Saturday, December 29, 2012

Call for Entries | Fantastic Fibers

Submission Deadline: January 25, 2013

International Fiber Arts Competition: Fantastic Fibers
Now an American Quilter's Society sanctioned event, FANTASTIC FIBERS is an international competitive exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. The Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the 2013 Fantastic Fibers competitive exhibition.

All 2013 entries will be placed and processed through the website: 

The 2013 Fantastic Fibers juror is Rusty Freeman, Director of Visual Arts at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
. Cedarhurst, a premier regional arts institution, presents visual and performing arts to the public and is located in southern Illinois.

In 2012 we received nearly 400 entries from 159 artists from 10 countries. 53 works by 43 artists were chosen for the exhibit.
Fantastic Fibers 2013 is hosted by the Yeiser Art Center, Paducah's Gateway to the Arts. Located in downtown Paducah, the Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating more than fifty years of serving the community through exhibitions and education throughout the region.
Paducah is the home of the National Quilt Museum. The American Quilter's Society Annual Show and Contest will be held in Paducah from April 24th-27th, 2013, and accepted entries will be on display during this time.

First Place $1,000    |    Second Place $500    |    Third Place $250

Important Dates:
January 25 - Entry deadline
February 11 - Accepted artists notified
March 29 - Accepted entries due
April 6 - Opening reception 5PM-7PM
May 4 - Pick up hand-delivered work
May 8 - Return shipment of mailed work

For any questions, please contact Joshua E. White or John Paul Henry at 270-442-2453 and
2011 Best of Show - Jennifer Moss

Friday, December 28, 2012

Masters II at New England Quilt Museum

January 15 - April 15, 2013

Opening reception Jan. 19th
Paula Nadelstern - Kaleidoscopic XXX: Tree Grate, 53rd & 7th

featuring a presentation by exhibition curator Martha Sielman at 1 pm. 
The 37 quilt artists included in the Masters II exhibition have proven themselves to be masters of this exciting art form, and hail from from all over the globe. The artworks encompass a broad range of fiber art techniques and styles, from realistic to abstract. 

Click on the links below for:

Let's plan on meeting there January 19th with a name tag identifying you as a ME/NH/VT SAQA member! See you then!

New England Quilt Museum
18 Shattuck St.
Lowell, MA 01852
New England Quilt Museum

Thursday, December 27, 2012

SAQA Call For Entry Jan 1, 2013

Metaphors on Aging 
Open to all SAQA members 

Premiere Location: Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 8-11, 2013
Additional venues may be added; work must be available to travel through the end of 2015

Exhibition Concept:
There are a rare few of us who have not been affected in some way by the changes that occur with aging, be it ourselves, or the aging of our parents, loved ones or even our children. Here you have the opportunity to explore any of these passages that have touched your own life. Subjects can include aging, illness, death, the growth of our children, or the passage of time in general.

Juror: Pamela Allen
Managing curator: Mary McBride

Online entry opens: January 1, 2013
Online entry deadline: January 31, 2013
Preview the entry form and entry requirements at

If you'd like to get your work into the SAQA Journal, read this:
If you would prefer to ONLY read the Journal online, you can indicate your preference by checking off the Online Journal Only box in your Member Profile. 

Upcoming Journal Gallery Page Themes and Deadlines:
  • Fire - due date February 1, 2013
  • Water - due date May 1, 2013 
We can accept digital photos only. Images will be chosen on the basis of artistic merit as well as photo quality. To improve your chances of being selected, send only your best photos and use the same considerations you would for entering a juried show, which means sharp focus, even lighting, no extraneous hands or feet or garage doors showing in the photo, etc.
All edges of the quilt must be visible; do not crop into the edges of the quilt.

Send a digital image with a resolution of no less than 1800 pixels on the longest side, in jpeg format. Label the file with your last name followed by partial title (example: smith_dreamingtrees.jpg). In the body of the e-mail, Include caption information consisting of your name, size in inches, year created, your web site URL (if applicable), and a very brief statement describing something interesting about the work, perhaps your inspiration or your process. Send your images to (This address will be used ONLY for the image gallery.)
NOTE: due to the large number of submissions received, an individual response to each submission is not possible.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Events, News and ME/NH/VT SAQA Gatherings

Holiday Greetings!

