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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Victorian Quilters Gathering at Deniliquin

Last weekend I drove up to Deniliquin in NSW for the Victorian Quilters Spring Gathering.

Me with my quilt Naturally Crazy


I was asked to be the guest speaker and so my car was packed with 3 suitcases of quilts.



The tiny suitcase on the left was my clothes, the big ones held the quilts.

The meeting was held in a beautiful old church.

The Church hall

Behind the hall was a picturesque lake.



The room was packed as quilters came from lots of nearby country towns; it was a very friendly meeting.

The committee and members of the Deniliquin quilters had gone to so much trouble to make it a fun day with door prizes and raffle prizes and the most delicious morning and afternoon tea.


There were two large tables of scones for morning tea and two large tables of mixed cakes for afternoon tea. Those ladies certainly know how to cook!

After lunch it was my time to be guest speaker, the ladies were very kind and many told me that they enjoyed hearing my quilting story.

Me as guest speaker

I was lucky enough to have dinner one night with local couple Audrey and John. John cooked up a delicious dinner and dessert for me and the Vic Quilters President, Marie. I had to get a photo taken with Audrey and Marie. Audrey is in the middle and she's looking very serious in the photo but she was a kind and gracious host.

Audrey, Marie and I
 As well as guest speaker I was also there as Vice President of Victorian Quilters. We got a photo with the Vic Quilters committee members who made the trip up there with the Deniliquin committee members.

Committee members
I am so glad that we took the time for the photos because so often we forget these things.

It was a wonderful weekend and the weather was perfect. Thank you to the Deniliquin Quilters for a wonderful day and great memories.

I didn't have a couple of quilts with me because they were in America but one came back when I got back home. In the box was a lovely ribbon for winning 3rd prize in the Paducah Fall Show.

The Bleaching with its ribbon


Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Crazy Quilt Calendar 2019

I was asked by crazy quilter Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs to design and sew a Christmas block for her 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar.

Here is the block that I made for the calendar.

Christmas Crazy by Linda Steele


I used red silk fabrics to foundation piece the background and then started adding the motifs with hand embroidery.

Embroidering the motifs

I didn't take any other step by step photographs; as usual I was so busy and running from one deadline to another that I was just happy to get this block done in time.

Here are some detail photos.





I decided to quilt it because it look so wrong and unfinished without the quilting to me.

The calendar is now available for sale from Pam Kellogg.


The front of the calendar has a block by Shirlee Fassell. I had a look at her blog and she does some beautiful work.

Here is the January page, a beautiful block by Betty Pillsbury

January by Betty Pillsbury


It is a lovely calendar; on the back is a snapshot of all the blocks in the calendar.

Back of calendar

It would be a lovely Christmas present for a friend or just get one for you! The calendars are available through Magcloud


The people who sewed blocks for the calendar are Shirley Fassell, Betty Pillsbury, Suzy Quaife, Kathleen Klein, Nicki Lee Seavey, Karen Guthrie, Pam Peugh, Sandra Visser, Brenda Sandusky, Angela Grasse, Lisa Boni, Heather Brighton and me Linda Steele.

I don't know some of the other names; I'll have to look them up.

Pamela Kellogg produces crazy quilt calendars every year and I have had them before but this is the first time I have been included in her Crazy Quilt Calendar.

If you are interested in purchasing one you can find them at
http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me


Bye for now,
Linda

Monday, 1 October 2018

Master Class with Ricky Tims

Last week my friend Jill and I drove down to Geelong to do a one day Master Class with famous USA Quilter and Teacher Ricky Tims.

Here is Ricky in action, I was lucky to have a front row seat.

Ricky Tims

He projected lots of step by step photos on a big screen behind him but we were also given a syllabus with notes and step by step photos.

Master class Syllabus


Ricky was very generous and signed our books and put up with us taking his photo. Here I am with Ricky.

Ricky and I


I also got a photo with my friend Jill in it as well.

Jill, Ricky and me

Jill is doing an online photography course with Ricky and has recently been on a photography tour to Ireland with him, so she knows him quite well. Ricky Tims is a busy man.


Ricky had a few of his quilts hanging around the room and he said we can photograph them and touch them as much as we like.

Ricky's Self Portrait

Bohemian Rhapsody detail

Bohemian Rhapsody detail 2

Because Jill is a keen photographer we went down to the beautiful Geelong foreshore to take some photos. Geelong is well known for its many bollards so I took photos of a couple of them.

Band Bollard

Life Saver Bollard

Jill took a photo of me that makes it look as if I am in one of those water globes.

Greetings from Geelong

I was only using my phone to take photos but I got some nice reflections under the pier.

Pier Reflections

The water was a beautiful colour and the boats looked magnificent shining in the sun.

Boats

It started to get dark and on the way back to the car I got a lovely photo of the other side of the pier.

Pier reflections at dusk
It was a great short get away and Jill was great company. Jill has asked me if I'd be interested in going on some other photo shoots with her, maybe I'll get better with my photography!

The Ricky Tims Master Class was hosted by the Geelong Patchworker's Guild and they did a marvellous job. The venue was fantastic and morning and afternoon tea and lunch was provided and of an excellent quality. We also received a goody bag on arrival and were made to feel very welcome.

Ricky encouraged us to get on with our quilting and enjoy every second of it and pursue our goals, I felt very inspired after the class.

