Monday, August 22, 2016

Regional meeting at the World Quilt Show 8/20/16

Stephanye and Diane showing off our beautiful exhibit A Piece Of Me

This was taken just after the show opened for the day. Stephanye and Diane reported that there was lots of interest throughout the day!

The business part of the meeting - explaining the new pod regions and our new regional exhibit - Wicked Good Art

Susan and Janice teaching us how to write an artist's statement.

Brainstorming answers

And sharing them

Michele's quilt that hung in the Sunapee Craftmen's fair's Living With Craft Exhibit

Diane's quilt - inspired by the word "water"

this one was inspired by "lyrical"

Susan's quilt with fantastical foofy flowers!

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Member Doings

check them out
Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT decided to combat violence with softness, that is with fiber. They fiber bombed Barre and filled their gallery with fiber art from around the state. Visionary Conspiracy contains work by Judy B. Dales, Roz Daniels, Marya Lowe, and Betsy Fram and will be showing through August 27th


Big Art--Bold Vision can be seen in Berlin, VT until the fall. Heidenberg Properties Group chose to use art to announce coming changes to their Berlin Mall and filled the large windows with images from Vermont artists. Roz Daniels' (standing with her quilt), Spring Rain, is on the left at the Penney's    entrance. More images are available on Instagram@bigartvt

Wen Redmond's work will be in Living with Crafts,
League of NH Craftsmen, Sunapee Fair, NH August 6-13
Lincoln Levy Gallery, Points of View exhibit until August 28
State St, Portsmouth, NH 7
 also find her

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Maine Fiberarts exhibit

Nelda Warkentin’s quilt, ‘Ravenswood’, will be on display June 10 – September 3, 2016, Maine Fiberarts gallery, 13 Main Street, Topsham, ME. Opening reception for the exhibit, ‘Innovations: Contemporary Art’, will be Sunday, July 10, 2-5 PM. For additional information, visit the Maine Fiberarts website:

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June Newsletter

Happy unofficial summer everyone!  Hope this newsletter finds you well as we trade our boots for flip flops.
Diane Harris is our newest Regional Rep!
We are thrilled to announce that Diane has agreed to become our newest regional rep working to help grow and cultivate our art quilt community in Northern New England.
Diane lives in Monroe NH and is an award- winning art quilter.  Her most recent honor (and there are many of them) was placing third in the National Quilt Museum’s 25th Anniversary Exhibit, The Gala of the Unexpected! with Oyster Mushrooms - Earthy Elegance, a stunning representational quilt featuring these edible mushrooms.
When asked why she became a rep, Diane’s reply was, “For me, participating fully in an organization, provides the best experience with that organization. So here I am, participating fully! One of my concerns is members needing to travel long distances to attend our regional meetings, so they don’t come. It is my hope we can entice our members to attend these meetings where they can socialize, exchange ideas, network and take advantage of “community” opportunities. As we strive to meet the needs for the region’s members, they will discover how building momentum on this premise will allow them to more fully experience and enjoy all that SAQA has to offer resulting in their growth as artists. An added benefit to our members connecting, will result in the ME/NH/VT Region becoming strong and active.”
Do you know what you’re creating for our Next Exhibit: Wicked Good Art?
Have you decided what totally wicked art you are going to create for our 2017 exhibit – Wicked Good Art?  We can’t wait to see what you submit.
The exhibit is designed to showcase the region’s best work, highlighting diversity of style and techniques used by New England SAQA artists.  The exhibit will be shown at MQX 2017 and Mancuso’s World Quilt New England, 2017.  Additional venues may be added.  Online entry will be January 2017.  Click on the link to access the prospectus with all the details:
We hope to publish a catalog of Wicked Good Art, using Amazon’s CreateSpace, a print on demand publishing product.  Have you worked with CreateSpace or want to learn how?  Do you know Adobe InDesign?  We need you!  Please email us at the contacts below to work with us on this project.

Member Brags
Below are recent highlights from our fellow artists.  The talents and accomplishments in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont continue to amaze
  • Kathy Angel Lee, as we reported last month, was featured on WMTW-TV as part of their Made in Maine series.  The TV station posted a link to their segment and it’s worth the watch:   This summer, Kathy’s work can be seen at Seaside Creations on Bailey Island, Maine; The Birch Canoe, Casco, Maine; Goosefare Trading in Ocean Park, Maine and The Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner, Maine.  She will also be at several outdoor art shows in Ocean Park, South Portland, and Brunswick during July and August.  Thanks for promoting art quilting to the public!
  • Dr. Michele David of Creole Creations, has pieces in the 5th Annual Haitian Art Exhibit Soul Searching:  An Exploration of Haitian Spirituality Through Visual Arts.  The exhibit is on display at William Hames College, Newton MA until June 22, 2016.  Proceeds from the show benefit art workshops and programs for youth in Haiti. Wonderful work and a wonderful cause!
  • Mary Ann Gallaher is a member of The Artist Collective which, this summer, is exhibiting their group show, Alternative View, at the Davis Art Gallery, Worcester MA  June 10- August 15  The show is the result of many ideas presented by twelve artists from diverse educational backgrounds, life experiences, and artistic viewpoints. This exhibit showcases their points of view and celebrates their intensive work together over two years.  Congratulations Mary Ann!
  • Michele O’Neil Kincaid recently learned her piece, For the Ladies, has been accepted into the 2016 International Quilt Festival’s, In Full Bloom special exhibit.  After debuting in Houston this fall, the exhibit will travel for the next year to various other venues on the Quilt Festival circuit.  Michele’s glorious quilt depicting Ladyslippers is sure to wow those who see it

