Journal Quilts - May to August

So yet again I have just made it! Phew. Four more journal quilts done and submitted to the organiser within the contemporary quilts group at the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. It turns out I really need a deadline to work too.

My next deadlines is for the South Northamptonshire Art Trail which runs from 5th to 13th October 2019. I will be exhibiting my textile art at home, some of which is for sale. I will also be running workshops and joining me will be my friend and local potter Judith Shaw. Make a date in your diary and do pop over to say hello.

The four quilts for the second third of the year.

Well back to the journal quilts... this time the theme was to use fabrics other than quilting cotton. it has been a great opportunity for me to experiment with different textures, colours and getting some unusual fibres to go through the sewing machine.



May 2019 - I have quite a range of non-cottons in my stash, on this particular day I wanted to really push the boundaries and work with net. This journal quilt is made from the plastic nets you get with groceries, as I try to eat the rainbow the colours of the nets echo the oranges, lemons, plums etc. The white netting was from bags supplied to contain washing tablets in your washing machine and I used an old shirt as a backing and edged in white felt. In order to add interest and to form the simple quilting I used colourful buttons to connect the layers and embellished with strawberry motives which had previously been decoration on a fly cover in my kitchen.


June 2019 - I have been collecting teabags for some time, mainly those from my herbal teas, the delicate nature of the tea bags appeals to me and I have been inspired by many textile and mixed media artists who use them. These teabags have been rust dyed and are all from the detox tea I used in January (healthy living!). I pieced by machine, quilted by hand and used a standard creative machine stitch on the binding, which is also made of tea bags.


July 2019 - We have made paper with a local textile friend at Stitching Kitchen, I loved the fact that snippets of left over thread are included in the pink hand made paper. I took a few magazines to cut some other pinkish hexagons and zig zagged them together on the machine. The reverse is made from larger hexagons of card making/scrap booking paper. Machine quilted with a central “wadding” of kitchen paper. Bound with bias binding again using a zig zag stitch. This was fun to make.


August 2019 - The last in the in fabric other than cotton series. I have played with polyester organza both in workshops and at home so in the UFO pile I saw this background which I had pieced using a soldering iron. The flowers which top the quilt were created on a workshop with Kathleen Laurel Sage a year ago, they are layered and fused then stitched and cut out with a soldering iron. The leaf stalks are craft wire covered with machine stitched thread. Three layers of organza machine quilted in simple squares and bound with a strip of net. 

So now the ideas are swimming around my head for the next four quilts. I need to set myself an early deadline or it could be a busy Christmas! If you would like to try your hand at Paper making our local paper making expert Vee is coming to run another course on 15th November you can book your place online or drop me a message to reserve a spot.

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