Abstract Log Cabin, Art Piece # 38

Bubbles, AP 38

Operation Renovation:

On my agenda today is the continuation of Operation renovation. I began a series earlier this year to adapt several of my fiber art pieces for mounting on stretched canvas frames. The candidates chosen were items that had been completed months or even years ago. In my opinion, all of them had a mediocre existence.

To prepare my subjects for a make-over I first stripped away their bindings and other finishing touches. Once that was complete the renovation process could begin. Some of the changes were subtle while others were quite dramatic; watching each one morph from its original status to a freshly refurbished fiber art piece was amazing.

In The Beginning:

This specimen was originally created as a building block for Neighbors, Art Piece # 37.

Neighbors, AP 37 Neighbors, Art Piece # 37


After struggling to fit it into the design I made the decision to keep it as a solo specimen.

Bubbles, AP 38 Bubbles, Art Piece # 38




The center of the block was a leftover scrap from one of my earlier art pieces. Thankfully I saved the remnant because it made a great building block for this one. The pieced center is surrounded by two borders; the first is a shade of magenta and the second a faded denim. In it’s original version, the fiber art piece was quilted with a straight-line motif using a variegated thread.

The Renovation:

During my quest to repurpose/reinvent a number of my specimens I chose this one as a candidate. Not too much had to be done to adapt it for mounting on a stretched canvas frame. The original facings were stripped away. The resulting raw edges were then trimmed to freshen them up. A new border was added to adapt it for mounting on canvas. To blend the original faded denim border with the new addition I chose to use the same color fabric. Once the size was adequate for mounting I added a layer of batting and backing, then attached the sandwich to the frame.


Typically once the fiber art quilt is attached no further stitching is required; however, lately I have been adding a variety of hand stitches to some of my smaller pieces. The hand stitches add an element of design that would not be possible with a sewing machine. When the items are small they are easy to work with because the wooden frame acts as an embroidery hoop, giving the fabric stability.

Essential Element:

For this item hand stitching was essential. While the colors of the specimen were interesting they lacked the luster I desired. To initiate my embellishment process I selected an overly large button with numerous holes. Rather than stitching it to the frame with the button perpendicular to its edges  I chose to place it on the diagonal. Next I secured the button in place by running a few simple stitches through the holes; which by the way are difficult to see now.

Drizzle Stitch:

Sue Spargo has a book called Creative Stitching, Second Edition. I enjoy reading through and experimenting with some of the stitches in her book. One of my favorites is the drizzle stitch. The three dimensional stitch creates twisted protrusions that extend above the fabric surface. The holes of my added button seemed like the perfect place to insert them.

Look closely and you will see that I used a variety of thread colors and lengths of drizzle stitch to fill in the holes of the button. The combination of the on-point button and the drizzle stitches reminded me of a flower’s center. To capitalize on that idea I added four groupings of hand-applied stitching along the sides of the button. Each of the lines is capped-off with a matching colored French knot. The added lines represent the petals of a flower.


With the addition of the button, and hand stitching this composition went from ho hum to WOW; which makes this operation renovation project an obvious success. I’m so glad I decided to give this small fiber art piece a second chance.

New Identity:

Originally titled Bubbles because of the circles seen throughout many of the fabrics, I decided the title no longer applied. While pondering the many available options,  I very easily could have selected something with a floral theme; instead I chose to identify the structure of the original block as the basis for the new name. This block has the essence of a log cabin design. Going with that as my significant feature I have named this item Abstract Log Cabin, Art Piece # 38.

This is how my newly renovated project looked when she left the studio.

Abstract Log Cabin, AP 38 Abstract Log Cabin, Art Piece # 38


Final Details:

In it final form Abstract Log Cabin measures 12” x 12” x 1 1/2”. Added to the back of the frame is a paper barrier to protect the art piece from dust and bugs. Two d-rings and wire were attached to make it easy to be hung on a wall. Also added are silicone bumpers to help with stability and encourage ventilation.

Opinions Wanted:

So, what do you think? Was this a worthwhile project? Does the composition look better now than she did before?

Thank You:

Thank you for reading to the very end!

Have a grand day!

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

Watch Out For The One Eyed Monster! Art Pieces 192-199

One Eyed Monster, AP 192

One Eyed Monster?:

Halloween is only days away. All around me I see the holiday decorations of my neighbors. The most prominent of which are the inflated images of pumpkins, monsters and ghosts. Typically we join up with our children and grandchildren to share a meal and walk about a neighborhood trick-or-treating. Given the ever-present pandemic the visit to neighboring homes will be eliminated. In place of those festivities we have plans for games and other activities. Our group is small and the home at which we will gather is large enough for social distancing. I’ve even surveyed my grandchildren to learn about their favorite candies. Even though they won’t fill their bags with candy from the neighbors I will make certain I do my part.

