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Work in Progress…..

The latest photo to come in is from Sandra Goldsborough showing her “work in progress” which is a collage of photographs including some which she took on her visit to Woolsthorpe Manor.

Sandra’s collage of photographs.


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”.


Making a start…..

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 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… least that’s the idea!

Update on The Mind of a Genius…..

… 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

Gravity – work in progress by Carole Hagan

Fractured Light…..

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

Fractured Light by Pat Sperr

Fractured Light by Pat Sperr

Detail from “Fractured Light” 

The Mind of a Genius…..

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!

Can you tell what it is yet........?

Can you tell what it is yet……..?

“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’.”

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