|In 2004, I was part of a large
textile art group making monthly quilt art pieces called Journal
Quilts. They are sized 8 1/2 " x 11". That was the third year the project
going. Many found it helped them develop their work in
The journal quilts started in January and went to September. (Although
you could carry on if you wished.)
Below are the Journal Quilts I made.
exhibit, A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts
2004, consisted of five of the nine monthly Quilt Pages from
each participating artist and was part of the Journal Quilt Exhibit at the 30th annual
International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas November, 2004.
Later these quilts went on
to be shown at the Spring Quilt Festival, Chicago, 2005.
A Page from My
Journal Quilts 2004
Elizabeth Pages: A
private textile journal of Elizabeth the First. (hereafter referred
to as QE.)
Pages were inspired by Tudor research for my costume work. Exploration
of history using modern techniques. Commentary just seemed to come with
A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts
A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts
Photocopy transfer paste
seems to give a ghostly image, so used it for Anne Bolyn. Page wanted hand
embellishments; pearls, wirework, variegated rayon thread. Nearly ended up
with RSI! I found JSL Font Converter by Jeffrey S. Lee to create Tudor look
writing. I will use it throughout for the commentary.
– I tried to get
transparent Armada ships by printing on Bondaweb and fuse it over QE’s face,
but it went badly wrong. So, fussy cut ships printed onto silk and a new
face, highlighted with silk paints…ironed onto the fusible… quite ruff like.
FME hair made face pucker, so why not trapunto and an old earring? Now too
small! Give up…Later, I extended one edge covering join with lace and beads;
now I love it.
Mary I –
Blackwork on linen,
period woodcuts (of young QE before her sister Mary) & also Traitor Gate
printed onto silk; embroidered and beaded. Cropped the scary Mary face, and
used old cross from necklace. Mary often shown holding cord with book or
medallion at end, so turned that into puppet strings for E in the Tower of
In 2006, the organisers of the
Journal Quilt Project decided to make a book about the process. Participants
were invited to enter a certain number of pages they had shown according to
the number of years they participated. This page of my journal quilts was
chosen to be included in the book called "Creative Quilting".
You can see the book
Father the King - the
picture in mind of Henry VIII as a child might remember ... the puffed
up chest! upholstery fabric, slashed and stuffed, puffs of silk caught down
with metal look beads. Centre front trim and pieces of vintage jewellery. It
just had to say "Love is not puffed up."
Dudley – QE’s favourite
courtier. I love the dancing portrait. I distorted it in Paintshop Pro using
emboss/hotwax…That reminded me of shim work, so I played about with firing
metal, embossing, etc. Fancy trim, beads and cheapy Victorian look buttons
to embellish. Love the effect!
Edward VI - Elizabeth's
letter to Edward when turned away from visiting when he was ill...written
with ink onto leather. Vintage metal buttons. Tudor rose and Edward portrait
printed on silk. Pendant made of bowl of silver-plated spoon. Edging ideas
from Val Campbell-Harding. Leather is yet another hard thing to sew things
onto by hand!
–Trying out things like
acrylics on nappy liner, laser printing on silk, and whipped cord with
beads. Had a tentative go with my new heat gun. Middle ground is Tudor
church board with commandments. Period drawing of QE’s funeral.
Advisors - from the
Original Power Dressing Expert! Four of the men who were Elizabeth's
favourites, printed on silk and inside openings (a la Jennie Rayment).
Cotton lace with gold-look beads reminiscent of the ruffs they wore.
Quote from QE.
Elizabeth Regina - Many of
QE's portraits make a show of her elegant hands. So, I cropped them from the
photos and included them all. Also exploring the flourishes QE decorated her
signature with. portrait of QE with her "New World" gown merged with the
portrait of her standing on a map of the world...also lion of England chair.
So, "the hand without a cradle rules the world". Vintage buttons and
In 2007, the Journal Quilt
project will come to an end. Therefore, the quilts will be different from
the other years. Instead of making multiple 8.5x11 Quilt Pages, in 2007 we
will make ONE 17x22 piece. This piece incorporates at least three
of the techniques found in the "Creative Quilting" book.
Once again, photos of the quilts will not be
shown until after the International Quilt Festival in Houston this Autumn.