I joined the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2014 to share the story of a quilt I made for my kitty when he suddenly fell ill. I was lucky enough to win which got me a very nice gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop. When I saw a set of Downton Abbey fat quarters, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them – a stained glass flower quilt. As I continued to draw the flowers, they started to look as if they were made of crystals. I love to study geology; therefore I decided to name the flowers after my favourite minerals. This is Kyanite Iris. I love irises and I think kyanite is a very beautiful mineral.
I am very excited to finally start working on this quilt. There are three more flowers in this set and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Kyanite Iris a very easy 12″ flower quilt pattern, which is available in my shop.
While I continue to sew the flowers, I leave you with my next set of index card paintings –
Ta Vare Pa Svalbard = Take care of Svalbard
For me, the North will always be defined by Svalbard. It is a frozen land of polar bears, devoid of trees, where glaciers and nature dominate over a small settlement of people. I had the opportunity to visit Svalbard couple of years ago. It was a fascinating experience and I loved it. So I made a poster-style card for Svalbard.
Focusing through the lens
This is my usual Saturday night. My husband pointed out my apparently bad posture that I copied in the drawing :)
Summer 78 by Yann Tiersen is one of my favourite pieces to play on the piano. So I made an album cover for it.
I really love to walk. I never pack for a vacation without including my walking boots.
Dancing Lights Of Aurora Borealis
Black and White – Aston Martin
That’s all I have for today. It has cooled down after the heat wave we had here recently and it started raining yesterday. We are desperately hoping for more rain which will help our fire fighters immensely. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Until next time,
Connie Campbell September 28, 2015 at 17:05
Your Iris block is really beautiful and it was fun to see all of your index cards!
Alisa September 25, 2015 at 12:10
This is a really gorgeous quilt block — the the art pieces are so well realized. I wish I had the time to bring my drawing and painting back up to snuff again. Instead, I sew and spin, though, so I really can’t complain!
Cassandra September 23, 2015 at 16:30
Wow, how could I resist! Irises are my favourite flower, and I love the lesser known stones/minerals like Kyanite (gemology/geology buff here too!). You certainly nailed it with the stained glass effect, I’m looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!
Maartje Quilt in Amsterdam September 22, 2015 at 11:00
Beautiful cards and block. Great job.
Silvana (a.k.a.Silort) September 22, 2015 at 10:40
Dear Soma, this Iris block is adorablely darling! Sooo sweet! And the cards are soooo lovely!!!!
Cathy September 21, 2015 at 11:32
You are so talented! I adore your iris block and your drawings are fantastic.
Dixie September 21, 2015 at 07:09
O, what a lovely quilt I spy in the making!
Your cards are so creative. I’m glad you visited Svalbard. The north is unique, vast, and holds many wonders. I lived above the Arctic Circle for 5 years. Love your northern lights opus.
Love the A.M., too. Wouldn’t it be fun to wizz off in!?
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts September 21, 2015 at 05:45
This Iris block is just so pretty, and the fabrics are perfect for it! I can’t wait to see your other blocks. A quilt of flowers would be beautiful!
Cynthia September 18, 2015 at 15:08
Beautiful Iris as well as this weeks index cards.
Lara B. September 18, 2015 at 13:51
Oh Soma, your Iris block is so beautiful. I never would have thought to use Downton fabrics like that, but they seem made for your pattern. I’m going to have to go look up Kyanite and Svalbard. A visit to Whims and Fancies always broadens my mind!
Your cards, as always, are wonderful and so interesting. You amaze me with how many diverse things you think about and draw.
Kaja September 17, 2015 at 23:31
I love the deep rich colours you get in irises and really really like the idea of a flower quilt. I can’t wait to see what other flowers you have come up with. Your ideas, as always, are really original. It’s so interesting to see your cards too – it somehow adds context for your quilts, a series of little windows into your mind.
Maria September 17, 2015 at 21:34
Those cards are gorgeous, Soma! Love the Iris Block; the fabrics are just perfect for your design :-)
susie September 17, 2015 at 19:37
Your Kyanite Iris stained glass block is gorgeous! Your “prize win” fabrics are perfect for it. (I had to look up this mineral.)
And I love your seeing your Drawing Cards. Your creativity and diversity continues to amaze me! My favorites this week are your “Selfie” and the Dancing Lights Of Aurora Borealis …. I love all of those little stars.
Kathleen September 17, 2015 at 18:39
Your iris is so delicate! This will be a beautiful quilt.
I continue to be impressed with your index cards. Love the movement in Summer 78 and how you worked in the musical notes with the seed puffs.
Cheryl September 17, 2015 at 13:31
Your iris block is awesome! It really is like a crystal flower, I love the effect.
krislovesfabric September 17, 2015 at 13:13
Wow, that material is just made for your pretty posy block :) I will need to “google” kyanite!
Susan September 17, 2015 at 11:41
Love the Iris. I too like gems, crystals and minerals. A few years ago, my hubby and I took a trip to the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A lot of mining was done there in it’s early days. We went to the Mineral Museum of Michigan in Houghton. It was fascinating.
Janine September 17, 2015 at 09:43
Your Iris block is beautiful and I’m in awe of even more wonderful cards. I wonder if you could get some printed and sell as postcards :)
Mary September 17, 2015 at 08:54
Your iris is definitely a winner!! That is really pretty and I can’t wait to see the rest of it.
Your art pieces continue to be impressive, Soma. Your eye for detail is fabulous and you do such a great job of putting it on paper. Beautiful.