Saturday, October 28, 2017

Area SAQA 'Pod Meetings' are happening across the Central Canada region and really great to see/hear about everyone who has been particpating! Stay in touch with each other in this exciting new way thanks to our volunter Pod Coordinators...


SAQA members from Kingston/Perth/Belleville/Brockville/Arnprior area meet for POD meeting in late September... 

The Kingston and area SAQA members met at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall on September 25th for an all day 'INDIGO - For the Love of Blue' play date and all of the dye players had a super time making little or no mess and PLENTY of BLUE fabric during the day with a 1-2 pm SAQA meeting and shared 'Creative Buffet' of new work underway.  Lots of experimenting and getting the handsbue and two of the dyers took home vats to refresh and continue their play time!


Having the opportunity to spend time with our SAQA friends who are gathering across the area is a great way to keep our links and friendships growing and developing.  While the numbers were low for the Odessa play date, as we all know September is a busy travel and yard work time of year for many of our members... and we all had good fun! 

I know there are pods gathering in Toronto, London area and Fergus area though I don't know if they have official names or contacts other than our own MAGGIE VANDERWEIT - SAQA Regional Representative. Thanks to Millie Cumming and Maggie for hosting recently! Do be in touch with these members for more details .

I know there is a TORONTO POD meeting on November 7th but do not have the details for you here. Do chat with our SAQA friend Gunnel Hag at , as she will likely know.
SAQA - NIAGARA PENINSULA “POD” - contact Dianne Gibson or Greta Hildebrand

Attending in Niagara: Dianne Gibson, Al Coté, June Robertson, Jo Vandermey, Donna Pree, 
Janet Rhind, Lynne Forrester, Robynne Cole, Harriett Rynberk, Pat Wild, Karen Sirianni, Tia Phillips, Wen Anderson Breedveld, Greta Hildebrand


Ottawa Valley/St. Lawrence SAQA members at the home of Heather Dubreuil in spring 2017

Hoping this fall each of you are enjoying time for stitching together, and working up planning for Spring Retreats, more POD meetings and just being with SAQA friends along the way. Winter months are awesome for planning and creating new work  for upcoming SAQA CALLS TO ENTRY,

* Registration is OPEN now for the awesome SAQA 'TEXtiles' Spring Conference in San Antonio, TX April 5-8, 2018!

Early Bird Registration ends November 1st. 

Hoping YOU can attend! Take a friend! There is not a better city to explore in early April when the warm temperatures and sunshine abound!

2018 SAQA TEXtiles Conference, San Antonio. TX  Registration Fees 
$350 - Early Bird Registration (must register by November 1st)
$400 - Full Conference Registration ($40 late fee applies after March 1st)
$200 - Regional Representatives (must attend Reps meeting)
$150 - Full time student (verification will be required)

* Enjoy the coming months and do make time for SAQA events and friends... make some calls and meet-up for seeing a show together, check out meetings of our provincial SAQA Pods and bring along a friend or two!

* Lots of memberships renewing at this time of year and this is the very BEST time to get your membership secured for all of the great things happening in 2018! Follow the link here to renew your membership! And don't forget that there are benefits for recruiting new members - so do invite your friends to join us!

* QUILTS=ART=QUILTS opens in the Schweinfurth Art Center at Auburn, NY and is not to be missed!

Many SAQA international stars are featured on the Artists List - with HELENA SCHEFFER  from Beaconsfield, QC representing our country this year .

Let's all try to support this beautiful show with our entries this exhibition for 2018! (Open to artists from around the world)

A short drive into Northern NY and a great "road trip with friends" opportunity.

See you along the way...

Minutes from the recent NIAGARA POD Meeting:

October 16, 2017 SAQA Niagara Pod Meeting

Dianne Gibson graciously hosted the October 16 meeting at her home in Fonthill.

