Windows, AP # 60

Converting Scraps

Turning remnants of previous projects into new art pieces is one of my specialties. I’ve made so many that I’ve lost track of the count.

In one of my previous posts I shared my latest goal of turning four leftover fragments into new works of art. Three of them were leftover scraps from my Bits & Pieces, AP # 33.

AQ #33-Bits and Pieces-Closeup 5
Art Quilt # 33, Bits and Pieces, Closeup #5

The First One

The first art piece to emerge from the scrap bin was this one.

AP # 60: Windows
AP # 60: Windows

I’ve named it Windows because the staggered pieces of hand-dyed batik remind me of the windows one might see in a high-rise office building.

Surrounding the batik scraps is a bright gold shot cotton. The border immediately adjacent is blue. This blue cotton was selected to match the printing in the batik.

Windows measures 21 1/8″ long x 10 3/8″ wide.


The hand-dyed batik rectangles along with the gold shot cotton were quilted with a straight-line pattern using a coordinating thread.

In the outer border I also used a matching thread to stitch a straight line motif for it’s quilting.

All of the quilting was done on my conventional sewing machine.

The Quilt Sandwich

Used inside the quilt sandwich was a fusible black batting. On the back of my art piece is a black cotton fabric. The raw edges have been protected by a black facing. Of course I’ve also attached a hanging sleeve and a label identifying my piece.

Very Pleased!

I think Art Piece # 60: Windows turned a group of discarded batik scraps into a striking new specimen. I’m very proud of this new member.

Next time I will reveal the second rebirth in this series.

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The Orphaned Quilt Block Project Continues

Four More Finished Art Pieces

During the process of recycling the Courthouse Steps castoffs I came across 4 other gems just waiting for my attention. Three of them were started during my lengthy journey creating the Bits & Pieces, AP #33.

AQ # 32_ Bits and Pieces-Finished

Finding just the right place to incorporate the tidbits into Bits & Pieces proved to be too challenging. Rather than forcing their presence I tossed them aside.

Where Did They Come From?

None of the three leftovers were in my orphaned quilt block basket. Instead they had apparently been swept away, with other random bits of fabric, and placed in my buckets of scraps. Who knows what I was thinking when I did that? The mind is a scary thing! 🙃

My research to find fabric additions for the Court House Steps blocks unearthed their presence. Being in a very adventurous mood I decided to convert them into finished art. Once I completed the 16 Court House Steps art pieces I turned my attention to those three mini segments.

All Ready

Now let’s fast forward several months. All three of the tiny fragments have been turned into new works of art and are ready for their debut. I will share the first one in my next post.

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