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About Linda Steele

I am a Quilter, Textile Artist and Accredited Judge, Apraiser and Teacher with Victorian Quilters living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

 

Fabric, colour, thread, embroidery and quilting have been my life since 1997 when I first discovered the joy of making a quilt.

 

It was not long before I realised that I was more interested in making quilts as art for the wall rather than a bed cover.

 

Crazy Quilting proved to be the perfect vehicle for me to commence my original design work. Using this technique I was able to freely combine my love of colour and fabric with embroidery.

Much of my work is influenced by personal experience and I am frequently inspired by nature which seems to excite the creative process.  I generally begin with a basic plan and work on one section at a time, problem solving along the way. 

 

Over the years I have designed and made many Applique and Crazy Quilts. My interest in designing quilts with a narrative has provided a natural progression towards designing and making Art Quilts. 

 

 I have been fortunate enough to win awards with my designs in Australia and the USA, including Best of Show in the Victorian Quilters Showcase in 2009 and 2010 and Best of Australia in the World Quilt Show in 2009. My work has been exhibited in Australia, USA, France and China.

 

Four of my quilts have been included in the book 500 Traditional Quilts. My quilts in the book are Scottish Dance, Naturally Crazy, Crazy about Ballet and Holiday Waltz.

 

500 Traditional Quilts Book
                                                           
I am a member of  the following groups that have helped and encouraged me
 
 
 
 
 

 

Awards.

 

2017
1st Pictorial- Victorian Quilters Showcase- The Bleaching
Excellence in Emboidery and Embellishment- Vic Quilters Showcase- The Bleaching
Finalist Houston USA- The Bleaching
Finalist Sydney Quilt Show- On the Prowl
Finalist Des Moines, Grand Rapids and Fall Paducah- A Time for all Seasons

2016

A Matter of Time Touring Exhibition- Life on the Reef

2nd in Pictorial section Sydney Quilt Show - Firelight

1st Anything Goes- Victorian Quilters Showcase- A Time for all Seasons

Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishments- Vic Quilters Showcase- A Time for all Seasons

Runner up to Best of Show- Vic Quilters Showcase- A Time for all Seasons

 

2015 

AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places)- Theme of Light and Life - Firelight

Berry NSW- A World of Texture, 2nd for Under the Sea

China International Tournament and Patchwork Arts Show- Crazy about Australia exhibited

 

2014 

Paducah USA, Finalist for Christmas Crazy

Waverley Patchworkers, Viewer's Choice for Christmas Crazy

Grand Rapids USA, Finalist for Naturally Crazy

World Quilt Show, Honourable Mention-Traditional for Christmas Crazy

Carrefour Euopean du Patchwork, France- Holiday Waltz exhibited

 

500 Traditional Quilts Book- Scottish Dance, Holiday Waltz, Naturally Crazy and Crazy about Ballet

 

2013 

Victorian Quilters Showcase, 1st Mixed Techniques for Christmas Crazy 

Victorian Quilters Showcase, Best Embroidery and Embellishment for Christmas Crazy

World Quilt Show, USA, Finalist for Naturally Crazy

IQA Houston, USA, Finalist for Christmas Crazy

 

2012 

World Quilt Show 2012, USA Best of Australia for Eastern Elements. 

NSW Quilters Guild. 2nd Masters Taditional for Holiday Waltz

Nsw Quilters Guild, 4th Mixed Techniques for Naturally Crazy

Waverley Patchworkers. June Lyons Award for Naturally Crazy

Waverley Patchworkers, 2nd Viewers Choice for Holiday Waltz

IQA Houston USA. 3rd Embellished for Naturally Crazy

 

2010 

Victorian Quilters Showcase. Best of Show for Eastern Elelments.

Victorian Quilters Showcase. Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment for Eastern Elements

Victorian Quilters Showcase. 1st Mixed Techniques for Eastern Elements.

