Monday, December 30, 2013

MARK YOUR CALENDAR... Kingston hosts SAQA Regional Gathering

Sending along a HAPPY NEW YEAR to each of our SAQA Central Canada members and hoping that the turn of the calendar will bring you the serenity of the winter days to ensure that your creative time is quietly productive. Enjoy the snow days for sketching, daily journal entries and planning new work. Many exciting plans are being made for Exhibitions in the new year, including FIBRE CONTENT... watch for announcements and the Call to Entry.
You are invited to attend the next Regional Meeting in Kingston to be held Monday, February 10th at the St. John's Church Hall, located in Portsmouth Village just off King Street near St. Lawrence College. Our new area Planning Committee is finalizing the Agenda. Those on the area list will receive the details and directions in an email closer to the actual meeting date.
If you would like to be included in that email, please contact Robin Field at robin[AT]
We are collecting submissions for the SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show exhibition to launch at the upcoming "Capitolizing on Fibre" Conference in Washington, DC May 1-4th. Details of the Exhibition and submission guidelines may be found at
Mailing for the pieces being sent together from Kingston will happen no later than Friday, January 15th. You are welcome to deliver your Trunk Show piece to Bethany or Meredith Filshie in Ottawa.
Enjoy the rest of your Holiday Celebrations. See you in the new year. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013


SAQA Central Canada member JOAN HUG-VALERIOTE celebrates with her 40- Year Retrospective
a multimedia show of Film/Video, Quilts and Photography, to be held in Guelph
from Jan. 11th through the 24th.
Many congratulations to this talented artist member.
 Opening Reception
3-5 p.m.
 Sat. Jan 11th, 2014
 Ed Video Media Arts Gallery,
40 Baker St., 2nd floor (wheelchair accessible by elevator)
Guelph, ON  N1H 6R7
Gallery Hours M-F, 10 am - 5 pm
Contact: Joan Hug-Valeriote 519 836-9388 for more information:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Our best wishes for a HAPPY NEW YEAR to each of our SAQA Central Canada members and their families...

A beautiful image from Kathyann White Digital Art
Wishing each of you the best of this special season of sharing with family/friends and much JOY!
Hoping you are planning for a very creative and art-filled New Year.... please make sure to include all of your old and new friends in our SAQA Central Canada family in your community of art exploration projects and gatherings for 2014.
So many thanks to SHARON COLLINS for sharing her expertise and organizational skills as a SAQA Central Representative from January 2011- December 2013. We know Sharon will continue to share her beautiful art in many SAQA exhibitions in the future.
If you are an Eastern Ontario member (Ottawa/Montreal areas) and interested in sharing your time as SAQA Representative for 2014-2016, please contact Desiree Vaughan, SAQA Reps Coordinator at for the details. We would love to have your skills and participation as  part of the team.
There is still time for you to participate with us in sharing small art pieces for the SAQA Silver Anniversary Exhibition. Our area parcel with member quilts destined for the SAQA Conference and Houston in the fall of 2014 will be mailed to Eileen Doughty on January 10th from Kingston. If you find a day that offers creative play time between now and then, do create a small art quilt and send it off to be included. The quilts will be included in the traveling Trunk Shows after Houston's launch.
Have a peek at the SAQA Central Blog from time to time in the new year for the addition of our newest  Regional members, announcements of exhibitions/courses/projects that are underway and do share when you have news.
SAQA Central Reps:
Dwayne Wanner :
Bethany Garner:
Sharon Collins:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Congratulations to ELAINE QUEHL as she assumes a new role as Fabric Line and Pattern Designer for NORTHCOTT FABRICS

We are here today with huge congratulations and to pass along the exciting news shared with her blog readers in November... Elaine's exciting summer of 2013 was spent working with the well known Canadian fabric manufacturer, NORTHCOTT FABRIC's Deborah Edwards, learning the "ropes" for becoming one of their contributing artist/designers. This new relationship has resulted in the upcoming launch of an entirely new line of nature inspired fabrics. We wish Elaine all of the very best and know that her commitment to the art of working with fibre and textile as a designer, quilter and dye master, and her continued sharing of techniques and inspiration with students around the world will be an inspiring and wonderful new part of her busy life.
LOSSES, Elaine Quehl
Inspiration for the new line is seen here in Elaine's beautiful quilt, LOSSES, and the colours, textures and beautifully coordinated values in the hand dyed fabrics she used in this quilt are certainly representative of Elaine's talent.

"For the most part Northcott will be producing lines of fabric based on my hand-dyed fabrics. In addition, however, there will be printed fabrics based on elements from my quilts. In the last few months we've gone through a couple of ideas, which involved me doing a fair bit of dyeing to try to produce a line that would work and reflect the correct season when the fabric will be released. The other challenge for me, seat of the pants dyer that I am, is that I want a second set of fabrics almost identical to the set I am handing over to Northcott for photographing, scanning, etc. That second set is what I will use to make things from this line of fabric." relates Elaine.
"The other part of the relationship with Northcott is that they will become the distributor for my patterns." Those of us who have worked with Elaine in her classes know she is a detail oriented and extremely talented designer, keen to make sure that the pattern "works" before releasing it to the public and her following of eager students. We eagerly anticipate new designs along the way.
So, Elaine... from all of your friends, long term customers and the many students who have benefitted from your skills and knowledge, your willingness to share all that you have learned as an artist to ensure that we have the techniques and confidence to follow along in your footsteps, the very best as your busy year ticks down. We will all be around to help as you celebrate the release of your new fabric line in early 2014. There will be the resulting tours, all new classes and the beautiful smiles you will undoubtedly be wearing everywhere you go! Job very well done and we wish you all of the best as launch time approaches.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TRACEY LAWKO welcomes you to visit her work in Exhibition with GLEN HURON STITCHES in Toronto



January Sunset
Tracey Lawko
11" x 28"



Glen Huron Stitches 

continues until December 22, 2013

David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen St. W. (entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto, ON    416-532-9075

Mon, Tue:  by appointment
Wed, Thu, Fri:  11am - 6pm Sat, Sun:  11am - 5pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

REMINDER - Please join us in creating SILVER ANNIVERSARY TRUNK SHOW Pieces...

Do plan to join SAQA in celebrating our 25th amazing year with your trunk show submission!

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 requirements for sizing and mailing your piece and the registration package including the address for mailing your 7" x 10" finished piece to Trunk Show Coordinator, Eileen Doughty by the January 31, 2014 deadline is found here:

Bethany Garner has offered to collect Central Canada pieces and ship them all together. She has set a December 15th deadline for receipt of the pieces to be mailed as a group. You will still have to complete the online registration process and make note in the comments section that your piece will arrive with other Central Canada pieces.

Mail or deliver your piece to either CANADA BEAD (and Bethany will arrange for a pick-up in Ottawa) or directly to Bethany at 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON K0H 1M0.

Thanks and hoping for a great Central Canada group to represent our Region of Canada's SAQA members.


(please feel free to contact me if you cannot meet the December 15th date but intend to submit a piece)