Viking Penguin Olaf, Paintings And Eclipse

Viking Penguin Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies
 

Purchase Viking Penguin Olaf Pattern

 

I have had this idea of creating another penguin quilt pattern for months now.  I recently got a set of loose colour pencils and I desperately need to make a new pencil case.  That provided a perfect excuse to draw my little Viking Penguin Olaf.   Viking helmets didn’t really have those horns, but Olaf insisted that I put horns on his helmet.  Although I think he looks very cute, he thinks the horns make him look more formidable!

I couldn’t resist taking a short break from the stained glass flower blocks to make him.  The penguin pattern is for a 10″ block.  I scaled it down to make a 7″ block for my pencil case.  Originally I was going to give him a green vest, but the red looks so much better on him against the starry background.  Olaf is available in my shop if you want to make him for yourself.

 

 

Penguin Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Purchase Little Penguin Polaris Pattern

 

It all started with Little Penguin Polaris.  I have a gimpy and chubby kitty cat called Charlie, whose photo occasionally surfaces here.  He would like nothing more than for people to take him seriously.  Except it has never worked since he was a baby.  He just gets picked up and cuddled, and he just sits on your lap with all of his claws tucked in.

When I was going to make a little winter-themed block for a friend, I knew I had to make a chubby little disgruntled penguin in a scarf and a hat.  So if Charlie were a penguin instead of a cat, this is what he would look like where all the other grown up penguins are just not taking him seriously enough!

Polaris and Olaf have become great friends already.  They are busy planning all sorts of mischief together.

 

 

Thank you for staying with me until the last set of cards from this set of 61 index card paintings.  Here are the last five –

 

 

icad 2015 Sunrise Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

Sunrise

 

I like to look toward the west during sunrise where the first rays of the sun light up the mountain ranges while the full moon sets behind them.

 

 

icad 2015 Affair Of The Hearts Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

An Affair Of Hearts

 

 

icad 2015 Edinburgh Tenement Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

Edinburgh Flat

 

I really like moss-covered stone buildings.

 

 

icad 2015 Explore other worlds | Whims And Fancies

 

Cross the boundary and explore other worlds

 

 

icad 2015 Telescope, Stars And Blake Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I had to make this one as my final card.  I love William Blake’s work and I love the stars.  I see William Blake’s words come to life every time I look through my telescope.

I will share another post about the index card painting experience along with photos of all the cards together.   It has been a lot of fun sharing these cards with you.  Thank you again for your encouraging words.

 

 

I will leave you with a photo of the lunar eclipse I took last Sunday.  We are surrounded by mountain ranges, and there was also a thick layer of cloud right at the horizon.   The eclipse occurred right around sunset for us, so it was low in our sky.   I really wanted to see it during the maximum eclipse.  Just as I was losing hope, a faint, eclipsed moon showed up, shortly before the maximum eclipse and right above the cloud layer.

 

 

Lunar Eclipse 2015 | Whims And Fancies

 

Enjoy,
-Soma

 

 

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Supermassive Black Hole

Music Quilt - Guitar, Drums, Microphone Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

Music Instruments patterns in my Shop

 

Music has played a major role in my life since I was a teenager.  Quite often it provides the escape, the focus and the peace of mind that can’t be found elsewhere.  I listen to and play both classical and modern music and I love them both.  After I made the classical Piano Trio music quilt, I just had to make a rock music quilt.  I made the instruments a while back but was waiting for the complementing quilting design to come to me.

 

I love Muse.  A week doesn’t go by where I don’t listen to a song by them.  I can’t believe that I didn’t think of this design sooner, even though the song Supermassive Black Hole has been blaring in my ears regularly.  Add that idea to my love of cosmology, and I couldn’t move away from the picture of a supermassive black hole with jets escaping from the middle quilted on my rock music piece.  I was giddy with excitement!

 

 

Using tracing paper for quilting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is how I quilt quite often.  Instead of transferring the design onto the quilt, I use sheets of tracing paper and quilt on them directly.  I draw the design on the computer and print it out on tracing paper.  I trim the sheets of tracing paper to 8″ x 11″ so I can feed them into my printer.  Since the design is printed in segments on each sheet,  I use tape to join the sheets to each other.

 

If I decide to draw the design by hand, then I tape the sheets to each other before drawing the design.  Finally, I baste the quilt along with the design paper on top.  I then quilt over the design lines.  Once I finish quilting, I tear the paper off.  I haven’t tried this process on a large quilt yet, but it works really well on mini quilts.

 

 

Piano Trio Music Quilt - Piano Violin Cello Quilt Pattern | Whims and Fancies

 

Music Instruments patterns in my Shop

 

I used a very woody, low-volume setting for the Piano Trio.  I quilted a design based on an evenly-spaced, spiraling music stave.  This gives it a calm and harmonious feel, very much the way I see classical music.

 

 

Music Quilt - Guitar, Drums, Microphone Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

Music Instruments patterns in my Shop

 

I used spirals for the rock music quilt too, but they are a lot more chaotic.  I also used bright yellow and red thread to quilt it whereas I used low-tone ecru and brown on the Piano Trio.  This little quilt has very different kind of dynamics.  It’s colourful and moody.

 

I could never choose between classical and rock music.  I love them both and they each touch my soul in different ways.  That’s how I suppose they are reflected in these two music quilts.

 

 

-Soma

 

 

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