Off to Texas for the Best in Quilts!

October 22nd, 2014

As you read this, I will be on the road driving to Texas, with a packed-to-the gills trailer following along! I’m on my way, first to Quilt Market (which is THE show for retailers shopping for quilting supplies, fabrics and fiber art materials), then to the International Quilt Festival, which takes place October 30-November 2 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

At Quilt Market I’m going to be exhibiting new batik that we designed that will be handcrafted in Indonesia. We’re not ready for selling to customers just yet, but wait until you see these! Absolutely spectactular color and pattern…I feel confident in saying there’s no other batik on the market quite like it.

And of course International Quilt Festival is the premier quilt show in the entire world! If you are lucky enough to be attending the Festival, I hope you’ll stop by to visit me in Booth 1963.

Look for the yellow submarine tags worn by Beatles art quilt challenge participants! One of the highlights of the Festival this year is the premier of the Inspired by the Beatles Quilt Challenge exhibit! The entire group of quilts will be on display in a special exhibit sponsored by FreeSpirit/Coats.

The beautiful book Inspired by the Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge by Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto will be on sale in my booth. Each quilt is shown off by wonderfully detailed photography and includes lots of fun anecdotes about each artist and their love of quilting, music/The Beatles and more. (Not attending? You can order it online from our website.)

Many of the quilt artists who participated in this challenge will be attending Houston. Look for the yellow submarines (designed by Donna’s daughter Aimee) as seen here on attendees’s nametags and congratulate these talented artists on their accomplishment!

I’ll try to share some photos and info about these travels soon. Check the Artistic Artifacts Facebook page and this space for updates.

P.S. We have posted the rescheduled dates for Seth Apter’s classes…he will now be visiting us January 24-25. We have a few spaces left in each class, so if your October schedule previously prevented you from registering, join us in the new year!

Quilt Guild Lecture & Trunk Show

October 15th, 2014

Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts/Batik Tambal speaking to the Friendship Quilters’ Guild of Hagerstown, MD

Yesterday afternoon I journeyed to Hagerstown, Maryland so that I could present my From Vintage to Contemporary lecture to the Friendship Quilters’ Guild.  I was warned that the majority of the members where traditional quilters and I was there to shake them up a bit.  I certainly did shake them up!  

I prefer to move while I discuss how I created my Art Quilts,  so while I roamed, there were several people who carried the art quilts around so the audience could get a close up look. We had a wonderful conversation about vintage hankies, trims, buttons and use in fiber arts, and questions about how I dye my trims, doliies and fabrics.

Judy Gula art quilts and Artistic Artifacts products at the Friendship Quilters’ Guild of Hagerstown, MD

In addition to my finished art quilts, I bought along a selection of items I use when creating them: my hand-dyed linens, vintage buttons, products to transfer images, and more. There was a lot of interest in the use of photos in fiber art, and questions about the difference between Transfer Artist Paper and EQ Printables Premium Cotton Lawn Inkjet Fabric.

They were a wonderful group and it was a pleasure meeting so many welcoming quilters.

I have recently begun increasing my lecture/trunk show and custom workshop activity. Visit the Artistic Artifacts website for details…I’d love to meet with your quilt guild or art group!

Members of the Friendship Quilters’ Guild of Hagerstown, MD

Artful & Practical Gifts

October 8th, 2014

My dear friend Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution was one of the teachers at Art & Soul, and is always a huge help to me setting up and staffing the onsite store. Yesterday I dropped her off at the airport for her journey home to Colorado, and couldn’t help but notice her artful luggage tags.

Liz Kettle luggage tag
Liz Kettle luggage tag, reverse
Liz Kettle luggage tag

It’s always nice to find ways to use our art in practical ways that we can enjoy everyday, and I think it’s one of the best ways to gift others with our art. After all, anyone who travels has to have a luggage tag. Why not make them something beautiful? Not to mention something that will be one of a kind as it rotates by on the luggage carousel!

Liz used Roc-lon Multi Purpose Cloth for her tags, which is comparable to canvas, but doesn’t fray or ravel when cut, and is flexible, soft (but durable) and already prepared for painting and collaging. Liz also used Multi Purpose Cloth in her travel charger/cord organizer tutorial (another gift idea!) It’s great stuff!

