Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SAQA Annual SALE ON NOW in the Online Store...This is definitely the time for some of your favourite SAQA titles and maybe some sharing with friends???


Porfolio Combo - 5 Books!


                                          Portfolio Combo - 5 Books! SAVE 60%    
#15, 16, 17, 18 & 19-  $60.00
Purchase as a group and share with friends....why not!

 Metaphors on Aging 
                                            METAPHORS ON AGING -  10 % off
                                                 Now $18.00                                                       


DEUX - 10% off - now $18.00
Also, a number of the "THIS IS A QUILT" TRUNK SHOW QUILTS are available for sale in the ONLINE Store (Prices established by the artists
City Sector
Karen Goetzinger

Leafy Greens 3

Helena Scheffer


Shirley White
Winter Wonder
Pat Caffery

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Regional Meeting in Kingston, November 18th

Twelve members of Central Canada Region gathered at St. John's Church in Kingston on Monday, Nov. 18th for a short business meeting and a much longer sharing of Creative Buffet of new work and art acquisitions. The day may have been grey, but smiles all around the table.
Many of the members brought new pieces created in their studios including a terrific Totem by Susan Farber, a beautiful machine stitchery in 12 x 12 format from Diane Hogan, and some great hand painted fabric from Wendy Austen. We saw pieces purchased from well known members/area artists, Karen Goetzinger (who was in Kingston for a terrific FIBREWORKS KINGSTON weekend sharing Dynamic Colour for Fibre Artists) and Maggie Vanderweit Meredith. All of this reminds us that our SAQA Central members are working in studio and creating ART... and successfully sharing/selling it in the community which is so important. We also had the opportunity to add some threads and hand dyed sari silk yardage for embellishment to our stash thanks to friends.
Special thanks were passed to Susan Farber, Lee Fisher Goodchild and Nancy Gall for serving as our Meetings Committee this past year and organizing four great meetings. Each received a SAQA Exhibition catalogue for their enjoyment.
We welcome Robin Field, Diane Hogan and Peta Bailey as our new Planning Committee for 2014. Please contact them with special requests or suggestions for what YOU would like to see happening at area meetings in the new year.

Reminders were shared to start (if you have not already) your contribution piece for the 25th Anniversary of SAQA Travelling Trunk Shows to be launched at the SAQA Conference in Washington, DC.  Join SAQA in celebrating our 25th amazing year with your trunk show submission! This traveling exhibition asks SAQA members to create a 10" x 7" art quilt that showcases their artistic expression. The 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show will premier at the 2014 SAQA conference in Washington, DC, and then travel all across the United States and around the world. A group of quilts from this exhibition will be chosen by jurors Linda Colsh and Margaret “Peg” Keeney to become a permanent part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
The details are on the submission form and may be found here:

After lunch, members tried their hands at a little bit of experimenting with DYNA FLOW Paints and some Artists Inks from Daler Rowney. Here is a fast little landscape piece created by member, Joan Reive. Can't wait to see it finished with Joan's special stitches and ready for sharing.


Wishing each of you a terrific pre-Holiday season. Hope you have a chance to make your way to the John M. Parrott Gallery at the Belleville Public Library between now and November 28th to see the work of QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS including more beautiful work by Joan Reive and Mary Andrews Minigan, SAQA Central Members. And, Sharon Collins, our retiring Central Canada Rep and friends have a stunning collection of fibre art works in SOULPLAY at the Window Art Gallery, Kingston School of Art thru December 1st.
Thanks everyone for a great meeting and a really good year.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Sunday, November 24th from 1:00 to 3:00PM will be the next regular meeting of the Toronto West division and always open to all SAQA members, Central Canada Division.
 Burlington Art Centre at 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON  L7S 1A9. 
(located between Maple Ave and Brant Street,
with parking around and behind BAC off Elgin St.)
The agenda will include:
  • Sharing information about activities, show events and your works in progress,
  • We encourage you to bring Show and Tell
  • Updates regarding the Jurors now in place for the Fibre Content 2014 Show
  • Presentation on How to Respond to Call for Entries, including discussion on the SAQA Trunk show opportunity for January
Please RSVP to Robynne  if you will be able to come and join us!
Robynne Cole 
Dwayne Wanner
SAQA Central Canada Co-Rep

Monday, November 11, 2013

Join Catherine Timm at her OPEN STUDIO and ART SALE

REGIONAL MEETING, St. John's Church Hall, Monday, November 18, 2013

Our SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting to be held in Kingston will be next week, and we invite all interested members to join us for some fun and discussion about our meetings schedule for the New Year. Regional Meetings are a time for coming together and making sure that we are keeping the contacts, the ideas and the networking of like minded friends in fibre alive and well. Do plan to join us if you can, and if you have other plans for the afternoon (like a class at Embroidery Guild) try to come for the morning. We would love to see you and have a chance to catch up! Here is the agenda:

 St. John's Anglican Church
10:30 am - 3 pm 
41 Church Street in Portsmouth Village just off King Street, Kingston
Food:  Coffee and tea provided - please bring your lunch
10:30 - CREATIVE BUFFET - bring your new work and share news
11:30 - Lunch
11:45 - Group Discussion - What will you be working on this winter?
12:15 - SAQA Business : 25th Anniversary TRUNK SHOW
(Beth will have copies of DEUX and METAPHORS ON AGING Catalogs and Portfolio 20)
12:30 - Break
12:45 - Activity - Playing with Gutta Resist and Dye-na-flow liquid paints
3:00 - Adjournment, clean-up
Your SAQA Central local Committee plans to bring Gutta and Dye-na-flow as well as fabrics from their own stash to share - please bring any of your own to help the supplies go further!   We will be trying out the effects on different fabrics. An embroidery hoop for stretching the fabric is helpful. Bring a few paint brushes, a paint palette or paper plates as well for your paints and a plastic bag for table cover. Also something to carry wet fabrics home in.
RSVP: Susan Farber fibrestudio@gmail.com

Make time to visit SOULPLAY at the Kingston School of Art's "WINDOW ART GALLERY" on Princess Street.. a diverse and beautiful exhibit from Ottawa area fibre artists.
Open now through December 6th.

