I’ve been working diligently at creating each of the blocks in the book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink. I am happy to report that I’ve completed the first 75. I think the last time I talked about them I had just completed block number seven so a lot has happened since.
Time For A Break
After completing block 74 I made the decision to stray, for a while, from my mission to make all 100. The last grouping of blocks I had just completed was slightly more complicated than all the rest. After accomplishing those my brain needed a rest. I was exhausted and needed something else to throw my quilting enthusiasm into.
I maintain a box of orphaned quilt blocks and misfit pieces. Every now and then I pull it out and peer inside to see if anything is calling my name. My recent scrounging reminded me that I still had remnants left from the Courthouse Steps debacle waiting for my attention. I’ve shared stories about these blocks in the past. You will find them listed under the category Courthouse Steps, Block of the Month. Feeling the strong desire to wrap up a few loose ends I chose the remaining remnants for my next project.
Ugly because I didn’t like them. They were just too boring for my taste. To make them appealing I had to camouflage their existence. The best way to do that was with a rotary cutter.
Time to Start
One by one I attacked all 6 ugly ducklings with a determination to turn each one into a beautiful swan. The end result created 16 brand new art pieces. All 16 have been quilted and are ready for finishing touches (binding, hanging sleeve and label). I’ll share photos when they are all finished. Until then I will leave you with a a photo of one of my experiments.
Thank You for sharing in my celebration of my newest art pieces! I hope that you will return to watch all 16 unfold.
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.
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! 🙂
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I spent my summer making fifteen different art quilts. Most of them have already been talked about briefly. Two of them have yet to be mentioned. In a recent post I shared that I was able to put the finishing touches on 16 projects. Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen Nine is the first of sixteen quilts to be finished.
Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen Nine had its original debut on August 30, 2017. In that post I shared the mini quilts evolution. My little quilt made quite a journey from a stack of ugly quilt blocks to this odd conglomerate of reinvented art. The photo below shows its final version.
Created from 100% cotton fabrics this quilt measures 21 1/4″ from top to bottom and 21 1/2″ from side to side. The individual blocks were assembled using fragments of other quilt squares, then surrounded by white fabric. Using even more white cotton I connected the nine blocks together with borders. The sea of white cotton elevates and draws attention to the orphaned remnants. They no longer languish in a forgotten stack of ugly blocks. Instead they have morphed together to form a very striking quilt.
The other two components of the quilt sandwich were composed from a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a backing of white cotton. The entire sandwich was quilted on my Pfaff sewing machine using straight lines of stitching. Wrapping all four borders is a machine and hand stitched binding also of white cotton.
What’s In A Name?
While there are any number of names that could have been given to my quilt I selected this one because it refers back to their origin. These nine blocks were chosen from a much larger grouping. This was not a random or haphazard selection. These blocks were deliberately picked.
If you were to ask me if this was how I had envisioned my quilt turning out I would have to say, “No.” Even in my wildest dreams I could never have imagined this. That is the beauty and the frustration of creating art from scratch. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. In this case I think I won big time. I am very pleased with my final product and will be very proud to hang it in my studio.
Thank you so much for honoring my art by reading my blog. It’s only through your participation that my work receives attention. You are what makes my blog successful!
Now go out and use your art to make a difference in this world!
If you are joining me for the very first time or have been away for a while, I’ve been sharing my latest adventures at my Little Cabin In The Woods (LCITW). This is the fifth posting in the series. If you would like to read the other four I will have links to them at the bottom of this page. Welcome!
I awoke this morning to another absolutely gorgeous day in the north woods. The sun is filtering through the trees creating a dappled light that gently illuminates my work area. I feel so blessed to have this space.
Last night, when I crawled beneath my covers, I took with me Cindy Grisdela’s book “Artful Improv.” After finishing the quilt top for the commissioned project yesterday I wasn’t quite sure what to tackle next. By reading Cindy’s book I thought perhaps it might be the spark to lead me in my next direction. Unfortunately my overwhelming fatigue allowed me to only briefly browse the many colorful and interesting pages.
Even though the quick tour was not really enough time to glean a lot of information it did bring back memories of the class I took a year ago this last May. It was a class led by Rayna Gillman called Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts. I wrote about the retreat in several posts. This is a link to one of the posts. I enjoy creating art through patterns as well as improvisational methods or improv. Since my stay so far had been focused on a pattern I decided today it seemed only natural to turn toward the improv direction.
While packing for this adventure I included, in my project box, the blocks I had created from a previous block swap. The blocks I received were not at all to my liking. Rather than leave them as they were I cut them up and turned them into smaller improv pieces. The new inventions were surrounded by white fabric and stitched together to form a quilt top. To let the quilt’s appearance solidify in my mind I set the quilt top aside to stew.
There currently are 24 blocks that have not been re-purposed and three that obviously have. Big decision now! Do I play with the three or do I focus on the 24?
The 24 blocks, although a much larger undertaking, is the direction I went.
There were many of the 24 blocks I really liked and the rest not-so-much. I decided to sort them into two piles, yes & no.
The ones on the left are the yes pile. There were seven blocks in the not-so-much or no pile. That left me with seventeen blocks.
Down to Seventeen
The seventeen were then sorted by color theme into a pile of nine somewhat subdued colors and the other eight slightly more vibrant colors. The stack of nine were shuffled through several arrangements until I found a color flow that I found appealing.
Next I had to decide if I wanted to leave them in their current size or shrink them down. Eventually I decided to leave the white border as is. The version with the larger white border gave the eye more room to rest. Here’s how they looked after being stitched together.
I’m calling them Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen 9.
The other eight blocks were divided into two groups of four. Each grouping was left as is. No changes were made in their dimensions. Here’s how the mini quilts looked after they were assembled.
This one is called Art Quilt # 18: Four Friends # 1
and this one is called Art Quilt # 19: Four Friends # 2.
One other small block was modified with the addition of a few fabrics and a striking yellow border. This sweet little gem, which I have named Art Quilt # 20: Rising Star, looked like this.
All four art pieces are awaiting the quilting process. I will update you when they are finished.
Before closing today I must share a brief account of my exciting afternoon. I discovered the presence of a winged insect, of the scary kind, inside my LCITW. This was the fourth one I had encountered. To explore where these creepy things might be coming into my cabin I went outside to take a look. Our air conditioners are located on the roof of the cabin. As I looked up at the one above my bedroom I noticed a fairly steady stream of critters flying in and out.
Multiple alarms (that’s putting it mildly) started sounding in my head. There was no way I could let that continue. After a few phone calls I found a local expert that could rectify my situation. Much to my delight he was able to make a service call within hours. Before the gentlemen left he knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to see the nest he had removed. Who wouldn’t want to? I grabbed my camera and went to see what he had found. I was absolutely shocked when I saw the nest. Take a look.
Isn’t it huge!! Thank goodness he took it with him! I was so glad he could remove the nest and not get stung.
Well this brings Day Five to a close. At the beginning of my post I told you I would share links to the first four days. Here they are: Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four. I look forward to our next visit. If you like what you have read and are not currently a follower, why not join in. To sign up just enter your email address in the designated area. It’s location varies depending upon what type of a device your are reading this on.
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