Fuzzy, AP # 62


Converting Scraps

Creating works of art from leftover fabric scraps has been one of my ongoing projects. The art piece I am sharing today is the third and final one in this series. While the other two mini quilts Windows, AP # 60 and Windows At Night, AP # 61 were formed from tiny scraps this one was actually meant to be a block in my Bits & Pieces, AP # 33.

I tried desperately to incorporate it into the structure but it seemed so out of place. It was as if it was meant to be a stand-alone art piece from the very beginning. In order to keep the progress on Bits & Pieces moving forward I pulled it from the stack of blocks and set it aside. My intention was to revisit it at a later date. The opportunity for my orphaned block to become a work of art finally happened. The story of its evolution is shared below.

AP # 33_ Bits and Pieces-Finished
AP # 33: Bits & Pieces

The Third One

Fuzzy, AP # 62
Fuzzy, AP # 62

This mini quilt was a very simple piece to create. Making up it’s layers is a denim colored shot cotton; a scrap of blue; an off-center leftover segment of a hand-dyed batik; and an ever so tiny smidge of orange shot cotton. All four layers were fused together with Misty Fuse.

Fringed Edges

When you look at the photo above you will notice that most of the fabric scraps have fringed edges. I enjoy adding this feature whenever the opportunity arises. Here’s a couple other art pieces with the same technique.

The center most smidge of orange shot cotton gave me the inspiration. The fuzzy edge is actually the selvedge. With my love of fringe I simply couldn’t pass up on making it a design feature. To replicate the fuzziness on the other fabrics I strategically removed threads until I achieved a pleasing look.

The Name

I am a super organized person. Spreadsheets are one of my favorite methods to manage my information. I even have a spreadsheet that keeps track of my many art pieces. All of my art quilts are given a name and a number. For some the process is quick and easy while others take a lot more thought.

Naming this art quilt was super easy. The fuzzy edge of the selvedge provided the inspiration. Since so many of the fabrics were fringed to match the orange shot cotton I thought it seemed only natural to call my art piece Fuzzy.

The Finish

Behind my mini art piece is a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a neutral colored cotton print. I quilted all the layers together using a King Tut variegated thread. The stitch pattern is a very simple grouping of straight-lines applied with my conventional sewing machine. I kept the stitching simplistic because I didn’t want the quilting to out-shine the rest of my piece.

I wrapped the raw edges of my quilt with a facing made from the denim colored shot cotton. To facilitate hanging my piece I added a small hanging sleeve. A label identifying my art quilt was added as well. Fuzzy measures 8 7/8” long x 4 3/4” wide.

Very Pleased!

I am very fond of this mini work of art. The colors, the fringe as well as the quilting will make it a wonderful addition to my portfolio. I can’t wait to find a home for it on my walls.

Thank You!

Thank You so much for sharing your time! I always look forward to these visits. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to add them to my post.

Talk with you soon!

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Art Quilts, A Trip Down Memory Lane


As you know I recently revealed my 31st Art Quilt. Woohoo! Please pardon my temporary pause to celebrate! 🙂 After sharing the last one I was reminiscing abut the stories and photos behind each of my art pieces. Even though I was the person that created them, the older I get I have to admit it is sometimes hard for me to remember what they all look like. To satisfy my curiosity and fill in a few of those hazy recollections I decided to search back through my notes and my posts to refresh my memory. My travels brought back many fond memories and aha moments. Thank goodness for photos as they many times are worth a thousand words.

To celebrate my milestone I decided to share photos and links to all 31 in one place. Their combined history spans a period of more than a year. While that probably doesn’t seem like a long time to you for me it feels like ages ago. So much of my time and my heart has been poured into each and every one. They represent a small piece of my journey through fabric as an art form. Please enjoy my trip down memory lane.

AQ # 1: Bloom

Bloom
Bloom

AQ # 2: Paws for a Moment

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Paws for a Moment

AQ # 3: Quilting Friends

Quilting Friends
Quilting Friends

AQ # 4: Flowers

Flowers
Flowers

AQ # 5: Sunrise

Art Quilt # 5: Sunrise, The Quilt
Art Quilt # 5: Sunrise with its many embellishments

