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Something Fun

Every so often I like to spend a week or two doing something artistically different.  Maybe with fabric or maybe not.  At these times, I typically pick up a good art book and spend time reading it and working through some of the exercises.  This time, it was Cas  Holmes’ book, Stitch Stories.

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If you’re not familiar with her work, she does lots of layered collages, with sheer fabrics, hand stitching, paper, and more.  Her pieces have a lovely fragile look to them.  Which made me want to try something similar. I decided to make some small collages.

This is where I started.  A friend taught our small group of art quilters how to use Inktense pencils and aloe gel.  She went above and beyond, preparing each of us an appliqued sampler to work on.  Mine had 3 pears, which I colored.

Collage fun. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog
You can also see my little color swatch, above, onto which I was recording different colors.

This had been sitting on my work table for several months and I didn’t know what to do with it.  So, I decided I would cut it up and use it as the base for several collages.  Fun already!

Following Cas’ example of using vintage linens and papers, I gathered my materials.

Collage fun. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Do you see that cream crochet above?  It’s part of a table cloth, crocheted by my great grandmother.  Thankfully, I have a very practical aunt, who loves art.  When she came across this stained table cloth, she offered it to me, making it clear that I COULD CUT IT UP and use it in my art!  How progressive is that?

Here’s my first collage, early on.  As you can see, I quickly deviated from a yellow and neutral palette and added green.

Collage fun. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And here it is, with the second pear drawn on.  I didn’t draw in the third one, since I wanted each collage to have a different number or arrangement of pears.  The drawn outline will be stitched in black.

Collage fun. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’m excited about these collages!  I’ll show you more in the next post.

Ellen Lindner

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AQS Daytona Quilt Show: Part Two

More quilts from last month’s AQS show in Daytona Beach:

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Created by Marsha Walper

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Great detail, right?

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Beautiful simplicity:

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Made by Roberta Le Poidevin

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Subtle and elegant, above.

A bit more color, below.

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By Arnoldi and Sarzi-Sartori

Can you tell that the flowers fall off the bottom edge?

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’m generally not that drawn to traditional quilts, but this one stopped me in my tracks.

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

By Colette Dumont

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This quilt had a lot of machine embroidery, in addition to applique.  They were all beautifully integrated.

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I believe this award winner was mostly painted, below.

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Made by Deb Crine

AQS Daytona Show 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Definitely a show worth seeing.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  See more photos from this show with the link below.

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AQS Daytona Quilt Show

I got to spend some time at the AQS show in Daytona Beach last month.  I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few of the quilts.

AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Made by Fenella Davies

A detail shot:
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AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Made by Melissa Sobotka

There was a nice exhibit of quilts made by Melissa Sobotka,AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Cynthia England does beautiful work, as these photos show.

AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Made by Cynthia England

AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blogLook at all those seams!

More photos to come in the next post.

Ellen Lindner

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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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