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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,
Linda








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,
Linda




Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Bleaching is a winner at Showcase 2017

I have just spent a lovely few days at the Victorian Quilters Showcase and I was absolutely thrilled when the latest quilt in my Coral Reef series called The Bleaching won 2 prizes.

Here is a photo of me with my quilt not long after the awards ceremony. I won 1st in Pictorial and also Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment.



The quilt is about how the coral reefs are suffering with the higher water temperatures which cause the coral to bleach and turn white. The middle section is all black and white to show what can happen to our coral reefs.
The last section shows the reef starting to regenerate because I wanted a happy ending.

Here are some detail photos.
I wanted to include some Clown fish swimming among the anemones but they were quite fiddly to make.





I have included quite a lot of embroidery by hand and machine on the quilt.





 People keep asking me how long the quilt took to make and I honestly lost track of time but I started it late in 2016 and finished it around June this year but I was working on other things as well.

I know that the hand embroidery was quite time consuming, and each coral section took a few days to make.




I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt.

The quilt ended up measuring 49" wide and 31" long.

When I get a chance I'll do a post about how I made the quilt.


There were so many beautiful quilts in the show and I took many photos, so in my next post I show some of them.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Ready for the Victorian Quilt Show?

The annual Victorian Quilters Showcase starts this week on Thursday July 27th and continues until Sunday 30th July.

It's actually the Craft and Quilt Fair but as well as all the wonderful shops to visit we have the magnificent quilts to view.

It's held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre at South Wharf in Melbourne (also affectionately known as Jeff's Shed). The show is open from 9am to 4.30pm and remember to be there before 9am if you are driving to get the early bird parking.

I will be there every day helping Victorian Quilters with the setting up as well as lots of white glove duty.

I will also be at the awards ceremony on Thursday as President of Waverley Patchworkers to present a prize. I must get a photo of the person who wins our prize.

I also have one of my coral reef quilts in the show. Here is a sneak peak of some detail. I did lots of hand embroidery on this one.


Hope to see you at the show, it's always great fun.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

On the Prowl

I completed a new quilt in my coral reef series and I called it On the Prowl. The quilt is all about Lion Fish and how they trap smaller fish against the rocks and kill them with their poisonous spines.

On the Prowl ©2017 Linda Steele



I find it incredible that such a beautiful fish can be so dangerous. When the Lion Fish appear,  the small fish dart everywhere trying to get away from them.

I actually started this quilt at the beginning of the year just for some fun while my sewing machine was being repaired.

I was looking back at the photos of how I started it and sometimes it's amazing to see how I start and wonder how I ever got it done. Sometimes it's just persistence.

Here is a photo of me trying to replicate a cave.


It doesn't look like a very promising start does it? I actually painted over the background water fabric because the original fabric had too many colour variations and wasn't quite dark enough for deep in a cave.

Here I am trying to find the correct fabrics for the rocks. I must have made the fish first because I knew that they would be the focus of the quilt.

Auditioning rock fabrics
Here are some close-up photos of the Lion fish. I used organza for their fins to give a more delicate look.

Lion Fish
 Finally another detail photo of the top right corner, apart from some colonial knots all the coral detail is done by machine.

On the Prowl detail

I enjoyed making this wall hanging, it size is 42" wide and 28" long.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Crazy Quilt Round Robin 4

I have finished the next round in the Southern Cross Crazies Round Robin. Six of us from the group are participating in the current round robin. What is a round robin?  Well the rules are slightly different with each one but with this one we had to make up some 6" square base blocks and send them on to the next person on the list of participants.



When you receive the blocks you pick one and decorate it with crazy quilting stitches and then post them off to the next person. Eventually all the blocks get embroidered and you receive your own blocks back. It's up to you what you do with them after that.

This round I received Maureen B's blocks. She wanted us to only sew on the seam lines in neutral colours and no motifs, beads or lace.

Here is what some of the others had already done for her. I noticed that they couldn't help themselves and added some heart motifs.





It was actually hard at first to only sew on the seam lines and not add any motifs, but I got away with it by sewing some wide seam embroidery and it went very quickly.

This is what it looked like when I had finished.



Only one more round to go, I wonder what the last lot of blocks will look like? I enjoy getting the parcel in the mail and see what the others have done.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

William Dobell at Tarrawarra

The Waverley Art Quilters go on an excursion every year and this year we went to the Tarrawarra Museum of Art to see the William Dobell exhibition.

William Dobell was an Australian artist who lived from 1899 to 1970.

Here is his self portrait painted in 1932.

William Dobell-self portrait 1932


He was involved in controversy when he won the Archibald Prize (a prestigious portrait competition) in 1943. Two competitors began a court case saying that Dobell's portrait of Joshua Smith was a caricature and not a portrait. The actual portrait is on display at the gallery.

Joshua Smith by William Dobell.

They lost the court case and Dobell retained the prize but the court case affected him greatly and he retreated from public life for a while and painted landscapes. He must have recovered though because he won the Archibald prize two more times.

He did have a distinctive way of painting portraits, he wanted to paint the person's personality and nature rather than an exact likeness.

Here is his painting of Dame Mary Gilmore painted in 1957.

Dame Mary Gilmore by William Dobell

There are many other wonderful paintings by William Dobell as well as many sketches that he drew before he started his paintings. It is so interesting to see them.

As well as all his paintings there are also paintings in a section called Dobell's Circle, which are paintings by his friends; they used to meet and discuss painting together. He had some famous friends.

We loved seeing these as we have already studied many of these artists in our group and we have found that we really appreciate the artist and their paintings if we have read about them previously.

There are some paintings by Jeffrey Smart; his paintings are so distinctive.

The Overpass, Sienna by Jeffrey Smart 1984

People in a Cornfield on the Cliffs by Jeffrey Smart 1968


There was a still life by Margaret Preston.

Flannel Flowers by Margaret Preston 1922

There was also a still life by Margaret Olley, she loved colour.

Still life by Margaret Olley 1962
There was an artist that we haven't studied but I can't resist mentioning it because it just glowed. It was Evening by Russell Drysdale, my picture does not do it justice.

Evening by Russell Drysdale 1945

As well as all the paintings there are the beautiful views onto the landscape around the gallery.





It is a beautiful gallery and the paintings are so well displayed and beautifully lit. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.

Here is a photo of our wonderful group, not everyone could make it but those that did really enjoyed the day.

The Waverley Art Quilters
The exhibition is on until August 13th 2017 and the address of the Tarrawarra Museum of Art is 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, Victoria.

Bye for now,
Linda