AQ # 6: In the Right Direction

In the Right Direction
In the Right Direction

AQ # 7: This Way

This Way #1
This Way

AQ # 8: This Way # 2

This Way #2
This Way #2

AQ # 9: Moo

Moo
Moo

AQ #10: Crossroads

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AQ # 10: Crossroads

AQ # 11: Birch Trees

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Birch Trees

AQ # 12: Autumn

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Autumn

AQ # 13: Ticktock

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Ticktock

AQ # 14: Tulip

Art_Piece_14_Tulip
Tulip

AQ # 15: Hodgepodge

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Hodgepodge 

AQ # 16: Bird House

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Bird House

AQ # 17: The Chosen Nine

Art Quilt # 17_ The Chosen 9
The Chosen Nine

AQ # 18: Four Friends # 1

Art Quilt # 18_ Four Friends # 1
Four Friends # 1

AQ # 19: Four Friends # 2

Art Quilt # 19_ Four Friends # 2
Four Friends # 2

AQ # 20: Rising Star

AQ# 20_ Rising Star
Rising Star

AQ # 21: Backwards

AQ # 21_ Backwards
Backwards

AQ # 22: Crossroads

AQ # 22_ Crossroads (Finished)
Crossroads

AQ # 23: On The Fringe

AQ # 23_ On the Fringe
On the Fringe

AQ # 24: Multicultural

AQ # 24_ On the Fringe (finished)
Multicultural

AQ # 25: Towne House

AQ # 25_ Towne House (finished)
Towne House

AQ # 26: Blue Condo

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (finished)
Blue Condo

AQ # 27: Summer Picnic

AQ # 27_ Summer Picnic (finished)
Summer Picnic

AQ # 28: Buttons

AQ # 28_ Buttons (finished)
Buttons

AQ # 29: Pink Cadillac

AQ # 29_ Pink Cadillac (finished)
Pink Cadillac

AQ # 30: Harvest Medley # 1

AQ # 30_ Harvest Medley # 1
Harvest Medley # 1

AQ # 31: Harvest Medley # 2

AQ # 31_ Harvest Medley # 2
AQ # 31: Harvest Medley # 2

Well, that was quite the tour! I like all 31 but I have to confess that I have a few favorites. Actually, let me rephrase that. I have ten favorites. Making my Top Ten Favorites list are:

  • AQ # 1: Bloom
  • AQ # 3: Quilting Friends
  • AQ # 5: Sunrise
  • AQ # 10: Crossroads
  • AQ # 14: Tulip
  • AQ # 15: Hodgepodge
  • AQ # 16: Bird House
  • AQ # 22: Crossroads
  • AQ # 25: Towne House
  • AQ # 28: Buttons

If I were to narrow it down even further I would select these as my top five:

  • AQ # 1: Bloom
  • AQ # 10: Crossroads
  • AQ # 22: Crossroads
  • AQ # 25: Towne House
  • AQ # 28: Buttons

Then my all-time favorite, if you must know, is……

  • AQ # 25: Towne House

After reading my lists you have probably noticed that I made a slight booboo when choosing the names for my quilts. Oops! Somehow I gave AQ # 10 and AQ # 22 the same name. Who does that? LOL! I mean, it’s not like I have oodles and oodles of quilts that are hard to keep track of.

You would think that I would have a master list somewhere that monitored the name assignments. Sadly I did not. I do now though! I’ve taken the time to organize my blog posts and created categories to make the management of my art quilts easier. The categories also make it simpler to find all of the posts related to each quilt. All this organizing probably makes me sound slightly analytical but I am a numbers kind of gal so it only makes sense that I would do it.

So, which one is your favorite? Notice I am not asking for your top ten or your top five; just your # one choice. I know it probably seems unfair to ask you for only one favorite but I didn’t want you to have to work too hard. Leave me a comment sharing your thoughts of the tour as well as which art quilt is your favorite. You can also ask me questions. I love receiving and responding to comments from my readers! 🙂

I know you probably have a limited amount of time set aside for reading blogs and because of that I want to thank you for stopping here. I’m so glad we had the chance to visit and catchup.

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About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson

AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural Update


Seven Improv Art Quilts

On September 29th I began a journey that ultimately created seven improv art quilts. These Seven art quilts were among the 16 quilts I recently finished.

Hand-Made Fabric

AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural was created using the second section of hand-made fabric. Added to that were additional segments of cotton fabrics, hand-dyed burlap and over-dyed wool. The burlap, with an open-weave, rough texture, and the wool with a soft, fuzzy feel both add elements of interest not achieved with a cotton only surface.

