In the fall of 2019 I had the pleasure of participating in a class taught by Sue Benner at the Woodland Ridge Retreat. The class focused on two techniques: monoprinting with textile paints and fabric fusion. During the class I was able to create a number of fiber art pieces. One of them is the focus of today’s post. Let’s examine the finished project.
Measuring 19 3/4″ x 29 1/4″ the art quilt was assembled from a variety of fabric shapes and sizes. Among the fabrics included are gauze, synthetic fibers, and cotton. Most of the materials were dyed commercially. The blue and teal leaf pattern was monoprinted by myself. Two of the items that were included were harvested from an article of clothing. You can identify them by looking for buttonholes.
A fusible material was applied to the back of each fabric. As the shapes were cut out and rearranged they were temporarily fused to a non-stick surface. Once the desired size and arrangement was achieved the entire piece was removed from the non-stick surface and adhered to the black cotton. A quilt sandwich of cotton batting and a fabric backing was assembled. The pieced center was quilted with a geometric pattern using a variegated thread. To the black cotton I stitched rows of straight line quilting using black thread. The fiber art quilt was finished with facings, a label and a hanging sleeve. Fusion I is currently on display in my home.
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“Once in a blue moon” is a well-known idiom. The phrase, which happens every thirty-two months, refers to the occurrence of a second full moon within a calendar month. The idiom was the inspiration for the naming of this art quilt. The project took on a whimsical nature with the addition of an unusual embellishment and fabric strip. A quick glance will reveal the presence of a vertical navy blue section of fabric with the word MOO repeatedly printed on its surface. The color of the fabric as well as the wording inspired me to call my project Once In A Blue Moon Moo.
In its original completed state the quilt measured 7 3/4” x 7 3/4” with these identifying features:
a multi-colored barn with a stylish, wood-grained, teal door
a teal zipper pull functioning as a door handle
a chimney fashioned from a single teal fabric scrap
a grassy base represented by the horizontal fringed, teal fabric strip and
cleverly applied hand quilting, using both matching and coordinating colors (note: look for the stitches used to represent smoke arising from the chimney).
Early in 2020 I made the decision to reinvent a number of my fiber art pieces. This small art quilt was one of the chosen projects. After removing the facings from all four edges I began the process of retrofitting it for a stretched canvas frame. To the freshly trimmed edges I added two borders. The first is a soft blue and the second a lively print. Both were chosen because they mimicked colors already present. The new borders were quilted with color coordinated threads using simple straight line stitching. The finished 12” x 12” art form sports a fresh new look. See for yourself!
I think the added changes elevated my fiber art piece to a whole new level; a level that resulted in a sale. This composition was SOLD during my solo exhibit at Raven’s Wish Gallery last summer.
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So much has changed since this item was originally completed in August, 2018. Early in 2020 I made the decision to reinvent a number of my fiber art pieces. This item was one of the projects chosen. After stripping away the facings and other finishing touches I treated all four edges to a fresh new cut. To their bare edges I added two new borders; the first a sky blue and the second a jazzy multi-colored print. The colors were chosen to compliment those already present. To the new borders I added rows of straight-line machine stitching using color-coordinated thread. The fabric sandwich was then attached to a 12” x 12” stretched canvas frame.
Even though the borders added a striking new appeal, it seemed only natural to add additional embellishments. Smack-dab in the center of the composition is a hand-made, thread-wrapped copper wire bead. (Note: the bead was made by Jimenas Treasures)
A sprinkling of French knots flank all four sides of the bead. Rows of straight-line hand stitching meander throughout the white, sky blue and jazzy multi-colored border. Each one of these embellishments adds their own vibrant touch.
A New Identity:
Just like my other reinvented art pieces this too had to be given a new identity. Known previously as Court House Friends # 14 of 14, hereafter it shall be called Right Of Center. The name was chosen because the thin strip of pieced fabrics is positioned right of center.
This is how my art piece looked when it was finished.
Isn’t it amazing how a small remnant of fabric can become the focus of a fiber art piece! How about sharing your thoughts?