January 17 - April 13, 2013
Opening reception January 19th at 1 pm featuring a presentation by exhibition curator Martha Sielman. Let's make this our next gathering! Wear a name tag that identifies you as a SAQA member!

April 18 - July 7, 2013 - SILK! Luxurious Antique & Contemporary Quilts curated by Pam Weeks

July 11 - October 6, 2013 - A SLICE OF CHEDDAR: A Selection of Antique Pennsylvania Quilts
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The Winter Warmth Project: Make a quilt and keep a Vermonter warm this winter!
The Winter Warmth Project is on-going and we need your help more than ever. To date, more than 1,000 quilts have been made for Winter Warmth. We have given away 850 quilts so far. There are still orders in the pipeline. I originally thought we would need about 2,000.

As of 2 weeks ago, there were still 840 families displaced in Vermont. I don't expect to hear from those families until they are close to having a new home. You don't need extra stuff when you don't know where you are going. Many of the families involved have moved several times since they lost their homes. Many still don't know where they are going or what they are going to do.

The anniversary of Hurricane Irene was August 28. Because there are still so many families without homes, the Project is going to continue for another year. We have been able to reach about half of those displaced. The Champlain Valley Quilt Guild of Vermont ( is going to take over the Project as a separate arm of their Community Quilts. They will do a great job. I am really excited and gratified that they are willing to take it on. They will manage all the aspects of the Project much better than I did!

Marty DelNevo is currently putting together a team to handle the Project. But it doesn't stop there, and it shouldn't stop there. The Project and Champlain Valley are in need of YOUR help. Do you know someone who lost their home? Are you willing to do some stitching? Are you a longarm quilter? Do you have an unfinished piece that can be turned into a Queen-sized quilt? Finished QUEEN-sized quilts, queen quilt tops, fabric, batting, money, quilting time, and contacts are all needed.

Please communicate with Marty and ask how you can help or find out what she needs before you send anything.  Email Marty at
The Winter Warmth Project email is:
The blog address is:

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated during the last year. Your willingness to participate is so appreciate. Together, we can be Vermont Strong.

Pam Druhen for the Winter Warmth Project
The Winter Warmth Project is endorsed by the Vermont Quilt Festival.

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Quilting for Sandy Relief in the Upper Valley, NH

Saturday January 12th   ***  All Day! ***  from 9 am - 9 pm
Sunday January 13th from 9 am - 5 pm
at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Summer Street, Hanover, NH

Please bring sewing machine, extension cord and sewing supplies like: rotary cutter, rulers, scissors, seam rippers. Also bring your lunch and any nibbles to share.

Remember, Art quilters can make charity quilts too!

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Next SAQA Gathering in the works.... for April 2013

I would like to arrange a SAQA gathering in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont for April 2013. If anyone would like to help me, please contact me at:

My initial thoughts are to make it a one day event starting at 10 am with either:
(1) a talk about considering using a computer (primarily Photoshop) to enhance your work or
(2) having a panel of (3) Gallery directors take questions about what they look for in an artist and work.

Break for lunch with a 1 pm tour of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth with sketchbook time included

Meet up again at 3 pm for 4 mini workshops on "Sparking Creativity: Outside the Box"
I am looking for volunteers to run half hour programs. Suggested ideas for 1/2 hr workshops are:
The Artist's Way  |  Sketchbook Challenge   |  A Strathmore on-line workshop |  (Lisa Call?) on-line workshop

Group Dinner together (restaurant/take out/or pot luck?)
Show and Tell

Please Note: This is my initial plan. I'd love feedback, and I'm willing to gear this toward what you are interested in, so please email me. If you speak up you have a chance of getting what you want! : )
I will start the real planning January 3rd or so. The date of this meeting will be decided by when I can secure the facility to house the programs I am proposing. I will set up a block of hotel rooms for distance travelers! There will be a Sunday morning thing for those who stay overnight, too!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Call for Entry - Digital Art

The Cotuit Center for the Arts on the Cape is going to have a multimedia exhibit in April using digital art. My sister-in-law, Barbara Ford Doyle is part of the exhibit and is looking for a fabric/fiber artist to round out the "multi" of the media. I don't do much with digital, but told her I would try to find someone on or around the Cape who does. The deadline for entry is early Jan.
Would you send out a blurb to your MA people to see if anyone who works digitally might be interested, They can contact me,, or go directly to

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SAFA Exhibit ends this Thursday

Mary Ann Gallaher in front of her quilts
I'm attaching a picture of me by my quilts at the Seacoast Area Fiber Artists exhibit at the Portsmouth Public Library. The exhibit "Series of Three" ends this Thursday November 29. 


