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Art Quilt Number Five


I recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the retreat I attended in May, 2016. This post is day five in the nine post series.

Art Quilt # Five

Sunrise

Art Quilt # Five is called Sunrise. You will notice a bright yellow fabric with white dots near the left edge of this piece. As I looked at the piece I thought of the sun as it rises above the horizon into the sky. The image created in my mind is the reason for the name of this art piece. Sunrise measures 11 7/8′ x 8″

If you missed seeing the previous posts you may find links to them here:

Art Quilt # One

Art Quilt # Two

Art Quilt # Three

Art Quilt # Four

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

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A GIANT Reconfiguration: Part Three-Art Bins


Friday Favorites

Here we are again about to tackle the third and final post in my series A GIANT Reconfiguration. Are you interested in reading the first two posts? You can find links to them here and here.

Now, let’s get started.

Somewhere along the line a company decided to design prepackaged methods to sell fabric. No doubt their intention was to make the fabric easier to purchase, which in turn would result in higher sales. Among the available units are rolls of 2 1/2″ strips (aka jelly rolls), 5 1/2″ squares (charm packs), 10″ squares (layer cakes) to name a few. The terms jelly roll, charm pack and layer cake are used by a specific vendor. Not all jelly rolls, charm packs or layer cakes contain the same quantity nor are they the same size. Other vendors use their own terms.

Of course the invention of the pre-packaged fabric units meant pattern creators could take advantage of these new sales methods by designing their patterns around the consumption of these units. 2 1/2″ strips, while not the only size used, are a very common measurement utilized when assembling quilts.

In a previous post I mentioned that I had cut one 2 1/2″ strip from each of my fat quarters. I cut these strips because it gave me a quickly accessed resource for making my art quilts. Rather than pulling out the whole piece of cloth, which wouldn’t usually be needed in its entirety, the 2 1/2″ strip gave me a smaller, much more manageable size. Of course I could have just as easily cut 1″, 2″, or even 3″ strips. There’s no limit to the sizes available. All that matters is that it suits your needs.

Managing my stacks of 2 1/2″ strips was made easy by storing them in my Art Bins which are designed specifically for that purpose. I have four bins that I purchased through an online vendor. Rather than purchase a bin for each color I divided the strips into groupings such as red, yellow and orange. Now when I’m looking for strips to audition for my projects I grab the bin containing the colors I want and search through for just the right piece.

I highly recommend the Art Bin Strip Case. It’s an awesome way to not only store your strip stash but also to transport them when traveling to retreats, a class, sew days or even on vacation. Here’s how one of my bins looks.

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Art Quilt Number Four


I recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the May  retreat. This post is day four of nine.

Art Quilt # Four

Flowers

I call Art Quilt # Four Flowers because many of the fabrics used in this piece are made with images of flowers. My Flowers art piece measures 13 7/8″ x 9 3/4″

If you missed seeing the previous posts you may find links to them here:

Art Quilt # One

Art Quilt # Two

Art Quilt # Three

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

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Art Quilt Number Three


This post is the third in a series of nine revealing my most recent art pieces.

Art Quilt # Three

Quilting Friends

Art Quilt # Three is called Quilting Friends. While at the retreat I attended in May, 2016 one of the optional projects we could participate in was the construction of this block. The block is a melding together of a variety of patterns as well as colors. The image created by this fusion reminded me of the different personalities present at the class. The name of this piece also reminds me of the friends I made while at the quilting retreat. The piece measures 14″ x 14″

You can find links to the previous two art pieces here:

Art Quilt # One

Art Quilt # Two

Cindy Anderson of In a Stitch Quilting

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Fabric Trip Number Three


I met my good friend Barb M at our monthly rendezvous in Mukwonago today. This was visit number three out of twelve. We’ve been meeting every month to collect my one yard per month of free fabric. I won the drawing back in May of this year at the Quilt-agious quilt shop.

Barb was not in the market for fabric this time so I arrived early. Arriving early would allow me to make my selections and perhaps be finished and ready for lunch before she arrived.

Shortly after she walked through the front door I was at the checkout and ready to go. I think I surprised her. Our speedy visit didn’t even give her a chance to have second thoughts about making a purchase.

I came home with two yards of this gorgeous fabric


And one fat quarter of this.

I can’t wait to incorporate them into my art.

September shall prove to be a challenging month to travel to Mukwonago. My schedule is so packed I’ll have to see when I can squeeze it in.

Thanks for visiting today!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

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Art Quilt Number Two


This post is the second in a series of nine that are revealing my most recent art pieces. All of them were started at the retreat I attended in May, 2016.

Art Quilt # Two

Paws for a Moment #1

Art Quilt # Two is titled Paws For A Moment. This piece originated from a portion of a bear paw quilt I had previously disassembled. The burgundy background, floral fabric as well as the tan with blue stars are pieces of the original bear paw quilt. This piece measures 17″ x 12″

If you would like to see Art Quilt # One you may find it at this link.

Cindy Anderson Of In A Stitch Quilting

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