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 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.”
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.”
Thanks to Mary for sending in her Newton “work in progress”, this is just the sort of thing we need to give the rest of us a push! Mary is trying out a technique which is new to her, so making this a double challenge!
“Long way to go but here is the tentative start to my Sir Isaac quilt. It’s just the centre part, it will be landscape so lots more strips either side. Then more cutting up, re-sewing, appliqué, painting, stamping etc. Or maybe not………I may change my mind. I’ll see how it goes. It’s not exactly planned. I haven’t joined the strips with 1/4” seams, but overlapped the raw edges which I have discovered is much more difficult………they wander! Oh, and the inspiration is ‘The Mind of a Genius’.”
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.
Deborah Mullins has sent two images of her ingenious 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!