Tuesday, 24 November 2015


The latest quilt that I have completed is an art quilt named Firelight. It is mostly made of wool that I have needle felted on the embellisher machine. I have also added some thread painted trees, hand embroidery and finally I machine quilted it.

Firelight ©2015 Linda Steele

I had three weeks off from minding my grand-daughter in the last school holidays and I mostly made it then. I might have started it a bit before that.

I am not sure when I had the idea to make it but I did enjoy making the small version in my Seasons Crazy Quilt (that quilt is still not finished!). I blogged about that block last month on the 13th October, in my post called Fire Block.

Here is a photo of the little block as a reminder.
Fire Block
This little fire centre is only about 4" square so my latest quilt is much bigger. My Firelight quilt measures 38" wide x 25" high.

Here is a close up photo of the quilt.

Firelight detail
Here is a close up photo of the ground area.

Ground detail
I had so much fun making this quilt that it makes me want to make more art quilts.

I entered this quilt in the AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) exhibition; the theme was Fire and Light.  I was thrilled to be accepted because it is quite a prestigious exhibition.

I went to the official opening and was amazed at the beautiful display of quilts with so many different ideas and techniques. The quilts are professionally displayed in an art gallery style. My quilt looked much smaller than it did at home and I wish that I had made it twice the size. Although I didn't win a prize I was still proud to be among such a high standard of art quilts.

The exhibition is on at the Box Hill Town Hall Art Space, Maroondah Hwy, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia. Entry is free and it is on display until Dec 22nd. Click on the link above for the opening times.

You couldn't take any photos at the opening because they have produced a beautiful hard cover book of all the quilts. I will try and go back before the exhibition closes and see if I can take some photos then.

Bye for now,


jude's page said...

I love it, well done, I think I need to do some sewing, have so many ideas in my head!

Dawn said...

Such a wonderful and effective technique. The fire glow is amazing in both your art quilt and your block. Good luck with the exhibition.

Linda Steele said...

Thank you Jude and Dawn, I really enjoyed making the quilt and think I might really like the embellisher machine as well, it's only taken about 6 years to get used to it.