Tropical Punch, Art Piece 79 Renovation


Making changes

Change does not have to be expensive; in fact it can cost you absolutely nothing. That’s what happens when I set-out to rearrange the furniture in my space. I am very fond of moving a chair here or a table there just to add a new vibe to a room. The impact of making such tiny adjustments can add so much flair to your environment yet add no expense to your budget.

I’ve been making changes to items in my portfolio since early this year. The changes are part of a movement I call Operation Renovation. Although not all of the tweaking has been without expense, the majority of the supplies have come from my present inventory.

The newest item to have been tackled measured 5 3/4” x 8 1/2”. Known as Tropical Punch, Art Piece 79 it was one of the tiniest members of the family. Let’s take a look at what transpired during the metamorphosis.

The transformation

The small footprint of Tropical Punch did not mean it had a quiet existence. The audacious color combination gave it an air of excitement unequaled by any other item in my portfolio. Even though its exuberant existence brought a smile to my heart anytime I saw it, I just knew I could add even more sparkle. So, I set out too harvest a few boisterous fabrics to add even more life to this already dancing gal.

Selected were three new borders; a jazzy yellow and gold stripe, a vibrant sour green and a tropical floral batik print. Giving those three a hug is a calming blue that echoes a color already used in the original design. Each of the added fabrics were embellished with straight-line stitching using matching colored threads. In its new form, Tropical Punch measures 16” x 20”. All of the enhancements, when combined together, add a punch that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. The newly renovated Tropical Punch truly lives up to its name.

see for yourself

Tropical Punch, Art Piece # 79 Before Renovation
Tropical Punch, Art Piece # 79 Before Renovation
Tropical Punch, Art Piece # 79 After Renovation
Tropical Punch, Art Piece # 79 After Renovation

Now doesn’t that just make you smile from ear to ear!

thank you!

I’m so glad we had this opportunity to catchup and witness the reveal of yet another amazing transformation. I know that you are clamoring to share your enthusiasm so why not put it in writing by adding a comment. I would love to read your feedback.

About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson

Fuzzy, Art Piece 62 Renovation


Edge Treatments

Fiber art quilts typically have raw edges that need finishing. There are four common techniques used to address their edges:

-leave them raw

-add a binding

-add facings

-attach it to a stretched canvas frame.

I have tried all of the above options except the first one. I’m not opposed to leaving some of the components within my art creation raw but the idea of leaving all four of the outer edges untouched is not something I am comfortable with…yet.

Favorite Method

Of all the techniques mentioned above my favorite way to finish raw edges is to attach my art quilts to a stretched canvas. I started using this method earlier this year after being frustrated with the final outcome of many of my projects. The new-to-me concept has provided a tool that has consistently produced a professionally polished look.

The Project

After experimenting with the canvas mounting process I decided to launch a project to retrofit a number of my existing art quilts for framing. The project…Operation Renovation… has thus far successfully transformed eight art pieces. The item for today’s exploration is a 5 1/2” x 9 5/8” fiber art quilt known as Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62. The targeted size is an 11” x 14” stretched canvas. Let’s see how the renovation went.

Before and After

Don’t you just love reading about and seeing the before and after photos/stories of dramatic transformations. The often times Cinderella adventures make us feel all happy inside. Well, today’s revelation I believe will accomplish just such a response. Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 began as a small grouping of fabric scraps. Originally intended to be incorporated into a much larger art project its unique facade provided a presence that demanded attention. Rather than proceeding with the original plan I decided to turn Fuzzy into a solo art piece.

The title given to this fiber art quilt was chosen because of the frilly edged fabric in the center of the piece. As was mentioned before, I often leave small areas of fabric untouched or raw. The manufacturers edge treatment for the right-off the bolt material intrigued me. I found the exposed loopy threads so interesting that I just had to make it a design element.

Added Changes

Before beginning the retrofitting of Fuzzy I first had to remove the facings, hanging sleeve and label. Once the raw edges were exposed I could start the rehab by adding new borders. Added first was a warm gold to duplicate the already present hint of color. Next to be incorporated was an earthy orange printed with a softer orange pattern.

To meld the new additions with the original specimen I echoed the previous quilting design by embellishing the new borders with color-coordinated straight-line stitching. After making those additions, the harmonious image, of the entire package, made an already stunning project even more stately.

Take A Look

The project to transform Fuzzy from an art quilt small in stature into a specimen with a much grander appearance was relatively simple. Let’s look at the before and after images.

Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 Before Renovation
Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 Before Renovation
Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 After Renovation
Fuzzy, Art Piece # 62 After Renovation

And Your Reaction Is?

I think the before and after images are great examples of how an already magnificent item can be made even more amazing by simply making a few changes. Do you agree? Share your thoughts by adding a comment.

