Sunday, 25 January 2015
The Shape of Challenges
Margaret) the challenges for 2015 Journal Quilts and Foq were revealed. This will be my 13th year of making JQ's - I had already been making them for a few years before Contemporary Quilt started doing it.
The rules this year are that they be 6" x 12" and you choose portrait or landscape format and stick to it. That will be the hard part for me!
12" square challenge the year before. While I did produce some nice pieces ( the best I've shown here) some were quite dreadful ( I'll spare you those!)
Now having made several 40 x 80cm portrait quilts for International Threads, I've learnt to enjoy this format and the new CQ challenge 'Elements' is nearly the same at 45 x 80cm. So there is some advantage to using portrait format JQ's as trial pieces and experiments( and probably more doors!)
However, making little books using the Fabriano Mediavalis cards as the basis , I like the idea of a landscape series ( even bought a panoramic sketchbook to take up to Rydal Hall retreat, in 5 weeks time ,inspired by the purchase of Norman Ackroyd's Shetland Notebook). Seascapes would probably feature again too.
So which format to go for?
UPDATE - thanks for all the comments, I decided in the end to go for Landscape.