Wednesday Nov 28, 1 – 3pm
Faux Marbling by Maryann Gallaher

Monday, November 19, 2012

Note from Susan Damone Balch

I have had the privilege and pleasure of serving as one of your regional reps for the past three years. It was an honor to be a part of this dynamic team! Getting to know them and meeting and sharing with other art quilters has been the best part of my experience. Especially appreciate those that have been so generous in organizing events and opening their homes to us.

It is now time for me to step down and give someone else a chance. Many thanks and a BIG WELCOME to Michele O'Neil Kincaid for joining Beth and Margaret as our VT/NH/ME SAQA representatives!

What do our SAQA reps do for us?  Among other things, they promote SAQA throughout the region, keep our membership informed of events in the area, and facilitate opportunities for members to gather. I plan on staying involved, and realize that I don't have to be a rep in order to do that. I encourage any of you who have given some thought to becoming more involved in SAQA to explore the idea further. SAQA provides excellent support,leadership and numerous opportunities.

Happy Thanksgiving and my best to all!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Opening Reception!

Michelle Goldsmith &
Margaret Sheehan
Creare is one of the more contemporary businesses in the Upper Valley in NH. They enjoy hosting revolving art shows in their hallways. This past Thursday evening, I attended the opening reception for a quilt show now on display there.  Local quilters, traditional and modern alike, have annually hung their work in the hallways for over seventeen years! The Creare employees really look forward to the warmth, color  and innovation of the display each year!
SAQA members, Janet Daniels, Sonja Hakala, Margaret Sheehan and Michelle Goldsmith have work in this show along with several other local quilters.
Michelle Goldsmith displayed 5 of her large finished art pieces (the ones she showed unfinished at the Maine Show and Tell) and two smaller pieces. Her work is quite wonderful! I love the larger scale! I took a moment to get a picture with Michelle in front of two of her pieces.
I also want to mention that Sonja Hakala has a small fern stamped wall hanging in this show. It is the first time she is selling a quilt and the proceeds will go to the Parkinson's Comfort Quilt Project which she founded.
Great Show Ladies!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Welcome to our new SAQA Rep!

It is with great pleasure that Beth Berman and I announce our new SAQA ME/NH/VT representative (and fellow Wild Woman of the North!) Michele O'Neil Kincaid. WELCOME Michele!  She will be replacing our fearless VT comrade, Susan Balch.

A GREAT BIG Thank you to Susan, who was so fantastic in representing us for three years. We will miss her leadership but look forward to her active participation in all our future SAQA events. 
Susan, enjoy your new found studio time and continue to flourish creatively!

News! News! News!

Yes, we need your news! There are upcoming holiday crafts fairs and quilt shows that our membership will be active in. Please let us know so we can post this info on our blog.

If you have been to a fibers show that is a "must see", send us one photo with a small blurb about the details and we will try to get it posted. 

If you have a fibers show coming up, please send us the info. Your interesting news is our interesting news!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Seacoast Area Fiber Artists (SAFA) Show

The Seacoast Association of Fiber Artists are presenting:

"Series of Three"

November 3rd through November 29, 2012

at the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth New Hampshire.

SAQA Members in this group:
Michele O'Neil Kincaid,
Wen Redmond and
Maryann Gallaher
and Pat Spiller.

On Sunday, November 4th the public is invited to meet the artists and discuss their work from 1:30-3:30 at a reception in the Levenson Community Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served.

Mark your calendars!  SAFA artists will be demonstrating fiber art techniques at the library according to the following schedule.

Wednesday Nov 7, 10am – 12pm
Fabric Landscapes by Jodi Adams

Thursday Nov 8, 10am – 12pm
Dimensional Applique by Carol Powley

Thursday Nov 15, 1 – 3pm
Cardboard Weaving by Christine Sokol

Monday Nov 19, 1 – 3pm
Electric Quilt by Cheri Wilkins

Tuesday Nov 20, 1 – 3pm
Free Form Curved Machine Piecing by Michele O’Neil Kincaid

Monday Nov 26, 5 – 7pm
Fabric Books by Pat Spiller

Wednesday Nov 28, 1 – 3pm
Faux Marbling by Maryann Gallaher

We hung the show yesterday and it looks fabulous -- a wonderful
display of artistic vision!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Michele O’Neil Kincaid Fiber Art Show


November 2 through December 31, 2012

Art Quilter Michele O’Neil Kincaid's solo show

will be on display at the
Conservation Building 
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
54 Portsmouth St. Concord, NH 03301.

