Fragments: The Last Quilt in A Long Line

Last One This is the last quilt in the Blue House series. By the time I made this one there weren’t many fragments left. The pile of remaining scraps gave me the inspiration for this quilt’s name, FRAGMENTS. If you look closely you will find tiny remnants of the original quilt. They are kind of hard to find but with a little effort you will discover their whereabouts.

Size Doesn’t Matter The quilt, while small in stature, makes a big statement. It is a visual reminder of how even the tiniest of scraps can become a very important part of a much larger invention.

Time to Finish Just like the quilt called SPLIT PERSONALITY this quilt or wall hanging (what ever you want to call it) has been buried in a pile of UFQ’s (unfinished quilts). When it finally resurfaced I was more than ready to see it through to the final quilting steps. Since this project is quite small, measuring only 23″ x 36,” it didn’t take very long to quilt it. I kept the number of stitch patterns to a minimum to allow the quilt piecing to take center stage. Now that the quilting is finished all that is left is a binding and a hanging sleeve. Take a look at the photos below.

The End of a Series This brings to a close my BLUE HOUSE series. While it’s been a long journey it certainly has been a fruitful one. So many wonderful quilts came out of my original quilt top. I’ve had a great time sharing my journey of re-creation and I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

If you are interested in revisiting the journey from day one until now, you may do so by following this link.

Vital Statistics

  1. Quilt Name – Fragments
  2. Size – 23″ x 36″
  3. # of Stitches applied – 56,516
  4. Time spent quilting – 2 hours and 12 minutes
  5. Thread color used – Perma Core Black
  6. Stitch patterns used – Swirls, Flowers and Feathers

Thank you for stopping by! Your visits are always appreciated!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Split Personality

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The Original Quilt Top

One More Time

Followers of my blog may be familiar with the project I call The Blue House. The Blue House (also known as Simple Times Crib Quilt) was a quilt top I had decided to cut apart and reassemble. From that one quilt top I created numerous projects of various sizes and shapes. I call this one SPLIT PERSONALTY.

As you can see from the photo below the center panel of the project was created by connecting leftover fragments of the original quilt with other scraps, slicing them apart and sewing them back together. After stitching together the center panel I surrounded it with two borders then set it aside to wait for quilting.

Finally Time

For several months now it’s been waiting in my UFQ (unfinished quilt) stack. Even though I have my very own long arm quilt machine I hire out my services to other people. The quilts belonging to those people always take priority over my own. I recently finished the last of my stockpiled customer quilts. This milestone opened up the possibility to work on something of my own. This quilt was the next one in line.

After waiting patiently for many months I was so excited to finally be able to add its finishing touches. I used a variety of patterns to practice my skills. Some of the areas turned out really well and some not so much. But overall I’d have to say I’m satisfied with the outcome. All I have left to do now is add a binding and some sort of attachment to aide in hanging it up. Here’s how it turned out.

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Vital Statistics

  1. Name = Split Personality
  2. Dimensions = 61 1/2″ x 34 1/4″
  3. Time Spent Quilting = 2 hours 24 minutes
  4. # of Stitches Applied = 57,364
  5. Thread Used: Perma Core Black
  6. Stitch Patterns = geometric, wavy lines, loops, hills and valleys, and swirls

Thanks for visiting!

Cindy Anderson

Looking Back

It’s Almost Over

2015 is about to become history. Before it does let me take you on a pictorial journey of In A Stitch Quilting’s last 12 months. Enjoy!

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Kari M’s Pretty In Pink

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Kari M’s Pretty In Pink

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Kari M’s Pretty In Pink

Cari M's Pretty in Pink
Kari M’s Pretty in Pink

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Four Score Quilt

Four Score Quilt - Stitched and Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Four Score Quilt – Stitched and Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Four Score Quilt
Four Score Quilt

Deb G Memory Quilt
Deb G Memory Quilt

Deb G's Memory Quilt - Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Deb G’s Memory Quilt – Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

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Lines

Deb G's Memory Quilt - Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Deb G’s Memory Quilt – Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Swirls
Swirls

Deb G's Potted Flower Quilt
Deb G’s Potted Flower Quilt

Swirls
Swirls

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Paisleys

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Flower

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First Year Quilt

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iPad Tote # 3

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Mr. J’s Quilt Top

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Surprise Quilt

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All That’s Left

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Four Square

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Remnants of the Past

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The Blue House

While this was just a sampling of the activity that took place in my studio during 2015 I hope you found it to be enjoyable.

