Tuesday, 28 July 2015


There is never a good time to be sick but last week the timing was even worse than usual. I have been sick with a horrible cold and a hacking cough and am only just starting to get better.

 My daughter has had to make hasty alternative arrangements for someone else to mind my granddaughter, Savannah. We certainly don't want her to get sick again because she had a cold and ear infection last month.

My cold also meant that I was unable to go to the Victorian Quilters Showcase this year. I was very disappointed because I have never missed a show since I started quilting. So I have no photos to show of this year's show. I'll have to wait for the Vic Quilters magazine to see the photos of the winning quilts. I do know that Sugy Kim won Best of Show with her quilt A Journey to Nirvana and you can see a photo of her quilt and a list of the other prize winners on the Victorian Quilters Website.

I have been taking it easy trying to keep warm and get over the cold as quickly as possible. A friend of mine gave me series 1 and 2 of the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries which is an Australian series that has been a huge hit here.

The costumes are absolutely beautiful and the show is set in the 1920's so there are many Art Deco features in the sets. My daughter even gave me a Miss Fisher plate for Mother's Day.

I haven't just been watching the DVD's though, I have still been doing some sewing.

Hopefully this will be the last cold that I will catch this year, only one more month of winter to go and then the weather should start to warm up again.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Craft and Quilt Fair 2015

The Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair begins on Thursday 23rd July and ends on Sunday 26th. It is open from 9am to 4.30pm daily and is held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf.

It is always a wonderful event especially as the Victorian Quilters Showcase is held there every year.

I was helping Vic Quilters with the judging over the weekend and there is going to be such a wonderful display of quilts for you to see.

As well as the many shops and new quilts there is also the Best of Australia Quilts on Show and the AQC Challenge quilts - True Blue that we can enjoy again as well as many other displays.

Linda White- Best of Australia 2015
True Blue Mates- Yvonne Chapman
I'll be there on Sunday.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Melinda Harper Exhibition

The Waverley Art Quilters met at the Heide Museum of Modern Art to see the exhibition titled Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper.

Even at 10 o'clock in the morning it was very busy but the 12 of us managed to get seats in the Cafe for a coffee before we entered the exhibition.

As we entered the exhibition we were greeted with a riot of colour, it was quite overwhelming at first after being outside on a grey winter's day.

Melinda Harper

It didn't take long for us to adjust to the vibrant paintings and start to appreciate Melinda's dynamic work.

None of Melinda Harper's painting have names so they were all Untitled which was shame, but she has been so prolific, coming up with names for them all must have been too much.

Melinda Harper

Melinda Harper
You can see from the paintings how quilt like they are, especially when you consider the current trend of Modern Quilts, although the modern quilts tend to have more negative space.

Melinda Harper
My photos do not do these wonderful paintings justice because they are quite large and the colour can sometimes almost pulse with life.

Although Melinda Harper is known as a painter she also does screen printing and textiles and there was a room devoted to this work. 

Here are a couple of her embroideries, but they are still very much in her style.

Melinda Harper Embroidery

Melinda Harper Embroidery
We all felt so inspired after being surrounded by so many colourful paintings of squares, stripes, circles and triangles that it was almost sad to leave the exhibition.

Here is a photo of us having a wonderful time, although there are 4 of our members missing from the photo.

The Waverley Art Quilters

Don't we look gorgeous and happy? They are such a wonderful, supportive group of talented women and I am very glad to know them all.

The Works of Melinda Harper is on at the Heide Museum of Modern Art until the 25th October and so there is still plenty of time to see the exhibition if you live in Melbourne, Australia or are here for a visit.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Queensland Holiday part 2

Last week I wrote about our visit to the theme parks on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
 We also went to the Brisbane Art Gallery, it was a lovely sunny day and we walked around the beautiful and well set out Arts precinct. I really enjoyed the Art Gallery and saw works by artists we have studied with the Waverley Art Quilter's group. I can remember seeing a Margaret Preston and Sydney Long painting as well as many others.

My husband took a photo of me in a modern work called Woods 111 by Shigeo Toya, was an abstract forest.

Brisbane Art Gallery

One day we drove about an hour inland to Tamborine Mountain. It was a really beautiful area and we went on the Rain-forest Sky-walk which was a 1.5km walk through the rain forest as well as bridges that take you high into the tree canopies. Because it was winter none of the flowers or butterflies were out but it was still a lovely walk.

Tamborine Mountain Rain-forest
We also went on another walk that led to Curtis Falls, apparently you can hear Lyrebirds in the winter but we didn't. We were very excited to see a scrub turkey though.

Curtis Falls
We were very lucky to be in time for the glow worm caves tour, although you weren't allowed to take photos.

When people think of Queensland they think of the beaches and theme parks so it was good to explore another side of Queensland.

We walked on the beach that was across the road from our apartment most days and one evening I tried to get some sunset shots, because there was a really beautiful glow in the sky.

