16 Quilts, Are You Crazy!


100 Block Challenge

Are You Crazy!

No! Well, at least I don’t think so. 🤣

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.

Orphans

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 Ducklings

The blocks had been labeled by me as too ugly to be included in AP # 17: The Chosen Nine, AP # 18: Four Friends # 1andAP # 19: Four Friends # 2.

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.

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Thank You for sharing in my celebration of my newest art pieces! I hope that you will return to watch all 16 unfold.

Talk with you soon!

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Art Quilts, A Trip Down Memory Lane


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.

AQ # 1: Bloom

 

Bloom
Bloom

AQ # 2: Paws for a Moment

Paws for a Moment #1
Paws for a Moment

AQ # 3: Quilting Friends

Quilting Friends
Quilting Friends

AQ # 4: Flowers

Flowers
Flowers

AQ # 5: Sunrise

Art Quilt # 5: Sunrise, The Quilt
Art Quilt # 5: Sunrise with its many embellishments

AQ # 6: In the Right Direction

In the Right Direction
In the Right Direction

AQ # 7: This Way

This Way #1
This Way

AQ # 8: This Way # 2

This Way #2
This Way #2

AQ # 9: Moo

Moo
Moo

AQ #10: Crossroads

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AQ # 10: Crossroads

AQ # 11: Birch Trees

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Birch Trees

AQ # 12: Autumn

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Autumn

AQ # 13: Ticktock

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Ticktock

AQ # 14: Tulip

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Tulip

AQ # 15: Hodgepodge

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Hodgepodge 

AQ # 16: Bird House

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Bird House

AQ # 17: The Chosen Nine

Art Quilt # 17_ The Chosen 9
The Chosen Nine

AQ # 18: Four Friends # 1

Art Quilt # 18_ Four Friends # 1
Four Friends # 1

AQ # 19: Four Friends # 2

Art Quilt # 19_ Four Friends # 2
Four Friends # 2

AQ # 20: Rising Star

AQ# 20_ Rising Star
Rising Star

AQ # 21: Backwards

AQ # 21_ Backwards
Backwards

AQ # 22: Crossroads

AQ # 22_ Crossroads (Finished)
Crossroads

AQ # 23: On The Fringe

AQ # 23_ On the Fringe
On the Fringe

AQ # 24: Multicultural

AQ # 24_ On the Fringe (finished)
Multicultural

AQ # 25: Towne House

AQ # 25_ Towne House (finished)
Towne House

AQ # 26: Blue Condo

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (finished)
Blue Condo

AQ # 27: Summer Picnic

AQ # 27_ Summer Picnic (finished)
Summer Picnic

AQ # 28: Buttons

AQ # 28_ Buttons (finished)
Buttons

AQ # 29: Pink Cadillac

AQ # 29_ Pink Cadillac (finished)
Pink Cadillac

AQ # 30: Harvest Medley # 1

AQ # 30_ Harvest Medley # 1
Harvest Medley # 1

AQ # 31: Harvest Medley # 2

AQ # 31_ Harvest Medley # 2
AQ # 31: Harvest Medley # 2

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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AQ # 18: Four Friends # 1 Update


Let’s Get Acquainted
As can be seen from the photo below this quilt is small in stature. The quilt only measures 13 1/2″ long and 13 1/2″ in wide.

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Art Quilt # 18: Four Friends # 1

While it might be small, when compared to a lap size quilt, it makes a giant statement for its tiny size.

In The Beginning

Art Quilt # 18: Friends #1 began to take shape while I was on a solo nine day retreat. The retreat gave me a wonderful opportunity to stretch my wings and express my creativity through my quilting.

These four blocks have been on quite a journey. In their original form they were among a stack of blocks I received while participating in a block swap. The blocks were made using the Courthouse Square pattern and jewel tone fabrics.

So Disappointing!

The blocks I received had a few issues. Some were poorly constructed while others were not made from jewel tone fabrics. I tried stitching the blocks together using a simple arrangement but didn’t like the outcome. If I had left them in that format I wouldn’t have wanted to display it. The top would have simply been stuffed away in a dark corner of my closet.

Out Came the Stitches

Since I didn’t want to waste the blocks I had to find a different, more attractive way to repurpose them. With seam ripper in one hand and quilt top in the other I began disassembling the quilt top. After separating the blocks some of them were turned into art quilts. The leftovers sat idle waiting for my attention.

The Division

These four blocks were harvested from a batch of 24. The 24 were segmented into  four different groups. A group of nine were used to make Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen Nine. Seven of them were deemed to ugly to use. The remaining eight were divided into two groups of four. The first set was used to make this quilt. The second set of four were used in another one. That quilt will be revealed next time.

The Transformation

As with Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen Nine I decided to leave the white cotton fabric surrounding the repurposed blocks intact. I liked how the white border drew attention to them.

All I really had to do was give the blocks a careful pressing, then sew them together. Next I sandwiched them with a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a backing of white cotton. To secure the three layers I used my Pfaff sewing machine to stitch straight lines. Rather than a binding I added facings to finish the edges.

Origin of the Name

If you recall I mentioned earlier that these four blocks had been among a segment of eight. I thought of those eight blocks as being a group of friends. After dividing them into two families of four I thought why not call them Friends # 1 and Friends # 2. Friends # 2 will have its debut soon.

To Conclude

Well, that is the story behind Art Quilt # 18: Friends # 1. Even though these four blocks traveled through a long and twisting journey I think their final outcome is a pleasant one. One that will definitely not land them in the back of my closet. 🙂

You have now witnessed the second of sixteen reveals. If you missed the first one you can find it at this link. Be watching for reveal number three.

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