Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Mary Pal to visit the Huron Perth Quilters Guild as they share their "Gathering of the Guilds" this fall... Mark your calendar, everyone welcome!

SAQA Central Canada member MARY PAL 
has the most wonderful way of bringing quilters and fibre art enthusiasts together!
Her Lecture and slides show is amazing and FUN!

Staying on the Lecture circuit is a great way to carry your story
and the beautiful art you create out there for many others to enjoy!
Hope you will visit the Gathering... Everyone welcome!  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Join SAQA Central Canada member GRETA HILDEBRAND for her portraits workshop at the RiverBrink Art Museum in Queenston (Niagara-on-the-Lake) Saturday, July 7th.

June 27, 2018

QUEENSTON, ON - Using graphite pencils and charcoal, explore portrait drawing with artist and educator Greta Hildebrand! This workshop will guide you through the fundamentals of portrait drawing - some history, a variety of tonal exercises, and drawing your way toward your own self portrait.

Greta retired 4 years ago from a career in education, and as a curator and fine arts administrator.  She has a degree in Fine Arts and a Masters of Education and has established a studio from her home in Fenwick.  Greta works as a mixed media artist and creates 2 and 3 dimensional art forms.  Exploration is the basis of her philosophy.  Visit her website at to discover more. 

Examples of the artist’s family.

This workshop will be held at the museum in our new studio space, the Coach House, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm (approx.). Light refreshments will be provided. The cost of the workshop is $40.00 which includes all required materials.

For registration, please contact RiverBrink Art Museum by phone at (905) 262-4510 or by email  at Early registration and payment is encouraged to reserve your spot.

RiverBrink Art Museum is located at 116 Queenston Street, Queenston (Niagara-on-the-Lake). It is located on the Niagara Parkway, halfway between Niagara Falls and “Old Town” Niagara-on-the-Lake. Free on-site parking. Wheelchair accessible. Gift Shop.

 Programming and Curatorial Assistant
Sonya Marie de Lazzer
RiverBrink Art Museum
P.O. Box 266 116 Queenston Street
Queenston, NOTL L0S 1L0

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CANADIAN SEASONS heads to Texas for display...

Celebrate with SAQA Central Canada Artist  Joan Hug-Valeriote as she shares her beautiful piece, “Canadian Seasons” which has been accepted for the SAQA's Global Exhibition “Season after Season” to be displayed in the Texas Quilt Museum in January 2019 and hopefully some other venues after that.

CANADIAN SEASONS by Joan Hug Valeriote

Artist’s statement for Canadian Seasons

“Canadian Seasons” was created as we were preparing to move from a much beloved, heavily treed property to a dense urban environment.  Watching the colours of the trees change through the seasons was an annual privilege and wonder.  Our very short Canadian spring with its grey-greens and yellow-greens, give way to the deep summer greens that Georgia O’Keefe found so boring, followed by true autumn glory!  Deciduous trees in winter are identifiable mostly by their bark.  It was only after spending four years in Southern California that I came to truly appreciate our changing seasons.

Joan Hug-Valeriote
Quilt Artist and Studio Teacher

(click on the link to read more here) Season After Season in Texas:  
LaGrange, TX: October 5, 2018 – January 31 2022 (traveling exhibit)
Our lives are measured in seasons. Not just the familiar quarterly divisions of a year: spring, summer, fall and winter, but with each new day we move among a variety of seasons. Seasons are temporary markers of the passing of time, helping us transition naturally through the changes of our lives.
Transitions in our personal lives can be seen through the seasons represented by age, health, attitude, status, hopes, dreams, or priorities. Other less personal seasonal changes are reflected in the world around us: weather, daylight, rainfall, temperature, climate, holidays, harvest, migration, sports, or hunting.
Some seasons have no set time of arrival; others are regular as the ticking of a clock. Some seasons we await with excitement or anticipation; others we fear or wish to slow their inevitable arrival. Artists were encouraged to explore and illustrate the seasons of their lives or the changes reflected in the seasons of the world in which they live.
Special Note: Each accepted work must have an accompanying artist’s journal which explores the artist’s journey from initial thoughts and concept to final artwork.
Congratulations Joan!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

News from Céleste Compion to share some wonderful opportunities in our Quilt World this summer.....

Shweshwe News in June
Dear Shweshwe fans

After a very busy schedule of travelling during May, it feels great to touch base with you again. It has been an adventurous month with trunk show presentations spread far and wide in Ontario from Mississauga, Hamilton and Ingersoll to Orillia and even two presentations in Geneva NY in the United States. I never tire of sharing the Shweshwe story, because it is so rich in the cultural history of South Africa and of textiles, worldwide.

I was fortunate to attend several quilt shows in the past month: the Four Corners Quilt Guild Show in Mount Forest ON, as well as the Courtepointe Québec Salon 2018 in Laval QC, where I managed to tell the Shweshwe story in French to very patient and helpful Québec quilters visiting our booth at the quilt show. I was able to attend the Quilts on the Grand Show in Fergus ON as a volunteer, not as a vendor, and just be a member of my own guild this weekend too. It is both humbling and inspiring to see the outstanding work of so many talented quilters and fibre artists both on my travels and at home.

During the summer months, the pace will slow down a little, and I look forward to welcoming visitors to the Meerkat Shweshwe Studio in beautiful Elora. There are several Open House days, workshops and retreats coming up. 

Elora is a fabulous destination for an overnight getaway, so be sure to check out our link to the Flying Leap B&B on our website, as they will offer a discounted rate to Meerkat Shweshwe customers.