Other practical, everyday items that can be made artful for gift giving include coffee cup or travel mug sleeves, tissue pack covers, photo frames, smartphone cozies, and more. I’ve previously posted about creating journals….visit the Artistic Artifacts website for a collection of tutorials and product technique info.

Quilting Arts Holiday 2014

If you are looking for more patterns and ideas, Quilting Arts magazine creates a special edition each year that focuses on projects for gift giving. This year’s edition, Quilting Arts Holiday 2014-15, was first released in August! Okay, when it arrived, the date caused quite a bit of grumbling that they are rushing things…but then again, if your recipient list is long, it doesn’t hurt to start early, does it? This popular issue includes 35 projects: decorations, greeting cards, fabric jewelry, and gifts for everyone on your list.

Paper Holiday from Cloth Paper Scissors

Just added to our website, a new special issue from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine: Paper Holiday, filled with ideas for gift giving and holiday décor! The editors of Cloth Paper Scissors have combed through past issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts, I Heart Paper, and PAGES, and hand picked a varied selection of easy projects for gift giving, decorating, and wrapping. This magazine includes 31 project ideas for a fun, handmade holiday, including mixed media ornaments to make; garlands to decorate with; gift tags made from artwork scraps and much more.

Artistic Artifacts at Art & Soul in Virginia Beach!

October 1st, 2014

Virginia Beach, Virginia, site of Art & Soul

Virginia Beach, Virginia -- Art & Soul founder Glenny Moir took this beautiful photo upon her arrival!

Each year I set up as a “satellite” on-site store for the Art & Soul events that take place in Portland, Oregon and Virginia Beach, VA. While it is a lot of prep work and packing, being around so many excited attendees who are treating themselves to a creative retreat is always fun and invigorating. Many attendees come year after year, many are coming for the first time…seeing old friends and meeting new is always something to look forward to!

The Virginia Beach edition began on Sunday through Sunday October 5 at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA. The above photo gives you a taste of the amazing venue —attendees are able to walk the beach before and after their classes…a wonderful way to relax and recharge. More than one comes back with a shell, or piece of driftwood, or some other treasure to incorporate in their work!

Remember that you can visit the hotel to shop even if you are not attending the retreat! I met a wonderful new friend yesterday who wasn’t able to attend any classes but still stopped by the hotel to do a some shopping. Plus, every Art & Soul event features a Vendor Night, where a wide variety of creative individuals and stores travel in with with wares. These evenings are free for attendees, but the public is welcome with a $10 admission, and it is well worth the cost to have access to finished artwork, jewelry, ephemera, thermofax screens and more. Art & Soul Vendor Night Virginia Beach is this Saturday, October 4 from 6:00-9:00 pm — if you are anywhere within a reasonable drive, I highly recommend you stopping by.

Some of the classes that will finish out the week still have space available, so if your schedule has freed up at the last minute, email Glenny directly at glenny@artandsoulretreat.com and she will be happy to get you registered.

Stencils and ink pads for sale at Art & Soul Virginia Beach

Exploring the Vast Array of Artist Pens

September 24th, 2014

Our most recent “How Do I Use This?” topic was Choosing the Right Pen. I knew there were customers just like me who were curious about which pen is best for which surface, or wondered how to choose among the wealth of options there are out there.

Experimenting with a wide variety of pens

So as I explored pens to prepare for our demonstration, I was blown away anew by the amazing choices! The Artistic Artifacts shop carries PITT Artist Pens and Stamper’s Big Brush Pens by Faber-Castell, Krylon Metallic Leafing Pens, a variety of pens by Sakura, and German Glitter Pens and Pearl Pens from Viva —all of which I had never used.

Why would I? I have never been very confident in my drawing and journaling abilities. But with the explosion of stencil patterns, paint and now pens, I’m finding that it is getting much easier to fake my way through drawing and journaling, and the new products mean I am enjoying it so much more!

So, as I see it the challenges of pens are how does the “ink” flow? What surfaces can it cover? How does the pen work on a plain surface versus a painted one? Plus the most important, challenge of finding the perfect white pen.

For my White Pen Challenge (pictured below) I used a black tag and a selection of white pens you can see my test section below.

