Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Journal Quilt, a little early


You might remember the fun day I had painting fabric with my new Dyna-flo fabric dye paints.



It was hard to choose, but I decided my favorite was the purple, green and yellow.
I looked it over, turning it around, and decided I saw blue mountains, green fields and sunlight just beyond a mighty purple storm cloud.


I cut a piece just a little bigger, maybe an inch all around, than the required size.




I started quilting on my new machine, the first time ever that I have done this. I experimented with lots of different stitches using some of my lovely multi-colored Rainbow Superior threads.



Here is a close up of some of the stitching in progress.



I very much wanted to emphasize the sun breaking through after the terrible storm, (going in a big way for a little obvious symbolism), so I stitched the sun's rays with very big bright stitches. When I was finished stitching, I trimmed the quilt to the required size of 8 1/2" x 11". Then I finished off the edges a la Laura Wasilowski, that is with a fused binding with edges cut with a decorative edge rotary cutter.





Then I signed it. "After The Storm", Jen Anderson, 1/18/2006.



I'm happy with my little journal quilt. I did some "new to me things": painted fabric with Dyna-flo, created a whole cloth quilt (yes, this is a first, I have always pieced, appliqued or fused things), and explored some of the stitching capabilities of my new machine.

29 comments:

Deb R said...

It's beautiful, Jen!!

jenclair said...

Wow! LOVE your fabric. "After the Storm" is a perfect title. Good job, Jen!

Valeri said...

Great colours! And a nice piece.

Jules said...

Incredible!

Deb Geyer said...

Very nice. It looks like you had fun with the dying.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful fabric and good job finding the story within it! Finished piece is terrific.

mary m. said...

STUNNING!!!!!

Pat/SWquilter said...

That fabric is so gorgeous and your stitching made it even more beautiful!

Kim said...

I've seen four reveals so far and each one has inspired me! I've yet to play with Dyna-flo, I didn't realize the colors could be so vibrant. Simple lines can be very effective, nice job.

Granny Fran said...

Your stitching perfectly sets off that brilliant fabric you dyed. It is definitely "After the Storm." Thanks for the step by step process photos. It helps me learn about the techniques for future experiments.

Micki said...

You found the perfect spot in that piece of gorgeous fabric and created a lovely piece. Is the stippling a built-in stitch on your new machine?

quiltnbee said...

Wow! What a perfect piece for your fabric...and what fun to be using your new machine for this project...so many great stitches...I can tell you had a lot of fun with this one!
DebbyMc

Becky said...

I have been saying that I will NOT get into fabric dying, but this will make it hard to keep that resolve. It looks great, and it looks like a lot of fun! I also admire how even your stitches are on your quilting. Great job!

Samantha said...

Lovely- how neat to "find" that image in your dyed fabric!! the new machine seems to be fun!

Linda said...

Jenny, It's great. I love the whole piece. It's very happy.
Linda

Sande said...

Beautiful work and a great use for your fabric. Thanks for sharing the process and how you 'found' the image you wanted. Your stitching really adds to the image and your concept.

Barbara C said...

Great job Jen! What beautiful fabric, and you did a great job using quilting to reveal the images in the colors.

PaigeTurner said...

I can totally see your vision--great job!
Beth/Paige

Helen Suzanne said...

This is great Jen. I love the fact its whole fabric with stitch. very inspirational dyeing too.

Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

It's wonderful, I love it! Tell me more about this journal quilt thing. Is this something I missed while I was "on vacation" from blogs? Where do I find the rules, etc.?

Sorry to have missed you at Road. It was sooo crowded on Friday that it took a lot longer than I expected to run through the show. I only had 4 hours to see everything and I barely made it through twice (I always do a quick run through and then a more thorough look). I know I missed really cool stuff, sigh.

Debra Spincic said...

You are just so Clever! Way to go. . .beautiful and expressive--why cut a perfectly good piece of fabric??

Frances said...

this is beautiful Jen, loved seeing it materialise but I'm confused why are you publishing your journal quilt (I have seen some others published too) when Karey always says they must be kept for Houston,

Marianne said...

The dyed fabrics are great. Is this a special technique, Dyna-Flo dye paint or just a brand? Great that you could make a image out of one piece of fabric and highlight it by your quilting.

Allison said...

Jen, what is most exciting to me about this quilt was how freely you approached so many new techniques and just went after your vision with them.
Can't wait to see your February work!

Suze said...

Zowie...I LOVE your hand-dye material and the interpretation! Gorgeous...

LindaPut said...

Boy did you do a good job dyeing that fabric or what! You really accentuated it well with your stitching too. Great job!

Rian said...

Jenny, I am so late with this, but I'm finally getting around to your journal quilt--AWESOME! I appreciate you sharing your process.

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