Make Art


Purchase Quill Pen Pattern


I love to play with many things, and it all starts with sketching a concept.  Even with all the electronic devices available at my fingertips, ink, pen and paper are still my favourite tools, and not just for painting.  When I am playing a musical instrument, I quite often scribble on my sheet music too.  I have a very difficult time passing up on pens and inks, resulting in a drawer full of ink bottles accompanied by wooden calligraphy pens, glass pens, fountain pens and quill pens.

One day, the sight of a quill pen and a bottle of ink on my table sparked the idea of a Make-Art-themed wall hanging.  This quill pen and ink bottle is the first in a series of Make Art quilt patterns, available in my shop.


That also got me thinking about the myriad ways of making art.  Many thanks to the makers of these blocks for letting me share some of them here.



Piano Quilt Pattern. Block made by carwashcat101 | Whims And Fancies

Piano by carwashcat101

Piano Quilt Pattern. Block made by carwashcat101 | Whims And Fancies

Piano by carwashcat101


Music is a very powerful and emotional form of art.  It has definitely played a big part in my life, which prompted me to make a whole set of musical instrument quilt patterns. carwashcat101 shared these photos of the beautiful pianos she made from my pattern.  She plans to make another one in green.



Music Notes Quilt Pattern. Block made by featheredneststudio | Whims And Fancies

Music Notes by featheredneststudio

Music Notes Quilt Pattern. Blocks made by craftyquilter | Whims And Fancies

Music Notes by craftyquilter


The musicians fill music notes with emotion as they bring the notes to life through their instruments.   Music Notes was one of the very first patterns I wrote.  featheredneststudio and craftyquilter made these wonderful blocks from it.



FREADOM Read Books Quilt Pattern. Wall hanging made by Elizabeth Plantz | Whims And Fancies

Freadom by Elizabeth Plantz

FREADOM Read Books Quilt Pattern. Wall hanging made by Elizabeth Plantz | Whims And Fancies

Freadom by Elizabeth Plantz


Where would I be without books!  So much power tucked away between pages artfully written by the authors.  Elizabeth Plantz, a member of the ALA biblioquilters,  made these two wall hangings for an auction using the FREADOM pattern. That auction raised $620 in scholarship funds from the sale of the minis.



Bear Cub Quilt Pattern. Pillow made by Elisabeth | Whims And Fancies

Bear Cub by Elisabeth

Autumn Leaves Quilt Pattern. Table runner made by Elisabeth | Whims And Fancies

Leaves by Elisabeth


Nature herself makes art all the time, always unique, a constant source of inspiration.  Elisabeth’s bear cub is definitely one of a kind, as is her Autumn Leaves table runner.



SLR Camera Quilt Pattern. Block made by scrapmaster01 | Whims And Fancies

Camera by scrapmaster01

SLR Camera Quilt Pattern. Wall hanging made by fabricker | Whims And Fancies

Camera by fabricker


I can’t even begin to express my feelings about photography in words.  It is an intrinsic part of me now.  As cameras have become more ubiquitous, we use them to make art everyday while capturing life around us.  Scrapmaster01 and fabricker made these amazing cameras using my Fields On Camera pattern.



Make Art - Feather Quill quilt pattern with ink bottle | Whims And Fancies


Purchase Quill Pen Pattern


These examples of creativity got me excited about designing the Make Art quilt patterns.   I am very happy with this first one.  This quill pen quilt pattern makes a 6″ x 12″ block and is fairly easy to sew.  It is now available in my shop.  I think it would make a wonderful gift for an artist in your life.

All the other patterns are available in my shop.

Art is all around us, a force that magically moves us, and emotionally affects us.  This pattern is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to share more with you.



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28 thoughts on “Make Art

  • Pat December 6, 2017 at 09:58

    Beautiful blocks! You work is always sew inspiring … :) Pat

  • Ness November 24, 2017 at 17:00

    What a wonderful selection of quilts. I love how one pattern can be interpreted in different ways.

  • Kate November 23, 2017 at 06:42

    Wonderful pics showing the art of quilting at it’s best, beautiful. I don’t paper piece, I haven’t seemed to get my head around it, yet, I do so admire your work though.

