I know it is almost the end of February and I should have two journal quilts done by now but this year I am determined not to let them dominate my life. I am pleased to report that this morning I finished the first one!
Sunrise over Mounts Bay
I have called it 'Sunrise over Mounts Bay' although I have only once got up early enough to see the sunrise. This was when I took my sister to catch the 7.00am train and the photos I took were not good. So I have only this one to act as inspiration.
Obviously I have relied more on my imagination. But I have stuck to the idea of recycling things. The base of this quilt is a piece of cotton monoprinted with acrylic paint left over from a journal quilt in 2007. The acrylic paint and the tight weave of the cotton made hand stitching quite stiff but there is nothing like a new packet of needles to make it easier. I used the colours in the monoprint to choose scraps of organza and net which technically are left overs from last year's journal quilts when I was experimenting with heat tools and a soldering iron. I layered these and then did some machine quilting with rayon threads mostly just to anchor them but I also picked out the land in a strongly contrasting blue. Then I bonded a dupion silk sun onto the sky.
Detail of sea part way through hand stitching
After that I had a lovely time hand stitching the sea with a wide variety of Stef Francis threads. I do enjoy hand stitching and trying to replicate the colours was great fun. When I had finished I painted the 'land' with fabric paint. Because part of this area was net the colour took in a mottled way which I thought was quite effective. I used a traditional binding because there were so many raw edges from the different layers. I usually prefer to zig-zag in some form as this is a better edging for framing the quilts. When I cut the quilt to its finished size I realised that this year they are really quite small, particularly after the A4 size of 2007 and the 12 inches square of 2008 but it does give them a nice miniature feel.
Now I plan to return to the other piece of recycled cotton which I have very heavily machine quilted.
Again, this has no well thought out design but I have photocopied one of the pieces of printed fabric and I plan to cut up the paper and see if this will work as a collage. Traditional Cornish luggers had large red-brown sails so I am thinking of how I might represent this.
And I have also put coloured paint onto the old quilt that I covered with white emulsion.
At this stage I think it is needs some more variation in value so it is likely to be attacked with Markal paintsticks or water soluble coloured pencils at a later stage. I do not see this as a journal quilt but if I can get a journal quilt from some of the bits that will be a bonus as it is definitely recycled.