Hot Days Of Summer

August Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

Taken with my cell shortly after dinner at a pho place

 

The outside temperature has been around 40C (104F) lately and I am determined not to expose myself even a little bit to the hot sun.  The quilts are all put away.  Even my quilt-addicted kitties are rolling up their mini quilts so they can sit on the cool, bare surfaces.  Yes, they bundle up their quilts with their forepaws when they don’t want to use them.  Hot summer days are perfect for rummaging through photos.  I did exactly that and found a few that I would love to share.

 

 

Icad 2015 Drawing Discards | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is a photo of all the bits and pieces of discarded index cards.  I had to restart quite a few of them because of mistakes and bad or unexpected results.  The fanned-out stack of cards on the right is where I practised drawing circles over and over until I could draw them without having the marker leaving a darker dot at the start and stop points.  I couldn’t bear to throw those cards away.  When I get frustrated of my ineptness, they serve as a reminder of the age-old saying – Practice Makes Perfect.

 

 

Cold Pour Soap | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Recently I got a set of lovely soap moulds along with a set of essential oils from my DH.  The oils make the house smell amazing while the soap cures.  Now I have enough moulds to make a double batch of soap.

 

 

Quilt And Cats | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I used the Panorama feature of my phone to take this picture.  I am at the bottom left corner, being pinned down by these two kitties.  I was positively cooking under the bulk of the quilt and two hairy cats.  No wonder it took me so long to finish hand-sewing the binding of the Greekness quilt!

 

 

Quilt And Cats | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This was a few months ago.  I couldn’t sleep, so I worked on the binding of the Castles In The Air quilt.  I was glad of his company in those wee hours of the night.

 

 

Aran Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Aran Star pattern on Etsy

 

Lastly, Fort Worth Fabric Studio featured my Aran Star pillow on their blog.  I am stoked!!

 

Thanks to my friends Susie and Lara, I entered this post to Pets On Quilts 2015

 

Pets On Quilts

 

I hope you enjoyed photo-rummaging with me.  If you are in the area of this extreme heatwave we are having, I hope you stay safe and cool.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 

 

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The Greekness

Greek Letters Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Greek Alphabet pattern set on Etsy

 

To Hellenikon or Greekness – Herodotus used this to describe the shared sense of identity among ancient Greeks.  You can’t look at the history of every principle of study and not appreciate the enormity of the Greek civilization.  This Greekness is still very pervasive in a lot of the literature I read, studies I do.

It was only natural that I would want to make a quilt with all the Greek letters.  I drew all 24 of the Greek letter quilt patterns a couple of years ago, but didn’t get to sew them until now.  This is one of my current large projects.

 

 

Greek Alphabet Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

These letters are 5″ x 10″.  Right after I finished the first two letters, I decided to forgo the sashing.  Instead, I wanted to add the same background fabric on each side of the blocks and make them 10″ x 10″.  There was one problem, a big one.  I only had enough background fabric to make the letters.  I bought more, but they are not of the same dye lot.  The only thing left to do was to remake the blocks.  So, I have two sets of alpha and beta.  I think I will make matching pillows with the extra blocks.

 

 

Cat In A Box | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Thinking about the size of the Greek civilization reminded me of this photo of my ginormous Maine Coon kitty who likes to stuff himself in the smallest box he can put himself in.

 

 

My Orange Maine Coon Boy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

In contrast, this is his full size, mostly stretched out.  I am sure those of you with cats know exactly what I am talking about.

 

I will leave you with that!
-Soma

 

 

 

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