Comparing opaque white pens

The Uni-ball Signo Broad Gel Pen will be my go-to white pen, followed by the Gelly Roll Soufflé Opaque Puffy Ink Pen, Stamper’s Big White Pen by Faber-Castell and then Sharpie fine. (The sharpie white pen will write on an olive oil-soaked wooden printing block!)

Adding pen doodles and Gelatos color to a stenciled design

For the above page in my art journal, I used a stencil from The Crafters Workshop with Stewart Gill Purple paint. The left side is as-is; on the right side I used many Gelly Roll Metallic and Soufflé pens to create additional patterns within the painted stencil pattern. The overal background color consists of several colors of Gelatos with a bit of water to blend. Because the Gelatos are diluted with water, the ink of the pens acted as a resist.

Journal print of free-hand plate

Above is a print from last week’s blog using the round Gelli Arts™ Gel Printing Plate and water based paint. It definitely needed more! Below is after I added VIVA glitter pen, yellow Soufflé and white Uni-ball.

Stenciled monoprint embellished with pens and glitter

When I first began using the Soufflé I did not realize that you had to wait a bit until the color showed up. (It very clearly states that fact on the packaging if you read…I’m not known for reading directions first!) So at first I was disappointed… but I love them now! They were a big hit with the attendees last Thursday!

Using a Pitt Big Brush pen to color a rubber stamp

Above, I wanted to experiment with applying the Pitt Big BrushPens (which contains India ink) to a rubber stamp, replacing the need for a stamp pad…it worked great!

Then I had to try experimenting with some of the pens on fabric:

left, pens on fabric before washing, right the results after washing

Left side is the unwashed sample and the right side the washed. I ironed the samples before tossing them in water and a bit of detergent. The S in Sharpie ran a bit, but everything else was unaffected by the water.

Pen samples on black tag

Here are some documentation samples that were created by one of our students in last Thursday’s “How Do I Use This?” session. It’s always a good idea to make notes to yourself so that you remember what pen (or other product) left what mark or effect.

I’m off to finishing packing for Art & Soul, which takes place September 29 – October 5 at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA. I hope many of you are planning to attend…Glenny Moir created this event, one of the first ever creative retreats, in 1999, and they are an amazing experience.

Artistic Artifacts serves as the on-site store….if you are attending, please stop by to say hi!
pen samples on white

And if you were not able to attend this year, but live anywhere in the vicinity, you can visit the hotel to shop at the Artistic Artifacts “pop-up” satellite store even if you are not registered for Art & Soul!

P.S. Remember, the Artistic Artifacts store at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304 will be closed to customers from Thursday, September 25 through Monday, September 29 due to parking lot resurfacing. The shop reopens on Tuesday, September 30.

Why Do I Need a Round Gelli Plate?

September 17th, 2014

As I watch the different sizes of Gelli Arts™ Gel Printing Plate arrive in the shop, I wonder why we need different shapes and sizes. Do I really need one of each size?

Well, after experimenting, I must say yes. Especially to the 8" x 8" Round plate! Why? Because!

Gathering my supplies:


p style=”text-align: left;”>On my Gel Printing Plate I have placed three different colors of paint. After dabbing them on, I use a brayer to even out the coat of paint on the plate.

blobs of paint applied to gel printing plate

When brayering, sometimes you will see the colors stay somewhat distinctive; other times they blend together to create a completely new color, as in the below example.

brayered paint blended together and evenly distributed on the plate

Cedar Canyon Rubbing Plates are sold in sets of six and are created from a lightweight black plastic that is deeply embossed with patterns. They are available in a number of designs; pictured below is Op Art.

Op Art Rubbing Plates sold by Artistic Artifacts

Select a rubbing plate, and lightly press it onto the paint-covered gel printing plate surface, then and lift straight up. Below is the plate with paint “removed” from one of the rubbing plates from the Doodles set.

paint removed by impressing gel printing plate with a Doodles Rubbing Plate

Pick up your printing plate and place it face down atop one of your journal pages. Notice below how I have offset it so it “bleeds” off the edge of the page.

paint-loaded Gel Printing Plate placed on journal page

Press lightly across the plate, then lift it gently off your journal. (You could also leave the plate in place and press your journal, paper or fabric down onto it.)

offset Gel Printing Plate print on journal page

Below, I added another circle to the same page.

Another circular print layered atop the first

Another rubbing plate print, this one of the plates from the Floral Fantasy set… does it look like it is twirling to you?

Loaded plate and journal print

Below, the gel printing plate coated with paint and my free-handing a design.

paint-covered plate with free-hand design

I think I need additional practice with free-hand pattern making.

Journal print of free-hand plate

Another great tool to use with gelli plates are stencils. In this example I used a large 12" x 12", which allows me to continue the pattern right up to and over the edge.

Using a stencil on the gel printing plate
Stenciled monoprint

Here are three green monoprints, all using the same stencil. Of the two that are pictured below, I think the one on the left had too much paint applied to the Gel Printing Plate.

It does take some trial and error time and practice to get the application of paint onto the plate correct. But it’s not exactly torture to spend time playing!

Two versions of a stenciled monoprint

Up to this point I haven’t written about the paint I am using. Silks Acrylic Glazes have a high mica formulation and give you a nice finish shine …not too much, but just right. They are translucent and designed to blend over any other Silks shade without going muddy.

Silks Acrylic Glazes used to monoprint

The other cool thing about these paints is that once dry, they act as a resist to combining with Twinkling H20’s, which are a watercolor. Again, the colors stay true and jewel-like. Below is the above print with the addition of additional Silks and Twinkling H20’s.

monoprint journal page accented with Twinkling H20's

I began thinking that the leaf print from the stencil was blending in a bit too much (but not muddy, right?) and wanted to bring it back to the surface. So I pulled out a new favorite white pen, the Gelly Roll Soufflé Opaque Puffy Ink Pen, to hand-trace the pattern. (This is one of the pens we will be experimenting with tomorrow night (Thursday, September 18) during our monthly “How Do I Use This?” demonstrations and play-time.)

So, I have I talked you into “needing” a round Gel Printing Plate too? If you’re interested in exploring monoprinting, I heartily recommend our upcoming class, Gelli Printing on Paper with Susan Gantz. Susan is an amazing teacher who loves to share her enthusiasm for this amazing art form. Plates, paints and more are provided, and we have heard nothing but raves about this class…every student walks out with a sheaf of amazing monoprints we all oooh and ahhh over!

Stenciled monoprints on sheet music

Finishing Mr. Buck’s Quilt

September 10th, 2014

I’ve just put together a vintage hankie art quilt class! Join me on Sunday, November 23 to create your own wonderful piece! Learn more and register »

Last week I promised you more about the additional work on Mr. Buck’s 80th birthday quilt. I actually forgot to take pictures of the re-embellished quilt myself! His daugter took some for me and emailed me.

As I wrote last week, my vintage hankie covered in anchors was perfect this proud Navy man. Below is the first edition of his quilt.

Vintage Hankie Quilt for Mr. Buck's 80th Birthday

Nice on its own, but I knew I wanted to add more embellishments and personalize it. Those white corners were calling to me… Mr. Buck was kind enough to understand and give it back to me for these additions.

With the top right corner already embellished, I worked around the quilt. A heart shaped lace trim appliqué that I hand-dyed red was the perfect accompaniment to a treasured family photo for the lower right corner (below).This detail photo also shows off the cute cream-colored sailboat buttons I added to the bottom border.

A family photo adorns the corner of Mr. Buck's quilt

Next, the lower left corner. I added another family photo above the United States Naval Academy patch to commemorate his happy days in Annapolis.

Vintage photo from Mr. Buck's Annapolis days

Mr. Buck is the handsome #21 on the championship intramural horseshoe team!

Detail, vintage photo from Mr. Buck's Annapolis days

Finally, the top left corner seems to be the perfect resting place for a vintage paper sailor. I love how he fit the theme and added creamy warm tones to balance the gold and yelllows that accent the quilt.

Paper sailor ephemera

Here is the finished quilt. I do apologize that has had borders being cut off, but it’s the only complete photoI have. (You can click on the photo for a larger view.)

Mr. Buck's quilt, really finishe this time!

I’m much happier with this final outcome, as it is so much more personal to Mr. Buck…plus I’m of the mind that if a little embellishing and ephemera is good, then a lot is better!

More to come on vintage hankie quilts in future postings. I hope to see some of you at my new vintage hankie art quilt class on November 23rd. As you can see these quilts make wonderful gifts (if you can bear to part with them), and the winter holidays will be here before we know it!

