Quilt Canada 2017
June 14 - 17, 2017
The International Centre
June 14 - 17, 2017
The International Centre
Joyce Brown from High River, AB is a fibre artist, instructor, and pattern designer, active in several Guilds. She is a respected Alberta quilt judge. Traveling the world has enabled her to integrate the culture and heritage of different nationalities into her work.
Inspiration comes from places and things she sees: Kenyan batiks, Indian silk paintings, Northern Alberta Cree beading and the fields and mountains outside her own windows. Creating traditional, modern and machine embroidered quilts helps to keep Joyce in touch with a variety of techniques and skills.
Hollis Chatelain is an internationally recognized and award-winning artist specializing in textile painting. Through her works that address challenging social and environmental themes, Hollis reflects 12 years of experience living in West Africa and working with humanitarian organizations.
Using a distinctive style characterized by a dream-like use of color and imagery, her dye-painted scenes of multi-cultural life convey the untold stories of women, children, families, and the earth, and have been described as "easy to gaze at, but hard to forget."
With an educational background in design and photography, and over 35 years experience as a professional artist, Hollis' work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. In addition to creating her art, Hollis holds lectures and workshops in the United States and abroad, instructing students in subjects including color, drawing, design, dye-painting, and quilting technique.
I have been quilting for over 24 years in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. I have been involved with several quilt guilds along the years and helped to coordinate the programs, organize raffle quilts, donation projects, and assisted with quilt shows. Since 2008 I have taught many workshops, many short demonstrations and lectured across the country in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, London, St Catharines, Ontario, St Savard and Montreal, Quebec, Charlottetown, & Summerside, PEI, Yellowknife, NWT, across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I was the local organizing chair for Quilt Canada 2012 in Halifax, NS and continue to exhibit in invitational and group quilt shows. Currently I meet with a Fibre Art Bee once a month where we offer demonstrations of techniques to one another, organize small shows within the province, offer critiques and assistance of works in progress. I have developed patterns in conjunction with my workshops which I sell online, at workshops, and the occasional merchant mall. I operate a couple of websites including www.quilttheatlantic.ca informing quilters of events, guilds, stores, etc. in the Atlantic Provinces. I reside in Dartmouth with my husband and 2 tuxedo cats.
Gail is a retired IT professional, who has been sewing for over 45 years. She has been a long time active member of the city’s oldest quilt guild, the Fredericton Quilters Guild. Gail has served as a volunteer member on the Canadian Quilt Association’s Board of Directors and now volunteers locally with various organizations. She teaches quilting classes to guilds in New Brunswick. She is married and has six grandchildren, all who enjoy crafting.
Sue Patten of Ontario is an award-winning long-arm quilter. She travels throughout Canada, the US, Europe and the UK teaching her unique and innovative quilting styles to long-arm, domestic and hand quilters. Sue is always filled with high energy, humor, stories and tips, ensuring her classes are non-stop education and fun.
Sue is the author of Quilting Possibilities and Adaptable Quilting Designs published by AQS. She willingly shares her talents and has designed fabric, thread and stencils; machine, hand and redwork embroidery patterns; machine, hand and computerized quilting designs; innovative whole cloth designs; and a full range of training videos. Over the last decade, Sue's work has been featured in dozens of magazines. She has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims; America Sews with Sue Hausmann; Quilt It! The Long-arm Quilting Show by QNNtv; and Linda Taylor's Long-arm Quilting Show.
I have always been drawn to the beauty and tactile nature of cloth and do not remember a time when I did not sew. My love affair with quilting began in the 70's and I have been teaching all things quilting for over 30 years.
Specialties include: free motion quilting, thread painting (with or without applique` design), thread sketching, bobbin quilting, coloring on quilts, precision piecing, scrap style quilting, designing, machine embroidery and sewing machine (software) techniques. As I also work in the sewing machine industry, I am comfortable with all machines and teach on both standard and mid arm machines.
It is my belief that to see a student go from tentative beginnings to confidence in themselves and their abilities is one of the greatest rewards life has to offer.
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. Fabric used in her artwork is hand-dyed by the artist to provide the wide range of values she employs 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. 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. As a Northcott designer, Elaine released two lines of commercial fabric through Northcott Fabrics in September 2014 and April 2015.
Kathleen has sewed and quilted for as long as she can remember. She started free motion quilting when she was 14, and long arming at 24. Her classes include design options, techniques and hints for machine quilting on domestic machines, mid-arm and long-arm quilting machines. Kathleen has taught classes and workshops in Canada, England and Australia. When Kathleen is not in front of her sewing machine, she can be found snow boarding, reading or dreaming of what to sew next.
Elaine began quilting in 1998 when she decided that her daughter, who was 2, needed a quilt for her big girl bed. She started teaching in 2000. In addition to teaching at guilds, stores and her in-home studio she has entertained many audiences with her humorous quilt related stories.
Elaine’s Tech Tips columns (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) is now available on-line in e-book format at QUILTSocial.com.
Elaine guest blogs for QUILTSocial.com, where she reviews Husqvarna Viking sewing machines. In 2015, Elaine joined Northcott and loves going to work in a warehouse full of fabric.
Judy Villett has judged across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. She is a well-known instructor and textile artist who has exhibited in Japan, England, Italy, the USA and Canada. She is currently part of a shared studio space at 100 Braid Street, New Westminster, BC.
Her work incorporates many techniques to express her passion for the colour and texture of the world around her. She has lived in the Alberta foothills and northern plains, Honolulu, Hawaii, Vancouver, and now New Westminster BC overlooking the Fraser River.
Jackie White is an avid quilter who loves to push the boundaries of quilting. She is also the Social Media Director for the Canadian Quilters’ Association as well as managing several other social media accounts. She enjoys teaching others what she has learned on the internet and how it can relate to quilting to open the door to countless possibilities.
Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué techniques in a “contemporary traditional” style. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts”.
I have always worked creatively with fabric, having taught myself to sew my own clothes as a girl. In 1991 I discovered quilting and learned the traditional methods by hand. Those lessons taught me patience and precision in my construction techniques. A local guild challenge in 1993 inspired me to create my first original landscape and so began my true passion.
Living and photographing on picturesque Vancouver Island furnishes me with exquisite natural images. I want to draw my viewer into the scene to experience and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me. My interpretation of the landscape and nature leans toward a realistic voice of what I see. I constantly experiment with new techniques and products to incorporate reality into my pieces.
My second passion, which I find so rewarding, is teaching and encouraging students to find their own paths and discover the artist within themselves on their quilting journey.
I have taught many different styles of quilting and fibre art over that past 15 years and anything to do with thread or realistic fibre work is often the main focus of my workshops.