Journal Quilt #26!

Click on any photo for a more detailed view - I am certainly not getting one of these journal quilts done every single week this summer . . . but I've still created quite a few and I am going to continue on my journey with them. My original goal was to try to make about 50 of these during the course of the year, so I am just going to keep at it and do what I can and enjoy making them into some sort of wall hanging when I am done! Instead of cranking these out, I have been very busy with other things like a large fabric ATC swap that I just sent out: - fabulous participation! Plus we were on vacation in Canada earlier this month and now, we are putting our home on the market and looking for another one that's a little bit bigger. I think Steven would rather wait on this move, as we have only been here for a year, but of course I want to act on the idea and move forward, make things happen & make them better. Typical Lenna! In the meantime we're getting ready to go by cleaning & packing up/de-cluttering and we'll start showing the house next week - unless we change our minds! We have have a lovely home in mind we'd like to buy that's right on a pond for canoeing, swimmimg & skating- direct waterfront. This is tempting Steven . . . . plus a huge loft studio space for me and more room in general. Cosmetic work needs to be done (lots) and we have to sell our house first, so . . . we'll see what happens. That's what's new with us! Here is what I wrote for the back of my 26th journal quilt:

August 8th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 26 *

*looking for a nest*

It’s been a while since I’ve created a Journal quilt . . . not since I was on vacation in Canada in July. I have slowed down my productivity (once a week) but I am still going to create these on as regular a basis as I can! My journal quilts may not appear here as frequently as they were – but you will still see them posted. A 6” x 6” square is such a nice size, not too hard to do, enough space to work on, and yet feels satisfying when you are finished.

This week I finished up a very large fabric ATC swap with 37 participants and 266 ATCs to swap – wow! You can see the results here:
I was lucky to receive some wonderful fabrics & collage items in lieu of postage or just as a hostess gift from the participants in this swap! This quiltie uses a piece of really interesting fabric send to me by Vicci Henderson from CA and a gorgeous snippet of lace sent to me by Janice Perkin in the UK. I used an ARTchix image from their nature’s beauty creativity kit – the small nest in the bottom right corner. Also from ARTchix are the small green velvet leaves. I wanted to use some things I received from the swap and the bird and the nest goes along with what is going on in my life right now; we are looking for a new home!