A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Journal Quilts, 10th Feb 2010

I enjoy making Journal Quilts, and last year I made two every month. An A4 sized one using a new technique each time, which was a challenge set by the Popular Patchwork website. The other was a 6"x12" quilt which was set by the Specialist Contemporary Branch of the Quilters' Guild of The British Isles, and we were free to use any technique.

The cqg is running the JQ challenge again this year, the new size being 7"x10" I've decided that for the first four months at least, I will use them to explore texture. I was a bit stuck for January, and all I could think about for a theme was snow! While picking up all the threads and bits of snipped off fabric from the floor around my machine, I had a sudden flash of inspiration! They were all so colourful, with some glitzy bits of fabric and thread giving some sparkle, and too good to throw away. When I teased them out and placed them onto a piece of black felt, the first part of the quilt was there! I sprinkled over some star and snowflake sequins, covered it all with some dark net, backed it and quilted with some  free machine stitching. To finish off, I found some white snowflake buttons which I placed randomly and  stitched down. It reminded me of a dark, snowy night.