Convened at 10:45 am 

Attendance of 14 members:

Dianne Gibson, Al Coté, June Robertson, Jo Vandermey,

Donna Pree, Janet Rhind, Lynne Forrester, Robynne Cole, Harriett Rynberk,

Pat Wild, Karen Sirianni, Tia Phillips, Wen Anderson Breedveld, Greta Hildebrand

Two guests:  Lesley Staite and Effie Faubert

Agenda: Dianne welcomed us and briefly outlined the agenda:

A group introduction with show and tell and any relevant information to share, followed by a presentation by Al Coté and Karen Sirianni about their recent arts and crafts trip to India.

Jo Vandermey presented information about the:

v  “Canadian Nine Patch Exhibit” showing at the Houston Quilt Festival through November.  When the quilts return to Canada they will hang in the Brant Hills Community Centre, Burlington on Tuesday December 5th.  All are invited to this free, one day event, 2:30 – 4:00 pm.  Al, Harriet, Debbie, Karen, June and Jo have quilts in this show. 

v  A special note:  Houston is open to proposals for exhibitions; however, the exhibitors must cover the costs involved. 

Donna Pree showed us her expertly tailored reversible jacket which was fashioned using a “throw away” wool fabric designed by Annette Wellings in dark brown and light beige for the more flamboyant patterned side.  Donna had chosen a subtle, complimentary fabric for the conservative, everyday side.  A clever idea that allows for two garments in one, especially for travel.  Donna will be in the Polynesian Islands and New Zealand for our next meeting.  We wish her a safe and wonderful trip.

Pat Wild brought along “something off her wall.”  A beautifully “sentimental” work that incorporated fabrics and pearl beads that had belonged to her mother.  This memory piece was constructed using three, free hanging, joined sections.  Many in the group offered ideas for Pat to continue with her experimentation work including adding sections to the quilt as an evolving work.

Harriet Rynberk showed us her wonderful vertical quilt that incorporated rows and columns of flattened coffee pods, each machine stitched down in circles that were reminiscent of tree rings.  She had added blue stones from New Mexico and completed the composition with large running embroidery stitches.  A work that was both creative and balanced, and a pleasure to view.

Robynne Cole began by discussing:

v  2018 Fibre Content show preparations.  Pieces will be displayed in the large gallery of the Burlington Art Gallery between September 6 – 16th.  There will be artists’ talks on each of the Saturdays during the show.  Please see attachment for details.

v  John Willard Residency Programme which has a December 1st deadline for applications.  Attachment with the minutes.

v  If you do not receive all SAQA minutes and updates, please contact

Maggie Vanderweit
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilts Associates

SAQA information should come from the US international source, from Central Canada Region and from our local Pod in Niagara

Robynne brought a new quilt that is part of a commissioned series which depicts meaningful images of her client’s cottage life.  Her current work is of the cottage itself which she has been expertly assembled with subtle shades of yellow and white and accented with crystal-like beads.  We discussed tracing and projection as methods to capture correct perspective and how this can lead to challenges when larger views are incorporated into the composition.  Her quilt edges incorporate unusual angles which led to a discussion about various techniques for finishing.  In this case the faced edge is most useful.

Lesley Staite came as a guest and hopes this group might inspire her with new ideas.

June Robertson was passionate about her trip to the

v  David Kaye Gallery to view Judy Martin’s “The Cloud in Me” exhibition.  The artist had offered a hands on experience relating to the blanket which she had made for her father.  For June, this had been a most memorable experience.

v  June spoke about the SAQA seminar series and how useful they are as a resource.  If you are having difficulties logging in, go to the bottom of the page to sign in.

June showed us 3 printed cloth samples that she had worked on with the Studio Co-op Contemporary Textiles Group. Lining up the woodblocks had presented a challenge far greater than anticipated.  Participants had used Gunnels colour and G. & S. Dyes.

Effie Faubert joined us as a guest, and as Lesley, came to be inspired by the group’s experimental pieces.

Wen Anderson Breedveld had been interested in the commercial fabric printing offered by

v  Design Your Fabric by The Emmerson Group which I had discussed at the last meeting.  She had ordered the sample booklets that show customers 14 Standard swatches ranging from quilting cotton to linen and the Premium swatches which include silks, viscose and hemp fabrics.  This full range of 25 fabrics provides endless possibilities.  They recommend that you order a $5.00, 8 x 8 inch sample print of your photo before ordering the larger ce, piewhen venturing into new, untested fabrics.

