Monday, September 11, 2006

I feel like I have been negligent, not posting for over a week. And, I have been busy- I finished my last Journal Quilt this weekend, and am now in the process of sewing on the labels and selecting the five to sew onto the sleeve. So, no photos to post of all my work. But, I promise to post pictures of all nine of my Journal Quilts after the Houston show starts.

It will be interesting to get back my 2005 JQ and compare them with this year's. I think my work this year has been more coherent, more focused, and just plain better. I was less concerned about trying every new technique out there, and more concerned about making a strong statement.

And, I'm beginning to wonder what I'll do to fill the void left by the lack of a Journal Quilt Project. It truly has helped me focus and refine my art. I know I have a long way to go, but I'm on the right path. I don't want to lose that focus the the Project has helped give me. Any bright ideas out there?

I do have one "art event" to look forward to this week: Wendy Huhn is giving a lecture on her quilts at the Salt Lake Art Center Wednesday night. I think that's worth a couple of gallons of gas!!


Angie said...

WOW, that totally sums up how I feel about your hand-dyes in your previous post. I just found your blog tonight through someone else's, and I'm so glad I did! Those colors are luscious!! I've been thinking about dyeing wool. Just can't decide which dyes I should start with. Do you ever sell you hand-dyes?

Beverly said...

Thanks, Angie, I was very pleased with that batch of hand-dyes! I've not thought about selling them yet, I don't do enough yet to make it profitable. Though I could probably be persuaded to consider special requests!
I've never dyed wool, but I'd highly recommend Dharma Trading in California. I am a totally self-taught dyer, and get all my supplies from them. And their website ( has tons of information. I will warn you, dyeing fabric is addictive!

Diane said...

Can't you just keep doing journal quilts for your own process and development? Or maybe challenge a few quilting friends to keeping them too so you can do a small show together?

Karoda said...

do you have workshops available in your area? maybe this could be a season of focused learning for you.

the picture of the mountain in the post above are just amazing to me.