Friday, September 29, 2017

SAQA Conference 2018 - SAN ANTONIO IN APRIL 2018... will you be there? What an outstanding opportunity to meet with friends from around the world, experience the beauty of this art filled city and take part in all of the FUN!


Registration is OPEN!
The 2018 Conference will be held April 5-8, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Our organizing committee is planning a full schedule of fun activities, including local tours, regional exhibitions and a river cruise!
  • Speakers include Jane Dunnewold and Meg Cox
  • Breakout sessions on design basics, tips for teachers, and artistic journeys PLUS Critique Workshop
  • Local artist panel discussions and the return of the popular Lightning Talks 
  • Opening of the TEXtiles regional exhibition (SAQA Texas) - includes gallery talk right at the hotel
  • Held at the Drury Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of San Antonio's riverwalk
  • Vendor Marketplace (Thursday only) with a great selection of beautiful items
  • Opportunities to connect with other members at Friday Night Out and Saturday banquet
  • Tours of San Antonio's creative side and art museums
  • And much more!
    Registration Info

    SAQA Calls for Entry .................Will your art be included and traveling the world in 2018?

    Current calls are listed below and more can be found at

    From Guns:Loaded Conversations to the brand new Forced to Flee, we have FIVE upcoming calls for entry just in the Global exhibition program alone! Adding in all the regional opportunities, that's quite an impressive list.
    Kudos to our exhibition committee, volunteers, and staff for all their hard work in growing and expanding SAQA's exhibition program. All we need now is YOUR artwork!
    Guns: Loaded Conversations (SAQA Global - open to all members) ** OPENING SOON!
    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles - Deadline: October 31
    Dusk to Dawn (SAQA Global - open to all members)
    2018 Quilt Festival Houston - Deadline: January 31, 2018
    Metamorphosis (SAQA Global - open to all members)
    2018 Quilt Festival Houston - Deadline: February 28, 2018
    Season after Season (SAQA Global - open to all members)
    Texas Quilt Museum - Deadline: May 31, 2018
    Forced to Flee (SAQA Global - open to all members) ** NEW
    Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts - Deadline: October 31, 2018

    Here are some tips for entering SAQA exhibitions:
    • Read the ENTIRE prospectus as specifications for each call for entry may differ. Be sure to check the website for the most up to date version. 
    • Check out the Exhibition Policies and FAQs for additional information.
    • Still have questions? Contact the exhibition coordinator for assistance - they are there to help!
    • Don't wait until the last day (or hour) to submit your entry, especially if you are not familiar with the process. 

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    BRIDGET O'FLAHERTY, SAQA Artist from Perth, ON invites you to visit her at Dunn Sohn's studio on the weekend of October 7 and 8th, 2017! Hope to see you there!

    Bridget O’Flaherty
    Fiber Art

    My life in the fibre art world launches off the historical significance of needle work in our Country. Quilting can be seen in Canada’s history from early settler days and sewing, beading, textiles and fibre art reach back to times long before that with Indigenous peoples’ traditions. Textiles have often been associated with women as a utilitarian contribution, and for a long time it was the only accepted outlet for art for women. It was imported from other lands, adapted, evolved and integrated into our culture of today.

    I strive to contribute to the evolution of fibre art in Canada. I learned traditional quilting from my mother over 25 years ago, but I had always been drawn to natural landscapes and exploring the blend of contemporary fibre art techniques with the traditions of quilting.I utilize layers of thread for shading effects, much like pencil crayon or pen and ink, stitching techniques, traditional piecing of fabric and quilting techniques to convey my landscape art. I search out hand dyed fabric and develop original designs through free form embroidery on a domestic sewing machine.

    My current work explores the use of organic materials and natural, hand dyed, organic fabrics. My art quilts are inspired by nature, biodiversity, and I look to connect the viewer with the landscape, introducing the fragile aspects of our environment like species at risk, native and invasive species, traditional and historically significant crafts to open a conversation and reflection on these critical issues.
    @ecothreadart on social media

    Bridget will be at the Dunn Sohn Studio - #1 on the Tour Map

    To see the complete participant list and map click here


    Bridget O'Flaherty at work - come visit!

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    BENEFIT AUCTION 2017 is open for bids! Will you help support SAQA this year over the next three weeks! Imagine these quilts on YOUR walls!

    Posted: 18 Sep 2017 11:00 AM PDT
    Section 1 of the great 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction is now open! Check out the wonderful artwork in this quick
    Section 1 video below.

