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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.

Update on my Newton…..

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!

Work in progress on my Isaac Newton quilt

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.

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

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

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