Cow On A Fence: Art Piece # 69

Cow On A Fence, AP 69

During September, 2019, I attended a class led by Sue Benner. While there I experimented with fabric and fusible backing. A variety of fiber art pieces took shape during my investigative adventures. This project was one of the specimens created. The composition consists of three layers of raw edged fabrics. A layer of fusible backing was attached to the wrong side of each. All three layers were then fused together.

Before adding a sandwich of batting and backing I attached a teal-colored border printed with multi-colored circles. The entire project was quilted with straight-line quilting using color coordinated threads.

The name Cow On A Fence was chosen by one of my friends. The cow is represented by the off-white fabric printed with green dots. The fence was constructed from a fabric with multi-colored spindles bordered by olive green top and bottom rails. In its completed state, the small art quilt measures 12 1/4” x 15”.

Cow On A Fence, AP 69
Cow On A Fence, Art Piece # 69

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!

A Brush With Copper, Art Piece # 68

A Brush With Copper, AP 68

This item was created during a class with Sue Benner. The project began with a fused grouping of multi-colored fabrics. The raw edged fabric shapes were overlapped by at least 1/4” to avoid gaps. The combined composition was stamped using a stencil and copper colored metallic fabric paint.

The manipulated quilt top was then fused to a layer of cotton batting. A fabric backing completes the sandwich. Straight lines of machine stitched quilting were added using a variegated thread. The fiber art piece was finished with a binding, label and hanging sleeve. In its finished form the small fabric art piece measures 12” x 12 1/4”.

A Brush With Copper, AP 68
A Brush With Copper, Art Piece # 68

The inspiration for naming my project came from the stenciled copper image.

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!

Up The Ladder, Art Piece # 52’s Renovation

Court House Friends 7 of 16, AP 52

Renovation:

In April I began retrofitting many of my smaller art pieces to make them suitable for attaching to a stretched canvas frames. I call this adventure Operation Renovation. The topic of today’s journal entry is an item that I first revealed in July, 2018. This specimen was called Court House Friends 7 of 14. Court house friends is a reference to a grouping of court house blocks I received in a block swap. The blocks had colors that I was not particularly fond of. Rather than leaving them as is I opted to turn them into improv art pieces; sixteen different art projects resulted from that experiment. The pieced center, with its surrounding white border, looked like this in July, 2018.

Court House Friends 7 of 16, AP 52 Court House Friends 7 of 14, AP # 52

In The Beginning:

To modify Court House Friends 7 of 14 I began by removing the facings and other components that had been attached to the back. After carefully trimming and pressing my small art piece I went in search of a fabric that would compliment the colors already present in the small quilt. I found a lovely purple and teal batik with accents of rust and burgundy. I chose this one because not only did it match with the colors in the existing art piece but it also added an interesting element that didn’t provide a distraction.

Wrapping It Up:

Court House Friends 7 of 14 originally measured 5 7/8” x 10 7/8”. The target frame size was 11” x 14”. After making a few calculations I cut properly sized strips of fabric to add as borders. With the borders attached I created a quilt sandwich by stacking the renovated art quilt with a layer of batting and backing. The last step, in this renovation process, was quilting. The new borders were the only items that needed quilting; to those I added a zig zag pattern with a multi-colored variegated thread.

New Identity:

Since the visual identity of my fiber art piece had been changed I decided its name should be as well. While viewing the composition I studied the arrangement of the fabrics in the pieced center. The single vertical line with the horizontal protrusions reminded me of the rungs on a ladder. Identifying that image gave me the inspiration to name my art quilt Up The Ladder, Art Piece # 52.

When my new and improved project was finished, this is how it appeared.

Up The Ladder, AP 52 Up The Ladder, Art Piece # 52

Even though the changes were relatively minor I think she looks much prettier now. How about you?

Thank You:

Thank you for being here and for reading until the very end!

Warm Wishes,

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson