ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Recent Workshops

I've taught a number of workshops over the last several weekends, but have been a bit neglectful in posting. Today I'm sharing some pictures from these workshops.

Two Sundays ago I taught  Part 4 of The Art Quilt Series at The Running Stitch. We lost a bit of momentum due to having to cancel a class in December because of bad weather. I finally had a chance to see some of the hand-dyed fabric students dyed at the previous class in November. Here are some pictures. Suzan went a step further and created a colourwheel from her colourwheel of bright fabricss. Below that is a stack of fabrics from the earthy colourwheel dyed by Kristi.

A few of the multi-colours:

Barb, who has taken my dyeing class before, dyed these with friends while vacationing beside the pool in Nevada :-) Lovely!

Some students completed the first design exercise, which was a "seat of the pants" construction. I gave them certain parameters, like a) choose an orientation, b) choose a compositional style, c) have one of the elements and principles of design dominate, d) pay attention to what you've learned about colour. Here are just a few of the samples brought to class.

This is Barb's forest scene. Love the little complement of blue against the oranges and pinks. Although it did not appear in the original photo that was the inspiration for this piece, Barb improved upon the photo by making this addition.

Kristi tried her hand at a couple of landscapes. Love how the curve running from lower right to upper left moves your eye through the piece, and the sky on the second version is absolutely stunning.

Monique's flower seems to be rising like a balloon floating upward. A very nice airy composition that will probably be enhanced by removing the dark border that seems to be boxing in that lovely floating flower. Love the touch of the little yellow petal, which helps to balance the larger and heavier flower.

Ruth's still life has a nice use of different values, giving the fruit bowl lots of depth.  A really interesting feature is the smaller art work hanging on the wall of the scene.

Mary placed her focal point in the sweet spot ... the golden mean position. The eye moves around the piece nicely from there, along the curved stem and around the leaf on right.  The stitched feathery edges she has added using a decorative stitch adds an interesting texture.

The next design exercise is to design a small pattern and create with a more planned approach. Again, I gave the class parameters, which will include working with a 5-7 step value gradation.

Last Saturday I taught my In Full Bloom class for the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild. Students were very patient given the challenges with the new fusible product I'm using while Steam a Seam is out of production. One thing I have discovered is that the new fusible (Pellon Lite EZ Steam II) is stronger and tougher, making it possible to trace on the sticky side instead of the paper side. The good news about this is that it alleviates the need to have a pattern in reverse and think in reverse. Everyone was very pleased about that. However, the product is a bit inconsistent. Sometimes the parchment paper side comes off easiest and sometimes the heavier freezer paper comes off easier. 

Sue's tulip was coming along splendidly.

Bev's poppy was off to a good start.

Today I taught In Full Bloom to the Common Thread Quilt Guild, on the east side of Ottawa. We had a wonderfully large and bright classroom.

Cheryl brought along the tree she created in my Tree Collage class a few weeks ago, when I taught for the "Frayed Edges" group in Ottawa. Her classmates are convening here to give feedback on her background. She sewed a wonderful grey sky of diamond shapes. 

Here is a better shot of the tree, but I was using my cell phone camera, and shooting on the table from above, so I completely cut off the roots she added. The colour combination is really nice with purples.

The class was ever so patient again with the fusible challenges, and I think everyone was grateful to not have to think in reverse.  I took just a few photos near the end of the class.

Carole used one of my variegated hand-dyed green velvets for the leaves on her rose. 

Jeannine's rose:

Kirstin got a good start on a tulip in warm reds and oranges.

Of course it takes more than one day to build one of these flowers. I look forward to seeing photos of the finished pieces.

A couple more local workshops at the end of February, and I start travelling again in March. 


  1. Wow! What great outcomes from your classes! And the huge well-lighted room was a teacher's dream. I'll be looking forward to more of the creations you have inspired.
    Martha Ginn

    1. Glad you like them Martha. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Your classes look like fun, Elaine. If you ever come west -- or if I ever get out there -- I'd like to attend one!

    1. Margaret,
      I will be in Winnipeg in March and Saskatoon in October. Yes, I know these are pretty far from you, but at least they are west. I am still hoping that someone in Alberta will invite me one of these days ...


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