Mary Pal Designs

Quilt Canada 2016

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I don't need to write too much but instead let the work of my students at Quilt Canada in Toronto (June 15-18)  do the talking.  

Here's the background: It was a mad rush leading up to my departure, loading up the car with bins of paints, brushes, fabric, cheesecoth, quilted samples, tools, student handouts etc. etc. etc! My hat is off to the organizers, most especially Irene Lafleche who was my go-to person for classroom issues and Liz Thompson who coordinated the conference, and to the myriad volunteers who kept everything running smoothly in such a large facility.

Stencilling with paintstiks

Stencilling with paintstiks

I had the most amazing students. It is always fun to teach quilters because they are such benevolent, forgiving folks. They help one another out, happily share their tools, and see the humour in everything.  But by the end of four days of teaching, I felt I had a whole new circle of friends, and I have invited them to share their finished pieces with me so I can post photos of them here.  So stay tuned!

My first workshop was Landscape Basics where we explored the virtues of different paint media on fabric (Paintstiks - oil, Setacolor - acrylic and Neocolor II - wax pastel), designing landscapes as we went. They were an intrepid lot, fearlessly experimenting with every technique in the book!

Who says Neocolors have to be pastel?

Who says Neocolors have to be pastel?

Hastening the drying process trying not to blow a fuse!

Hastening the drying process trying not to blow a fuse!

Individual painted works take on a polished presence when place behind a mat.

Individual painted works take on a polished presence when place behind a mat.

The final two days was Sculpting & Painting the Natural World with Textiles, and here we got to play with cheesecloth and more Neocolor II's, all the while evoking the spirit of the Group of Seven.

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Thelma Newbury is the first student whose work I can post here and I am delighted to see her finished results!

Lake Superior Sentinel

Lake Superior Sentinel

Windswept Cedar

Windswept Cedar

Going Against the Flow

Going Against the Flow

Now I am back home and after all the unpacking, I relaxed with a lovely glass of wine ... of course, I couldn't resist this: