ago and finally created the block in April.

 

 

 

 

The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and, of course, a pinwheel block.

 

 

 

 

Originally I wanted to quilt circles, but I ditched the idea because it reminded me too much of a circular wave motion.  Then the V-shape of the corners gave me the quilting idea.  I used an acid green thread to make the quilting stand out a bit more and finished the quilt with a green leaf binding.

 

 

 

 

When it came to naming this mini, that was easy.  The purple flower made me think of Regency Purple.  I love Jane Austen.   I also fell in love with Derbyshire while visiting earlier this year.  This photo I took while standing on Stanage Edge made me think of Pride And Prejudice.  So my mini is called A Flower For Jane Austen.

 

 

 

A Flower For Jane Austen Mini Quilt

 

I love making small quilts for my kitties.  I am going make a multicoloured flower quilt for them using this pattern . It is such an easy pattern, very quick to make.  The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks.  Now that I have figured out the quilting, I can’t wait to get started on the quilt itself.  This little flower is going to reside in our kitchen as a reminder of the lovely Derbyshire.  The Pinwheel  Flower quilt pattern is on my Etsy shop.

I am very happy to have brought back wonderful memories with me and that a bit of both Yorkshire and Derbyshire are now part of our home.

-Soma

 

Linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  They are great source for new inspirations.

 

 

 

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A Flower For Jane Austen

A Flower For Jane Austen - Pride And Prejudice Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

During March and April, California is usually ablaze with wild flowers.  Even the desert comes alive to put on a spectacular show.  I can’t count the number of times we drove out mile after mile to go see the wild flowers in the desert.

I sketched this flower through the window such a long time ago.   With wild flowers in my mind, I couldn’t help but finally finish the flower quilt pattern so I could stitch the block.  To me, it almost feels like a painting.

 

I love purple flowers, it’s no surprise that I chose a purple flower for my block.

 

 

Coast Purple Larkspur Flower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Purple Larkspur is my most favourite wild flower, I think it looks like a little pixie hat!

 

 

Stanage Edge Derbyshire England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The colour made me think of Regency purple.  I love Jane Austen.  I am currently reading a book that is set in the Regency Era.  As I was also in Derbyshire not too long ago, standing on the rocks of Stanage Edge, my mind easily drifted toward the scene of Ms. Elizabeth Bennet standing there in the film version.   Hence, the name A Flower For Jane Austen was born.

 

 

My Maine Coon Cat In A Box | Whims and Fancies

 

 

My kitties need a few more quilts.  I am definitely going to use this pattern to make a new quilt for them.  I found this old picture of my enormous Maine Coon cat who has now given up his tiny boxes in favour of quilts.

 

 

Greek Letter Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

Pattern on Etsy

 

Before I continue though, I really need to make a couple of pillow covers.  A couple of years ago I worked on this Greek Alphabet quilt.

 

 

Greek letters alpha beta quilt patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After finishing the first two letters, I changed the quilt layout which required me to order more fabric.  In the meantime however, the dye lot of the fabric had changed.  I had to therefore redo the two initial blocks, which meant I ended up with extra blocks.  I finished making the quilt a long time ago, while the extra blocks got stowed away in the cabinet.  I don’t like having too many WIPs, so my goal for this month is to turn them into pillows.  Now that they are on my sewing table, I am really excited to get started. 

 

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A Flower For Jane Austen - Pride And Prejudice Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Once I finish the pillows I am sure to come back to this block again.  Lovely Kim was showing off her gorgeous hydrangeas and yellow roses together in a vase.  I might have mentioned to her once…twice…many times how much I love them together.  When I opened my design file, guess what I found in there – the same colours together!

 

 

A Flower For Jane Austen - Pride And Prejudice Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy

 

Before I start on the kitty quilt, I may just have to make myself a mini wall hanging from this pattern.  What do you think of circular quilting? 

It is such an easy and fun 12″ block to sew.  Pinwheel Flower quilt pattern is now on my Etsy shop.

Enjoy some flowers this weekend if you have the time!
-Soma

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Seasons, and Friday Photo Journal along with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

 

 

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