Well this is it, the last in a series of twelve monthly journals with a weather theme. I actually look this picture one morning at the end of November from my bedroom window. I was hoping for more snow but sadly this little dusting is the best the weather could muster up. I should be careful what I wish for as we don’t know what 2022 has in store.
There is plenty of interest in this photo, the beautiful sky, the snow and the low level of light, and if you look closely you can see a landing light on in the house opposite. I quite like this little detail it makes everything look warmer and more homely.
I could have recreated this photo exactly as it is but that would mean a lot of houses and a lot more work so I decided to put my home in the photo. As my daughter was quick to tell me, it couldn’t be in the morning as the sunrise is facing the wrong way, so I reminded her that is what artistic license if for. So she has decided it is a sunset.
I started as I usually would with these pictorial pieces, a rough sketch and a pile of fabric scraps. I founded the painted sunset/sunrise in my stash and discarded it originally as it was too bright, and too pink, but seeing as I couldn’t find anything else I had to go with it. In hindsight I think it was an excellent choice.
I used Bondaweb to fuse all the shapes down, remembering to reverse them.
You will notice that the fabric choice for the windows in the above picture is too light, by replacing them with the darker fabric and putting the ‘landing light on’ detail in, helps to give that early morning low light feel. It was really hard to get that snowy look with the fabrics I had to hand in my stash, so it probably is a little more frosty looking, but I am OK with that.
The rest of the details were put in with freemotion and a few french knots for the lights.
My journals for 2021 are now complete and it will be a very satisfying feeling when I press ‘publish’ at the end of this blog post. I think I have decided not to do another twelve months of journal quilts for 2022, they only take a couple of days to do but they take up a lot of my head space. I would like to perhaps design and make another large quilt, there are also plans for a group quilt with my City and Guilds friends and more classes as The Fat Quarter. I will of course record any new work in my blog posts.
So signing off for 2021, have a lovely New Year everyone and let’s hope for fabulous things in 2022.