I realised when I wrote my last post that I hadn’t shown the last three journal quilts that I am doing for the Contemporary Group’s challenge. They were all finished on time and posted to the Yahoo site but I’ve missed out on showing them on my blog so I’ll redress that omission.
This is September’s. I had taken a photo of the nigellas which had gone to seed, selected a small part of it which was then enlarged to 8″ x 8″ and printed onto my favourite silk/cotton fabric
In October I took the opportunity to try out some ideas for my larger Food For Thought quilt which I posted about earlier. The background is hand dyed fabric with shapes discharged. I then added the grid and the pink shapes which were cut from silk organza.
November was an experimental month where I collaged together some dyed and printed fabric. I then stamped the line of rectangles with gold Lumiere paint, added some hand stitching and quilted it. It wasn’t particularly successful and I don’t like the quilting on the right hand side as it doesn’t add anything to the overall design. To me that’s what journal quilts are all about though, trying out things to see whether they work or not and learning from the results.
I have also managed to do some stitching on the Poppies piece that I also showed in an earlier post. I’ve only done some outlining so far but one thing that I have discovered is that, when I have the quilt under the machine it is very difficult to see the overall design and where I should be stitching. The part that I have done was easy but the centre of the poppy down at the bottom left is far more difficult to work with. When I have it up on the design wall at the end of the room I can see it really clearly. Perhaps I should try and work out how to do some long distance quilting!
This is a detail shot of the outlining.
And this is the view that I have from the other end of the room. Hopefully I will be able to get some more of it done this weekend. The size of this one is 41″ x 21″
I’m linking up today’s post with Nina-Marie Sayre’s Off the Wall Friday
I hope that you all have a good weekend. I’m off out to lunch with Linda shortly and, hopefully, the rain will hold off.