"Repeat Eyes Her Dinner"
8 x 12 inches
This is my first completed Journal Quilt for 2011. My personal challenge was to use some of my shibori-dyed fabric.
I stenciled little gecko shapes with freezer paper templates and sponged the paint onto the fabric. It's pretty subtle. Not what I intended, but after it dried, I liked the "ghost-gecko" look. I left the pictures pretty large, so you can click on them for a better look.
I chose the leopard fabric for her top side because she is a leopard gecko.
The sand is more paint and thread.
What would I do different? Another of my self-imposed rules was to make each journal quilt 8.5 by 11 inches. I chose this size because it's large enough to really try a technique -- but not so big that I won't have time to finish. This one missed that rule -- and actually, I think it looks unbalanced. I think it needs another border on the side.
I had wanted the gecko to dominate the quilt, but with the top and bottom borders, it just doesn't work for me. I think I could have done without the borders and made the gecko larger, but then I wouldn't have used the shibori. So maybe I need to make another one...