Monday, February 9, 2015

Update on Up-coming!

More info is available now about the workshop posted earlier today.

Title: "Stitch Combo Extreme"
Facilitators: Karin Millson and arlee barr
Dates: March 20 - 22
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
Location: Canoe Club of Calgary, 7305 Crowchild Trail S.W., Calgary, AB
Cost: $200.00 (non-refundable)
Details?  See below:

Up-coming in Calgary

Calgary textile artists, contemporary hand-stitchers and Surface Design Association members, arlee barr and Karin Millson are collaborating to put on a "fast-paced and fun" three-day workshop, incorporating both machine and hand stitching "on fabric you'll be creating yourself".

Dates: March 20-22
Location (in Calgary), cost and supplies: TBA

Interested?  Contact arlee via Facebook message or by e-mail -- arlee DOT ar AT gmail DOT com to get on the class list.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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.

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.

Trunk Show F at Sylvan Lake Guild - Dec. 9, 2014