Quilting Arts TV

Taping  for Quilting Arts TV was a total blast!  My sister, Sharon, went with me and served as my “roadie.”  The staff and other quilters engaged with her so well that I think she had just as much fun as I did!

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog
I arrived the day before taping and they gave me big trays on which to lay out my three different segments:  (L-R) Drawing Inspiration from a Photo, Double Reverse Applique, and Design Tips.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Various staff members walked me through my presentation and then it was time to head for the set!  Here I am with the host, Susan Brubaker Knapp, with my quilt Ti Plants A-Glow-Glow in the background.  (The quilt was eventually moved to the table.)

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Kristine, from the Quilting Arts staff, took a lot of photos and the rest of us did too.  This shot is from the set looking toward the cameras and sound gear which filled the rest of the studio.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

That segment went well, and soon it was time to set up for Double Reverse Applique.  Note the wardrobe change for both us, since this segment will be part of a different episode.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The little quilt I made from my baby photo was featured on the table.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This is what Susan call’s the “grab and grin” shot, which is taken before every segment.  How do you like my professional makeup?

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And here I am in action, as seen from the monitor in the “green room.”  Which was tangerine in this case.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Oops, I talked too quickly on that one.  To compensate Susan will stretch the yet-to-be-taped segment following mine.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Finally, it was time for my final segment on Design Tips.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The beginning of each segment opens with the host and guest “talking.”  But, actually, we’re just supposed to move our mouths and make no sound.  This cracked me up every time.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Everyone was super friendly and personable.  My sister and I really enjoyed hanging out with all of them.

Ellen Lindner's stint on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Definitely fun.

The season’s episodes will be edited and sent to PBS by January.  Each station can air it whenever they’d like – for up to 3 years.  So, you’ll have to keep an eye out for when it airs in your area.  My first episode is 1902.

 

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Just a Few Hours of Progress

Check out these final projects from my “Design Your Own Nature Quilt” class in Stuart, FL.  Keep in mind:  they only had about 2 1/2 hours to work with fabric.  Look what they accomplished in those few hours!

Cathy started with a nice photo of cone flowers.

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She decided to add another one, which filled out the composition well.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Scaling up is always a little tricky, but Cathy quickly got the hang of it.  Some of her “too small” petals were the perfect size for a different flower.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Look at Cathy’s inspiration photo again, and notice the great texture found in the flower centers.  Cathy will replicate that with hand stitching.  She’ll also add some shadows with colored pencils.  I can’t wait to see it!

Carol worked with a photo of a pineapple.  She was able to capture the little green rims to each section with an easy technique.  After cutting the yellow part, she placed green fabric underneath and cut again, slightly larger.  Easy and effective!

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Ingrid’s photo included the beautiful body language of a (?) snowy egret.  She’ll need to make a pattern for that.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

But, she got her water and mangroves almost finished.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

“Jagged cutting” was perfect for water ripples.  See my demo photo below.  The idea is to purposely scrunch the fabric into the blades of your scissors while cutting.  I use it a lot!

Ellen Lindner demonstrates jagged cutting. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Perlie started with an awesome photo taken in a national park.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

She made good progress and really created a great sense of light and shadow.  She took my advice regarding the technical side of those small black shadows.  Rather than fiddling with little tiny black pieces, she cut a slit in the adjacent brown, creating a crevice locarion.  Then, she tucked a much bigger piece of black underneath, leaving just a tiny bit showing.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here’s Joey’s photo, a very colorful croton.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

She brought enough fabric to work twice as big as her classmates.  Which means it took her a lot longer to create the background.  She did a great job, though.  Can you see how bright green POPS against these dark reds and purples?

To create the yellow rim to her leaves she’ll use the same outlining technique Carol used on her pineapple.  And, for the central vein, she’ll use the same slit technique Perlie used on her cliff face.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This is my favorite class to teach.  Can you see why?  The students learn so much and get such an Adrenalin surge as they successfully tackle new skills!  It’s a huge kick fore me, too!  Let me know if your guild would like to join in the fun.

Ellen Lindner

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Exhilarating Class in Stuart, FL

Exhilarating.  That’s the best word to describe my recent class in Stuart, FL.  Students came to our “Design  Your Own Nature Quilt” class with their inspiration fabrics, lots of fabric and quite a bit of artistic courage.  After a morning learning about design and sketching their planned compositions, they got to work.  And every one of them made excellent progress!