    Click here to learn How the Auction Works.

    And click here to go straight to Section 1 to select your artwork!

    Happy collecting!

    This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now

    THREADWORKS, an exhibition of beautiful fibre art from across Canada reaches the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque, ON - visit with friends or family. A must see as THREADWORKS exhibitions continue to travel this fall across Ontario.

    News for those who love fibre art, and work, quilts, woven work and embroidery! Please sh
    are with friends...

    The amazing traveling exhibition that is sponsored by the well recognized THREADWORKS team, Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Deacon Begg and the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, along with the Ontario Network of Needleworkers . THREADWORKS, is currently being exhibited in Gananoque through October 30th ... and well worth the drive! 
    THREADWORKS has been an amazing show, shared across Ontario for the past many years and with 11 separate shows during that time frame. The current exhibition has been seen in six galleries across Ontario over the past 20 months and just arrived in Gananoque this past week.

    In the Arthur Child Heritage Museum Gallery you will find the many works shared from the beautiful collection of work on tour that will speak to each of you in very special ways - the techniques incorporated in the artwork is very well executed and the variety amazing! Jewellery, art quilts, sculpture, photo transfer, embroidery and hand stitch that will inspire and bring you close to the special effort that has gone into each individual piece. Large pieces that were designed for the walls and exciting small works that exemplify the talent and special skills of the stitchers.

    Hoping you might have the opportunity between now and October 30th to visit the Arthur Child Heritage Centre along the beautiful St. Lawrence River in Gananoque and visit this truly beautiful exhibition of art quilts and fibre art pieces that are currently on display. A number of well known local artists have work in the show as well as artists from across Ontario and indeed Canada. 

    The Museum will also be of interest as the keeper of an amazing collection of works that profile the history of the St. Lawrence River, the early life along the river and the talented artisans whose work is housed at the Museum. Husbands will have time to explore the shipping and outdoor exhibits while YOU enjoy the artwork. Children's exhibits are hugely important to the museum as well - so everyone is welcome.

    Please plan a day trip with family or friends and enjoy seeing the work of artists you know and admire while the exhibition is in place... you will not be disappointed. Car pools of friends will enjoy time together or perhaps even day out including lunch and a walk through Gan's downtown and many antique and specialty shops. This is a great time of year to take a drive and visit Gan... the shops in the area bursting with great fall buys and the restaurants are open and welcoming. Antiques and FIBRE ART - what could be better.

    Threadworms - Running the Stitch by Coralia Reid, Kingston, ON

    Arthur Child Heritage Museum

    (on the waterfront next to the Gananoque Boat Lines docks just as you come into the town from the west off Highway 2)

    125 Water Street.
    Gananoque Ontario, K7G 3E3
    | 1.877.217.7391 (If you have questions, please call before you go to make sure you have the time to enjoy the exhibition to its best advantage)

    September 4th – October 24th: 10 – 4 pm
    Tours are available by appointment during the off season.

    Office Hours:

    Call: 613-382-2535 for office hours during the off season.


    Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    My Corner of the World - CANADA touring France with four locations over the next year. Thank you to SAQA Exhibitions management team and our SAQA Central Artists!

    Exhibition sites in France during 2017-18


    LINK for exploring the site:

    Catalogue available!

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    JUST A REMINDER - the SAQA BENEFIT AUCTION opens September 15th and continues weekly through October 8th!

    The 2017 Benefit Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15, 2017 with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

    Bidders will then vie for the remaining art quilts, starting with those in Section 1.

    View Random Selection
    How the Auction WorksView the Quilts

    Links are here for you! Have a look......make time to see ALL the quilts!

    There are so many wonderful benefits to bidding on a SAQA Artist's work during the annual Auction!

    * The first is the joy and connection you will find in having a very special piece of work to hang in your home or studio, and know that YOU have made a contribution to keeping our Association alive and well!

    * The BEST is the friendships that you can establish with the artist who created your piece for years to come and the opportunity to build a connection, albeit at a distance, that will last a lifetime.

    * Consider how YOU will support the Annual Auction as the opening approaches and the SECTION 1 quilts will offer you many amazing choices. Follow along online and see the quilts sold through each of the three weeks!

    Good luck everyone... stretching my digital fingers and already have Martha's email in my saved folder so I can get to it quickly. I have quilts from nine years of auctions that delight me day after day!