Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ANNUAL JURIED SHOW "SPACE" at Marianne Von Silthout Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Brockville

Congratulations to our recently retired SAQA Rep and friend CATHARINA BREEDYK LAW as her new work moves into the Marianne von Silthout Gallery at St. Lawrence College, Brockville Campus. Cathy's work has been accepted into this Annual Juried Show for many years now, and is always a very special treat for the viewers.

The 2012 Juried Exhibition "SPACE" opens on Friday, July 27th with a reception from 5-7 pm at the Gallery located at 2288 Parkedale Ave., just east of Highway 29 in North end Brockville. An easy to find location off the 401 at exit 696 (Highway 29).

Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 8 pm and Monday/Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. 
For more information on the Gallery, visit
Telephone 613-345-0560 during Gallery hours.

ANNA HERGERT Workshop on KANTHA EMBROIDERY in Ottawa, Sept. 15, 2012


Are you interested in learning more about other cultures and their quilting techniques?

Join us for a virtual trip to India and get introduced to this ancient quilting technique that elevates recycling/reusing to a fine art. Hand quilters and embroiderers will embrace this simple and yet very effective method of embellishing fabric with running stitches to create one of a kind pieces suitable for framing. All you need is to bring a thimble (if you use one) and a pair of small, sharp embroidery scissors. Instructor will provide all other supplies for a kit fee of $25. See samples of Anna's work at .

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, 9:30 - 4:30 pm

Where: Dragonfly Fabrics, 2679 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

Registration Fee: $75, plus HST

Call now to register: 613-521-9839 (with credit card)
Linda Doyle, Owner

You are welcome to bring your lunch, or plan to eat out or take out from one of the restaurants or the grocer in our plaza. We have a microwave and fridge. Dragonfly Fabrics will provide tea and coffee. 

 NOTE: Anna will have some copies of her new book: KANTHA - A PRIMER, a step by step guide to the traditional Kantha technique. Please let us know if you would like a copy reserved for you (no obligation). I believe the cost is $25.

Monday, July 23, 2012

JULY 26th PARLOUR MEETING - Ottawa Area Group

Central SAQA Meeting July 26, 2012  
Sharon Collins, SAQA Co- Rep, Chair

Location: Darrell Thomas Textiles, 153 Preston St. Ottawa


1)      Welcome to members and guests 

2)      Report on Synthesis II 

3) SAQA  Annual Conference, Santa Fe New Mexico, April 25-28 , 2013 

4)      Fibre Content,, Oct 27 and 28, 2012 

5) I am SAQA campaign, Membership drive. 

6) SAQA Benefit auction needs patrons too!

7) Upcoming meetings:

-August 25th : Regional Parlour Meeting to be held  at the home of Kit Vincent, 271 Hudson Point rd. off of the 1000 Island parkway near Brockville. The morning will include flat dyeing work session with meeting informally throughout the afternoon.. There is a limit on spaces for the dyeing session. Confirm your interest to participate with Kit at

     -September 20th, At the home of Heather Dubreuil, 11 Quarry Point, Hudson QC. 

    **Please do not use Google Maps to get directions. It is about 1.5 hours from central Ottawa. Those coming from the Ottawa area will take Highway 417 East, which is re-     named Highway 40 in Quebec. Take exit 22, turning left onto Cote St.-Charles. Proceed north on Cote St.-Charles all the way to the end, where it meets Main Road. Turn right on Main Road, proceed a couple of kilometers through the village of Hudson, and continue until the railroad crossing, where you will turn left onto Quarry Point. We are the last house on the right, a large grey house.  In addition to our creative buffet there will be a pot luck lunch.

-Bethany wrote that she will plan  a November meeting in Brockville or Kingston and possibly a meeting near Belleville in September. Details to follow on the blog.

     -Paul Leger offered his home for a sat meeting Oct, Nov, or Dec. Sharon to follow-up.

