Since 2003 Janome Canada has been a dedicated supporter of the Grand National and is pleased to once again to sponsor the Award of Excellence (HD-9) and the Viewers Choice Award (3160 QOV-C).

This years theme “Crossroads”, challenged all fibre artists to consider the point at which the normal path through life becomes divided. What decision must be made and which way to go? Discover the path less traveled by these talented fibre artists and the crossroads they faced.  

To learn more about this traveling exhibition and event schedule please visit:

A long history dedicated to Canadian Quilters
Founded in 2003 by a committee of 6 quilt artists from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario to promote quilting as an art form the Grand National provided a means for quilt artists to display their work in a gallery setting. Over the next 15 years with the support of Janome Canada Ltd. this committee created and presented 12 exhibitions of Canadian quilt art. 

In 2018, following the announcement of their retirement the Grand National Exhibition Association was born with a new committee dedicated to carrying on the tradition of the Grand National with a couple of changes. 

The goals of this new committee were to maintain the reputation and tradition of the Grand National while opening up the competition to include all fibre art and moving the exhibition around the country. This would expose more fibre art to a wider audience and give each of you a chance to see the artwork live.

The first Grand National under this new structure was ‘Still’ presented at Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment Centre in Portage la Prairie, picked for its location in central Canada. This exhibition predominately showcasing quilt art, also included several felted pieces, one crocheted piece 
and 3 – 3 dimensional sculptures. We aim to build this component of other fibre art mediums 
over the years.

The 2019 Grand National Winners – Still

This year’s exhibition, ‘Crossroads’, moves us to another level as we are not only displaying this exhibition in Fredericton, NB (in yet another province), but are touring it to five additional venues across Canada over the next 19 months. 

The Grand National has met its ‘crossroad’ and has chosen to take it. 

Exhibition Schedule: 
• University of NB Art Centre, Fredericton, NB: May 2 – June 27, 2021
• Thunder Bay Museum, Thunder Bay, ON: July 10 – Sept 25, 2021
• Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON: Oct 10, 2021 – Feb 28, 2022
• Victoria Arts Council, Victoria, BC: March 14 – May 21, 2022
• Weyburn Arts Council, Weyburn SK: June 1 – Aug 26, 2022
• Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB: Sept 22, 2022 – Nov 12, 2022

Virtual Opening and Award Ceremony – May 2
You are welcome to attend! The University of NB Art Centre will be presenting a virtual Opening and Award Ceremony of the Crossroads Exhibition. To request a link to attend this ceremony email Carol at

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