The Journal Quilt Project was organized by the International Quilt Festival in Houston as a free-form exercise in creativity, specifically planned to encourage quilt artists to stretch and grow by trying new methods; by experimenting with color, image, composition, materials, and/or technique; by keeping an informal journal to record the influences on their experimental work and their own reactions to this work; and by showing the further influence of time on an artist’s creative development and personal progress. The Journal Quilt Project was not a contest or competition.
The exhibit, A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts 2002, consisted of nine monthly Quilt Pages from each participating artist and was hung at the 28th annual International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2002. The exhibition traveled to the International Quilt Festival held in Chicago from April 11th – 13th, 2003.
At Quilt Festival, the Journal Quilts were hung in a grid style, with multiple rows of Journal Quilts hung one above the other on each wall. If you read each row from left to right, you will see one artist’s progression through the nine months. But if you read a row from top to bottom, you’ll see how four or five different artists reacted to any one month – March, for example.
Journal Quilts by other artists:
You can buy a copy of the 272 page paperback Creative Quilting from Amazon, with more than 400 images of quilts from the Journal Quilt Project. My May quilt is on page 113.