Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Journal Quilt December

I didn't think I'd manage it but I have finished my final Journal Quilt for 2010 and there are still 3 days before the deadline!!  Yee har!  I wasn't sure what the final quilt was going to be but, after watching a video at Laura and Linda Kemshall's Design Matters TV site I decided to have a go at paper piecing.  I had a look through my photos for some fairly simple shapes and settled on an image I took in the harbour at St Ives.


This is the page from my sketchbook with the finished JQ next to my inspiration.  The shapes were so simple I could have just used curved piecing but I thought I would carry on and use paper piecing as I had never done it before.  In fact I think the shapes would have been easier to stitch in curved piecing but I got there in the end.



I used my own hand dyed fabrics and apart from stitching in the ditch to hold the quilt sandwich together and the horizontal quilting lines, all the rest was hand stitched including the binding.  While I have Mum staying here hand sewing seems to be more convenient. 

So, that's it on the Journal Quilt front for 2010.   The new quilt size will be announced in January and I shall then have to decide whether to join in again.  There is no doubt that this project does give you a focus and an opportunity to try things out on a small scale but I don't know what the new year is going to bring in terms of Mum's care so I will reserve judgement for the moment.  Meanwhile I've grouped the 12 quilts from this year as you can see below.




11 comments:

ju-north said...

All your quilts look wonderful - a real achievement! Hope you will be able to continue next year. (I thought you might recognize the angels!)

Gina said...

They look fantastic all grouped together Julie. Well done!

Heather said...

I love all 12 quilts Julie. Journal quilts are ideal for a quilter in your present position - you can still design and make them without committing to a huge project.

fibrefrolics said...

What an amazing collection! They are all so beautiful. Thanks for inspiring me to have a go in the coming year! Happy New Year when it comes.
Penny

Lynne said...

Well done on the Journal Quilts Julie and thanks for being such an interesting blogger - I really enjoy reading your posts. My own blog hasn't had the attention due to health and work, but hope to improve on that in 2011. I took up your recommendations on paintstiks earlier in the year and they have arrived with Santa so I'm enjoying experimenting. Thanks again and I'm looking forward to following your adventures in 2011

Françoise said...

Great job Julie. They're beautiful.

Quilthaze said...

Your quilt photos look wonderful all together. Well done for finishing on time! I'm hoping to join in January and can't wait to get the newsletter with the details!

liniecat said...

Love the quilts, wonder if you selected colours with each in mind as you went along?
Sounds like a fun thing to do and what a great rewards at the end of the year to have completed them and them look so great!

Kayla coo said...

The quilts create a wonderful display.
I hope you have a lovely New Year.x

pam said...

They all look fabulous - bearing in mind you haven't had the easiest of years- how you have found the time to do them at all is really good - you should be very proud of them.

Linda said...

Julie - your quilts are truly beautiful and inspiring; you must be very proud of them.
I love every single one ....