Also, the 6 Squared Art Exhibition is open at the Smith Robinson Building on Princess Street in downtown Kingston starting Saturday, Nov. 16th... 
LOTS of Fibre Art donations included with Paintings and other techniques.
Each piece is $20 and supports the Kingston Seniors Association.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

TRACEY LAWKO invites you to her solo show

OLD MAPLES, Tracey Lawko, 12"x18"
Master stitch artist TRACEY LAWKO celebrates the seasons
of the Niagara Escarpment with her landscapes.
Meet the Artist on Saturday, November 16  2-4 pm
The Show continues November 14 - Dec 22, 2013
David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen St. W. (entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto, ON  416-532-9075
Wed., Thu., Fri - 11am-6 pm
Sat., Sun - 11am-5 pm
Contact Tracey for more information:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Minutes Central SAQA parlour meeting, Ottawa, Oct. 20th.

Minutes Central SAQA parlour meeting, Ottawa, Oct. 20th.
1-A small but successful meeting was held at Wabi Sabi in Ottawa. Thank you to Marie-France for hosting and doing a demo for us on Richard Gill paints. It was interesting and useful information and was very well received.
2-Pat Caffery gave us an update on current and upcoming sites for Synthesis II, before the tour is completed next year. Again big thanks go out to Pat for her continued significant efforts on this venture.
3-Creative Buffet as usual was inspiring. Heather brought a delightful SAQA auction piece; (“MY Tern” by Martha ) that she had purchased.
We were able to see Mary Pal’s  “Equus” and cards of her “Upon Reflection”. We heard the wonderful story of her trip to the Crane foundation at Baraboo and the live auction of her donated piece.
Marie-France showed us some of her recent pieces that were of a similar genre to the piece accepted in Quilts=Art=Quilts.
Meredith Filshie showed a beautifully beaded piece of a tulip she had designed.
I showed two pieces with a new technique for me of silk organza overlay on painted fabric.

4-Discussion was held on “SAQA 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show” donations. We are encouraging everyone to participate.
Details are on the SAQA website.
·  Quilted pieces must have three layers, and measure 10" high x 7" wide (25.4 x 17.8 cm) in a PORTRAIT orientation. All embellishments must fit within the 10" x 7" size.
·  SAQA will mount artwork on a 12 x 9" black backing board.
·  Quilts must lie flat, and fit within a clear envelope, therefore dimensional work will not be·  allowed for this show.
·  Edges of quilts must be finished. The method is at the artist's discretion (bound, stitched,·  etc).
·  All quilts must have a label on the back, with the title (or "Untitled") and artist's name clearly written
·  Artwork must meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt: The art quilt is a creative visual work
·  that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.
·  Quilts could travel for up to three years. They must stay with the Trunk during the entire exhibition period.
·  Participation fee is $10 to cover cost of materials and return shipping.  Pay the fee through the  SAQA Store.

At the meeting Meredith said quilts could be dropped at Canada Beading Co. and I could collect them and send them all together from here or perhaps in conjunction with Bethany Garner from Kingston, if this can be easily coordinated in January.

5-My term as SAQA regional co-rep is scheduled to be up in Jan. Bethany Garner and Dwayne Warner are continuing on in their roles as coreps. We are seeking someone from the Ottawa area to apply for this position.

6-An energetic discussion was held on what things we expect from our local parlour meetings such as:
frequency, topics for discussion, days of the week for meetings, technique oriented? Location suggestions, ….etc. I invite you to write me back directly with comments on these topics. A formal survey could be arranged, but I would like to try this approach first.

Sharon Collins sharoncol@gmail.com 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

KIT VINCENT and MARIE-FRANCE GOSSELIN works at the renowned Quilts=ART=Quilts Exhibition in Auburn, NY

MEGANTIC, Kit Vincent
Last weekend, travelling to Auburn, NY and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Centre made for a delightful adventure. The opportunity to attend the lovely QAQ Brunch at the Springside Inn and be present to listen to the Prize Juror, Lasse Antonsen, speak about his steps to choosing the award winning quilts was a rare opportunity.
The day also offered a chance to congratulate KIT VINCENT as she was honoured for her FIRST PLACE Award for MEGANTIC, a beautifully executed torn and layered composition quilt in gorgeous silk and hand dyed fabrics. Mr. Antonsen chose Megantic as his personal Jurors Award, and spoke at length about the quilt's strengths as a definitive art piece, and the skill Kit demonstrated as she used the cloth in place of brush strokes on her masterpiece.
Kit's second submission was also selected for the exhibition. Torn Sari , below, is a quilt that depicts strong movement and colour shifts that entice the viewer to come close and examine the fabric, the loose threads and the dimensional qualities that call to mind many emotions, memories of vistas viewed and simply delight the eye.

TORN SARI, Kit Vincent

It was also a joy to spend brunch time with MARIE-FRANCE and her husband, and have the opportunity to chat about the experience of being chosen for Quilts=ART=Quilts. Marie-France was one of the 70 artists chosen for this annual exhibition from 348 quilts and 190 quilters, and her quilt CHAOS simply shines in the Gallery.

Using her talent as a fabric painter and composition artist, the quilt resonates with a riot of colour, design elements and stitch. Many congratulations to Marie-France.