Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Instructor Helen Hughes will be teaching "Silk Art Quilts"

Helen’s Fine Art degree from the University of Guelph plus her work with the Royal City Quilters’ Guild, Threadworks and the Fibre Art group “Connections” have both nurtured and challenged her artistic development. Helen has been lecturing and teaching workshops on quiltmaking as fibre art for the past 20 years. In 2002, her quilt “The Greenhouse Effect” was purchased for the permanent collection of the Ontario Juried Quilt Show. Helen’s quilt “eh to zed” received the 2003 curator’s award at the K-W gallery during the Grand National Quilt Show. Helen’s inspiration and motivation come from many sources—the environment, political issues, women’s lives and everyday objects of beauty and rapture. Exploring and pushing new ideas gives energy to her work. Passion drives Helen forward as she celebrates a lift in textiles.

Helen will be teaching a three hour workshop at SewFest West 2010 called "Silk Art Quilts" where students will manipulate dupioni silk in various ways by exploring techniques of tearing, cutting, layering, fusing and appliquéing with a contemporary twist.

Class schedules are currently being developed and will be posted here when they are finalized, with information on how to register. In the meantime, have a look at Helen's work at and