Tia Phillips brought along an interesting quilted work on a wool base.  Sections featured felted wool bound to the surface with an appliqued design incorporating beads.  The subtle design in plum shades was extremely tactile and beautiful.

Our host Dianne Gibson explained the nature of textile pieces displayed in her home.  She began with an interesting piece depicting the currents and tides in the waters of the Marshal Islands (South Pacific).  She had worked with fine pieces of bent wood, each lashed to intersect the other.  Tiny Cowrie shells were attached to mark the position of individual islands.  The border was defined with symbolic motifs stitched in various metallic and other threads, a signature which denotes Dianne’s work.  She went on to discuss the Viking model size ship that her husband Bill had designed and built with an element of movement activated by air drafts. Dianne’s collaborative role was to add sails to this vessel.  Dianne is a member of the Connections Group that explore Fibres. 

We later visited her studio to see the results of folding, smudging and sandwiching foliage, metal and wire.  She showed us the slow cooker into which the wrapped and tied bundles of cheesecloth, silk and cotton were placed on a wire rack and steamed.  Dianne noted that metal vessels produce different colour results according to the release of the metal itself.  Some artists add metallic objects such as nails to produce different results.

v  Dianne raised the question of whether our SAQA group would be interested in participating in a retreat at the Crieff Hills Retreat.  She had just returned from the group retreat in which they had explored eco dying and print making (as seen in her studio). 

Lynne Forrester showed us her experimental post cards (worked over a 6 x 4 inch photo) which serve not only as postable gifts, but the basis of larger pieces that she looks forward to working on.  Her work incorporates interesting fabrics cut as various shapes and angles that she accents with contrasting machine stitching.

Janet Rhind talked about her “Hanging by a Thread” 3-dimensional pieces then passed around a beautiful bird ornament which she presented to Dianne as a hostess gift. 

Greta Hildebrand showed the group the completed “Sumac” quilt that she had printed by The Emmerson Group.  Her passion for this sculptural form of quilting has continued into the new Decew Falls image.  She spoke about the trapunto and various techniques for creating the 3-D effects and about finishing the edges of quilts as framed, bound or faced works.  Some or all of these methods could be demonstrated, hands-on in future meetings if there is an interest.

v  Greta would also be open to working with anyone to format and upload their own images to the printing company.  Give me a call at 905-892-6974.

The meeting recessed for lunch.

Al Coté and Karen Sirianni began a presentation on their two-week Arts and Crafts Expedition to India.  Karen had fulfilled her wish to find a sari, and in fact had found 3.  The one that she wrapped around herself into a wearable garment was a functional cotton sari made from 5 yards of printed cloth.  Another that she showed us was even finer, with elephant prints between the border designs. 

Al unrolled a very large decorative quilt in a palette of rich reds, made from numerous rectangles and squares of various fabrics from cottons to synthetics.  These were stitched down to a cotton backing with a long “kantha” stitch that traversed the entire surface horizontally. He explained that this would be used on floors as a decorative covering.  Al showed us an assortment of carved blocks used as woodblock print stamps. Their price (about 5 cents for the small fish stamp) was daunting and helped remind us of labour disparity in the developing world.  One was a Paisley design which is actually derived from the shape of a gourd.

They continued the presentation by delving into aspects of travel, hotels, funerals, weddings, film industry, internet, ATM’s and a general overview of culture and life – a fascinating taste of modern India.

Thanks to both Al and Karen for sharing and for the elephant ornament gifts that Al gave each in the group – a challenge for us to work with.

Adjourned at 2:15 pm

Next Meeting:

Date:  December 4

Where:  Greta’s home:

28 Cherry Ridge Boulevard, Fenwick.  Call me at 905-892-6974 if you need directions.

If you go to Google maps please excuse the image which is now over 3-years out of date. 

Time:  10:30 – 3:30

We can explore various techniques for sculpting work into 3-D relief and finishing edges.  Bring a piece of your own work if you’d like to try something out.

