Thursday, 10 January 2013
Buttoned Up Journal Quilt
And so it begins again! And no, I won't be making 52 Journals this year! But I will continue with the Sketchbook Challenge where a monthly theme is posted on the 1st of every month with the idea that you work in your sketchbook and develop it. Those who have followed my progress over the past years (the challenge started in January 2011) will have noticed already that I do try (honestly I do!) to start in my sketchbook but before I work in depth on my theme my mind usually takes off on its own flights of fancy which always involves fabric and before I realize it fully I'm stitching away already. Will try better this year but there are no guarantees. All the journal quilts I have made so far and will continue to make for the Sketchbook Challenge are 10" square.
Anyway the first theme for 2013 is "Artist's Date". This is a concept that can be found in Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way (and also in all her other work). It urges artists to leave their studios at least once a week and take off on a pleasurable outing to "refill the artistic well". Although I don't do this religiously every week I do do it quite often, and usually on my own (which is what Julia commands). And one of the places I go to in order to regain my artistic balance is West Linton graveyard. Probably not what Julia had in mind but it works for me and that's what matters. One of the most impressive gravestones there is the one you can see on the above picture. It belongs to Archibald Wilson and you can read more about him and his gravestone on my West Linton Graveyard blog here.
The title of the quilt bubbled up quite naturally while I was having a shower. Buttoned Up.
Might well go back sometime in the future to translate the entire middle detail of his costume if it fits in with some other theme and am also tempted to repeat this particular pattern but in a range of completely different and more modern fabrics, just to see how that would work!
And I may as well admit here and now that I have also signed up to make Journal Quilts for the Contemporary Group again this year. This is also monthly and thus I will make 2 JQs every month! I'll share the details of that group of them when I have made the first one and am ready to share it with you! You will be able to find all the Journal Quilts I'll be making this year by clicking on the label Journal Quilts 2013 underneath this post or at the bottom of the sidebar.