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Journal Quilt Challenge 2019

Welcome to the 12th year of this project.

Each year, members are invited to join this project by committing to creating one small quilt each month for a year. It is an opportunity to try out new ideas, techniques, products and materials and provides an excuse to experiment and have some fun without committing to a huge project. I would like to invite you to join in the challenge in 2019. In 2018, 170 members registered to take part.

There may be an opportunity to exhibit your JQs. You will have seen in the September 2018 newsletter, Karin suggested a way of exhibiting JQs now that no one has stepped forward to fill the role of JQ Exhibition Co-ordinator. This would be a collaboration between the Committee and regional CQ groups.

For 2019, the size is A4 in landscape or portrait format. Each set of four (ie January-April, May-August and September-December) must be made using a different technique/material – not necessarily a different technique/ material for each individual quilt. This is your chance to try out a technique you would like to explore further or one that you have not previously tried. The examples given below are purely suggestions; you can use any technique/material that you choose.

January-April JQs to be made using a sewing technique, eg applique, reverse applique, traditional patchwork, English paper piecing, foundation piecing, trapunto, curved piecing, chenille, collage.

May-August JQs to be made using fabrics other than just cotton, eg Lutradur, Tyvek, garden fleece, sheers, felting, lace, netting, plastic.

September-December JQs to be made using a different technique to create your background, eg photo transfer, Inktense blocks/pencils, Markal paintsticks, printing using Procion dye/acrylics, printing from a Gelli plate.

There are four rules

1. You must complete one JQ for each of the 12 months starting in January. 2. You must keep to the size and your JQ must be a quilt. This means a minimum of two complete layers, quilted, and the edges must be finished neatly and in keeping with your style of quilt. Any technique is permissible. 3. You are requested to write a statement with each JQ stating your source of inspiration and the materials and techniques that have been used.

4. Your photo image files, submitted online, emailed or posted to the organiser, must be named in this format: ‘your forename_surname_month.jpg’.

The guidelines are as follows:

1. You are permitted to set your own theme/subject matter for each quilt during the year.
2. You do not need to submit the actual quilts. Your only commitment is to provide images and statements for each quilt.


You do not need to submit the images and text every month; submission can be made in a group of four at the end of each period: 30 April, 31 August,
31 December. You may submit by email or by post to me, or by uploading your images into the correct album in the CQ closed Facebook group as outlined in the September 2018 newsletter. Please note I will NOT upload to FB any image sent to me. If you would like others to see your JQs, please join the FB group, if you have not already done so, and upload them yourself.

Exhibiting your JQs

This is entirely voluntary. If the exhibition of JQs is to be organised by regional CQ groups, when an exhibition opportunity arises within a region, the CQ group can ask the committee to issue an invitation to all CQ members within the group’s region. The regional CQ group exhibition organiser will then contact the members who have offered JQs to confirm acceptance and provide details of how to prepare and send them.

Are you willing to make the commitment? Then email or write to me to add your name to the list. The deadline for joining this year’s challenge is 31 January 2019.

Contact details: Janine Pound, Annsway, Upper Court Road, Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7BF.