Thursday, May 16, 2019

SAQA "Trunk Show E" will be in Deux-Montagnes for their Quilt Show May 25-26th

Please join SAQA Central Canada member NICOLE MENARD and support the Deux-Montagnes Quilt Guild as they present their Quilt Show 2019 in Deux Montagnes, QC...

MAY 25 and 26th
10-5 pm on Saturday and 10 - 3 pm  Sunday
611, 20e, Deux, Montagnes, QC

The Guild welcomes our SAQA Trunk Show along with the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild and Guest Artists LILY LAM.

After having to cancel their show due to the high and rising waters in the local rivers and the need to use the Olympia Arena to shelter over 900 area residents, the DEUX MONTAGNES QUILT SHOW will be open May 25 and 26th and their members welcome all of you to come for a visit and share in the magic of their beautiful quilts and the Merchant Vendors, Member's Boutique and enjoy Quilt Appraisals, quiltmaking and techniques demonstrations and so much more.

Bethany Garner will be representing SAQA and hopes to see many SAQA members who will enjoy TRUNK SHOW E - 57 pieces of beautiful SAQA Artwork...

Canadian Quilts below are included in the Trunk Show E inventory of 57 beautiful and awe-inspiring ART QUILTS donated by SAQA members from around the world.

We have a few spots left for my Fabric Painting class in Orangeville, Ontario - home of the Dufferin Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Fabric Painting Workshop
with Maggie Vanderweit

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Maggie's gorgeous fabrics are all hand painted!
The technique can be accomplished in a day, which means YOU can have your own hand painted fabric to work with, or to pet and marvel over for years to come.  
 Beginners  - all levels - welcome. For all of the registration details,

FYI, I am retiring from teaching soon. Time to focus on my studio practice, family and friends, travel and of course volunteer commitments.
heers, Maggie
Maggie Vanderweit 

Saturday, May 4, 2019


   Have you always wanted to print your own fabrics? 
   I invite you to come to beautiful Haliburton, Ontario July 29 to spend 5 exciting days with new and old friends while learning to design and print your own fabrics!

If you love screen printing or want to learn this fun-filled technique, join me and print your own images on fabric!

My workshop at the Haliburton Summer School of the Arts is just for YOU! 

“Screen Printing - Imagery and Texture on Fabric” 
    July 29 - August 2 

   In this five-day workshop, you will explore the use of pigments on fabric, learn how to create simple motifs as well as designs with fine and detailed imagery, which you will use to make silk screens and print your own designs in an inspirational and encouraging environment. 

   I will show you how to create designs by manipulating texture and colour
   with the goal of establishing a unique line of fabrics.  Just imagine the opportunity for creating personal statements on fabrics that you can use in your textile projects!

   To reserve your space: Call the Haliburton School of Art and Design directly at 1-866-353-6464

   Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, April 29, 2019

June Robertson and Maggie Vanderweit at San Jose, CA and the SAQA Conference - and a few of their friends from across Canada

Maggie Vanderweit Meredith


Making like the angel she is... Maggie is one busy lady - STILL! 
Maggie is very busy and involved with the planning for the 2020 moSAiQA Conference. 

She so deserved this vacation and chance to meet up with her many SAQA friends! Thanks, Maggie!

And we love your FB sharing along the way! Visit her page to see more photos and the record of having some fun meeting and working with friends and the SAQA Board to plan and prepare for our very own chance to host a SAQA Conference which will be in TORONTO next spring! 

March 19-22, 2020

This will be the FIRST International Conference that SAQA has approved and we are all so excited that June Robertson was able to be in San Jose as well as our Regional Representative for Central Canada!

Mark your calendars and get those toonie jars set up so you will be among the first to register for MoSAiQA and do plan to alert the Planning Committee that you will be willing to volunteer and be able to add your skills and have some fun "hands-on" with the Conference experience:

The SAQA Special Events Committee is looking to feature some very special speakers for the 2020 moSAiQA Conference and YOU might consider applying to share your story or a project, topic or news that could bring a great talk to Conference attendees. Check out the opportunity by clicking the Presentation link below. Applications are due June 1, 2019.

Meetings, Meetings, and more Meetings did not spoil the fun...
of the San Jose Conference experience with Art Shows, Exhibitions across the City and the chance to wind down after full days of conference activities for these wonderful women who represent Canada so very well!

JUNE ROBERTSON was in attendance and making all kinds of new REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE friends as she took on her second SAQA conference, and this year as our Central Canada Rep. As the travel week winds down, she will be back with us here in Ontario to share all of her experiences!
June Robertson, on the left, waiting for her next meeting (my guess)

There would have been several days of intense meetings for June, and always the chance to make new friends from all around the world.

She will have some great stories to tell as she attends POD meetings throughout this next year across Ontario and we all look forward to her Conference Report!

Below is a photo of the Canadian contingent of wonderful Reps and friends from Canada, and while I don't recognize all of the beautiful friends, I do see Anita Payne from Perth ON, Katie Stein Sather, Terry Aske and Jennie Johnston.

