Since September 28, 2017, I’ve been sharing my sixteen finished quilts. This little guy is lucky #13. Measuring only 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ it is the tiniest of them all. I’ve heard it said that, “Good things come in small packages.” In this case I would have to agree.
This small family of scraps took very little effort to assemble. The short time span from start to finish is a quilter’s dream. Many quilts take lots of resources and loads of time.
For some of my art quilts choosing the name can be difficult; for this one it was easy. The instant I saw the pink fabric I knew exactly what it would be. The name that came to mind was Pink Cadillac, AQ # 29. The phrase, Pink Cadillac, brings back memories. I wrote about those memories in my original post. You may read about it here.
Pink Cadillac, AQ # 29, was very easy to finish. The small quilt top was outfitted with a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a simple backing of white cotton. To embellish the art quilt I did a nondescript straight-line quilting pattern with a color coordinated thread. The raw edges of the mini quilt have been surrounded by white facings. In the back right corner details of the quilt were recorded.
Aside from the details that I have already shared, not much more needs to be told. This quilt was easy to make, a breeze to name and a joy to see. It’s also the last in the series of quilts created from my home-made fabric. Of the sixteen quilts I only have three more to reveal. Two of them have never been talked about before so stay connected for my last three projects.
If you haven’t read the previous twelve posts I have included links to them below.
The original post for this quilt was shared on 10/18/17. Since that date I have diligently worked to add the finishing touches. This project was among 15 other candidates awaiting the same outcome. On 9/28/17 I wrote a post announcing that every last one was done!! The accomplishment was definitely reason to celebrate.
Buttons, with it’s very small size of only 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ was very easy to polish off. If you remember, the teal border was already in place. Left on the list of steps to do were:
creating a sandwich,
The first layer of the sandwich is the tiny AQ # 28: Buttons quilt top. Beneath the art quilt is a layer of Warm & Natural batting. Next to that is a piece of white cotton fabric. Taking into consideration the miniature stature of Buttons there wasn’t any need for elaborate quilting. Anything above and beyond the simple straight-line pattern would have been overkill. To make certain the quilting blended with the fabric as much as possible I used a coordinating thread. The quilting took very little time. Just a few zips here and there and it was done. The unfinished edges of the quilt were enveloped in a facing of white fabric. The quilt’s identifying details have been recorded on the back.
This is what AQ # 28: Buttons looked like when it was completed.
I think AQ # 28: Buttons is, “Cute as a button.” 🙂
To sign off without sharing links to the other eleven completed projects would be cruel. 🙂 You will find them listed below.
This quilt began as a piece of home-made fabric. I created the fabric after reading Victoria Findlay Wolfe‘s 15 Minutes of Play. The new material was divided into seven sections. The first four segments were instrumental in creating:
When I first introduced Summer Picnic I talked about the meaning behind the colors, patterns and textures. All of them bundled together helped to create a warm and inviting art piece. There is one element in the quilt that stood out above all the rest and that is the woven strip of fabric near the bottom edge. This strip brought back memories of our family’s summer picnics. Those memories were the inspiration for naming this quilt.
11 of 16
AQ # 27: Summer Picnic is also one of the quilts I recently finished. This project is the 11th of 16 quilts to be revealed. When I first presented this quilt it looked like this.
Before quilting my art piece I sandwiched it with black fusible fleece and a colorful backing.
Finishing the Quilt
Using a color coordinated variegated thread I stitched a geometric pattern with my Pfaff sewing machine in everything except the outer-most border. In that border I used a matching thread to stitch a straight-line pattern.
The outer raw edges were wrapped with a binding created from the same fabric as the backing. AQ # 27: Summer Picnic measures 21 1/2″ x 22 1/2″. On the back, in the bottom right corner, is a label identifying the quilt.
