ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Reflections on a Visit to the Upper Canada Quilt Guild

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Upper Canada Quilt Guild. This group meets in Morrisburg, Ontario, but our workshop took place in Williamsburg, Ontario. It was an hour's drive for me through beautiful Ottawa Valley farm country.

Our workshop took place in the community room at a Seniors Centre. I love venues like this because they are usually well-lit and accessible (read, no stairs). It would be my wish that all classes and guild activities could take place in venues like these. While my cortisone shot helped, I am still not where I'd like to be with my knee.

We had 15 eager students in my "Reflections" class. Some had never tried cutting fabric free-hand before.

A couple found it a bit stressful, but most took to it like a duck to water and happily cut and sewed all day long.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished pieces, especially Bev's, since she incorporated many of the hand-dyed fabrics she dyed in my "Dye Happy" class last year.

Etta's colour scheme is modern and fresh!

This one is soft and pretty. Please, if someone knows the name of this student, share it with me so I can give proper credit.

Bev brought her work with her to show me how she had used a multi-coloured parfait fabric she had dyed in my class last year. It works really well in this piece because of how it brings light through the centre. She used a Gloria Loughman technique for her background.

Debbie brought a finished work to show me that contains fabrics from my "Falling Leaves" line from Northcott. They were perfect for this pattern by Beth Cameron.

It is back to the studio and the dyepots for me this week. And I need to package more hosta patterns for my workshop in Napanee next week.

Have a great week!


  1. Hi Elaine, a delayed congrats on your Teacher or the year award! Sorry to hear about your knee. I'm sure it won't slow you down for long.... Once you've had some surgical help! Jann Thulien

  2. Thank you for your congratulations Jann (aka Mighty Mouse ;-)) I'm trying not to let the knee slow me down but you may be right that it will take surgical intervention.
    Hope you are well!

  3. Please accept another delayed Congratulations for your Teacher of the Year award. It was well deserved. Your workshops look wonderful. I love the variety of work that your students create.


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