8) Calls to Entry , Minerals, High Fibre under 5, Quilt National, Art quilt XVIII, Text Message, Sacred Threads, Stitched Through, etc.

9) Other business

Please contact Sharon Collins with additions/New Business:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

CONNECTING DESIGN TO STITCH features the work of SAQA Central Canada artists

Connecting DESIGN TO STITCH, new release by SANDRA MEECH, C & T Publishing

From the textile artist's point of view

Explore the elements of design and how they relate to quiltmaking and fiber art. Through a series of exercises, observations, and analyses, you'll learn how to incorporate basic design principals into your work creatively and confidently. Study various design styles and approaches from fine art, nature, graphic design, and the world of textiles. With Sandra's expert guidance, you'll become more comfortable with new textures, techniques, and compositions as you fill your own signature sketchbook with ideas and inspiration.

• A practical guide for using essential design principles to create dynamic fiber art
• Learn to observe and explore abstractions in the world around you
• Includes over 150 inspirational images from the world's best quilt and textile artists

Sandra Meech is a renowned author, art quilter and Instructor who resides in Berkshire,England, and is a Burlington, ON native. Her works are well known around the world, and she has visited and taught amazing workshops in Canada, both for local and distance Guilds, FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshops Series and at CQA/ACC's Quilt Canada, the Conference of the Canadian Quilters' Association on numerous occasions.

SAQA Central Canada extends congratulations to our members DWAYNE WANNER and MAGGIE VANDERWEIT, featured artists in Sandra new design book above, just newly released by C & T Publishing and available from or directly from the author in the UK. Sandra, as well as Dwayne and Maggie are members of the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS GROUP. Please do enjoy seeing both of these fine artists beautiful work in Sandra's book.

Also featured in the book are GORDANA BRELIH, SUSAN STRACHAN JOHNSON, SYBIL RAMPEN and JOHN WILLARD, Ontario Fibre Artists and Instructors, and also members of the CONNECTIONS Group. Susan will be teaching her "FOREST FLOOR" workshop with the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts in Kingston in the fall of 2012, and Sybil is the founder and driving force behind the beautiful JOSHUA CREEK HERITAGE CENTRE for the ARTS in Oakville. Gordana has been to Kingston this past year to share her Fibreworks Workshop, and has a wonderful featured Fibre Artist Interview posted at the WORLD OF THREADS website, as does Dwayne Wanner. All have personal websites for your information and are keenly involved in arts exhibition across Canada.

Hoping many of you will add this beautiful new softcover book to your personal fibre arts design library. Also see Sandra's other books from BATSFORD Books Publishing, CONTEMPORARY QUILTS, Design, Surface and Stitch, 2003  and her second book, CREATIVE QUILTS,   Inspiration, Texture and Stitch, 2006.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CALL TO ENTRY: MINERALS, a Textile Exhibition focused on sharing the beauty of minerals


Call to entry open to all Canadian quilters and textile artists. The exhibit is presented by Ad Moira Canada, president Sandra Reford.

AIM: To show the beauty of minerals through textile expression while bringing together two disciplines, art and science.

Details about the work: The works may be traditional or contemporary. Machine and/or hand stitching are acceptable. Any fabric may be used. Addition of non-fibre material, such as buttons, beads, plastic, paper, etc. is acceptable. Any technique can be used. The perimeter of the work does not necessarily have to be right angles. The works do not necessarily have to be square. Works can be either three layers or two layers. The works must be original.

The work will be juried, and there is a Submission Fee of $20 for up to two pieces. Entries will be via digital transmission only.

Deadline for submission is DECEMBER 7, 2012.

This exhibition has many details that are available to you in a PDF Document by contacting Sandra Reford, requesting the prospectus via email.



Great news from Mary Pal... we have a meeting site for Thursday July 26th for our Ottawa area Regional Meeting.

Darrell from Darrell Thomas Textiles in Ottawa has graciously invited us to use his classroom for our July meeting. We have booked the classroom from 10 am till noon, Thursday, July 26th.

