2007 Journal Quilt update

This is a small photographic "mosaic" I made with fd's flicker toys of all the journal quilts I created in 2007 - wow! You can click on the scan for a larger mosaic picture.

I started creating these last January with a goal of creating one journal quilt a week. In fact, that is what really drove me to start blogging - so I could write about my creating & share it! I started these journal quilts as a personal challenge to keep myself creating regularily & also to make pieces that Steven & I would keep, instead of me sending them away as a swap or a gift. I did that too, but these were specifically for us. I wanted to create 50 journal quilts by the end of the year . . . .

Well, in August we decided we needed to move and put our house up for sale -- it sold in record time & we found our new home and moved - all within about 4 weeks time! Needless to say, my attention was elsewhere after August and through the end of the year. I am so happy I did create about one journal quilt a week for as long as I did. At the end of December I had made twenty-eight - 6" x 6" journal quilt squares!

Today I set up a new sewing machine that I just got last week (whoo whoo!). It's a Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine and so now I am really itching to put these journal quilts all together. I have always wanted to create a large fabric wall hanging and this was my tricky way to do just that. Although, I would like to have each square flip-able, if possible, so the viewer could read the journaling on the back of each piece. I will put my thinking cap on and let you know when I accomplish my goal in full - I will share the finished piece here.

To see all the squares and some of the journal entries close up individually, please visit my journal quilt set on my flicker photo sharing account. To follow the blog posts and writing about the journal quilts I did last year - follow the journal quilt label/tag. Thanks as always for looking! Lenna 1/17/08

Journal Quilt #28: Dec. 16, 2007

_Dec16.2007, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

Journal Quilt - ice & snow. This is the 28th journal quilt I've made this this year! When our flight didn't leave on time today I snuck this in! [note: we did get away the next day] This journal quilt started with a photo I took of a boulder in our back yard (see photo below, previous post) all icy. I printed the photo on matte paper and then sewed it to fabric. The Iridescent Glass Spheres I added are from Alpha Stamps - I just love these!

This is my journal entry for the back of the quilt (added 12-26-07)

December 16th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 28 *

*Ice and Snow*

For this journal Quilt I used a photo I had taken of a boulder in our back yard that had been covered with ice during a recent storm. I printed the photo out using matte photo paper and considered doing an image transfer to fabric, but decided instead to use the print just as it was on paper so I could capture all the details of the ice on the rock. I added a square of batting behind a piece of muslin and then stitched all the layers together – batting, muslin & photo printed on paper – by stitching around the edge with a zigzag stitch. Next, I used a straight stitch to follow the lines of some of the branches in the photo and further ‘quilt’ the piece. Lastly, I added 2 sizes of Iridescent Glass Spheres from
Alpha Stamps by using quick-drying Goop glue. The way these glass spheres sparkle reminded me of the ice!

The ice storm that fell the day before I made this journal quilt delayed our trip to the U.S, Virgin Islands by a day, and the icy conditions made me worry a bit, but everything turned out OK. We got off the next day for our trip and when we returned it was an unnatural 50 degrees outside (for Connecticut in December!) and all the ice in our driveway had melted. : ) Merry Christmas!

A journal quilt!

nov28 journal quilt, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

Amazing, a journal quilt done just for me & steven!! I have not created one for myself since August 8th. We put our home on the market 5 days later, August 13th - and that was it for me, until now. It felt soooooo good to create this piece! Here is what I wrote for the journal part which is printed onto fabric & attached to the back:

November 28th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 27 *

*We have found our home*

This is the first time since the summer, August 8th to be exact, that I have created one of my Journal quilts . . . I find it hard to believe that much time has gone by . . . . almost 4 months! Wow. I found I did not have the energy to put into creating these while I was packing and moving, buying & selling houses and living out of boxes. So I dropped my challenge for the time being.

In January '07, I originally set out to create mini quilts with a journal entry once a week! I did quite well with that challenge until we decided to sell our home. I will see how many more quilties I can create before the year is over. My original goal was to create 50 Journal quilts and now I think 30 might be more likely! I will take all the journal quilts I have made in 2007 for this personal challenge and put them together so they will all be on display together. I want to mount them so that you will be able to look at the front and read the back of the quiltie – the journal entry as well.

My friend Frieda Oxenham sent me this fabric when we moved. She said it reminded her of Steven & I and our move to a new home. I have purposefully left this fabric out in my studio so it would CALL ME to work with it, which it did! I used watercolor crayons to change the black & white fabric to something more colorful and I added transparencies from ARTchix Studio. It really felt wonderful to do this quiltie. This is the first piece I have done for myself for a long time, thank you Frieda!

