This is my Journal Quilt for the month of June for the Contemporary Quilt Group monthly Journal Quilt challenge. It is 10" x 7" and is entitled "Inishmaan" which is an island off the west coast of Ireland. It is based on the watercolour painting that I blogged about a while ago. If you follow the link the post also refers to the workshop I took with Alicia Merrett which has also inspired this quilt.
The quilt includes my own hand dyes and some commercial fabrics (batik) and also a colour catcher from the washing machine. Having made this small quilt I am in awe of the effort that Alicia must put in to make her own quilts as they are very intricate. I assume that with practice the process would speed up but it did take me quite a long time and a lot of to-ing and fro-ing to the ironing board. I think an ironing pad would have been a better idea.
Do you ever get those low times when you know you should be busy with the next project but you just can't think what that is? I am definitely in the doldrums creative wise at the moment. I have been enjoying making the book from Carole's course and I'm still doing bits and pieces to that but I am all at sea to know what I will do next. I have to make a journal quilt for July so I really need to get my mojo working again. The sketchbook project is languishing too although it is buzzing around in my head, I just need to sit down and do something! Mind you, our house is looking a bit neglected at the moment and my workspace is a total mess so maybe if I had a tidy up my brain would get uncluttered too!
Talking of clutter, I think my brain is cluttered with all the inspiration I have been finding around the web and in exhibitions over the last months. I think it's a case of input overload. Do you ever feel like that? Usually I am so inspired by all the things I read and am itching to try things out but just now I don't know where to start. I'm sure that will change very soon. It's probably a reaction to finishing the quilt for Festival.