I can't believe it but I have finished three journal quilts this week! I got my machine back at the end of last week and decided that I must do these before I worked on anything else. So here they are:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/marazionmarsh/about.aspx The marshes are a nature reserve built on the site of a former brickworks. At this time of year there are lots of twitchers about, both there and at various other bird friendly sites in the area.
The background to this piece is a hand-dyed piece of cotton sateen which did not work, i.e. the dyes came out too pale. It has been waiting for some more treatment for a very long time but it was ideal for this. I used a Thermofax of tufts of grass which I applied in three colours: brown and two shades of olive green. It worked really well so now I need to find the other pieces of this fabric and treat them as well. I have an idea for a larger piece about the coast round here and this represents the dunes very well. The journal quilt is machine quilted and I then stitched black felt birds on to it by hand.
If you are reading this you will have seen that I now have a link button on this blog. This will take you to the new website for Contemporary Quilt. Do have a look as there are loads of wonderful quilts to see. Contemporary Quilt is a specialist group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. Our only presence on the web until now has been via the Quilters Guild site and we have our own Yahoo group but that is only open to members. I am really pleased that the new website means people who do not belong to the group can see what we do and I hope some people will decide to join us.