Cindy Anderson

The Blue House Continued

One of my goals is to see how many items I can recycle. While enjoying food or beverages away from home I often check the bottoms of plastic cups and containers for their recycling symbol. If it falls within the guidelines set by my community I will transport those items back home to be added to our recycling bin.

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I also like to utilize recycled furnishings. Inside my home you will find furniture constructed from reclaimed barn wood, old cabinets purchased from flea markets and antiques stores as well as old pieces of pottery and items I call collectibles.

Quilters are often characterized as savers or recyclers. Every time an item is made there are always leftover pieces of fabric. Those remnants or scraps are often accumulated in baskets or tubs for future use. The size of the piece will determine if the scrap is salvageable or not. For some there is no piece too small and yet for others there is a minimum standard set for retention. I have my limits. Anything less than 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ is to too small for my liking.

I’ve been sharing my journey to re-purpose or recycle a quilt top, formerly known as the Simple Times Crib Quilt.

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After disassembling its various segments I utilized a portion of the sections to make a mini quilt I call The Blue House. You may read about the adventure here. The Blue House used only a small fraction of the available units. The remaining pieces have been reconfigured into at least five other items.

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The Blue House

The first is a tiny little critter slightly larger than a standard size sheet of office paper. The body of this small but useful item was taken from a section of the second border. To frame the segment I added a border cut from a sage green fabric. On my conventional sewing machine I quilted it with a very simple straight line stitch. After binding it with matching fabric I added a few buttons for interest. The finished teeny tiny quilt adds a bit of flair to one of my cabinets. I have named it All That’s Left.

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All That’s Left

The second one, which I have labeled Four Square measures 19″ x 29″. The resource for this one was five of the Four Square blocks, also from the second border. As with the first item, I added a border of sage green fabric. A straight line quilting stitch was used. Not to be outdone by the first mini quilt this one sports buttons as well. The quilt currently resides in my office on top of my multi-drawer storage cabinet. I purchased the cabinet from one of my favorite antiques store.

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Four Square

Next is the table topper I have labeled Remnants of the Past. This one measures 16 1/4″ x 44 3/4″. As with the other items this too came from part of the second border in the Simple Times Crib Quilt along with the addition of half-square triangles from the original outer-most border. Surrounding the row of half-square triangles is a border of blue material. I pulled this fabric from my inventory. A straight-line quilting stitch was applied with my Pfaff sewing machine. After applying a binding crafted from the same blue fabric I finished it off with a label. As of today the table runner is being used as a decoration on my desk. It makes a very comfortable place to rest my wrists when typing on my keyboard.

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Remnants of the Past

The remaining two projects have been assembled and carefully pressed. They are patiently waiting for their turn to be quilted on my long-arm quilt machine. Their reveal will not take place until they are finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Blue House Renovation: Step Seven

The journey of the  Blue House wall hanging has been long. Let’s look back at what has been accomplished:

  • We started HERE with my declaration to dismantle my Simple Times crib quilt, (aka the Blue House).
  • NEXT up was deciding how to disassemble the quilt top.
  • THIRD on my journey was the actual dismantling.
  • The FOURTH step took me back to the drawing board.
  • FIFTH on the list of tasks was choosing embellishments.
  • The SIXTH step was quilting my project.
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Now it’s time to finish the Blue House.

To finish off the Blue House wall hanging all I have left to do is attach binding, a label and a quilt sleeve. Compared to everything else that has transpired this is a relatively simple task. To bind the wall hanging I used 2 1/2″ strips of the grey fabric used in the body of the wall hanging. The quilt sleeve was also made with the same color. The quilt label was cut from solid white fabric. On it I hand printed details of the wall hanging.

Well, there you have it; my finished Blue House  wall hanging. Unlike it’s predecessor, I absolutely, wholeheartedly love the outcome. I couldn’t be more pleased.

