Saturday, May 27, 2017

Congratultions to Judith Martin as the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award Winner for Surface Design and Surface Design Association Award at QUILT NATIONAL 2017, Athens, Ohio

Judith E. Martin
Soft Summer Gone ©JM
100 by 100
Plant-dyed silk, silk floss, wool yarn, wool batting, silk chiffon backing. Dyed, layer, hand pieced, embroidered and quilted.
Artist’s Statement: Small marks/large emptiness. Working slowly and in solitude with a hoop, it feels as if I have the land in my lap.

From your friends...

A monumental quilt and design that will stand through the ages. Contemporary art represented by hand dyed cloth and hand laid stitches is representative of a pinnacle in a life devoted to stitch and original design.

Congratulations Judy, from all of your friends representing SAQA Central Canada regions and  all Canadians who watch your journey, drink in the beauty of the art that evolves in your hands and who each celebrate together your devotion to this beautiful work.

Enjoy your weekend in Athens ,Ohio, and do know how much your work inspires and leads others to explore, make their mark on the world with the labor of their hands and drink in the beauty of the landscape that lies before them as they follow down your path.


You can see all of the QUILT NATIONAL 2017 Winning Quilts/stories  here .

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great opportunity to take advantage of two full days of inspiration and study with PAM WOODWARD and share in a terrific design and stitch focused workshop

“Recycling BORO Style” Workshop with Pamela Woodward 
July 8 and 9: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Colour Vie Studio 
222 Symington Avenue, Toronto

Boro is the Japanese technique of patching and mending the utilitarian textiles of everyday lives, resulting in beautiful compositions of hue and simple hand stitching. Since recycling is a prominent concern in our minds today, this class will incorporate attitudes and techniques of boro to refurbish worn clothing and other textiles, and to work on quilt like assemblages. 

Whether working individually or on a collective piece, participants are welcome to submit their work to the festival exhibition at Propeller Gallery. 

To reserve your space: e-mail 
Upon registration a list of materials will be emailed to you. 
Cost: $200 

For additional information about the “Recycling Boro Style" workshop, 
please e-mail 
Gunnel Hag at 
or Pamela Woodward at 

This workshop, “Recycling Boro Style”, is an integral part of the Festival, 
“In the Spirit of INDIGO”. 

The Festival is organized by Propeller Gallery and offers workshops and lectures from May to September and two parallel exhibitions to be held August 16 – September 3, 2017 at Propeller Gallery and The Japanese Paper Place respectively

For more information about the Festival, please visit Propeller website:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Please do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the works of renowned artist WILLIAM C.G. HODGE this spring in Burlington or Almonte, ON

William C.G. Hodge , renowned textile artist, is to be honoured with exhibitions this spring at both the Art Gallery of Burlington and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

The Art Gallery of Burlington will present Hodge's beading and collage works, while the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will show his tapestries. The catalogue produced by the AGB will bring together the multiple facets of his career in Fibre Arts that is still moving forward. Objects and works that inspired the artist will also be presented. 

FIBRE CONTENT, the outstanding fibre art exhibition that is currently traveling across Ontario, was juried by William Hodge in 2016. Robynne Cole and Dwayne Wanner are pleased to announce that William will return as juror in 2018. 

Lee-Chin Family Gallery
1333 Lakeshore Boulevard
Burlington, ON
May 26- August 26, 2017

Thursday May 25, 2017
5-7 pm

Artist Walk and Talk
Saturday May 27, 2017
2 pm

Detail: Hours/Directions:

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
June 6-September 16, 2017
3 Rosamond Street E.
Almonte, ON
Saturday, June 10, 2017
2-4 pm
Hours at the Museum: 10 am to 4 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

TURNING POINT travels to Australia and beyond with SAQA's MY CORNER OF THE WORLD EXHIBITION - and that is a wonderful honour for this quilter!

Turning Point, Bethany Garner
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to curate the SAQA all Canadian Regional Exhibition of quilts which were, along with a joint exhibit My Corner of the World, submitted to the Exhibitions Committee as My Corner of the World - CANADA. How exciting when both exhibits were hung and enjoyed by thousands of visitors at both the Stratford Perth Museum and the Art Gallery of Thunder Bay this past year.

Now the travels begin to France and Australia, and many more thousands of people will see, study and enjoy these beautiful art quilts. The talent and devotion to their work is truly a tribute to the artists and their passion for sharing their art with others.

As a result of being able to participate in the International side of the exhibitions, I am so pleased that my quilt TURNING POINT was juried into the International Traveling Exhibition. It has been seen in the amazing Stratford Perth Museum exhibition run in Stratford, ON last summer, featured on the SAQA Fibre Art on Friday website/blog and in the SAQA online Slideshow/gallery of the MY CORNER OF THE WORLD exhibit.

