Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Houston Silent Auction 2017

Once again I have been invited by the International Quilt Festival or better know as the Houston Quilt Show to participate in their annual silent auction. It is an honour to be asked and I am happy to help as it is a major fund raiser for them and they do so much to promote quilting around the world.

My quilt named The Bleaching has been accepted into the show and so I thought I would make a small quilt with a coral reef theme.

Unfortunately I didn't take any progress photos as I was in a rush to get it made on time.

Here is the top finished before quilting.

The Coral Reef top

Because of time constraints this quilt is all done by machine, I didn't have the time to do the hand embroidery that is done on some of my other Coral Reef quilts.

Then I pin basted it.

Then it was time for the machine quilting.
It didn't take very long to quilt because it is 16" wide by 22 ½" high.

The Coral Reef ©2017 Linda Steele

Here are a couple of detail photos.

I hope someone likes my little quilt and bids on it. 

Houston has had some very bad floods and storms lately and we have been assured that all our quilts are safe on the 5th floor and told that Texans are very resilient and the show will go ahead. I wish them all well; we have watched the devastating scenes on TV in Australia and can hardly believe the tough times that they have gone through.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Hokusai Exhibition

There is a wonderful exhibition of works by Hokusai at the NGV ( National Gallery of Victoria).

Hokusai was a Japanese artist born in October 1760 and died in May 1849. You might think that you have never heard of him but his woodblock print of the Great Wave is known worldwide. It is hard to see in the photo but there are some people in boats and the work is to show how nature is mightier than us.

The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai
 As usual the foyer of the gallery is decorated with big posters of the current exhibition and as we arrived we were greeted by colourful animated posters of Hokusai.

It is a huge exhibition and I was surprised that there are so many writings by Hokusai and so we can follow his thoughts and ideas as we view the exhibition.

It is well documented that the Impressionist painters were influenced by Hokusai and other Japanese artists, so I was very surprised to read that Hokusai was inspired by the European art that he saw.

One of the things that struck me the most was his beautiful use of negative space. We don't need to fill every space.

He also loved the theatre and plays and did many of the illustrations for them; the one below was of a puppet show.

He was famous for working in a series and one room was full of his waterfall artworks. Another series was 36 views of Mt Fuji. I bought a postcard of one of them.

Many of them had that dark line of blue across the top and it really gave depth to the prints and look at the water, there is so much movement in it. Apparently he drew every day and he really was a master of carving woodblocks. 

Toward the end of his life he concentrated on flowers and birds and I bought a postcard of one because I really liked the composition.

Peonies and Canary by Hokusai

My favourite room apart from seeing the Great Wave was a room of art inspired by poetry. I was so fascinated that I forgot to take any photos. The translation of the poetry was written next to each work and they were mostly about love lost, found or unrequited, they were delicate little verses and I really loved them. 

I might have to go back and take some more photos.

In the gift shop I bought some postcards and also a notebook with the Great Wave on the front.


The exhibition is on until October 15th, so there is still plenty of time to see it.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

I've been quilting for 20 years!

I have recently joined the Victorian Quilters committee and the editor of the magazine asked me to write a paragraph about my quilting likes etc. While I was wondering what to write it occurred to me to work out how long I have been quilting, I was surprised to realise that it was 20 years ago that I went along to my first beginners class. I didn't really know what a quilt was back then and I had booked into the class not knowing what the quilt even looked like.

I still have that first quilt and have very fond memories of making it because I was hooked from the first lesson.

My first Quilt

I had no idea how much quilting would take over my life. I have made many quilts and done many classes over the years. After about 6 years of following patterns I started to design my own quilts and then the obsession really began.

I have joined the Vic Quilters committee because I am taking on the role of Showcase Coordinator! Yes, I am actually taking on the running of our state quilt show.

At the Vic Quilters Annual General meeting earlier this month I was awarded my Judges Certificate.

Last year I was awarded my teaching certificate.

I have also been a Quilt Appraiser for a number of years. I certainly didn't set out to achieve these things, they just sort of happened along the way.

Quilting has been a wonderful part of my life and I have made many friends over the years. I wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn't gone along to that class 20 years ago?

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

My Crazy Blocks

The Southern Cross Crazies Round Robin is over and I have received my blocks back. I sent off 5 base blocks earlier this year and one by one they have been embroidered by the other participants and now I have them back.

It was supposed to be a tone on tone round robin which means that the embroidery should be in the same colours as the base block, I said that they could do whatever they wanted. It's fun to look at what they have done. Everyone has a different style.

By Alison

By Florence

By Maureen B

By Maureen T

By Patti

I don't have any plans for the blocks; they will go into the pile with the previous round robins that I have participated in. One day when I get enough I might get them out and put them all into a quilt.

I got a surprise in the mail the other day, Florence had been dyeing some laces and she sent me some. What a kind thing to do.

