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A GIANT Reconfiguration: Part Three-Art Bins


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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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The Fruits of My Labor


 

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On June 23rd I published a post called All Packed. Before signing off I said I would provide an update when my art pieces were finished. Many of them have made it through the final steps so it seems only natural to begin their reveal.

There are nine pieces in total that are now complete. All of them were created during my stay at the Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts retreat at the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center. Here’s a behind-the-scenes account of the learning process we experienced.

To get us rolling our instructor,  Rayna Gillman, had us cut strips of fabric free-hand; no rulers or specific color combinations required. The strips were then sewn together into units. Rayna called these “therapy strips.” Each grouping of therapy strips varied in size. Not having set measurements to attain could be mind-blowing for a detailed-oriented, rule-following person. But once you got the hang of it and saw a visual image of the possibilities it was easy to get carried away with building inventory.

With an inventory of therapy strips ready, the next step was to use them for building blocks. The units could be utilized in their entirety or they could be sectioned off into new strips and added to squares or other pieces of fabric. This simple technique keeps going and going until the artist is satisfied with the outcome.

As units are made they are displayed on a design wall, such as this one.

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The order in which they are arranged evolves as the project grows. Much time is spent in contemplation as the design goes through its metamorphosis. Inch by inch, unit by unit the art quilt continues to expand until the artist is finally satisfied with the outcome.

Throughout my unit building process I stitched together several small pieces as well as one larger one. The larger one is not quite ready for its reveal. Over the next several days I will reveal the nine smaller units. Here’s the first one.

 

Art Quilt # One

Bloom

Art Quilt # One is called Bloom. Naming my art pieces is typically very easy. I usually take one quick glance then choose a name based upon my initial overall impression. As this piece developed I visualized the sections of green fabric imitating that of a flower. This inspired me to add a three dimensional blossom. The name of this art piece was inspired by the embellishment. Bloom measures 13″ x 11 3/4″.

I’m really proud of the art pieces I have created. Bloom is one of my favorites. Now that you have seen this one there are only eight more to go. Stay tuned for the remaining reveals.

I hope you have a wonderful day creating memories through whatever form of art speaks to you. I look forward to our next visit.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

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