The closeness of Halloween makes this the perfect time to reveal my art piece called One Eyed Monster. I have been spending the last several postings talking about my 8”x10” finished projects; today’s entry continues on that same track.

Fabric Background:

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have made a shift in how I start my 8”x10” projects. Originally my small stitching  pieces were attached to a naked stretched canvas frame. By naked I mean that the white canvas was left as is. This method had been my preferred style; I thought the starkness of the white canvas and the rough texture added their own type of element. I even liked how rustic my name looked when it was written on the  canvas.

As time went by I wanted to add even more interest to my compositions. Incorporating fabric as a base for my projects gave me another opportunity to expand my art even further. All of the fiber art pieces that I am sharing today and in the future will begin with a fabric background.

The Layers:

As you could tell by the title of this journal entry, I will be revealing fiber art pieces 192-199. They continue with the shift I made from using plain white backgrounds to fabric. Each project begins first with the stretched canvas frame. If I were creating a typical quilt the first layer of the sandwich would be a fabric backing; in this instance it is the canvas frame. Next to follow is a layer of batting, white or black depending upon the color intensity of the next fabric; the batting helps to give the frames edges a more rounded appearance. The third element is the fabric that will serve as the composition’s background. This addition holds a very important function as it sets the theme for everything else that will follow.

Once the three layers of the sandwich have been established it is time to start assembling the decorative features. The parameters for those items is wide open; the only limitation here is your imagination. I’ve been known to use as many as four layers of fabric and or embellishments. I also like to include a variety of doodads such as lace, buttons, beads and snaps, to name a few.

Finishing Touches:

The finishing touch is the hand or machine stitching. This process can make or break your final outcome. It also can be the most enjoyable step. Here is where you can either stay low-key or go hog wild. I let the initial image of the fiber art piece sink in for a while. This gives me a chance to get a feel for the possible avenues I might follow. Once my thought process is complete I gather up the thread colors I will use, thread my needle and get to work. Even though I map out a plan of attack for my stitching that doesn’t mean I can’t change my mind along the way. There have been many times when I have decided to go in an entirely different direction. All that matters is that the final outcome looks wonderful.

Without Further Ado:

Let me introduce you to items 192-199!

Art Pieces 192-195
Art Pieces 192-195

One Eyed Monster, Art Piece # 192

EcoPrint, Art Piece # 193

Shiny Blue Moon, Art Piece # 194

Navel Orange, Art Piece # 195

Art Pieces 196-199
Art Pieces 196-199

Raspberry Orange Slush, Art Piece # 196

Hashtag, Art Piece # 197

Bruised, Art Piece # 198

Floating Stars, Art Piece # 199

Your Thoughts:

Did the One Eyed Monster scare you?

I hope that you enjoyed seeing and reading about each of the eight projects; especially the One Eyed Monster!  If time allows, please share your thoughts in a comment.

Thank You!

Happy Halloween!

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

Polka Dots Dance? Art Pieces 184-191

Dressed to Party, AP 189

Let’s Review:

Over the past six Thursdays I have been sharing photos and stories of my recently finished art pieces. Included below are photos of each of the items along with a link to the post. A lot of time and effort went into these projects. Seeing all of them in one post makes me very happy; without this visual reminder it would be so easy to forget just how many I have made.


Art Pieces 127-130
Art Pieces 127-130


Art Pieces 131-134
Art Pieces 131-134


Art Pieces 135-138
Art Pieces 135-138


Art Pieces 139-141
Art Pieces 139-141


Art Pieces 142-145
Art Pieces 142-145


Art Pieces 146-148
Art Pieces 146-148


Art Pieces 150 151 153 & 154
Art Pieces 150 151 153 & 154


Art Pieces 156-158
Art Pieces 156-158


Art Pieces 168-171
Art Pieces 168-171


Art Pieces 172-175
Art Pieces 172-175


Art Pieces 176-179
Art Pieces 176-179


Art Pieces 180-183
Art Pieces 180-183


Art Pieces 184-191:

Included in this next grouping is eight new items. One of them holds the answer to the question mentioned in the title of this entry; Do Polka Dots Dance?

