It is time for the Journal Quilt Challenge reveals again. I’ve seen some very nice reveals on other blogs. Use the link in my sidebar if you’d like to see them too.
I stuck with my theme of Victorian homes this month but focused in closer to a window and two gables hoping to move a little closer to an abstract representation. The colors are also a little unusual. I used a complimentary color scheme; red-orange and blue-green.
I tried out a new technique with this piece. I cut out all of the pieces and glued them to each other with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. I guess it is similar to how layers are fused together, except I really don’t like to work with hot sticky stuff so I avoid fusing.
The edges were still somewhat loose as the glue didn’t contact all of the edges as well as fusing would. So I laid a piece of tulle, or netting over the top before quilting. The netting held everything down so I could quilt easily over it all, but it didn’t noticeably change the look of the fabrics. You can barely see the netting over the green areas.
I missed making a July journal because I was on vacation. But I hope to finish out the year with one every month. I have found the exercise very good as it provides a chance to experiment with different ideas, techniques and processes.
Quilts made for injured soldiers do touch lives. I’d like to share with you a story that was shared at my last quilt guild meeting. The story was told by one of our guild members who worked as a white glove lady at our quilt show in July.
At our quilt show we had a quilt on display that was made for the Quilts for Fallen Heroes program, our guild’s version of Quilts of Valor. The quilts that are made for this program go directly to the army medical hospital here in San Antonio to be used in the rooms for injured soldiers from the wars. The soldier then may then take the quilt home.
White Glove Lady noticed, in front of the quilt, a Young Woman that was crying. She wasn’t just quietly sniffing, she was bawling! White Glove Lady went over to assist her, comfort her, what ever she could do to help her. After a while the story came out. The Young Woman was military and had recently returned from the war in Iraq. She had not been injured on duty but she had many friends who had been injured and she was thinking of them. Her comment was that she could not believe that someone would take time out to make something “for us”.
My comment is these military folks are taking a lot of time out for us, and sometimes even giving their lives. Taking the time out to make a simple quilt is the least that we can do for them!
Kudos to those of you who have taken out the time to do something for our soldiers!
I have learned that when I don’t think a plan thru completely it will go awry. This is what happened with my current project Go Away Dark Night. I didn’t think it thru when I started making the star blocks. If I had thought it thru before hand, I might have realised that the stars in a rectangular block were not going to work in the sashed on-point setting like the book illustrations showed them. And I might have noticed that a half-star rectangle doesn’t fit into a triangle space… DUH!
Yesterday, at guild meeting I talked with the chairman of Storybook Quilts and we decided to start all over. The blocks that I already made will be sold at a silent auction to try and recoup some of the cost of the fabric. And it is back to the drawing table with Go Away Dark Night.
But this is one of the things that I love about quilting… the challenges.
I had an extra star left over from the Go Away Dark Night project. So my daughter made a quilt sandwich and quilted it (with Mom’s help) for her stuffed cat, Pilchard.
I hope Pilchard enjoys it!
One of my favorite programs at my guild is the Storybook Quilt program. This program makes available to schools and libraries book/quilt combinations for story times. The books feature a quilt in the story and the quilt is to represent that quilt. I like this program because it promotes two of my favorite things; quilts and books!
This week I am working on a quilt to go with the story Go Away Dark Night. You can see a picture of the bookcover in my side bar. I haven’t read the story yet, but I imagine that it involves a quilt that comforts. The stars were a lot of fun to make. Now it is time to sash them and move them on to the quilting table.