April’s Journal Quilt

Hey! I’m caught up now!

Of course, I can’t stop, as it is time to do May’s 12x12x12 quilt, but I have hopes of getting it done on time this month.

I showed pictures of this earlier, when I was just starting to bead. I mentioned at the time that I adore beads. I just should also add that I adore buttons. I’m actually pretty proud of myself for sticking with this one. As you will see, there are a lot of buttons. Maybe I’ll con the boys into counting just how many buttons are actually on it.

I really struggled with myself about even using the buttons or the beads. The design is nothing spectacular, just the initials of my business name. It doesn’t seem like it’s a “real” quilt. Even though I professed several months ago that I was going to use my stuff, I still struggle a bit — I feel like I should be saving things for “good” — for use on a really “serious” project.

Seriously. Isn’t that silly?

I talked myself into continuing and last night I sewed on the final button. I think one of the things I like best about this is the sheer weight of it. It feels really cool. Shall I show you the picture instead of continuing to ramble?

OK, here it is. I pinned some black fabric to my design wall to put behind it for contrast.  Click on it to view it full size.  It looks stupid with the right edge of the picture cut off.


After I finished the buttons last night, I actually found myself thinking “Hmmm. Maybe the letters ought to be entirely filled in with beads.”

In between sewing on gazillions of buttons, I have been spending time sorting out my disaster of a studio. 15 minutes of cleaning, 15 minutes of sewing. I’m finding some interesting treasures. I’ll probably share some of these later. One thing I did was cull out some quilting books I’d like to try to get rid of. I’ll be posting a list later. Right now, though, I have to get some More Meandering Magic books ready to mail, head to the Post Office, and then I’m off to get groceries.




  1. joyce says:

    I love the look of all the buttons. Did you sew them on by hand? I use the machine for sewing on buttons and anything else it can possibly do. I am not much into hand sewing!

  2. maggie says:

    wow! this is really fun. relax. your work is awesome:) maybe i am biased, as i love buttons so much i even have them glued to my car. but you did a nice job and you have a good eye – white on white – nice touch. the beauty of art quilting is it is all experimental. have a good time.

    portland maine

  3. Granny Fran says:

    I’m not sure what could be more special than this small quilt. That button pave is wonderful and I think the bead outline is better than filling in the letters entirely. Great example of a simple idea that turns out smashing!

  4. Sarah says:

    I love what gems can be found trawling blogs, this is stunning. I am so in love with it!The cream buttons/ white buttons with the Dark red is delicious!

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