Art Pieces 184-187
Art Pieces 184-187

New Life For A Discard, Art Piece # 184 has been SOLD

Reclaimed Fabric Scrap, Art Piece # 185

Polka Dot Dance, Art Piece # 186

Quotations, Art Piece # 187

Art Pieces 188-191
Art Pieces 188-191

Reach For The Stars, Art Piece # 188

Dressed To Party, Art Piece # 189

Mirror Image, Art Piece # 190

Christmas Memories, Art Piece # 191

It’s Not Over Yet!:

My adventures in creating 8”x10” fiber art pieces is far from over; I have many more virgin canvases just waiting for my attention. The process of designing and executing each of the compositions has been such an enjoyable experience. I love how portable they are and how relaxing it is to quietly sit and stitch on each canvas.

Just because I have a large number of canvases all ready for exploration doesn’t mean my journey will end there. Who knows what direction I will take after the last one is finished!

Thank You!:

I hope you will have the opportunity the browse through the photos to learn about each of the items. No matter how many you are able to explore I hope that you will save time to share your thoughts. Your insights and comments are important to me! Oh and one more thing___Do Polka Dots Dance?

With warm regards,

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson


Are You a Fan Of Mulled Cider? Art Pieces 176-183

Mulled Cider AP 178

Many, Many Projects:

I have really enjoyed the process of sharing my completed 8×10 fiber art pieces. Over the last several weeks I have revealed thirty-eight uniquely designed specimens. Thirty-eight sounds like a lot but I have more than that yet to go and in fact, as I am writing this journal entry, I have made plans for another twenty.

Lots of Fun:

Designing and implementing these small art projects is a very contagious practice. The manageable size and portability make them easy to work with no matter where I am. Typically I spend several days pulling together various combinations of fabric. After setting aside a number of groupings I draw on my supplies of beads, buttons, lace, recycled sari and kantha cloth, as well as many, many other options, to add as embellishments.

A Change In Technique:

Up until now I have used white stretched canvas as the background for 99% of my 8×10’s. Lately I have decided to cover the canvas with fabric. This new technique adds a more striking element. Even though I am very fond of the white canvas background it’s always nice to change things up. The last photo shared in this post includes a fabric covered frame.

What’s In The Future:

For now I believe I will most likely continue to wrap my canvases with fabric; however, I have also considered making my own wood frames and stretching my own, unpainted canvas over the edges. Who knows what the future brings!

Let’s Wrap This Up:

I could go on talking about this art form but, with so many more items yet to be shared, it is time to wrap this entry up. Below you will find two collages. Both contain photos of four original art pieces.

Before signing off I must express my gratitude for your continued support. Without your participation this blog would not survive.

Cindy Anderson

Ap 176-179 collage AP 176-179 collage

Jimenas Treasures, Art Piece # 176

Snap Decision, Art Piece # 177

Mulled Cider, Art Piece # 178

Blueberry Skull, Art Piece # 179

AP 180-183 collage Art Pieces 180-183 collage

Scalloped Edge, Art Piece # 180

Olive Drab Elevated, Art Piece # 181

Elaborate Flower, Art Piece # 182

Seeing Dots, Art Piece # 183

Purple Leopard? Art Pieces 168-175

Pleated, AP 168

Have you ever heard of a purple leopard? I have! Of course that’s because I created one. I like giving my fiber art pieces unusual names; this one was particularly crazy. I had so much fun designing and executing the eight projects I’m sharing today; however, I think Purple Leopard was the most entertaining.

Art Pieces 168-171

Pleated, Art Piece 168

Purple Leopard, Art Piece 169

Ruffled, Art Piece 170

The Owl, Art Piece 171

Art Pieces 172-175

Caterpillar, Art Piece 172

Sunshine Rose, Art Piece 173

Peach Surprise, Art Piece 174

Scrappy Tartan, Art Piece 175

After reading the stories of my newest projects I hope that you will be inspired to share your thoughts. Your participation makes this journey even more rewarding.

Thank you for visiting and sharing in my enthusiasm!

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

New Art Pieces 127-134

Butterscotch, AP 131

I can’t even remember the last time I shared updates on my newest and greatest projects. This year is almost 3/4 over yet I have so much to talk about. To start the process I thought I would include photos and links to a few of the items; listed below are eight of them. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them.

Until next time…

Cindy Anderson

Purple Rain, AP 127 Purple Rain, Art Piece 127
Giggle, AP 128 Giggle, Art Piece # 128
Hippy Bell Bottoms, AP 129 Hippy Bell Bottoms, Art Piece 129
Seeing Red, AP 130 Seeing Red, Art Piece # 130
Butterscotch, AP 131 Butterscotch, Art Piece # 131
Spumoni AP 132 Spumoni, Art Piece # 132
In Orbit, AP 133 In Orbit, Art Piece # 133
Feels Like Home, AP 134 Feels Like Home, Art Piece # 134