The naming of my art pieces is often a joint project between my husband and myself. This project was one of those instances. Upon first glance he saw a slice of watermelon but wondered aloud, “where were the seeds?”. His vision or concern was the inspiration for the art quilt’s name back in February, 2018.
After removing the binding and the remaining finishing touches I trimmed away a lot of the surrounding white border. The border made quite a statement yet it seemed rather boring. To add a pop of color I selected a Grunge purple dot to bring more attention to the tiny hint already present.
A Name Change
After adding the new border, straight-line quilting with a color coordinated thread and mounting it on a frame I was inspired to change its name too. Just as with another one of my art quilts, the image created by the upwardly pointing strip of pieced fabric reminded me of the prominent lighthouses seen along the coastline of Door County Wisconsin. This remembrance moved me to rename my piece LighthouseII.
A Happy Ending
I am so very pleased with my reinvented fiber art quilt. The white border still has a prominent voice but its impact is much quieter. The purple dotted fabric brings attention to the very teeny hint of purple in one of the vertical pieced strips.
Getting up the nerve to undo the previously added finishing touches turned out to be an awesome decision. I am so glad I took the leap and decided to listen to Aron Wright’s words in his song BuildItBetter…
You always build it better the second time around
Now it’s your turn. Share what you think of the decision to make a change, the color choices, the stitching, name change, etc. I look forward to your interaction.
I’m very excited to show you the latest and greatest project in my Operation Renovation marathon. Back in April I made a declaration to breathe new life into a long list of art quilts in my portfolio. Giving them an updated appearance seemed like a great way to feed my endless urge to work with fabric and to create something new. Let’s take a look at my latest and greatest experiment.
Freeway, Art Piece 41 was originally created back in February, 2018. The name, chosen by my husband, was selected because it reminded him of a multi-layered interstate system. Even though this rather small specimen was finished I felt like it needed something.
Having been exposed to the technique of mounting fabric art quilts onto stretched canvas frames I had the nagging feeling that Freeway could potentially have a better outcome. This reoccurring inkling inspired me to grab a seam ripper and undo the finishing touches that had been applied two years ago.
Once the pieced design had been striped back to raw edges I auditioned several fabrics to become its new borders. Through a process of elimination I chose a rich blue for an inner border and one of my own hand-dyed purple fabrics to surround it. The two were selected to bring out the already present colors in the stitched center. This is how it looked after completing the renovation.
This brings my list of refurbished fiber art quilts to three. I am so pleased with the outcome of this project. I never could have imagined that it would look this wonderful.
As always, I would entertain your thoughts. I am curious what you think of the color choices, the size I chose and/or whether you prefer the original or brand new appearance?
I’m sharing entries in my journal of my quest to renovate a long list of fiber art quilts. Each one will be retrofitted for a stretched canvas frame. I’m very excited to share my second project so enough with the chatter; let’s get this party started.
Originally created in February, 2018 this small art piece was named Alleyway by my husband. This 8 1/4” x 7 3/4” specimen was the second item on my list of projects to renovate.
After removing its hanging sleeve, facings, and label I cleaned up the raw edges. Next I began auditioning fabrics for a new border. Chosen were specimens to coordinate with the pinks and blues already present. The pinks, while very peppy, seemed too bold for such a tiny piece. The blues ranged from a soft color to a bold stripe. The bold stripe, a two-tone blue, seemed to fit naturally with my project.
While auditioning the stripe I gradually turned my art quilt clockwise to view it from a different angle. When I reached 180 degrees a new image evolved; rather than an alleyway I saw the mast of a small sail boat. The new orientation and a fabric that seemed to compliment the nautical theme made choosing this combination an easy one. With all of those components falling into place I decided that this project was ready for finishing
Often while I am in my studio I listen to music on my iPhone. One of my favorite songs is sung by Aron Wright titled Build It Better. The song played in the background when I was working on this item. There is a verse in that song that says
You always build it better the second time around
When I heard that verse it seemed to describe the outcome of this project. The evolution from a small art quilt surrounded by white borders to this attractively framed reincarnation has given my fiber art quilt a whole new feel…one with which I am totally pleased. I did “…built it better the second time around.”
Now that I have finished this transformation I have a few questions for you. Do you prefer the first or second version? What do you think of the new fabric? How about the change in size or orientation? Let’s get a discussion going! 🙂
This beautiful specimen was originally created in July, 2017. The building blocks for the pieced center were scraps harvested from a grouping of ugly quilt blocks. Earlier this month I embarked on a mission to breathe new life into a number of my fiber art quilts. I’ve titled my project Operation Renovation. This quilt was one of the items chosen for the project.
To tackle this renovation I downsized the boring white border to make way for two new fabric frames. To bring more emphasis to the center construction I chose a blue and yellow patterned fabric to surround the original facade. Next to that I added a soft blue frame that repeats the blue in both the center of the art quilt as well as the blue and yellow border. For an added touch of sparkle I used color-coordinated thread to stitch lines around the blue and yellow flowers as well as parallel repeating lines in the soft blue border.
The combination of old and new gave this piece a jazzy vibe that warranted a change in name. This renovated fiber art piece is now known as Floating Stars, Art Piece # 20.
Now I would like to hear your thoughts!
With warm thoughts for an invigorating day filled with joy!
I’m working on a renovation project. My goal is to breathe new life into a long list of fiber art quilts. All of the chosen items will receive not only a facelift but also be adapted to mount on a pre-stretched canvas.
The first item to receive my attention is an art quilt previously known as Paws For A Moment. I chose that name because sections of it were harvested from an unfinished Bear Paw quilt top. Those sections were then combined with an array of boldly colored fabrics.
After stripping away the binding, hanging sleeve and label I began shopping my inventory for fabrics to compliment this piece. I chose three: a raspberry floral batik, a teal Grunge and a sour apple green. All of them were selected because they were colors already present in the original design. The new borders were accented with straight-line stitching using color-coordinated threads. The refashioned fiber art quilt was then attached to a pre-stretched canvas frame.
As I stood back and admired my newly renovated project I couldn’t help but smile at its explosion of color. The vibrant pallet brought back memories of the rainbow sherbet I used to eat as a child. This childhood memory inspired me to give Paws For A Moment a new name. Here after it shall be known as Rainbow Sherbet, Art Piece # 2.
How’s that for a radical transformation! Any thoughts?