Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Journal Quilt #1

This is the very first in a series of 6 x 6 Journal Quilts that I will create on a weekly basis (roughly) during 2007. I will use this blog to share them so check back! I’ve always wanted to create a larger fabric piece . . . recently my husband has encouraged me to do more art for myself, for our own collection. So, this fabric art will be for us based on whatever happens this year! Every time I create a square I will journal about the piece and print the journal entry onto plain fabric. I will use that fabric to line the back of the square - see above right. At the year’s end I’ll sew all of my journal squares together and proudly hang them up in our home.

January 8, 2007: This square was done rather quickly; in about an hour or so. I don’t often work with (the color) RED, but this swirly fabric I spied in my stash reminded me of what this past week has been like since we returned from 12 days of vacation – swirly busy! The fabric is printed with celestial swirls and small gold stars; I placed the ribbon to continue that swirly theme and then added gold glitter. The top left image is paper from ARTchix Studio. It’s sewn right onto the fabric by machine. The small blue stars are mini-brads pushed through the fabric to hold the sheer ribbon & are also from Artchix. The bottom right image is a fabric image from Alpha Stamps, glued to the base. I sewed free-form by machine with red thread all over the piece using decorative & plain stitches and thus attached a piece of heavy interfacing to the square while I did. I am happy to have created my first square. Posted by Picasa


  1. Lenna - I love the idea of a journal quilt wall hanging! You are going to have a wonderful family keepsake. I like the 6x6 size and have made several since taking your class. I recently started a monthly journal quilt in a 12x12 size which will be based on old family pictures - Faces From The Past. I will be watching your progress - Cathy

  2. That sounds wonderful, Cathy - 12x12, once a month with family photos. That's a great idea! I am off to check out your blog, thanks so much for writing : )

    Lenna Andrews, multi-media artist & instructor
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    Trust that still, small voice that says,
    "This might work, and I'll try it." -Diane Mariechild

  3. I'm definitely going to come back and keep in touch with all the journals you're going to do, Lenna and this one is a lovely start!!

  4. what a great idea this is!
    I can't wait to see what you come up with!
    My goal is that By mid 2007 I will start my own journal quilt like yours :)



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