A Wacky Way to Make a Background

I completed a quilt in mid-December and didn’t want to start anything major during the holidays.  So, I dug into my UFO (unfinished objects) drawer and my scrap bag for some small projects.

I got the idea of fusing scraps onto muslin in order to create a random background.  But then I thought, “Why do it on muslin and risk white fabric peaking through?  Maybe I should start with something else.”

So, I pulled this lovely fabric from my stash and cut a piece.

Click any image for a larger viewA wacky background by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

 I fused a sheet of fusible web to the right side of this base fabric and got started.   Next, I decided that I would VERY LOOSELY imitate the color placement of the base fabric as I added scraps.  (Why, I don’t know.)

A wacky background by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here’s a detail shot of the process.  The hazy areas are the background fabric with the fusible making it look that way.

A wacky background by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can see, I cut a lot of little pieces and used lots of prints to emulate the underlying fabric.  Not sure why I created such a task for myself, but it was keeping me entertained.

And this is the finished background.  It’s DEFINITELY not a finished quilt design, but I think it has interesting possibilities as the start of something else.

A wacky background by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I might try to merge the colors with paint or tulle.  Or maybe I’ll cut it up as the start of several small works.

But for now, it will go back in the UFO drawer, because another project has caught my attention.  I kinda figured that would happen.  No worries.  Any time spent creating induces more creativity.

What wacky ideas have you acted upon lately?

Ellen Lindner

 

 

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New Online Class: Grow with the Flow

The online version of “Grow with the Flow” is ready to go, starting on January 23rd.  Since online student’s have more time and space than participants in the live class, their project is larger and the proportions are taller and skinnier.  Like this:

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Sample for Ellen Lindner's online Grow with the Flow class.  AdventureQuilter.com
But the fun process and dramatic project remain!  Students will go with the flow as they make a dramatic background using free rotary cutting.  Then, they’ll master “fussy fusing,” a process which makes the handling of tiny fused pieces much easier.

Sample (detail) for Ellen Lindner's online Grow with the Flow class.  AdventureQuilter.com

Find all the class details here.

BTW, I named this quilt Dancing with Delight.  Hope to “see” you in class!

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  You can also book the live version of this class for your guild.
P.S.  Scroll back a bit to see the student results from the first live class.

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West Palm Beach Quilt Show 2015 – More Photos

Here are a few more eye catchers from the West Palm show.

Susan Rienzo does a wonderful job of combining colors.

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World Quilt Show FL 2015. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Sunshine State of Mind, by Susan Rienzo

I thought Eyvonne handled the water reflection beautifully in this next quilt.

World Quilt Show FL 2015. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I See You – detail, by Eyvonne Smith

 

World Quilt Show FL 2015. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A Newborn Star, by Atsuko Matsubara. Best Use of Color in the World Quilt competition.

Even though I got an arm in this photo, I thought you’d enjoy seeing the quilt.

Ellen Lindner with her quilt, Carefree. AdventureQuilter.com

Peeking In, by Anne-Marie Miro

Perhaps you can tell:  Einor’s flowers and lily pads are, indeed, floating.  Very dimensional and lovely.

World Quilt Show FL 2015. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Floating Flowers, by Elinor Dickinson

I’ll see you at next year’s show!

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I’ve also had other quilts win awards in previous years.  See Ripening and Crotons.

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Best Pictorial!

I was thrilled to win Best Pictorial at last week’s World Quilt Show – Florida, in West Palm, FL.  My quilt, Carefree, did the trick.

Click any image for a larger viewEllen Lindner with her quilt, Carefree.  AdventureQuilter.com

It was a lot of fun to visit the show, accept a few compliments, see all the great quilts, and – of course – visit the vendors!

Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye:

World Quilt Show FL 2015.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Daybreak in my Garden, by Elsbeth Kooyman

This quilt was part of a group exhibit from Curacao.  Each quilter copied the style of Leslie Gabrielse, who is an excellent Dutch quilter/painter.  He uses large stitches to finish the edges of each piece, which these quilters did as well.  I love the sheers in the background.

World Quilt Show FL 2015.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A group of quilters from Miami had an exhibit, which featured images from that city.

World Quilt Show FL 2015.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Stiltsville Too, by Sandra Marietta

Janet McCallum’s piece was done with deconstructed screen printing.  Very subtle and beautiful.

