Block 1 – Tree 1

I have decided that this time I am going to work in blocks as some may well  be experiments and/or new tryings on my part.   I have a sense of the overall theme but  realise that it is a huge one and encompasses so much on all sorts of different levels, elements etc and I don’t want to limit myself in any way.  My initial feeling is that once I have created lots of blocks I can then piece them together in various ways to see what works best, if they work at all, together.  What I really want to do is to just enjoy the process of this wonderful medium, a slow, slow cloth  – suits my being at present very well.

I have made the first block although it is not complete – if it becomes part of the/a whole it will have more stitching to link it with others to which it is joined.  Whilst making quilties (5″x5″ creations) over the past year or so I have often woven strips of fabric to make the ground.  I really love the effect of this and have used it for this first block and am using it on the second, which is in process – i am thinking weaving will be an essential part of this project as Gaia always speaks to me of web weaving both literally and metaphorically.

Strips of linen cut for weaving the ground:

these were attached to calico, basted  into place:

stitching then began:

the tree comes from a dress which I have had for more than twenty years – a gift from a friend – i love the design of it and although  it is not actually a tree within the design of the fabric, cut out it looks like one to me:


the finished for now block which measures 12″x12″:


About Jill An artist inspired by nature in all her glorious guises and the ‘inner’ worlds I have inhabited in the past, present and future; also those of other wanderers I meet along the way.
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8 Responses to Block 1 – Tree 1

  1. Lori says:

    It was be fascinating to see how this evolves.

  2. I LOve the look of this. It is so satisfying to incorporate pieces of garments into quilts. I made my youngest son a scrap quilt and included some pieces of my old skirts into it. It makes it special to have a piece of something beautiful that was a gift from a friend. I’m looking forward to watching this evolve.

  3. Sally says:

    You make it look so easy…but I’m not fooled! I can see how much time you have put into this. I love your tree! I can’t wait to see block 2.

  4. kvwordsmith says:

    amazing work & the results are so remarkable – you start with scraps and make something that looks alive…I am in awe

  5. cydlee61 says:

    Oh this is just lovely!

  6. jude says:

    hey, i see you have tried the quilt weaving process, looks great!

  7. traveller says:

    I’m sure this will be yet another wonderful piece, Jill.

  8. Becky says:

    What you say about Gaia weaving reminds me of a song about Old Woman weaving. I wish I could remember it properly, or the words. Maybe you know the one I mean? If not I’ll track it down for you.

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