Saturday, 20 April 2013

Sunny Saturday

Signs that spring is truly here at last as we have a lovely batch of frogspawn in the pond. I took this photograph earlier in the week, today the little fullstops are looking more like little commas.

However I cannot go long without mentioning my quilt progress. I drew up each panel to scale on squared paper and used this to cut out the fabric.

Some of you will be familiar with these images by now.

Here is the first draft pinned up on my design wall.

Meanwhile I have had a lovely two days with Ruth Issett at Art Van Go. This time we were working on fabric.  Although it doesn't show, the example below is printed on pale blue fabric.

We used fabric paint. Day one was very busy and a bit messy!

On day two we used our printed fabric to put together some little samples.

We chose one piece to work on.

Day two was busy too, but not so messy.  Ruth is an excellent tutor and very encouraging.

Back to that quilt. I printed the border with a foam block I made of a pattern of branches.

Below are all the panels ready to be stitched together  - first I have to iron down the leaves.
I'm thinking of including some words in one of the panels. I came across a wonderful passage from Sylvia Plath's book The Bell Jar.  My copy dating from the early seventies holds many memories as it belongs to a friend who was suffering with mental illness. Under very difficult circumstances we lost touch and I have never been able to return the book to him. The passage in the book refers to a fig tree. Esther, the central character is imagining herself sitting in a large fig tree filled with luscious fruit. Each fig represents a wonderful future; something she may become. However she is starving to death, sitting amongst the bounty as she cannot decide which fruit to choose, and they turn purple and drop, rotten, from the tree before she can make up her mind. I'll let you know what I decide.

Annoyingly my back is really playing up at the moment so I'm not sure when I shall be back at the sewing machine. I really want to be doing some work in the garden or out and about, but I'm afraid I haven't been able to do either.

Meanwhile here's Marvin looking a little bored.

I hope you're able to enjoy the spring weather. Have a good week.


Joanna said...

Sorry to read that your back has been playing up, I know how frustrating that can be. You have been very busy, considering. I really like your printed fabrics and how you're using them, very interesting.

I hope your frogspawn survives better than ours. We seem to have something lurking in the depths that eats ours.

Marvin is so handsome, even with his tongue sticking out!


ju-north said...

Good progress! Hope your back improves - maybe some warm weather would help!

Gina said...

I hope your back feels better soon Jill. Love the work from Ruth's class.

Printed Material said...

Like Gina, I love the work you did with Ruth too and that blue/citrus green piece is gorgeous. I have never read the Bell Jar. Knowing her sad end I suppose it to be very deep and your quote suggests it might be. I cannot wait to see what you decide and how it will look. Hope the back is getting better?

Maggi said...

I hope that your back is feeling better by now. Maybe a bit of warm sunshine will have done the trick. Quilt is looking good and I like the idea of using something from the Bell Jar.
The work you did in class is just gorgeous.

Emma said...

I don't imagine Marvin is in the least bit bored if he's any where near your studio, some lovely work going on. Go for some text, tho what a sad story!