Not every piece of art has to be a blockbuster. Sometimes doing little projects can be satisfying, too. Over the past week I have been inspired to create mini bits by what turned up when I went hunting for a missing quilt. I am ashamed to say there’s no method to my quilt storage system other than compatibility between quilt size and storage container. A quilt may be rolled up, under my bed, in a tote, or in a big black trunk. So I looked through a lot of stuff before I found what I sought. Along the way I refolded and straightened quilts, looked at old quilts with new eyes, and came across unfinished bits.
The first bit I felt compelled to work with because I found it on February 12 was a paper pieced heart block. I think I made it before 2011. With the addition of batting, backing and binding (from stash!) it now can be used as a hanging, a trivet, or a potholder.
Next, two quilts I came across needed some revisions, so I did that. You can see the original versions here and here.
Then, my bowl of thread snippets caught my eye. I had just read a blog post about thread bowls and I have a roll of Solvy. Some free motion stitching, organza scraps, and thread created a small bowl. It’s cute, but it sure won’t hold water.
To cap my week of minis, I decided on my 100 day project. My choice had to use materials on hand, be quick, be flexible enough to entertain me, and be easy. I plan to make a daily 4 by 4 inch collage featuring one of my printing stamps.
We’ll see how long I can keep this project going. I’m linking to Off The Wall Fridays.
7 responses to “It’s The Little Things”
Wow, great post. The additions to “If You Go Into The Woods Today” really emphasize the layers and adds depth, and the green strip in “Deep Purple” tightens up the design (in a good way) and IMO, gives the eye a path to travel around while viewing the piece. Love the bowl, it’s so delicate. And your 4 x 4 project sounds like a really good time! I look forward to any stamping pieces you make.
My idea is to do stamping as the final step for each collage. I haven’t yet used stamps in collage, so I want to try it out. Glad you like my revisions.
So many fun projects. I want to just sit and look at Into the Woods for awhile, there’s so much about it I like. That thread bowl is so interesting – how did you shape it?
Glad you like “If You Go Into The Woods.” The thread bowl was shaped over a kitchen bowl after I partially soaked out the Solvy. I wanted to leave enough embedded in the fiber to stiffen the bowl.
Looking forward to seeing the 4×4 collages!
So am I. They are going to be more about process than product, given that I will set a time limit for them.