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

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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 # 29: Pink Cadillac Update

Lucky # 13

Since September 28, 2017, I’ve been sharing my sixteen finished quilts. This little guy is lucky #13. Measuring only 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ it is the tiniest of them all. I’ve heard it said that, “Good things come in small packages.” In this case I would have to agree.

This small family of scraps took very little effort to assemble. The short time span from start to finish is a quilter’s dream. Many quilts take lots of resources and loads of time.

The Name

For some of my art quilts choosing the name can be difficult; for this one it was easy. The instant I saw the pink fabric I knew exactly what it would be. The name that came to mind was Pink Cadillac, AQ # 29. The phrase, Pink Cadillac, brings back memories. I wrote about those memories in my original post. You may read about it here.

The Finish

Pink Cadillac, AQ # 29, was very easy to finish. The small quilt top was outfitted with a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a simple backing of white cotton. To embellish the art quilt I did a nondescript straight-line quilting pattern with a color coordinated thread. The raw edges of the mini quilt have been surrounded by white facings. In the back right corner details of the quilt were recorded.

AQ # 29_ Pink Cadillac (finished)
Pink Cadillac, Art Quilt # 29 All Finished

Aside from the details that I have already shared, not much more needs to be told. This quilt was easy to make, a breeze to name and a joy to see. It’s also the last in the series of quilts created from my home-made fabric. Of the sixteen quilts I only have three more to reveal. Two of them have never been talked about before so stay connected for my last three projects.

Recap

If you haven’t read the previous twelve posts I have included links to them below.

Thank You!

Thank you for sharing your time with me. I look forward to our next visit.

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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 # 29: Pink Cadillac

A Dream

In my earlier days I dabbled in the Mary Kay Cosmetics arena. My dream was to become a successful salesperson; unfortunately my achievements fell way short of my goal. Even though my efforts didn’t net me the mega dollars I dreamed of earning, I still have fun doing it.

No Possible Way

One of the coveted Mary Kay awards was a pink Cadillac. This pink Cadillac (auto dealers would tell you the color was actually salmon) was a well-known symbol of success. Anyone familiar with the organization knew exactly what it meant. There was absolutely no way I was ever going to receive a pink Cadillac. Even so, the image and its associated significance has stuck with me all these years.

The Runt

This little guy is the runt of the litter; the tiniest one yet to be declared finished. Art Quilt # 29 is the last in a line of seven mini improv art quilts all of which began with 15 Minutes of Play. Being a cast-off or remnant from the original home-made scrap fabric did not mean its future was bleak. Oh, quite the contrary!

A Little Polish

This small grouping of scraps required very little manipulation. All it took was a little polish here and a few stitches there. Once these minor renovations were complete the tiny quilt reached the “Aha” moment. The point in time when the author, me, declares the process finished.

For Art Quilt # 29 the moment arrived when I saw the fragments of pink fabric; the woven pink threads triggered my Mary Kay pink Cadillac memories. Obviously the pink scraps and a Cadillac share no resemblance; the only thing they have in common is the color family they belong to and their associated memory. Art Quilt # 29 won’t bring me financial wealth just like my Mary Kay sales. Art Quilt # 29 will, however, bring me joy and that’s what this endeavor is all about. Need I say more!

Art Quilt # 29 needs no further introduction. Let me present Art Quilt # 29: Pink Cadillac.

Art Quilt # 29: Pink Cadillac
Art Quilt # 29: Pink Cadillac

From Scraps, to Fabric, to Art Piece

My quest to process scraps, from fabric, into mini improv art quilts has officially been achieved. Thank you so much for being a faithful follower. Your continued support through your regular visits has meant so much.

Now is not the time to change your ways. Stay connected to watch as each of these seven mini art pieces have their finishing touches applied. As each of those milestones are achieved I will share with you the updates.

If by some strange chance you missed the reveal of the other six quilts you can find links to them below.

Now go out and participate in whatever art form inspires or invigorates you!

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