Wednesday, January 19, 2011

About Journal Quilts

Journal Quilts are sometimes known as Page Quilts because of their sizes, 8 ½” x 11”, the size of a sheet of paper.

They are fun, visual diaries where artists are encouraged to try new methods, experiment with different fabric, colour or techniques.

An informal journal is kept to record any information relating to the quilt, techniques used, influences, and/or feelings.

The restricted size frees you from worrying about spending too much time, energy or expense by attempting virtually anything in such a small format.

A little history: 

Journal quilts are attributed to Jeanne Williamson, author of “The Uncommon Quilter”. In 1999, she decided to make one small quilt a week so she could experiment with her creativity.

In 2002, Karey Bresenhan, director of the International Quilt Festival started the Journal Quilt project which was a great success. Quilts from the 2002-2006 journal quilts were compiled into a book, Creative Quilting, the Journal Quilt Project.
During the summer of 2006, I decided to start my own weekly journal quilts. The "weekly" part was pretty sporadic throughout summer and fall, but I kept it going weekly from January to July. It was a fun way to try all kinds of different things.

I will be posting some of these  after I've posted my “regular quilt” for the week.

 Today in Kenogami

Sparkling crystals

It's a cold, crispy, sunny day in Kenogami -24˚C (-11˚F)

Have a great day!


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