  • Jesh StG November 22, 2017 at 19:48

    Again, Soma – a wonderful post. A second look at the books – what a difference a different background can make! Many thanks for linking up to All Seasons and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Julie November 22, 2017 at 16:16

    You are so very talented, so many arts and crafts you do. Those piano blocks are fabulous too.
    Thanks for linking to Sew, stitch, Snap, SHARE

  • Emily Bailey November 22, 2017 at 13:52

    What great creative blocks. Thanks for sharing!

  • Judee November 22, 2017 at 03:54

    Very interesting,. Thanks for sharing about the art. Very creative

  • Kelleyn Rothaermel November 22, 2017 at 03:10

    Really you have the amost amazing talent! It is just incredible to me that you are able to take take random items and turn them into quilt blocks and thus creating a beautiful piece of work of art. Have a great week!

  • Tammy November 20, 2017 at 22:10

    So creative and very inspiring. I love quilting but sewing is not my forte. I can barely a button to stay on. The fREADom block is very cool. :) They are all so lovely.

  • Susie November 20, 2017 at 09:25

    Your patterns are inspiring!
    It is fun to see your patterns come to life by each of these sewists!

  • Janine November 19, 2017 at 14:08

    I love your quill and ink block and it’s fun to your previous blocks made up by other sewists in different fabrics. The auction did really well :)

  • Patty November 19, 2017 at 06:36

    This is a great block. Inspires a quilt idea….

  • Carol November 19, 2017 at 04:28

    Lovely post, so creative!

  • Anne November 19, 2017 at 02:36

    What wonderful pieces of art, thanks for sharing.

  • Kaja November 19, 2017 at 01:11

    What a great idea for a post – I’ve really enjoyed seeing what other people have done with your patterns.

  • Sandy Panagos November 18, 2017 at 20:57

    The quill and ink block is so cool. Can’t wait to see more!

  • Sandra November 18, 2017 at 17:01

    Isn’t it just the best kind of rush to see your patterns in someone else’s hand?!! I’m with you on the music, books, nature, and well, my iPhone camera as I don’t have a fancy one, but find myself capturing exquisite moments pretty much on a daily basis. Beautiful patterns Soma.

  • Jesh StG November 18, 2017 at 12:35

    Love the feather and the ink jar design! What I like is the way you write about your art! Without all the buzz words, so people who are new at it, can understand it and not feel overwhelmed. You’re my kind of artist Soma:)

  • Lady Fi November 17, 2017 at 23:58

    Wonderful wonderful!

  • Dixie November 17, 2017 at 22:59

    Literature, painting, music, and photography all beautiful art forms that make life so meaningful. And you have beautifully captured the essence of each in your artful designs.
    An exceptional quill block, Soma. I love it!

  • Jayne November 17, 2017 at 10:26

    The quill! What a wonderful block! It is so amazing as is all you other blocks. You are so creative and artistic!

  • Lynette November 17, 2017 at 09:05

    Oh, wow!!! Those are the most amazingly perfect fabrics for the Quill Pen piece! And the piano pattern is exquisite, with both of the renditions looking really fantastic. I’ve pinned both to remember where to come get the patterns when I’m ready for them!

  • Ann Nell November 16, 2017 at 20:19

    Oh my gosh !!!! I can’t wait to see more of your art blocks. Love the pen and quill.

  • Susan November 16, 2017 at 19:49

    Love the pink piano by carwascat. Reminds me of a red toy one I had as a kid. I also love the way Elizabeth made her bear and her leaves really look like Fall colored leaves.

  • Cheryl November 16, 2017 at 18:26

    I love seeing blocks made up in different colorways. That piano block is just awesome!

  • Mary November 16, 2017 at 17:39

    The detail is just amazing in the quill and ink piece. Your eyes pick up so much and then you do such a wonderful job with the design and construction.

    It is terrific seeing your designs in other’s work.

  • Kim Sharman November 16, 2017 at 15:21

    Art and music, both stir many to create beautiful works. I know both stir my emotions, my passion. I love how many have used your patterns, Soma, to create their own beauty. Your Quill Pen block is clever, imaginative and lovely. I love that background fabric.

  • krislovesfabric November 16, 2017 at 06:46

    Very pretty block Soma, I may have to get this to make for Evan, tho he is more the nub pen or typewriter guy I think he would love the looks of this block…maybe I could get some letters to form the word poetry down the side of it even….hmmmm. He is off to competition today, I will share the mixed media poem art he did in an email.

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