The Units

This unit by itself could have been declared finished. Instead I decided to draw out the orange and gold colors by layering them as backgrounds behind the over-dyed wool. The edges of both were purposely fringed. The fringe adds even more texture. The final layer of my piece is a solid black 100% cotton fabric. This layer serves two purposes:

  • The first is to provide a resting place for your eyes and
  • The second is to draw your eye inward.

As you eye travels toward the center, the bright colors explode, announcing their presence.

The Sandwich

Behind the background is a sandwich of black fusible fleece and a layer of black cotton. Using my Pfaff sewing machine I secured all seven layers together with rows of color-coordinated, variegated thread. The variegation gives yet another element of interest. I like how sections of color jump off the fabric. They add far more detail than a solid colored thread ever would have.

On the black background I utilized a solid black thread because I didn’t want this quilting to take away from everything else. I wanted it to be functional yet silent.

Finishing Touches

After removing the excess fabric surrounding the outside edges I added facings. The facings were wrapped to the back and secured with hand-stitching. The use of a facing rather than a binding gave my quilt a clean, flowing edge. In it’s finished state, AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural measures 19″ x 15″.

AQ # 24_ On the Fringe (finished)
AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural All Finished

The Character

This quilt is loaded with elements of texture and color. Together they form an eye-popping multi-sensory experience.

AQ # 24_ On the Fringe (another view)
AQ # 24 Multi-Cultural, A Close-up

It is Finished!

AQ # 24 Multi-Cultural is now finished. This means that I have now shared eight of the 16 that were recently completed. It’s also the second quilt to have been made using my hand-made fabric. Links for the other seven quilts are listed below:

Thank you for visiting today!

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Scrap Fabric Art Quilt Recap


My mini series on 15 minutes of fun has certainly lasted way beyond 15 minutes. It all started with the purchase of Victoria Findlay Wolf’s book 15 Minutes of Play. Using her book I transformed scraps into home-made fabric and eventually turned that into 7 mini quilts. Here are all seven.

Art Quilt # 23: On The Fringe
Art Quilt # 23: On The Fringe
Art Quilt # 24_ Multi-Cultutal with Borders
Art Quilt # 24: Multi-Cultural ready for quilting
Art Quilt # 25: Towne House
Art Quilt # 25: Towne House
Art Quilt # 26: Blue Condo before adding borders
Art Quilt # 26: Blue Condo before adding borders
Art Quilt # 27: Summer Picnic after adding borders
Art Quilt # 27: Summer Picnic after adding borders
Art Quilt # 28: Buttons
Art Quilt # 28: Buttons
Art Quilt # 29: Pink Cadillac
Art Quilt # 29: Pink Cadillac

Each mini quilt has its own unique style. I’ve had a blast creating every single one. As I write this post I have been busy doing the quilting and adding bindings or facings. If all goes well I hope to share final updates within the next month. Cross your fingers for me.

Thanks for following along!

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AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural


15 Minutes of Play

I enjoy sharing the stories behind my projects. Today’s mini quilt was conceived during the construction of Art Quilt # 23: On the Fringe. In that post I talked about Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book 15 Minutes of Play. In her book she teaches how to repurpose your unused scraps into new pieces of fabric.

A Springboard

Following her suggestions I successfully created one large piece of fabric. The large piece was then cut into six sections. Section one was used in the construction of On the Fringe. Section two was used as a springboard for today’s art quilt. The remaining four sections will be used in other pieces. Stories of their adventures will be shared soon.

Many Layers

I’ve called this mini art quilt Multi-Cultural because of its many layers and textures. The center most section is a piece of hand-made fabric. To that I added strips of fabric which formed a border. One of the pieces is a hand-dyed, color coordinated burlap. The burlap was included in a bundle I purchased from a small pop-up business at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) in Ohio. The most unusual fabric was a small piece of over-dyed wool, also purchased in Ohio.

Art Quilt # 24_ Multi-Cultural
Art Quilt # 24: Multi-Cultural before adding background fabrics

Here we see a photo of the art piece after adding the hand-dyed burlap as well as the cotton fabric borders and the over-dyed wool. Fused behind the wool, with Misty Fuse, are two layers of fabric. The first one is orange and the second fabric is gold. The third layer consists of black cotton. After fusing all four layers together the mini art quilt now looks like this.

Art Quilt # 24_ Multi-Cultutal with Borders
Art Quilt # 24: Multi-Cultural ready for quilting

Ready for Quilting

The mini art quilt has been added to my stack of projects waiting to be quilted.

If you would like to see the first mini art quilt created in this series you can find my post here.

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