Tuesday, 20 April 2010

April Journal Quilt

I have had two attempts at my Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilt for April.  The first attempt was actually my crinkle quilt cut to size with some further stitching added but I really wasn't satisfied with it so yesterday I set to and started again.

I have called this 'Waves'.  Not very original but sometimes titles escape me. 

I made the quilt using the method given in Karen Eckmeier's book 'Layered Waves' and it went together fairly easily.


I cut and pieced the curves using the same method I used for the December Journal Quilt last year which I blogged about here.  I started by piecing various fabrics together until I had a piece of fabric larger than my finished piece would be.  I then cut through the fabric to make strips of varying widths (remembering to take account of seam allowances).  Sorry, I didn't take a photograph of the cut strips.

The next step was to arrange the strips into a design that pleased me.  I flipped some of the strips so that they were 'upside down' as I felt this improved the composition and adjusted the strips up and down so that I felt the balance was right.

The next step was to 'quilt as you go'.  Each strip was laid down onto the quilt batting and the next piece stitched to it.  The top piece is then flipped over flat and the next piece added.




I used a piece of my hand-dyed fabric for the backing and some batik for the binding.  The fabrics used in the quilt were my own hand-dyed fabrics, sun-dyed and some commercial fabrics.

15 comments:

Judy Scott said...

Julie this is beautiful - I love the colours and the fabrics you've chosen. Layered Waves suits it well :) Judy x

sandra wyman said...

Love the colours and the fabrics. This is beautiful, Julie

Wendy Coyne said...

There is nothing wrong with your first quilt, but the weather has changed and your second more acurately represents the weather/light/colours we have had over the last few days. And aren't we glad of a bit of sunshine

Zemphira ~ Scatter Art. said...

Very cool.
Very calm and creative.

Jean said...

Like your quilt we are our own worst critics. Havent seen you around on MMUK have you been busy

Gina said...

It looks lovely Julie... very wave like!

Heather said...

The colours you are working with are lovely Julie, and the inclusion of hand-dyed fabric is always a winner.

sweetypie said...

now that is really you!the sea and the sky and it relates well to your previous piece as well its really really you, isnt it funny how such a small piece of sewing can reflect someones personality so well.

pam said...

Julie that is super I really love the wavy lines.

DILLY said...

Be luvly.
Julie be clever.
Be vewy clever,
hav hand dyed teerials.
Mweah.

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LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Very very lovely Julie. I think waves is a good title too. Considering you only recently learnt to do curves you have made a fab job

Will email later :o)

Carolyn x

Gail P said...

Just stopped by to see how your mum is doing. Good to read that she's doing well. This piece is gorgeous! I love curves.XOXOX Gail

Jackie said...

Lovely work Julie. The colours are subtle and restful.

Fenwitters said...

I LOVE it! probably about 10 years off skills wise for me, but maybe one day....

Elis Cooke said...

I love this wave piece- and the title sounds perfect to me lol!