Tropical Flowers

Of course, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden featured not only art glass, but many beautiful and exotic plants throughout its 83 acres.  Here are a few favorite shots from our visit.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Isn’t this orchid gorgeous?

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Don’t tropical plants have a lot of attitude?  Just look at the shape of this colorful plant.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

(I don’t know what it is.  Do you?)

And just one more Chihuly photo to wrap things up.

Don't tropical plants have a lot of attitude?

The garden and the art were all spectacular!  If you’re in the Miami area this spring be sure to check it out.

Ellen Lindner

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Chihuly’s Citron

More photos from our visit to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, in Coral Gables, FL, featuring the art glass of Dale Chihuly.  This sculpture is called “Citron.”  Partially hidden by trees, it was hard to get a clear shot of it.  This one is looking up the hill.

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Chihuly art glass at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And some closer views.

Chihuly art glass at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Chihuly art glass at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

ALL of the art glass in the garden was amazing.  And it was made even more so by the sense of discovery generated when rounding a curve in the path and finding something new.

Ellen Lindner

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What’s Round, and Colorful, and Messy?

What’s round and colorful and messy?  The tables at a recent color class.

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Adventures in Color class with Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The participants spent no time at all covering their tables in multiple layers of colorful papers.

Adventures in Color class with Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

We used magazine pages and paint chips.  They’re easy to work worth and not precious like our fabric.  Pretty soon everyone was tearing paper, gluing squares and having fun.  After all, what’s not to like about gluing little colorful bits of paper?

The students created glued collages about each concept we learned.  Here’s  Faith’s “similar” page.  (Analagous is the artistic term, but I like to simplify.)  These colors would make a rocking quilt, wouldn’t they?

Adventures in Color class with Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A similar color scheme uses 3-5 colors that are adjacent on the color wheel.  Nancy chose orange, red-orange, red, and red-violet.

Adventures in Color class with Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

With each exercise, we remembered to include a variety of values.  Can you see how important those darker bits are?

Triads can be tricky, but Nancy’s blue-green, yellow-orange, and red-violet collage was beautifully balanced.

Adventures in Color class with Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

 

Each student went home with a workbook with lots of valuable information and examples.  But, as I told them, the greatest value of the book was the skill they gained as they composed it.

Learning about color is not only fun, but VERY useful!  You can have your own color adventure with my ebook.  It’s set up in the same workbook format.  (But, sorry, I only have 6 left!)

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I’ve written several articles about color.  Find them here.

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More Design in Sebring

The Art Quilters Unlimited group needed very little encouragement when it came to working loosely on their quilts.

Nancy limited herself to working only with scraps.  Some of them were seamed together so she used these to her advantage.  Have you ever seen such high energy coconuts?

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Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Sue was inspired by the landscape of Tuscany.  She mimiced the colors of her photo and enlarged the trees for emphasis.  It’s going to be very striking.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A photo of bright fall leaves inspired Mary Ann.  She selected her fabrics wisely and was well on the way to a successful quilt.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog
Linda was intrigued by this photo of a butterfly, but she had big color plans for it.  After cropping the composition, she began searching for the perfect  combination.
Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog
She wanted to use very bright colors for the butterfly and to alter the background colors in order to create a lot of contrast.  These were her auditions early on.  Can you say “drama?”
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This next photo shows Joyce’s quilt early on.  She’ll be depicting a rural scene with fog in the distance.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog
This is her quilt later in the day, with a tree added.  It’s really starting to take shape.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog
But, wait, did you notice that large bottle of wine in the above picture?  That’s what happens on a quilt retreat after a hard day of work!  Definitely a fun group.
Ellen Lindner
P.S.  Will I be teaching near you soon?  Check my teaching schedule to find out.

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Designing in Sebring

I had great fun teaching the talented quilters from Art Quilters Unlimited, at their annual retreat.  The first class was “Design Your Own Nature Quilt,” which these go-getters fully embraced.

Sally used a wonderful photo she had taken at a botanical garden.  She came to class with it already cropped, but sent me the full photo for your reference.  I’ve drawn in the approximate crop.

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Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

In class Sally kicked up the colors and contrast.  Very dramatic!

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Faith’s photo is shown below.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

She improved the composition and cropped it.  Then, working loosely, she  exaggerated her favorite parts.  It’s going to be great.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Barbara’s inspiration photo showed masses of tulips in a wooded setting.  Flower groupings can be very challenging, but she was getting nice results with her foreground red tulips.  (These will be the most difficult.)  She’ll apply similar techniques to the other flowers and will have a very colorful and beautiful piece.