I always take some sewing away with me and often never get any done but I did do a little bit of sewing this trip. It looks funny to be sewing in sunglasses but it was very basic embroidery.

That's our holiday over, but I did come home feeling refreshed and very excited to get back to sewing, especially as it's the school holidays which means two weeks of sewing without having to mind Savannah. As much as I love her she does restrict my sewing time.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Holiday In Queensland

I have had so many friends on holidays overseas this winter that I was beginning to get envious. Everyone needs a holiday every so often and last week it was my turn. I didn't go overseas but I did venture further north to some warmer weather.

We went to the Gold Coast which is about an hour's drive south of Brisbane which is the capital city of Queensland. It was so much warmer although it is still winter up there we had a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius instead of 12 degrees here in Melbourne.

We had a lovely apartment right across the road from the beach.

Gold Coast Beach
Although it was too cool for swimming we went for walks along the beach most days and water was quite warm.

My youngest son and his girlfriend came with us so we went to the Theme Parks which are a big tourist attraction up there.

I loved Sea World and could have spent more time there. They have everything so beautifully displayed and really care about the sea creatures.

We saw the penguins first.

There was a penguin slightly sectioned off with a baby penguin and while I was standing there another penguin stood on the other side of the little fence and the two adults seemed to be kissing each other. They both stretched up the necks and then brought their beaks together and stood like that for ages.

Kissing Penguins
I am sure they must have been the mother and father of the little baby.

We saw lots of Sea Lions and there is a big Polar Bear enclosure but the bears were very sleepy when we were there.
Sea Lion

Sea World has a huge fish enclosure that seemed to house so many fish. It was mesmerising.

I think I enjoyed it especially because I am currently making an underwater themed quilt and there was inspiration everywhere.

When we came out of the huge aquarium there were some shallow pools with starfish and coral that you were allowed to touch.

Star Fish
The starfish felt really hard almost like concrete, but the Sea Cucumbers were the softest thing I have ever felt.

Sea Cucumber
The last thing we did was watch the wonderful dolphin show. I tried to get a photo with the dolphins all up in the air but by the time I took the photo they were on the way down.

Dolphin Show
We also had a day at Movie World.
The family actually got me to go on the Scooby Doo Spooky Roller coaster saying that it was more fun than scary.
My son and his girlfriend went on the ride 3 times. Once was enough for me, I was sure that I would fall out of the cart. I don't know how people can go on those really big roller coasters.

We stayed until the end when they had the Grand Parade down Main Street and we saw all the Warner Brother and Batman characters.

It was a fun couple of days and we did do more than go to the theme parks and I tell you all about them in the next post.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Connecting Design to Stitch- Architecture

Last month the Waverley Art Quilters were researching ways to use Architecture in an art quilt. We are using Sandra Meech's book Connecting Design to Stitch as a guide.

Architectural inspiration can be found in arches, alleyways, bridges, modern skyscrapers or sculpture.

Sandra Meech suggests that we consider reflections in windows, textures on distressed door panels or even patterns on a construction site.

I loved the photo I took of the Sydney Opera House last year but I would be more interested in making a quilt about the reflections on the water than the architecture of the building, as lovely as it is.

After going through the many photos of buildings that I have taken, I realise that I was not really interested in making a quilt with a building as a subject matter. I am more interested in the details on the building, or the gates, the ornamental tiles and wall decorations.

Here are some photos that I took in the Dunedin Railway Station in New Zealand. They could be inspiration for an applique quilt or a quilting design.

I have used Architecture as inspiration last year when I made a small quilt about Flinders Street Station. Instead of using the building, I used the clocks that are on the front of the building as a more abstract subject.

Flinders Street Station ©2014 Linda Steele
I also used the Easter Island Statues as inspiration for a small Art Quilt.

Easter Island parade © Linda Steele
I am finding the research into the various topics very interesting.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


I am making a Crazy Quilt with a Seasons theme and I decided to try and recreate an Autumn Fog or mist.

I got out all my scraps of red wool and scrim and started building up some ground onto a piece of water soluble fabric to look like autumn leaves that have already fallen.

Then I added some thread snips to look like twigs and dead leaves.

To help blend it all together I put a piece of red organza over the top.

I put a piece of wash away Solvy over the top and free motion stitched it to hold it all together.

When I had finished stitching, I washed away the water soluble Solvy by immersing it into a bowl of water. I squeezed the excess water out with some paper towel and left it flat to dry.

To make the background, I sponged some paint to represent trees onto some silk fabric. I used some green and gold paint and did a rough drawing of where I would embroider some trees.

After I had embroidered the trees in a pale colour to represent the trees that were to be in the distance, I placed a piece of organza over the top to give a misty, foggy feel.

Then I embroidered the trees that were in the foreground a darker colour.

I think that it does look a bit misty and foggy! I added some hand embroidery over the top of the red to look like like autumn leaves.

It was fun to play around with wool and water soluble fabric and I would like to do more of it.

Bye for now,