Sunday, 11 November 2012


Thanks for sticking with me in my quilt making.  I have finished piecing the quilt top and I am now ready to layer it with wadding and backing and start the actual quilting.

Quilt top

I ended up adding some extra paint to the motifs as I felt the new print block I had made (below) looked a bit too much like a Christmas decoration.  It was a bit laborious but worth it, as the little antler shapes were bugging me.  After all the effort I had put into the design I knew if would really annoy me if I did not tweak them. The difference is slight but is more like my original idea.

I have been exploring the photographs I took at the Luton Hoo walled garden when I had an artist's pass.  The scheme is still going, but I do have a lot of photographs so haven't renewed my subscription. There are a selection on my Flickr site if you're interested. There is so much of interest there and I hope to be able to use the inspiration for some future textile work.

These are studies of old finial posts that had been saved, but what really fascinates me is the fig trees that are trained up against the wall in the old glasshouses.

I've been playing with the levels on some of  pictures.

Winter figs

Spring figs

And just to finish, another page from my sketchbook.

I'm looking forward to a couple of days workshop with Ruth Issett, so I'm not sure I'll get much quilting done!
Hope you have a good week.


Clare Wassermann said...

Ruth Issett! You lucky girl! I adore your figs....all of them

ju-north said...

Love the richness of the colours you use! You'll be using more with Ruth I!

Robbie said...

What an interesting array of pictures!!! They are all great!!! Nicely done!

menopausalmusing said...

I am particularly loving your sketchbooks and the way that the illustrations on one page go slightly onto the next. The purple and orange fig sketchbook page just "sings"!

Printed Material said...

Love the sketchbook drawings of the finials and the figs. I adore messing around with the levels on photos and adding filters etc and think that one of the winter figs is glorious. Enjoy your Ruth Issett workshop and please show us all the colourful stuff you're bound to produce in it!

marigold jam said...

Love it all! Were you always this clever or is it a recent skill? I am in awe!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Great images Jill - love your photos and drawings of the figs. Lesley x

emma-alittlebitofeverything said...

Your quilt is fabulous & your tweeking worked beautifully. I love figs too but what a wall behind them! You've made a lovely drawing but I really love the ash tree & pine from your previous post, such sensitivity - now you will always be able to see them. I'm worried the Ash is related to the Rowan...

Amelia said...

wow - creative industriousness! I've been having a blog catch up because I've been out of the loop for what seems a very long time :0 great to see so much artistic creativity.