To kick the journal challenge off, here is the first journal quilt using Bondaweb by Gillian Cooper
Bondaweb is fabulous. It has a myriad of uses. It is best known outside of the patchwork and embroidery worlds as something useful to mend a falling down hem. In patchwork it can be handy for appliqué, particularly when the shape is complicated. It is effectively a sheet of fabric glue which melts when ironed, joining two layers of fabric together. There is a simple rule to remember when using Bondaweb: remember that it is a sheet of glue. So whenever you iron the Bondaweb, you must protect your iron to stop it sticking to it and ruining whatever you press next. If it does stick to your iron, there are a number of chemical cleaners you can buy to remove it, though it does eventually wear off.
You don't need a theme to try out journal quilts; you can just experiment with Bondaweb and fabrics and be led by the fabrics, as Gillian did in Figure 1. Here she pressed a sheet of Bondaweb onto the plain fabric and just placed the scraps of fabric on top in a relatively random manner. She did try to make sure each piece of fabric appears at least three times for coherence. After pressing the fabrics in place, she layered with the wadding and backing fabric and stitched a machine satin stitch around each piece of fabric. There were a couple of little spaces where the background fabric could still be seen and she covered them with beads and buttons. Very straightforward. However, you may want to have a theme to link your quilts together, even if it will not be apparent to others! Gillian's theme is going to be fish. Over the past few years, she has taken lots of photos of fish, jellyfi sh and sharks at aquariums round Europe (This sounds good, but what it means is she only gets to go to aquariums when on holiday!). She
has never used these images to create art work, but has always wanted to, so this is the ideal opportunity. For this, she chose an image of a jellyfish. It is a digital photo, so she cropped it on the computer to concentrate on the jellyfish, then printed it A4 size (you can always do this on a photocopier if you are not so hot with computers. Your local library will probably be able to help). See Figure 2. She then traced the jellyfish onto tracing paper. The image was still too detailed, so she took a section which she found interesting and enlarged it to A4. See Figure 3. This was the starting point of her journal quilt.
Note: it is important that you use baking parchment, not greaseproof paper as greaseproof paper will stick to
From left to right: Figure 2: The source of inspiration: the original cropped photograph, Figure 3: The final traced drawing and Figure 4: The drawing on the back of the fabric
From left to right: Figure 5: Gillian’s fabrics in place Figure 6: The finished quilt top and Figure 7 The finished journal quilt
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