Finally On TV!

The six months since I taped episodes for Quilting Arts TV seemed like an eternity!  But, finally, I got to see myself on TV today!!!  Woohoo!

First up was episode 1902, which is about using photos as design inspiration for quilts.  These shots were taken directly from my TV.

And here it is folks:  My Name on Screen!!!  Along with host Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Ellen Lindner on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This screen shot shows my quilt Thorns and Berries, and the photo I used as inspiration.  As you can see, I like to take A LOT of artistic liberties.  That’s what makes it fun!

Ellen Lindner on Quilting Arts TV. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Be on the lookout for two future episodes: one on my Double Reverse Applique technique, and one about design.

Ellen Lindner

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Abstract Piece In-Progress

In my last post, I showed you how I abstracted a photo to create a new design.  This was my computer-colored sketch, although I knew I’d kick up the colors a good bit.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Soon, I was on to fabric selection.  I spent a good bit of time on this, since I knew the value contrasts would be important.

Abstract Piece In-Progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next, it was time for background construction.

I changed a few fabrics along the way.

When I first finished the background, above, the white curve leaf tip on the left was too attention getting.  However, I knew I’d be adding white with the berries and hoped that they’d all balance out.

On to berries.

Abstract Piece In-Progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Yes, the white spots balanced out and I was crazy about those colors!

Time to glue everything together and take it to the machine.  On to quilting!

Ellen Lindner

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From Photo to Abstract

I’ve been having SO MUCH FUN working on my current quilt!  It’s an abstracted design, which always pushes me outside of my comfort zone.  But, I love the way it’s coming together.

First, I needed a design.  I took my cues from a Quilting Arts TV segment featuring Pat Pauly.  She suggested cutting up a photo and rearranging it in order to create shapes and lines for an abstract design.

Okay, then.  This is the photo I chose.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I cropped it to 7.5″ x 10″ and then cut it into 12 – 2.5″ squares.  I selected my six favorite squares and created a composition with them.  (Thanks to the square shape, the pieces can be easily rotated and still fit together nicely.)

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gee, I was really loving this!  Next, I outlined the major shapes and traced them.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Voila: an abstract design which can be worked in any values or colors.  I decided to create it in colors similar to the original photo and I did a little coloring on the computer.
(As you can see, I changed my mind about the orientation.)

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

However, I had leftover “hot” fabric from my last quilt and decided to kick it up with vibrant colors.  Like these.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

On to the fabric selection!  I can’t wait to show you my progress.  Check back soon.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  Since I did this design step a while ago, I have an earlier post with a little more info.

 

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Is It Hot in Here or is It Just Me?

As a warm-natured Floridian, I’m often asking “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”  The hot colors of this quilt made me think of that, so I used my frequent question as the title.

Is it Hot in Here, or is It Just Me? An improvisational art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Is it Hot in Here, or is It Just Me?

This quilt is larger than most of mine, 54 high x 49 wide.  So large, in fact, I thought it might one day get used for snuggle purposes. With that in mind, I put a binding on it.  (For the first time in about 14 years!)  Of course, I still consider it an art quilt and I added a sleeve for hanging.

Here’s a detail shot.

Is it Hot in Here, or is It Just Me? - detail. An improvisational art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

This quilt was a lot of fun to make!  You can see my in-progess posts in the related links, below.

This piece is for sale.  Find full info here.

Ellen Lindner

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Stitched: Final Quilts

Here are the final pieces from “Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art.”

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Florida, by Pam Morris

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Mangroves, by Pam Morris

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Celebrating The Ainu, by Yolanda Reardon

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Incoming Messages, by Susan Rienzo

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Sunshine State of Mind II, by Susan Rienzo

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Leather & Lace, Broken Whole, by Michele Sanandajian

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Star by Choice, by Michele Sanandajian

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Winter Solitude, by Becky Stack

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Moons of Neptune + one, by Rhoda Taylor

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Post Traumatic Stress Demons, by Patrician Anderson Turner

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Maestro, by Patricia Anderson Turner

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Crystal Clear, by Marianne R. Williamson

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Tis the Season, by Marianne R.Williamson

All the pieces in this exhibit were made by Florida members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.)  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them.

Ellen Lindner

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“Stitched” Exhibit – Part Three

More art from “Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art.”

