Liberate Yourself with Radial Piecing and Fabric Dyeing

July 11, 2017

Liberate Yourself with Radial Piecing and Fabric Dyeing

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Elaine Quehl, Canadian Fibre Artist at The Quilt Store for a 2 day education event on October 31st and November 1st.  

While at The Quilt Store, Elaine will be teaching two 1-Day workshops.  The first, An Introduction to Fabric Dyeing, followed by Liberated Radial Piecing.  If you've ever admired the beauty of hand dyed fabrics, now's your chance to give it a try.

For Details on the Classes and to Register

Elaine Quehl is a Canadian quilt artist, teacher, and fabric dyer/designer who is best known for her dramatic and colourful nature-themed art quilts featuring luscious foliage (particularly hosta leaves), flowers and trees. All fabric used in her artwork is hand-dyed by the artist to provide the wide range of values to create depth, drama, and contrast, and to read like nature's dappled light. Each art quilt is also abundantly textured with free-motion stitching.

Elaine's work has been juried into, and selected for awards at, numerous international and national exhibits, and has been widely published. Her recent accomplishments include being published in the Spring 2015 issue of The Hosta Journal (a publication of the American Hosta Society), being "Featured Artist" in the June/July 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, being chosen as one of 21 artists featured in the book Art Quilt Portfolio: Natural World by Lark Books in 2012, and receiving a First-Place award in the Art-Naturescapes category at the International Quilt Association's annual juried and judged show in Houston, Texas in 2013. Elaine also released two lines of commercial fabric through Northcott Fabrics in September 2014 and April 2015.


Elaine travels extensively to deliver lectures and workshops, and is widely regarded as an inspirational speaker and a relaxed and nurturing instructor. In 2015 she received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Canadian Quilters' Association/association canadienne de la courtepointe. Elaine has been a part-time faculty member at the Haliburton School of the Arts since 2010, where she teaches in the Summer Arts Program.

Elaine is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A.Hon.) where her Major subjects were Anthropology and Religion. Studying part-time, while working in various administrative positions, she continued on with graduate studies, completing coursework in Religion and Popular Culture, but discovered the world of art quilts before finishing her thesis. Elaine left the conventional 9:00-5:00 working world behind in 2008 to be a full-time artist and teacher. She is keenly interested in the way that we as humans make meaning, find our place in the world, and the factors that affect our creativity. She has studied, both in person and on-line, with America's foremost Creativity Coach, Eric Maisel, and completed level 1 of Creativity Coaching training. She has also been taking classes in drawing, painting, and design over the last several years when time permits.

Elaine grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario (Waterloo County) where she was surrounded by traditional quilts made by her great grandmothers, grandmothers, and mother. She began her quilting adventure in 1996 as a traditional quilter, but soon found herself seduced by art quilts and became devoted to developing her own artistic abilities in this medium.

Space is limited so Book early to Reserve your Seat