IQA Houston USA. Honorable Mention for Eastern Elements

 

2009. 
IQA Houston USA.1st Place Embellishment for Crazy About Ballet.
Mancuso USA World Quilt Show. Best of Australia for Crazy About Spring
Victorian Quilters Showcase.  Best of Show for Star Crazy
AQS Paducah USA. Finalist for Crazy About Ballet  
Glen Waverley Rotary Club Quilt Show. Viewer's Choice for Quilting all over the World
 
 
2008.
IQA Chicago USA Celebrate Spring.   Honorable Mention for Crazy About Spring.
IQA Chicago USA Celebrate Spring.   Finalist for Tulip Dance.
Mancuso USA World Quilt Comp.   3rd Traditional for Scottish Dance.
AQS Paducah USA.  Honorable Mention for Scottish Dance.
Waverley Patchworkers Inc.  Viewer's Choice for Crazy about Ballet
 
 
2007.
IQA Houston USA.  1st Mixed Techniques for Quilting All Over the World.
IQA Houston USA.  2nd Traditional Appliqué for Scottish Dance.
Down Under Quilts Magazine Calendar - Crazy About Gardens.
Quilters Companion Magazine Front Cover for Scottish Dance. Issue No 26.
Australasian Quilt Convention. Best of Best Invitational Display for Scottish Dance.
 
2006.
Victorian Quilters Inc. 1st Amateur Appliqué for Scottish Dance.
Victorian Quilters Inc.  Best Amateur Quilt for Scottish Dance.
Victorian Quilters Inc.  Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting, Amateur for Scottish Dance.
Waverley Patchworkers Inc.  1st Viewers Choice for Quilting All Over the World.
Australasian Quilt Convention. Best of Best Invitational Display for Quilting All Over the World.
 
2005.
Victorian Quilters Inc.  2nd   Innovative Amateur for Quilting All Over the World.
Victorian Quilters Inc. 2nd Viewers Choice for Quilting All Over the World.
 
2004.
Victorian Quilters Inc. 1st First Time Entrant for Crazy About Australia.
Victorian Quilters Inc.  1st Viewers Choice for Crazy About Australia.
Victorian Quilters Inc. 1st Amateur Small Quilt for Tumbling Stars.
 
 
Publications.
2015  APQ (Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine) Vol 25 no.5 Christmas Crazy Article
2015  Crazy Quilt Quarterly Winter edition about Chistmas Crazy 
2014  500 Traditional Quilts Book- Scottish Dance, Holiday Waltz, Naturally Crazy and Crazy about Ballet
2014  Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine May/June 2014 Photo of Holiday Waltz
2014  Down Under Quilts Magazine Issue 167 Photo of Christmas Crazy
2014  APQ (Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine) Vol 23 no.7 Photo of Christmas Crazy
2013  APQ (Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine) Showcase Special Vol 23 no.2 Front cover and article about Holiday Waltz
2013  APQ (Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine) Vol 22 no.8 Photo of Eastern Elements
2013  Down Under Quilts Magazine Issue 157 Photo of Naturally Crazy
2013  APQ (Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine) Vol 22 no.2 Showcase a Quilt article about Naturally Crazy
2012  IQA Journal Spring 2012. Crazy Quilting Article
2011  IQA Journal Spring 2011. International Spotlight.
2011  APQ (Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine) Vol 20 no.2 Photo of Eastern Elements
2011  Quilters Companion Magazine- Great Australian Quilts No.3 Profile Article and Pattern for Panda Crazy
2011  Australian Quilters Companion Magazine No 47 Photo of Eastern Elements
2009  IQA Calendar 'Award Winning Quilts'.
2009  Down Under Quilts Magazine Issue 138 Photo of Crazy about Spring and Star Crazy
2008  Down Under Quilts Calendar. Crazy about Gardens
2008  Down Under Quilts Magazine. Profile a Quilter article. Issue 118
2007  Australian Quilters Companion Magazine Issue 26 and 27 Cover and Quilt Pattern for Scottish Dance 
2007  Herald Sun Newspaper article.
2007  Down Under Quilts Magazine Issue 108 Photo of Scottish Dance
2005  AQQ (Australian patchwork and Quilting Magazine) Vol 12 no. 10  Photo Tumbling Stars
2004  Down Under Quilts Magazine Issue 79 Photo of Crazy about Australia and Tumbling Stars
 
 
All photos and text are the sole property of Linda Steele and are not to be copied or reproduced without permission