ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

First Place

Tonight was the big awards ceremony at the International Quilt Festival, Houston. Facebook has been buzzing with news of who won what and I've received several emails congratulating me. I was surprised and delighted to learn that the award for "Curtain Call 2" is "First Place" in the "Art-Naturescapes" category. I had been told the quilt won an award but the nature of the award was not disclosed until tonight. Someone even sent me a photo of the award announcement (below).

Curtain Call 2

You will find Curtain Call 2 is also featured on page 32 of "International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene" magazine. This magazine covers the show, and will be available for sale at many news stands and on-line at the Interweave Store. You can purchase a digital copy from anywhere in the world, which you can download at your computer.

Red Stool is also hanging at the show. Because the piece has an irregular shape, I was required to sew it to a black background. I made a black quilt and hand-sewed Red Stool to it. I sure hope it is holding up and hanging OK.
Red Stool
Doing a little celebrating tonight :-)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dyeing to Quilt

Last night I returned from a fabulous week of teaching my five-day Dyeing to Quilt class at the Haliburton School of the Arts. We drove the 4 hours to Haliburton last Saturday, and found there were still colourful leaves on the trees. It is a quite quiet and pretty drive from Ottawa to Haliburton. My husband joined me for the weekend, and he took this picture.

We lucked out! It stopped raining and the sun came out for a while on Sunday. We walked in Haliburton Forest.

We also paid visit to the Wolf Centre. Since my last visit two summers ago, the wolf pack has declined in number, due to an intruder cutting the fence, such that all the male wolves (including the alpha male) escaped. Two were later found shot. Four females remain and an alpha male was brought in from another location. The wolves are protected and studied within an enclosure that is about 15 acres.
This is the new alpha male, Fang.

Last week was study break at the college, and only two classes were running. It was a quiet week, and it turned out that I was the only teacher staying in the teacher cabins. I was basically in the woods by myself during the week. 

Except of course my deer friends, who greeted me outside the cottage, or on the road, each morning.

Here is a picture of Haliburton School of the Arts in the early morning light. It is a state-of-the-art facility, set in the forest.
A closer photo of the blue horse sculpture to the left of the entrance.


I had nine eager dyers in the class.  We began with parfait dyeing.

Some students chose to dye gradations.

We did a little Bomaki Shibori.

Barbara placed her dyes carefully to create this sunset-like piece of fabric.

We wrapped PVC poles and tried some Arashi Shibori, using an immersion dye bath. I absolutely adore this piece of fabric that Candice created.

Some close-ups of arashi shibori.

Jo-Ann tried some stitch resist. Her mokume shibori turned out looking like the wood grain it is supposed to look like.

This is Barb, holding up one of her pieces of fabric created using a flour paste resist.

More flour paste resisted fabric.
Wow, Libbys collection is yummy!

Everyone had a chance to try some soy wax batik.

 With the following results:

We tried dyeing some folded and manipulated fabric. I am dying to do some more of this myself soon! This piece, made by Ruth, is my favorite!

On the last day we had Show and Tell.  Everyone dyed approximately 15 meters of fabric in total. A great stash to see them through the winter.

Barb organized and labelled all her work so she has a record of how she made it. A great idea, I should try this more often!
I had a blast, and am feeling inspired to dye, but in the mean time, I am getting ready to teach session 2 of The Art Quilt tomorrow at The Running Stitch. I am going to be home a lot more in the next couple of months, and will be updating on some of the projects I am working on.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Okanagan Valley: Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Back from visiting family for Thanksgiving, and my sister is now visiting for a couple of days. I'm also packing for next week's Dyeing to Quilt class at the Haliburton School of the Arts.  In the mean time, I have not shared these photos, taken at the Ornamental Gardens in Summerland, British Columbia, on our last day there.  Enjoy the colour!