Bye for now,
Linda

Thursday, 13 September 2018

AQS Fall Paducah 2018

I seem to be having a lucky run at the moment because this week I got an email saying that I had won a prize in the American Quilters Fall Paducah Show.




I couldn't believe it; I haven't won a prize in the AQS shows for years.

Yesterday I got the good news that my quilt The Bleaching had won 3rd place in the Pictorial Wall category. What an honour and a thrill.



The quilt is about how Coral Reefs are suffering with higher temperatures which is causing the coral to bleach or lose colour and turn white, after a while it dies. I wanted a happy ending to the story though, so in the last section it is the reef regenerating.


Here are some detail photos.






I really enjoyed making this quilt and I'm happy that many others seem to like it as well.

Bye for now,
Linda

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Best News

We've had an exciting time around here as we have welcomed a new little bundle into our family. My daughter Bec and her husband Andrew had a new baby girl and they've called her Anna.

Anna

I am lucky that they live very close to me and so I got the call at 3 o'clock in the morning that Bec was in labour and I went over to stay at their house to mind big brother Jack so Andrew could be at the birth.

Here is the family just a few hours after the birth. They look pretty good for not much sleep!



My husband and I went back again that evening for a little cuddle.



I have been going over every day to help Bec out, I am mainly playing around with Jack while Anna is feeding. Jack has been looking forward to my visits because Mummy always seems to be busy with the baby. Poor little Jack has only just turned 2 and is always asking us to put the baby down!

Little cousin Savannah who is now 3 1/2 came over for a cuddle.



Everyone was over at my place for Father's Day last Sunday and I tried to get a photo of me with the 3 grandchildren, but it was like herding cats. This is the best photo, Jack did not want to sit down and have his photo taken.



Here is Anna having her 2 week old photo I can't believe she will be 3 weeks old in a couple of days, the weeks are flying by in a blur.

Anna 2 weeks old
So I am not getting any sewing done but I love that I am able to help my daughter out at this busy time.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Uluru 2018

I spent a wonderful week up in Uluru (Ayer's Rock) and in my last post,
 Sewing up a Storm in the Desert,  I wrote about the classes that I did while I was staying up there.

I also did lots of tours and sightseeing, we packed a lot into that week!


I stayed with Marion another Waverley Patchworkers member at the Desert Gardens Hotel and she was a good companion for the week.


We had paid to have the buffet breakfast every morning and we had most of our evening meals in the bistro as well. We were certainly well fed!

I had wanted to go up to Uluru for many years and I could hardly believe that I was actually there. One of the first things we did was the Uluru Sunrise tour.

Uluru at Sunrise

You can see the magnificent glowing colour that happens at sunrise when you compare it to the photo above of me in front of the rock during the day. It is really hard to judge how big the rock actually is but it is huge and there is nothing else around it. It is quite a breath taking and magical sight. The tour leader told us that Uluru is bigger than the Eiffel Tower.

We also went to see the Field of Light display. It is a spectacular display of coloured lights by artist Bruce Munro and you walk through it at night. It is very cold at night so we all had our warm coats on.

Field of Light Display
As you can see from my photo it was very hard to photograph it was more about the experience but my friend Sue de Vanny brought her large camera and she said I could use one of her photos.

Sue de Vanny's photo of Field of Light

I didn't have a window seat on the plane flying in so I went on a 45 minute helicopter tour to see the area from the air.



I was in the front seat right next to the pilot so it was very exciting.

Here is a photo of Uluru from the air.

Uluru from the helicopter

There is another big rock up there or rather a set of many rocks called Kata Tjuta, which means many heads (It used to be called the Olgas). It is almost as magnificent as Uluru and Marion and I went on a sunset tour. Here is a photo before sunset and you can see the magnificent blue sky we enjoyed. I have never seen such blue skies and we didn't see a cloud the entire week.

Kata Tjuta

Here I am in front of Kata Tjuta at the beginning of Sunset.



Look at the magnificent colour when the sun finally goes down.

Kata Tjuta Sunset
It was quite magical and we didn't want to leave.

As well as the Uluru sunrise tour, we did the sunset tour with all the other Sewing up a Storm delegates. I have not done anything to the photo below; it is exactly how it looked.

Uluru at Sunset

The tutors took the chance to have a photo together too.

The Tutors

On the last night we went on the Sounds of Silence dinner. I haven't mentioned the wonderful starry sky that you get at night up there. It was just as amazing as Uluru. I didn't have the right camera or lens to take a photo of the night sky but it was inky black with millions of stars and the milky way was so clear. It was absolutely beautiful.

Sounds of Silence Dinner
As well as delicious food we had someone showing us the star constellations and he also pointed out the planets, it was very interesting.

It was a lovely diner but it was bittersweet because we knew we were going home the next day. Here I am celebrating with Sue de Vanny.

Sue and I

Here was my last look at Uluru before darkness fell.

Uluru at dusk
There really is something magical about the area and I am so glad that I got there at last. Caroline Sharkey is going to run another Sewing up a Storm in the Desert in 2020 and I highly recommend that you join in. People came from all over Australia as well as a couple from overseas. Many women took their husbands along as well. My husband didn't want to come for he is very busy at work but I know he would've enjoyed it.

Bye for now,
Linda