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

 

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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

 

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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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Aran Star Pillow

Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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I am more than a little smitten by the intricate cable designs of Aran knitting.  Needless to say, I had to design an Aran Star as part of my knitting star quilt pattern set.  This was the first block I made with that background fabric and all was well.  Then I made the Fair Isle star block with the same background fabric, but scaled it to 94% by mistake.  By that time I was completely out of that fabric since I only had a fat quarter to begin with.

 

 Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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I couldn’t use just the one block, the Fair Isle Star, with a different background on the mini.  So I remade both of the blocks with a completely different background and made pillows with the discarded blocks.  Quilting was a little tricky on this block.  I had to play with the lines quite a bit before I was happy with the design.

 

 

Quilted Pillows | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Orphan blocks make great pillow cases and they are easy to store too.  If I get tired of this set, I can always make new ones and change them out for a new look.  I set all the pillows on the corner of the day bed in my husband’s office, leaned against a body pillow.  I will make a more decorative cover for the big pillow, but this is already one step closer to making the home office a little more pleasant.  I like to spend time there as well, since my favourite bookshelf is in that room.  This way I have also made myself a very comfortable corner in that room to settle down with a book.  I have a quilt in the making for that bed, I will share the designs for it very soon.

 

 

Star Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

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The alternate stars  with the blue background actually worked a lot better on the mini.

 

 

Cat On Quilt | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I had to share this photo of Mr. Montague one more time.  His quilt is also on the same bed where the pillows are and he still loves to sleep on it.  So it all worked out really well in the end!

 

-Soma

 

 

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