Sunday, February 19, 2006

February Journal Quilt Reveal

Continuing the water theme, here is my February Journal Challenge Quilt. The picture in the quilt is from our visit to the new Georgia Aquarium last month. It was taken in the coral reef exhibit, which brought back great memories of snorkeling off St. John two years ago. I printed the picture directly onto the fabric using the Printed Treasures fabric sheets. I am going to get some Bubble Jet Set to try next time. Although it does not show up in this picture, it is quilted with a varigated rayon thread that mas the colors of the coral reef--greens, pinks, yellow, blues...
This is the back. I stamped fish onto it using acrylic paint. I have used rubber stamps before, but never in a quilt, so that was new to me. My kids had fun helping me with this part.

So why make this quilt? Our trip to the aquarium was right before we bought the new house. Lots of changes have come to our lives since that trip. So this quilt represents the end of our old life. Next month's will find a way to represent the change to our new life. Maybe a waterfall...

17 comments:

quiltnbee said...

Oh, it is simply wonderful...literally! I love it!
DebbyMc

QuiltingFitzy said...

Jules, it's LOVELY!

Granny Fran said...

Your reef quilt is beautiful. It looks very wet. I love the photo of the fish, how did you transfer it? Is it printed onto the fabric?

Micki said...

Your journal page turned out really nice. I love the fish. Which method of transfer did you use for this?

jenclair said...

It is lovely, and I love the stamped fish on the back (had to click and enlarge to see them, but loved their muted effect!)

Sande said...

Hey, you did get that done quickly! It's very nice. Lovely colors and your computer printing worked great. The back is also interesting. It's nice to go that extra often unseen step.
I just did a test comparing a prepared printer fabric to a homemade Bubble Jet Set one. I have a comparison photo on Sat. blog.

Deb Geyer said...

Very nice Jules! I used to live in Hawaii so your piece holds memories for me too!

Linda said...

Jules, you did a beautiful job and that picture is awesome! I don't think I posted on last months and went back to get a look. It is really great! It makes me want to go to the beach and lay out in the sun!
Linda

Marianne said...

The image is great, peaceful, tranquille. I like the idea of stamping fish on the back too. I admire you for getting it done in between moving!

Scrapmaker said...

It's beautiful! So glad I was able to enlarge the picture to see the wonderful verigated thread and the fish stamped on the back. Jen

Becky said...

I was just moaning today about how could I have committed myself to something with deadlines when we are moving in four months. And then I go look at yours. Okay, you've shamed me into getting something done! Of course, we are moving to a different continent, but moving is moving, and it's never convenient. Good job!

Jules said...

Becky, I am only moving 7.5 miles. Changing continents I would imagine would be much more work...

Kim said...

Sweet. I like your idea of stamping the back. What a wonderful way to capture a memory.

Barbara C said...

Blending the photo with your background fabric makes for a seamless effect. Beautiful job

Rian said...

Fantastic job, Jules! Cool piece!

Karoda said...

The variegate thread shows up when the image is enlarge...a sentimental piece for sure :)

The Calico Cat said...

Lovely - I hope I get some equally nice photos in Australia....