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″:


2 responses

  1. i love how you share the creative process with us, thanks Jill.

  2. I am awe of what you achieve Jill. Your creative well is producing stunning pieces. Just gorgeous!

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