In April of this year I made the decision to reinvent a number of my existing works of art (see Operation Renovation). We were in the midst of our “safer at home” quarantine for the Covid 19 virus and I was itching to create something new. The items chosen were small in size and easily adaptable for attaching to a stretched canvas frame. Mounting fabric art pieces to a frame is my favorite finishing technique.
A Little History
Courthouse steps is the name of a quilt block pattern. The pattern, a variation of a log cabin, is easy to make. In 2018 I participated in a block swap with a group of online quilters. The pattern chosen for the swap was the courthouse steps. I received twelve finished blocks from the swap. Most of the blocks were made from color combinations that I didn’t like. The unusual groupings gave me the opportunity to use my abstract piecing skills.
As the name of this item suggests there were fourteen new art projects that resulted from my experiment. The first post written about Courthouse Friends 11 of 14 was shared back in August, 2018. In that journal entry I shared the details of this small fiber art piece.
Since Courthouse Friends 11 of 14 was currently in a completed state I had to first strip it back to raw edges. Once that was completed I could begin making plans for the new design. The body of the art work remained unchanged. To adapt it for framing new borders were added. One of the fabrics used in the original design was still in my inventory. The specimen, a purple fabric with multi-colored orbs, was selected for the first border. The variety of included colors helped to bring more focus to the pieced center.
For the final border I chose a royal blue material printed with varying shades of blue spheres. This blue along with the circular printed design added complimentary elements that helped to unify my project. As an added benefit the circles in both the first and second borders reminded me of polka dots and polka dots are among my favorite embellishments.
To polish off my newly remodeled fiber art quilt I used coordinating threads to stitch designs similar to the original version, then stapled it to a 16” x 20” frame. After sealing the back with a barrier, affixing hanging hooks and wire, soft bumpers for ventilation and a label, the jazzy art quilt was ready for display.
a new name
Before declaring my refashioned fiber art quilt complete I had one last detail to attend to and that was a new name. Going through all the steps to redecorate this lovely project without assigning a new identity seemed unheard of. Courthouse Friends 11 of 14 was christened Visions of the Past.
Let’s see how Visions of the Past looked in the before and after photos.
I think the redecorated fiber art quilt turned out rather nicely, if I do say so myself! Then again I am probably a bit biased.
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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…