Thank You For Visiting!

About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson

Courthouse Friends 11 of 14, Art Piece 56


The Goal

In April of this year I made the decision to reinvent a number of my existing works of art (see Operation Renovation). We were in the midst of our “safer at home” quarantine for the Covid 19 virus and I was itching to create something new. The items chosen were small in size and easily adaptable for attaching to a stretched canvas frame. Mounting fabric art pieces to a frame is my favorite finishing technique.

A Little History

Courthouse steps is the name of a quilt block pattern. The pattern, a variation of a log cabin, is easy to make. In 2018 I participated in a block swap with a group of online quilters. The pattern chosen for the swap was the courthouse steps. I received twelve finished blocks from the swap. Most of the blocks were made from color combinations that I didn’t like. The unusual groupings gave me the opportunity to use my abstract piecing skills.

As the name of this item suggests there were fourteen new art projects that resulted from my experiment. The first post written about Courthouse Friends 11 of 14 was shared back in August, 2018. In that journal entry I shared the details of this small fiber art piece.

Step One

Since Courthouse Friends 11 of 14 was currently in a completed state I had to first strip it back to raw edges. Once that was completed I could begin making plans for the new design. The body of the art work remained unchanged. To adapt it for framing new borders were added. One of the fabrics used in the original design was still in my inventory. The specimen, a purple fabric with multi-colored orbs, was selected for the first border. The variety of included colors helped to bring more focus to the pieced center.

For the final border I chose a royal blue material printed with varying shades of blue spheres. This blue along with the circular printed design added complimentary elements that helped to unify my project. As an added benefit the circles in both the first and second borders reminded me of polka dots and polka dots are among my favorite embellishments.

final touches

To polish off my newly remodeled fiber art quilt I used coordinating threads to stitch designs similar to the original version, then stapled it to a 16” x 20” frame. After sealing the back with a barrier, affixing hanging hooks and wire, soft bumpers for ventilation and a label, the jazzy art quilt was ready for display.

a new name

Before declaring my refashioned fiber art quilt complete I had one last detail to attend to and that was a new name. Going through all the steps to redecorate this lovely project without assigning a new identity seemed unheard of. Courthouse Friends 11 of 14 was christened Visions of the Past.

the reveal

Let’s see how Visions of the Past looked in the before and after photos.

Courthouse Friends 11 of 14, Art Piece # 56
Courthouse Friends 11 of 14, Art Piece # 56
Visions of the Past, Art Piece # 56
Visions of the Past, Art Piece # 56

I think the redecorated fiber art quilt turned out rather nicely, if I do say so myself! Then again I am probably a bit biased.

share Your thoughts

I enjoy reading the reactions and opinions of my readers. Please feel free to include yours by adding a comment.

thank you for visiting!

About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson

City Condos, Art Piece 44 Renovation


operation renovation

I’ve been making changes to a number of my existing art pieces. I call this project Operation Renovation. Each of the items chosen were attached to a stretched canvas frame. To make them suitable for framing adjustments were made. The completed item being revealed today is Condos By The Sea, Art Piece # 44.

the Origin

This fiber art piece, originally called City Condos, Art Piece # 44, was one of five in a series. The segments that make up the pieced center reminded me of the metal shipping containers people convert into housing. Stacked on top of one another they made me think of condos in a city. The vision of them stacked together was the inspiration for the name.

The First change

After removing the previously added finishing touches the first change to be made was the orientation. In the original version the pieced center was displayed vertically. I chose to turn the quilt 180 degrees this time to give it a horizontal arrangement. The new orientation inspired me to change the name as well. Rather than the image of stacked city condos I saw rows of vacation houses bordering the edge of the ocean. Their presence gave me the motivation to rename my piece Condos By The Sea.

COLOR PALLET

The colors used for this item are not from my typical pallet. The blue fabric in the pieced center was leftover from a challenge project I participated in. Not wanting to waste the remaining remnants I chose to use them as building blocks for new art pieces. The colors that were combined in the making of this piece were present in the blue scraps. The vibrant array of fabrics adds an unequaled element of joy to my portfolio.

OTHER CHANGES

Added for interest was a royal blue border printed with flowing lines of fish and stars. Directly connected is a raucous multi-colored border that also has a printed design moving across its surface. The colors in this fabric repeat many of those seen in the pieced center.

Repeating the movement displayed in both borders are rows of quilting executed with a variegated thread containing the same color scheme as the multi-colored border. The flowing movement of the entire art piece mimics that of an ocean alive with ever-changing waves.

the transformation

City Condos has undergone quite the transformation.

Condos By The Sea, Art Piece # 44
City Condos, Art Piece # 44

In its original state the art quilt had a very plain facade.

