ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dye Happy, Part 4 & Student Work

Yesterday was Session 4 of my Dye Happy class at Wabi Sabi, so I'm sharing some photos. By the way, for those of you on the western side of Canada, I will be teaching this 5 day class at Cherry Tree Quilts, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, August 18-22. My "Hosta Leaves 101" class has also been added for August 16.

This fabric was created by Ruth using black-eyed peas bound with elastic bands.

More flour paste resist 
and bomaki shibori
 and a value gradation by Bev.
 Folded fabric by Valerie.
Arashi shibori T-shirt by Bev.

Becky at the soy wax batik station, wearing her arashi shibori T-shirt.

Students took turns at the soy wax batik station, and at other times worked on whatever project they wanted. Becky decided to dye another colourwheel.

I treated myself to a couple of dyed tunics recently. These are actually dress blanks I purchased at Dharma Trading Company. They fall a couple of inches above the knee, and I think will look best with cropped leggings.

On to some student work. Judy took my "In Full Bloom" class several months ago, and made this poppy. She dyed the background fabrics in our Dye Happy class and brought the finished result to class yesterday. Love how the centre picks up the blue of the background and the diagonal value gradation in the background.

Barb Westfall took my In Full Bloom class in Winnipeg back in March and sent a photo of her finished piece. Her work also features a diagonally pieced background. Great job on the values.

This is my original quilt, "Kissing Joy". The poppy pattern that students are using comes from the bottom poppy on this quilt. This photo of Wendy Wood and I was taken at the Manitoba Prairie Quilters show and conference in March 2014. Thanks for the photo Wendy.

I heard a report that several students at the Huron-Perth Quilt Guild finished their poppies and had them displayed at their quilt show this spring. This one, by Thea Rijkhoff-Ramler, was shared on Facebook. I love the little red accents she has placed in the wonky background blocks.

This peony was made by Sylvia Young in my two-day (design your own) "In Full Bloom" class last year.

Heather Williams won a second place at the Common Thread Quilt Guild's show two weekends ago, for the piece she began in my Liberated Radial Piecing class.

Always a pleasure sharing student work :-))


  1. Love seeing what your students are doing. Sheer inspiration!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the show Judy :-)) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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