I did not take part in last year’s journal challenge organised by the Contemporary Quilt Group, mostly down to problems with my Yahoo account. These problems’ to be partially resolved, so I signed up for this year’s challenge. This year, the size is 11” square, with a theme to be decided by each participant. On the last date of signing up, there were 170 participants for 2017.
My theme is “Microscopic” and I will be attempting to work in 4 series with 3 quilts on each theme.
The first is “Plankton” as I already had some shapes in mind from previous work and from current sketchbook activities. The plan is to start with a shoal of plankton ( is that the correct term?), then focus on an individual plankton (I think plankton is both a singular and a plural noun) and then show a close-up detail of the single plankton. the additional challenge I have set myself is to buy no new materials, and to use my hand-dyed cloth wherever possible.
Overlapping stencil and mask
Finished. I really enjoy random textile processes, and interpreting these when I use them in a final piece. In this one, I like how the circular blobs suggest the plastic waste polluting our oceans, affecting even the smallest life forms.
Appliqué cut with scissors and scalpel
Experimenting with foiling ( the foil a generous gift from Helen Howes)
Choosing the orientation of the appliqué - first time using Steam-a-Seam 2- I’m impressed - the temporary surface stickieness, makes this very easy to use.
Quilting before stitching the applique
Finished. I like how the foil dots can suggest either the light on the water or the dots of micro plastic pollution - depending on how optimistic one feels!
A magnified detail of the single plankton, machine appliqué again
Finished, but pondering whether I should go back and quilt the lower edge. I’ll live with it for a few days then decide.
On top of all of that, I went to see the exhibition by LondonQuilters on until 15th April. Very generously, there are photos of all of the quilts on their website, here. I was drawn to the works by Jane Steward, Rachel Tyndall, Vivien Kernath and Martha Crouch. Well worth a visit.