AQ # 29: Pink Cadillac Update


Lucky # 13

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.

The Name

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.

The Finish

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.

AQ # 29_ Pink Cadillac (finished)
Pink Cadillac, Art Quilt # 29 All Finished

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.

Recap

If you haven’t read the previous twelve posts I have included links to them below.

Thank You!

Thank you for sharing your time with me. I look forward to our next visit.

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AQ # 28: Buttons Update


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,
  • quilting,
  • facings, and
  • a label.

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.

AQ # 28_ Buttons (finished)
AQ # 28: Buttons All Finished

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.

Out of the 16 completed projects we only have four left. This has been a long but rewarding journey. Be watching for the next installment.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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AQ # 27: Summer Picnic Update


Home-Made Fabric

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:

AQ # 27: Summer Picnic is art piece number five.

The Inspiration

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.

Art Quilt # 27: Summer Picnic after adding borders
Art Quilt # 27: Summer Picnic after adding borders

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.

AQ # 27_ Summer Picnic (finished)
AQ # 27: Summer Picnic All Finished

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:

I love reading comments from my readers. If you feel inspired to add your thoughts please do so. Thank you for stopping by!

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AQ # 26: Blue Condo Update


Tenth of Sixteen

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.

Happy Accident

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.

Lets look at the features I found:

  • Located in the center is a piece of my 15 Minutes of Play home-made fabric.
  • 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.

The Borders

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!

The Sandwich

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.

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (the backing)
AQ # 26: Blue Condo’s Backing Fabric

The Quilting

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.

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (the quilting)
AQ # 26: Blue Condo’s Fancy Stitching

The Binding

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″.

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (finished)
AQ # 26: Blue Condo All Finished

This wraps up AQ # 26: Blue Condo.

If you would like to read about the other projects I have included links to them below:

Thank you for visiting!

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AQ # 25: Towne House Update


A Favorite

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.

Number Nine

AQ # 25: Towne House is the ninth of 16 quilts to have it’s debut. I started sharing these reveals after posting the announcement of my accomplishment. This quilt is also one of seven projects all originating from my Victoria Findlay Wolfe‘s 15 Minutes of Play. There is so much about this small piece that makes me smile. I absolutely love the cheery colors, the wonky lines and angels that form the various components.

A Surprise

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.

The Sandwich

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 Quilting

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 Finish

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″.

AQ # 25_ Towne House (finished)
AQ # 25: Towne House

The Predecessors

There are eight quilts in this series that have already been revealed. Links to those eight are listed below:

This has been a long but rewarding journey. Only seven more to go.

Thank You for your visit!

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AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural Update


Seven Improv Art Quilts

On September 29th I began a journey that ultimately created seven improv art quilts. These Seven art quilts were among the 16 quilts I recently finished.

Hand-Made Fabric

AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural was created using the second section of hand-made fabric. Added to that were additional segments of cotton fabrics, hand-dyed burlap and over-dyed wool. The burlap, with an open-weave, rough texture, and the wool with a soft, fuzzy feel both add elements of interest not achieved with a cotton only surface.

The Units

This unit by itself could have been declared finished. Instead I decided to draw out the orange and gold colors by layering them as backgrounds behind the over-dyed wool. The edges of both were purposely fringed. The fringe adds even more texture. The final layer of my piece is a solid black 100% cotton fabric. This layer serves two purposes:

  • The first is to provide a resting place for your eyes and
  • The second is to draw your eye inward.

As you eye travels toward the center, the bright colors explode, announcing their presence.

The Sandwich

Behind the background is a sandwich of black fusible fleece and a layer of black cotton. Using my Pfaff sewing machine I secured all seven layers together with rows of color-coordinated, variegated thread. The variegation gives yet another element of interest. I like how sections of color jump off the fabric. They add far more detail than a solid colored thread ever would have.

On the black background I utilized a solid black thread because I didn’t want this quilting to take away from everything else. I wanted it to be functional yet silent.

Finishing Touches

After removing the excess fabric surrounding the outside edges I added facings. The facings were wrapped to the back and secured with hand-stitching. The use of a facing rather than a binding gave my quilt a clean, flowing edge. In it’s finished state, AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural measures 19″ x 15″.

AQ # 24_ On the Fringe (finished)
AQ # 24: Multi-Cultural All Finished

The Character

This quilt is loaded with elements of texture and color. Together they form an eye-popping multi-sensory experience.

AQ # 24_ On the Fringe (another view)
AQ # 24 Multi-Cultural, A Close-up

It is Finished!

AQ # 24 Multi-Cultural is now finished. This means that I have now shared eight of the 16 that were recently completed. It’s also the second quilt to have been made using my hand-made fabric. Links for the other seven quilts are listed below:

Thank you for visiting today!

