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Newton Quilts at Alford Manor House…

LINQS first exhibition of the Sir Isaac Newton Quilts at Alford Manor House, May Bank Holiday weekend, was very well received by visitors.  Some ladies were so impressed they have now become members of the group and are looking forward to joining in with our next challenge.  Here are a few images showing the collection on display…..

I don’t have close up images of all the finished quilts but here are a few to be going on with…..I will add all of the others when they are displayed at our next exhibition in Waltham at the end of August.

Gravitree by Jean Proud (30″ x 40″)


The Farm by Christine Espinosa (30″ x 40″)


Alchemy by Karen Lane (30″ x 40″)


Apple! What Apple? by Barbara Smith (30″ x 40″)


Attraction, Not Fatal by Stargazey Quilters (30″ x 40″)


…by Sheila Evans (30cm x 40cm)

Wordsearch by Deborah Mullins


Gravity by Carole Hagan (30″ x 40″)


Woolsthorpe Manor by Pat Cave (30cm x 40cm)


Prisms and Apples by Dreda Farmer (30″ x 40″)


Newton’s Theories of Revolving Orbits by Wendy Skinner (one of a series of three quilts 30cm x 40cm)


Gravity by Molly Elton-Bott (30″ x 40″)


No Title Yet…..

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”.


Sir Isaac Newton Quilts…..

Our Isaac Newton Challenge is gaining momentum and I would like to have more images of your quilts, either “work in progress” or “finished” work, to feature here on the website.  The first two quilts to be revealed are from Joan and Deborah.

Jean Proud has sent this image of her beautiful representation of the famous apple tree in the garden of Newtons home, Woolsthorpe Manor.

Newtons famous Apple tree

Newtons famous Apple tree

Deborah Mullins has sent two images of her ingenious Newton “Word Search” Quilt.

Sir Isaac Newton Worsearch Quilt

Sir Isaac Newton Word Search Quilt

Deborah says…”I wanted to create something that would detain people, make them want to stand in front of it and scrutinise it, rather than just wander past. So I chose to create a word search about Sir Isaac Newton, his work, his contacts and his life. There was so much material to choose from, enjoyable research to find some more obscure aspects of his work, and a bit of fun putting the word search together. There are 30 words to find, which can be put on the ‘label’ next to the quilt – some obvious, others a bit trickier”. What a great idea!

Deborah Mullins Quilt Detail

Out and Onto the Canvas…..

… Lynn Carr.

“Out and Onto the Canvas” is the title of the quilt made through a process of collaboration by the seven members of Textile Lincs. Hopefully you can see what the concept of the quilt is all about. David Hockney used his observation skills and through his painting skills transformed what he saw to give new life to his subjects in his distinctive painting style. Through fabrics, threads and using our own skills we aimed to capture some of the essences of his work. However, making a group piece is not necessarily an easy thing to do. As anyone in LINQS  will know, there are many considerations and decisions to be made in our own individual pieces, but in a group piece everyone has to be involved and everyone has to be happy about the final outcome.

All members were involved in the early stages of deciding just what would be our subject. We wanted to show something of the diverse images of Hockney’s work; we wanted cohesion in the colour palette and yet we didn’t want to produce individual squares and sew them together. Sounds easy when said in so few words, but getting there took a lot of talking and a lot of googling! One thing we decided early on was that the colour palette would be based on The Arrival of Spring.

Hockneys work "Tge Arrival of Spring" was the inspiration for the quilts colour scheme.

The colour scheme was based on Hockney’s work “The Arrival of Spring”.

Then, as often happens after much talking in the early stages of a project, we decided, “Well, we have to start somewhere”, and so we each went home to choose a painting that interested us and convey it in fabrics and threads. At our next meeting all these pieces came together for consideration as to what worked and what didn’t in the overall image. You will see imagery inspired by Hockney’s wood paintings, his fields and furrows of Yorkshire, his dancers and his totem motif.

Having selected the images to go into the final piece, we then arranged them within the overall size of 30 x 40 inches and discussed what was needed to bring the whole piece together. This was achieved by using stitchery and fabric collage, again using our chosen colour palette. Both hand stitching and machine stitching were used throughout and a variety of fabrics such as cottons, silks and velvets.

As you can imagine “Out and Onto the Canvas” has travelled a few miles already between members’ locations at Lincoln, Grantham, Spalding and our meeting place of Sleaford. It truly has been a collaborative project and even though one of our members lives outside of Lincolnshire and so was precluded from joining in on the stitching, she was very much involved in group discussions, the final design and the many considerations to be made along the way. Other members involved were Lorraine Appleton, Lynn Carr, Angela Daymond, Anne Dolan, Jenny Harrison and Krisztina Theisler. We hope you enjoy the final outcome.

Three Green Waves…..

……by Sandra Goldsborough.


DH Quilt by Sandra Goldsborough

Three Green Waves with Orange Sand

The title of my DH Quilt is “Three Green Waves and Orange Sand” which was inspired by the painting that Hockney did in 1989.  I originally intended making it a lot more textured and using many more fabrics and have some lovely green dyed scrim I was going to use.  I also meant to include quite a bit of hand stitching and embellishment.   I have had limited time to do it and, to be honest, am basically more comfortable using fabrics already printed so I choose to reproduce the image from my (fairly large) stash!

I made my pattern, altering the proportions as necessary, to produce a 30 x 40cm quilt.  I found the suitable fabrics and machined the “waves” in place on top of the sand and sea background. I then machine quilted on top of the bonded fabrics using a straight stitch and walking foot (it is not free machine quilted).  I then wanted to add some more colour and got out my Faber-Castell Gelatos which I bought from Hilary Beattie at last year’s Festival.  I had never used them before but found they produce the effect I wanted.  I used them dry but they are water soluble so suitable for either technique. I can imagine they will have lots of uses so thank you Hilary!

You can see Sandra’s work in progress on this quilt here

Abstract woodland….

… Sheila Evans.

My DH quilt was inspired by all of Hockney’s tree paintings. I could not choose just one to base by design on so I did a kind of abstract piece. I used Oakshott fabric for the background. The appliqué trees were applied using Heat ‘n Bond and heavy machine embroidery with some couching to add depth and the quilted background was created with hand stitching.

My finished quilt…..

… Jacky Hopkin

This is my finished quilt for the DH Challenge.

I decided from the start that my piece would be 30″x40″ and would be embellished.

I chose the 24th V.N.PAINTING IN OIL 1992 for it’s wonderful colour and design, and because our requirements were not far off the originals size of 24” x 36”.

I drew mine larger than the original size onto homemade graph paper and traced and cut out the shapes for my templates as I went along.

 The fabric was wool tops and other wool fibres. I began embellishing each section onto medium weight wadding, and cut out them out roughly using the templates. Fitting the pieces together was done with tongue in cheek and very slow, as I had to lightly embellish and hand sew and finally machine stitch into place onto a strong backing. I was aware that any shrinkage at this point meant starting some parts again. I lightly added more embellished shading.

Just a point to mention, I couldn’t bondaweb or stick pieces into place as that would have prevented extra embellishing and hand sewing. I needed a lot of movement to adjust as I went along. I machine quilted very slowly all over, using different threads before backing with a black cotton fabric, and using minimal outline quilting .

The whole experience was a huge and exciting learning curve with my embellisher.

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