Friday, February 27, 2015

You really DO have time to create a small piece of your very special ART for the SAQA SPOTLIGHT AUCTION to be held at the 2015 Conference in Portland .....

Michele Lea, for the SAQA Spotlight Auction
Carole Staples, for the SAQA Spotlight Auction


Wild about SAQA Spotlight Auction

Fi·ber·lan·dia · noun.
1. SAQA's 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon
2. The place to be from April 30-May 3, 2015
spot·light noun.
A strong beam of light that illuminates a small area, used especially to center attention on a fabulous art quilt

The "Wild about SAQA" Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for all SAQA members to have their work showcased at the Fiberlandia SAQA Conference in Portland, Oregon.

We are looking for pieces 6” x 8” (portrait or landscape orientation), which we will display in mats with a 4.5" x 6.5” opening and place in clear cellophane sleeves. As all works will be matted, raw, straight-stitched or zigzag edges are best. These pieces will be sold through a silent auction, with all proceeds going to benefit SAQA.

This size of artwork can be quick to make, showcasing your voice and raising funds for the organization which helps us all. Plus, it’s your opportunity to collect work made by fellow SAQA members. What a win-win!

Step 1: Complete the Artist Participation Form and email a photo of your piece(s) by March 20, 2015
Step 2:
Mail your Auction Piece along with copy of participation Form to Vou Best (address is on form).  Entries must be received by March 27, 2015.

Questions? Contact Vou Best at or (830) 214-3386.

NOTE: A SAQA Central Canada group mailing will be done by Bethany Garner on March 20th, 2015 from Wellesley Island Postal Outlet, NY... if you want your piece to go along, please get it to Bethany NO LATER than March 18th. Thanks.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the OUT OF THE BOX Fibre Artists and Kitchissippi United Church "FIBRE FLING" April 10 and 11th, 2015

Friday 10am-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
High Tea Saturday 12-5
Admission $5
High Tea an additional $10
Location:630 Island Park Drive, Ottawa    

The much sought after and so delicious High Tea will be served on Saturday, April 11 from 12 to 5 pm. Light refreshments will be available throughout the rest of the show.

Admission is $5 and if you wish to indulge in the High Tea the cost is an additional $10. An array of mouth-watering sandwiches, scones and sweets will be provided and served by volunteers of Kitchissippi United Church, raising much needed funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

Once again we are partnering with Kitchissippi United Church to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation which supports AIDS orphans and their caregivers in Africa. At the same time we hope to raise awareness about the rich diversity of fibre art being created in the Ottawa area. What could be better than an art show coupled with a delicious high tea and at the same time providing much needed help for a worthy cause! Fibre Fling has raised over $10,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation over the last three years and we hope to raise more this year for this important work.

The Out of the Box members are passionate about fibre art. At our 2014  Fibre Fling,  34 members exhibited 171 pieces from framed art work, quilted wall hangings, mixed media, wearables, felting, embroidery, beadwork, rug hooking and much more!

This year we will also have on display art work from our hand stitching challenge along with this year's colour challenge pieces. We will have an expanded sales area where you can purchase small artworks, wearables like scarves, hats and bags, jewelry, bookmarks, art cards and other creations.
Out of the Box News from their recent Newsletter:

You might even be inspired to join Out of the Box or visit one of our meetings. We are happy to answer your questions about our group and process your membership form on the spot! We are always pleased to welcome new members to Out of the Box - a place where we can learn from each other, challenge ourselves, and grow as artist. Hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Welcome to new SAQA Central Canada member BILL STEARMAN from our Quinte region...


So many congratulations to Bill as he joins us as a new member of SAQA Central Canada. Bill has just received word that the wonderful quilt he has created,  DREAMTIME WALKABOUT,  has been accepted into the Canadian Quilters Association National Juried Show in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Really look into this quilt for all of the special symbols, the focused yet random placement of his elements and Wow - great colour! So want to see this one in person...
We look forward to meeting Bill at our next Regional meeting in the Toronto East area... and hope you will extend your welcome as well! Including and encouraging our new members is an important part of who we are in SAQA.
You can see Bill's work at his blog, and  I know he would love to hear from you if you are nearby. Bill is looking forward to participating with us through Regional meetings and area quilt related gatherings.

Welcome Bill....

Monday, February 23, 2015

Congratulations to SAQA Central Canada member ANGELA MAVES as her beautiful work is selected for CQA/ACC National Juried Show Exhibition in Lethridge, Alberta


It is always wonderfully exciting to know that your work has been accepted into the show you really want to be a part of. Please join us in celebrating with Angela as her beautiful piece heads to Lethbridge, AB for the NJS Exhibition,  June 4-6, 2015 at the University of Lethbridge!

Hoping Angela will be at the CQA/ACC Conference to see her work in situ and enjoy the Exhibition.

"Congratulations! Your entry entitled Our Multitextural Mosaic has been successfully juried into the CQA/ACC National Juried show. 
I know your beautiful work will help make this another successful show and I look forward to seeing it in Lethbridge."

Kathleen Bissett
CQA/ACC NJS Jury Coordinator

 National Juried Show and Conference details may be found here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A message from Marg Blank, Co-SAQA Regional Representative from (Alberta) Western Canada - Can you help?

ARE YOU Going to Quilt Canada?

Are you attending Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge in June?  If so, now's your chance to take a class (or two!) with SAQA members on the Faculty at the Conference -- and both have been winners of the CQA 'Teacher of the Year' award in their careers!

Kathy Tidswell of New Brunswick -- SAQA Atlantic Canada member and CQA Teacher of the Year in 2005 -- will be presenting a one-day workshop on "Painting Flowers with Thread", and a two-day workshop on "One-of-a-Kind Wearable Art".