The store is located at: 153 Preston Street. His website is

You will love staying after the meeting for a bit, as Darrell's store is filled with luscious silks, linens, cottons and wools, and beautiful buttons. There are many, many lunch choices nearby.

He will also provide extra chairs, but it is imperative that you RSVP Sharon Collins at so she can let Darrell know a few days ahead how many chairs we will need.

Hope to see lots of you there - Sharon will post an agenda ahead of time.



SAQA Central Canada Parlour Meetings are a wonderful way for our local and distance SAQA members here in  Central Canada to meet together and have the opportunity to catch up with all of the news about their Solo Shows, upcoming Exhibition entries, SAQA travelling shows that are in the Northern States that YOU can attend if time allows and the chance to share some  of your terrific new work during the CREATIVE BUFFET time at all of our meetings. It is always wonderful to see SAQA friends and have the chance to catch up on all the news in our region at these meetings.

Summer also brings terrific days for stitching and time for ARTFUL PLAY! August 2012 is no exception, and we hope that many of you will plan to come to Brockville on Saturday, August 25th and enjoy a day with KIT VINCENT at her lovely St. Lawrence Riverfront home and share a late summer day with SAQA friends before the rush of the fall season begins. 

Kit has so generously offered to host the morning Parlour Meeting gathering of members at her home and those who have alerted Kit by email prior to the meeting date that they would like to enjoy some FLAT DYEING with her after brown bag lunch along the river at her "Dye Shack" will spend the afternoon creating some terrific new dyed cloth to take home and use in future projects. Just the chance to see the river is amazing, and if we ask nicely, a tour of Kit's working Studio might be in the mix.  FYI: An article on Flat Dyeing is in the summer issue of Quilting Arts Magazine for those interested.

The flat dyeing technique demonstration by Kit is available for everyone to observe/enjoy, and some of our members may wish to join Kit and bring the prepared cloth and required supplies that Kit will share with you in a supplies list once you have requested to join the fun ...please email Kit soon at to reserve a spot at the dye tables.

RSVP for meeting attendance will be directly to Kit Vincent for this meeting. Directions for your drive and the exact address will be shared by Kit.  Please plan to bring something you have been working on for Creative Buffet sharing and your own lunch. Bethany will supply the cold drinks for the meeting. Sun screen is definitely recommended and if you have a folding chair, tuck it in the trunk and bring it along. New members and friends are welcome, but please make sure Kit knows who is coming...


Please visit and sign up for email updates for all of the terrific exhibition Calls to Entry, the news of the SAQA Recruitment Drive this summer, to see the 2012 BENEFIT AUCTION donations and if you have time, create your own DREAM COLLECTION of Auction Quilts to be posted online. Details are at

General questions may be directed to Bethany Garner, SAQA Co-Rep at

Monday, July 16, 2012

SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting in OTTAWA area - location needed for July 26th!

URGENT MESSAGE from your Regional Co-Representative SHARON COLLINS:

To date I have been unable to locate a site for the planned meeting July 26th.

As time is closing in on us, our current option is to postpone the next meeting until September 2012 unless an Ottawa area member  has an alternative suggestion.

Please advise me as soon as possible you know of a location we can confirm in time to get the word out to all Ottawa members. Volunteers to host will keep this Ottawa area Parlour Meeting momentum moving forward. Your help is very much appreciated.

Many Thanks...

Contact: Sharon Collins , telephone: 613-433-1919

Saturday, July 14, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS due as SYNTHESIS II Exhibition ends a hugely successful run in Belleville, ON


The Synthesis II exhibition at the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville closed on July 12th. The feedback from the Gallery Curator and her staff was extremely positive. They were blown away by the length of time visitors spent with the work -- examining it in detail.

The written feedback was also very positive. Comments include: Wonderful, Amazing, Colourful, Stunning,Creative and "such talent"... and a lovely  'How fortunate we are to have this exhibition'.