You can see the full exhibitions here: International MCOTW   and Canadian MCOTW Exhibition

Our ALL Canadian Regions Exhibition Artists Are:

art KWilt connection (Ontario) – Reflections on the Grand
Terry Aske (British Columbia) – Inside the Tipi
Shirley Bailey (Ontario) – Down on the Farm
Penny Berens (Nova Scotia) – Rusty Gate
Sandra Betts (New Brunswick) – Fishing Weir in Moonlight
Margaret Blank (Alberta) – It’s Still About the Sky
Sharon Collins (Ontario) - Northern Sky 1
Albert Cote (Ontario) – All I Need Is a Garden and A Chair
Linda Coulter (Ontario) – Limestone City Blues
Millie Cumming (Ontario) – Washday Blues, Northfield Drive
Diane Eastham (Ontario) – Arctic Sea Change
Janet Elliott (Ontario) – White Pine: Titan of the Shield
Ann Fales (Ontario) – The Blueberry Patch
Mita Giacomini (Ontario) - February
Dianne Gibson (Ontario) – Crossing The Peninsula
Gunnel Hag (Ontario) – Rocks on Lake Huron
Phillida Hargreaves (Ontario) – Looks Like A Nice Day Up There
Jaynie Himsl (Saskatchewan) – Poplar Point
Paula Jolly (Saskatchewan) – The Road Home
Robin Laws Field (Ontario) – Ted’s Garage
Susan Lilley (Nova Scotia) – Laurentian Fall
Heather Loney (Nova Scotia) – At Anchor
Kate Madeloso (Nova Scotia) – Fundy Flame Agate
Toni Major (Ontario) – Good Morning, Canada
Judith E. Martin (Ontario) – Time Passes Over the Earth
Lynne McCulloch (Ontario) - Through My Window
Lynne McCulloch (Ontario) – Autumnal Rhythms
Marie McEachern (Alberta) - Downtown
Holly McLean (New Brunswick) – Into the Heart of the Birches
Mary B. Pal (Ontario) - Courage
Mardell Rampton (British Columbia) – Beaches #1
Joan Reive (Ontario) – A Fall Day in Westport
Hilary Rice (Ontario) – Traditional Is Growing On Me
Janet Scruggs (Alberta) – Looking Down
Jocelyne Sobeski (Ontario) - Moonlight
Arja Speelman (Ontario) – Reflections of the North
Susan Tilsley Manley (Nova Scotia) – You’ve Got Mail
Catherine Timm (Ontario) – Autumn Leaves Over Water
Maggie Vanderweit (Ontario) – Cree Hunters
Joan Willison (Ontario) – A Nod to Maud

I recently received a courtesy copy of MACHINE QUILTING UNLIMITED, and there in the centre was a great article about the MCOTW exhibition and a beautiful photo of my Turning Point quilt was included. A good surprise! I also heard via email and mailed cards from several US magazine subscribers who recognized not only my quilt, but the work of other artists whose quilt  works are highly regarded in the art quilt world, and reminded me how important Canada is to their lives in unique and special ways.

When this local Canadian artist is able to be celebrated along with the amazing and renowned artists whose work often graces the walls in SAQA Exhibitions worldwide, it is a thrill. Thank you so much to the Editors at Machine Quilting Unlimited for this great article celebrating the work of our SAQA artists from around the world. We love your publication and continue to look inside for the very best of the best tips, lessons to support our own machine work, and the opportunity to see and enjoy the work of so many quilters around the world.

A very exciting piece of news... MY CORNER OF THE WORLD, International SAQA Exhibition, is traveling to AUSTRALIA.

Craft & Quilt Fair, Perth, West Australia, Australia • May 24 - 28, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia • August 10 - 13, 2017
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia • August 17 - 20, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia • September 11 - 12, 2017
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • November 24 - 26, 2017

And our Regional Exhibit My Corner of the World- Canada will be shown at the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival in June 2017, and then leave for a full year to travel to FRANCE and be exhibited along with the shows of the Le Carrefour European du Patchwork.

Please continue to participate and celebrate your memberships as SAQA Artists here in Central Canada, and jump for joy - we will be participating in bringing the SAQA 2020 Conference to Toronto - and how exciting is that. YOUR continued support, submission of YOUR quilts to our upcoming Calls to Entry posted at and engagement in our regional SAQA meetings (next is in Hudson Quebec with Heather Dubreuil and Maggie Vanderweit on May 28th) and the many local quilt related shows and activities across Central Canada are so important.

Please contact our SAQA Central Canada Regional Representative MAGGIE VANDERWEIT  with any questions or for information you need.   Contact:

SAQA Central artists who have BLOG ARTICLES are always welcome to please send the exact text you want posted and LARGE FILE jpg. photos to Bethany Garner
Send to:

Have a great summer!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ONE STITCH AT A TIME at Homer Watson House features the beautiful work of TRACEY LAWKO.... hope you can attend!

Tracey Lawko would like to invite you to see her solo show
“One Stitch at a Time”
and the juried miniature quilt show “Colours of Canada” at Homer Watson House & Gallery.

Artist Talk on Sunday, May 28th at 1pm.
The exhibition runs through June 4th.

“One Stitch at a Time” showcases over 30 of Tracey’s textile artworks, including her finely stitched landscapes, sculpted still-life, and the “Change Enables Growth” series of large works, across the three exhibition rooms of the charming Homer Watson House & Gallery.

 “Whether I use my longarm or stitch by hand, all of my works are created with a single sewing thread one stitch at a time."

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Rd., Kitchener, ON
Tue - Sun:  12 - 4:30 pm
April 30 - June 4, 2017