Bring show and tell, information, your own lunch and if you wish, a small plate of something festive to share.


Membership list.  This also includes people who have attended as guests.  Please advise of any errors or changes, including membership status.

Information from Robynne regarding the Fibre Content Show and the John Willard Residency Programme.

If you need to be added to SAQA’s 3 information sources (international, regional and local)

Please contact

Maggie Vanderweit
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilts Associates


Greta Hildebrand

Saturday, October 14, 2017

ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON announces the call for the third JOHN WILLARD FIBRE ARTS RESIDENCY for fibre artists. Deadline for application is December 1, 2017.

We are pleased to share this important opportunity with you today. The JOHN WILLARD FIBRE ARTS RESIDENCY was developed with the goal of offering opportunity to one area artist annually who demonstrates an interest and commitment to focus their skills over the next year on all new, original work through both time at the AGB and the possible sharing of their skills and work during scheduled Art Gallery of Burlington programming during the months leading up to an AGB Solo Exhibition by the Artist in Residency at the end of the Residency period. 

The requirements and rewards of this Artist Residency are available below. A pdf copy may be obtained through an email to ROBYNNE COLE, SAQA member and AGB Board member at  robynnecole [AT]

The John Willard Fibre Arts Residency 
My sole purpose is to create something beautiful something that will make someone happy and with any luck something that will outlive me. I also hope my art helps people to see…everybody LOOKS but do they really SEE?
                                                                                                    - John Willard

The Art Gallery of Burlington has opened the call for the third John Willard Fibre Arts Residency for fibre artists.

About John Willard

After trying his hand at theatre costumes and set designs, John Willard worked for 23 years as a Publicity and Programming Assistant at the Oakville Library. In 1975 he came across an exhibition catalogue titled The Pieced Quilt that was the turning point in his artistic life and he began making quilts. With scissors, needles, threads and fabrics, he created his own designs.

Some were inspired by traditional patterns he had deconstructed, others by historical events; his quilts are one of a kind. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, John turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. John passed away on April 26 2014. Loving partner, brilliant artist, extraordinary teacher, special friend and wonderful man, he touched the lives of all who knew him.

About the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency

To celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard and to continue his legacy as a fibre art teacher, the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency Fund will enable fibre artists access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition.

This exhibition will benefit from a small brochure including curatorial text, and will be presented in the RBC Gallery at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The residency will provide: 
· $2000 honorarium
·  A solo curated exhibition with publication
· 10 days in one of our fibre studios (dates to be confirmed)
· Curatorial mentoring in person to the successful candidate from the beginning of the exhibition to the end of the residency
· Potential invitation to teach in our hands-on program or a specific workshop

This residency is for: 

·  Professional artists (including recent graduates) in Fibre Arts

·  A self-motivated individual able to work in a communal environment (shared studios)  

                         NOTE: The AGB is open some evenings and weekends.

To apply, please send the following by December 1, 2017

              o   Cover letter

o  Your resume or CV (maximum of 3 pages)

o   Proposal for the work you would like to do during your residency
(maximum one page)

o   Up to 10 images

o   All work should be original

o   Do not include student work

o   Image format JPG: 1024 x 768 dpi

o   Two letters of reference

                    Please direct your application package to:

Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director & Chief Curator Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Rd Burlington ON L7S 1A9
Telephone: 905-632-7796,
extension 303
or by email:

Previous recipients:

2015: Karen Cummings

2016: Chandra Rice 

FIBRATIONS Fibre Arts traveling exhibition at SIMCOE COUNTY MUSEUM GALLERY through November 11th.... mark your calendar and do make time to view this exceptional collection.

For the first time since its inception in 2012, the Fibre Content juried exhibition has been condensed into a collection of 38 pieces, featuring artwork garnering high viewers' choice responses and providing a cross-section of the quality and variety of the full show.

The Fibre Content travelling exhibit will be on display at the Simcoe County Museum
from September 19 until November 11, 2017.  

