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The Journal Quilt Project

When I was coordinator for the Contemporary Quilt Group, a specialist group of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, a challenge was launched to make one A4 sized quilt every month for a year, starting in January 2007. The quilts had to be 'portrait' rather than 'landscape' in orientation. Participants also had to keep a written 'journal' explaining the inspiration behind each quilt and the methods used for its construction.

Any technique could be used so this was a great opportunity to experiment with new methods on a small scale. I took as my theme 'Islamic Ceramics', following an inspirational exhibition at the Potteries Museum in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. I sketched and took photographs of the items on display and used these as the basis for my work. The picture shows the five I selected to travel on exhibition to various venues around the country.

Each successive year the size and orientation of the little quilts has varied slightly, from 12" square to 10 x7" portrait. My own inspiration has varied year on year from themes as diverse as Shoes to Chinese Faces and Albania. Occasionally restrictions have been put on the challenge, like the requirement one year to make the quilts in a limited colour palette or else adding buttons or text to the series.

Currently (2016) quilts are to be made 10" by 8" (portrait) and can be any theme but must include a small amount of purple for the first four of the year, a small amount of green for the next set of four and the final set must include a small amount of orange. This is going to prove a challenge! I will take 'Pattern' as my general theme this year.

A selection of the group's quilts are shown around the country in the ICHF Fashion Embroidery and Stitch exhibitions.

Have a look at my own complete series on my JQ Series page.

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