Bits and Pieces Part Five


L O N G    S L O W    P R O C E S S

Who knew that I would still be working on AQ # 33: Bits and Pieces after five days? As I have said before this is a very l o n g, s l o w process. At times it almost seems painful. But to coin a famous phrase, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

For those that just joined me let me provide links to the other four posts.

Lets Begin Again

Bits and Pieces-End of Day Four
Bits and Pieces-End of Day Four

At the end of day four this is how my art piece looked. Day five presented itself a bit differently. I still did more, “What if,” manipulation but I focused most of my time on actually stitching the blocks together into sections.

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Bits and Pieces-Day Five-Step One

Shown above is another version of my block arrangement. If you compare the two photos you can see that most of the rearranging took place in the bottom half of the art piece. The changes were pretty subtle.

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Bits and Pieces-Day Five-Step Two

By the time I got to this stage I had begun stitching blocks together. This too takes some thought. Obviously the blocks are all different sizes. Their variety of measurements makes it interesting to fit them together. It is kind of like assembling a puzzle. The only difference is that I don’t have a box cover to refer to. I have to make it all up as I go.

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Bits and Pieces-Day Five-Last Step

By the time I had reached this point my piece had been stitched together into two separate segments. The one on the left takes in the majority of the individual blocks. The one on the right has not yet been attached because it is a different size. I also still have to figure out how to attach the gold block with the thin center strip.

The made-fabric to the left of the gold block and the gold, flashy fabric below are being auditioned as possible candidates. I also have another possible add-in below the right section. (Does that all sound like mumbo jumbo?) I hope I haven’t lost you?

Lots of Progress

Today was a day filled with loads of progress. By the time my piece had reached this stage I was exhausted. I needed to take a break to ponder my next step so day five ended here.

From Trash to Treasure

Hard to believe this all started from one bag of scraps!

Handbloom Batik Scraps

Isn’t it amazing how someone else’s trash can become another person’s treasure!

This brings to a close another day in the life of Bits and Pieces. Stay tuned for another adventure.

Thank You!

Thank you for showing your support by visiting my blog. Your interest is the jewel that makes my journey meaningful! See you next time!

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13 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces Part Five

  1. Hi Cindy,
    This looks like it is going to end up at a pretty good size. Your pieces strike me as smaller, usually. It is so cool that it is a ‘free’ project – the ultimate up-cycling if you will. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Hi Roseanne, Larger pieces are more fun to work with but obviously take more time to create. The other positive size is that I make fewer art pieces which means less inventory and less hand stitching of bindings or facings. Plus, I’m running out of wall space! LOL! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your always appreciated comments. 🙂

  2. It is coming together nicely. I love that it all started with a “bag of scraps”. This project is really a work of art. Quilter Maria Shell does this type of work, and it always amazes me when she shows her pieces. I recognize her style when I see the pieces at shows. Improv is hard for me, as I lack the “artist” eye. And, I worry about points matching, lines being straight etc, instead of “letting go”. 🙂

    1. Awe, thank you so much! I bet you can relate to it because of your careful attention to tending your scraps. Don’t feel bad about not being comfortable with this type of project. There are quilt patterns that I don’t feel comfortable with. We all have our special talents. Grow with yours! I’m thrilled that you stopped by and took the time to share your thoughts. 🙂

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