Friday, January 18, 2019

A huge THANK YOU to each of our Canadian SAQA Artists who shared a donation to the funding of our all new SAQA website. This is a commitment that will bring MANY new benefits your way as members of our amazing, worldwide Association!

Thanks to all of you who contributed so generously to our website campaignWe have now reached our year-end fundraising goal!!
SAQA issued three challenges; the $25,000 Frank Klein challenge, a $3,000 challenge from Lisa Ellis, and a $3,450 “Pixeladies” challenge from combined gifts of Kris Sazaki, Deb Cashatt, Jean Tutolo, and a lead gift from Barbara Blanchard. As a result of these challenges, many of your donations had DOUBLE the impact.
AND because of you, we are thrilled to announce that
SAQA is building a New Home!
Many web design firms responded to our application process, but one stood heads above the others AND was enthusiastically recommended by the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. The SAQA board has chosen a Nebraska-based marketing firm called Unanimous to build and design SAQA’s new website.
We extend our sincere gratitude to all of you who donated in support of SAQA’s new website. Thanks to all of you, SAQA can move forward into the future while embracing a myriad of digital opportunities to experience our art form and to connect with one another.


Martha Sielman
SAQA Executive Director

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Professional Practices and the Artist in you...

Happy New Year SAQA Central Canada friends and readers...

Hoping that you are enjoying quiet days and creative bursts of energy now that the Holidays have passed and the peace of being home and in the studio is bringing you joy!

There is much going on in the Kingston Community and the listings of workshops at the TETT Centre is growing weekly. I am sharing several workshops and am excited to have time with all of the students who come through the TETT Centre doors to learn new techniques and playful pass time activities that will follow them through their lives.

I am interested in attending the Professional Practice Series of workshops that will be delivered by painter/artist Gaetanne Lavoie at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.  Gaetanne will share an Introduction to Professional Practices session on January 29th, followed by a three-part series for those interested in setting the foundation for their arts practice for this new year.

From the TETT website: 
On the 29th of January, arts-focused attendees will enjoy a comprehensive 3-hour workshop that will cover the basic necessities to begin your journey toward becoming a self-sufficient professional full-time artist! Become your own boss and begin to dictate how the market receives your work. Rather than the market dictating what you create, create what you want and learn how to market, sell and finance your art.

Here is a link to the TETT Events Calendar and the workshops listed below: (scroll through for workshops and events that are of interest to you. Links available on the website for detailed information.

Coming Soon: (my classes and hope you might join in!)

HAND DYED ROVINGS, February 10th, Full Day Workshop, 9:30-4:30 pm  - plan to have some good fun!

WET FELTED ART, February 26th - evening class, 6-9 pm, supplies included

A QUILTERS APPROACH, DYEING YOUR OWN THREADS, Sunday, March 24th - Cotton and Tencel/Rayon/Wool threads will be dyed in class using the basics of PROCION MY Dyes with a touch of Acid Dye play. Full day class, 9:30-4:30 pm. Threads supplied for samples and you are welcome to bring your own!

Hope to see you at the TETT in 2019!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fibre Art is being shared around the world and SAQA Artists celebrated at every turn. Please take time to visit the Exhibition write-ups at SAQA's website and follow along as the exhibitions move around the world. Congratutations to our Canadian Artists who are included!

Calls to Entry for 2019 and SAQA Global Exhibitions to see - in case you are travelling this winter!

Try to make time to see one or more of these wonderful SAQA exhibitions if you have a chance. Follow their planned travels dates as they move across the country and around the world. We are pleased that Canadian artists are included in many of these powerful arts showcases.
Layered Voices - City of St. George Art Museum
St. George, Utah  •  November 10, 2018 -  March 9, 2019
H2Oh! - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Tucson, Arizona  •  December 1, 2018 -  February 10, 2019
Guns:Loaded Conversations - New England Quilt Museum
Lowell, Massachusetts  •  January 9, 2019 -  April 6, 2019
Season After Season - Texas Quilt Museum
La Grange, Texas  •  January 10, 2019 -  March 24, 2019
Textile Posters - International Convention Centre
Sydney, Australia  •  February 14, 2019 -  February 16, 2019
Textile Posters - Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, Australia  •  March 21, 2019 -  March 24, 2019
Dusk to Dawn - Quilt Festival Chicago
Chicago, Illinois  •  March 28, 2019 -  March 30, 2019
Metamorphosis - Quilt Festival Chicago
Chicago, Illinois  •  March 28, 2019 -  March 30, 2019
Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric - Nagoya Trade & Industry Center - Fukiage Hall
Nagoya, Japan  •  March 28, 2019 -  March 30, 2019


