Pitmedden Garden – The Quilt

Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Pinwheel  Flower pattern on Etsy


I will start with the name of this little quilt.  Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is home to the beautiful Pitmedden Garden.  Since I love to visit gardens while travelling, we had planned on visiting this one. The idea was to have lunch there, spend an hour or so, and then continue on to Aviemore.  Little did we know that we would end up spending most of the day there.  When I finished making the quilt top and showed it to my husband, the first words out of his mouth were “That’s Pitmedden Garden!” Henceforth, Pitmedden became the namesake of this quilt.



Pitmedden Garden Scotland | Whims And Fancies



I can see why he thought of Pitmedden Garden.  You can see the four quadrants of the garden and the walking path through them in this photo.  I will share a lot more photos of this garden in one of the monthly Wandering Camera linky party posts.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Pinwheel  Flower pattern on Etsy


I drew this pattern after seeing a flower through the window of my little atelier, and then combining it with a pinwheel pattern.   Then, inspired by our travel to England – specially Derybyshire and Yorkshire – I made this mini using the pattern.   The Tale Of Two Shires post has more on this mini.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



Once I finished that one, I wanted to make a quilt for my kitties using the same colours, prints and quilting lines.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



Since I often get asked how I choose colours and prints, I wrote a separate post on that – Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints.

I think the blender fabrics for the flowers make them look like flower-patches, which I like even more than the idea of one flower per block.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



I used the same quilting lines as I used for the one-block-mini.  I love using my walking foot, so I try to come up with straight line quilting designs to complement my quilts.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



The parallel lines on the quilting ruler were exceptionally helpful for this.  I drew a line through the middle first, and then made the V-lines from each side meet there.  That was the only way I was able to get a square-shaped diamond in the middle of the sashing instead of a rhombus. 



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



I used the same acid green thread that I used for the one-block-mini.  Much to my surprise, it worked really well with all four flower colours.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



Finally,  a green binding to mimic a green wall of shrubbery surrounding the garden.



Pinwheel Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



That wraps up my quilt version of Pitmedden Garden.  It is now being used by our little kitties on one of their many beds.

The Pinwheel  Flower quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop.  It is a  simple pattern, very quick to make.  The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks.  Now I may just have to make one for ourselves!



This was also my one monthly goal, which I am happy to say I have accomplished.  I am linking up with –

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish


Related Links –

The Tale Of Two Shires – Pinwheel Flower One Block Mini
Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints
Wandering Camera


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Creating Idiosyncrasies While Creating



We are making a few changes in our lives.  It’s all good news and hopefully I will be able to share more very soon.  In the meantime, I came across these photos of WIP paintings I have not shared here before.  I was experimenting with photographing cropped views of paintings.  While I shared the finished paintings before, I rather like the WIPs too, and I hope you do as well.  

I will also share a few of my habits with these photos.



Old York street light with Sennelier watercolour | Whims And Fancies


Old York Street Light On Etsy


This one is a painting of the a street light in the old city of York.  You have probably guessed by now that I love painting weathered stone structures and walls.  On these kinds of paintings, I typically draw every single stone before I start painting.  It tends to give me a lot better overview of the perspective.





Remember the Steampunk Fleur de Lis?  I love the challenge of figuring out how a steampunk mechanism might work. This was my planning sketch.  I use old scrap pieces of paper for the planning phase.  I should really use a drawing sketchbook, but I like using paper that would otherwise end up in the recycling bin.



Sketchbook 2017 - Steampunk Fleur De Lis Painting Marker & Winsor Newton Ink | Whims And Fancies



Once I was satisfied with the steampunk mechanism, I drew and painted on my good sketchbook paper.





Ink and markers are my favourite quick painting tools.  The days I don’t feel like dragging out paint, brush, water, rag, etc., I fall back on markers.  Painting is quite therapeutic as is, but markers bring out the child in me.


I am a stickler for straight lines even when I am drawing rocks.  During my college years, I fell in love with my husband’s Rotring set-square and I promptly wanted one for my classes too. He obliged, and it is still my favourite tool.  Unfortunately it has since been discontinued by Rotring, so I better take care of mine!



Science Inspired Art - Sea Stacks And Star Trails | Whims And Fancies


Sea stacks and star trails


I love rain. I love to be outside when it rains, specially when it is a rain storm.  I love to hear the sound of rain on the hood of my rain jacket or on my umbrella.  If I am not outside and if I am not reading while it’s raining, I paint.  This was one of those paintings.





A lot of people draw out quick sketch with very little detail, and add those details while painting.  I really stink at that.  I like to draw in quite a lot of detail before I feel comfortable enough to add paint.  Sometimes I paint over some of the details, while other times I let the pencil marks show through the painting.



Crumbling Stone Castle Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies



Unlike the first painting, I didn’t paint it stone by stone from my drawing, but used them as a general guide. In retrospect, I didn’t need to draw that many stones.  Hopefully I will remember that next time.


I have never actively thought of developing creative idiosyncrasies, but now I realise I have formed quite a few.  Do you feel the same way too, while creating?


Until next time,


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