My June Journal quilt is titled "Crows in the Salt Marsh". I made a leap that I have not made before. Not finding any tree fabric in my stash that suited me and not wanting to shop for anything new, I chose a fabric that looked like a marsh in winter -- all beige and brown. The I got out the markers, medium and fat, shades of green and turquoise and a brown one for trunks and stems, and colored the whole thing. It's not greatly artistic, but I cannot even draw so I make no claims to having an artist's eye and sensibility. It does look like the shrubs of a marsh to me and the crows -- fancy cut from a design I had and fused -- seem to have some perspective. Since I was lazy and did only outline quilting on the previous journal quilt, I spent an afternoon heavily quilting this -- so heavily I got a feeling of what thread painting may be like ... well, sort-a, not nearly that heavily but very heavy for me. I often don't like the surfaces of heavily quilted works and I don't like the surface of this all that much. But it was an interesting experiment and that's the purpose of the journal quilts for me. So this is unlike any other and I hope I'll be able to say that about each and every subsequent one.l
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!