“For My Own Amusement”

I’ve finished up the series of four pieces made from a stitched indigo sampler.  See numbers one and two here.  And numbers three and four below.

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I love the art paper with the circles, above.

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Piece #2 includes a bit of a dictionary page with the word “amusement” defined.  Since I was doing these just for fun, I thought I could use that word as part of my title.  It came to me very quickly:
“For My Own Amusement, #1-4.”

I like the way the four pieces look together.  What do you think?

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

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14 Responses to “For My Own Amusement”

  1. debby May 29, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    I love these pieces, and really like them mounted together.

    • Ellen Lindner May 29, 2017 at 9:52 am #

      Thanks, Debby. They were fun to do.

      Your word “mounting” is completely appropriate. Small pieces like these need to be mounted or framed to read as ART. I’ve got an article on the subject, if you’re interested.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. marthaginn May 29, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Very nice, Ellen! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the one with the crochet and dictionary piece. Amazing how that lacy texture adds such interest.

    • Ellen Lindner May 29, 2017 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks, Martha. That’s my favorite one, too.

  3. B. J. Berlo May 29, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    Now I’m getting some new ideas! I’m free cutting circles from my Aboriginal fabrics and making a wall quilt for myself. Oh help me Goddess – now I’ll never throw the cutouts away! I can see an interesting collage coming from those pieces. My wall quilt is the Bulls Eye pattern.

    • Ellen Lindner May 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

      B.J., you’re cracking me up! Have I “assimilated you” into the tribe of using leftovers? My “apologies,” but it sure sounds like you’re having fun! Hope I get to see your results.:)

  4. Lif Strand May 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    I think some of an artist’s best work comes from doing them “for personal amusement”. To me it seems that there’s more freedom allowed, less pressure, and from that new concepts and approaches can spring.

    I told my quilting buddies just yesterday that I have no UFOs. They all looked at me in amazement and disbelief, knowing how slowly I produce anything. I told them that everything I’ve started has been “studies”. That when I learned what I wanted to learn from the studies I moved on, because studies are complete when the artist is ready to move on. Hence I had no UFOs.

    They all got it. UFOs are naggers. Studies are not. Plus I really do have various pieces of fabric art that were always only meant to be studies, and sometimes I come back to them and use them in another piece.

    Anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying I love when you post about your experiments and things you do for your own amusement. Thank you for sharing!

    PS and yes, mount the four together!

    • Ellen Lindner May 29, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks, Lif!

      You and I definitely share the same mindset. And I like your distinction between UFOs and studies, too.

  5. Barbara Nelson May 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Looks like a new color combination for you. I like it.

    • Ellen Lindner May 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

      I guess you’re right, Barbara, although I hadn’t realized it. I selected orange (the complementary color) to go with the blue. I definitely like the two together.

  6. Kristin F May 30, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    They look great as a group, and I love the blue and orange combination.

    • Ellen Lindner May 30, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

      Thanks, Kristin. I’m really liking this combination as well. And, of course, I love the designs on the indigo. A friend made the sampler and gave it to me. Wasn’t that nice?

  7. B. J. Berlo May 30, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    Ellen: since I first met you at the Sarasota Quilt Guild many years ago – I’ve had a clear plastic container labeled “Sticky Fingers” and you can’t imagine the comments I get from friends who see that box in my studio!!!! I’ve been collecting scraps to do a Sticky Fingers and now I’m actually going to do one (or more).

    • Ellen Lindner May 31, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      That’s funny, B.J.! I love the idea!

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