With a show packed in Canadian concurrent quilt shows and Canadian teachers, they wanted to bring in a special treat for those wonderful Canadian quilters that continue to support CQA/ACC. They looked to our supportive American friends and asked one of the esteemed quilters in the United States to join us as we celebrated Quilt Canada. It is a thrill to have Hollis Chatelain come to teach and lecture at Quilt Canada 2017 this June in Toronto ON!
Hollis is known for her gentle manner in the classroom and of course her award winning quilts!
We had a lovely chat with Hollis to learn a bit more about her and are excited to share that with you, so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read on!
When do you quilt?
My most creative time is first thing in the morning...really early... between 3-7 AM. This is before anyone else is awake in the household, when the house is quiet and the energy is calm.
Tell us about one of your workshops.
The reason I love teaching "Upcycle Your Jeans into Art" is because this is a technique that can be carried forward into sooooooo many different designs, and it is so easy and fun to do! My students are always a bit intimidated when they come into class and within 30 minutes they realize that they are simply doing a zig zag stitch on raw edge fabrics and you CAN'T make a mistake. This is also a class that is all about value.
We start out the class by going around and looking at everyone's fabrics and sharing so everyone has a big variety of values. We learn from each other and share with each other.
Through making a small simple quilt, we learn a technique that can be incorporated into any design. I've attached a photo of a blue jean bag that was made with the simple design we make in class.
Blue Jean Purse
Tell us something you are most proud of.
This is hard...I think I am proud that I have been able to speak out about issues that I feel strongly about through my art. Since I was a young teen I have been speaking out about issues on justice, the environment, human rights and equality. Without quite realizing I was doing it, my artwork started becoming my statement, speaking out and bringing attention to the same topics through my art.
2004 Best of Show at Houston IQF
What is your favourite food?
I love so many different foods that it would be hard to choose. Usually it is the people I am eating with that makes me love the food the most, so maybe it is the experience and the company that make the food wonderful.
Thank you Hollis for letting us take a glimpse into your life!
If you want to learn from Hollis, sign up for her classes, but be warned, they are filling very fast! She is also one of our evening entertainers along with Kathy K. Wylie, both of whom will wow you with their incredible talents!
Hope for our World
2007 Best of Show at Houston IQF
Here are the classes that Hollis is teaching at Quilt Canada 2017: