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.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Some small quilts and a big sky!

A New Year, and twelve Journal Quilts to look forward to thinking about, and making. For 2012, the criteria for size is A4, and the only other rule is that the first four are to be shades of red, the second four shades of yellow, and the last four shades of blue. They can all have up to 25% of another colour added. Above is my first one for January. I was thinking about that game where you write down the word for a colour, but in a different colour, and you have to read out aloud the colour that the word is written in! Confused? I'm not surprised!  Anyway, I chose some bright shiny turquoise silk for the lettering, and it really zings against the different red fabrics. The beads were added for extra interest.

This funny little quilt was made in response to another challenge set by the Contemporary Quilters' Guild. Sixty of these 10x10cm quilts will be chosen to make one large quilt, to celebrate the Diversity of British Culture. My contribution is a mixture of our obsession with the weather, and the map of the British Isles which also includes the emblems for each of the four countries that make up Britain, as well as the weather symbols which are also symbolic for  the diversity within the citizens of this land. 

Finally, I have included two photos I took recently whilst out on a Saturday afternoon walk not far from where I live. The sun was just beginning to go down, and the light seemed just right for the trees and teazles to be silhouetted against the evening sky. I also loved the trails left by the high jet planes that had passed overhead on their long journeys. Sometimes, when the sky is clear here, I'm amazed at how many vapour trails there are at any one time! I wonder how many planes there are in the sky worldwide at any one time? I dread to think!

On that note, Happy creativity to you all, and thanks for reading!