Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera! A couple of days ago I was plopped on the sofa, balancing my sketchbook, a tiny jar of water, palette, paint and brush on a little board. While looking out toward the blooming flowers in our modest little flower garden, I was doing a practice sketch of a Shooting Star. That set the stage for today’s Wandering Camera.
There is an easy mountain trail about a half hour’s drive away from our home. I love to spot various wildflowers along that trail and photograph them.
As I was taking the photos, I commented on how some of them are growing like weeds. My husband laughed and pointed out that wildflowers are weeds!
Weeds are a gardener’s bane, specially the horrible kinds that grow in the flowerbeds. However, I do voluntarily grow a few wildflower “weeds” in my garden. Many Thanks to my friend Mary for sharing her Larkspur seeds with me so readily.
I just realised that this post marks a whole year of Wandering Camera. Last year Wandering Camera Revival started with my sharing photos of these Larkspurs from my garden –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 –