Angela Moll’s Secret Diary quilts

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I keep going back to visit these beautiful Secret Diary quilts of Angela Moll’s. I discovered these from Jan’s post about Quilt National. The more I look at these quilts the more reasons I find to love them. First it was the colors and composition. I love the mustard yellows and that great grayish blue. And I love how some of the quilts are pieced together to look like open books. Also I’m super intrigued by the technique. I’ve been wanting for quite some time to figure out how to print images onto fabric for use in quilts. Then there’s the concept behind them…

"Each quilt is an open notebook, the oversized text extending an invitation to read. Yet the stitched diaries prove to be unreadable, revealing just the outline of a life story: rhythm and pattern, lines and layers. The pressure, intensity, and speed of the hand written line imply the texture of emotions. It is an open book but a Secret Diary."

I had such a revelation when I read that. I feel like this is what I do here with my journal. I send out little bits of myself, clues as to who I am as a person, but overall it’s still illegible. This must be why, after writing a post, I always delete at least half of what I’ve written.

So anyway, back to the technique: the stars of a certain project seem to be aligned, I’ve got the Bubble Jet Set and Rinse, the freezer paper, ideas for a Christmas quilt using images from one of my favorite childrens books and a theme – Loobylu’s "personal challenge" to (hopefully) motivate me to get started on it.

16 thoughts on “Angela Moll’s Secret Diary quilts

  1. lisa s says:

    amazing find….
    i had to laugh b/c i also delete 1/2 my posts after i type… oh no no no… too much info!
    thanks for sharing… can’t wait to see your secret diary quilt!

  2. amy k. says:

    wonderful!! have you tried printing onto the printable fabric i see at the fabric store? it comes on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets? i have a set and haven’t tried it yet-but it may be a good thing for you to try as well
    very very cool.

  3. Laurie G. says:

    How you do find all these wonderful sites?? I recently attended ArtFiberFest in Washington — many journal artists with love of sewing/fibers. What a wonderful way they come together here!

  4. Laurie G. says:

    p.s. For great instructional on methods and tips to transfer to fabric (using photos, transparencies, etc.) see Lesley Riley’s “Quilted Memories” book published earlier this year.

  5. Rose says:

    This quilt is so beautiful and inspirational! Thanks for posting it. I’ve had a lot of luck with the “Printed Treasures” inkjet fabric if you don’t want to muck about with the Bubble Jet Set.

  6. smileull says:

    What a wonderful quilt! I love how it tells all these stories without really telling them. Your blog is so inspiring, whether it’s you making all this nice stuff, or you linking to someone else’s work. 🙂

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