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.


During one of my brainstorming sessions I auditioned a few scraps as potential companions for my 3″x4″ fabric. The grouping sat off to the side on my cutting board. 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.


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 the 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


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.


4 thoughts on “AQ # 28: Buttons

  1. Look at that teal! I tell you if I ever win the lottery and I am outfitting my new studio and stocking it with fabric, I am coming to WI to go fabric shopping with you to select my fabric – you have such lovely fabrics! Now I need to make something in teal or turquoise – whatever awesome color that is!

    1. Awesome! Have you bought a ticket yet? As you can tell I like bold colors. My stash is filled with them. The brighter the better. Thank you for your compliment. I look forward to seeing teal in one of your projects. 🙂

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