Journal Quilts 2020 - second third of the year

I have really appreicated having the extra time at home which lockdown has given us all this year.  As part of this I was actually a few weeks ahead with my journal quilts but still it takes me until the deadline of 31st August to share them with you and the wider sewing and textiles community.  So here are the next four fantastic beast themed journal quilts all using recycled materials.  

Phoenix journal quilt

May 2020

Phoenix - is a mythological bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with fire and the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.  Such a great opportunity to raid my stash for some bright and beautiful reds and golds.  All old and reclaimed textiles, lots from the stash handed down from older embroidery friends who would never get the chance to use it all.  Background was the bodice of a very heavily embellished party dress - sequins and beads removed.  Phoenix created with small fragments of cloth held with bond-a-web and then stitched on top, the tail is mainly old ribbons.  Quilting lines radiate from this beautiful and transient bird.

 Mandrake journal quilt

June 2020

Mandrake - Mediterranean plant of the nightshade family, with a forked fleshy root which supposedly resembles the human form and which was formerly used in herbal medicine and magic; it was alleged to shriek when pulled from the ground.  The background I created with squares of net curtain over an old sheet dyed green to give the feeling of a glass house.  The body of the mandrake is formed with an old felted jumper the tendrils are fragments and threads from brown upholstery fabric.  The leaves reclaimed curtains and other green fabrics from my stash. 

 Fwooper journal quilt

July 2020

Fwooper - The Fwooper is a magical African bird with brightly-coloured feathers, which can include orange, pink, lime green and yellow. Listening to the Fwooper's high pitched, twittering song will drive the listener insane, so each bird must be sold with a Silencing Charm placed on it.   This mythical bird is formed from the many pinks collected when I was making items with flamingo themes!  All fabric snippets from old clothes and sheets dyed pink, the face and feet are felt all held with strips of bond-a-web and then stitched using free motion machine stitching.  The background is from an old curtain material sample book. 

 Bowtruckle Picket journal quilt

August 2020

Bowtruckle - is a small, twig-like tree guardian. The insect-eaters can be found in western England, southern Germany and certain Scandinavian forests, where they guard trees that produce wand-quality wood.  Trying to do justice to Picket the loyal and adoring bowtruckle was great fun.  The background is Newts suit, created using old suit fabric and some samples of suiting from the stash.  The shirt - is an old shirt.  Buttons are felt.  Picket himself is of a bright green quilting cotton again left over from other things the detail stitched using free motion embroidery highlights in different coloured threads. 

And now to plan the next four journal quilts, I still have lots of ideas, there are plently of mythical creatures in the Harry Potter stories to go for, which are your favourites? 

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