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.
Polka dots and French knots are two of my favorite things to add to art work—the quilt I’m revealing today has plenty of both. Many Dots, AP # 82 was given its name because of its circular elements.
Also incorporated are leftover scraps from previous projects. You will see them near the center. The first is a triangular grouping of green fabrics. The second section is directly to the right. Both were partnered with fabrics that nicely meld them all together. I really like it when I can find a use for remnants too good to toss.
To finish my project I added a mixture of hand and machine quilting. I also included three turquoise beads and a matching lime green button. My striking, newly finished art quilt looks like this.
“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.
One of the joys of finishing an art piece is sharing it with you. My most recent finish is a piece titled Wise Old Owl, AP # 76. Read on to discover it’s details.
I participated in Pam Beal’s class Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact back in the spring of 2018. The specimen being shown today was started during that class.
This quilt, as with many others, started from leftover scraps. If you refer to the photo below you will see them in the center of the art piece. They are the dangling strips of random fabrics. This odd grouping adds an unexpected point of interest. Further interest was added through these special features:
Three Stitches: In the quilt’s uppermost area you will notice three stitches. Pam often adds elements of surprise to her masterpieces. These three stitches are my surprise touch.
One Bead: Adding further excitement is the addition of an unusual single teal bead. The bead was purchased from Etsy long before I began this project. Since then I had been waiting for just the right opportunity to use it. This project seemed like the perfect place.
Three Small Beads: The goal of a balanced quilt is evenly distributed color. To spread the presence of teal in yet another location, three small teal beads were stitched to the black horizontal fabric strip.
Zigzag Stitch: The grouping of fabric strips with uneven lengths and varied colors have raw edges. Normally raw edges would be secured inside a seam. Since these were not I added a row of zigzag stitching to prevent unraveling.
Black Strip: Although it may be hard to tell the horizontal black strip extends beyond the mini quilt’s edges on both sides. Each end of the strip was stitched together to protect the unfinished edges.
Here’s why I’ve named my piece Wise Old Owl:
The teal triangle reminds me of eyebrows.
The two small grey triangles, on either side of the eyebrows, look like eyes,
The short black vertical strip of fabric beneath the eyes forms a beak.
The horizontal black strips extending beyond the sides of the quilt look like outstretched wings.
Ms. Wise Old Owl has a black binding to protect her delicate edges. Her backside is covered with a matching black fabric. Inside she is kept warm by a layer of Warm & Natural batting. She measures 13 x 8″.