Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A JOURNAL QUILT FOR SEPTEMBER AND AN UNDERWATER FLOWER

For some strange reason I belong to three textile groups - two art textile groups and one quilting group.  Last year I belonged to six. 
This is strange because I really dislike hand-sewing.

One of the art textile groups is having an exhibition in November and we are each making a Journal Quilt for a given month of the year.   My month is September.
A Journal quilt should measure the same as a standard A4 sheet of paper.


After four days of diving into my extensive material collection and getting lost in Deep Stash, I finally made this.






For those of you who are interested in such things, I hand-sewed round the tree and each leaf to anchor them securely.  Some people might call this hand-stitched applique - no, no! -  I don't like applique or hand-sewing - this is called painting with fabric and thread!
It was quilted with different colours of sparkly thread.







It all ended happily because in the end, i.e. now it is finally finished, I really, really like it.

The two best bits of making a textile for me are sewing on the binding and tidying up all the fabrics back into their allocated boxes.




I'm linking to "Paint Party Friday", and although I consider the process of making the Journal Quilt to be painting with fabric, just in case you are looking for a painting, here is a little underwater painted flower.



43 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

LOVE the quilt, it really is beautiful, must be difficuit to make in such a small size. The underwater flower is very pretty too, nice colours! Valerie

limmelon said...

Love the wee bits of material. You must have a super stash. The tree is gorgeous, just right for autumn. The underwater flower is creative, the squiggly black, seaweed? offsets the image. Love it all, Awesome !!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh gosh what an amazing quilt... I am impressed of what you made here!
And your underwater flower ist wonderful too!
xxx
Susi

Tammie Lee said...

love your thread painting, so cheerful and your underwater painting looks like fun to create and turned out wonderful.

sirkkis said...

Love the colours of your superb quilt.
You are so skilled, Sheila. And your painting is vibrant and wonderfully done. Hugs xx

kat said...

Sheila I'm in awe at your work, it really is a special and beautiful hand made piece! You can be really proud of this and enjoy showing it off! The fabrics are gorgeous and come together beautifully in this!
Your yellow flower is of course lovely too, so much creativity here as always!

Margik said...

What wonderful quilt, I adore those fabrics and your cheerful and amazing tree...so original, and also the colours are perfectly combined. And I love this terrific underwater flower. So much art here as usual.

Giggles said...

I LOVE IT!! Wow impressive work..it's gorgeous!! Such a wonderful piece of textile art, I love the colors, pattern and structure!! Perfect for september!!

Hugs Giggles

Annie said...

Sheila, another magical post for me. The journal quilt is wonderful! I love the colors and mix of prints and the tree and the quilting.... And then there's that awesome flower! It has leaned over to look out the window space at me, looking in at it. I love it!

LonettA said...

Absolutely gorgeous and impressive quilt! Wonderful colours and I love the tree! A great artwork!
Wonderful your little underwater flower, too!

Caz said...

I love your journal quilt! The colours are lovely!

Fuzzie Fingers said...

I love both of these. I really should get my fabrics out. I haven't done any textile art for ages.

Jackie said...

Wow! I have not heard of journal quilts before, but yours is just wonderful.great colours, composition and stitching.
I also like your your gorgeous under-water flower. Jx

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I like the idea of a journal quilt and had not heard of this before. Your is truly stunning! Just a beautiful blend of fabric pattern and color!

Fodie Ann said...

What a load of work in your September Journal Quilt, Sheila! I love the hot autumn colours in the borders, the rounded shape of the tree, and how the sparkley thread almost seems to change colour as it passes from fabric to fabric.
The underwater flower is beautifully coloured, too. It seems almost luminescent. I love how the colours of the background change from cream to orange and back again!

Carol said...

OH MY!!!! The Journal Quilt is lovely!!! I really like the Underwater flower painting too :) Great job on both!!!!

Maria said...

I love that quilt! I don't know how you can sew a straight line, I can't, just as I can't draw a straight line...lol. The colors are gorgeous!

Beo said...

Dear Sheila, what a wonderful quilt!I tried to imagine how it would look like without this curved (??) stiches or lines you put over it. It would not be that good without that. I wonder how you know how to to all this...
I love this September-Tree and I am astonished that you love most to tidy up all the fabrics...

