ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year

I'm a tad late in making this post but my excuse is that I came down with a cold on New Year's Day. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! At our house, we (including Ms. Kissabelle above) enjoyed lobster on New Year's Eve.

For many people a list of New Year's resolutions accompanies the start of a new year. Not for me. I gave up making resolutions many years ago. However, I keep a list of goals throughout the year. For some time now I have had a condensed list written on a yellow sticky note, attached to my computer. On it are three words:
1. Studio (reminding me to spend some time in my studio each day that I am home.
2. Exercise (reminding me to move every day). This is a tough one for me to stick to!
3. Cook. I've been doing very well on this one for at least a month now. The idea is to get back in the habit of cooking, and as a result I will eat better. The challenge will come when I start travelling again later this month.

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm celebrating three occasions this month: 1) one year of blogging, 2) four years of being a full-time quilt artist and teacher, and 3) nine years since I began teaching and selling hand-dyed fabrics. So to honour the occasion I have a blog give-away. The first person to post a comment in response to this post will receive a meter of hand-dyed fabrics in your choice of colour/s. In other words, you tell me what you want and I will custom-dye it for you this week. I'll be in my basement dungeon dyeing a fair bit this week.

If there is any particular topic you would like to see me post about, any questions you might have, please ask. I want this blog to be useful and educational.

All best wishes for 2012!!


  1. Oh me, me, me! Congrats on the blogiversary, Elaine! I love burgundy/wine/purple. Actually everything you make is gorgeous! Happy New Year!

  2. I love your posts about your experiences in the industry and as an artist. I always find them very thoughtful and interesting. BTW, I think I finagled a day 'off' to go to your workshop on the 14th. I'm really hoping there's still room!

  3. Hi Elaine, I guess I am not first, but that doesn't mean that I am last. After all, I got to read your blog post! I enjoy your blog very much, it has inspired me and answered many questions and even taught me how to look at things in a different way. I especially enjoyed your post of 12/22 where you shared your "tips". I have printed them and put them on my design wall! Enjoy the New Year.

  4. Hi Elaine -- and Happy New Year. I know I'm not first either (was up late sewing and didn't read this till this morning), but I wish you continued success and a happy, healthy, creative year!

  5. same here, Elaine -- congrats and happy 2012!!

  6. Well, you know I love this picture of Kissabelle eyeing the lobster; I'm late commenting because of a stupid fender bender. Love reading about your teaching and dyeing.

  7. Love this old girl! She looks VERY contented . Her New Year appears to be shaping up nicely. Hope yours is too! Congratulations on al three accomplishments too, Elaine!

  8. Well as you all can see, M-R is the winner of the meter of custom-dyed fabric! Congratulations M-R! I will be seeing M-R at class on January 14, so will try to get a picture of her and the fabric to post here.


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