Vintage Hankie Quilts

September 3rd, 2014

I am grateful for the friends and family that I have, including a special family, the Buck Family. I consider myself an ‘adopted’ daughter to the Buck family. Mr. Buck had his 80th Birthday last year, and he is a proud Navy man. I just so happened to have a vintage hankie that I thought was perfect for him, and assembled all the anchors and trims that I could find for his Birthday quilt. Below is what I sent to arrive within a few days of his birthday.

Vintage Hankie Quilt for Mr. Buck's 80th Birthday

But you know me…I felt it still needed “more,” so I asked to have it returned to me for additional work. Last week my husband Dave and I were going to spend a few days off with the Bucks in North Carolina, so finishing Mr. Buck’s quilt rose to the top of my to do pile and inspired me to look at my other vintage handkerchiefs. Vintage hankies are like potato chips — you can’t just have one!

Drawer full of vintage hankies

Pictured above is a deep drawer where all my washed and ironed vintage hankies are stored.

Floral hankies from my grandmother's collection

The two circular handkerchiefs pictured above came from my Grandmother’s stash.

And once family and friends find out you love vintage hankies…

Vintage handkerchief cards

…you are the recipient of some lovely surprises. I love these cards! (Click the photo above for a larger view of these hankie dolls.)

With my interest rekindled from the additional work I did on Mr. Buck’s quilt, I picked out three vintage hankies (pictured below) from my collection to feature in new quilts.

Trio of vintage handkerchiefs

I love the colors and details of these handkerchiefs! In this posting I will give you some ideas and tips on how I created one of these art quilts, and in future blog postings will update the others.

First step is to choose a background and orientation. I’m working with some green hand dyed cotton and the pretty burgundy leaf square within a square hankie.

Vintage leaf hankie with green hand-dyed fabric

The above layout can work, but…

On point layout of vintage handkerchief

Below you can see that I have added a 3-inch striped border. I have purposely let the hankie “creep” into the border, but note that as of this point the hankie has not been stitched to the green hand-dyed fabric. Next I will assemble the quilt sandwich, with the hankie pinned in place.

Hankie points overlap the striped border fabric

I decided to quilt the entire hand dyed green area, and looked to 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs by Leah Day for inspiration.

365 Free Motion Quilting Designs by Leah Day

I choose her design #150, Strange Leaf, pictured above. I practiced the direction that my needle would go by drawing on paper, and then jumped in. My leaf was in fact strange… and little more like a heart than a leaf!

Free motion quilting the background with the hankie out of the way

As you can see above, I actually folded and pinned the hankie out of the way, and free motion quilted the background green fabric in sections. The reason I do this is to keep the background laying flat and not too puffy when I stitch the hankie at the end.

Vintage leaf handkerchief quilted and bound

Above is the quilt so far (larger view). I stitched around the acorns that are printed in the center of the hankie, along the pink “ribbon,” and the outside edge of the hankie. Then I added the binding. At this point, many would consider the quilt done. I am not sure… I think that it needs some embellishment.

I will write more about other Vintage Hankie Quilts and show off my additional work on Mr. Buck’s quilt in future postings. Stay tuned!

Ashville North Carolina

August 27th, 2014

After the Durham Quilt Show, Dave and I headed to visit family friends in Hendersonville, North Carolina for a few days of relaxation. We found a wonderful store in Asheville named Screen Door, 115 Fairview Road, screendoorasheville.com. I found some wonderful curio shadow boxes by artist Gail Lamuraglia at the Screen Door.

This place is amazing!!

Also, downtown we found Earth Guild. I have been shopping with Earth Guild since my weaving days in high school!

Another great find was Woolworth Walk. This is a locally owned gallery in the heart of downtown (25 Haywood Street) that represents local artists. It is located in a historic building, a renovated F&W Woolworth department store: woolworthwalk.com

I hope everyone here in the U.S. enjoys their upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend!

Our Final Row by Row Color/Design Variation

August 20th, 2014

Artistic Artifacts Red Row by Row Experience Design

This summer’s Row by Row Experience shop hop has been so enjoyable for those of us at Artistic Artifacts! We have met so many people, both local and many from out of state and Canada, who have visited us to pick up our free pattern.

Artistic Artifacts Row by Row Experience fabric kits

Artistic Artifacts Row by Row Experience fabric kits are available in four colorways

We created four different fabric colorways (these fabric kits are now available to order online) and have previously posted photos of three: the orange and blue kits were completed with Thermofax screen printing and hand stamped with our wooden printing blocks. For the green sample, we added a monoprinted background created using a Gelli Arts™ Gel Printing Plate.

In this posting I am finally featuring the fourth colorway, red. I am actually happy that we waited to complete this sample, because it has allowed us to respond to some customer discussions we have had in the store.

We have been delighted with the customers with no previous experience who embraced trying something new; many are experimenting with block printing and screen printing with the Thermofax screens we used. But there were also people who hestitated over those techniques, so we have continually brainstormed options for the background: use rubber stamps or stencils that you already own. Or purchase fabric that has words on it, such as Tim Holtz designs. Or thread paint, or hand-stitch a design. Or do no surface design at all and replace the white fabric with another of your choosing. The winner of our fabric prize, Jana Franklin, used her computer to print springtime poems and facts onto her white muslin, and then stamped with wooden printing blocks over that. What was important to us at Artistic Artifacts was that you made this row your own.

For this red Sample I used a rubber stamp and Memento Luxe Mixed Media Ink Pads to stamp the background before adding block printing. (I have previously blogged about using Memento Luxe Mixed Media Ink Pads in block printing, so take a look.)

Cover-a-Card rubber stamp and Memento Luxe Mixed Media Ink Pads

The stamp pictured above is the French Text Cover-a-Card Stamp. The Cover-a-Card company makes the Mega Mount Acrylic Block for use with these 5¾" square rubber stamps…it sure makes the stamping process easier than manhandling a non-mounted stamp! Pictured are three colors of ink pad… yes I did use all three! Notice the yellow foam printing mat. Every tool box needs one!

Applying Memento Luxe Mixed Media Ink to the Cover-a-Card rubber stamp

As you can see above, the stamp pad is much smaller than the stamp, so I turn the stamp facing up and apply the ink pad to the stamp, rather than applying the stamp to the ink pad. Much better coverage.

Using the Mega Mount and Cover-a-Card stamp

The base of the Mega Mount Acrylic Block is slightly curved so that even the largest stamp only contacts the paper one section at a time, requiring less pressure and resulting in clean, even impressions.

In the above photo you can see the Mega Mount acrylic handle. It is curved so that I “roll” the stamp onto the fabric. I will continue to turn the stamp every which way, because I am creating a background texture…I’m not creating text that is meant to be readable.

Completed stamped background

I stamp the whole background. Once the Memento Luxe Mixed Media Ink is dry, I ironed the fabric, which eat set the ink for permanence and washability.

My previous row designs have been recognizable animals and leaves — the “flora and fauna” of spring. I wanted to do something a bit more abstract for this red colorway, while keeping with the spring theme. We have a large number of paisley designs of wooden printing blocks, and they are such a favorite of mine! You can see that the ones I have chosen have a floral/leaf look to them, so I think it works well with our other rows.

Paisley block stamped in red

With my previous Row by Row samples, I used opaque PROFab Textile Paints for the block printing. In keeping with the idea of working differently, for this sample I used my other favorite textile paint from Stewart Gill.

Another paisley block stamped in shades of red

Using Stewart Gill True Color, Opaque Matte Paint Color # 1 True Red, I applied it to the wooden printing block with sponge, and then stamped.

Using shades of red, including pink, purple and even a bit of blue adds visual interest to the background

While I used a lot of red, I also added some blue and purple into the mix. Mixing different shades of red, including pink and purple, adds visual interest to the background and keeps the design from looking too static.

Red fabrics from kit and scraps from stash for free-form piecing

The next step is to create my strip piecing. Here’s the link to my previous freeform strip piecing tutorial. In addition to the Combanasi and commercial batiks that are included in each fabric kit, our row pattern instructs you to pull coordinating fabrics from your stash. So I went from these pictured piles of fabrics and strips…

More red fabrics from kit and scraps from stash for free-form piecing

To the below freeform pieced width of fabric. Then I cut my Row by Row strips from this larger pieced work.

Red freeform pieced fabric

Below is the final row assembled.

Completed Red Row by Row from Artistic Artifacts pattern

Click photo for a larger view.