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Ahoy, Art Piece # 18

Four Friends, AP 18

Operation Renovation:

My ongoing renovation project continues with today’s journal entry. Last week I shared the reincarnation of The Odd One, Art Piece # 17.

The Odd One, AP 17
The Odd One, Art Piece # 17

 

Up for discussion today is an item I finished back in July, 2017, known as Four Friends, Art Piece # 18.

Before:

Part of the fun of a renovation project is seeing the before and after photos. Let’s see what Four Friends looked like before I tackled her reinvention.

Four Friends, AP 18
Four Friends, Art Piece # 18

Downsizing:

Portions of this sweet little project were once part of a much larger one. When I decided to modify a number of my art pieces, this was one of the products to evolve. A total of 17 building blocks were harvested from three existing fiber art quilts. After shuffling them around to create new and improved specimens four blocks were chosen for this composition.

Redecorating:

Once the selection process was over I trimmed each of  the four blocks down to 4 1/2”x4 1/2”.  In their previous state, the stark white borders were just too boring for me; this time around I wanted to add more color.

To distract the attention from the dramatic white borders I added strips cut from a royal blue fabric printed with floating fish. The floating fish worked perfectly with the theme I was developing. Next I added a layer of batting and a backing. The entire sandwich was then quilted with straight-line quilting using a color coordinated variegated thread.

Choosing A Name:

My art pieces always have an assigned name; sometimes it’s chosen even before the fabrics are stitched together. For this item I new exactly what I would call it the minute I selected the blocks. All four were chosen to be together because they reminded me of a boat.  Since they were created using improvisational techniques I think it is amazing that this even occurred. A grouping of ugly quilt blocks were repeatedly cut apart and stitched back together with no intention of ending up with a boat image. How crazy is that!

The four little boats with their floating fish borders now had a nautical theme. To set them on a path for smooth sailing I chose to call them  Ahoy. Here is how they looked just before their maiden voyage.

Ahoy, AP # 18
Ahoy, Art Piece # 18

Do you see what I am talking about?

Final Touches:

Once Ahoy was attached to the stretched canvas frame I added a layer of protection from dust and bugs with a paper backing. To make it easy to display the fiber art piece on a wall two d-rings and wire were added. I also attached silicone bumpers for ventilation and to help with stability. Ahoy, in its final form, measures 12”x12”x7/8”. You will find it available for purchase in my online store.

Thank You:

As always I am thrilled that you were able to spend time with me today! I hope that you enjoyed reading about my adventure as much as I did in sharing it. Let’s make a plan to do this again!

Best Wishes!

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

 

 

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Time To Reveal Art Pieces 142-148

Extra Buttons, AP 143

Today is Thursday and it is time once again to reveal another grouping of my finished fiber art pieces. On the docket today is items 142 through 148. To read the story/description of each item simply click on the photo; the embedded link will take you to their location.

I had so much fun creating each of these small works of art. Hopefully you will find them as pleasing as I do.

Thank you so much for sharing in my enthusiasm. I look forward to reading your comments!

Cindy Anderson

 

 

 

Floating Stars, AP 142 Floating Stars, Art Piece # 142
Extra Buttons, AP 143 Extra Buttons, Art Piece # 143
Belly Button, AP 144 Belly Button, Art Piece # 144
Enjoy, AP 145 Enjoy, Art Piece # 145
Fancy Tie, AP 146 Fancy Tie, Art Piece # 146
Brown and Blue, AP 147 Brown and Blue, Art Piece # 147
Blue and Green, AP 148 Blue and Green, Art Piece # 148
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Time to Share Art Pieces 135-141

Dragonfly AP 139

One of the joys of maintaining my blog is the privilege of being able to share news of finished art pieces. My studio is full of plastic tubs, stacked one on top of the other, containing a plethora of completed projects. If I were to reveal all of them in one post I would probably cause an internet meltdown; thus, I’ve had to curb my enthusiasm and limit myself to a small grouping.

In this narrative I have included seven finished masterpieces. Click on the name below each item to read about each of the art pieces. I hope that you will enjoy seeing and reading about them as much as I did in creating them.

As always, I would love to hear your reactions.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Cindy Anderson

Blue Moon AP 135Blue Moon, Art Piece # 135
Blowing Kisses, AP 136Blowing Kisses, Art Piece # 136
Sunset, AP 137Sunset, Art Piece # 137
Centipede AP 138Centipede, Art Piece # 138
Dragonfly AP 139Dragonfly, Art Piece # 139
Frolic, AP 140Frolic, Art Piece # 140
All In One, AP 141All In One, Art Piece # 141
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Smooth Sailing

Not too long ago I shared plans to spend time sewing, shopping, and just having fun with a group of friends. Sadly my first full day has come and gone.

Almost all of my time was focused on my hand stitching pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully all of those items were finished. Take a look.

It feels so great to have crossed over that hurdle. Time to focus on other things!

Warm wishes to you!

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Many Dots, AP # 82

Polka dots and French knots are two of my favorite things to add to art work—the quilt I’m revealing today has plenty of both. Many Dots, AP # 82 was given its name because of its circular elements.

Also incorporated are leftover scraps from previous projects. You will see them near the center. The first is a triangular grouping of green fabrics. The second section is directly to the right. Both were partnered with fabrics that nicely meld them all together. I really like it when I can find a use for remnants too good to toss.

To finish my project I added a mixture of hand and machine quilting. I also included three turquoise beads and a matching lime green button. My striking, newly finished art quilt looks like this.

Many Dots, AP # 82

Thank You for sharing your time!