Julia J.

I haven’t posed or read posts the last two weeks but have been able to keep up with the homework. I’ve journaled, utilized set aside time for creating, read (on my second book from the suggested reading list), work through, played with all the guided instruction and each week met with a few CST friends.  Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on the posts soon. I’ve missed that connection and sense of unity and excitement.

Week 6 – 

Part 1

A thorough inventory… done and on a spreadsheet so that I may add or edit at anytime. When I got together with friends yesterday we shared our intimate lists with each other. Once each of us read our list , the other two were then able to add assets to that person’s inventory. Powerful, bonding, enlightening, moving and friendship building. I love these ladies. Why is it that others can see so clearly what is unseen right in front of us?

Part 2

What do I love to do?

My phrase for the year a couple years back was ‘defining my style’… Wow was this an adventure… Another friend of mine who is also in this CST group and I got together every Thursday for nearly a year. Each week we tried different techniques. Our experience together has filled my toolbox with endless possibilities. We’re finding our individual voice in this fiber art world and we still get together for play dates fairly regularly. It’s a fabulous journey we’ve embarked on.

I love to do different things, try different techniques. I’ve discovered I didn’t think I wanted to be put in a mold or particular style. However when I was working so hard trying to define it, one day a non-artist, non-quilter friend said that they saw one of my pieces somewhere and knew it was mine before they read who it was because of it’s style…  “It was so you!”… My style has found me whatever it is…

Part 3

Wannabe skills – Signed up for a workshop!

Part 4


What does perfectionism look like to me? First response… exhausting. A teacher once lovingly yet pointedly told me: “Of coarse you haven’t finished, it gives you a chance to be perfect” In other words I was so concerned about it being just right, being perfect that I held myself back from completing the piece.

    Now after completing week 6 here is what I’ve come up with:

Small accurate smooth seamed piecing with a steadfast design that intrigues the viewer from different distances across space. Little surprises throughout, some so subtle that they may go unnoticed by some viewers. A treat with new discovery each time it is viewed. Small intricate detail. I’ve been told to simplify, I’ve been told I’m too anal: two statements that I’ve discovered have tied me down. The ropes have been cut. I am free. 

Themes and variations

Part 1

I’ve gotten away from this and appreciated this exercise

Part 2

SAQA – View From above ‘Inman Rail Yard’ By Julia Jeans

The Inman Railroad yard represented here is one of the major railroad yards of the Norfork Southern railway and houses a portion of the operation’s 3648 locomotives and 79,082 freight cars.

The artist hand dyed, painted, discharged and deconstructed most of the fabrics (cotton, wool, velvet, linen and burlap). It’s been machine pieced, embroidered and quilted. The beads representing the rail cars are all hand made using the same creative fabrics and are embellished with wire, fibers and beads. Random ‘gears’ found throughout the quilt are from reclaimed jewelry.

Strength: Solid composition, Captures attention from a far and draws the viewer in to view more subtle detail. Many techniques from my toolbox were utilized. I love that 99% of the viewers think it is a cathedral window from afar.

Weakness: Not enough contrast, too ‘matchy matchy’. The commercial Fabric used at the top of the piece should have been hand painted, more subdued.