Art Abandonment

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.

House Under Milky Way

House Under Milky Way

House Under Milky Way on Love Lock Bridge, Lake Bella Vista

House Under Milky Way abandoned on Love Lock Bridge, Lake Bella Vista

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.

Fleur Rouge Carmin, Art Card #2

Fleur Rouge Carmin, Art Card #2

I’m going to send this one to my niece as it reminds me of her.

Fleur Rouge Carmin II, Art Card #3

Fleur Rouge Carmin II, Art Card #3

Fleur Rouge Carmin #3

Fleur Rouge Carmin III

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.

Where the Antelope Play

Where the Antelope Play

Orphan Hexagons

Orphan Hexagons

Hexagonal Fun

Hexagonal Fun

And lastly, more Cotton + Steel (the baggie that will not die).

Art Card #7, I Don't Know Jack

Art Card #7, I Don’t Know Jack

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.


Red White & Black All Over

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.

Landscape card 5x7

Landscape card 5×7

Paper pieced Card

Paper pieced card

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.


Full Moon Series – September (Nut Full Moon)



Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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