And I love your underwater flower, she is such a personality!

Best Beate

CS-CreativArt said...

Oh Sheila, a wonderful quilt, this is fantastic! I love that quilt! The underwater flower is great too!

Nic McLean said...

Well for someone who doesn't like hands sewing you are pretty amazing at it! This is gorgeous. I'm in awe of anyone who can sew as it's such a talent. (One that my mum has that unfortunately didn't get passed on to me!) I love the instate flower-is that digital or handpainted?

Zafaran Art Gallery said...

Oh My! what a wonderful quilt! Love it!

Netty said...

Love your gorgeously designed quilt, definitely a labour of love. I enjoyed seeing your painting as well. Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

denthe said...

Haha, you find tidying up the fabrics one of the best bits .... ? That's the part I hate most ;-)
Your journal quilt is so lovely and colourful, and that flower is beautiful. "underwater painted"... ? Is that a certain technique you're using to get this amazing result?

lorik said...

I don't like any kind of sewing but i love looking at your quilts. Very complex and great colour. Love your painting too -i like the bright colour agains the dark wiggly line,

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I am VERY impressed with your fabric painting of the tree! the colors are superb and the way you pieced your matting compliments it beautifully. Blessings!

Faye said...

Your quilt is very pretty and my hat is off to you for doing the hand sewing around the tree. I am not into sewing although my sister loves it. Your orange and green water painting is so gorgeous that it must be framed, if it is not already.

~*~Patty S said...

Really beautiful art quilt you created Sheila...perfect for the theme and those colors and your stitching are brilliant.
You are a woman of many talents!!!
The movement you gave your colorful underwater flower adds to it's beauty.
oxo

Linda Kunsman said...

your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!! Good job! Beautiful painting too-the soft qualities and strokes makes it look like a Japanese painting to me. Happy PPF!

GlorV1 said...

What great work you do Sheila. Love your quilt. Lovely.

janie said...

Your little quilt is exquisite, I love that you have shown us the detailed quilting, the colours too are very autumnal and the underwater flower wowser!!! Two Very individual pieces of art executed again to an excellent standard x

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Well for someone who doesn't like to do hand work this is amazing! Very well done.
Nicole/Beadwright

Mary Keasler said...

Of course your quilted piece is wonderful. Even though you didn't like the process as much, the results are fabulous.

Karin said...

wow love the quilt, great colors too!
Groetjes Karin

My name is Erika. said...

Gorgeous quilt. Yes, quilting is a form of painting-maybe even harder because you have to pick not only the right color but the right print or too.Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW I am very impressed by your wonderful brilliant quilt. I never saw such a unique admirable piece.
Loeve the whole design with the vibrant colors.
Wish you a nice weekend,
big hugs Anja

Cozycomfycouch said...

wow! beautiful! Lovely work!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can't sew a straight line if my life depended on it. And I don't sew anything by hand. But I have to admire the beauty of this piece. It is simply STUNNING!!

JKW said...

The quilted journal is beautiful. I had joined a quilt guild and a sewing guild after I retired and forgot I hate to sew (sewed my clothes, the kids clothes and hubby's sport shirts). YIKES. Finally, I am back to my art and photography (and I write). Grief. . . . Your art is beautiful. Blessings, Janet PPF

Beth Niquette said...

How exquisite...you should read my Mom's book, "A Stitch and a Prayer," one of the Quilts of Love series. My Mother would come unglued if she saw this quilt of yours. It is absolutely and utterly amazing.

Özge B. said...

Well it is very apt to call this "painting with fabric" because it has so many colors, textures, patterns and layers. You must have spent a good deal of time to master these tiny little squares and rectangles. It reflects the perfect moment as we slip from summer to fall. Beautiful art quilt:)

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

The quilt is just Superb work! Love the colours and patterns!
Deepa
http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

Aileen said...

I love love love your textile. The tree, the leaves and the stitching. Sorry I mean the painting with thread!!! x

Pia Rom said...

OMG Sheila, how could I miss this! What an incredible quilt you have made! Wowzer :) I could never have the pation to to such a percise work of art! And what should I say, it fits perfect to my Trees at MIM, hehe! I so love the simple but beautiful shape of the tree...so gorgeius!! ♥ Conny
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