Laces from Florence

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Crazy Quilting Round Robin completed

I have finally posted off the blocks in the last round of the Round Robin 2017 for the online group the Southern Cross Crazies.
The last block that I had to embroider was for Florence. Her blocks were a lovely blue/green silk. This is the block that I chose to work on.

Because this is the last round I got to see all the blocks that the others in the group had done.

I've been with this group for a few years now and I can guess who has made which block because everyone has their own style.

I picked out the ribbons and threads that I thought I'd use and got to work.

As I was working I was thinking about what the others had done and realized that they had all stuck to the tone on tone theme. That means that you only use the colours that are in the base block. Florence had asked us to stick to the tone on tone theme and so I realized that I couldn't use the orange and yellow threads that I had picked out for some contrast.

I found it a bit of a challenge at first because I am used to using lots of colours and I love the pop of the complementary colour, which is the opposite colour on the colour wheel. As I worked away I came to terms with the tone on tone theme and ended up loving the more subtle look.

I have since heard from Florence and she loved the block that I made for her. I had sent her a photo of the block and she said that it looks even more beautiful in person! Thanks Florence.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Vic Quilters Showcase 2017

I had a wonderful time at the Victorian Quilters Showcase last week, I loved looking at the wonderful quilts, catching up with friends and of-course doing some shopping.

Best of Show was won by Sugy Kim with her original, machine pieced and hand quilted quilt named Colourful Retina.

Colourful Retina by Sugy Kim

Here is a photo of Sugy in front of her wonderful quilt. I know Sugy and she is a lovely soft spoken, gracious lady.

Sugy Kim

Runner up to Best of Show was Cameo Rose by Elizabeth Allen.

Cameo Rose by Elizabeth Allen
Here is a close up photo of the quilt so you can see some detail.

Cameo Rose detail
For some reason the background looks white but it was actually a pale pink, it must have been something to do with the lighting when I took the photo.

Chris Serong was the Profile a Quilter this year and her display of mainly traditional quilts was stunning.

Here is Chris in front of her quilts.

Chris Serong and her quilts
Chris Serong's quilts were all very traditional so her modern quilt really stood out.

Hexagon Flower by Chris Serong

I took a lot of photos, far too many to put up on my blog but here are a few to give you an idea of the show.

Agapanthus by Linda Crouch, a miniature quilt won Excellence in domestic machine quilting; her applique was very special as well.

Agapanthus by Linda Crouch

The retaining the Tradition Award was won by Noelene McGuren for her quilt Alex's Journey.

Alex's Journey by Noelene McGuren

It was made up of lots of little squares on point.

Alex's Journey by Nolene McGuren detail

I was facing Allsorts by Sue Broadway when I was selling raffle tickets and I had a terrible craving for liquorice all-sorts, I wonder why?

Allsorts by Sue Broadway

There were a couple of modern quilts that I really liked.

Deconstructed Lone star by Carolyn Murfitt

Harry's Quilt by Penny Cade

I think that I especially loved the quilting on the modern quilts.

Harry's Quilt by Penny Cade detail

Here are a couple of the pictorial quilts; I loved this turtle especially as I am into under the sea quilts at the moment. I am actually making a quilt with a turtle and I think Karen's is much better. She's a young, enthusiastic quilter and one to watch in the future.

Green Sea Turtle by Karen McGregor

I loved If These Walls Could Speak by Linden Lancaster, she is so talented and whenever I see her quilts I wish that I had done them.

If These Walls Could Speak by Linden Lancaster

Here is a gorgeous quilt by long- arm quilter Karen Terrens called Snow White, it was so delicate and pretty and so beautifully quilted.

Snow White by Karen Terrens

My photo doesn't do this quilt justice; it is by long-arm quilter Ramona Resurreccion. The white centre is a vintage table-cloth and I always think of my friend Gina who collects vintage linens when I see this done. You can see Gina's blog and her posts about vintage linens Here Her blog is called Patra's Place of Stitching and Vintage Linens

Il Vignetto by Ramona Resurreccion
I loved this Japanese Inspired quilt by Pattie McDonald.

Japanese Dreaming by Pattie McDonald

This small quilt by Julie Adamson done with silk was absolutely beautiful, it is hand appliqued and hand quilted.

Jacobean Revival by Julie Adamson
Here is a close up detail to get an idea of the perfection.

Jacobean Revival by Julie Adamson detail

My friend from Waverley Patchworkers, Ronnie Heagney won Best Amateur Applique and Best Amateur quilt with her quilt Scherenschnitte in Fabric. She was absolutely thrilled with her awards and she won a sewing machine from Bernina.

Scherenschnitte in Fabric by Ronnie Heagney

This last quilt was in the non judged section but I thought it was really pretty, it was called Sophisticated Medallion by Trish Lang.

Sophisticated Medallion by Trish Lang

I showed the quilt that I had in the show in my last post, it is called The Bleaching.

Bye for now,