The artists are to be congratulated for their amazing work which represents the talent of all members of SAQA Central Canada Region to the public. Perhaps this will encourage some of the visitors to consider becoming members of SAQA. We placed SAQA information at the exhibit several times, and each time, all of the brochures went home with visitors.

I would like to say a great big thank you to Lynne Morin for her help in taking the show down and packing it. I couldn't have done it without her help. The art will remain at Canada Bead until the next exhibition. Unfortunately the exhibition we thought would be at the Homer Watson Gallery next Spring was not confirmed. However, Lynne Morin will be resubmitting a proposal to them for 2014. In the meantime, we are scheduled for an exhibition in Western Ontario in the fall of 2014.

Pat Caffery
CURATOR, Synthesis II


On behalf of all of the sixteen artists participating in the Synthesis II Exhibition and the twenty artists with work included in the adjoining Laurentian Foothills Exhibit, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Patricia Caffery for the mountainous work she did to ensure that Synthesis II was delivered and set up with the Curator in Belleville. Pat made multiple trips to Belleville, including the trip yesterday with Lynne Morin to take down and pack the exhibit and ensure the return of the pieces to the artists in the Ottawa area. 

And to Judith Popiel and Joan Reive for their efforts in organizing the exhibit of the SAQA Central Canada Laurentian Foothills piece and extending an invitation to the participating artists to join them in exhibiting their work at the John M. Parrott along with Synthesis II. Terrific job with the great story board for the project enjoyed by all of the visitors.

And to Meredith Filshie for continuing space availability for the Laurentian Foothills piece and Synthesis II until the next exhibition.

Members who delivered work to Bethany Garner will hear from Bethany the first of next week after she connects with Pat here in Kingston to make arrangements for the delivery of their work back to them.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

AMBIGUITY Exhibition Opens at Taylor Photography Studio in Kingston

the ability to express more than one interpretation

Friday July 13th – Friday July 27th, 2012

One of the many wonders of the human race is our ability to interpret a single thought, object, vision or message in an infinite number of ways. Ambiguity is an exhibition of unique style combining the creativity of five fibre artists and the visionary eye behind the lens of Kingston area photographers. From a selection of four words: Celebrate, Random, Serenity and Striations; the artists illustrate their own personal definition.

Artist Reception “Meet & Greet”
Thursday, July 19th 2012
5:00PM to 7:00PM
Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.


The fibre artists have been working together in a collaborative Twelve by Twelve project format for the past fourteen months. This exhibition features a selection of their work along with that of some pretty terrific Kingston area photographers and supports the opening of this all new Downtown Kingston Gallery located at the Taylor Studios Gallery at the corner of King Street in the Four Points Sheraton location.

What better time of year to visit downtown Kingston in its summertime best and enjoy the exhibition. A stop at CORNERSTONE at Ontario and Princess Streets is a feast for the arts lovers in all of us!

For further information, contact Pamela Farber, Gallery Curator at or visit the Taylor Photography Gallery website details pages at

Friday, July 6, 2012

SAQA's I'M Not Crazy Exhibition includes work by two SAQA Central Canada members

STOGIE by Mary Pal

IN MY HEAD by Carol Howard Donati

Two of our regional members, Mary Pal and Carol Howard Donati, have had work juried into SAQA's special exhibit entitled I'm Not Crazy.

Congratulations to Mary and Carol, both very talented and deserving SAQA Central Canada members, who have demonstrated their commitment to creating thought provoking new work and to sharing it through the many exhibitions and opportunities available to all of us as SAQA members.

