ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


The winner of last week's book give-away is Gail Segreto of Elizabeth, Colorado.  Your book was mailed this morning Gail.  I hope you enjoy it.  The book must be selling like hotcakes as I ordered a couple more copies from Amazon.ca, only to find they are now backordered. 
I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.  I got to stay home with my husband and three geriatric cats.  My blind Johnnie was glued to my lap at every chance he got!  Here is the rear view of him sitting on my lap. 

Although the weekend was chilly, we enjoyed bright sunny days.  I spent some time in the backyard, accompanied by my three cats. It is amazing how well a blind cat does in his own backyard.  He always finds the backdoor when he is ready to come back in.

I checked out all the new life springing up, and yes, green is still my favorite colour!

On the weekend I drafted an article that is due soon for an on-line quilting magazine.  I will share more details when the article is published.  I also dyed 22 meters of multi-coloured fabric.  There is a class happening at the local guild where students will be making convergence quilts and I was asked if I could provide fabric.  Here is a photo of the convergence-type fabrics in my own stash because I haven't ironed the ones for sale yet.  They are very similar.

Last week I travelled up the Ottawa Valley and spent two days teaching for the Renfrew Quilters Guild.  On the first day I had 13 students in "Introduction to Machine Quilting", and on the second I had four students in "In Full Bloom".  You can see the four here working on their flowers.  It was a great experience teaching such a small class and being able to provide a lot more individual attention to each student.

Right now I'm preparing for my Resist Dyeing class at the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild this Saturday.  I need to simplify and clarify everything because there will be a few students who are new to dyeing.  My Resist Dyeing class will include flour paste resist and soy wax batik.  I will report back later next week.  I ill be heading back up the Ottawa Valley next week to spend two days with the Pembroke Quilters Guild.  When I get back I have several local classes to deliver.

Oh, and I'm pleased to share that I've signed up for a drawing class through the Ottawa School of Art at the Shenkman Ars Centre.  I found one that will fit into my schedule fairly well, and I will only miss one or two classes because of teaching commitments.  Class starts April 25!

That's all the news in my world.  When the Spring teaching season settles down I hope to make some progress in my studio, and I will be sure to post pictures when I do!


  1. Glad to hear you had a relaxing weekend with your hubster and the cats, Elaine!

  2. I'm curious about how you dyed the convergence fabric--would you mind sharing the info? I'd totally understand I'd the answer is no. I could figure it out with some experimenting....

    I have a cat who is 19 years old now, can't imagine her not being around but it could happen any time now. That's the saddest part of having geriatric pets!

    1. No problem Laura, I will do a blog post soon about the multi-coloured (convergence fabrics). Gives me a subject to write about, but it may not be for a week or two as I have several workshops coming up this week and next.

      I am sure going to miss my old kitty when he leaves me! He has been quite a friend.

  3. Very cool fabrics, Elaine! Looks like a lot if fun to do, even though it is a LOT of work. I lost the bloom on my magnolia in a hard frost a couple of weeks ago and I was NOT alone.mit is very sad but the rest of spring is coming on nicely. Enjoy it!

    1. Sorry about your magnolia bloom ... they are special! 20 meters is a piece of cake compared to 120, which I did Feb/March.

  4. Hi Elaine,
    I got the book in yesterday's mail. It is so beautiful. The Natural World has all the images I love best. Thank you so much for your generous gift. and I was so pleased to see that your quilts are not just included, you are a featured artist! Congratulations! and thank you once again. I cant want to read the text of the book and savor over the images again.


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