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!

Canvas Mounted Fabric Art Part Four


finishing a fiber art piece

Most fabric art pieces have raw edges that require finishing. I’ve used a variety of techniques to accomplish this task. My newest and most interesting method is to mount the project onto pre-stretched canvas. I recently shared three posts titled

Contained within those narratives were details on how to prepare for and attach your art piece to a canvas. Below is the fourth and final installment. Without any further delay let’s wrap this project up.

before getting started

Welcome to the fourth installment in my tutorial on attaching a fiber art piece to a pre-stretched canvas. If you have not read and accomplished the steps contained within the first three editions I highly recommend you do so now. For those that have already completed the previous tasks let’s get started on today’s project.

Let’s Add Finishing Touches

Left to finish on our project is the dust cover, hanging apparatus, bumpers and signature.

Supplies Needed
  1. A Ruler
  2. Pencil
  3. Dust cover material
  4. Double sided tape
  5. Scissors for cutting dust cover (or dedicated rotary cutter)
  6. Smooth edged tool to help affix the tape and paper together
  7. Hanging apparatus (see below for suggestions)
  8. Wire
  9. Wire cutter (if using wire)
  10. Awl or drill
  11. Screw driver
  12. Felt or rubber bumpers for corners of frame
  13. Permanent marking pen for signing
What is a dust cover?

A dust cover is a barrier that is added to the back side of a frame. It serves several purposes:

it camouflages the unfinished side of the frame and

provides a barrier to prevent dust accumulation, among others things.

The application of a dust cover is optional. I add a cover because I like the polished appearance it adds to my framed art piece.

what is a dust cover made of?

Dust covers can be made from several products. The most common and least expensive is brown Kraft paper. Many professionals choose not to use it because it will, over time, deteriorate. There are other options available. I use Lineco Backing Paper from Blick. Choose the product that suits your budget and your intended outcome.

In my practice dust covers are adhered to the back of my projects with double sided tape. Lineco Hand Held ATG Tape is my preferred product. I’ve tried Scotch double sided tape but have not had much success.

Let’s add a dust cover
  1. Start with a clean dry surface.
  2. Lay art piece upside down on a table.
  3. Take measurements both horizontally and vertically of the area to be covered. I typically leave 1/8” uncovered all the way around my project. So…if your piece measures 8”x10” then I would cut my backing 7 3/4”x 9 3/4”.
  4. Next add strips of double sided tape to the four edges of the dust cover.
  5. When you are ready to add the dust cover don’t remove the protective backing from all of the strips of tape immediately. Only remove it from the first edge that will be adhered. When you are ready to move on to another edge then remove the protective strip from that edge. To make certain the paper adheres to the fabric I apply pressure by rubbing my fingers along the edges of the dust cover. Sometimes the tape and fabric have difficulty working together. If they are being stubborn and don’t want to adhere properly a little added massage with a smooth edged tool can make all the difference.

There, now doesn’t that make the backside of your project look so much more professional! Let’s keep moving.

hanging device

Just like with a dust cover, there are several options available for hanging your art work. Three of the most common are:

-a sawtooth hanger (jagged-edged metal strip added along top edge of your frame),

-metal screw with eyelet opening and wire (added to the sides of your frame) or

-steel D-rings and wire (also added to the sides of your frame).

The product that will last the longest and allow your art piece to lay as flat against your wall as possible is the steel D-ring. All of the products have varying sizes available. Read the package instructions to determine which one is suitable for your art piece. The D-ring and wire is the option I choose for my applications.

Attaching a D-Ring

To attach the D-ring to your frame first measure the distance between the top and bottom edges of your frame. The D-ring should be attached 1/3rd of that distance down from the top edge. Make a mark on your frame with a pencil. Using an awl or a drill, pre-drill the hole where the screws will be added.

Use a screw driver or drill to sink the screws. A screwdriver works just fine for me.

adding the wire

Before attaching the hanging wire we must determine how much wire is needed. As a general rule I measure the distance across the frame (side to side) then add eight inches. The extra length will provide enough wire to wrap around both the D-rings plus have extra slack for hanging.

To secure the wire to the D-ring take the end of the wire and pull it up through the opening of the D-ring. Next wrap the end of the wire once around itself, then pull the free end back down through the D-ring. This motion creates a slip knot which keeps the wire tight. Next, tightly wrap that same free end of the wire close to where the slip knot was formed several times. Using a wire cutters snip off the excess wire.

Repeat this process with the other D-ring. Before making the slip knot this time make sure you leave enough extra wire between the two D-rings to allow for hanging the frame on the wall. If the wire is too tight the frame will not hang properly.

bumpers

Bumpers are the small square or round pieces that are attached to the back of your art piece in the two bottom corners. Bumpers provide air circulation between the wall and your frame, and help to keep the frame straight on the wall. Bumpers can be made from either felt of plastic. Either one is suitable.

To apply them first remove the paper backing (if there is one). Next using gentle pressure attach them to one of the bottom corners on the backside of the frame. Repeat the process in the other lower corner.

Signature

There are varying opinions on whether you should

sign or print your name;

include your full or partial name,

and

if you are female, whether you should use your married or maiden name.

In this day and age, given the tendency toward identity theft, I have chosen to print my married name. I use a Micron pen. I like this type of pen/marker because it is permanent, does not typically bleed and is archival safe.

adding your name

To provide parameters for the application of my name, using a rectangle of card stock I cut out an opening equal to the length and size of my signature. Also included was space for adding the date of completion. The card stock template is placed on top of my art piece, in the area where I want to add my name. Then using my pre-selected pen I print my first and last name and completion date. I repeat this process, without the use of the template, on the back of my art.

one more thing

This next embellishment is totally optional. To the back of my canvas stretched fiber art pieces I add a card containing details about my item. Included on that card is

  • the number of the art piece (all of my art pieces are assigned a number)
  • name
  • description, including materials and thread used
  • what, if any, beads or buttons added
  • as well as the measurements of the item.

The information is printed on card stock, trimmed to size and then attached with double sided tape.

Ta Da

We have now finished the process of mounting a fiber art piece onto stretched canvas. While the steps used to complete the process can seem labor intensive the end result is well worth the effort. The technique will add a flair unlike any of the other methods used to finish an art quilt. I hope that you have found these instructions to be helpful. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions, concerns or suggestions you might have. Also, if you decide to test the process on one of your own art quilts send me a photo of your triumph. Here’s mine.

With warm wishes for a wonderful day!

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