Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Stitches and Craft Show 2017

There is a new Stitches and Craft Show in Melbourne and it starts tomorrow Thursday 23rd November. I was in there today hanging the SAQA travelling quilt exhibition called My Corner of the World.

It is a large exhibition of art quilts from around the world. It is a fabulous display and I loved seeing all the different quilts up close. I had a friend help me and it took us four hours to hang the quilts.

Here are a couple of photos.

Lake Vistas 2 by Joan Reive of Canada

Blue Heron by Molly Samuels of USA

I will be there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I hope people will come to the show, I got a chance to see some of the stalls and it looks fun, fresh and exciting with stalls that I haven't seen before. There seems to be a Christmas and celebration look to the show and it looks great.

The show is on at the beautiful old Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Australia, Thursday 23rd Nov to Sunday 26th Nov. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm.

Hope to see you there.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

AQIPP Opening Night 2017

Last week I attended the AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) opening night. It is a biennial event and this year the theme was Reflection.

I decided to stay with my coral reef theme and made a quilt about the dangers of plastic and litter entering into the reef. My quilt is called 6 Pack Shame and I was surprised and thrilled to win a prize for Creativity in Colour.

Here I am standing with Fiona Horne who donated my beautiful prize.

Fiona is also passionate about the reef and the danger that it is currently facing. Fiona Horne makes glass ware and many of her pieces are inspired by coral reefs. She did not choose my quilt to win the prize that was done by the judges; it was just a coincidence that we have the same interests.

Here is the photo of the beautiful glass necklace that I won.

Necklace made by Fiona Horne of Rhino beads
I love the colour and I am sure that I will get a lot of wear out of it.
Fiona's business is called Rhino Glassbeads.

I also won some beautiful hand dyed threads by Marina Holland, I think it amazing that they are threads that are the perfect colour for embroidering corals.

Hand Dyed threads by Marina Holland
I also received two template sets from Victorian Textiles.

Templates from Victorian Textiles

There were lots of quilters that I knew there and was able to get some photos of them with their quilts.

On Reflection-Cape Town Harbour by Sue de Vanny

Place of Reflection by Linden Lancaster

Both Sue and Linden won Honourable Mentions for their beautiful quilts.

Reflection by Fran Batrouney

Reflection by Jacie Malseed
Super Moon by Rebecca Wolske

Upside Downside by Judy Robinson Whitty

The evening went by very quickly especially as I felt quite overwhelmed at winning a prize. I will have to go back to see the exhibition again and take some more photos when it is not so crowded.

Here is the photo of my quilt 6 Pack Shame.

6 Pack Shame © 2017 Linda Steele

As I was leaving the exhibition I caught sight of the AQIPP banner and my quilt from the last exhibition was featured.

The picture at the bottom is from my bushfire quilt that was in the competition two years ago.

It was a lovely finish to the evening.

AQIPP is on at the Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne Australia.
It is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm. It is on until December 21st, so there is still plenty of time to see the exhibition.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Embroiderer's Guild of Vic Exhibition

A couple of weeks ago I went to the EGV's (Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria) annual exhibition. The theme was Ebb and Flow although you could exhibit work that did not pertain to the theme.

My favourite work was by Lesley Uren and it was a Leafy Sea Dragon done in gold work. It was positioned behind a table so I couldn't get too close to see the details.

Leafy Sea Dragon on Gold by Lesley Uren

Lesley Uren also had a  Weedy Sea Dragon on display.

Weedy Sea dragon by Lesley Uren

Another of my favourites was a box with a beautifully appliqued and embroidered top by Sylvia Reeves.

Water Lily by Sylvia Reeves

I also took a detail shot to see the wonderful embroidery.

Water Lily detail

I also liked Perception by Mary McArdle, it was a combination of painting and embroidery.

Perception by Mary McArdle

There was a lot of gold work on display and here is one called She is in Love by Sue White

She is in Love by Sue White

There were a few quilts on display and there was one that caught my eye because of the embroidery and the dear little quotes on it. It was displayed on a hoop and unfortunately the name card was placed right in the middle of it.

Best Friends Forever by Glenda Walker

Hexagons are so popular at the moment; they are good projects to take along to sewing days. Here are some close-ups of the quilt blocks.

There was a stand of little works by the South Western Branch who were celebrating their 40th birthday. The embroidery was exquisite.

South Western Branch 40th Birthday display

Here are some close ups of some of the pieces.

Blue Wren by Gillian King

Butterfly by Gwenda Armitstead

Robin by Beverley Speirs

Thistle by Robin Southey

The Ebb and Flow Challenge was won by Linda Bateman with her incredible piece called Who Broke the Golden Egg.

Who Broke the Golden Egg by Linda Bateman

It's hard to appreciate the wonderful and intricate beading from the photo.

The Embroiderer's Guild in Wattletree Road, Malvern, Victoria, Australia put on a wonderful exhibition every year and if you get a chance next year I highly recommend a visit.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Houston Quilt Show 2017

The Houston quilt show is over for another year and from all the photos I have seen on social media it was a huge success.
I had a couple of friends who went this year and to our excitement one of them, Linda Crouch won first prize in the miniature section. Here she is at the prize winning ceremony.