The Other QuiltsAs was mentioned earlier, AQ # 27: Summer Picnic is one of 16 quilts. Four have yet to be revealed. Links to the first ten quilts can be found below:
AQ # 26: Blue Condo is the tenth of 16 quilts receiving their final reveal. On 9/29/17 I made the exciting announcement that 16 of my projects were finally finished. 16 sounds like a lot of work! When I think back on how much time was involved I would have to concur. Two good things happened though:
My list of unfinished projects shrunk and,
I was able to watch an enormous amount of movies.
AQ # 26: Blue Condo, as was the case with AQ # 25: Towne House, was a happy accident. During the process of assembling the random fabrics I had no idea what the quilt would turn into. While experimenting with the quilt’s orientation I started to see visions of a home. From that moment on my imagination began identifying the home’s features.
Immediately surrounding the core is a variety of teal and purple scraps. The home-made fabric along with these added pieces forms the main structure of the house.
Flanking either side you will notice two columns of lime green fabric–one of which was stitched together from seven different pieces. I’m designating those as my pyramidal bushes.
The roof was fashioned from a white fabric decorated with multi-colored stars.
Directly above the center of the roof is a small scrap of teal colored fabric embellished with rectangles. This is the chimney.
The teal fabrics that envelope the house are the sky.
I will admit that some of the items may require a bit of squinting, while others should be easily grasped.
To finish off my project I first added a small border of teal cotton. Directly encompassing the teal is a slightly wider frame of purple. The boldest move I made was to add an outer frame of a knock your socks off, lime green cotton. I chose the bodacious green for three reasons:
Lime green is one of my favorite colors,
It replicated a color already present in my quilt, and
It was fun!
I layered the top with a sandwich of Warm & Natural batting and an awesome teal, blue and black fabric. I found the fabric in my stash. Already owning the material meant I could save money and reduce my inventory at the same time.
The Towne House and all of it’s corresponding pieces were quilted with a teal thread in an angular straight line pattern. The teal border was quilted with a matching thread using a simple straight line pattern. The purple border was quilted in the same way except with purple thread. The bodacious lime green border was quilted with a pattern design I had recently developed. You may read about the design in my post called Doodle Quilting.
Surrounding the quilt’s outer perimeter is a binding made from the same fabric as the backing. I made the decision to use this material because I thought it would provide another punch of color and because the bold colors would draw your eye inward. On the back in the bottom right corner is a label identifying the quilt.
AG # 26: Blue Condo, with all of its awesome details, measures 18″ x 23 1/2″.
This wraps up AQ # 26: Blue Condo.
If you would like to read about the other projects I have included links to them below:
One of my favorite images to create with fabric is houses. In fact, I recently purchased a pattern that makes a village of homes made from fabric scraps. So far all I’ve accomplished is to gather the fabrics for the backgrounds. I won’t even begin writing posts about the village until I start sewing. Now back to today’s reveal.
To claim that my intention was to make a house from the beginning would be a lie. In fact I had no idea what I would end up with. The house simply evolved by accident. Of course once I saw the potential I did what I could to bring it to fruition.
Vibrant Colors and Quirky Subtleties
My little towne house is filled with vibrant colors and quirky subtleties. From
stars in the yellow sky,
to the slanted colorful roof,
the white door with a pink window,
the orange topped, yellow and green tree with three birds,
the purple sidewalk and
finally the orange batik flower garden.
While I agree that some of the items I pointed out might require a degree of imagination, the others I feel will be quite obvious.
I’ve surrounded the towne house with a sea of teal fabric. Enveloping the teal is a stark white border. Behind my mini quilt is a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a backing created from 100% white cotton.
The towne house and it’s immediate surroundings were all quilted with a variegated thread using flowing lines of geometric shapes. The teal border was also quilted with rectangular shapes and a somewhat matching thread. I found it challenging to locate a thread that perfectly matched. This was the closest I could get. The geometric shaped quilting was also replicated in the outer white border using white thread.
The raw edges of the white border have been safely tucked beneath a white cotton facing. To document the quilts name and author a label was attached on the back in the bottom right corner. From top to bottom and edge to edge this quilt measures 21 1/2″ x 17 1/2″.
There are eight quilts in this series that have already been revealed. Links to those eight are listed below: