Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Journal Quilt 2009 April


For this month's Journal Quilt I decided to take a look at the back of all my postcards featuring Marie Studholme, who is the theme for my JQs this year. They proved to be a real inspiration and I discovered that even at the time they were produced (early 20th Century) these postcards were already collected avidly, specially by girls called Ada, Trixie, Gladys, May and such like. No longer in vogue sort of names and really old fashioned sounding but maybe they will be back one of these days.

The Marie Studholme cards were rated by them and some were definitely more admired than others. I feel a sort of link with these collectors as I too have a large (133) collection of Marie Studholme cards. I even discovered she played the leading role in the play Miss Hook of Holland in Bristol. Have to admit I never heard of this play before but I'm going to try and find out more about it. Some of you will know I was born and bred in The Netherlands so that's another link.

The background is a loosely woven yellow furnishing fabric which was layered with wadding (batting) and backing fabric and machine quilted. The postcards were scanned into my computer, printed out onto cotton fabric sheets, and laid down in random fashion and stitched down. The edges were then decorated with size 11 gold seed beads. The picture of Marie (see actual postcard above) was printed out onto voile sheets (available from Crafty Computer Paper) and stitched down on top of the cards. As this is a see-through material you can still spot the postcards underneath. It was stitched down by hand and by machine and red size 11 seed beads were added at the bottom edge. An actual stamp was stitched on at the right hand side of the JQ.

The edges were finished with transparent ribbon and I hope to put all the JQs for this year (sized 6 x 12" or 12 x 6") together in one large quilt at the end of the year, probably by hand.

4 comments:

Mal* said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely quilts. I'm very interested recently in printing on fabric, and will need to do more research. Yours looks wonderful.

Mal* said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely quilts. I'm very interested recently in printing on fabric, and will need to do more research. Yours looks wonderful.

Lenna Andrews said...

Frieda, this is beautiful! I love watching you do another series of work, it is always so inspiring to me. I especially like that you are changing the orientation of the JQs - sometimes vertical, sometimes horizontal, and using the interesting size of 6x12 or 12x6!

The back of the postcards is fascinating to me too, so it is lovely to see them with the picture of Marie printed on see-through fabric laid over. So marvelous!! What an awesome idea to piece these altogether into a larger quilt when the challenge is finished.

i love it! : ) lenna

Two Dresses Studio said...

Fabulous!!

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