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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Transparency with Fabric

How to achieve transparency in fabric? That was our recent topic in the Waverley Art Quilters.

I know I could've have used tulle or organza and I have used both of them in the past but this time I wanted to extend myself and wanted to achieve transparency using just the value of fabrics.

I started my doing some test samples using a 9 patch block. I just glued the fabric onto paper for the samples. I got the idea to do this from the book by Christine Barnes called The Quilters Color Club.

I have used her book before and you can see the posts Here and Part 2 Here

 In this first one I used just the values of blue, I was hoping that it looked as if the transparent light blue fabric was crossing over the transparent dark blue fabric and and the patch in the middle would look like a medium value.

Transparency using value

In this next sample I used value and colour.

Transparency using Value and colour

Finally I used Value, Colour and Pattern.

Transparency using Value, Colour and Pattern

I enjoyed doing these samples but they were harder to do than they look. I had fabric everywhere as I tried to get the values and colours correct.

Anyway it spurred me on to try a little A3 sized quilt for my sample.

I got out lots of batik fabrics because they have lots of colour variations and don't fray as much.



I was quite happy with the effect I was getting but I thought I would try another background fabric, so I got out a yellow/gold ombre.


It didn't look as good as I hoped so I went back to using white as a background. Here is the finished quilt.

Transparency by Linda Steele

I have had such a busy month that I must confess I made this very quickly 2 days before it was due. I didn't piece or even fuse the fabric, I just cut it out and put some glue behind the pieces.
I would never do that if it was a real quilt.

I learnt a few things by taking this short cut though.

If I did this again I would line up the fabrics properly and not do it by eye, I would piece the fabrics rather than glue or fuse and I would take more care with the spacing of the quilting lines and not just go by eye. Even though I was free motion quilting this with a ruler as a guide, it is much harder to get an accurate 1/4" when quilting on a diagonal.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2018

The Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show was on over the weekend and was a great success. We had to use a new venue because the usual one was being renovated. We loved the new venue with it's large windows and high ceilings and we hope that we can use the venue from now on.

As well as the display of all the members quilts we had a large display of the work from the Waverley Art Quilters.

Waverley Art Quilters Display 2018


The large cafe was very popular and we had the Birds of a Feather challenge on display on one of the walls. The display was so large I couldn't get them all in a photo.



Marie Hart is in her 90's and she had a quilt on display. She had made the quilt a few years ago and her friend recently quilted it in time for the show.

Marie Hart with her Poppies quilt


My friend Eileen Campbell came to visit and I managed to get a photo of her in front of her quilt. It was called A Parliament of Owls which was very fitting seeing as we had a bird themed challenge and plenty of birds decorating the building.

A Parliament of Owls by Eileen Campbell

Jenny Mulligan made a quilt using the doilies she had collected on her travels around the world.

Doilies from our Travels by Jenny Mulligan

She wrote where she had bought the doilies on the quilt.

Doily detail

I loved the quilt by Lyn Nethercott, there was something about it that appealed to me even though I am not usually drawn to such a traditional quilt.

Round and Round the Garden by Lyn Nethercott

Val Grandin had entered a Christmas embroidered quilt and it was beautifully sewn.

Snowmen A to Z by Val Grandin

Here is a close up photo of one of the blocks.

Snowmen A to Z detail

My friend Linda Crouch entered 2 quilts that were very different. I love magpies so I was drawn to her small quilt featuring them.

Early bird by Linda Crouch

Linda also entered an amazing miniature machine quilted quilt called Feathers and Pearls.

Feathers and Pearls by Linda Crouch
The quilt is actually square it is just my bad photography. Here is a detail photo so you can see her gorgeous stitching.

Feathers and Pearls detail

So the quilt show is over now and we will do it all again in 2 years time.

I have saved the best news to last! My quilt A Time for all Seasons won Viewer's Choice!!



It was such an unexpected thrill because there were so many beautiful quilts on display.

Here is a photo of the entire quilt if you haven't seen it before.

A Time for all Season by Linda Steele


To see the other prizes go to the Waverley Patchworkers Website  here and here

Bye for now,
Linda


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Quilt Show Preparations

I have been busy getting ready for the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show next weekend.

We are allowed to put 3 quilts into the show and I remembered the quilt top I had made in a Waverley workshop when Grace Errea came to visit us. You can read about Grace Errea's visit by clicking on her name. I think it's always good to show the results of workshops so I was inspired to find the top and finally get it quilted. There is nothing like a deadline to get me going. I put in quite a few hours getting it done and just when you think you are finished there is the rod pocket and label to do.



Hibiscus by Linda Steele



Here are a couple of detail shots.





I have also put in my last crazy quilt called A Time for all Seasons and my 6 pack Shame quilt.

A Time for all Seasons by Linda Steele
6 Pack Shame by Linda Steele

They are all quite different. I also have my art quilts on display with the other Waverley Art Quilters, so I am well represented.

I hope we get a good crowd, we have a new venue this year with a larger cafe and 6 shops to tempt everyone.

Here is our flyer with all the details.



Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Marimekko Inspired

Last month the Waverley Art Quilters were immersed in Marimekko designs. Many of us drove up to Bendigo Art Gallery to see the Marimekko exhibition. You can see the post about my visit to the exhibition here.

I am lucky enough to have a Marimekko shop at my local shopping centre and for a recent birthday I got two Marimekko cushions.

Marimekko cushions

Even the Clinique makeup company had a gift with purchase and it came in a Marimekko bag.