Before I show you their results, take a look at all the fabric Theresa brought!  Yes, folks, that IS a laundry basket.  She wins the prize for “Most fabric brought to class.  Ever.”  As you might imagine, she received quite a bit of good-natured ribbing about this.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Speaking of Theresa, this was her inspiration photo.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And this was her quilt after a few hours of work.  We also spent some time selecting patterned fabrics for the center section.  She’ll add shadows with darker fabrics and it will be fantastic!

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Maureen used a very interesting photo, taken in Ireland, if I remember correctly.  Because of the complexity, she cropped it quite a bit.  This is consistent with our class motto:
Be inspired by your photo, not controlled by it.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And here’s her progress.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Those shadows are very effective, aren’t they?  This is progressing very nicely!

Denise’s photo was beautiful.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And look how much of it she completed in an afternoon.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’ll have lots more examples to show you soon.

Ellen Lindner

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A Story of Artistic Courage. And Plaid.

Meet Shay.  She’s a lovely quilter with a quick smile and lots of enthusiasm.

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Shay likes to make art quilts.  The ones with the patterns provided or with patterns she makes herself.

Yet, she found herself in my Design Your Own Nature Quilt class which teaches, among other things, how to create WITHOUT a pattern.  However, the supply list included artistic courage and, thankfully, she packed hers.

This is her inspiration photo.

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Very viable.  Especially since she brought a wide range of green fabrics.  Some of them printed to look like actual trees!  Hmm.  I was somewhat skeptical about that one.

And Shay set to work cutting those trees out exactly as printed on the fabric.

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Hmm.  I waited to see if she’d be able to work loosely with such fabrics.

And she did a good job!

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

But then, she was a little stumped.  The foreground of her inspiration photo is filled with rhododendron with lots of busy stems, twigs, and leaves showing.  She asked me about cutting skinny strips to represent the stems.  I said, “Don’t do that!  Find a busy fabric that will do the work for you.”

Since I had shown several examples about the value of using plaids in just such occasions, her table-mate chirped up and said, “Like plaid!” and tossed a plaid fabric onto the composition.

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Did I detect a little flinch from Shay when that plaid fabric hit her quilt?  Maybe it was just my imagination.

Regardless, her classmates were fearless and they quickly started throwing more plaid onto her quilt!  Well, that was just the invitation I was looking for, so I HAD to help her arrange them so she could audition those plaids.

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

She was quite a good sport about it, as I took a picture for a “distance” view.

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Meanwhile, several of the other classmates were egging her on.  They really wanted her to use plaid.

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And, finally, she agreed.  She even seemed to like the idea.  (I sure hope so.  I certainly wouldn’t want to coerce the poor woman!)

Artistic courage in use in a class with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This is the audition photo, above.  Those plaids will work well, don’t you think?

I was so proud of Shay for embracing something SO outside her comfort zone.  And I got quite a kick from her classmates who were so “pro-plaid” by the end of the day!  It was fun and exhilarating for all of us.

I’ll have more photos from this class soon.  In the meantime, I’m off to Cleveland to tape 3 segments for Quilting Arts TV.  Woohoo!

Ellen Lindner

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100% Pure Florida Exhibit – Remaining Winners

Here are the other winners from 100% Pure Florida.

Merit Awards:

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By Karen Ekonomou

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By Margie McInarnay

 

100% Pure Florida winners. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By Kathy Smith

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By James Newman

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By Henry Peter

This dragonfly looked almost real, although it’s painted with acrylics.

In Third Place:

100% Pure Florida winners. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By Thom Harrell

And in Second Place:

100% Pure Florida winners. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By Nancy Hamin-Volger

To see the Best of Show and my Award of Merit, see the previous post.  This is a very nice exhibit, in Melbourne, FL, which will be up through October 1st.  I  hope you get the chance to see it.

Ellen Lindner

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A Good Night for Fiber

It was a very good night for fiber at the opening of 100% Pure Florida, in Melbourne, FL.  There were four fibers pieces in the juried show, which included 50+ pieces.

Just take a look at this beaded dragon, made by Jennifer Shibona.  Although it looks great as a sculpture, it’s also wearable.  See the metallic cuff under the dragon’s belly?  You wear that on your wrist and the dragon’s tail wraps around your arm.  Pretty cool, right?

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Jennifer also had a beautiful, and very large, beaded necklace on display.

But, things got really exciting as the awards were announced.  First came six awards of merit, and I won one.  Woohoo!

