We recently travelled to Cooran to celebrate my aunt Shirl's 80th birthday. She is such a hoot. I took an A5 artist's book and black pigment pen to the party - everyone was able to write something to Shirl. Last night I added the photos to match the well wishes and this morning created the journal cover. There's a coffee table book on its way from Snapfish - an awesome photo publishing site with the benefit of collecting your items from the nearest Kmart.
The piece of batik fabric, which represents the colours of the rain forest and the Clarence River in northern New South Wales, was marked with chalk lines to get a "guestimate" of the grid. The individual squares were filled with free motion design - using the Bernina Stitch Regulator. Off cuts of fabric were bound to the raw edges, top and bottom and a decorative stitch applied to secure the flaps.