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Now just because I have declared the Blue House wall hanging finished doesn’t mean this adventure is over. The Blue House fabric utilized from the original Simple Times crib quilt was only a fraction of the fabric available. From the remains I made at least five other projects. Details of those projects will follow over the next several weeks.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Cindy Anderson

Blue House Renovation: Step Six

From its original state until now the Blue House has gone through a huge transformation. Before adding the label, quilt sleeve and binding I decided I wanted to take the reinvention phase a bit further. Time to audition embellishments.IMG_6955

From my inventory I pulled boxes of buttons, ribbons, ric-racs well as a huge tub of thread. Little by little I auditioned buttons of every color choosing the ones that best fit.

 

Imagining how they would add to the quilt’s visual appeal was the most fun. Once I had them narrowed down I set them aside and moved on to the containers of fiber art supplies. From my stash I retrieved ribbons, cording, yarns and pompoms and strategically placed them in the wall hangings surface.

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Several options stood out immediately because of their complimentary colors and texture while others just didn’t fit in. With patience and a keen eye I sifted through many of the possibilities whittling away at the options until the final cut was made.

Sewing on buttons is not one of my favorite tasks. Whenever possible I use my sewing machine. When selecting the buttons for this project I made certain they were suitable for machine application. Each button was carefully attached making certain the machine’s presser foot didn’t damage the button. After buttons I moved on to ric-rac and hand stitching. I love the way French knots look so I added them in several different colors. Rows of a running stitch were also incorporated.

After applying the last piece of embellishment I sat back, in my chair, took a deep breath and allowed my eyes to survey the Blue House wall hanging. My heart was so pleased. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Not much left before this project is finished. Time to take a break.

When next we meet we will finish up the wall hanging. I’m looking forward to seeing you then!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

 

Blue House Renovation: Step Five

We’ve come a long way in this quilt transformation. The list of things left to complete has grown much, much shorter. Time now to add some decorations.

The very first thing we need to do is secure the quilt sandwich with stitching/quilting. For very small projects, like this one, I prefer to do the quilting on my Pfaff sewing machine. My conventional sewing machine has 100’s of decorative stitches. Adjusting stitch width and/or length as well as thread color provides oodles of possibilities. My imagination would be my only limitation.

To minimize the shifting of the three layers (quilt top, batting and backing) I carefully placed pins in strategic locations. Once those were in place it was time to let my creativity run wild. Line by line, section by section stitches were added. Some were zigzag, some were straight while others showed way more imagination. I used nine different stitch patterns.

Here’s how the Blue House wall hanging looked after some of the stitching was finished.

IMG_6981Once the quilting is finished it is time to move on to embellishments. See you next time!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Blue House Renovation: Step Four

A quilt is not a quilt until I say so! When we last chatted about this never-ending Blue House renovation I absolutely didn’t like what I saw. It was no more beautiful, in my eyes, than the original version. In fact, I almost would say I disliked it even more. But, let’s not go that far.

IMG_6700I had a bad case of Deja vu. The author of the book create your own free-form quilts, Rayna would tell me to keep slicing, keep adding fabric until you like it. So out came the seam ripper and the rotary cutter. The borders were removed first and cut into smaller segments. The center panel was subjected to slice after slice, after slice. After each slice a new strip of fabric was added.IMG_6951No two strips were identical in size, color or shape. By the time I was finished, what once was an easily identifiable Blue House had turned into tiny remnants. Anyone not familiar with the quilt’s origin would not be able to tell it had once been an ugly Blue House.

My new creation was unlike anything I had ever made before. I had tiptoed into new waters and survived to tell about it. This quilt was by no means finished. I had borders and embellishments to add as well as quilting, a label, a quilt sleeve and a binding. Better leave that until next time. Note: If you would like to read about the journey this quilt has taken so far you may read about it here, here, and here.

 

Blue House Renovation: Step Three

The story of how the Blue House quilt transformation began can be read here.

After removing hundreds of stitches and slicing the Blue House into strips it was time to make a plan. A new plan. A new vision. A new purpose. First on my list of things to do was camouflaging the blue house. I started by slicing it into strips.

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By the time I had finished the Blue House was no longer recognizable.IMG_6865 Once the last stitch was added I stepped back to see what I had created. The more I looked, the more I surveyed my new quilt, the more I hated it. Oh, Oh! Sounds like a broken record! Time to go back to the drawing board.