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.



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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.



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



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31 thoughts on “Tale Of Two Shires

  • Julie August 2, 2017 at 21:29

    Wow, you are a modern renaissance woman, so multi talented. Thanks for joining Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share.

  • Leeanne Hopper August 2, 2017 at 16:28

    I have popped over from Sew Stitch Snap Share in NZ……….cute creation, the colours the crispness and the simple straight line quilting is perfect.

  • Ness July 28, 2017 at 16:14

    I live on the Yorkshire/Derbyshire border and these are just perfect designs for the landscapes!

  • Susan July 26, 2017 at 13:13

    Lovely painting Soma! The time you spent on it is well worth it. And that pinwheel flower block is wonderful – nice work on both projects!

  • Jayne July 26, 2017 at 08:04

    Your painting is just gorgeous! Love the colors! And the mini quilt is just as eye catching!

  • Allison July 26, 2017 at 03:43

    There is so much to interest me in you post :-) We are just back from a holiday in Derbyshire and I can relate to your lovely photo. We stayed near Bakewell and discovered that Jane Austen stayed at the hotel in the town. She is of special interest to us as she was born in a hamlet near to our home town and there are numerous events taking place this year to remember the 200th anniversary of her death including the unveiling of the first ever bronze statue of Jane.
    Your painting is lovely, so vibrant, and it captures the wide open spaces of Yorkshire very well. I like the way the colours of your patchwork block fit so well with the painting and photo.

  • Patricia July 25, 2017 at 20:33

    Your painting and quilt block are so extremely beautiful – over the top beautiful! It’s exquisite how the quilted flower is peeking through the window! Your quilting is so lovely and well done! Thank you so very much for sharing!

  • Emily Bailey July 25, 2017 at 13:43

    The mini is lovely and your painting amazing!

  • Sylvia D. July 25, 2017 at 11:58

    Soma, I love the painting and the quilt square. The quilting stitching is very precise. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

  • Maria Parenti-Baldey July 25, 2017 at 10:15

    I admire crafters especially with creating cleverly coloured quilt blocks.

  • Shayndel July 25, 2017 at 00:58

    Beautiful! I like hearing about your creative process too!!
    Stopping by from Japan, via Kellyn`s blog. Have a happy creative day!

  • Su-sieee! Mac July 24, 2017 at 22:29

    I love the colors of both your painting and quilt block, especially that green. Makes me want to simply sit, ponder, and enjoy. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  • Marie-OR July 24, 2017 at 16:45

    Beautiful painting! And I just love your quilt square!

  • Jesh StG July 24, 2017 at 13:24

    Many thanks Soma for linking up with All Seasons with this artful display! What I like in your posts is that you show the inspiration, as well as the end product! Have a wonderful artsy week:)

  • Bonnie in VA July 24, 2017 at 07:53

    As I look at your painting all I can think of is how gorgeous it is. It would be fabulous as a in needlepoint too. Must say how much I like your quilting in your little block quilt. Such a great way to enhance the quilt.

  • Kelleyn Rothaermel July 24, 2017 at 06:23

    So lovely! I love the color combination! So fresh!

  • Mary July 23, 2017 at 18:02

    You will always fondly remember your trip with those beautiful pieces – a woman of so many talents!

  • Kathleen July 23, 2017 at 15:25

    Very pretty, Soma. Great choice for the quilting on the mini.

  • Karin July 23, 2017 at 11:29

    Beautiful quilt and painting, I’ve never tried the paints before, I’m going to try it now!
    Jane will be pleased

  • Susie July 21, 2017 at 12:03

    Another beautiful pattern!! I really like that you are looking out the window at the flower! So romantic!!
    You are a fast learner with your acrylic paints! The Yorkshire Moor painting is gorgeous!! That must have been such an amazing sight to see !!
    Thanks for sharing more of this beautiful world, through your eyes and art, little Renaissance Lady!!

  • jesh StG July 21, 2017 at 11:06

    Love the colors of this quilt piece, as well as the original landscape. And you learned to handle acrylic! A job well done!

  • Becca // Pretty Piney July 21, 2017 at 07:53

    Stunning quilt and painting! Love the colors. Thanks for linking up!

  • Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl July 21, 2017 at 03:45

    Beautiful mini quilt finish. I love the selection of bold thread color.

  • bettyl - NZ July 20, 2017 at 21:40

    What a fabulous match with the painting and quilt!

  • BillieBee July 20, 2017 at 21:36

    You are so creative. A wonderful painting and quilt.

  • Kim Sharman July 20, 2017 at 17:35

    Now with your pretty “Flower for Jane Austin” residing in your kitchen you will be reminded of your Derbyshire visit and all things Jane Austin forevermore. It is a beautiful mini quilt, Soma. Love the pretty green quilting and the pattern. As for your acrylic landscape, oh my goodness, it is amazing. All those pretty wildflowers and the blue sky and clouds….sublime! You are a very talented artiste, lovely Soma!

  • Patty July 20, 2017 at 15:17

    The painting and the quilt are beautiful!

  • Dixie July 20, 2017 at 13:06

    Wonderful quilt block and an equally lovely landscape painting!
    Glorious patchwork countryside…I bet it was a joy to see.

  • Kim July 20, 2017 at 10:47

    Beautiful painting, beautiful little quilt. The colours of Yorkshire are just stunning, aren’t they? We’re currently contemplating a week somewhere deep in the dales late in the year, rugging up against the wind and rain and cold, warming ourselves with fresh scones and peat fires!

  • krislovesfabric July 20, 2017 at 08:55

    Wonderful painting and quilt finish, Jane would be well pleased :)

  • Susan July 20, 2017 at 08:09

    Beautiful painting and love the colors in the quilt block.

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