Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Houston Silent Auction 2013

I was very honoured to once again be invited to make a small quilt for the Houston Silent Auction this year. This is a fund raising venture to help run the wonderful Houston Quilt Show.

Seeing as I had a couple of blocks left over from my Christmas quilt, I decided to use one of them. I used a red 12" block and put a border and some embroidery around it.

Before I added the red fabric border I realised that I hadn't washed the red fabric. I hesitated at first because I wanted to get straight on with the quilt. It is a wall hanging and not meant to be washed but it is for someone else and you never know what they will do with it. I had the bad experience once in my early quilting days when I put a quilt on the wall and the blue backing fabric left a blue imprint on the wall!!

After I washed the fabric I was glad that I did because a lot of red rinsed out of the fabric.

Here is the wall hanging finished but before I had added the quilting. I used a chain stitch in gold coloured DMC to make a square around the centre and then wove a stem stitch vine over the square and added some lazy daisy leaves and some little lazy daisy flowers.

Every quilt always looks so much better quilted, so here it is quilted.

I was quite proud of myself because these feathers were sewn freehand without any marking, although I did use the embroidery as a guide for the feathers.

Here are some close-ups of the embroidery.

Here is a close-up of the quilting.

I hope some people bid on my quilt and they raise a lot of money from all the quilts. I am always happy to donate to the Houston Quilt Show because it is so well run and Australian quilters are made to feel so welcome over there.

My Christmas Quilt was juried into Houston this year and it is such an honour to be accepted. I already know that I missed out on a prize but I cannot be too disappointed because I know the jaw-dropping standard of the quilts and the ones that have received the prizes must be wonderful. All will be revealed in early November.

Bye for now,


Brenda Gael Smith said...

Exquisite - especially the quilting!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Brenda, I really enjoy machine quilting these days.

jude's page said...

this is gorgeous Linda!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jude, I hope the visitors in Houston like it enough to bid on it.

Karen said...

Linda this is just beautiful! I always admire your crazy quilting, but seeing the embroidery and machine quilting up close just amazes me. Thank you for posting. May I ask what type of thread you used to quilt it ? Thanks in advance, Karen

Linda Steele said...

Thank you, Karen. I always use YLI silk for my quilting. It's a very fine 100wt thread so you don't get a build up of thread when you back-track and it has a wonderful glow.

Michele Hill said...

Beautiful as always Linda....good on you for such a great cause. Every time I see an antique crazy quilt here in the UK I think of you xx

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Michele, I was loving the photos of the crazy quilts in the UK in your last post.

Thearica said...

This is gorgeous Linda!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Thearica,

I hope that someone falls in love with it enough to bid on it, you never know with crazy quilts.