Tuesday, 24 November 2015


The latest quilt that I have completed is an art quilt named Firelight. It is mostly made of wool that I have needle felted on the embellisher machine. I have also added some thread painted trees, hand embroidery and finally I machine quilted it.

Firelight ©2015 Linda Steele

I had three weeks off from minding my grand-daughter in the last school holidays and I mostly made it then. I might have started it a bit before that.

I am not sure when I had the idea to make it but I did enjoy making the small version in my Seasons Crazy Quilt (that quilt is still not finished!). I blogged about that block last month on the 13th October, in my post called Fire Block.

Here is a photo of the little block as a reminder.
Fire Block
This little fire centre is only about 4" square so my latest quilt is much bigger. My Firelight quilt measures 38" wide x 25" high.

Here is a close up photo of the quilt.

Firelight detail
Here is a close up photo of the ground area.

Ground detail
I had so much fun making this quilt that it makes me want to make more art quilts.

I entered this quilt in the AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) exhibition; the theme was Fire and Light.  I was thrilled to be accepted because it is quite a prestigious exhibition.

I went to the official opening and was amazed at the beautiful display of quilts with so many different ideas and techniques. The quilts are professionally displayed in an art gallery style. My quilt looked much smaller than it did at home and I wish that I had made it twice the size. Although I didn't win a prize I was still proud to be among such a high standard of art quilts.

The exhibition is on at the Box Hill Town Hall Art Space, Maroondah Hwy, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia. Entry is free and it is on display until Dec 22nd. Click on the link above for the opening times.

You couldn't take any photos at the opening because they have produced a beautiful hard cover book of all the quilts. I will try and go back before the exhibition closes and see if I can take some photos then.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine

There is a lovely magazine available for people who are interested in Crazy Quilting and it's called Crazy Quilt Quarterly. A new issue has just been released and it's the Winter 2015 issue. It's an American magazine and so that is why it's the winter issue.

Pamela Kellogg, a well-known crazy quilter runs the magazine and she interviewed me a few months ago about my Christmas Crazy Quilt.

Christmas Crazy©2013 Linda Steele

The Crazy Quilting Quarterly is a really lovely magazine with lots of gorgeous photos of crazy quilting. It's 40 pages long and she has devoted 3 pages to my quilt and has lots of lovely close up photos of the blocks.

The magazine is only available on line and not in stores. You can buy a print version or just have a digital version that you can read on your computer or Ipad. It is $14.95 for a combined print and e-version or just $6.95 for the digital version only. The price is US dollars.

Here is the Link to Crazy Quilting Quarterly 

You can read about how I made my crazy quilt by clicking on some of my previous blog posts Designing Christmas Crazy and Christmas Crazy

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Happy Birthday Savannah

It's hard to believe that my first little granddaughter, Savannah is one year old. Where has that year gone?
I have been minding her during the week since she was five months old so I have got to know her very well. After a rough start we have got into a good routine and get on really well.
Even though she was going to have a proper party with family and friends on the weekend, I decided that we would have our own private party during the day.

This is how we started the day; she always likes to pretend to clean her teeth when I do.

Cleaning her teeth
Notice how clean and fresh she looks?

After lunch we had our little party and I helped her open one of her presents.

Opening presents
After singing Happy Birthday, she decided that she wanted a closer look at her cake.

I want that cake!
Her parents are quite strict with her and she doesn't usually eat cake or biscuits, but I had to let her have a bit of birthday cake.

She started off quite sedately and thought that this was something that she really liked. Then she decided that she really loved that cake and wanted to eat every crumb.

It took a long time to clean her off and clean the high chair!

She's such a dear little girl with such a sweet little personality. I suppose everyone thinks that about their grandchildren. I feel very lucky to have been able to spend this first year with her.

