Quite some time ago I participated in a class taught by Pam Beal at Woodland Ridge Retreat. The class Minimal Design, Maximum Impact focused on creating fiber art pieces that use a limited pallet of colors and/or design features. Today’s reveal has a limited color pallet but definitely not a limited number of stitches.
Testing 1, 2, 3 was assembled from test samples of four different construction methods: fabric strip manipulation, triangles, fractured circles and wedge piecing. All four were merged together to form this art quilt. The new creation was then surrounded by a border of black cotton fabric. Added for embellishment were four wool circles and a myriad of hand quilting stitches. Perle cotton was the primary thread used. To complete the fiber quilt an envelope of black cotton fabric was added to the back along with a hanging sleeve and a label with identifying features. Measuring 20 1/4” x 12 1/4” Testing 1, 2, 3 may be minimal in size but nowhere near minimal in impact.
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I recently wrote a post about a new-to-me method I wanted to explore. Should I touched on the topic of using stretched canvas to finish an art piece. I’ve heard and read so much about the concept that I decided to give it a try.
The first specimen for my experiment was this one.
Before I could proceed I had to make a number of decisions:
Determine current size
What should the final dimensions be
How much extra fabric would I have to add
Should I add batting behind the extra fabric
Did I want to quilt the extra fabric
Should I finish the raw edges of the added fabric
Once I answered all those questions I had to implement my plan. The process of checking off each of the items on my list went rather smoothly.
The next hurdle was the actual mounting on the canvas. I watched several YouTube videos and read quite a few blog posts about this topic. The videos were the most helpful. The video by Leila Gardunia was my favorite. I lost track of the number of times that I watched it. When I felt confident I could actually attempt to proceed I located our staple gun and extra staples and set the wheels in motion. Being a perfectionist I took a few try’s before I was satisfied. In the end I was rather pleased with the outcome. This is how my canvas mounted art quilt looked when I was finished.
Completing my first go-around with this method gave me the confidence to proceed with my second and third, and well you get the picture. Who knows…this just might be my go-to technique for all my fiber art creations.
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Have you ever named an art project and then realized that you have already assigned the name to something else? Well, I have! Twice! The art piece I am showing you today, Cobblestones is the name I gave to Cobblestones, AP # 80.
Both pieces were designed with the same photo in mind.
While they both had the same inspiration their outcomes are totally different.
I am a spreadsheet person. By that I mean that I like to use spreadsheets to organize my life because they are much more reliable than scraps of paper. Of course their reliability hinges upon actually using the app.
After experiencing hurdles in maintaining a reliable list of my art pieces I decided to design a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet would be readily available because I could access it on all of my electronic devices—I almost always have one at my side. I was so proud of myself once the data was entered. While very few things are perfect I had high expectations that this would eliminate duplicate names.
In order for the spreadsheet to reach foolproof status one has to utilize it. Sometimes I’m lazy and resort back to pen and paper. In this instance that is exactly what happened. I was not aware of my dilemma until I sat down to bring my spreadsheet up to date. When I did, I had to make a decision—should I allow them both to maintain the same name or should I change one of them. In the end I chose to change one of the names ever so slightly. Today’s piece was given the modified name, Cobblestones II.
With the explanation for this project’s name revealed let’s take a look at the construction and design. I created my art piece while attending Pam Beal’s class Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact. Cobblestones II, as mentioned earlier, was inspired by a photo I took while attending QSDS.
Unlike it’s very colorful predasessor this art quilt was constructed using only three colors—a soft shade of blue, navy blue and bordeaux. Looking at the photo you will see that the cobblestones were fashioned from navy blue. The process of cutting and stitching the fabric back together created a woven texture or three dimensional appearance. I rather like that look. A border of soft blue was added to surround the cobblestones. Wrapping around all four sides is the bordeaux. The bordeaux creates a large negative space. This negative space creates a generous place for your eye to rest.
To finish my piece I added hand stitching using color coordinated threads. In the upper most bordeaux section I added three simple X’s. In the bottom area I echoed or replicated the cobblestones by stitching a grid pattern.
Cobblestones II has a very striking yet minimalist appearance. I think Pam Beal would be very pleased. Cobblestones II measures 14 1/2 x 8”.
