Tale Of Two Shires

 

 

Summer is definitely here, but it feels like Spring in our garden.   Despite the heatwaves we have been having, all the plants in our garden are bursting with flowers.  The pink and purple flowers reminded me of the field of wildflowers we saw during our trips to the UK.  Inspired by a couple of photos that I had taken during our travels in England, I finished an acrylic painting and a quilted mini wall hanging.

 

 

Heather In Yorkshire Moors Painting In Acrylic | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Seeing all the flowers growing in the garden gave me an urge to start painting this Yorkshire Moor scene.  Acrylic as a medium is very new to me.  Before this I had only done one small tree painting in acrylic.  Not to be overwhelmed by the size of the painting, I worked on it in little sections.  I made innumerable mistakes, covered them up with a neutral base paint and repainted until I was happy with it.  I learned too.  Overall, I think I spent well over 12 hours on this painting. 

 

 

 

 

In June, I  wrote this one-block WIP-s post in anticipation of finishing a few small projects.  This Pinwheel Flower block was one of them.  I designed this flower through the window a long time ago and finally created the block in April.

 

 

 

 

The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and, of course, a pinwheel block.

 

 

 

 

Originally I wanted to quilt circles, but I ditched the idea because it reminded me too much of a circular wave motion.  Then the V-shape of the corners gave me the quilting idea.  I used an acid green thread to make the quilting stand out a bit more and finished the quilt with a green leaf binding.

 

 

 

 

When it came to naming this mini, that was easy.  The purple flower made me think of Regency Purple.  I love Jane Austen.   I also fell in love with Derbyshire while visiting earlier this year.  This photo I took while standing on Stanage Edge made me think of Pride And Prejudice.  So my mini is called A Flower For Jane Austen.

 

 

 

 

I love making small quilts for my kitties.  I am going make a multicoloured flower quilt for them using this pattern . It is such an easy pattern, very quick to make.  The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks.  Now that I have figured out the quilting, I can’t wait to get started on the quilt itself.  This little flower is going to reside in our kitchen as a reminder of the lovely Derbyshire.

I am very happy to have brought back wonderful memories with me and that a bit of both Yorkshire and Derbyshire are now part of our home.

-Soma

 

Linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  They are great source for new inspirations.

 

 

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Striped Tabby Cat And Acrylic Painting

Striped Tabby Cat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Thank you so much for visiting me last week and for your lovely comments on my paper piecing.  I have been working on a few different quilting projects simultaneously.  Sometimes I start on one and then get carried away by something else.  I am sure you know the feeling.  I drafted this striped tabby cat quilt pattern months ago.  I was really hoping to finish quilting the mini before showing it here, but alas, that didn’t happen.

 

 

My Orange Maine Coon Cat | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As I mentioned earlier, most of my quilt patterns are derived from different aspects of my life.  This is my orange Maine Coon boy who is my shadow.  He became the model for my mini.

 

 

Striped Tabby Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

For this special mini I cut into the swirly orange fat quarter that I had saved forever.  I had just enough scraps of the black fabric left from another quilt to use as the background for this one.  The faint gold in that fabric makes me think of magic dust.  I had to add the night sky fabric in the window.  So now my cat and I can sit by the window and cherish each other’s company and the night sky together.

 

 

Striped Tabby Cat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Susie made this pillow from my pattern way before I could finish mine.  I love the vintage look of her kitty.  Her kitty’s name is Tessie!  You can read all about Tessie in Susie’s Post.

 

Hopefully I get to quilt mine soon!  The quilting design is already traced on it and it is basted, but I may have to wait a few more days before I can sit at the machine.

 

 

Trees In Acrylic Paint | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last week I suddenly got sick with the flu.  When I started feeling a little better, I pulled out the acrylic set that I got during the holidays.  Painting has always been my pastime when I’m sick.  Whenever I can’t go outside, I bring the outside to me with paint.  I love to paint trees.  Last time when we were in the Sierras, we saw a lot of trees dying due to the draught we are facing in California.  They look like fall colours, but sadly they are dried leaves on dying trees.  The orange in the painting depicts those leaves.

Although I hadn’t used acrylic before, I learned a lot about acrylic painting just from this small sketch.  The Liquitex Basics set I got has 48 tubes.  It is perfect for trying out colours before purchasing better quality versions of the colours that I really like.  I highly recommend the set for anyone who is interested in trying out acrylic painting.  I can’t wait to play more with mine.

 

-Soma

 

 

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