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.

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Windows At Night, AP # 61


Converting Scraps

The goal to convert leftover art piece scraps into new works of art continues with this post. Previously I shared a goal I had of turning four leftover fabric fragments into new works of art. Three of them were leftover scraps from my Bits & Pieces, AP # 33. The first segment was turned into Windows, AP # 60. You will find the story of that quilt here. The second bit of fabric scraps is the subject of today’s post.

AQ # 33_ Bits and Pieces-Closeup 1
Bits and Pieces, Art Quilt # 33, Closeup # 1

The Second One

The second art piece to emerge from the scrap bin is Windows At Night, AP # 61.

Windows At Night, AP # 61
Windows At Night, AP # 61

I’ve named it Windows At Night for two reasons. The first is because the staggered pieces of hand-dyed batik remind me of the windows one might see in a high-rise office building. The second reason is because of the dark blue fabric surrounding the hand-dyed batik scraps. This darker blue made the windows appear more prominent. Their prominence reminded me of how light emitted from windows is much more evident at night.

Surrounding the dark blue fabric is a border of hand-dyed cotton from Dye Candy. Dye Candy is created by Chris Daly, owner of Woodland Ridge Retreat.

The Details

The entire piece was quilted on my conventional sewing machine using a variegated coordinating thread and a straight-line stitch motif. On the inside of the quilt sandwich is a layer of Warm & Natural batting. The back is covered with a blue floral fabric. I’ve also added a hanging sleeve and a label identifying my work. Windows At Night measures 11” long x 10” wide.

Very Pleased!

I think Art Piece # 61: Windows At Night makes a wonderful new addition to my collection. Next time I will reveal the third rebirth in this series.

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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.

Embellishments

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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