Clinique makeup bag with Marimekko pattern


I do love black and white.

I was actually inspired by two large black and white ottomans at the Marimekko exhibition and thought I would piece together many black and white fabrics for my little quilt.

Marimekko Ottoman

I gathered my black and white fabrics and laid them out in what I thought was a pleasing design.

Black and white fabric layout

I decided to piece them together placing white fabric in the spaces.

Black and white background
That was going to be my quilt but it just wasn't enough; I had to think of a way to enliven it. I remembered all that plain fabric that I have left over from the Nancy Crow classes and I also remembered the knitwear that I photographed at the exhibition.

Marimekko knitwear

I really loved all those spots. I got out some blue fabric and cut up lots of circles and fused them on top of the pieced background.



That looked much more interesting and of course even better when it was quilted

Marimekko inspired ©2018 Linda Steele


I really enjoyed making this little quilt which is only A3 size, but it gives me an idea to make one a lot bigger.

You can see this quilt and see what the other members of the Waverley Art Quilters made at our quilt Show on the 2nd and 3rd June.
Mulgrave Community Centre
355 Wellington Road,
Mulgrave.

As well as the quilts there is a cafe and 6 shops.

Hope to see you there.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show Preparation

We have the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show coming up on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Here is a photo of our raffle quilt this year.

Waverley Patchworkers Raffle Quilt 2018

It has been beautifully quilted by one of our members Naomi Hynes of The Elegant Stitch.





We always have a challenge at our quilt show and this year the challenge is called Birds of a Feather, so I am looking forward to seeing what our members make for that.

Our flyer also has a bird on it.




We are at a different venue this year because our usual hall is being renovated. The new address is 

Mulgrave Community Centre
355 Wellington Road
Mulgrave


There is plenty of parking and we will have a large quilt display as well as a display from the Waverley Art Quilters.

There will be 6 shops, a café and demonstrations.

The show is open on Saturday 2nd June from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Hope to see you there.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Farewell to my friend

My dear friend Sue recently passed away and I can hardly believe she is gone.



We moved across the road from her and her family in 1984 and my 3 year old son saw some kids playing over there and went right over there and started playing with them.

Sue and I bonded over the kids and our love of Jane Austen books. We were busy bring up children and it wasn't until 13 years later that Sue introduced me to patchwork.

Here is a photo of us from 2 years ago, we spent so much time together that we didn't take many photos of each other.



She was always there on the end of the phone or email. We emailed daily. As soon as something happened, be it a major event like an engagement or new baby or just an annoying experience from a trades person we would contact each other about it.

Back in those early patchwork days we would travel to different patchwork shops on a weekly basis and often get lost because we were both hopeless with directions. So much fun and laughter though.

I rang Sue the day before she went into hospital for elective surgery and we were discussing our next outing and planning our trip to Uluru in August.

Unfortunately she didn't revive well from the anaesthetic and developed pneumonia and just couldn't recover.


Sue, Me and Annemarie in 2006

Sue loved applique quilts and was always making lovely soft quilts with flowers on them. 

Our family spent many a Christmas lunch at her place and Sue was such a good cook and prepared a magnificent feast every year. We were at all her family events, like birthdays, weddings and engagements and she and her husband Bob were at all our big occasions as well.


I found a couple of old photos of us. Here is one from 1991 when she had her red hair.



Here is another photo from my 40th birthday



Sue changed her hair style a lot more than me.


Our lives were so entwined and I miss her so much. She was a life changing friend for me, she introduced me to patchwork, she decided that we would join Waverley Patchworkers and of course quilting has become such a major part of my life.

Treasure your friends, life goes by so quickly and can change in an instant.

Bye for now,
Linda

Friday, 4 May 2018

Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

The latest Australian Patchwork and Quilting (AP&Q) magazine is in the shops at the moment and it has a lovely 2 page article about me.



It is Vol 38 No 3. Jessica Harlow interviewed me a few months ago and asked for some photos of some of my quilts. I think she has done a good job with the article.



It never gets old seeing my quilts in a magazine, thank you AP&Q for the invitation.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Marimekko Exhibition

Last week a couple of friends and I drove up to Bendigo to see the Marimekko exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery Marimekko is a  design company from Finland which began in 1951 making fabrics for ready to wear clothing.

Now they design fabrics for clothing and decorating.

Here I am at the entrance to the gallery.




There lots of displays of fabric and clothing from over the years and I clearly remember the shift style dresses of the 1960's that my mother used to make for me. I enjoyed looking at the exhibition from a design perspective and it was interesting to see that the following fabric was inspired by rain.




I liked this knitwear maybe because I love striped and spotted fabric these days.



They make fabric in different scales, smaller sized for clothing and larger for curtain material. One of the fabrics on display is what I recently bought as a cushion but the fabric was a smaller scale than the fabric on display.



Most of the designs were very abstract with a lot of black and white featured but I liked seeing this more organic screen print.



I  especially liked the display in the last room.


They often had the large scale fabric on display as well as the same fabric in a dress.

Most of the fabrics were cotton but they also produce silk fabric such as in the dress in the following photo.




The main reason I had for going to the exhibition was that we are studying Marimekko with the Waverley Art Quilters this month. What a coincidence that I picked Marimekko to study long before I knew there was going to be an exhibition.

The exhibition is on until the 11th June, so there is plenty of time to get there.

Now I have to work on my Marimekko challenge piece in time for our next meeting.

Bye for now,
Linda