I joined the Art Abandonment Facebook group sometime ago. In case you’re not familiar with this movement, the idea is to make small pieces of art and leave them for others to find. We always hope that the finders will let us know what they’ve done with their found art–hung it on the wall, the fridge, given it away. This does not happen often but we are all encouraged when someone lets us know that they were having a horrible day and finding a little joy in a baggie gave them hope or made them smile. I finally decided what to do and started making art cards, 5×7, suitable for framing or putting on an easel. I got a little carried away because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to quilt my placemats or the final piece for the Too Precious to Cut (But We Will) challenge. The placemats are finished now and as soon as I finish the table mat, I’ll post and give you links for the placemat tutorial and previous posts.
I have abandoner’s regret for my first piece (mostly scraps from the Cotton + Steel baggie) and I hope it made someone’s day. I left it at the Love Lock Bridge on the Lake Bella Vista trail and by the time I walked around the lake and back, it was gone. The bridge now has 13 locks (it only had six in June). It is still too hot here in the afternoons but soon I’ll be able to get back to walking on all the local trails.
I have been using up orphan blocks and random scraps for the most part. This is a series using samples of broderie perse, fabric scraps and my hand-crocheted rick rack trim. I abandoned the first one this week at a local community center.
I’m going to send this one to my niece as it reminds me of her.
Rouge Carmin is French for Carmine Red, the color of one of my Prismacolor pencils which matched the pink fabric.
Here is Where the Antelope Play — more Cotton + Steel. Most people would have thrown the antelope scraps away but I sewed them together and added beaded eyes.
And lastly, more Cotton + Steel (the baggie that will not die).
I made a birthday card for my sister-in-law. I had made her a wallhanging sometime ago and there were three 2-inch squares of the cherry fabric left so I went with that, drew a flower similar to that on the fabric and added beads.
I also made a landscape for another sister-in-law’s birthday and paper pieced a card for my other sister-in-law’s birthday.
I have been sketching out ideas for more cards but I have enough for abandoning and for little gifts for now. Even so, I need to make special cards for my sisters, daughter and a friend. In the meantime, it’s insomnia week due to the full moon. This is the Nut Full Moon (Cherokee designation). Nuf said.