Condos By The Sea, Art Piece # 44

Now it showcases a vibrant color pallet. The exuberance displayed by the delightful combination I believe echoes that of the families that might vacation in these condos.

In its finished state, Condos By The Sea measures 24” x 30”.

your thoughts?

Now it’s your turn to share what you think of the decisions/changes I made by adding a comment. I look forward to our interaction.

thank you!

Thank you for visiting today! I always appreciate your company. I hope you have a wonderful day!

About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson

Lighthouse, Art Piece 43 Renovation


Let’s Change Something

Participating in a renovation project can bring about many emotions; two of which are fear and jubilation. The project I’ve called Operation Renovation is one I initiated back in April, 2020. I started on this path for several reasons. The first is a desire to fuel my obsession with fabric. The second is my need for change. As my family will attest, I have a reputation for routinely rearranging furniture. I just love the brand new feel it brings without even spending a penny.

The Initial Goal

At the outset, the goal for my project was to spend as little money as possible. This meant only using fabric from my present inventory. The only expenditure needed was for a supply of stretched canvas frames.

Very Pleased

The process of making these changes has brought nothing but pure joy! I love scrounging through my fabric stash to find suitable options. It thrills me that I can find a way to use the fabrics purchased so long ago with no particular project in mind. Surprisingly though, its as if they were predestined for just this purpose. Well, enough with the praises…let’s move on and discover the next amazing success story.

Next Up

On deck for today’s revelation is Lighthouse, Art Piece 43. This item was originally completed back in February, 2018. The dimensions of the piece 16 3/8” x 19 1/2” made it a perfect candidate for a 16” x 20” frame. I removed the facings, hanging sleeve and label then trimmed up the scraggly edges. Next I shopped my fabric inventory for the perfect specimen to compliment my project.

Lighthouse, Art Piece 43 Before Renovation
Lighthouse, Art Piece # 43 Before Renovation

Dots, Dots and More Dots

I am a sucker for polka dots; big ones, small ones, fuzzy ones and soft…they all make me giggle with delight. When I discovered a piece of Grunge purple dot in my stash I was tickled pink. Not only was it the perfect companion for the current border but it also had polka dots. How could I go wrong!

Size Matters

The measurements of my art quilt, before adding the polka dots, was darn near identical to the frame. In fact the side to side dimensions meant the dots would not be seen from the front. However, when viewed from the side, they would easily be seen. The top to bottom distance, on the other hand, allowed just the right amount of polka dots to show. Their presence adds the perfect amount of sparkle.

Finishing Touches

After adding the new fabric, some straight-line stitching and attaching the refurbished piece to a frame this beauty was finished.

Lighthouse, Art Piece 43 After Renovation
Lighthouse, Art Piece # 43 After Renovation Dimensions: 16” x 20” x 7/8″

And Your Thoughts Are?

Ta da! There she is! All neatly pressed and outfitted with a brand new border, albeit tiny, and a fancy new frame! So what do you think?

My Gratitude

I am so glad we had this opportunity to visit and discover how a little tweaking can bring new life to a project. Are you ready for your own Operation Renovation?

About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson

Where’s the Seeds? Art Piece 42 Renovation


What’s In A Name?

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.

The Project

In April, 2020 I decided to give a number of my fiber art pieces a facelift. I called the project Operation Renovation. Where’s the Seeds is one of the items I selected for a facelift.

Where’s The Seeds?, Art Piece # 42
Where’s the Seeds?, Art Piece # 42 Dimensions: 15 1/2” x 19 1/2″

The Transformation

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 Lighthouse II.

Lighthouse II, Art Piece #  42
Lighthouse II, Art Piece 42 Dimensions: 16” x 20” x 1 1/2″

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.

Courage

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 Build It Better

You always build it better the second time around

Your Thoughts?

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.

Bye For Now!

Have a safe and wonderful day!

Setting Sail, Art Piece 40 Renovation


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.

Alleyway, Art Piece 40

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.”

Setting Sail, Art Piece 40 Dimensions: 12” x 12” x 1 1/2″

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! 🙂

Warm wishes for a pleasant day!

Floating Stars, Art Piece 20 Renovation


Rising Star, Art Piece 20 Before Renovation

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.

Floating Stars, Art Piece # 20

I am very pleased with the transformation of this project. The added borders, the quilting as well as the new name have brought a level of detail that thrills me beyond expectation. Suffice it to say I am overjoyed to have it in my portfolio.

Now I would like to hear your thoughts!

With warm thoughts for an invigorating day filled with joy!

Rainbow Sherbet, Art Piece 2 Renovation


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?

Time to get working on the next victim. 🙂

Warm wishes for a day filled with creativity!