Make Art


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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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A Different Kind Of Reminder

Bear Cub Quilt Pattern


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Few years back we contemplated moving away from California, but I just could not make myself do it.  Despite being aware of the risks of earthquakes, I still want to continue living here.  Then a big earthquake came last weekend in the middle of the night right where we live and gave us a strong jolt.  I cope best by drowning myself in work, so next morning I went into crisis mode and took care of everything methodically.  However, I was shaken up nonetheless.  Even though it still didn’t make me think of moving away, I needed a strong reminder of how much I love the parks and the land here.


I had been planning on showing this little bear cub made by Pam Brown this week and, strangely enough, the timing could not have been more perfect.  Talk about coincidence!  Pam made this wall hanging from my bear cub quilt pattern and entered it in the Sonoma County Fair.  This darling little bear cub was entered in the theme celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the California State Parks and Smokey The Bear.  Her bear won the 1st prize AND the Best of Section!!  How amazing is that!!


I told Pam that California Parks are very dear to me and I was thrilled to hear that she entered the bear cub in that theme.  I can’t thank her enough for emailing me and reminding me that even though nature shakes us hard now and then, it also offers us a lot of happiness every way it can.  The little bear cubs are part of my vivid memories of time spent in the California Parks.  I am looking forward once again to enjoying the California outdoors that I love so much!



Napa Earthquake 2014



We moved to this city earlier this year.  I am so thankful for the kindness of everyone around here, the unexpected visits from people who came to check on us and the emails from my online friends.   This was my sewing room after the quake.  The room is  put back to normal now and you would never know that the quake hit it this hard.  I am actually sitting right inside this room while typing up this post, slowly trying to focus and get back to normalcy.



Daffodil Quilt Pattern



I am not ready to sit at my sewing machine just yet.  I have a few designs and hand sewing projects that I can work on and this wall hanging is amongst them.  I still need to finish cleaning up the threads from the circles and then I need to hand sew the binding on it.


I am working on a custom pattern for an extremely brave group of people – the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)/Bomb Squd, such a special project!


Sew Cute Tuesday

One of the many things that made me smile this week was The Sew Cute Tuesday Link Up at Blossom Heart Quilts.  This is one of the first Linky Parties I joined and I am thrilled to be one of the guest hosts.  Make sure to drop by there to see my Rock Music quilt top and three of my picks from the last week’s link-ups.  I promise you will laugh out loud!!


Have a very safe week, everyone!




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