Fuzzy, Art Piece 62 Renovation

Edge Treatments

Fiber art quilts typically have raw edges that need finishing. There are four common techniques used to address their edges:

-leave them raw

-add a binding

-add facings

-attach it to a stretched canvas frame.

I have tried all of the above options except the first one. I’m not opposed to leaving some of the components within my art creation raw but the idea of leaving all four of the outer edges untouched is not something I am comfortable with…yet.

Favorite Method

Of all the techniques mentioned above my favorite way to finish raw edges is to attach my art quilts to a stretched canvas. I started using this method earlier this year after being frustrated with the final outcome of many of my projects. The new-to-me concept has provided a tool that has consistently produced a professionally polished look.

The Project

After experimenting with the canvas mounting process I decided to launch a project to retrofit a number of my existing art quilts for framing. The project…Operation Renovation… has thus far successfully transformed eight art pieces. The item for today’s exploration is a 5 1/2” x 9 5/8” fiber art quilt known as Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62. The targeted size is an 11” x 14” stretched canvas. Let’s see how the renovation went.

Before and After

Don’t you just love reading about and seeing the before and after photos/stories of dramatic transformations. The often times Cinderella adventures make us feel all happy inside. Well, today’s revelation I believe will accomplish just such a response. Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 began as a small grouping of fabric scraps. Originally intended to be incorporated into a much larger art project its unique facade provided a presence that demanded attention. Rather than proceeding with the original plan I decided to turn Fuzzy into a solo art piece.

The title given to this fiber art quilt was chosen because of the frilly edged fabric in the center of the piece. As was mentioned before, I often leave small areas of fabric untouched or raw. The manufacturers edge treatment for the right-off the bolt material intrigued me. I found the exposed loopy threads so interesting that I just had to make it a design element.

Added Changes

Before beginning the retrofitting of Fuzzy I first had to remove the facings, hanging sleeve and label. Once the raw edges were exposed I could start the rehab by adding new borders. Added first was a warm gold to duplicate the already present hint of color. Next to be incorporated was an earthy orange printed with a softer orange pattern.

To meld the new additions with the original specimen I echoed the previous quilting design by embellishing the new borders with color-coordinated straight-line stitching. After making those additions, the harmonious image, of the entire package, made an already stunning project even more stately.

Take A Look

The project to transform Fuzzy from an art quilt small in stature into a specimen with a much grander appearance was relatively simple. Let’s look at the before and after images.

Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 Before Renovation
Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 Before Renovation
Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 After Renovation
Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 After Renovation

And Your Reaction Is?

I think the before and after images are great examples of how an already magnificent item can be made even more amazing by simply making a few changes. Do you agree? Share your thoughts by adding a comment.

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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

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.

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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.

Thank You!

Thank You for stopping by today! I’m so glad that we had the time to visit! I look forward to spending time with you again!

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