Click on the button to see full details about 
Summer Events and Accommodation.
Canadian Summer Quilt Along
A free fun event for quilters all summer long!
I am thrilled to be one of twelve Canadian designers led by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts who have each designed a block that represents what makes us happy about Canada. Anita has made up a sample of each block already and put a quilt top together using her Canadian Flag blocks as sashing.

In Anita's own words:
"Twelve Canadian block designers have teamed up with me to bring you this fun, free and patriotic quilt along. Each designer will design a 12″ finished quilt block and offer it to Quilt Along participants for free during their week in the quilt along. Some might even offer bonus blocks. After each week is up the designers have the option of charging a fee for their blocks so make sure to follow along each week and get your downloads. Some blocks will remain free forever but it is up to each individual designer if they want to charge a fee after their week in the quilt along."

Weekly blocks will be released by Anita on her blog, and each individual designer will have news and posts on their blogs or social media platforms as well.

Don't miss out on the fun. Click on the link below to visit Daydreams of Quilts and sign up to follow this free event. There will be lots of prizes along the way too!

June Studio Events
DUTCH RETREAT Friday June 15
There is only one spot left for members of the #dutchtreatsewalong
$20 for lunch

OPEN HOUSE Saturday June 16

10am - 3pm
248 Geddes Street Elora ON

Shop for Shweshwe yardage, fat quarters and kits.

RSVP HERE to let me know if you are coming am or pm.


Thank you for your offer to post news from SAQA members in Central Canada. Maggie reminded me that it might be good to add this information to your blog: I am participating as a block designer in a Summer Quilt Along hosted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts. 

The QAL started this week on Monday.

Céleste Compion

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gunnel Hag shares some great venues to be sure and visit if you are on the road this summer into fall!

Double Reflection of the Full Moon” by Gunnel Hag


This Summer I am involved in a a number of very exciting Fibre Art Exhibitions.

Until June 3: “Reflections” at the Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON, Canada
(Juried quilt exhibition - my miniature indigo dyed quilt won the Juror’s Choice Award. Yay!)

- May 30 to June 17: “CITED: Masterpiece and Memento” at Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
(Juried Art Exhibition - not just fibre:) 
Opening Reception May 31: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.!!!

May 31 to June 2: “National Juried Show” at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

June 2 to 16: “Fibreworks 12” at Galleria 814, Toronto, ON, Canada
(Group Exhibition) 
Opening Reception: June 3: 2 - 5 p.m.. Please come!!!

- Aug. 1 to 30: “Cloth, Needle, Thread” at the Owen Sound Artist’s Co-op, Owen Sound, ON, Canada
(Group Exhibition) 


 Aug. 4 to Sept. 22: “My Corner of the World - CANADA” 
at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, ON, Canada
3 Rosamond Avenue
Almonte, ON
SAQA juried traveling Art Quilt exhibition

NOTE:  A tremendous FIBREFEST is on in Almonte at the same time as our

Do mark this date on your calendar!!! Bring Friends!

Have a Wonderful Summer!


and Bethany

Monday, May 28, 2018

JOIN IN ON THE FUN... summer in the islands region of Southeastern Ontario. Kingston and Brockville are calling YOU to come make summer 2018 a great time for CLOTH and STITCH!

Bring friends and make this a wonderful escape week into the arts-focused play time away from home we all love so much!

Registration for 2018 is now open. With ever-expanding course options ranging from traditional to contemporary painting techniques, music, dance, pottery, to culinary arts and more, there will truly be something for everyone. See the complete course catalog to learn about all of the courses being offered.

The course fees are highly competitive and very reasonable residence room accommodations on campus are available on a first-registered basis, so have a peek and get your seats reserved and your rooms booked for a terrific summer experience.

Registration details are available on the St. Lawrence College website for the 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts.

Instructor, Bethany Garner, with 22 years on the staff of St. Lawrence College as a Professor in the Textile Design Program, will share two great full credit courses this year. Beth welcomes students from across Ontario and Northern NY as the classes are launched for this Summer School for the Arts schedule.

colourful patchwork artwork
Instructor: Bethany Garner      July 9-13, 2018
Kingston Campus (SLC Residence available for your stay)
$268.20 13 ARTS 109

Colour on Cloth
In this course, students develop a personal inventory of colour samples using paints, natural and fibre reactive dyes, and related tools and materials as they work with the techniques for colouring fabric. Students complement and develop their arts focused skills as they study application and design potential. Classroom studies find the students applying current and innovative trends in the use of colour in fibre art, surface design, and project execution. Design work using Soy Wax Batik, Arashi Shibori, Indigo and Fibre Reactive dye protocols and dye/paint applications will be a focus.
square quilt artwork with a central pattern and surface embellished with stitches and painted imagery

Instructor: Bethany Garner     July 30-August 3, 2018
  Brockville Campus 
   $268.20 11 ARTS 110
Surface Design and Stitch
This course focuses on the development of technical skill, aesthetic, and conceptual interests through surface design. The emphasis is on techniques and approaches for paint/print work and hand/machine stitch on cloth. Students learn to colour fabric and add texture using surface design techniques to translate ideas into original works. Hand and machine stitch will fill the hours as students work to create an all new body of work while enjoying multiple techniques for building their skills in colour and design on various cloth including cotton, linen and silk. 

Hoping may of you will be participating in courses and classroom fun all across Ontario this year.

Feel free to contact Bethany at if you have questions.


June 8-10, 2018
Royal Kingston Curling Club
130 Days Road at Front
Kingston Ontario
for hours and directions: