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JQC 2006 September

September 25, 2006


This is my Journal Quilt page for September. As I did last month, I zoomed in on a small area of a house in order to abstract it somewhat. I also canted it to one side to further abstract it. Doing those two things helped me to not think of it as a house so much and I was better able to think in terms of value, shape and line.


I used a lot of techniques that I’m not familiar with in this one so I learned a lot of lessons. I did some trapunto (under the teal line), inserted piping, applied lace, embriodered and beaded. I also finished the edge with piping rather than my usual binding. In the lace area I learned that laying lace over another fabric will not look the way that I imagine it will look so I need to do mock-ups first to make sure what it is going to look like. I also learned that I need to think through all of the processes and decide what order to do them in and what to do before quilting so that the back is not a terrible mess. I did most of the thread painting, embroidery and embellishing on this one after quilting the back in place so the back is a mess. There will be no pictures of the back here!!


JQC 2006 August

August 25, 2006

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.


JQC June

June 19, 2006


For my June Journal Quilt Challenge I wanted to explore texture. I tried to achieve texture in two ways. First through the paint on the fabric and second through the quilting.

Since I am not a painter the painting portion was a challenge. I played around with dipping the brush in one color and then another color and then painting on the fabric without mixing the colors. That gave the painting some interesting streaks and textures. I then outlined everything with black to give the lines some “crispness”.


The quilting I did freehand and I think it added a lot to the piece. There are spots where the bricks aren’t the right size or the lines aren’t straight but that doesn’t really bother me because it still gives the texture I was after.

Overall, I am very happy with this June Journal page. I learned a lot from it and had fun experimenting.



June 2, 2006


I enjoyed a bit of painting yesterday afternoon. I painted alot in high school (many, many years ago) but have not done much since so it is a challenge for me. But since I got involved with a homeschool co-op that is putting together a quilt with painted blocks, I thought I had better spend some time figuring out the painting part so I can help give the students some guidance. I’m doing the co-op with another mom who is a painter, but not a quilter. Hopefully between the two of us we’ll be able to guide the students.


The students are studying Medieval history so we thought we would have them paint their blocks to look like stained glass windows with the black leading dividing areas and streaks of color in the glass. Then we will assemble the blocks with sashing that looks like stone castle walls. They have been practicing on paper and will begin to paint on fabric today.

I found the best way to control the fabric was to tape it down right on my formica counter top (I used painter’s tape). It didn’t move around or scrunch up as I painted that way. I used acrylic paints and mixed them with a textile medium. I was able to get the look of the streaked colors that I wanted to achieve that way. For the sky, I wet the fabric first and then painted so it looks a little thinner.

It’s not a Rembrant, but it may just work as a journal quilt for June!


JQC 2006 May

May 24, 2006


This month in my study of the elements and principles of design, I am focusing on the depiction of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional plane. It often is not listed as an element of design but it seems to me to be very important.

When we look at a picture on a two-dimensional surface visual signals can convince us that we are looking at a three-dimensional image.


The paintings of the Ancient Egyptians are a good example of images with no depth. They are about as flat as they can get.


Whereas Raphael’s paintings of the early 16th century are good examples of two dimensional images projecting a three dimensional space. (I’m not sure how all the yellow squares got in the picture…. please try to ignore them)

Some of the tools for creating illusions of three dimensional space are overlapping, changing size and placement, linear perspective, relative hue and atmospheric perspective. For this exercise I decided to play with the size and placement of items in the picture to change the perceived depth.


The photo I chose to work with is very flat looking and does not read as very deep. In Microsoft Picture It! I pulled out the small lamp post in front of the house, enlarged it and replaced it in the photo.


The house isn’t any bigger or closer but the front of the picture was brought closer to the viewer. So the percieved depth of the picture was increased.

To further play around with the photo I applied a photo illusion that Microsoft calls accented edges, which basically just highlighted the edges of the objects in the photo. After printing the photo on fabric I colored it with Crayolas and edged it with zig-zag stitching.

In some ways I feel successful with this page, in other ways I don’t feel successful with it. I think that enlarging the lamp post did successfully increase the depth of the image, (even though my son told me, “I don’t see it!”) But I don’t feel like the crayons did anything for it and the whole piece lacks the interest and punch I’d like to see. So I am calling it a successful failure. 🙂


JQC 2006 April

April 25, 2006

I don’t have a finished Journal Quilt Page to post for April 😦

I was just merrily designing along and came up with this drawing of what I wanted to do. I was so excited about it and rolling along; chose the fabrics and drew up the templates. Then all came to a screeching halt.

There were almost 250 templates… for an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece.

Many of the pieces were too small to even write placement numbers on them! So obviously this was to be a much larger piece.

I’m still excited about the idea but I have run out of time for JQC. So I will probably go back and simplify, big time, and have something for May. In the meantime, I’m also thinking about a larger version, maybe 17″ x 22″ ( in all my spare time!).

It is good to learn my limitations. Now, back to the drawing board!!


JQC 2006 March Reveal

March 22, 2006

This month for my Journal Quilt page I was focusing on three dimensional form. So in my rendering of the house I was trying to make it as solid looking as possible. I think I was fairly succsessful in that. Through the use of values, shadows and perspective I think that this house looks solid enough to touch. Some of the areas look solid enough to fall down too!! (There were so many seams in the second floor that it grew a little wider than the first floor and looks a little top heavy. That gives the house character, right? 🙂 The tree even turned out three dimensional.

Overall, I am very happy with how this page turned out. Through out the month I kept thinking, “How would this look if it were bigger, say 17″ x 22”? Hm-m-m. I may have to try it some day.


JQC 2006 March 2

March 11, 2006

Here’s what I’ve been having so much fun with this week.


JQC 2006 March

March 7, 2006

This month I want to focus on form; representing three dimensional shapes on a two dimensional surface. Our perception of form can be
influenced by perspective and lighting, among other things. The tools for creating illusions of three dimensionsal space are overlapping, size and placement, hue and value and atmospheric perspective (distant objects have less detail).

I have decided to work with this house because of the many sides which can be used to show the “ins and outs” of the house. I’m thinking I can also use some overlapping
to show the fence, porch decorative trim and railing. And so far, these are the colors that I am planning to use.

Thanks to ADNA for the use of their photo! 🙂


JQC 2006 February Reveal

February 22, 2006

I don’t think I have ever done anything like this before. That is what this whole project is about, though, right? I’m exploring new materials, new techiques and new processes while exploring the elements and principles of design and Victorian Architecture.

This month I was focusing on shape; two dimensional spaces. I chose the house I did because of it’s simple clean shapes. I especially wanted to emphasize the windows; the shutters and the decorative work above and below them. I also wanted to emphasize the triangles above the door and in the roof.

As far as construction details, the basic house shapes- the wall and the roof- are pieced. The window shutters, the door and the bushes are fused in place. I went crazy with freehand machine quilting and bound the whole thing with a dark green fabric. All fabrics, threads and batting are cotton except for a tiny bit of monofilament thread for part of the quilting.

I learned alot with this piece. I learned that I love to piece. I learned that I can fuse, even though I don’t like doing it- I have never gotten along well with hot sticky stuff! I learned that I love using hand dyed fabrics. And I learned that I need to work on my freehand stippling and meandering.

I just noticed something while looking at the photos that I had not noticed with the actual piece. It looks like the house is on fire!! YIKES!! Should I name it Victorian Inferno?! Oh well… on to March!