I'm keeping you busy this week, aren't I? VBG Because of the uncertainty about Mum and because I have been getting behind for other reasons I've spent yesterday and today concentrating on my Journal Quilts for the Contemporary Quilt Group. I have now caught up with February and March. Phew!
This is the quilt for February, entitled "Low Tide" and measures 7" x 10". I digitally altered a photograph I had taken in St Ives last year and printed it onto one of those specially prepared computer fabrics you can buy. I then took various pieces of scrim, organza, sheers, lutradur and something I've forgotten the name of (!) and bondawebbed them to the photo-fabric. Backing and wadding were added and it was quilted with hand and machine stitching.
This quilt has taught me several things already. While I'm happy with the hand of the fabric after it has been printed with the photo I don't particularly like the strength that I've printed the image at. It feels a bit like cheating to achieve this realistic image. I am already thinking of other ways I could have used this piece of fabric including cutting it up and using parts of the image with other fabrics. I think I shall investigate this further. If I hadn't been so pressed for time I would probably have cut this up and experimented but I was beginning to panic so I just ploughed on. Some may argue that this is simply a piece of embroidery and not a quilt but it is 3 layers held together by stitch!
This is my March Journal Quilt and is titled St Ives Stroll. I have used my own hand dyed fabrics plus one commercial fabric to make 2 blocks to an identical design, one of which has then been flipped. Photo images were printed onto Extravorganza and bonded to the blocks and then machine quilted. My one regret is that the square with the numbers, (symbols stencilled onto a railway bridge), now looks a little top-heavy and draws the eye. I am currently working on a 9 block quilt based on this idea of rotated blocks, as I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't got any further with it yet.
Thank you all for your lovely comments and good wishes for my mum. She has been told today that they are going to fit a pacemaker later in the week so we just have to wait for them to decide her blood is right after they gave her warferin! She is going to be even more lonely and bored as the ward has been closed to visitors because of Norovirus. Grrrr!