Happy Birthday, Savannah.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

President of Waverley Patchworkers

At the last Waverley Patchworkers AGM (Annual General Meeting) I became the new President. I originally thought that I would take on the role of Vice President and after twelve months of learning the ropes I would take over as President.
Imagine my surprise when the President told me that she had decided not to go on for a second year! So I went straight into being President and have to do a crash course on the job.

I have been a member of Waverley Patchworkers for 16 years and have spent three years on the committee in the past and I have run three of Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Shows and been on the committee for two other shows so I am not completely new to how things run at Waverley.

I am still the coordinator of the Waverley Art Quilters and a Valuer for Victorian Quilters so I will be busy especially as I do want to keep making quilts as well. This year is especially hectic as I am still minding my baby granddaughter four days a week. I must be mad to take on another job!

My main aim as President for the first year is to have a stable year and to get everyone in the club to know each other a little better.

Last week the International Quilt Festival was on in Houston and if you click here you can see the photos of the prize winners. I didn't have a quilt in the show this year but if I get a move on I might have a quilt finished for next year.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Crazy About Australia in Beijing

My Crazy About Australia quilt has recently travelled to Beijing, China. I was one of five Australian quilters invited to participate in the China International Tournament and Patchwork Arts Show.
Sue Dennis, another Australian quilter has been to China a couple of times now and has developed an affiliation and friendship with some quilters there. She was invited to mount an Australian exhibition and I was lucky enough to be included.

She has sent me some photos of my quilt in the Beijing exhibition.

Crazy About Australia is the first crazy quilt that I ever made, it's over 10 years old now. I think it is the first time that it has travelled overseas.

Here is a clearer photo of it.

Crazy About Australia ©2004 Linda Steele
This quilt is the only crazy quilt that I have made using only a single strand of embroidery thread. Single strand gives a very delicate effect but after I finished this quilt I started to use two strands of thread, so the embroidery stands out a bit more.

Here are a couple of close up photos of two of the blocks.

Fish block
Frog block
There are quite a few of these quilts floating around now because I have taught it many times as a block of the month quilt and a 2 day course at retreats. It was a popular class for me.

Thank you to Sue Dennis for inviting me to participate.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

APQ Christmas Edition

I know that it seems too early to talk about Christmas, but if we want to be prepared and make any presents or table-runners we actually should have already started on those. Thankfully I am not making anything like that this year, so I don't have to panic.

The Australian Patchwork and Quilting Christmas Edition Magazine, Vol 25 no. 5 has just been released.

 As well as some inspiring Christmas projects to make they have included a two page spread about my quilt Christmas Crazy on pages 58 and 59.

Stephanie Squadrito interviewed me earlier this year and she has done a wonderful job of changing my mundane words into something special.

Here is a photo of my quilt.

Christmas Crazy ©2013 Linda Steele
This is the last major quilt that I have finished; hopefully my newest quilt will be finished next year. Hooray!

Here is a detail photo from the top part of the quilt.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Fire Block

I am still busy making my Seasons quilt and one of the blocks is about a bush-fire, which is always a scary threat here in Australia in the summer.

I used a red pre-felt base which looks a bit like  wool felt but it has only been very lightly felted, so it is quite light and thin. I added some bits of wool roving to make a little fire scene.

Using the embellisher machine, I needle felted all the wool to make a fabric. An embellisher or needle-felting machine looks just like a sewing machine except you do not use any thread. Mine has 5 barbed needles that felt the wool rovings. When I was finished I was disappointed the resulting fabric looked too harsh and clunky.

It didn't look anything like the background that I hoped. I looked at the reverse side though and that was much better and far more subtle.

That was much more like the look that I was going for.

I placed the felted fabric in the middle of my crazy block and added some silk fabrics around it.

Fire- Crazy base block
I added some trees in stem stitch and then decided to go for an Australian theme and added some Australian animals. Here is the block completed.

Looking at the block now I realise that I could add some branches to the trees. That's one of the things with crazy quilts; you can usually keep adding stitches.

Bye for now,