Parlor Meetings Update
Michelle Goldsmith is planning her next Parlor meeting at her home in Grantham NH for late summer/early fall.  She hasn’t settled on a date yet, but is looking at August 27th, or September 10, 17 or 24.  Interested?  Reach out to her at
In the Seacoast NH area, SAFA Parlor Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, 10am-lunch.  This established group is always looking for new artists to join them as they share techniques, show recent work and go on field trips to art exhibits in the area.  For details on the next meeting, contact Michele Kincaid at
We want to promote your parlor meeting information here!!  Let us know what you’re planning and we’ll share it with the region.
Calendar of Events
Friday June 10 & Saturday June 11, 9am – 4pm:  Join Michele O’Neil Kincaid at Seacoast Sewing and Quilting in Portsmouth NH for her 2-day Mystery Quilt Mini Retreat. There will be catered food, new friends, and FABRIC!! You can’t beat that!  Contact the shop for info:

Saturday August 20, 1-4pm:  Regional Meeting at Mancuso’s World Quilt New England Show, Radisson Hotel, Manchester NH.  We are lining up a speaker to talk about one of the aspects of exhibiting your work.  Additionally, we will have a slide presentation of our region’s submissions to this year’s SAQA auction.  And we will round out our meeting with your show and tell.  Bring your art to share and astound.

Sunday October 2, 1-4pm.  Regional Meeting at Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, Portsmouth NH.  Details to come.  We guarantee there will be Show and Tell.

We are sharing calendars with our friends at the MA/RI region.  Here’s what’s going on south of our borders:
August 7, 2016  MA/RI regional meeting from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St., Lowell, MA.  Melanie Johnston & Joan Blade Johnson will be discussing how to market your work.  No Show & Tell or lunch this meeting.
September 17, 2016  MA/RI regional meeting in the Berkshires  (location TBA)  followed by walk of Ann Brauer’s open studio in Shelburne Falls, MA.
October 22, 2016   MA/RI regional meeting at the Franklin Mill Store in Franklin MA. CT SAQA region member Kate Themel will be the guest speaker at this meeting. Also note that attendees at this meeting will receive a 20% off purchases made at the Franklin Mill Store that day!
Please RSVP to MA/RI Regional Rep, Allison Wilbur if you would like to attend any of the MA/RI meetings.
Have you roasted your first summer S’More yet?

Your ME/NH/VT Regional Reps
Stephanye Schuyler
Diane Harris
Michele O’Neil Kincaid

Monday, September 28, 2015

FIBER FEST at the Sharon Exhibition Gallery, Saturday Oct 3rd

Please join Wen Redmond at the FIBER FEST at the Sharon Exhibition Gallery, 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH! 

Wen will be giving a slide show, trunk show and talk about her journey to fiber digital processes at the Sharon Art Center on Oct 3rd.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Meeting - this coming Sunday!

Our Fall Meeting is September 27, 2015, 1-4 p.m. at Quilted Threads in Henniker NH. (there will be small fee for the room, so a small donation to cover the cost will be appreciated)

Michele and Kathy are planning a fun meeting, you don’t want to miss it!

Plus: Impromptu silent auction!!
Fall for Fiber
Bring a 5 X 7 'Artlet' for us to bid on to help raise money to go towards financing future exhibits/publications/etc.
Please bring with finished edge so the recipient can mount and frame and hang easily!
Contact Michele if you have any questions or if you can’t come to the meeting and would like to donate one anyways!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Day In Lowell - New England’s Quilt Capital

