This year, our (Contemporary Quilters' Guild of The British Isles) journal quilts are 12" x 6" and we have to decide whether we are going to make them portrait or landscape, Our decision needs to be followed through for the year. As you can see from above, mine are going to be portrait.
I'm considering continuing my bird theme for the whole set of twelve, and for January, decided to choose the swan as my first choice of the year. I have used rag paper coloured with acrylic paint by printing onto the surface from my gelli plate. I have then embossed for texture, adding highlights of gold paint onto the raised areas. The swan is reversed appliqué using lace, and I have quilted the swan and the rag paper with free machine stitch.
We had our first snow of the year here in Surrey today, always lovely for the first few hours, but once the novelty wears off, I find my thoughts are turning towards Spring and a longing for warmer days.
Hurry spring, hurry!