Program & Workshops

Bonus Program Work Shop Announcement

Thank you to the fabulous EDQG members who warmly welcomed our special guest instructor, Jeltje van Essen for our 2018 Winter Workshop. It was a wonderful three-day event of slow stitching, camaraderie and just plain fun. Jeltje was overwhelmed with the welcome she received and looks forward to the opportunity to returning again in the future.

A very special opportunity with another International Quilt Artist has dropped on our doorstep, and we’re pleased to share the details with you.

Paula Rafferty (Ireland) will be our May meeting guest-presenter and, as she will be in town for a few days following her presentation, we have organized a 2-day workshop for members and non-members interested in participating.

2-Day Mixed Media Workshop with Paula Rafferty (Ireland)

(see full description below; supply list available upon registration)

Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20, 2018

$75 members, $100 non-members, includes lunch
HECOL Design Lab, U of A
20 students maximum

Registration begins at the March EDQG meeting (see Program table); limited to 20 students maximum

Enjoy a rare opportunity to play and create with an International Quilt Artist! Paula will share her love and passion for creating, using a variety of methods and media. In the March newsletter, you will see pictures of her award winning piece, “May You Live All the Days of Your Life”. The gentleman in question is Jonathon Swift (writer of Gulliver’s Travels) and founder of the Central Mental Hospital St. Patrick’s in Dublin. This piece was commissioned by the hospital board and featured in an exhibition in the hospital last May.

The quilt is a fabric collage featuring photo transfer techniques overlaid and machine quilted and incorporates all kinds of mixed media techniques and ghost layers. You will be creating your own masterpiece on a theme of your choice.

This 2-day workshop will be held in the Wet Lab and Design Classroom in the Human Ecology building on the UofA campus (thanks to our partnership through efforts with Endowment!).Your registration fee includes a simple catered lunch, coffee/tea refreshments, as well as use of some class supplies provided by Paula. A complete supply list will be available upon registration (and preview available at the program table at the March 21 meeting). Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to play and create with one of the world’s best!

Day 1: Playtime!
Initially we will build some textured background fabrics using wet mediums such as acrylic and fabric paint. We will start with colour washes and blending colours with reference to basic colour theory. We will then look at resist techniques using stencils, rubbing plates and the environment (e.g. nearby surfaces such as walls). Then we will look at transferring images onto fabric using a variety of techniques such as paper lamination and fabric decoupage.
Day 2: Collage and Construction
On day two we will assemble small quilts using all your prepared fabrics from day one. We will look at some basic design principles and techniques. A collage will be assembled onto your background fabrics and secured with fusible materials and stitching. We will then look at adding more colour and texture with oil sticks, wax crayons and watercolour pencils and blocks to complete your quilt.
-Kim Caskey and Corey Ralph, Program Committee Co-Chairs


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