Linda Crouch receiving her prize

I was away on holiday with her when she was finishing up tying off all the threads but I forgot to take a photo of it, I'll have to wait until it arrives back home. Meanwhile I only have the photos from the show.

I can assure you that it is absolutely beautiful.

Linda Crouch with Whirlygig

Another Victorian won a Honourable mention, Karen McGregor with her beautiful turtle quilt that was in our latest Vic Quilters show.

Green Sea Turtle by Karen McGregor

Two other Australians won a prize, Helen Godden won a 3rd and Gillian Shearer won an Honourable Mention.

I had a quilt in the show but I missed out on a prize. My Quilt, The Bleaching was in the Embellished section.

The Bleaching

I also had another quilt in the A Matter of Time Exhibition, at one stage my quilt was used to advertise the floor talks, which was a thrill.

I also had a quilt in the silent auction, I know someone has bought it but I don't know how much money it raised yet.

The Coral Reef by Linda Steele

I have been to the Houston Quilt Show twice before and it is huge and so exciting and hard to believe that there are so many beautiful quilts in one place.

Meanwhile I am here at home after a few busy couple of months, things should be settling down now and I can get on with some sewing at last.

Something that always puts a smile on my face is my beautiful granddaughter Savannah who turned 3 over the weekend. She loves all the Disney movies but we decided to have Simba on her Ice-cream cake.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Rhythms 3 Returned

My quilt called Rhythms 3 has returned from the New Zealand exhibition; it's always nice when a quilt returns home.

As well as the quilt I received a copy of the catalogue that was available to buy at the show.

The book contains a photo and a write up of everyone in the exhibition as well as full size photos of the quilts.

Here is the page about me.

The exhibition was for students of Nancy Crow, I did two weeks of classes with Nancy earlier this year and you can read all about it here.

The quilt was a very different style for me and while I enjoyed making it and quilting it, I am not sure if I am passionate about making any more of them. Contemporary quilts are certainly not mainstream. It was interesting that I got quite a few comments on Facebook from people saying how much they loved my quilt in New Zealand but they were talking about my Life in the Reef quilt not my contemporary one.

Nancy Crow is coming back to do two more weeks of classes in advanced design in 2019. She will only accept pupils who have done classes with her before. If you come to the class you must come with 50 small quilt tops showing some original designs. That is a lot of work! One every week for a year and everyone knows how quickly a year goes and how busy it gets. I'd be preparing for a year and would hardly have time for any other sewing!

I must decide by early next year because there is a waiting list for the classes.

Decisions, decisions

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Time for a Change

My time as President of Waverley Patchworkers is over. I have finished my two years and last night was the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and we welcomed a new President, Jill. I know Jill well and I am sure that she will enjoy the role as much as I did.

I am staying on the committee as Vice President and so I received two badges last night, a Past President badge and a Vice President's badge.

Last week I spent all my spare time working on the quilt pattern from the Grace Errea Workshop and I managed to get the top finished in time to show it at our meeting last night.

It's a hibiscus flower and you can see a little frog peeping through the petals. I suppose I'll have to quilt it but it won't be for a while because my sewing machine is still being repaired.

We really enjoyed having Grace Errea as our special guest tutor and if you would like to see more photos from her workshops check out the Waverley Patchworkers Website.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Grace Errea visits Waverley Patchworkers

I have just spent a lovely few days with Grace Errea, a quilting teacher from the USA. Waverley Patchworkers were having Grace as their special guest and she stayed with me while she was in Australia.

You might know her book called Impressionist Applique.

My friend and I took Grace to Healesville Sanctuary on the first day so she could see a little bit of Australia; not just the inside of a classroom. We saw kangaroos, koalas and a platypus and a wonderful bird show among other things.

I tried to take a good photo of a Brolga but he wasn't being very cooperative.


We couldn't believe what beautiful blue eyes the Satin Bowerbird had. He could mimic other birds including a kookaburra; we could hardly believe what we were hearing.

Satin Bowerbird

The highlight for me was being able to get a couple of photos of a blue Wren.

Blue Wren

That evening Grace gave a lecture about using the correct value of fabrics in our quilts instead of concentrating on colour only. Here is a photo of Grace and I in front of one of her quilts before the lecture.

Grace Errea and I

The next day Grace taught a new method of reverse applique by machine. Here is the Hummingbird I made in the class, it's still just a top, I might quilt it one day!

Over the weekend Grace taught a 2 day applique class using her heat set method. Here I am preparing some of the pieces. Instead of using fusible web, we painted a diluted glue onto the edges.

Here are some of my hibiscus petals already glued together.

Underneath the petals I have a special board that we all had to make before the class. It is 25" x 25" and is made of 3 layers, a layer of foam core board, thick polystyrene and a iron safe fabric and then covered with fabric. It is light and portable and we can pin into it, iron on it and carry our pieces around on it. I am sure that I will get a lot of use out of it.

The petals are made and now I have to start on the leaves. This is a picture of Grace's quilt and mine is supposed to eventually look like it.

Grace's Hibiscus Quilt

When I chose the pattern I didn't realise how large it was, it's a different experience making such large pattern pieces because the ones I design are usually on the small size.

Grace has gone back home now but we all really enjoyed her visit.

Bye for now,