Guest Blogger Month at the Quilting Gallery

Shirley Paterson

I am really pleased that I have been invited to become a "Guest Blogger". I have been interested in creating different types of art work ever since I was a child. I taught watercolour and oils here in Calgary for 20 years and then branched out into fabric painting.

I have also done a number of other ‘artsy’ things over the years – to name a few: stained glass, copper tooling, clay hand building, designing my own jewelry from copper, silver and brass – and many more crafts over the years. In 2000 I became interested in fabric painting and painted many full-sized or queen-sized quilts.

I slowly branched into doing original fabric landscapes and have taught at many guilds and quilt stores in Calgary and other parts of Alberta. I became very interested in thread painting, and now incorporate rough edged applique, fabric painting and thread painting in my work. I love to teach, and as a result I opened the Learningfa yahoo group which gives free classes to its members. I teach the art quilt classes and some of our Traditional Quilters teach traditional blocks and quilts. I also do tutorials on my blog at least once a month.

I have donated my landscapes for the past 5 years, to ‘The Quilt’ for Cancer support – the quilts are auctioned in different cities across Canada. This past year I have become involved with Wellspring – a Cancer support group – having donated some of my quilts to raise funds for their wonderful group.

My art is my passion and my greatest joy is sharing what I know with those who want to learn. As I am self taught, I have some ‘different’ ways to accomplish these goals.

Shirley Paterson, Calgary, Alberta.

Shirley Paterson

5 thoughts on “Shirley Paterson

  • February 26, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Your work is simply phenomenal, and what a wonderful thing you do, to donate your works of art to help those stricken with cancer.

  • February 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Shirley you are like the energizer bunny! You accomplish more in one day than I do in a month. So wonderful to see so much of your work in one spot. Congrats on being a guest blogger. Janet

  • February 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Janet – these are landscapes and wall hangings that I have done over the years. The quilt was painted in l999 and donated to the Strathmore Alberta Crisis Shelter for auction – I feel fortunate that I can use my quilts to help raise money for the Crisis Shelter and Cancer support.

    I don’t accomplish nearly as much as I used to – I accomplish more at the computer, where before I was out and about a lot more teaching in different guilds and quilt stores. I am happy, and that is the main thing and I am doing the things I am passionate about.

  • February 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I respect it karitativ your activity . You a jo you are a man your landscapes wonderful .Marika

  • February 27, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Hi Shirley, way to go on being a guest blogger. I read yours everyday by the way. I look forward to reading it every night.Dixie

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