Juror Sue Reno chose 20 pieces to be exhibited out of 128 art quilts by 86 artists. Together they create a compelling exhibition of work addressing issues of mental illness and the stigma attached to it. The exhibition will travel with Mancuso shows and if you will be in the area where it is being shown over the next year, we hope you will report on your visit:

August 16-19, 2012 Exhibit opening: World Quilt Show--New England X

Radisson Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH

September 13-16, 2012 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia Area, PA

October 11-14, 2012 Pacific International Quilt Festival XXI

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

November 8-10, 2012 World Quilt Show – Florida IV

Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL

February 21-24, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIV

Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA

February 28-March 3, 2013 The Quilt Fest of New Jersey IX

Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ

May 2-5, 2013 Denver National Quilt Festival VIII

Denver Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO

Thursday, July 5, 2012

MINUTES, Regional Meeting held in Ottawa on June 28th

SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting June 28th
Held at Dragonfly Fabrics, Ottawa, Sharon Collins, Host Co-Rep

We had 19 members and guests at the meeting; a few of the guests were soon to become members. We began with a report on Synthesis II by Pat Caffery. Discussion was held regarding possible other venues. Since the meeting, Pat has confirmed a new exhibition location for the late fall 2012.

There was a reminder for SAQA Annual Conference in Santa FE, New Mexico April 25-28, 2013. The SAQA site has info about booking rooms.

The SAQA 2012 Benefit Auction begins Sept. 10th. website has details of which pieces have been selected to be auctioned on line and which will be in Houston. If you want to bid on a piece in Houston you will have to have someone in Houston bid for you…or you can always go to Houston to see the show.

There was discussion about SAQA membership drive with a recommendation to encourage a like-minded friend to join.

Bethany Garner detailed a future regional meeting to be held August 25th at the home of Kit Vincent 271 Hudson Point rd. off of the 1000 Island parkway near Brockville. The afternoon will include flat dyeing work session. The process is described in the current Quilting Arts Magazine. There is a limit on spaces for the dyeing session. Confirm your interest to participate with Kit at There is a $5.00 kit fee payable to Kit Vincent the day of the workshop. The list of supplies for participants to bring will be forwarded to registrants by Kit. Meeting starts at 10 am. Please RSVP to KIT!

Bethany also reported on upcoming courses through FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshops Series to be presented at St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus.  FIBREWORKS Instructors for 2012/2013 include Kit Vincent, October 12-14th, Hilary Rice, November 16-18th, Heather Dubreuil, March 22-24th, 2013, and Chris Kummer, April 19-21, 2013. Details are available from Bethany at  

There will still be an Ottawa Area Regional Meeting July 26th in Ottawa. The location is yet to be confirmed. News of the meeting location will posted on SAQA Central Blog. After discussion the plan is to hold SAQA Central Canada regional meetings in the Eastern section of our area every 2 months. The meeting after August will be planned for Sept. then Nov. Jan. etc. Volunteer hosts are welcome to let us know YOU would like to arrange a meeting site for the members. Contact Sharon at or Bethany at

The afternoon included an array of beautiful member works on the Creative Buffet  including some cards and buttons. Thank you all for your participation.

Sharon Collins, SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep

Monday, July 2, 2012

FIBRE CONTENT deadline for Entry should be July 3rd...


The deadline for entry for the FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition is Tuesday July 3rd - totally an error and the full post has been corrected...

Please do take the time to complete your entry and move the 150 entries so far to close to 200... what a GREAT Response.


FIBRE CONTENT deadline extended

A Reminder to all SAQA Central Canada members from Robynne Cole and Dwayne Wanner that the CALL TO ENTRY deadline has been extended until Tuesday July 3rd and the number of quilts you may submit has been increased to four.

Please register your quilts through the online CALL TO ENTRY  process at the Fibrations website that is linked in the post just immediately below this one. The registration/Call to Entry process will print you a confirmation for your record keeping. The form includes a confirmed entry number and the actual photos of your pieces and detail shot as submitted so that you can see that the photos/jpeg have been received properly.

Questions should be addressed to or .

Hoping that many of you will participate and for those in Ottawa area, Meredith Filshie has offered a fall collection drop off point at Canada Bead for entries to be delivered from your area. Bethany Garner will be collecting pieces from the Kingston/Brockville and Belleville area.