A Day In Lowell - New England’s Quilt Capital
by Diane Powers Harris
Learning that the New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) was not planning their biennial quilt show, Images, brought huge disappointment to many in the region. However, NEQM didn’t leave us without a replacement destination as they planned and implemented a city wide Summer Celebration of Quilts by providing a series of quilt/textile exhibits and lectures.
In a recent NEQM monthly newsletter, I read that Beatriz Grayson, an art quilter whose work I greatly admire, was presenting a lecture about working in series and creating a body of work through developing a theme. My newfound friend Sarah Daniels and I decided to register and attend. The lecture was wonderfully thought provoking with many suggestions and ideas for artistic development and growth.
Beatriz brought numerous examples of her work showing how easy it is to create a body of work from a simple motif. In this instance she used a heart theme - all quilts presented to her husband over the years on Valentine’s Day.
The second grouping were examples of her student’s work. Beatriz provided her students with a line drawing of two birds sitting on a branch. The only real requirement was a size definition. Other than that, she encouraged her students to interpret the subject however they saw fit. The results were amazingly creative and diverse.
Both sets of examples gave the audience a basis for understanding the developmental process in creating a series of work while exploring a specific subject to promote artistic growth. One hint that was a "lightbulb ah ha" moment for me was Beatriz’ suggestion to create "yardage" from leftovers of the current project. This provides the artist with not only an immediate foundation for a future project, but effectively uses up the scraps and strips.
During a series of emails with Janice Jones, I mentioned that Sarah and I would be in Lowell for Beatriz’ lecture. Janice immediately wrote back telling me about her group, Broad Strokes and their exhibit in the Lowell Telecommunications Center as well as an afternoon lecture/demo at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. She also invited us to visit her studio in the Brush Art Gallery. Since Lowell is a three hour drive each way for us, we thought to take advantage of the invitation and make a day of it.
After being inspired by Beatriz Grayson’s lecture, we ate our lunch just outside the lecture venue on a tree shaded park bench enjoying the beauty of the day along with the birds, squirrels and chipmunks. Once we finished lunch, we had time to walk over to NEQM to see the Best of Show exhibit. This amazing exhibit featured Best of Show quilts from various shows across New England. Each quilt was a wonderful example of what quiltmakers are creating in our region. I was absolutely blown away with the intricacy, creativity, diversity of techniques and even humor detailed in these masterpieces.
Also on display was a lovely selection of new quilts inspired and recreated from vintage quilts. All were executed beautifully and precisely followed the inspiration quilt.
Next we wandered back over to the Brush Art Gallery where we visited the various artist studios showcasing assorted artistic disciplines. For those of you who have never visited, the setup is delightful. The spaces are reminiscent of an old European avenue of specialty boutiques. Signage announcing each studio and exciting displays by the artists enticed the strollee into the various studios. Also on display through September 12 is the exhibit Book Illustration: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, a compilation of cover art for these teenage super sleuths. All in all, food for the eye and inspiration for the artistic process!
The lecture/demo was presided over by four of the seven members of Broad Strokes. Each member discussed her area of expertise and how she incorporates her technique(s) into her art. At the conclusion of the lecture, the audience was invited to the Lowell Telecommunications Center, located just across the courtyard, to view their exhibit Broad Strokes - Pushing Quilts to Art which will be on display until August 29, 2015.
As a group, these quilt makers explore artistic techniques and fabric manipulation through original design work. Their exhibit was amazing as it showcased many of the techniques they have discovered together while keeping in touch with their own individual style. Comprised of art pieces that are their interpretation and depiction of a specific expressive word created an extremely unified, cohesive exhibit that showcased each member’s "voice."
Alas, a truly incredible day filled with creativity, inspiration, visual stimulation, and best of all, friendship must eventually come to a close. But wait!, there’s more... Completely apropos to nothing, my icing on the cake was stopping in Tilton, NH to get a new pair of desperately needed sandals. The pair I purchased were not only on sale and in my favorite color of coral, but I had enough punches on my reward card to get an additional $30 off! Quilts, inspiration, friendship and a bargain on shoes, what more could a girl desire?!
In closing, I just want to say this event was extremely well done. It showed a great deal of thought, effort and planning by NEQM to make this such a memorable day. An added benefit was discovering so many new places (many just a short walk from NEQM) to see and visit in future trips to Lowell. It’s not just New England Quilt Museum, it’s a quilter’s dream destination. I sincerely hope the museum has plans to again do something of this nature in the years to come.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Workshop and meeting at MQX

Leni's workshop:
Diane Harris showing her work before being interviewed by Leni:
Maryann Gallaher in the hot seat!
Kathy's turn:
Leni gave a short talk during the meeting about her evolution as an artist:

 Janis Doucette's show and tell:

 Donna Johnson's show and tell:


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Definition; Words Interpreted by Fiber Artists

A small group of fiber artists from Maine have been meeting once a month for several years to learn critiquing skills and do challenges. They did a word challenge over a 14 month period - once a month they interpreted a word presented by a member. The result is this Definitions exhibit. Exhibit will be open from January 17- February 28, 2015 at the Saco Museum , 371 Main Street, Saco, ME. Artists in the exhibit are Karen Asherman, Yarmouth; Sarah Carpenter, Solon: Bonnie Dwyer, Manchester; Kathy Angel Lee, Old Orchard Beach; Peg Lovejoy, Skowhegan; Sally Rowe, Farmington; Anne Walker, Rangeley; Julie Weaver, Mt. Vernon.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

How is our art inspired by where we live?

Announcing another fabulous SAQA mentorship webinar…

SAQA International Artists Panel Mentorship Webinar

Tuesday, December 9 at 1 pm ET

The International Artists Panel will include three international SAQA members sharing their art quilts and discussing how their creative lives are influenced by the places they live. Alicia Merrett was born and raised in Argentina and lives in the United Kingdom. Barbara Lange and Uta Lenk live in Germany. This webinar is an outstanding opportunity to learn about some of SAQA’s international members and be inspired by these talented art quilters. 

Please click the following link to register. Registration is limited, but all SAQA members will have access to the full audio and video recording of the webinar on the SAQA website within a few days after the event.