Teaching in Sun City Center, Part Two

What fun we had in my Double Reverse Applique class in Sun City Center!  The students had excellent results!

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

What colorful produce!

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

This in-progress apple, below, shows a bit of the technique.  Early patches are sewn down over-sized.  Later overlapping pieces properly define the patches underneath.  With this process, the background fabrics are often the last ones to be added, which is the case here.  The top background fabric has been added, so the top half of the apple is nicely defined.  The lower half is still lumpy, waiting for the bottom background piece to properly overlap and shape it.

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

(The green fabric will also be cut away to reveal the stem.)

Here’s another example.  With no background fabrics sewn, the apple is lumpy.  The background fabrics will cover and reshape those wonky edges.

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

By the end of the day, everyone had basically finished their apples and some were working on their pears.  (As you might guess, the second project goes much faster than the first.)

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

I love teaching this class, because everyone is always so tickled with their results.  Me too!

I’d enjoy teaching for your guild, too!  You’ll find more information here.

Ellen Lindner
P. S.  I also teach this class online!

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Dying Eggs with Onion Skins

I saw instructions online for dying eggs with onion skins, and I just had to give it a try!

These are the supplies that are needed:  eggs (uncooked,) onion skins, little flowers and/or leaves, thread or string, and a cooking pot.

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Ellen Lindner dying eggs with onion skins

The idea is to capture the flowers and leaves against the egg with the onion skins, and then to tie it all up with string.  A third hand would definitely have come in handy, but I managed.

Ellen Lindner dying eggs with onion skins

Once wrapped, the eggs go into a pot of water, along with all the leftover onion skins.  (The novelty of wrapping eggs wore off after 5 eggs, but I added another one into the pot, just to see what would happen.)  Everything is boiled just as if you were making hard boiled eggs.  (My preference is 10 minutes after the boiling starts.)

Once the eggs have cooled a little, all the vegetation was peeled off and I got to see my results.  Pretty cool, right?

Ellen Lindner dying eggs with onion skins

The reddish-brown egg was done with red onion skins.  It also got the best  flowers imprint.

Ellen Lindner dying eggs with onion skins

Another 4 eggs were wrapped with the skins of yellow onions, and one more “control” egg was thrown in for good measure.  Isn’t it amazing how orange that egg got?

So now what?  Well, I’m enjoying looking at them in my refrigerator.  And, I think there are some deviled eggs in my future.

Ellen Lindner dying eggs with onion skins

I know eating boiled eggs can get a little old at this time of year, but I had so much fun with these I want to do more!  The orange egg has got me inspired.  What other colors could I get with beets, tomatoes, spinach, etc.?  And what if I left them different amounts of time, to get different levels of color?  And, and what if I wrapped them in cheesecloth?  My mind is spinning with the possibilities!

In the meantime, wanna come over for deviled eggs?

Ellen Lindner

If you want to try this, you’ll find the instructions I used here.  There’s also a link to this tutorial and others on my Pinterest board about DIY projects.   Have fun!


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Teaching in Sun City Center, Part One

In February, I got to teach for the Kings Point Quilters, in Sun City Center, FL.  They’re an extremely creative  group!  The display board below gives you an idea.  It shows 6″ x 6″ quilts  they made for display in a local library.

Click any image for a larger viewKings Point Quilters 6 x 6 display

The guild is also very enthusiastic.  They meet every week!  And, they gave me one of the warmest welcomes I’ve ever received.  After my lecture, “Playing with Fabric,” MANY people came up to talk to me and we were still at it 45 minutes later!  Oh what fun!  It was easy to see that we’d have fun in class the next day.

Just as expected, a great group showed up and got right to work.

Students at work in Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

Before long, finished apples were showing up all over the room.

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

As is always the case with this class, it was fun to see the variety of apples created from the same pattern.  Aren’t they great?

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class

I get a big thrill when they start to go up on the wall.  Actually, we all do!

Ellen Lindner's Double Reverse Applique class


Awesome students and awesome results!  Check out the next post for some in-progress photos and more great apples.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. I bet your guild would enjoy this class, too.  Find more information here.


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Champagne Brunch and Tablescapes

When I was vending at EGAD in Bloom, a champagne brunch was held as part of the festivities.  I got to see the room afterward and it was clear that much fun was had!

