This is an update on my Newton quilt. I’ve taken my inspiration from the fact that Newton was an Alchemist….not something I had realised until I began my research into his life and work. I don’t know if it’s true but I read that he wrote more papers on the subject of Alchemy as he did any other. My design is along the lines of an Alchemy illustration and will have planets, cherubs and various other bits added. The large disc will eventually become a symbol for the Philosophers Stone and will have a prism radiating out from it……all sounds chaotic but I’m hoping I can pull it together!
Still a long way to go!
I’ve not yet had any experience of “blocking” a quilt but I can see it being necessary with this one to get it back into shape after all the quilting. Hilary Beattie has some wonderful YouTube tutorials about her work and one of those explains the process really well so I will have to give it a go.
This is very much “work in progress” with lots more appliqué to be added so it will look quite different by the time it’s finished.
This is an update photo showing how Mary’s quilt is coming on.
The Mind of a Genius is really starting to take shape.
The photos are coming in thick and fast! This one is from Gill Lewis who is in the enviable position of having finished her quilt by the look of it. Gill says…..”No title yet but the refraction speaks for itself”.
I’ve got to admit I’ve found the Isaac Newton challenge a difficult one to get my head around but at last I’m making a start.
Although I love doing my “tree” quilts I didn’t want this one to be all about that tree! So how about the planets? Or maybe Newtons cradle? I still wasn’t feeling it……..and then in an attempt to help me see things differently Pat Cave asked me to consider “what excites you”? Straight away the answer came……texture and line. Suddenly I knew exactly what I was going to do!
My chosen fabrics
My fabrics are fairly monotone but the overall effect will be very linear with various different textures added including metallic threads and metal trims…..at least that’s the idea!
…..by Mary Jackson.
Stages two and three of my quilt are complete, i.e. the background is sewn. I’m not worried that it is somewhat distorted since it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. I’m working on the basis of you have to break eggs to scramble them It’s all raw edges because I am overlapping rather than doing normal seams, so that means lots of ends, threads, frayed bits etc
The yellow bit is the ‘idea’ in the mind of a genius and is not supposed to be in the centre. Next step is to make some holes with facings.
Carole Hagan is the latest member to send in her “work in progress”. Carole says…….”Just thinking and playing with fabric and templates – the quilt will probably be called ‘Gravity’.
I have completely changed what I am doing after seeing some of the other quilts! One was too similar to my original thoughts.”
Gravity – work in progress by Carole Hagan
Please keep those images coming in so we can show folk what we are up to! The latest photos we’ve been sent are from Pat Sperr who says of her hand dyed, whole cloth quilt……”this is a photo of my Newton “work in progress”. It is based (loosely) on Newton’s discovery of light refraction, and will be called Fractured Light.”
Fractured Light by Pat Sperr
Detail from “Fractured Light”