Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Journal Quilt #11

My latest Journal Quilt . . . .

My journal entry is printed directly on fabric for the back of this piece. You can click on the photo for a larger scan & more detail.

March 20th, 2007:

* Journal Quilt Number 11 *
I am a day late with this weeks’ journal quilt, but that’s okay - to tell you the truth, I simply forgot! But here is journal quilt #11 – it’s hard to believe I have created this many already.

This little art quilt is more personal in nature I think than any of my previous ones. Last year in September, my husband Steven lost his job of 14 years. Fortunately, he has gotten some work since then doing what he does as senior level computer tech – but there’s been no regular salary for these past few months. Last week was especially hard and frustrating for both of us with few prospects of a regular job after much searching and applying. Steven has even gone so far as thinking of starting his own computer business. This could be a great thing, but it would also be difficult while getting it off the ground.

For any of you who have ever been in a similar situation, you know how the stress of a job loss can affect your relationships with those you love. It is difficult to navigate your feelings and your spouse’s feelings through this difficult time. Steven had a bad day last week where he felt very frustrated about the whole situation and I shed some tears over this when he did not understand my point of view. It took some talking until we sorted it all out. Our love prevailed.

The hands are a scan of our hands we did a while ago for possible artwork. I took the scan, printed it mirror image on a transparency and then used gel medium to transfer it to fabric. I stamped various images with VersaCraft ink onto the fabric & the transparency . . . . And! . . . We heard yesterday that Steven got a job!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Lenna

To see all of the journal quilts I have done so far, CLICK HERE!


  1. its a great transfer. Thanks for sharing your difficult times. My mom always says you can't truly appreciate the good times without having been through some bad ones.

  2. Thank you so much, both to Maggie in Canada who I know from the Fabric-olics Yahoo Group and also to Maggie in Florida -I just visited your blog for the first time. I appreciate your feed back on my latest journal quilt. : ) Lenna

  3. That's great about Steve's job! My husband is a Steve, too, actually. Yes, being out of work can be very stressful. I lost my job at a newspaper in the aftermath of 9/11, and it took me 8 months to find my current job. The whole time, it felt like "doesn't anyone want me? I have so much to give!" and it was worse because I had just completed my BA after nine years of night school, and I kept thinking the whole thing had been a mistake.

    At least you guys are able to sit down and talk through problems. That's so important!

  4. Lenna, this is such a touching post to go with your really beautiful and intimate quilt. It is hard to ride the waves with one's partner, but always so good to know that you are each other's anchor. I'm happy to hear that Steven got a job... I'm sure you are both feeling tremendously relieved! Whew!

    The little fabric charms above are so pretty!

  5. Hi Lenna, I love your Journal Quilt no. 11, so personal and also so beautiful. I'm really glad Steve has found a new job as I love to think of you both having the very happy ending you so deserve! The charms for the bracelet swap are also gorgeous, as is the cover for your fabric book. Funnily enough I'm participating in a Round Robin Journal this year and my album also has the theme Passion. Great minds and happily married artists apparently think the same!



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