The stage was set with a variety of designer tables around the perimeter of the room.  Some of them were functional, but others were purely whimsical.  Like my favorite one created by Steve Lomazzo and Donna Goff.  It went from floor to ceiling!

Click any image for a larger viewTablescape by Steve Lomazzo and Donna Goff

The table was covered in burlap with an old tire in the center.  Click the photo to notice all the other unexpected touches:  an oil can, a wrench as a utensil, old bottles, and vintage fabrics.  SO very creative! 

Tablescape by Steve Lomazzo and Donna Goff

 Steve is, among other things, an assemblage artist.  (He puts stuff together to make art.)  So, of course he had to make a mobile.  I didn’t recognize many of the suspended objects, but one of them is a hub cap!

Tablescape (moblie) by Steve Lomazzo and Donna Goff

After a performance by a jazz band, champagne (of course) and the brunch, it was time for the main entertainment.  Local florist extraordinaire, Link Johnsten, created six different tablescapes right in front of everyone.  The owner of Eau Gallie Florist, he can make some FAST and fabulous flower arrangements!  His first arrangement included cobalt blue vases, white flowers and other wonderful touches.  (Click to see.)

Tablescape #1 by Link Johnsten

 When he finished this table, things got REALLY interesting as painter Heather Everett stepped in.  She began to paint the tablescape above, while he continued making five more.  Awesome!

Of course, she didn’t have time to finish, but she really make excellent progress in the time allotted.  How cool is this?  (Still with very wet paint.) 

Painting by Heather Everett

 The tablescape below is intended for an anniversary couple.  The story Link told said the couple honeymooned in Aruba, which inspired the tropical motif and colors.  They have been married for 12 years, so there are 12 roses around the plate on the right.  The left plate features a Gerber daisy.  The kind you use for “He loves me, he loves me not.”  And sure enough, there are some plucked petals on the table.

Anniversary tablescape by Link Johnsten

Also on the daisy is a jeweled frog.  It’s meant to represent the decadent jewelry that the husband would present to his wife.  I love it!

Doesn’t this sound like a very fun and creative event?  I was very impressed.

Ellen Lindner

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Titusville, FL Spring Art Show

My quilt, Crisscross, is one of two that I’m entering in this weekend’s Titusville, FL art show.

Click any image for a larger viewCrisscross, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com

The second one is High Ti:

High Ti, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com

This will be the first time I’ve entered my work in a mixed media show, so I’m very curious to see how it will be received.  Fiber IS mentioned in one of the categories, so that’s encouraging.

This year’s venue is the Police Hall of Fame.  I understand that it’s a nice setting.  (AND, if you haven’t been to the space center in a while, you’ll find that the two are extremely close.  A good opportunity.)

April Q1 13,
Fri 2-8, Sat. 10-8, Sun. 10-3
American Police Hall of Fame
6350 Horizon Dr., Titusville, FL
FREE Admission to the show and the Hall of Fame
I’ll be there Sunday around 3.  Hope to see some of you, as well!
Ellen Lindner
UPDATE 4-18-14:  High Ti won first place in the Fiber/Mixed Media/Collage category!  Woohoo!  (As a matter of fact, art quilts nearly swept the category, winning 3 of the 4 awards.  Very exciting!)

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Revamping a Shirt

 There once was a shirt with lovely 3D organza flowers.

But, the organza DID NOT like  it’s visit to the dryer, so those lovely flowers turned into a tangled mess.

Click any image for a larger viewA ruined shirt, before it's worked on by Ellen Lindner.  AdventureQuilter.com

 You get the idea.

Since only the embellishments were damaged, I thought I could do some sort of interesting rescue of this garment.  After removing the raggedy flowers, I began to consider options.  Maybe some hands stitching.  But what pattern/design?

Auditioing ideas for improvement.  Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

 Eventually, I settled on this.  Simple black stitching in parallel lines.

After hand stitching by Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com

 The loop on one side plays up the skewed neckline.

After hand stitching, detail.  Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It’s very satisfying to rescue something like this.  I’ve even done it to quilts! 

What sorts of things have you made over?

Ellen Lindner
See the quilt extreme makeover here.

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EGAD in Bloom

 I was very happy with my first vending experience, at EGAD in Bloom.  It was definitely a LOT of work, but it was also a lot of fun. 

This photo shows my display.  The room was a little dark, but an overhead light happened to shine exactly on my two center quilts.

Click any image for  a larger view3g-EGAD-set-up

 I got MANY compliments on my work, and it was great fun to talk with everyone!

