Red Scraps 2014
This years Journal Quilt challenge for Contemporary Quilt is for an 8 inch square with a line from side to side across it.This size is a bit small for my usual practice of using journal quilts as samples for larger quilts and it could be a bit testing ensuring it doesn't end up looking like a potholder or 'mug rug'! So I've been thinking a bit over the last few weeks about how to get the most out of this years challenge.
Last week I gave a talk ' A Journey in Journal quilts' to Guildford Quilters and as part of the process enjoyed the process of picking through 1l years worth of JQ's to identify themes, bringing back memories of making them , like looking through a photo album or sketchbook.
I talked about telling stories through JQ's; trying out techniques such as Photoshop, monoprinting, acrylic painting, stitching by hand and machine, embellishment;themes and joining in with challenges; finishing techniques and display options.
What I found when I chose my examples were quite a few where I'd used scraps and leftovers and remembering how much I'd enjoyed making something out of nothing! Some of these are shown below. Rather than repeat the methods I used, I've linked the JQ's to the relevant blog post.
So that's my theme for the year and my first example above is a sample testing stitches for my Cwilt Cymru 'Connection' pieces. Well I did say I'd used almost every last bit,but the scrap basket never seem to deplete despite the number of bookwraps I made last year!
Cyclopean Walls 2006