Faith's photo is shown above

Linda worked from a photo of pumpkins.  She spent a lot of time deciding on her fabrics.  Very wise, since they all need to contrast with one another.  She’s going to have fabulous results.

Faith's photo is shown above

An Irish landscape with blooming heather inspired Candie.  She worked loosely to depict the rolling scenery.  When this photo was taken she was working on creating a sense of depth, and was making good progress.

Design Your Own Nature Quilt, taught by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It was fun to watch all of this come together.   I’ll show you more photos in the next post.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I teach Design Your Own Nature Quilt both live and online.

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Do Birds Like Glass Art?

While photographing the glass sculptures at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, I
happened to capture a snowy egret coming to investigate.

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Do snowy egrets like art glass?  Find out on Ellen Lindner's blog, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

He gave it a close inspection, looking for food, I’m guessing.

Do snowy egrets like art glass? Find out on Ellen Lindner's blog, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Do snowy egrets like art glass? Find out on Ellen Lindner's blog, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

When he didn’t find it he curled his long neck in,  hunched up his
“shoulders” and  I think I heard him say “Humph.”

And then he marched off.

Do snowy egrets like art glass? Find out on Ellen Lindner's blog, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I guess he’s not a Chihuly fan.

Ellen Lindner

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A Boat Full of Baubles

Are you familiar with the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly?  This work is amazing and his installations in public gardens are truly awe inspiring.

I got to see his current exhibition at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables, FL, (Miami area.)  Wow!  Today, I am showing you just one of the fantastic pieces, in detail.

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Dale Chihuly installation at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
Dale Chihuly installation at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
Dale Chihuly installation at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
Dale Chihuly installation at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
Awesome, right?  In future posts, I’ll show you some more photos from my visit.  But, I thought you’d enjoy getting to “study” one in more detail.
Ellen Lindner

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Second UFO Complete

This is God Bless You, the other UFO (unfinished object) I recently completed.

God Bless You, a small fabric collage by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

God Bless You, Ellen Lindner 8 x 8, $79

Like the first UFO, I worked on this one, primarily, in medical waiting rooms.  Fortunately, I got to know many others who were also waiting and I made some good friends.  One of them always said “God Bless You.”  And He did bless me – with her friendship.

It sure was nice to get support from new friends away from home! I chose bright colors to reflect that.

God Bless You, a small fabric collage by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

This one can be framed in a square frame, 10″ or 12″, or mounted on an artist’s canvas.

Ellen Lindner

See more abstract fabric collages here

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UFOs No More

You know about UFOs, right?  Unfinished objects?  Like all quilters, I have my fair share.  The holiday break seemed like a good time to dig some out, rather than to start something new.  So, I worked on two very small collages, adding lots of hand stitching.

This one is called Making New Friends, photographed on black.

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Making New Friends, a fabric collage by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Making New Friends Ellen Lindner, 10″ x 8″, $79


I worked on it during a long trial away from  home which included MANY hours spent  in medical waiting rooms.  But there was a silver lining, since we eventually made friends with  other people who were also waiting.  This was a HUGE blessing that I am still thankful for.

This gives you an idea of how this small collage it would look in a 14 x 11″ frame.

Making New Friends, a fabric collage by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The frame shown is called a floating frame, since it has glass in place of a mat.  A white mat would also look nice.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  How are you coming with your won UFOs?

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New Gizmos

I’ve recently discovered/rediscovered some products that are making my quilting life easier.  The most significant is Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It.*

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New Gizmos:  Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The great thing about this glue is the long skinny nozzle.  This allows me to add glue under fabrics that are already in place.  A BIG improvement over ALL THE PINS I’ve used in the past!

LOTS of pins in use by Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’ve also been on the hunt for the perfect marking tool for dark fabrics.  I think I’ve found it with the white Sewline mechanical pencil.**

New Gizmos:  Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Finally, I recently had to quilt on a slightly slick fabric.  In search of a better way to control the quilt, I pulled out the machine quilting gloves I already owned – but wasn’t in the habit of using.  They really helped.

New Gizmos:  Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

BTW, does anyone know the best way to wash these?  Mine are beginning to look well loved.

It sure makes me happy when I find things that make life’s tasks easier!

Ellen Lindner
P.S. * I tried Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It many years ago.  Although the glue worked well, the nozzle continually clogged.  A recent recommendation prompted me to try it again, and I’m SO glad this problem has been corrected!  (I’m not sure, but it might be important to buy the version that has the blue cap on the nozzle attachment.)
P.P.S. **The newest Sewline pencils have white lead, but the outsides are generally red or pink.

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