ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Quiet but Busy!

If I've been quiet, it is because I've been living in a fabric dyeing and tomato processing factory the last few weeks ;-)  I am busy preparing for my vending experience at Fibrefest Almonte the weekend of September 8-9. I hope I will see you there!

I have a great selection of Textile Temptation packs, velvets, and of course lots of cottons.

I've dyed a whole bunch of value gradations, including a 9-step neutral grey. I am in love with it!

As part of Fibrefest I will also be teaching a one-day workshop on Friday, September 7 on Hand-dyed Threads. Below is part of my collection. We will be dyeing thread in the morning, and in the afternoon I will share and demo a number of ways to use the thread.

Here's a photo of the tomatoes going in the oven for roasted tomato soup! Putting lots away in the freezer for winter. I've also made a few batches of pasta sauce.

If you are a member of the Canadian Quilters Association, you will have seen my article in the latest (Autumn) issue of the Canadian Quilter. If not, you can order single issues at this link.

I don't think I've mentioned on my blog that I will also be a vendor selling my hand-dyed fabrics, patterns and kits at Quilt Canada Ottawa, June 12-15, 2019. Since it is taking place in my city, I will avoid hotel, travel, and meal expenses making it more do-able financially. 

It's that time of year when sunflowers are blooming everywhere. Here's a two for one in our front yard. Reminding me that when Fibrefest is over I must turn my attentions to starting the sunflower commission.

It is also hosta blossom season. I'm enjoying photographing with the HDR setting on my Samsung Smart Phone. I feel that the results are often better than what I am able to master with the macro lens on my Canon Rebel. My shoulders thank me too as I am not carrying the weight of the Canon.

It's a long weekend coming up (Labour Day). Having worked in universities and colleges most of my working life, I always feel that this signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. I wish you all a fantastic last long weekend of the summer!


  1. This is a test, Elaine. It is so beautifully colourful. Your fabrics are GORGEOUS!! Love the look of those tomatoes too. I have been cooking with tiny, multicoloured toms too . I hope you get this alright this time!!!

    1. The velvet I dye is silk-rayon (18% silk and 82% rayon). After I dye it I throw it in the dryer and it comes out beautiful, no need for ironing. When I use it on a quilt, I iron fusible web to the back, cut out my shape, lay it on my quilt top and hold a hot steam iron over it, very close, but not touching. That seems to melt the fusible enough to adhere it. Silk-rayon velvet dyes very vibrantly and has a beautiful sheen.
      Yes, that is the sunflower photo I'm using for the commission.


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