I am very excited to share another finished art piece. Measuring only 14 1/2 x 8 1/4” today’s addition to my portfolio is titled Purple Passion, AP # 85. As with so many of my other recent art pieces, this one began to take shape, on my design wall, at the Pam Beal Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact class.
Creating small works of art gives me the opportunity to use a variety of materials and techniques in a shorter amount of time. While minimalist in both size and design these new additions are not lacking in style. Let’s examine Purple Passion.
I’ve titled this piece Purple Passion because it reminds me of the passion fruit. Here’s why:
An outer purple layer
A green center
Black seeds (represented by the black circles in the center orange fabric strip)
Purple Passion has many stylish features. Among them are:
Raw edged fabrics secured with decorative stitching.
Color coordinated hand stitching
Three diamond shaped purple seeds represented by the three beads and
One very special, sparkly bead.
See for yourself.
Thank You for visiting! Be watching for my next reveal.
“Once in a blue moon” is a well-known idiom. The phrase refers to the occurrence of a second full moon within a calendar month. This phenomena only happens about once every thirty-two months.
The phrase “Once in a Blue Moon”was the inspiration for today’s art quilt. Initially begun at the Pam Beal Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact class, this project took on a whimsical nature with the addition of an unusual embellishment and fabric strip.
A quick glance at the above photo reveals the presence of a vertical navy blue section of fabric with the word Moo repeatedly printed on its surface. This piece of fabric gave me the idea to call my project Once In a Blue Moon Moo.
A careful tour of the 7 3/4 x 7 3/4” art quilt will reveal:
the presence of a multi-colored barn with;
a stylish, wood-grained, teal door;
sporting a teal zipper pull to act as the door’s handle;
a chimney fashioned from a tiny teal fabric scrap;
a grassy base represented by the fringed, teal, horizontal, fabric strip;
cleverly applied hand quilting using both matching and coordinating colors (note the stitches used to represent smoke arising from the chimney);
as well as a machine applied zig-zag stitch to secure raw edges.
All of these added elements helped to make this special art quilt a great addition to my portfolio. I hope that after you have examined each of my design elements you too will be able to grasp my vision.
Today’s small art piece was also started in that class. Titled WhoHoo Knows?, AP # 77, the quilt measures 15×10”.
Keeping with the theme of minimalism, this petite specimen has a limited color pallet. The soft minty teal (how’s that for a technical description) adds a pop of color that grabs your eye and draws it toward the center.
Of note are several special embellishments. Except for the zig-zagged raw edges of the sparkly grey fabric the rest of the quilting was hand stitched. Added for surprise elements were three teal and black beads along with a sassy, teal owl. The colors of the items were chosen to mirror the minty fabric frame.
Naming this mini quilt proved to be a challenge. Often times a name will come to mind while I am creating my art. In this case I wasn’t inspired until I added the owl. Given the difficulty I had in choosing the name I decided to select Hoo Knows?. Hoo, because of the sound associated with owls and the added owl bead. Knows, because of the phrase, “Who Knows?” I know it seems kind of corny but that’s ok! Who cares!
Hoo Knows was added to a background of black fabric. A layer of Warm & Natural batting is sandwiched in-between. To the quilt’s raw edges a binding of matching black fabric was added.
Before heading to Woodland Ridge for Pam Beal’s class, I stopped in Menomonie at the cutest little fabric shop called Thread Lab. The art piece I will share today incorporates three of the fabrics purchased during my shopping spree.
Those that read and write the English language are familiar with the letter “L”. The “L” begins with a downward swipe of the pen, then continues on toward the right. These two lines form a ninety degree angle.
The English language is read from top to bottom and left to right. This top to bottom, left to right flow is replicated in the letter “L”. When viewing art our eye travels along the same path.
If you recall, I mentioned earlier one of the traits Pam said was important for a successful art piece. The term I am referring to is “L” Shape Balance. If my quilt were to achieve “L” Shape Balance then my eye would begin in the top left corner and proceed across and down the surface.
I believe my mini art piece achieves that balance. The blue fabric, situated to the left of the center, echoes the downward movement of a pen creating the first part of an “L”. The grey fabric directly below can be identified with the left to right swipe.
Did I loose you?
In other words, my eye first travels from top to bottom down the surface of the blue fabric. Next it makes a right angle and follows along the grey strip to the outer right edge.
Is that better?
X’s and O’s
X’s and O’s are often used to signify a hug and a kiss when writing sentiments in, say for instance—a card. I’ve titled today’s art piece X’s and O’s not because I’m sending you a kiss or a hug. Instead I’ve chosen this reference because of the fabrics I used to create it.
If you look closely in the body of my piece you will see skinny strips of fabric accentuated by the letter “X”. You will also notice a blue fabric decorated with black dots. The “X’s” and dots, or “O’s” were the inspiration for my quilt’s name.
Let’s look at the remaining features of my art piece. This small art quilt was made using three different colors—black, grey and blue. The
blue fabric with the black dots;
the grey and black fabric with the x’s; and
the darker grey and black near the bottom
were purchased during my fabric shopping trip. The balance of the other fabrics were harvested from my stash.
Years and years ago I tried mastering the art of hand quilting. After several attempts I threw in the towel and turned to machine quilting. Hand quilting is Pam’s preferred method. After seeing Pam’s masterpieces and how lovely they looked with her stitching I decided to give it another try.
I chose three thread colors for my stitching.
The grey fabrics were accented with grey thread.
Black thread was my obvious choice for the two black border pieces.
In the remaining sections I used a soft blue.
After achieving a workable rhythm I actually grew to appreciate hand quilting. The somewhat uneven appearance of my stitches gives my small project a more rustic texture.
Strategically placed stray stitches along with random beading are Pam’s go-to-method for adding elements of surprise. Using this for my inspiration I added a few stray stitches along with four French knots in the quilt’s right, grey panel. These two elements add a little sparkle.
The Little Things
Now that we have examined the obvious details let’s take one last look at the unmentioned features.
X’s and O’s measures 14” L x 8 5/8“ w.
Surrounding my quilt is a binding made from black fabric.
In between the quilt sandwich is a layer of Warm & Natural batting.
The back is protected by a layer of black fabric.
A hanging sleeve and label have been attached as well.
That’s A Wrap
With so much to share, this has been a very long post. I think you would agree though that it was well worth the read.
Thank you so much for sticking with me. Let’s do this again!