How many of you document your quilts…?
What do I mean by ‘Document’?
I created a journal of the making of the 1776 Heartache, Heritage and Happiness quilt. It was my journal that eventually ended up being the base for my book.
I received this email today….
"I especially liked the journaling you did. How special that was for you to go back and read what was going through your mind during that time of stitching, ripping stitches and re-stitching. We have all done that and just must settle for the very best."
I’m pleased that others else think that journaling is worthwhile…!! and it was lovely receiving the email.
In re-creating the Bayeux Tapestry, I decided not to count how many hours it took me…
The first question I was asked was "How many hours did it take you to make"?
When I told them you could see a wave of pity wash over their faces…
Then I thought about it again…. I do need to have some statistics for my own information.
But……How do you add in the hours of filming, research, travel etc……? it’s almost impossible in this project.
So I have a simple journal in the computer and it goes a little like this….
5.00 am – 6.45
Then the next section has information on how many bobbins I use, when I change them and when I change a needle.
free motion foot – spring
Task at hand.
Working on Final Border.
So that is just one line…. I generally have 4 or five lines a day…. and the clever computer adds up the hours, the amount of bobbins and the number of needles….
NO !!!! it won’t be for public scrutiny, just for myself.
In fact, I’ve found it rather informative… I know I change my needle every 10 hours or so… (sometimes I can go through 3/4 bobbins a day ) and that’s no mean feat with the bottom line in the bobbin……
I photograph the process every couple of days and then it goes into the file.
When I was creating the 1776 quilt, I didn’t have the sophisticated computer that I have now…
But the journal worked…
On another note, last night I left the studio rather late and went in and flopped on the settee under my comfy old quilt. I turned on the TV and watched ‘Jam and Jerusalem’
I sat there by myself and absolutely roared… its the funniest thing I’ve ever seen..
It’s about a Guild…. an English Guild in a church. They have decorated the church with ‘craft’ and the Pastor is at his wits end….
There were quilts on the pews on the alter, hanging from the choir stall and then to top it off they had made some wonderful crochet hymn book covers….
It’s coming on UK TV on foxtell and is a classic. I love the characters…..
I get to visit a numbeer of Guilds…. I’ve been in some just like this.!!!