Fourteen of Sixteen
Fourteen of sixteen what? Well let me explain.
I worked really hard to finish up a bunch of mini quilts. After adding the last stitch and tying a knot I sat down to write a story about each one. So far I’ve made it through the first thirteen. Today we get to examine number fourteen.
Who would think that a single strip of pieced-together fabrics could become the focus of a mini art quilt…why me of course!
Throughout my career, as a fabric artist, I have learned to appreciate the value of even the tiniest of fabric scraps. One never knows their potential. They could be
- added to a grouping of other fragments to create a brand-new building block or,
- proudly stand-alone.
When Should I Stop
The question echoed countless times by artists of all crafts is, “When is it finished?” Knowing when to declare a piece finished is tricky.
I have experienced numerous instances when I’ve made the decision to add additional enhancements only to later regret it. To help me attempt to avoid repeating that scenario I try to remember these guidelines:
- Forge ahead slowly.
- Take breaks.
- Pause to reflect. Rushing through the process opens up the door to hasty decisions.
- Photograph my work-in-progress in both color and black and white. The different perspectives help to point out the strengths, weaknesses and balance or lack there of.
- Take pictures from different directions or angles. Viewing a piece from different angles helps you to spot the areas that might need further attention.
An Easy Decision
For this piece, knowing when to stop, was a very easy decision. The instant I saw the conglomerate of tiny fabric scraps I just knew there was nothing more to do.
All it needed was a striking border and some crafty quilting.
To bring attention to the slender arrangement, a vibrant border of white fabric was added. Within the boundaries of the border are strategically placed rows of stitching.
The quilting in the left and right borders guides your eye inward toward the center and back out again. This movement helps to
- draw attention to the center panel and
- provides a level of interest not present with simple straight-line quilting.
As a finished project this miniature art piece is a joy to both
The process, from start to finish, was a simple, relaxed experience. This tiny art piece will add a sparkle to my studio for years to come.
- Materials: Fabric top and backing are 100% cotton
- Batting: Warm & Natural
- Dimensions: 7 7/8” L x 5 3/4” W
- Quilting Stitch: Straight and angular lines using white thread
- Quilted On: Conventional sewing machine
Now that you have seen this art piece are you curious about the others? Links to the other quilts are filed under the category Courthouse Steps, Block of the Month. Go ahead and check them out! You won’t be disappointed. While you are at it share with me your thoughts about this art piece as well as the other members of the family.
Thank you for visiting!