Red Telephone Box Travel Bag

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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I had the idea of a Red Telephone Box quilt pattern for a long while.   As you know, I love old architecture, and I fell in love with the vine- and plant-decked Oxford windows.   So I added a Victorian street lamp along with a lit-up window – an Oxford window, if you will.  Once I had designed and made the block, it became obvious to me that I wanted to make a travel bag with it.

I not only finished sewing the bag, I also managed to make good progress toward an architecture-influenced painting.

 

 

Gothich Architecture Drawing | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After meticulously drawing out the previous symmetrical design with drafting tools, I changed my mind and reordered the elements in an asymmetrical fashion.  This is the planning sketch for the new drawing.

 

 

Gothic Architecture Drawing | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Now that the initial drawing is done, I will start adding shading and the ornamental details.  Then I get to start painting it.  Still a long way to go, but I enjoy getting lost inside a long project.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After the last two Wandering Camera posts full of Oxford photos and the drawing, I couldn’t ignore the Red Telephone Box block any more.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last week I used my very own crossbody bag pattern to make this bag.  I had all the materials at hand, even a fire-engine red zipper.

As this was my One Monthly Goal, I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This blue fabric that I had been saving for a special project was perfect for the back.  I love that it has “Destination Adventure” printed on it.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Purchase Red Telephone Box Pattern

 

I pieced the red grid on my telephone booth.  However, for easier piecing, I also included pattern sections without the grid.  The grid can be added afterwards via a thick-width machine stitch.  The finished block is 12″, which I find to be a great size for fun projects.  The Red Telephone Box quilt pattern is available in my shop, if you wish to make one.

 

Now when I travel, I am all set to walk around in old cities carrying my camera, my little travel journal / notebook, even a sketchbook and colour pencils.  It’s even the perfect size for the day trips we love to take on weekends.

 

If you have missed the photos or want to revisit, here are the links for a few of my photos of Christ Church, Oxford –

Posts On England Travel – 2016

Oxford – Christ Church Part I

Oxford – Christ Church Part II

 

You can also still link up on this month’s Wandering Camera.

 

Happy Wandering,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  

 

 

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A Little Swap

Star Quilt Pattern Cross Body Bag | Whims And Fancies

As someone who loves to continuously create new things, I almost never get to remake a block that I have designed.  Even though I would love to make a few of them using different colours, I mostly move on to drawing new designs and making the new blocks instead.  That holds especially true for the star quilt patterns.  However, I recently got a chance to remake one.

When I made the coffee-themed cross-body bag earlier this year, Dixie really liked it.  She is a fantastic painter.  So I emailed her asking if she would swap a seascape painting for a bag.  She loves the colour blue.  I picked one of my favourite star patterns, Starlight Converging, and remade it in blue for her bag.  I added a starfish charm to the zipper since she loves the water so much.

 

Zippered Pencil Case | Whims And Fancies

I also made a pencil case for her.  I just had to pick up this sea horse charm for her, along with the starfish charm for the bag.

 

Seascape by Dixie from Arranged Words | Whims And Fancies

This is the painting Dixie made for me!  There are so many details in this painting, the photo just does not do it justice.  It really looks like I am viewing this little seascape under water.

 

Seascape painting by Dixie from Arragned Words | Whims And Fancies

Here’s a close up of the fish.  See the individual scales?!!  She added such beautiful details to every single piece of this painting.  I can’t wait to frame it tomorrow.

Dixie writes a lovely blog at Arranged Words where she shares photos, paintings and crafts.  I am so glad to have found a friend in her.

-Soma

 

 

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