Saturday, June 10, 2006

May Journal Quilt Challenge - Raccoon Finds A Home

Here is May's Journal Quilt Challenge (A bit late, but better than never!).

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Text from back:

This month I am exploring the wonder of helping Nature.

One of the highlights of May 2006 was participating in a rescued raccoon release. My friend Donna brought five feisty, bright-eyed, fat and sassy raccoons from the raccoon rescue preserve and we released them in the Santa Ana Riverbed. It felt good to be of a small help to our wild friends.

The central picture for this month’s piece was an original drawing of a baby raccoon that I did in 1980. The original piece is a bit smaller so I used the enlarge function on my copier and made it the right size for the journal pages.

The raccoon is colored using All Purpose Inks from Tsukineko. Two borders were sewn around the central piece and then fused to the interfacing. Quilting was done around the raccoon and the tree branch.
The back was printed and fused to the interfacing. The outer border was wrapped around the edges and stitched to the back.


Granny Fran said...

Love your raccoon and the technique you used is just perfect to show him off.

Denim Doll said...

I like the way you used your journal quilt to commerate this event in your like - Your piece is great and the borders are a great frame for the piece..

Shelina said...

This raccoon is adorable! I really like the idea of having the description like you did on the back. I've never seen that before. Thanks for the technique as well. I've been thinking about using paints, but I just haven't been able to get up to it because I don't think I can draw.

Sande said...

Very cute! The painted technique is a great way to give him a natural furry look. Love the bright colors!

Deb H said...

What FUN! to use one of your old drawings! I love it! & it fits so nicely with your story! I neat way to remember. Very nice Suze!

Micki said...

What a cute little fellow. Your painted picture from a old drawing is great.

Barbara C said...

What a clever idea to use an old piece of your artwork. Very charming.

Anonymous said...

That is adorable! I love it!