Workshop in a Book

Posted by Ruth on 19 August 2016 | 2 Comments

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Over the last 6 months or so I've been working on a new concept which helps quilters take the leap from traditional quilting into quilt art. One of my teacher friends described them as a "workshop in a book" which is a good way to think of it. Basically, it is a challenge project where you do your own thing following certain guidelines and using whatever you have on hand. It's a great way to use up those scraps and odd buttons, beads and charms, as well as get you started in quilt art. I call these e-books, Creative Journals.

creative journal workbook1 by Ruth Blanchet

Creative Journals are ideal for helping you create your own quilt without having to follow any pattern, that's the best way I can think to describe them. You "Take the challenge", follow the guidelines and make notes on your progress. These journals often help you wonder "what if?" and because they are small projects, you have nothing to lose by trying. They give you ideas and boosts your creative mind.

creative journal workbook2 by Ruth Blanchet



Each journal includes four chapters. Each chapter is made up of three sections;

  1. take the challenge guidelines,
  2. my example, notes, guidelines and sometimes even full tutorials,
  3. a journal area for you to make notes, add photos and sketches of what you are creating along the way.

This definitely helps you remember what works and what doesn't work so that you can use what is learned in a bigger quilt or project. Some journals also include templates to inspired your creativity too! 

creative journal pages from workbook 2 - designed and created by Ruth Blanchet

Creative Journal pages from workbook 2

My first two journals are already published and I'm hoping to bring many more. You can find them by clicking the links for Creative Journal Workbook1 and Creative Journal Workbook2.

Learn to let your creativity go wild and create some amazing results.

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  • Awesome Lee, they are a lot of fun. I'm working on a new one too!

    Posted by Ruth, 19/08/2016 4:51pm (5 years ago)

  • Hey Ruth these look good l think l might have to give one ago:)

    Posted by Lee, 19/08/2016 4:42pm (5 years ago)

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