Calls to Entry that you might be interested in pursuing... the  full SAQA Call to Entry details are available here

Connecting our Natural Worlds (SAQA Global - All members), Deadline January 31, 2019
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
With this exhibition, we are hoping YOU will help people to get closer to nature. How can you communicate the wonders of the flora, fauna, and habitat relating to your part of the natural world? Help us inspire others to become better stewards of the environment through your unique artistic interpretation of your own backyard. 

3D Expression (SAQA Global - All members), Deadline February 28, 2019
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 
This exhibit will feature contemporary 3D artworks exclusively.  Be creative in showing how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and in the future. The work may be practical, infused with meaning, or decorative, but it must meet SAQA's definition of an art quilt.

Upcycle! (SAQA Global - All Members), Deadline March 31, 2019
Quilt Festival Houston 2019
Fibre art has a rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded by turning them into compelling compositions. Challenge yourself to make a work that either incorporates recycled materials, be it cloth or non-fibre items, or that represents such a process visually.

Musica! (SAQA Global - All members), Deadline May 31, 2019
National Quilt Museum

Both music and art can elicit emotion, create mood, evoke images, suggest movement, as well as reflect light, depth, and colour. Artists are encouraged to explore the ways in which music can serve as inspiration for the creative process. Artwork may be two or three dimensional, viewed from one side, two sides, or any angle. 

Aloft (SAQA Global - All members) Deadline June 30, 2019
AQS 2020 - various locations

Insects, birds and even some mammals are able to fly or soar. Plant seeds are carried on breezes and by birds, while a soccer ball can fly down the field. Humankind has found ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of mechanized flight, satellites, space exploration and cameras on drones that give us a new perspective on our world.

Opposites Attract (SAQA Global - All members), Deadline August 31, 2019
Quilt Festival Chicago 2020
Opposing forces shape our reality in ways which are both readily apparent as well as hidden. Artwork included in this exhibit will explore a contradiction or an affinity, Yin and Yang, the irresistible force versus the immovable object and other "opposites." 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

SAQA Central Canada member Heather Dubreuil in two-woman show at the MVTM

STITCHED: A Homecoming
Exhibit runs from Saturday January 19 to Saturday March 23 2019
Works by: Anne Kelly & Heather Dubreuil
Vernissage : Saturday, 19 January 2019 from 2 to 4pm
Heather is delighted to have been invited to participate in the show “Stitched: A Homecoming” at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, January 19 to March 23, 2019. Some twenty of her Cityscapes will be on display, along with the work of British textile artist Anne Kelly.
Both Heather and Anne, originally from Quebec, expect to be on hand on Saturday the 19th to welcome SAQA friends and guests.

The museum, a national historic site, is located just west of Ottawa, in the charming town of Almonte. Its second floor features a permanent exhibition celebrating the history of the textile industry in Eastern Ontario. 

More information is available at the MVTM website,

You can learn more about Heather, a SAQA Juried Artist Member, from her website, and her blog,

Collage Work by Anne Kelly
Find out more about Anne Kelly’s work, including her three books for Batsford Press, on her website,

Apron Series 2, ANNE KELL

3 Rosamond Street East
Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0
Phone: (613) 256-3754
Fall/Winter HOURS : Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday noon – 4pm
Closed Sunday & Monday        Museum Admission: $7.00
Members admitted without charge. Children under 12 are always free.

