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.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

It's our Winter Solstice.....and my last JQ for 2013.

The last Journal Quilt for 2013, my theme, Patterns in the Landscape. I actually made this one back in January, but wasn't too sure about it, so I made another one instead. This one was inspired by snow laying on some Rhododendron leaves in my garden. I liked the way it was receding from the edges of the leaves, giving a lacey effect. I decided to use it for December, partly because having looked at it again after nearly a year, I liked it more, and partly because I'm rather pushed for time!!

And above, my 12 JQ's for the year altogether. 

It's our Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, so I guess it must be the Summer Solstice in the Southern half! Well, my Stonehenge textile place mat that was one of a set made for my daughter last year can be a suitable image for both Summer and Winter. It's our shortest day, and I must say it's been one of the darkest too, with very high winds, and driving rain here in the South East of England more or less all day! At least it's uphill now for the rest of the winter, an uplifting thought on this darkest of days.

Only three more days until Christmas, so I will also take the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014, which will also hopefully include lots of lovely creative stitching!