Journal Quilts with Celtic Knotwork

Woman In Motion, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

Woman In Motion, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

To me, Journal Quilting is a handy shorthand way to describe quilting as a vehicle for personal reflection and expression. Although I impose no size restrictions on myself, the pieces are generally on the smaller side, which better lends itself to a sense of immediacy.

I often incorporate 3 dimensional elements, hand beading, hand painting, or other mixed media elements in these works. Free motion quilting adds addition texture.

Last month, I shared some of the story behind my book, Celtic Quilts: A New Look for Ancient Designs. This month, I would like to share a few of my journal quilts that incorporate Celtic or Celtic-style knotwork in the design.

Although these particular pieces were made over a period of about 15 years, they share common underlying themes.

They are, in a sense, snapshots of what I was feeling at the time – particularly as it relates to my own experiences of female-ness – from the juggling of roles, obligations, emotions and aspirations;  to the yearning for a sense of an earthy divine feminine, a loving and nurturing spirituality to which I could relate in practical ways.

Womb of the Mothering God, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

Womb of the Mothering God, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

Mother of Compassion, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

Mother of Compassion, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

Mother Nuture, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

Mother Nurture, journal quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

 

 

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