Available on

Saturday, January 5, 2019

WELCOME to our New Regional Representative - JUNE ROBERTSON

(Just copying her SAQA Blog note to each of you here in case you get the SAQA Central Blog in your mailbox.)

Hello Central Canada Members

I am thrilled and excited to be taking over as the SAQA Regional Rep for Central Canada and want to thank Maggie Vanderweit for all that she’s done in the position for the last two years. She’s been instrumental in encouraging me to take over this role and I’m super grateful for all her support!

Those of you who know me are already aware that I’m a huge fan of all things related to SAQA. I attended my first SAQA conference in San Antonio last April and came back absolutely certain that I wanted to be seriously involved with this organisation. So I’ll offer no apologies for my boundless enthusiasm for SAQA and hope to encourage all of you to get the most out of your membership.

For starters, I want to share something I received from Doris Lovadina-Lee
At a recent pod meeting she mentioned that she was going to start a 100 day Stitch Meditation in 2019 and some members showed an interested in participating. 

Doris would like to invite everyone to have a look at her blog post about this challenge and join in.

Many of you already follow the SAQA Central Canada blog which Bethany Garner posts and if you don’t I strongly recommend signing up. On the right sidebar of the homepage, there is a list of all of our members and many have already had Bethany link their name to their website or blog…..something to consider if you have an online presence that you’d like to share.

I’m looking forward to meeting many of those I don’t yet know and continuing friendships already formed. 

If you have any questions SAQA related, don’t hesitate to ask and if, like Doris, you have an interesting project that you’d like to share, please let me know.


June Robertson
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates

And, from all of our Central Canada Members: SO MANY THANKS to Maggie Vanderweit for her two years of amazing care and attention to the business of our Central Canada SAQA Members and their needs...

A note from BethanyHAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!

Just as a bit of a follow-up, our SAQA Central Canada  "Blogspot" Blog is due for a bit of an update 

I received a note from Doris Lovadina-Lee today and it was likely due to the blog from June... 
Doris requested that I link her website and blog to our SAQA Central Canada blog's members list so that a "click" and link would be easy for the members. Thanks for the request from Doris, and I would love to help link each of you...

However, Blogger has been a bit touch and go for the past three or four months, with many changes and modifications to the services available to us. I will always give requests my best effort as your 'blog author', but for the past two or three years, I have been unsuccessful linking names and website/ blog links on the current member's list for quite some time.

Thanks to Doris's request, I will make a sincere effort to explore the process once again through Google Blogger and see what I can do. I will do an update post for all of you as the days go forward!

Here is a link to Doris's Blog and Website just as a little "substitute: for my not being able to post them on the members list on the right sidebar... have a 'pop on over' visit. A  beautiful website and exciting work for sure! Beautiful hand dyed scarves in her shop, and great news about her 100 Day Meditation project - have a read. The links are here below. 

REMEMBER: Your submissions and exciting news are ALWAYS welcome! Have a great month ahead and we look forward to lots of news from those of you who are entering SAQA Exhibition Calls for entry and have news to share about things closer to home...

See you along the way! Lets get those pod meetings going for 2019! I know we need to get together here in Eastern Ontario!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

OURStory Exhibition brought together many hundreds of visitors to see and read the stories of the artists participating in this monumental exhibition at the International Quilt Festival this past weekend.....

Maggie Vanderweit created her “Love Anyway” quilt — a simple gold Star of David on a pale traditional piecework background, finished with a heart-rending quote from Holocaust victim Anne Frank — long before the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, but the timing isn’t lost on her.

Our SAQA Central Canada Regional Representative, MAGGIE VANDERWEIT, has just been in Houston to share in the conversation around the exhibition and her personal story. You must make time to read the article posted in the Houston Chronicle, and walk through some of the histories, especially poignant are the words shared by Maggie and the story around her family. 
Thank you, Maggie, for participating, and sharing YOUR story with all of us.... 
'The Canadian quilter finished her artwork earlier this year for an exhibit that will likely be the talk of the 2018 International Quilt Festival that runs Thursday through Nov. 11 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. “OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric” includes 42 art quilts, each of which touches on a different human rights theme. Fair labour practices, racism and prejudice, gay rights and marriage equality, religious freedom, civil rights, the environment and the plight of refugees are just a few of the topics the quilters from six countries took on.'
The link is below. Do take time to click through the photos.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Please mark your calendars  and join
SAQA Central Canada Member/Quilt Artist
and renowned photographer,  LARRY TAYLER
 as Open their joint Exhibition 
HEART AND SOUL - "Two Men Tell Their Stories 
 Thursday, November 8th - 6:30-7:30 pm

