Two for the price of one this month! Because of mum's illness I thought I might have to drop out of the Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilt project but I've used a quilt that I felt wasn't very good as a filler for October and I have managed to make one for November using hand sewing as that seems easier at the moment.
This is the October quilt which I have named, unsurprisingly, Crinkled! You may have seen this quilt, or a larger version of it, on here back in February. I used the technique devised by Nellie Durand which you can read about here. The base fabric I used here had been painted with inks (for some bizarre reason) and had been festering in my stash for sometime. I sprayed the fabric with spray starch and scrunched it up and left it in a cup (not one I was going to drink out of) until it was almost dry and then smoothed it out and layered it with wadding and a rust dyed backing fabric. I then used all colours and weights of embroidery thread and ran running stitches across the fabric building up a network. It made me think of an aerial view of trackways although that wasn't my intention. The piece was originally much bigger as I was going to use it as a Journal quilt last year but didn't think it was good enough. Being as I am in a panic to get the JQs made this year I decided 'needs must' and cut it to size for this year's JQs.
This is my JQ for November and I am happy with the stitch and the colour. It started out as an attempt at Paper Lamination which went wrong because I didn't fully understand the process. Not least of all I forgot to heat set the paper once the medium was dry. You can find a great tutorial by Claire Benn on Youtube.
As I hadn't collaged my paper before applying the medium, I cut the resulting fabric up afterwards and collaged it onto a hand dyed base fabric, wadding and backing. I then basted/tacked everything in place and started to hand stitch in various weights according to how the piece spoke to me. I deliberately left some areas without stitch and I'm pleased with the result. I think I will have another go at laminating as it gives a lovely layered effect.
I've started my JQ for December and am actually paper piecing! I've never done it before and thought I would have a go after seeing it on Design Matters, Linda and Laura Kemshall's site. I've made it tricky for myself by choosing curved shapes but it is coming together. Watch this space!