We are hoping to see some of our members at the Sir Joseph Banks Centre on Bridge Street in Horncastle on the 20th of this month. We are being given a talk about the life and works of Banks as well as visiting the Sir Joseph Banks Garden and gift shop. This will be a great way to kickstart our next challenge and should provide us with plenty of inspiration for our “Banks” themed quilts. Please book in advance by contacting Karen Lane…..tickets are £5 each and husbands/partners and friends are welcome.
Click HERE to discover all about the Sir Joseph Banks Society.
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″)
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.
Joan Plummer has sent in a photograph of her 30cm x 40cm Newton quilt which is still in progress but looking great! Spanning Sir Isaacs life from birth to death, Joan is calling it “Snapshots of Isaac”.
Snapshots of Isaac By Joan Plummer
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.
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!