Would you want to make a Journal quilt but you don’t know how to make it, today I’ll tell you how I made one.
The main purpose to make a journal quilt is to learn more about quilting techniques, day by day we can read about new ways to make a quilt, from hand made to making a quilt with the best sewing machines that will help you to make a quilt in less than one day.
I remember the first time I read about making a journal quilt on the internet it was about learning something new to work on a different block every month, at the end of the year I will have 12 different blocks finished.
It doesn’t sound bad, as if you work on a single block every month, you will have enough time to work on it.
This week I finished my first Journal Quilt, I began to work on it a few years ago, I need to be honest with you, I worked on making a block every month, but when I got 11 blocks finished this quilt got in a drawer and I never worked on it again.
Next year I worked in a new Journal Quilt and I finished it, I made a wall hanging, this quilt is today in Puebla Mexico and it’s part of my private collection. The following year I made my third journal quilt and today it’s a wall hanging at my home in Canada.
As 2017 arrived, I thought about making a new journal quilt this year, but I traveled to Mexico for a few weeks and I made the blue king size quilt and I didn’t have time to start a new journal quilt.
A month ago I took this quilt out of the drawer and I began to work on it again, as I looked to each block, I decided I had to work a little bit more on each block, some more stitches here and there, adding little pieces of fabric here and there and then I worked to make the last block.
12 Quilt Blocks to make what?
It’s how many quilters like to finish their journal quilts as a book, and I love this idea but not for this quilt.
If I make a book of it, it will be kept in a box or in a drawer for ever, I like more the idea to make a small quilt of it as a wall hanging, this way I can hang it on a wall and I will look at it every day.
Big or small, does the size of a quilt matter?
I don’t think there’s any rule about how big or small a block should be when you make this kind of quilt.
As a rule, and because it’s easy to work on it, some quilters like to use the A4 paper size (8 x 11 inches) two of my journal quilts were made with this block size and I can say it’s easy to work on the blocks and it’s easy to share the patterns as a PDF file with other quilters.
The quilt I finished this past week, blocks are bigger than A4 paper size, but I like the size of this quilt.
Small Blocks to make a quilt.
If you decide to work on small blocks, it won’t take you lots of time to finish each block, and once you finish your 12 blocks you can keep them as a book or a small quilt.
How small a quilt block should be?
As small as you want to, some quilters work on small blocks as 1 X 1 inch, they are called inches, there are many beautiful examples of mini quilts made with inches on the internet.
3 x 3, 4 x 4, or 5 x 5 inches will be a good small block size to try.
Medium size blocks to make a quilt.
6 x 6, 7 x 7 or 8 x 8 inches will be a medium block size, you can work a little bit more on these blocs, work maybe on different stitches or some applications like I do on my journal quilts or a different quilting technique.
Once you finish these 12 blocks you can keep them as a book or sew all the blocks together to make a small quilt.
A small quilt can be perfect for a table runner, a wall hanging, a lap quilt or a baby quilt.
Large blocks to make a quilt.
How big is a large block?
10 x 10 , 12 x 12 or even 14 x 14 inches, you will be working on large blocks but the good thing about these large blocks is by the end of the year you will have 12 big blocks to make a quilt.
So many good things about a journal quilt I don’t see why not to make one!
13 Lunas Journal Quilt.
I decided to call this journal quilt 13 lunas, (13 moons) in Spanish for one reason, as I live in Quebec where multiculturism is part of life here and as a Mexican quilter is my mother tongue.
The year I made this journal quilt had a blue moon, that means there was two full moons in one month, and I worked on a story about one little dog that talked to the full moon every month.
As I was working on this quilt these past weeks, I took a few photos of my work on different blocks, today I will share with you some of those moments.
If you have any questions about this quilt, leave a comment here and I will reply to it, if you want to leave a comment on my Facebook fans page you can visit it at Alejandra’s Quilt Studio.
I also made a short video of this Journal Quilt (sorry it’s in Spanish)
My next Journal Quilt.
Should I wait for 2018 to start my new journal quilt or not? I would love to hear what do you think!
Would you like to work on your own journal quilt (free) along with me, as I work on my next journal quilt?