I am very excited to share another finished art piece. Measuring only 14 1/2 x 8 1/4” today’s addition to my portfolio is titled Purple Passion, AP # 85. As with so many of my other recent art pieces, this one began to take shape, on my design wall, at the Pam Beal Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact class.
Creating small works of art gives me the opportunity to use a variety of materials and techniques in a shorter amount of time. While minimalist in both size and design these new additions are not lacking in style. Let’s examine Purple Passion.
I’ve titled this piece Purple Passion because it reminds me of the passion fruit. Here’s why:
An outer purple layer
A green center
Black seeds (represented by the black circles in the center orange fabric strip)
Purple Passion has many stylish features. Among them are:
Raw edged fabrics secured with decorative stitching.
Color coordinated hand stitching
Three diamond shaped purple seeds represented by the three beads and
One very special, sparkly bead.
See for yourself.
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Slowly, ever so slowly I’ve been revealing art pieces resulting from my exposure to Pam Beal and her class, Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact. After today’s reveal there will be only four left to share. Let’s take a look.
Tuxedo, AP # 84 measures 10 3/4 x 6 3/4″. Like Ragged Edges, this special art piece has exposed edges. Look closely and you will find four.T
To give my Tuxedo a unique and masculine appearance I added a few embellishments.
All of the quilting was done by hand.
Except for the bold application of purple quilting, the remaining stitches were all done with color coordinated threads.
Centered in the tiny black fabric strips are small, purple, buttons made from French knots.
Last but not least, in the very bottom right corner, is what I have designated as the Tuxedo‘s boutonnière. There you will find three vertical purple French knots.
Thanks to Pam Beal and her Minimalist Design, Maximum Impactclass my explorations in minimalistic art quilting continue.
Being shared today is my latest project measuring only 8 3/4 x 5 3/4″. Known as Ragged Edges, it was created using small stacks of raw edged fabrics. The stacks themselves are barely over 1″ square. Each small grouping has been anchored to a white fabric background with a grid of black machine stitching, a row of teal hand-applied stitches and a single teal French knot. Each stack was then surrounded with rows of hand quilting using white thread. Say hello to Ragged Edges, AP # 83.
“Once in a blue moon” is a well-known idiom. The phrase refers to the occurrence of a second full moon within a calendar month. This phenomena only happens about once every thirty-two months.
The phrase “Once in a Blue Moon”was the inspiration for today’s art quilt. Initially begun at the Pam Beal Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact class, this project took on a whimsical nature with the addition of an unusual embellishment and fabric strip.
A quick glance at the above photo reveals the presence of a vertical navy blue section of fabric with the word Moo repeatedly printed on its surface. This piece of fabric gave me the idea to call my project Once In a Blue Moon Moo.
A careful tour of the 7 3/4 x 7 3/4” art quilt will reveal:
the presence of a multi-colored barn with;
a stylish, wood-grained, teal door;
sporting a teal zipper pull to act as the door’s handle;
a chimney fashioned from a tiny teal fabric scrap;
a grassy base represented by the fringed, teal, horizontal, fabric strip;
cleverly applied hand quilting using both matching and coordinating colors (note the stitches used to represent smoke arising from the chimney);
as well as a machine applied zig-zag stitch to secure raw edges.
All of these added elements helped to make this special art quilt a great addition to my portfolio. I hope that after you have examined each of my design elements you too will be able to grasp my vision.
Today I am sharing another finished art piece. This one is called Cobblestones, AP # 80.
While in Ohio at the 2017 Quilt Surface and Design Symposium (QSDS) I used my spare time to document my visit through photographs. One of the photos I took was of an exposed section of cobblestones peaking through a layer of bricks and asphalt. The photo provided inspiration for my Cobblestones quilt.
Cobblestone features an off-centered grouping of tiny colorful squares enveloped by strips of a soft mint colored fabric. The tiny squares, or artistically replicated cobblestones, were quilted with minimally spaced, hand-applied stitches. The soft mint fabric sections were quilted with matching thread using both machine and hand stitching. Cobblestone measures 10 x 4 1/2”.
This very simple masterpiece initially took shape during Pam Beal’s class Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact. The finishing touches were applied in my studio at home. If Pam were to see it today I believe she would say that it definitely fits into the minimalist category. Here’s my finished piece.