Monday, April 27, 2009

handmade journal/organizer

I've been working quite a few days on this handmade journal.  Each page has an organza pocket for holding papers, bills, checkbooks, ipods, cell phones or whatever.  A few pages have a spill proof design for smaller or more valuable items, like buttons or coins.  I liked the idea of making an artist's book, but then I wanted to be able to use it for everyday life, not just sitting on a shelf somewhere.  Hopefully it will help me to stay more organized! 

      The pages are made from a piece of peltex (or timtex...can't remember the name of it) covered with batting and a piece of silk on which one of my sketchbook pages is printed.  Then I quilted each page.  On the backs of the quilted pages was plain cotton fabric, which I then covered with gesso and embellished with pencil and fine tip pen by writing random thoughts about the image.  Also I used watercolor on top of the gesso. Then when each page was dry I attached organza for the pockets. 

      Finally I stitched it together using a french bookbinding technique, and attached a fabric spine just to neaten it up a bit.  Edges are satin stitched.  I hope you enjoy looking at it and get some ideas to make your own organizing journal!  

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Odyssey #5

Cut it up again, painted, machine appliqued onto a new piece of canvas, also painted...I think this one is done now.  

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Odyssey continues...

Here are more quilt/paintings that I have been making in the last few days.  

Saturday, April 4, 2009


"Odyssey" is the result of cutting up an older painting that was going nowhere, and now it's taking me on a different kind of journey.   Not a painted quilt...a quilted painting!  

Friday, April 3, 2009

Here is the quilted, painted, cut-up, appliqued quilt.  Can you see the dancer?