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Membrane, by Deborah Krajkowski

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Benzaiten, by Deborah Krajkowski

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Tribute to Maria of San Ildefonso, by Janice Kreuzinger

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Sunset Cove, by Karol Kusmaul

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Wing It, by Loreen Leedy

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Second Thoughts, by Ellen Lindner

More about the quilt above.

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Vine Ripened, by Ellen Lindner

More about the quilt above.

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Energy of Hope, by Susan Lumsden

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Sweat Equity, by Susan Lumsden

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Grapes, by Shirley MacGregor

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Nonsynchronous Array, by Sheilana Massey

These quilts were recently on display at the  Court House Cultural Center, in Stuart, FL.

Stay tuned for the final segment.

Ellen Lindner

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“Stitched” Exhibit – Part Two

Continuing on with quilts from “Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art.”

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Casual Query #6 or 2nd Amendment Remedy, by Leslie Hall

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Liberty Tonic, by Leslie Hall

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Religion Poisons Everything, by Louise Hall

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Blue Rockfish, by Christine Holden

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gathering Storm, by Christine Holden

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Quiet Moment, by Christine Holden

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Earth Whispers, by Andrea Huffman

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Listening, by Andrea Huffman

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Greenhouse Green Monster, by Doris Hulse

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Wind in Her Ears, by Margaret Knepper

All art quilts were made by Florida members of SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates.  More images to come!

Ellen Lindner

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“Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art” – Part One

Remember me telling you about the “Stitched” exhibit, in Stuart, FL?  It’s about to end, so I thought I’d show you the quilts, in case you didn’t get to see them.  (This will take several posts.)  Enjoy!

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Tribute to Selene, by Sharon Buck

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Citrus, by Cheryl Costley

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Red Violet Structure, by Cheryl Costley

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Coccolobra #2, by Cheryl Costley

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

On the Edge of Darkness, by Maggie Dillon

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

N’awlins Heritage, by Maggie Dillon

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Choices, by Maggie Dillon

Foliage, by Gabriel DiTota

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Dots Without the Polka, by Sally Dutko

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Hot Trees, by Suzanne Evenson

Erasing the Future, by Suzanne Evenson

These are just the first few.  Check future posts for more art!

Ellen Lindner

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Fabric Cookies: High Fiber and Calorie Free

Have you ever heard of fabric cookies?  Me neither.  Until I invented them.

I needed a way for a my statewide SAQA group to thank a smaller group, so I asked the state members to make fabric cookies as thank you gifts.  I described them as something, about palm/hand sized made with fabric.  They ran with those loose instructions and came through in spades!  I received 107 cookies, which made a very significant pile.

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

They were all very different.

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here ‘s a closer look at some of them.

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Below, check out the top left cookie.  It was one of TWENTY-SIX sent by Marlene Glickman!

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And, what about the zipper treatment on the heart above?  I love that.

The next photo is not that great, but I think you can tell they’re fortune cookies.  Aren’t they cute?

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The one on the right, below, was one of several I made.

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

My cookies were easy.  I just grabbed a few scraps (out of the trash can) and collaged them into loose circle shapes.  I stitched them together and later added hand stitching.  They were very easy and fast.

Fabric cookies on Ellen Lindner's blog: AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Presenting the cookies was lots of fun.  I went to a meeting of the appropriate group.  (We call them pods here in SAQA Florida.)  Several members pitched in to provide brunch which I got to deliver.  Once everyone had their food, I told them about a great homemade dessert that I’d brought for the occasion.  Then, I dumped the entire collection of fabric cookies on the table.  It was quite a pile and it had the appropriate effect of drama and awe.  They were very happy with all of this, and I think (and hope) they felt appreciated.

It’s so wonderful working with dedicated volunteers!  I’m so thankful for those who pitch in.

Ellen Lindner (Florida representative for SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates)

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Sharpies and Alcohol

Have you heard about “painting” with Sharpies?  The idea is to draw with a Sharpie on to fabric, and then to apply rubbing alcohol, which makes the color bleed in interesting ways.

Here’s a quick tutorial.

After reading it, I was ready to give it a try.  I used a fine tipped black Sharpie, which bled into purple.

Sharpies and Alcohol. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Sharpies and Alcohol. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Pretty cool, huh?

But, if I try this again, I’d like the design to have more white and less purple.  So, either I’d need to use less alcohol or I’d need to draw the design with more open space.

Still, a successful experiment.  (Also quick and fun.)

Ellen Lindner

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