World Quilt Show FL 2015.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Pebble Beach, by Janet McCallum

I don’t normally study the traditional quilts too closely, but the TINY yo-yos making up this piece were definitely worth further investigation.

World Quilt Show FL 2015.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Stars and Hearts – detail, by Debra Cathy Linsley

Don’t you love a quilt show?  I’ll show more photos in the next post.

Ellen Lindner

 

 

 

 

 

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Join Me in Melbourne, FL

Talking about my quilts is one of my favorite things to do and I get to do it for the Sunstitchers on January 16th.  Can’t wait!

I’ll show many quilts, tell about my inspiration and process, and answer questions.  I’m not sure which quilts I’ll be bringing, yet, but I’ll definitely include this large favorite.

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Crotons, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Crotons

If you’re in the Melbourne, FL area, you’re invited to attend.  The fun starts at 9:30 AM.  For directions, leave me a comment and I’ll send you a private email.

Ellen Lindner

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2014 in Review

While most people are busy making resolutions for the new year, I prefer to look back at the accomplishments of the previous year.  So, I put together a compilation photo of (most of) the fabric collages I made in 2014.  They’re shown in approximately the same scale, with sizes ranging from 7 x 5 to 51 x 33.

Click on the image for a larger viewEllen Lindner's 2014 art quilts.  AdventureQuilter.com

I think it’s pretty clear that I like vivid colors and strong contrasts!  Still.

I know I’ll have just as much fun making quilts in 2015 and I can’t wait to get started!

Ellen Lindner

See all of my quilts

 

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More Grow with the Flow Quilts

EVERY one of the 19 women in my first “Grow with the Flow” class completed the bulk of her quilt in class.  (With just the facing remaining for home work.)

All the students worked with the same pattern, but because they chose different fabrics, there was a great variety in the room.  Even when the fabrics were identical!

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Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

L: Barbara’s quilt, and R: Brenda’s quilt made with the same fabrics

Above, Barbara and Brenda shared a “Jelly Roll” pack, but used the fabrics a little differently.

The instructions suggested one color for the entire background, but with a variety of values.  Most of the ladies chose accordingly.

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Linda with her quilt

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Barbara chose muted tones

 

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Carol’s soft green quilt

Several students varied their background colors somewhat.  Like Judy, Ann, and Jo-Ann, below.

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Made by Judy.

 

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Ann with her quilt

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Jo-Ann chose prints of rust and green, with accents of purple!

Two of my students really cut loose and “disobeyed.”  They did their own thing with the color selection and I totally applaud that!

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Pat selected a wide variety of bright colors for her background.

 

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Melinda reversed the colors, using the bright accent color for her plant, and black and white for the accents.

Didn’t they do a great job?  I think so, and they did, too.  A success, all the way around.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I’ve got an online version of this class coming up on January 23rd.  I’d love to have you join me!

 

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Merry Christmas

May you and your family enjoy all the festivities and joy of the season.

Merry Christmas 2014 from Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
Ellen Lindner

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Grow with the Flow Results

Drum roll please.  Check out the fantastic quilts my students made in my first “Grow with the Flow” class.

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Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Carma chose hot colors

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Terri with her quilt

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Sharon’s pink piece

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Sandy’s Florida colors

 

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Patty’s orange accents go well with her complementary blue

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Lynda’s quilt

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

I think I know Jody’s favorite color.

Aren’t they cool?  These are completely stitched at the end of a six-hour class.  I was so proud of them!

But wait.  There’s more.  I have a bunch more to show you in the next post!

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  Find out more about the Grow with the Flow class.

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Grow with the Flow Debut Class a Hit

Nineteen women took my first “Grow with the Flow” class, and boy did we have fun!

First, I showed them how to create the background composition.  Because they arrived with their fabrics arranged by value, this went very quickly.

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Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Little strips of “zippy” fabrics were added as accents.

After composing (but not stitching) the backgrounds, we set them aside in the back room.

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Aren’t they pretty?

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

Next, I taught them how to “fussy fuse.”  This is a technique which is very efficient when composing lots of little fabric pieces into one larger shape.

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

All of that before lunch!

After lunch, everyone top stitched their compositions in place.

Grow with the Flow class, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

I had to laugh because, with everyone sewing, it looked like I was running a sweat shop!

The results were great, though and I’ll show them to you in the next post.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I’d love to teach “Grow with the Flow” for your guild!

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