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“Shootin’ the Breeze” Finished!

Whoo-boy, the quilt of my brothers ended up taking quite a bit longer than I anticipated, but I’m very happy with the finished result.

Shootin' the Breeze, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com
I got to show it to my family in the almost-complete stage, and they LOVED it.  That was very gratifying.

Shootin' the Breeze art quilt in-progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here are few detail shots.

My brother Ricky.

Shootin' the Breeze - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

My brother Todd.

Shootin' the Breeze - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Quilting faces was new to me, and rather intimidating.  I studied the work of Hollis Chatelain and am very happy with the end result.  (However, if I ever do faces again, I’ll use clear thread, rather than changing the thread colors throughout.)

As you can see, the quilting added a lot to the 3D aspects of the clothing, too.

Shootin' the Breeze - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

I feel like I haven’t had much to show on my blog for a while, except for this quilt.  So, to all my faithful readers, thanks for your patience!  Now, I can have fun with other things (like mobiles) and share new adventures with you.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. I’ve entered this piece in an exhibit called “Guns: Loaded Conversations.”  If accepted, it will tour for three years.

 

 

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Corn Fields and Such

After separately creating the two men for my “brothers quilt,” it was time to work on the background.

I finished up the rough draft of the sky and added the far tree line, (with a piece of blue fabric marking a future silo.).

Corn Fields and Such. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next it was on to the corn field in the foreground. Since the reference photo was taken in November, the corn had already been harvested and the short golden stalks were all that was left.

My Brothers - making faces. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I wanted to create the texture of the messy corn stalks, but not too exactly.  So, I used lots of print fabrics to convey the vegetation.  My plan was to use large scale prints in the foreground, like those shown below, and smaller scaled ones in the background.  I hoped this would add a sense of depth.

Corn Fields and Such. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It worked, but required a good bit of tweaking. (And a lot of pins!) Here is what I think will be the final corn field, below.

Corn Fields and Such. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Distant fields had much more subtle texture, so I auditioned near-solid fabrics for them.

Corn Fields and Such. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here they are, complete.  I’m happy with the sense of depth.  That will be enhanced when I add the small buildings in the distance.

Corn Fields and Such. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next it was time to start adding the green fields and grasses. Here it is, in-progress.

Corn Fields and Such. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’m getting close to completing the design of this background.  I still need to add the foreground grass and the buildings.  Then, I’ll have to glue it all in place.

FYI, here’s another quilt where I used the scale of fabrics to add to the sense of depth.

Ellen Lindner

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“Spring Forth” Complete

After many distractions, I finally got back to working on my Red Bud quilt.  I decided to name it “Spring Forth,” because I was captivated by the way the Red Bud blossoms pop right up out of the trunks.

Spring Forth, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Spring Forth

 

I got lucky with the background fabrics.  Many of them had colorful dots which worked well for implying more blossoms.  I love it when the fabric does the work!

Spring Forth - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can see, I abstracted the flowers quite a bit.  That was fun!

Spring Forth - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Find more details, dimensions, and purchase information on the Spring Forth web page.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I’m the queen of cropping.  It VERY frequently improves the composition.  Which I sorta noticed in the second image.  I really like that composition, too.

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Maitland Art Center

Surrounding Orlando are several quaint neighborhoods and Maitland is one of them.  With sprawling oaks, brick streets, and old buildings, this tiny neighborhood is full of charm. Perfectly in step with the area, the Maitland Art Center sets the standard.  It’s a cluster of small buildings and it was built in the 1930’s as an artists’ retreat.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

 The buildings and outdoor spaces are designed in the rare Mayan Revival style and are as interesting as the art held within.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The grounds are beautiful, especially on a perfect spring day.

In the next post I’ll show you the art that was on exhibit.

Ellen Lindner

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“Coastal Overlook” Complete

My latest piece, Coastal Overlook, is now complete.  It’s about 30″ x 40″ and I’m pretty happy with it.

Coastal Overlook, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

  If you’ve been following my blog you know that this quilt was inspired by a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway in California.  I wanted to abstract it and, for me, that’s the tricky part.  I want to hit the sweet spot where the level of abstraction has added interest, but not completely obliterated the image.  I’m never sure if I’ve hit it or not.  Of course, a good title always helps give clues.

To add energy I added lots of off-kilter seams and skinny inserts.  I think it works.

Coastal Overlook - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

When I took my inspiration photos I was standing near the edge of a cliff, with lots of golden grasses at my feet.  I hinted at these with a little piecing and thread painting.

Learn how you can audition this piece in your home.

Now, I’m kinda enjoying slowly folding fabrics, putting away things, and taking time to think about what I want to do next.  As usual, I have several ideas.

Ellen Lindner

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