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AQ # 23: On the Fringe Update


A Milestone

Before I share my post with you today, if you don’t mind, I would like to do a little self promotion. I have been blogging at this address since early 2012. Since its inception I have been busy sharing my personal as well as my business experiences. The post you are reading today is my 600th post. Can I get a round of applause! Whoop, Whoop! Yeah! 🙂 I don’t know if I have 600 more posts in me but I will do my best to keep going and trying to make this a great place to visit. Ok, I’m done. Now back to our regularly scheduled program! 🙂

Introduction

On September 29, 2017, I shared a post announcing the completion of 16 quilts. Since then I have been writing stories featuring each one of my completed projects. In this edition I will share the undated version of AQ # 23: On the Fringe.

The Details

On the Fringe was the first quilt made using home-made fabric. The fabric was constructed following the tips I learned from Victoria Findlay Wolfe‘s 15 Minutes of Play. To my new fabric I added a variety of materials. Among the additions were denim, a piece of an old curtain and a couple strips of hand-dyed burlap. By the way, I did not dye the burlap. While I would like to learn how to do that I haven’t as of yet. Maybe in my next life. LOL! 🙂

The center art piece was then fused to a black cotton. Behind that is a sandwich of black fusible fleece and more black cotton fabric. I chose black because I didn’t want to risk having a lighter color show through. The three layers were quilted together, on my Pfaff sewing machine, with straight-line quilting. I used a color-coordinated, variegated thread on everything except the black cotton. To embellish the black cotton I stitched a geometric pattern with black thread.

The Fringe

All around the outside edges of the colored fabrics I removed multiple threads creating a fringe. In the very center of my art quilt is my crazy denim add-on. This is the piece that provided the inspiration for the art quilt’s name and the other fringing. If you would like to read the story behind the fringe you can read my post titled AQ # 23: On the Fringe.

After the top was finished I removed the excess perimeter fabric and added a black facing. The facing was folded to the back and hand-stitched in place.

The Reveal

This is how my odd quilt looked when it was finished. Some might think the denim section in the center looks a bit out of place. I think it adds a nice contrast to the two horizontal pieces of blue burlap. I also think it provides a cool texture that is fun to run your fingers over. In light of those reasons the center denim do-dad is staying. 🙂

AQ # 23_ On the Fringe
AQ # 23: On the Fringe All Finished

The quilt from top to bottom measures 19 1/2″ and 19″ from side to side.

If you would like to read about the other six Quilts, of course I know your would, you will find links to them below.

I know that there are so many other things you could have been doing yet you took time to visit with me today. For that I am grateful. Thank you so much for sharing your valuable time! I always look forward to our visits.

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AQ # 22: Crossroads Update


Such A Joy

I am really enjoying the process of sharing my 16 recently completed quilts. Composing these recaps is taking me on a trip down memory lane. The catalyst that ignited this string of posts was this one 16 Quilts.

The Beginning

AQ # 22: Crossroads began its journey during my private 9 day retreat last summer. The concept evolved by accident while pulling fabrics from my stash. I love happy accidents. Don’t you? Sometimes those turn out to be the most successful.

These are the scraps I started with. The post that originally talked about them was called Quilt Retreat Day Eight.

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I am assuming they caught my attention because I love the colors and the designs.

First Instinct

At first glance I was tempted to leave them unadulterated. I could have simply attached them to a background using a fusible material, quilted, then finished the art piece using customary steps. My over-exuberant enthusiasm, however, tempted me to proceed further. In hindsight, if I had it to do over again, my hunch is I probably would have stopped the ball from rolling and declared it done.

Don’t get me wrong. The quilt I am revealing today is absolutely gorgeous and one of my all-time favorites. Its just that I have this feeling that continually replays in my head. The feeling that when is enough, enough? I saw the opportunity to create something bigger and better, when I already had something right in front of me that was spectacular. Oh well! No turning back ! Let’s move on.

Moving On

Where were we? Oh, that’s right! We were admiring my collection of fabric scraps. 🙂 Following the protocol I learned from Rayna Gillman I grabbed my tub of scraps and searched for additional candidates. After merging the two groups I began stitching combinations. With a little nudging here and a little persuasion there I managed to create one spectacular art quilt.

Art Quilt # 22: Crossroads
Art Quilt # 22: Crossroads

Finishing Touches

My job wasn’t finished just yet. Now that my small quilt top was done it was time to add the finishing touches. I really liked the appearance of the raw edges so I decided to preserve them by fusing the quilt top to a background of black cotton.

Art Quilt # 22_ Crossroads with Black Backing

A protective row of stitching was added around the perimeter of the quilt’s edges. These stitches should help maintain the integrity of the piece. I also added a pattern of geometric stitching using a spool of color coordinated variegated thread. The exposed areas of the black fabric were quilted with black thread and straight line quilting. Rather than finishing off the raw edges of the background with a matching binding I chose to add a black cotton facing. The facing, while providing a protective, invisible, seal also left the edges looking clean and unobstructed.

The Finished Project

AQ # 22: Crossroads measures 18 1/4″ x 15 1/2″. The materials used in the quilt top are 100% cotton. The batting is a fusible black fleece. The backing and facings are also made of black cotton fabric.

Origin of the Name

Crossroads, the name given to this quilt was chosen because of its linear lines. The linear lines reminded me of intersecting streets or crossroads on a road map.

The Reveal

This is how AQ # 22: Crossroads looked when it was done.

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Thank You!

Thank you for sharing in this debut. I hope you found the mini quilt to be as interesting as I do. Links to the previous five reveals can be found here:

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AQ # 21: Backwards Update


Fifth Installment

Can you believe I am already on my fifth installment of sixteen quilt finishes! You are probably thinking, “Hurry up and get this thing over with.”  Sometimes I get so excited about sharing my progress that I forget how boring it might seem to you. I know this is taking a long time and for that I apologize. 🙂 If you can bear with me I promise to not turn this into a novel. Okay!

Being showcased today is AQ # 21: Backwards.

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I took a nine day solo retreat this past summer. Many, many projects found new life during my time away. One of them was the origin of this mini art quilt.

I have been on a very long quest to re-purpose a grouping of blocks I received during a block swap. The only one I liked was my own. Of course that’s no surprise. It would be pretty sad if I didn’t.

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My Courthouse Square Block

I didn’t document the process of cutting the blocks apart nor how they were stitched back together so I have no way of knowing exactly how this piece evolved. LOL! I can, however, share the journey it took on my retreat.

The Transformation

The transformation of Backwards was a rocky one. I don’t usually want to admit defeat but this stubborn critter darn near pushed me over the edge.

This was how it looked after one of my marathon efforts to make it behave.

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AQ # 21: Backwards (before being sliced apart)

If you look closely you can kind of see the remnants of the original swap piece straddling the center teal strips.

Slice it Apart

Being totally frustrated with its appearance I followed the mantra I learned while taking one of Rayna Gillman‘s classes. She told us that there is almost no block that couldn’t be rescued. Sure, that’s what they all say! If we weren’t happy with a block we were told to slice the block apart with our rotary cutter. Using those segments as new building material, we could then begin the process all over again. It gave us a clean slate. Sad to say but that’s what I had to do with this.

Clean Slate

I definitely had a clean slate. I tried numerous times to turn my shredded block into something I could live with. First I added some red fabric.

A Touch of Red
AQ # 21: Backwards (with the addition of red fabric)

Then I tried lime green. Lime green is one of my favorite colors so how could I go wrong. Right? It was also already present in some of the other fabrics. To achieve a well-balanced piece its important to distribute a color in multiple areas.

Lime Green Added
AQ # 21: Backwards (after adding the lime green fabric strips)

I certainly accomplished that. But the green seemed to be screaming, “Look at me, look at me!” Argh! So now what? Well, I figured I needed to tone-down the screaming child and what better way to do that than by adding black.

Backwards with Added Black Fabric
AQ # 21: Backwards (after adding the black strips of fabric)

The black made somewhat of an improvement but it still wasn’t what I was looking for. For whatever reason I decided to flip the piece over to see what it looked like on the other side. The colors were definitely more subdued and the texture created by the multiple layers gave the piece an organic or earthy feeing. Hmmmmm? What if?

What If?

What if I designated the back as my new right side, or top? I enlisted the assistance of my camera and phone to take photos. I flipped back and forth between the two sets trying to decide which version was more appealing. Eventually the back side was the option I chose. Finally I had an art piece that I could fall in love with!

A View of Backwards From the Back
AQ # 21: Backwards (before the addition of the outer black border)

Let’s Finish It

I surrounded the outside edges with a frame of black cotton. Then, just like with my other art quilts I also added a layer of batting, black so that it wouldn’t show through, and a layer of black cotton fabric for the backing.

Backwards Ready for Quilting
AQ # 21: Backwards

The quilting on this one was slightly different from my other projects. If you recall, the center had exposed raw edges. I wanted to prevent some of them from unraveling so I added a row of stitching. In the outside black border I did straight line quilting with my Pfaff sewing machine. This is how Backwards looked when it was finished.

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AQ # 21: Backwards

The End Result

AQ # 21: Backwards measures 19 1/4″ long and is 11 1/2″ wide. While it is a bit unconventional I think this art project turned our rather nicely. Naming this piece was super easy. I think it’s pretty obvious why I chose to call it Backwards. No further explanation need there.

Just Getting Started

While the journey of AQ # 21: Backwards has come to an end my series has not. I only have eleven more to go. Yippie! I hope you will return for all eleven. For those that missed the first four installments I have included links to them below.

Thank You!

I apologize for my lengthy rendition. You’ve been so patient and I appreciate that. Thank you so much for sticking with me to the very end!

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