AQ # 28: Buttons


Number Six of Seven

This is number six of seven posts. The series began after following one a lesson in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play. From that I created a chunk of fabric using scraps. My new section of cloth was then employed in the creation of seven mini art quilts. Making all seven from one piece of home-made scrap fabric has been an adventure. Who knew so many awesome art pieces would come to life.

So Far

For a while now I have been sharing my trek from scrap bag to mini art quilts. To date there have been five reveals.

Each of these quilts boasts its own unique persona. All of them have added a new flare to my collection, a new look, new image.

A Challenge

When we parted company, after revealing # 27, I had one 3″x4″ section of scrap fabric remaining. If I had not challenged myself to use every bit, that tiny specimen very easily could have been tossed into my bucket of orphaned quilt blocks. My self-imposed goal prevented me from abandoning the small orphan.

Re-purposed?

During one of my brainstorming sessions I auditioned a few scraps as potential companions for my 3″x4″ fabric. The grouping sat on my cutting board off to the side. Now, with all of the other sections turned into quilts, it was time to determine if the collection would remain as one piece or be re-purposed into multiple groupings.

Reincarnation

I had nothing to loose by leaving them as is so why not. I grabbed the tiny little pile and stitched them together. Not being completely satisfied I cut, stitched and added other fabrics until I reached a roadblock.

Drastic Mearures

Throughout this process of exploration there are times when I’m not so thrilled with the direction my piece is taking. When this happens drastic measures are required. In this instance I overcame the hurdle by slicing my stubborn fellow in half. One of the halves went on to become my seventh scrap fabric art piece; more about that one in another post. The remaining section endured multiple adjustments until its final reincarnation.

A Revelation

After pausing to admire the morsel glaring back at me I saw what I thought appeared to be six buttons running in a diagonal line from top edge to the bottom. Some were whole while others were mere fragments. These six buttons sealed the small art quilts fate. This was it! My piece was finished. No further changes were needed. Well, aside from the teal frame that encompasses all four borders. I also need to add batting, a backing, quilting and some type of border. When all of these are complete I will share the final reveal.

Art Quilt # 28: Buttons
Art Quilt # 28: Buttons

Unscientific

This practice of creating improv art is so unscientific, so random. From start to finish there is no way of knowing where the process will lead. In this case the end result was a positive one. I now have a spectacular little improv art quilt that bears the name Buttons. No surprise there! 🙂

There’s only one more quilt in this series. The last quilt is the smallest one yet. I’ll share that one in my next reveal.

A Challenge to You!

Thank you for visiting today! Why not leave a comment sharing your impressions. I look forward to hearing from you.

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My Library Has Grown


I recently expanded my personal library through the addition of several new quilting books. Among the purchases were

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I purchased Double Wedding Ring Quilts and 15 Minutes of Play because I will be attending  Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s class at the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center in October of 2018. By acquiring both of them in advance I figured I could become familiar with her teachings and give myself a head start. I also purchased the companion templates. If you have ever considered purchasing either book I would strongly recommend that you do. Both books are filled with valuable tips to help launch or improve your journey into or with improvisational quilting.

I stumbled upon The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters purely by accident. I had never heard of the author or her book until I did my research on Victoria. One might think that if you have one improv quilting book there is no need to purchase another. I totally disagree. Just as with many other topics each author has his or her own way of doing things. Much can be learned from each of these different voices.

The last book, 37 Sketches, was highly recommended by my close friend Barb. Barb had learned a great deal from Gwen by taking many of her classes. Apparently Gwen recently retired from her teaching. Adding her book was my way of owning a piece of history. I’ve found this book to be a great addition for those moments when you choose to relax and browse through publications. It’s a pictorial snapshot of Gwen’s journey through art quilting. This book has become a welcome addition to my home.

Well that’s my take on four very worthwhile art quilting companions. If you are not sure about adding them to your own inventory, then find them at your local library and see for yourself.

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