Ellen Lindner with her Award of Merit at 100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The excitement was building as third place and second place were awarded, and finally it was time for Best of Show.  And the winner was…drum roll please…more fiber art!  This time, the award went to Gabriele DiTota for her piece, Foliage.

Gabrield DiTota at 100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

What you can’t tell in the photo is that the red buds are all stand-alone 3D objects which stick out from the quilt.  It’s a great piece! See it on her website.

Gabriele was really overwhelmed.  This was her first time entering a quilt in a mixed media show, so she was completely surprised.  What a thrilling moment!  Her piece got lots of attention, both before and after the announcement.

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Her prize?  A nice cash award AND a solo show next year!  How exciting!  I’m overjoyed for my friend.

I’ll show you the other winners in the next post.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. BTW, marketing tip:  Notice how my name tag has my artwork on it?  That’s a great conversation starter.

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100% Pure Florida

If you’re in the Melbourne, FL area you’ll want to be sure to see the 100% Pure Florida exhibit which will be on display August 30 – October 1, at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery.

100% Pure Florida exhibit flyer.

 

My piece, Florida Native #1, will be part of the show.

Florida Native #1, a fabric collage by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Florida Native 1

I’ll be at the opening on September 2nd and I hope to see you there!

Ellen Lindner

 

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Another Abstract Underway

As you’ll see, I’m still working in the same series.  I’m loving the colors and the motifs.

This is the sketch for the current piece.

An abstract art quilt in-progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And here’s the background, more or less complete.

An abstract art quilt in-progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Or so I thought.  But, after studying it for awhile, I decided it was too pastel for my liking.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exciting me.

This is the second background.  The largest shape changed from mostly orange to mostly rust, and the background pale peach changed to soft orange.  I like this much better, even though the changes are subtle.

An abstract art quilt in-progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Now what?  I auditioned the motifs I was considering.  Here you see digital versions added to the existing background.

An abstract art quilt in-progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I thought the white squares showed up well, and set to work adding them.  (This time, I remembered to stop and fuse the fabrics first.)

Ellen Lindner

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So, I Whacked the Corner Off

In my previous post, I showed you a big orange/rust blob on my current quilt that needed to be dealt with.  Eventually, I decided just to whack it off.  Like this.

I Whacked off a Corner. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Knowing that I’d need to attach new batting before continuing, I put the batting under my quilt before cutting into it.  That way, the batting had exactly the same edge shape as the portion removed.  I butted it up next to the quilt and hand basted them together.

I Whacked off a Corner. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Then, I recollaged the corner and was MUCH happier with it.

I Whacked off a Corner. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Finally, I stitched all the squares in place.  (Did you notice the ones in the background too?)  I also did some undulating stitching around the flower petals.

I Whacked off a Corner. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And this is where is stands:  completely finished except for facing, etc.  I started doing that and realized it’s TOO SMALL for the exhibit I had intended to enter it in.  Oh no!  So, I quickly switched gears and started on the next quilt, leaving this one to wait for my attention.

Oh well.  I’m just thankful I have time to do another one!

Ellen Lindner

 

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Exploration and Detours

I guess it’s a good thing making a quilt takes a while because I find that I often get new ideas while implementing the previous ones.  Such has been the case with my current abstract quilt.

I left a large orange/rust shape in the top left corner, planning to balance it with something large and orange in the lower right.  Maybe something like this.

An abstract art quilt under way, by Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

But first, I wanted to get my flowers into place.  I had planned to use one large open flower, but that turned into two.  In the photo below, I was putting them in place.

Explorations and Detours. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

They blend in with the background more than I had hoped, so I’ll add some orange outline stitching, or something along those lines.

While working on the flowers, however, I had time to think about that big orange shape and I thought I could do something more interesting.

I’d been noticing that I really liked paintings with lots of tiny squiggles and shapes in them.  I wondered how I could get that effect with fabric.  I decided I could just cut shapes and sprinkle them about.  So, I tried a few to get the effect.

Explorations and Detours. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I really liked that, so I went for broke.

Explorations and Detours. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Oh yes!  I love it!

But, this definitely doesn’t balance the big corner blob.  I’ll have to do something about that.

Will I need to completely remove that big rust shape, or can I just shrink it? I auditioned the latter in this next photo.

Explorations and Detours. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’m not sure yet.  But, I’m having fun exploring options and taking detours!

Ellen Lindner

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