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

 

 

Beth Ann

When health challenges made hand-sewing (and hand appliqué and hand-quilting) no longer physically viable for her, Beth Ann’s first instinct was dismay and discouragement. But Grandma Baldwin gave her a loving (but stern!) “No pity parties – just figure out a different way.” So Beth Ann turned to her trusty sewing machine and began devising ways to achieve the fine quality appliqué look she craved faster and easier than she ever thought possible. And a career was born! Now Beth Ann enjoys sharing her accessible “invisible” machine appliqué and creative machine quilting techniques with other quilters and fiber artists around the world.

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