ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Friday, March 23, 2018

Sitges Patchwork Festival Part 3

I prepared this post yesterday, with a desire to share some of my favorite quilts in the Spanish Patchworks Association's national juried show. This year's theme was "modernismo en el mundo" (modernism in the world). There is a photo showing the title and maker after each work. 

Shortly after I learned that there are pages of photos of the entire Festival available at Flickr. You will find photos of my exhibition on pages 5 and 8, and photos of my workshops on pages 7 and 8.

Please make sure to scroll through and past the quilt photos I took, because I've shared a bit more about the town of Sitges below.

We saw a lot of dogs in Spain. We only saw a few cats, and I'm sharing this photo my husband took on the water front. You can see fishermen in the background.

I took these photos during that hour at the end of the day when the light is magical.

Our hotel was just a moment's walk from the beach

We were surrounded by many sidewalk cafes. 

and the gay village that Sitges is famous for.

The temperatures were mostly in the mid teens, which was a pleasant respite from Canadian climate. I'm off to Montreal today to teach a workshop tomorrow. Next week I will start blogging about our week in Barcelona. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Workshops at Patchwork Sitges

On two of the days of the Sitges Patchwork Festival, I taught workshops. That means that my husband staffed my exhibition. We also had two local people present at the exhibition each day.

This is what the view from the classroom looked like. Not too hard to take is it?

I have a theory that the further a teacher is from home, the better her classes fill. My Collage Tree workshop was full.

Not quite full, my Hosta Leaf workshop did have healthy numbers.

I am grateful for the warmth, generosity and hospitality of the organizers of this show and the Spanish people. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.

On my lunch one day I stopped by the Ten to Twelve exhibition just down the lane from mine. This is from a group of women from the Czech Republic.

Apparently these quilts are the result of a round robin. I find them quite clever.

Exhibition at Patchwork Sitges

We returned home from Spain on Monday night. We are jetlagged and now both nursing a cold. Travel can have it's challenges, but is usually worth it. I will be blogging about our trip probably for the next week or more. On our first day in Sitges, a team of very capable young men showed up to help hang our show.

They knew the hanging system and did all the ladder climbing. I just had to tell them where I wanted my quilts hung.

On our first morning having breakfast at our hotel we met Jacqueline de Jonge, a world-famous teacher, pattern designer and fabric designer from the Netherlands. You can seee her work at Be Colourful. Jacqueline teaches on the Craftsy platform.

Here are just a few photos I took while walking around Sitges. This lovely narrow street was just outside my exhibition.

Sitges is right on the water front, of the Mediterranean that is.

Some lovely architecture, and look at the colour of that sky!

Welcome to my exhibition!

I received measurements of the Gallery ahead of my arrival, and planned on taking 15 quilts to hang. That proved to be a good number. More and more I am coming to the view that less is more. When I hung my first solo exhibitions almost a decade ago, I thought I had to pack in as many quilts as I could. I took these photos just before the crowds started arriving.

Patchwork Sitges sees approximately 20,000 visitors over 4 days. There were of course many visitors from Spain, but also France, Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Finland, Norway, and a few from the United States and Canada.

My exhibition consisted of works mostly from the last few years, and many that were finished in the last few weeks.

I also included some key pieces from the past to give my show context, and I had to include my striped dahlia because the show used that photo in their publicity.

A few excited visitors recognized these pieces as Antelope Canyon because they had visited.

You can see the kind of crowds that visited the show in this photo.

The show was well-received, and even though I took at least 2,500 business cards, we ran out early on Day 3. One comment I heard a few times is that people don't seem to know any Canadian quilters. I guess that is because many of the books and magazines consumed by quilters around the world tend to be from the United States. Is there something we can do to make Canadian quilters more well known? This is a question I am asking myself.