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Kathleen Bissett 109 Thorndale Place, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 5Y8
(519) 747-1275

for significant contributions to the world of Canadian quilting and Canadian quilt heritage.

Selected Joseph Schneider Haus Museum (JSH) 1992 Folk Artist-in-Residence
2009 Kitchener/Waterloo Amy Hallman Snyder Award for Textile, Fibre and Quilting Art



  • Quilting Meets Painting Tara Bissett, Kindred Threads: Patchwork meets Painting in Bissett Family Art 2003
  • Exhibited and lectured The World of Kathleen Bissett, Taiji & Tokyo, Japan, December 1993
  • Mounted five solo shows in North America and Japan since 1992
  • Juried into six and invited into eleven CQA/ACC National Juried Shows (NJS)
  • Created private & corporate commissions that hang in Europe, Canada, United States & Japan


  • Chair, The Grand National Quilt Show, 2003 - 2017
  • Initiated and Chaired the first nationally run CQA/ACC Quilt Canada (QC) conference1996, Saskatoon, SK
  • Chair, Ontario Juried Quilt Show, Waterloo, ON, 1996 - 2001
  • Chaired QC 1990, coordinating a team from three guilds and ran one of the most profitable conferences, Waterloo, ON
  • Laid the groundwork for QC conferences to be nationally run while -serving as VP, President & Past President, 1990-1994
  • Coordinated the 1995 CQA/ACC NJS, while curating The State of the Art: Quilting Today in Waterloo County at JSH


  • Invited to co-write and teach the CQA/ACC Quilt Judge Certification Programme, 2009 – 2015
  • Invited to return as an instructor to six QC Conferences, including 2012 in Halifax
  • Instructed at the Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London Summer Workshop, 2006
  • Taught and exhibited as artist-in-residence at the Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT, September 1994
  • Instructed in arts and crafts summer schools in Vermont every summer for the thirteen years
  • Lectured and taught for over two dozen guilds including one in Bermuda since mid 80's, often as a repeat guest
  • Invited to teach in retail establishments ongoing since 1987
  • Taught high school Mathematics and English in Montreal, Quebec and St. Albans, Vermont, 1964-1968


Selected to co write, instruct and administer the CQA/ACC Quilt Certificaion Programme with Anna Hergert 2009 - 2015

Invited to judge numerous shows including:

  • CQA/ACC National Juried Show, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2004
  • McDougall Cottage Wee Quilt Challenge, Cambridge, ON, 2003 & 2004
  • Burlington Quilters’ Society 2002 Juried Exhibition
  • CQA/ACC National Juried Show, Montreal, Quebec, 1997
  • Annual Quilt Block Contest, JSH since 1992
  • Juried Show, Kitchener, Ontario, 1997
  • International Plowing Match Quilt Competition, Port Dover, Ontario, 1996


• Spearheaded a feasibility study for Pfaff Canada Corp. regarding the marketing potential of a conference 1998
• Impacted the structure and judging of the JSH Quilt Block contest as their primary quilting advisor 1992
• Wrote the initial guidelines for the QC conferences

Global Community Volunteer

  • Website Administrator/Designer, Waterloo County Quilters’ Guild (
  • Website Administrator/Designer, The Grand National Quilt Show (
  • Curated the first Canadian Exhibit, Canada Uncovered, at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY
  • Instructed & exhibited, International Festival of the Arts, Kunming, China, 1999
  • Introduced a quilter's approach to color in the art class at the Lycée canadienne (St. Jean cap Ferrat, France, 1994)
  • Led a class in creating a four seasons wallhanging, Women at Play Day, Lutherwood Fund Raiser, Waterloo, May 1999
  • Taught and volunteered with numerous children's organizations and schools from 1977 on


2009 - CQA/ACC Quilt Judge Certification Programme
1983 - 2007 - Workshops with numerous Quilt Masters and Fibre Artists
1986 - 1987 - H. B. Beal Secondary School; London, Ontario, Special Art Program: Textiles
1964 - 1965 - St. Michael's College; Winooski, Vermont, Masters of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics
1960 - 1964 - University of Vermont; Burlington, Vermont, Bachelor of Science in Education: Mathematics and English


  • Coffee Table Quilts, Canadian Quilter, CQA/ACC Newsletter, 2011
  • Digital Grand National Quilt Show Catalogues, Off the Wall , 2010 and Balancing Act, 2011
  • Copyright, How It  Affects the Quilter, Canadian Quilter, CQA/ACC Newsletter, 2006
  • How Copyright Affects the Quilter, CEGments, Newsletter of the Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London ON 2004
  • Patterns: Magic Tiles, 1995; Garden Delight, 1999; Star Dance & Tango Tiles, 2002
  • China: Building Relationships, Canadian Quilter, CQA/ACC Newsletter 1999 & 2000
  • Stitch Painter and Garment Styler, CEGments, Newsletter of the Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London ON 1999
  • Road to Japan, Canada Quilts Magazine, 1994
  • Catalogues for a number of guest curated shows at the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum

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