Things were quite busy most of the time, but I had enough slow periods to work on some new  little “Notes for a Friend”. 


 I thought it would be fun to include the passersby and they rose to the occasion.  This is the result of our Saturday efforts. (I managed to include every fabric piece they selected for me!  Even the shiny blue fabric chosen by a young boy.)


 And this was Sunday’s result.  I’m quite happy with both of them!


 I’m looking forward to adding machine and hand stitching.

I forgot to bring any sort of trash can, so just like at home, my tiny scraps landed on the floor. 


All in all, it was a rewarding weekend.

Ellen Lindner

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“Garden Party”

My latest fabric collage, Garden Party, is now complete.

Click any image for a larger view3f-Garden-Party-blog

Detail shot:3f-Garden-Party-detail

This was a really fun piece to make.  I roughly cut the flowers without trying to make them look like any particular species.  Then, I thought it needed some contrast, so I added the black curly-Q stitching and circles.  I like the effect! 

Garden Party will make its debut this weekend, when I’ll be vending at a Melbourne, FL flower and garden festival.  Pretty appropriate to the theme, don’t you think?

More info:  Garden Party, 14 x 21, $295. 
Blue skies and spunky flowers mark the start of a perfect garden party.
Cotton fabrics and batting.  Raw edge collage and machine stitching.
Audition this art in your home.

Ellen Lindner

See other quilts to be included in my weekend display

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Tags That Tell a Story

In preparation for my upcoming vending event, I’m making price tags for everything.  At first, I followed the typical exhibit-style wording, listing just dimensions and materials.  But then I thought “Is that what people really want to know?”  I asked myself the question, “If I were standing next to someone admiring this piece, what would I want to tell them about it?”  I realized it would probably be something about my inspiration, or some other anecdote.  So, I changed things up.

Here’s what the first version said:

High Ti
25 x 20

Cotton and silk fabrics, cotton batting. 
Raw edge collage, machine stitching.

EllenLindner.com                              $345

Here’s the quilt:

And here’s the new and improved sign.  (Click for a larger view)

High Ti

Much more interesting, don’t you think?  (Actually, I wish more artists would use this sort of labeling.  I always want to know the back story.)

If you’re in the Melbourne, FL area this weekend, I hope you’ll come see this quilt (and me) in person.  You’ll find me at “EGAD in Bloom,” a flower and garden street festival.  My booth will be INSIDE the Eau Gallie Civic Center.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  See more information about this quilt,   including a link to the inspiration photo and another to a detail shot.

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Prepping to be a Vendor

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know a lot of my art features Florida foliage.  So, I’ve been thinking I should look for opportunities to show my quilts to flower and plant loving audiences.  As a result, on March 29th and 30th I’ll be doing something completely new (for me:)  I’ll be a vendor at a street festival-style event!

Put on by the Eau Gallie Arts District, it’s called “EGAD in Bloom.”  Events include garden vendors, live music, street food, art vendors and speakers on everything from bee keeping to flower arranging.  And, this is critical for me, some of the vendors will be inside.  Just what I need.

Having never been a vendor before, I got to work figuring out how to arrange my 1o’ x 10′ space.  I pushed back the grill and other porch furniture and marked off the dimensions.  It seemed quite large before I started adding stuff!


 But, my various tables, easels and display rack quickly filled the space.  I did some experimenting as to which tables to use where, and came up with the arrangement below.  Except I think I’ll use my card table up front for my demo.

Click any image for a larger view3c-prep3

 Next, which quilts to hang where?  They all need to be foliage, colorful, and not too large.  Maybe these two on the right easel?




And these three on the left.
Update:  I’ve already nixed the bottom one, since it will be going to a show soon.  Better not sell it right now!


With some quilt changes here and there, the final arrangement will be pretty similar to this.


I have another nine small framed quilts to go on the table, along with postcards, and notecards.  After seeing everything together, I’m getting pretty psyched about the whole thing!

I have no idea whether I might sell quilts in such a venue, but the prices start at $59, so there’s hope.  At any rate, I expect to show my work to a lot of people, have many interesting conversations, and hand out some business cards.  Fun marketing, at the very least.

If you’re in the Melbourne, FL vicinity, I think you’ll enjoy this event.  Full details here.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  See the full collection of quilts to be offered.  Any other small ones you want me to bring?

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