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.