Friday, November 2, 2007

Journal Quilts 2007

2007 is the final year of the Journal QuiltPages project, originally proposed by Karey Bresenhan, Director of the International Quilt Festival. It was to be "a free-form exercise in creativity, specifically planned to encourage quilt artists to stretch and grow."

The journal format changed from a monthly 8x11 quilt to one 14x20 quilt.

A Page from my Book:
Journal quilts 2007 – Journal Quilt Project

Katherine McNeese
Williamston, North Carolina


Creative Quilting techniques used:
Phototransfer and threadpainting (p. 23)
Raw edge appliqué (p. 73)
Linda Schmidt’s landscape techniques (p. 91)

This is the view from the treehouse I want to have someday:
A hideaway, a sanctuary, a place for recharging.
It is also about growing,
about what making art means to me,
about my journey.

This quilt proved challenging.
I tried techniques that didn’t work:
layering sheers and printing on Extraorganza to create depth,
painting on Timtex, and painting on the batting,
appliquéing leaves in the foreground, which obstructed the view.

The background is phototransfer of an oak tree, which is then threadpainted to add detail. The nearer branches are raw edge fused, and the branch in the foreground is painted puff paint and painted Lutrador leaves which provides some transparency, as well as the feeling of being up in the tree.
The binding was a problem, but Sarah Ann Smith’s article in Quilting Arts (August/September 2007) reminded me of the idea of a sheer binding. I recycled some of the already printed Extraorganza into a fused sheer binding (p 63).


Christine Thresh said...

Oh, that's just beautiful.

jggdesigner said...


You created the feeling of being up in the branches of a tree very well. It is a lovely quilt and I look forward to seeing the real thing soon.


Beth M said...

This is lovely. You've really created the feeling of being up among the branches.

Nikki said...

I love your treehouse. I could just see my kids playing up in the branches.

Laura Krasinski said...

oh I love this quilt... and I too love blue herons... The branches and leaves are so real... Very nice..

Sue Andrus said...

I really got the feeling of being in a tree house even before reading your description.

Barb Forrister said...

Hi Katherine,

I liked your journal quilt so much, I took a picture of it in Houston. If you would like me to email it to you, let me know. Great job with negative space.