Thanks to all of our Canadian Reps and artists who flew all across the US to spend time together with new friends from SAQA!!
Canadian Reps  and members from across Canada attending the SAQA, San Jose Conference

and Bill Reker on the back row is our intrepid Director of Global Exhibition who keeps all of our beautiful artwork in front of the thousands around the world who love to stand in front of and appreciate the fine art!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Join SAQA Central Canada member, Marg Notar, and friends
Ilene Atkins, Dorothy Holdenmeyer, Judy Pearce and Nancy Winn
as they share their beautiful Quilts
accompanied by the
Annual MINIATURES Juried Show at the

art KWilt connection is a group of 5 southwestern Ontario quilt and fibre artists who have been working together since 2014.

Their award-winning work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

Our group is pleased to be featured at the Homer Watson House and Gallery
 April 28 -June 2, 2019.

Please join us for the
Sunday May 5, 2019
2-4 pm

1754 Old Mill Road
Kitchener, Ontario
N2P 1H7

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Kingston Fibre Artists 
cordially invite you to attend Art Threads 2019
April 8th until May 5th

Show takes place at the Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity located at 370 King St West, Level 1. This is the 22nd annual exhibition for the group and features new work by 17 local artists, including a group challenge featuring fibre art using a favourite quotation as inspiration.
Walk & Talk
Friday April 12 at 10 am

Experience the exhibition with a tour and discussion with some of the artists.
Friday April 12 from  1-4 pm

Watch some of the artists demonstrate their creative collage; using an air pen; chenille technique; modern embroidery; and using a knitting machine.
Opening Reception

Kingston Food Bank's Sandy Singers
 will open the show at the reception being held on Saturday April 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Food bank donations will be welcome at the reception and for the duration of the show.
Art Threads is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm until the show is taken down Sunday, May 5th at 5:00 pm.

For more information or to arrange a gallery tour for a group,
please contact

Art Threads is made possible by the generous support of the Ballytobin Foundation.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Please join SAQA Central Canada members
Tracey Lawko and Lorraine Roy
 for the opening of 
Friday, Apr 5th, 7 - 9 pm
10 King St. W, Dundas, ON L9H 1T7

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pleae plan to join Central Canada artist CYNTHIA MCNAIR as she shares her 

'An Outsider's View of Israel'
The Gallery 
at the J Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON
March 30-April 28, 2019
Mon - Fri 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday - 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Gallery Information: 416-924-6211, ext. 250

Cynthia works from photographs that she took on her trips to Israel, transferring the images to fabric and painting them. She has travelled the country widely and continues to find inspiration.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

If you are near the Ottawa area or need a lovely spring drive, don't miss the OUT OF THE BOX Fibre Artists Spring 2019 Show and Sale

Share their annual
at the 
Kitchissippi United Church

between Carling Ave and the 417

Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th
10-8 pm on Friday and 
10-5 pm on Saturday

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hoping you have submitted your beautiful Art Quilts in the fast approaching GRAND NATIONAL Fibre Art and Quilt Exhibition Call to Entry... "STILL" promises to be an outstanding travelling exhibition.

The Grand National Committee and the Portage & District Arts Centre invite quilt and fibre artists from across Canada to participate in their 2019 thematic exhibition. 

The Grand National is “Still” an entity and the committee challenges you to create a piece using the theme “Still”. 
For example, your piece could celebrate the longevity of a place, event or idea; demonstrate the ability of an object to be motionless; slice out a millisecond of time in which a continuously moving object can be viewed as frozen in time or let your imagination interpret this theme some other way.

Entry Submission Deadline: April 13, 2019

Acceptance Notification by May 14, 2019, Exhibition 

Opens: July 6, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2019, Show Conclusion: August 10, 

2019 Entry Requirements and Entry Form are available at 

For info:, 250-923-8875

Entry Requirements pdf here:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

So wonderful to see these two beautiful art quilts featured as SAQA shares news about our artists and their work all around the world - Beautiful Mita and Helena!

A Celebration of Color

Quilt Festival Chicago announced A Celebration of Color winners. This annual judged competition is open to quilters working in any style, and who like to play with color to create a vibrant work. Congratulations to SAQA members Carol Morrissey who won First Place in the Art Category and Helena Scheffer for her Best in Show win!

If you're interested in entering other Quilt Festival special exhibitions, see the calls for entries listed on their website.

Kilauea (86" x 70") by Helena Scheffer of Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada 
($500 AWARD)

Raindrops (69" x 79") by Ana Blickenderfer
of Charles City, Iowa
($500 AWARD)

Fractured Rainbow (67" x 67")
by Amy Kidd
of Natick, Massachusetts 
Hips and Sepals (59" x 45") by Carol Morrissey of Double Oak, Texas  
Beautiful Taiwan - Fushoushan Farm 
(57" x 46")
by Hsi-Chen Hsu
of New Taipei City, Taiwan
See these and all of the quilts in the "A Celebration of Color" exhibit atQuilt Festival Chicago, March 28-30, in Rosemont, Illinois. 

Make Time to see an Exhibition!