Meanwhile, SAQA Western Canada member, Margie Davidson of Edmonton, AB --  CQA Teacher of the Year in 2013 -- will be presenting a one-day workshop entitled "Painting with the Colour Wheel" (June 4) and a two-day workshop, "Paint and Piece" (June 5 and 6).   Margie recently contacted me to share her enthusiasm for the topics she is presenting, even sending me photos to whet your appetite for colour and paint on textiles!

Are you eager to learn more about surface design?  Or do you know someone who's ready to further explore the world of colour and fabric?

Using fabric paint -- and inspired by the colour wheel -- create this luscious collection of fabrics!

Painting with the Colour Wheel

And/or...combine paint and fabric to print and piece something like this!

Paint and Piece
For more information, you may contact Margie directly (, via her website, or through the Quilt Canada 2015 website.

( is Marg's request for help from any Canadian SAQA members attending Quilt Canada)

And while you're in Lethbridge..

If you have an hour (or two) to assist me (Co-Rep Margaret) at the SAQA Trunk Show F booth -- it would be much appreciated!  Trunk Show F will be appearing all three days; because the pieces are small and portable, it's important to have someone attending the table all day each and every day of the show.  I am happy to be the one who puts in the most hours there, but will need a few breaks to stretch my legs, refresh my coffee, attend to personal comfort (!) and perhaps browse the booths, connecting with quilters, merchants and presenters alike on behalf of SAQA.  So...if you are able to give me a hand at the booth, please contact me by e-mail (  I'd like to arrange scheduling that will suit each volunteer.  Thanks so much for your support!

Note, too, that Quilt Canada 2015 will be your last chance to see Trunk Show F in Western Canada this year.  On June 10 it's being shipped back to the U.S....and will be sent from there to other venues.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Felting Workshop being planned with internationally renowned Instructor DAGMAR BINDER of Berlin, Germany


Workshop for advanced Felters (5 days)

(Multi-layer techniques for seamless felt objects) with Instructor, Dagmar Binder

In this class we will deal with techniques of multi-layer surfaces in       feltmaking, which can be applied to wearables as well as fine art   objects.

We would start with small sample pieces to explore different possibilities of   Three Dimensional  felt. You will learn how to connect or seperate various layers of wool, in order to produce a seamless felt item with 3-dimensionally structured surfaces.

We will experiment with several ways of laying out wool fibers and then compare the results. You will see how the initial layout influences and changes the final shape of a piece of felt!

Day 2 and 3, we will make a waistcoat with multiple collars or other 3d elements on its surface. You will learn how to develop an individual pattern, calculate shrinkage and what to pay attention to in order to achieve a nice body fit shape.

Day 4 and 5 are meant for experimental work, an object, wall hanging or a series of sketches in different structures.

You will bring pictures of natural phenomena or objects that inspire you, and we will discuss which features are the most interesting for  you and you will work to  “translate” them into a felted item. You can focus work on contrast of colours or texture, rhythm of lines, repetition of certain       elements.

For each piece, we would do the complete wool layout first, prefelt by rolling       it and then finish 'moulding' details and specific shapes by hand.

For additional information, costs and location, please contact Kingston, ON Coordinator


Dagmar Binder, textillabor, Am Flutgraben 3, 12435   Berlin,   
phone +49 176 78562580,,

SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting to be held in Burlington.... Sunday, February 22, 2015. Do plan to join us and RSVP please...

 Art Gallery of Burlington
 1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, ON
from 1:00 to 3:00
in the Mezzanine Room
Please join us for our first 2015 SAQA Central Canada Regional Meeting on Sunday February 22, 2015.  We will enjoy the special sharing of a Trunk Show given by Al Cote.
Do plan to bring Show and Tell of your current work to share and come prepared to share details about upcoming exhibitions and call for entry opportunities.
The Burlington Fibre Arts Group has their “Embracing Winter” show on display in the Community Gallery and you will certainly want to plan time for a walk through and chat with  their members who are also active with SAQA Central Canada. 
A new exhibit OF WATER AND TIDES has opened in the Lee Chin Gallery, and you may want to spend some time viewing the exhibition before or after our meeting.  See the AGB website for details:
Please note the nominal fee of $5 to attend the SAQA meeting to cover off  our meeting costs. Visitors are most welcome to join us for the same $5 attendance fee.
IF you have not already done so, please RSVP to:
Your RSVP will help us make the proper seating arrangements with the AGB.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday Feb 22nd!
Robynne Cole, Assistant on behalf of
Dwayne Wanner, Co-Rep SAQA Central Canada

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FIBRE ART FOR A CAUSE Supporting the American Cancer Society Raises $10,380 in one day! Congratulations to Virginia Spiegel and her 100 Artist Team Members...

100 Patron Artists supporting FAC with Art Quilt Donations
and 100 Donating Patrons supporting the ACS
RAISED $10,380 in one day for the ACS
Night Windows by Terry Grant of Portland, Oregon is coming to Bethany Garner's Art Collection in Kingston with huge thanks to Terry for her beautiful donation... Terry created the quilt remembering the view from her window on a visit to Ecuador.

Bethany made her donation to the ACS as one of the 100 FAC patrons in honor of her parents, David and Elizabeth Hord who were both cancer survivors.
The goal was to raise $10,000 in one day
for the American Cancer Society.

1 Day - 100 Artists - 100 Patrons - $10,000
 Finished with GREAT Success...
on February 4, 2015
Fiberart For a Cause has raised more than $250,000 for the ACS,
thanks to the generosity of fiber artists and patrons.
FFAC is now happily retired.
Frequently Asked Questions

BE INSPIRED... Support YOUR local and National Cancer Society

See many of the donated FAC 100 Quilts at the FAC Pinterest Board
SAQA Central Co-Representative