The name, chosen by a friend of mine, is as unusual as the composition. Assembled from groupings of leftover fabrics, this item contains very few elements. The majority of the building blocks came from Fusion I. Rather than adding them to my parts department I decided to make the grouping the focus of my final fabric fusing project. The irregularly shaped specimens were adhered to a really fun dotted black cotton. The large black dots as well as the tiny grey ones accentuate the print present on the cream pedestal. The cow, resting precariously atop the pedestal, has its own unique coloring; one quite unlike any other in the world. Most notable are the wisps of cheese cloth.
This small but interesting art quilt has a sandwich of batting and cotton fabric. To connect the three layers together I added straight lines of machine quilting to the cow and pedestal. To accentuate the large black dots I echoed around each one in a circular pattern.
In February of 2020 I took this fiber art piece along with several others to a retreat I was attending with a number of my friends. Part of the nearly week long adventure is sharing our accomplishments. Much to my surprise one of my roommates asked if she could purchase it. I was thrilled beyond measure to have the honor. Cow On A Pedestal is currently on display in the home of my friend Linda.
This is by no means my last entry in this journal. It is however the last installment in my Sue Benner adventures. Sharing with you this amazing experience has been truly a pleasure. The five days that I spent getting to know and learning from Sue were some of the most enjoyable I have ever experienced. Sue is such a wonderful person and teacher. If you ever have the chance to attend one of her classes I highly recommend jumping at the opportunity. You will not be disappointed!
Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.
I’ve been focusing all my attention on finished art projects yet overlooked two very exciting accomplishments. The first occurred shortly before I left for my sewing retreat. Aside from the information I share on my blog I also post tidbits on Facebook and Instagram.
As I mentioned earlier, something very special happened before my marathon sewing extravaganza. After posting a photo on IG I received a private message from a friend. This amazing lady bakes and decorates cookies. By decorate I don’t mean she slathers a thick layer of canned frosting on top then sprinkles it with those itty bitty candies you shake from a bottle. No way! Her cookies are masterpieces. She painstakingly covers each cookie with unbelievably gorgeous images. Her cookies are a work of art. In fact they are almost too pretty to eat…but I wouldn’t go that far.
My friend’s inquiry asked about purchasing the item I had just posted. I’m sure you can imagine how ecstatic I was. After trading several messages the deal was sealed. With no time to spare, before I left for my northern extravaganza, plans were made to handle the sale after I returned home.
This is the item she purchased.
My friend is now the proud owner of this sweet little fiber art piece.
The other very unexpected surprise happened while I was at the sewing retreat with friends. In a previous post I talked of the many items I worked on. One of the projects was this one.
Part of the fun of being at a sewing retreat is being able to see the amazing projects of your fellow quilters. Cow On A Pedestal was one of the items I started while attending A Sue Benner class at the Woodland Ridge Retreat. I’m not going to give a whole lot of detail about it now because I have a future post dedicated to this specimen. What I will share is that one of my roommates approached me about buying the art quilt. She fell in love with it’s appearance and just had to have it for her collection. I was so honored. Shortly after we agreed on a price, money exchanged hands and so did Cow On A Pedestal.
Now how awesome is that! Right before and during my sewing retreat I made two sales! Who would have thought!
It seems only natural to mention at this point that many things on this website can be purchased. Items that are available for sale will have a section at the bottom of the post listing the purchase price, etc. along with links to available methods of payment. This is a new feature that I am slowly adding. My newer fiber art pieces will have the option to purchase added as soon as the post is published. Items that were shared in the past will be updated as time allows.
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! ~smile~