Posted on Wednesday Stamper 11-30-07

Find Moments

Lenna-011, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

This is one of the Quilties I created as an example during the class I taught at Sew Inspired on November 3rd. It features a beautiful Alpha Stamps fabric image from The Balcony sheet, plus metal roses and German Scrap trim from artchix studio. i love the words that I printed onto plain twill tape with my own printer - so appropriate! A few days ago I uploaded a couple of photos of my class, but it took me untill now to finish the quilties I started making while leading Carol, Donna & Rena throught the fabric page making process! Finishing these little fabric pieces today reminded me that I have to get back to my journal quilt challenge!! I am really thinking about it now, so I would bet I will be getting back to that soon. In the meantime, if you would like to see more of my quilties please follow the link to my flickr photo sharing page. I have 4 new fabric pages uploaded there. Thanks and enjoy : ) lenna

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: http://creativeswaps.blogspot.com/ - 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!

Journal Quilt #25

Here is Journal Quilt #25, which I completed last week in front of the Saint Lawrence river, while we were vacationing on Wolfe Island at Steven's family cottage . . . . so lovely! When we got home my computer's hard drived died - ugh. I only just got my scanner connected again to my computer today; the first operating system we tried out did not work with my equiptment. BUT!! Steven had saved all my files, photos, lessons, etc etc with the nightly back-ups he does. I am very lucky!! It just took a little time to copy everything and install my programs. I lost my old JASC photo program in the process, so if anyone has any suggestions for photo image editing programs please leave me a comment. I just tried an HP program & hated it, so for now I am using Microsoft Office Picture Manager. I also tried a Corel program this week & that did not cut it for me either. I understand how files & folders work and need something quick & efficient to work with!!

Here's the back of the JQ - click on any photo for more detail . . . I am still getting used to this scanner so bear with me . . . .

That is an ARTchix Studio
Floral Beauty card by the talented Debby Harriettha on the front of my quiltie!!!

fabric collage - more

I had forgotten I had a couple more pictures in my camera related to Frieda's fabric collage technique I recently tried . . . please read the two posts below this one - 'Fabric Collage' and 'Journal Quilt #24' - for more about this!

This photo shows the 6 reprints of my fabric/paper collage that I made onto Matte Photo paper on the top left, and also the 3 reprints I made onto 'fabric sheets' on the top right. The original collage is shown on the bottom (click on the photo for more detail). One of the fabric sheets was home-made, meaning I ironed muslin onto freezer paper to send it through my printer. That's the one on the bottom of the 3 . . . and the one I used to make my journal quilt #24 with. The other 2 fabric sheets are commercially made and whiter & brighter!

This photo shows my journal quilt in progress . . . for the finished quiltie, see the post below this. I love seeing the actual tissue paper of the fern-like plant on top of the cloth that holds the photo copied version of the same image! It's darker and repeats the pattern, which I like. I am excited about this new technique (for me) that I learned from Frieda. I think this is just the beginning!

More mail Art: Lenna 4 Jo!

_Lenna4.Jo, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

Fabric postcard I made for a 1 for 1 swap on the Fabric in Altered Art group. My partner Jo likes bright colors, retro and Vintage, so I used an image from the new ARTChix Studio sheet Dapper Fellows, and a transparency from Elegant Insects (butterfly). The image in the bottom corner with the ARTchix Studio logo is from a free sheet I received with my order!! : ^ ) The image on the left is from an old magazine . . . and her hat is from ARTchix too.

If the backround of this postcard looks familiar, I started it when creating my June 5th Journal Quilt. I cut it down to size and added more bright green for Jo by sponging Dye-Na-Flow on - that was fun! The address side is below. It's going in the mail on Monday, Jo! The Postage stamp is created from my April 1st journal quilt - I did this at zazzle.com !

Journal Quilt #23

Journal Quilt 06.19.07, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

wow. Journal quilt #23! And . . . 75 posts since January 2007!
I am so happy to have this deal with myself to try to create one of these JQs once a week. I have been too busy putting in extra hours at work lately when the assistant manager was off getting married! I have not done as much art as I usually do . . . just not enough time. It was a great feeling to make this Journal Quilt today! Here's what I wrote for the back of this little 6" x 6" JQ --

June 19th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 23 *

*Follow your Heart*

It was Tuesday . . . after work, and walking with the dogs, plus an appointment. My thoughts were, “Yikes! What am I going to do for my Journal quilt this week? It’s Tuesday already . . . .”

I made myself go into my studio - I am lucky and have one - and clean off the table that had not been worked on or visited for a whole week (too much work). I slid things over to one side, and put down clean scrap paper on the table (always a good sign). I spied the large scrap of painted silk hanging over the closet door that I had used as a test when I was writing an on-line lesson for silk painting & stamping . . . . AH HA!

I cut out a section of this scrap piece of silk and added another stamped piece I liked to it with fusible webbing. I played with small cut scraps of the painted silk and “wove” them together in one corner. The whole piece had me thinking of my husband Steven, so I found a transfer I had done to fabric many months ago -a photo of Steven and our friend Garth’s dogs. The transfer was just perfect for this journal quilt! I added additional stamps by my friend Claudia Rose – follow your heart & the little heart.

I love the colors in this painted silk – achieved by sponging on Dye-Na-Flow paint by Jacquard. The stamping inks are VersaCraft, heat set to be permanent. The sentiment of this piece is from MY heart. I was very smart; 5 weeks after my ex-husband left me, to really listen to my heart about Steven Deming.

Below is a photo montage of my process; sponging Dye-Na-Flow on the silk, dripping watered down light green Citrine Lumiere paint on top of this, and the finished section I cut my Journal square from . . . then adding extra stamped pieces, weaving small strips of leftover cut edges, a bit more stamping, beading, printing the journal entry on fabric and putting it together! voila! : -D

Journal Quilt #22

Journal Quilt for june12, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

* * * JQ #22! * * * The back of this journal quilt reads as follows:

June 12, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 22 *


This little journal quilt was born from experimentation! I’m not sure it’s my favorite, but it’s a good exercise at least. Even though I could have easily gotten inspiration and worked from my life experience this week with our 2nd wedding anniversary yesterday, I decided that trying different techniques has been good for me and I continued in this vein.

This week I started working on my journal quilt by using rubber stamps from Alpha Stamps that I had been wanting to use but just had not had a chance to play with yet. These stamps are from the Alchemy/Fortune page and are fairly detailed, but also deeply etched. I used 2 of the small tarot cards and the Tuscan column from that page for the front of my JQ. First I experimented by stamping on plain muslin as a test with these stamps and VersaCraft inks (good for detailed stamps). Then I looked for a more unusual fabric to stamp on for more contrast in my design. I remembered the white on white flower/swirls printed fabric I bought recently at my local quilt shop, Sew Inspired and decided to try that fabric and see what would happen.

I tested my stamping & I really liked it on this fabric. I heat set my stamping with my heat gun so it would not run for the next step. I practiced adding color to the printed white on white fabric with a sponge & Dye-Na-Flow. I just poured a little dye-na-flow into a shallow container, dipped my sponge in and pounced/spread it onto the white fabric. It worked well, so I stamped my images on another square, heat set them, and began the coloring process again. Then I added some details with metallic & glitter pens, and sewed around the columns to accentuate them. I think the colours are a little wild and not that pretty – but it was fun to experiment with the white on white fabric and new stamps! Hope you enjoy, and try this yourself! lenna.

* * * Here are some photos of my process . . .

Journal Quilt #21

JQ-June5.2007, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

-- Journal Quilt number 21, so far this year! The back of this reads as follows:

June 05, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 21 * *To begin*
This weeks’s fabric journal quilt is continuing to work with my recent idea of trying a new technique to get the quiltie started. In pondering what new thing I could do with fabric, I thought: Why not some kind of mono-print with paint onto fabric for a background?

I experimented and like the results. I poured dollops of Jacquard paint (Textile, Lumiere & Neopaque) onto a piece of double thick freezer paper, then folded the paper together once in the middle to mix the colors a bit. Then I unfolded it and pressed my 6” x 6” muslin square into the paint and peeled it back off. There was enough paint so I was able to print patterns onto not just one piece, but 2 muslin squares. Then there was a little leftover paint so I tried printing onto a smaller square of patterned fabric just to see what it looked like, and let the pieces dry.

I like the swirling & mixing of the paint and I’m happy with my experiment! I used one of the muslin pieces as the base of my journal quilt and glued a transparency of 3 butterflies (Alpha Stamps) onto the bottom right corner with Tacky glue - it dries clear. Next I stamped one of the 9 muses – Clio - from Alpha Stamps. I used black VersaCraft ink and pressed firmly on top of the dried printed paint background. I used my heat gun to dry & Heat Set the ink. Some of the stamped image went on top of the Transparency I used earlier, but because I heat set the VersaCraft ink, it did not smudge and it will be permanent. I added a piece of colorful mesh just for interest; it was on my table from a different project and just right I thought. Then I added a word stamp that I love from Zettiology: In creating, the only hard thing is to begin. The lime green rick-rack I glued on was the finishing touch! : ) lenna
Here's a little photo-montage on HOW I did this . . . click on the smaller photos for a closer view.