Belleville Public Library Gallery
254 Pinnacle Street, 
downtown Belleville, ON
613-968-6731, ext 2040 for hours and directions

Artist Talks on three Thursday evenings 
November 15, 22 and 29th
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR and visit with our group of nine talented and committed fibre arts friends as we share a wide variety of  beautiful new work in fibre and fabric at the

Kingston Yacht Club

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

11 am to 6 pm
Parking on Maitland Street just off King Street  at the waterfront
or near City Park 

We will be upstairs in the VIBRANT Sale and Display Room 

The very best part of knowing these amazing women is that they are all practicing their skills and techniques as Studio Artists and working from their homes to create items with their hands, using Fibre, Fabric and practiced techniques that they love. 

Special handmade items that began with skill and care in studios across the Kingston area and have evolved into tangible, skillfully created art works will be featured. You will find hand spun, woven, knit, hand and machine-stitched items and MORE! The friends introduce their work, artfully created with love...beautiful wearables, home décor, contemporary wall art and small and large gifts for all ages. Something for everyone. 

Hope to see our SAQA friends in the Kingston, Brockville, Prince Edward County, Belleville and Ottawa areas stop by on November 25th! Bring a friend...Kingston is beautiful along the waterfront in all seasons and your will find great St. Lawrence River views from the Yacht Club display room. Enjoy a diverse and VIBRANT display and demonstrations of hand arts through the 11am -6 pm display day schedule.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Do plan to mark your calendar and join SAQA Juried Artist 

as her exhibition
opens at the 
(entrance on Dover Court)
1092 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J1H9

Exhibition Dates are: October 18-November 4, 2018
with a Meet the Artist event
Thursday, October 18, 2018 
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Schweinfurth Art Centre in Auburn, NY hosts QUILTS=ART=QUILTS 2018 . Definitely a "worth the visit" trip for fall 2018, in the gorgeous Fingerlakes Region of Northern NY

Quilts=Art=Quilts 2018

Oct 27, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019

Annual Juried Quilt Exhibition featuring 59 artists from around the world

Opening Reception, Saturday October 27, 2018 5 pm followed by a dinner at the 
Springside Inn... a lovely place to stay for your visit!

Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. This year's exhibit will feature quilts by 59 artists from across the US and around the world. The opening reception will be on Saturday, October 27th from 4-6 pm.

The exhibit will be on view from October 27, 2018, through January 6, 2019. The year's exhibit was juried by Gerri Spilka and Kit Vincent. Prizes will be chosen by Prize Juror, Robert Shaw, and announced at 5:00pm at the opening reception. A Quilter’s Dinner will be held at 7:00 pm at the Springside Inn with a lecture by Robert Shaw. Pre-registration required to attend the dinner and lecture. Please submit the following form to pre-register.

We encourage weekend visitors to plan their visits around the Trunk Shows which will be held throughout QAQ on four Sundays at 2:00 pm. Presenting artists bring a wide variety of their work and describe their process and approach to quilting. The admission fee allows visitors to view the exhibits and join the trunk shows. Trunk Shows will be held on November 4, November 25, and December 2. Trunk Show lecturers: TBA. On Sunday, November 18th there will be a Fiber Market at the Schweinfurth from 1-5pm featuring local yarn producers and vendors, plus a lecture by indie dyer, Carrie Drake. Click here for more information about the market.

Image Credits:
Top Horizontal: Denise Roberts, MITOTE #4, 2016. 
Middle: Margaret Abramshe, Nan, 2017.
Bottom: Chawne Kimber, Get Woke, 2017.