The Odd One, Art Piece 17 (AKA The Chosen Nine)

The Odd One, AP 17
A Handfull
A Handfull

Busy, Busy, Busy:

This year has been very busy with  my renovation project, my solo art exhibit, finishing oodles of 8”x10” small art pieces and starting my own online store. Sandwiched in-between were numerous trips to my little cabin in the woods as well as fun activities with my peeps; all while practicing social distancing. The online store has taken up most of the time I would normally have spent on my blog. With the majority of those tasks accomplished, I can once again share my triumphs with Operation Renovation.

A Return To Operation Renovation:

Operation Renovation is a project I started back in January. During the early days of this pandemic I searched for something to focus my attention on. At the time, I had a number of art pieces that were finished but not quite to my liking. With my pandemic anxiety level reaching an all-time high I decided to redirect my attention to those less-than-appealing projects. A number of successful outcomes have already been shared but I still have quite a few to go; time to get back to sharing my progress.

Today’s journal entry will focus on the art piece I once called The Chosen Nine, Art Piece # 17. So, sit back and enjoy my next reveal.

The Chose O, AP 17 The Chosen 9, Art Piece # 17

 

In The Beginning:

This art quilt began during  the summer of 2017 (see photo above). In its original form it was a grouping of nine improvisational building blocks. Each of the blocks was surrounded by four white borders. The nine, with their stark white edges, were stitched together and surrounded by a white binding. They were quilted with a simple, but attractive straight-line quilting motif. The finished quilt remained in that state until recently; that’s when I decided the composition was just too blah. To remedy my dilemma I grabbed a seam ripper and removed the binding, then gave it a good pressing

Simultaneous Renovation:

At the same time I decided to tackle the renovation of Art Piece # 17 I had also decided to work on two other items. Those compositions contained four blocks each. They are Four Friends # 1 and  Four Friends # 2. All three quilts could very easily have been left intact and mounted on a stretched canvas frame. Since I was making changes I decided to go wild and cut them all apart; I ended up with seventeen 5 1/2”x5 1/2″ units. To change things even further I reallocated them into eight separate art compositions: a six piece, a four piece, a two piece and five individual specimens.

Six Piece:

The six piece composition was the first one to be finished. To give this item a punch of color I chose to add a two-tone blue border around each block. All six blocks were then stitched together to form a new quilt top. The newly created fiber art piece was sandwiched together with a layer of batting and a new fabric backing. To secure the layers together I traveled around each block stitching straight-lines with a variegated blue thread.

A New Name:

Once the quilting was finished I decided to give this renovated item a new name. As I allowed my eyes to travel over its surface I made a discovery; one of the units incorporated into the project was quilted differently than the others. This revelation gave me the inspiration to title this fiber art piece The Odd One. See if you can locate it!

The Odd One, AP 17
The Odd One, Art Piece # 17

The Finish:

In its finished form The Odd One measures 16″x20″. Protecting the back from dust and bugs is a paper backing. For ease of display two d-rings and wire were added to facilitate hanging on a wall. Silicone bumpers were also added to help minimize sideways movement stability and to promote air circulation.

Thank You:

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the once blah specimen turn into something much more spectacular. Sharing these stories with you is one of the best parts of the entire process. Thank you for being here!

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

Just Chillin

Time For A Little R&R

I awarded myself an extended vacation to relax and unwind from a hectic 2020. My spouse and assorted family members have spent the greater part of this summer chillin at our favorite escape. With the end of summer and the glamping season looming there is no time to waste.

While here I’ve spent some of my time hand stitching on my small canvases and a little bit of knitting.

Knit One Knit Two

I’m sad to say that this leg of our journey is almost over. With very little time left in the season I’m sure we will make at least two more visits to our Little Cabin In The Woods.

Bye for now!

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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