This year for the CQ Journal Quilt Challenge the size is 12 x 8 inches landscape format and you choose the theme for the year yourself (the list is amazingly diverse). My theme for the year is indigo, with the intention of using the JQ's as studies and trials for larger pieces. In addition, as the colour will unite them, they'll display well as a set at the end of the year. I first started making Journal quilts in 2003 so this is my 11th year! They've built up into an interesting collection.
For January, a strip of arashi shibori dyed muslin was placed over a piece of arashi shibori dyed silk and stitched with hand dyed sashiko threads. I like how the semi transparency adds to the sense of movement, with the underlying fabrics partially seen. I'm putting together a much larger project based on this at the moment!
bath outlet tube and tying thread tightly in the grooves. White quilting thread and hand dyed sashiko threads were used in a lot of hand stitching to emphasise the wonderful marks