These beautiful and thought provoking pieces were created by artists from Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), Grand Guild of Fibre Artists, Group of Eight Fibre Artists, Oakville Fibre Artists, Connections Fibre Artists, Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, and Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild. 

The main exhibition showcased 125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario in September 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  A full colour catalogue of all 125 main show works is available.  

A special part of Fibre Content is an Interactive Exhibit. Artists made numerous samples of their techniques and style, which you can handle and examine to understand how the work is done — a true learning experience!

Fibrations is a not-for-profit organization originally founded to promote the work of fibre artists and quilt makers through both independent exhibitions and projects, and in connection with other artistic events such as musical performances. The primary ocus of Fibrations over the last several years has become Fibre Content; a juried show of quilts and fibre art pieces by Canadian artists.

Location and Mailing Address:

Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26,
Minesing, Ontario
L9X 0Z7

From Barrie, follow Bayfield Street North and exit at
Highway 26. The Museum is on the south side of the highway.
​Monday - Saturday​9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​Sunday​1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Simcoe County Museum is open year round, seven days a week, excluding Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day,
Boxing Day, and New Years Day.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hello Fabric Lovers!

Would you like a creative pick-me-up with loads of bright colours and fun surface design techniques? How about trying 
one or more of my exciting and inspiring fabric printing workshops? For full descriptions and pictures please visit

Looking forward to seeing you soon at my studio at 222 Symington Ave., Toronto for one of these workshops.  
Yours to enjoy!

With Colourful Wishes, 
Gunnel Hag

Fall 2017 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio 
October 21, 2017
“PAINT, PRINT AND ROLL"with Gunnel Hag  

November 18 - 19, 2017
“THE WORLD OF INDIGO”with Pam Woodward   

December 2, 2017
“WAX, PAINT AND DYE” with Gunnel Hag  

December 9, 2017

Call early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail

For more information please visit

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sponsored by Edward Jones
Organized by Leslie Prokop and Shelley DeHay-Turner
This exhibit is inspired by Canada’s sesquicentennial. The quilts represent Canada’s history, geography, and culture
as expressed by each artist. And each work showcases a diversity of quilting styles as well as a variety of mediums
and techniques.

I (Jo-Anne)  am part of this exhibit that will be at Houston Market and Festival this fall. This exhibit has 27 quilts from traditional to Fibre Art works. 

The organizers Leslie and Shelley are not members of SAQA but there are a number of members from the Niagara SAQA pod involved. 

Leslie and Shelley had a dream to exhibit a special exhibition and thought that the 15O anniversary of Canada was just the right time. 

We signed an agreement that none of the quilts could be seen on social media until the Festival start. As a result we can’t show any pictures right now but there will be an article in the CQA magazine winter edition as well as a afternoon  for viewing  the quilts when the quilts return from Houston. This will include the quilts and a slide show of our experience. 

The information regarding the Canadian showing of the quilts is as follows:

Tuesday December 5th from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Brant Hills Community Centre
2255 Brant St,
Burlington, ON
We will be presenting our Canadian Nine Patch Quilt exhibit at the Brant Hills Community Centre
once our Quilts are sent back to Canada from Houston. 

We will be hosting a one afternoon event to share our quilts and their stories with our community.

I don’t have a list of the any other of the potential SAQA members outside the Niagara Pod but will try to obtain that information. 

The artists involved from the Niagara Pod are as follows. 

Al Cote - Niagara Falls
Karen Sirianni - Niagara Falls
Harriet Rynberk- Vineland
Jo-Anne Vandermey - Beamsville (Anne Vandermey - not a member of SAQA but my daughter) 
Dorothy Holdenmeyer - Beamsville
June Robertson - Grimsby

Al Cote’s wife Debbie McInnes was also in the exhibit but I don’t think she is a member of SAQA

It was an “little engine that could” type of dream. Leslie and Shelley recruited  us and gave us this wonderful opportunity! And Houston accepted. 

Please let me know if you would like further information. And for sure I would love to have the information of the event on the blog. 

Thank you for making the blog happen! 

Jo-Anne Vandermey
Niagara Pod