Meet the artist Friday November 9, 12:00-5:00 pm

This solo showing of Strafford, NH fiber artist Michele O’Neil Kincaid’s collection of nature inspired art quilts gathers together her myriad images, from a single day lily (32” x 37”) to a pair of snow shoes with a winter scene inside. Through the two month show she will be rotating and adding to the 30 plus piece.
Michele is known for her use of vibrant colors and rich textural techniques. In the 30 years she has been practicing her art, she has grown from geometric patchwork to photo like images of nature and intricate abstract explorations. She bills herself as “A traditional Quilter run AMOK!” and loves a chall

Come meet Michele O'Neil Kincaid on Friday November 9th from 12:00 - 5:00 pm in the Conservation Building conference room of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests at 54 Portsmouth St. Concord, NH 03301.

If you visit at other times please call first as the room is used for meetings for the Forest Society. 603-224-9945

Michele O’Neil Kincaid
Strafford, NH

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Hampshire Open Doors Weekend

This weekend, studios around the state of NH will have open house. Find your favorite artists or find new favorites by visiting the link above and checking out the current art/crafts scene. I am sure you will find many of our SAQA people on the participant list.

I will be running a prayer flag workshop at the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen from 10 - noon Saturday. Sign up or just stop by to see me!

Friday, October 26, 2012

SAQA Maine, Show and Tell part 2

And more..... Please forgive us for the no names... We were parading the quilts around and not taking notes, so some of you slipped by us....

Sandra Betts portrait of her mother
Sarah Ann Smith
Rosalita Feero
Sarah Carpenter showing Sandra Betts quilts
Paulette Martel, Sandra Betts, and Lois Hooper holding Sandra's portrait of her mother

Lois Hooper
Lois Hooper's Train Quilt
Crazy Margaret showing quilts

Beth showing Kathy Molatch's quilt
Margaret showing Kathy Molatch's quilt
Mary Ann Gallaher's "Bats in the Belfry"    
  Beth holding Sarah Carpenter's quilts
  Close up of Sarah Carpenter's quilt
Jodi Scaltreto

Jodi Scaltreto
Jodi Scaltreto
Donna Johnson

Ann Turner

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AVA Gallery Opening Reception Evening

The Opening Reception for the Fibers Show at the AVA Gallery was a lovely event. Mary Ann Gallaher, Janet Daniels and I met and walked around enjoying creative conversation about this exciting show.

Kiranada Sterling Benjamin - Moon Ascending: Japanese Rozome Batik

We were able to meet Kiranada Sterling Benjamin and learn a lot more about her serene work. She shared with us the process she went through to achieve her gorgeous results. Photos do not do it justice!

We also thought the weaving show was amazing! 

Affinity: Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Frazee Carlson, Fuyuko Matsubara and Bhakti Ziek

Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 1, 5:30 pm

As you can see below, Bhakti Ziek (SDA VT) and some of the other artists have made rather large scale pieces! These photos do not capture the texture and details that make these and the other pieces in the show so intriguing! This is a must see show.

This group of amazing weavers also have a "sister" show currently at the Fuller Craft Museum. You can hear the artists talk at both locations.
Mary Ann Gallaher,  Margaret Sheehan,  Janet Daniels
in front of Bhakti Ziek's weaving
Bhakti Ziek (SDA VT)  in front of her woven work at the AVA Gallery, Bank Street in Lebanon, NH

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Of Interest at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH

Ms Benjamin's upcoming AVA show is called,
"Moon Ascending: Japanese Rozome Batik"
There is a fibers show coming to the AVA Gallery on 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH. It will be on display from October 19 - November 16.

If any SAQA members would like to meet at the opening reception, I will be there. We can go out for a bite to eat as a group afterwards.

Opening Reception
Friday October 19, 2012
5 - 7 pm

Other artist's participating in shows at the AVA at this time include:

Cyndy Barbone
Deborah Frazee Carlson
Fuyuko Matsurbara
Bhakti Ziek

Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 1st @ 5:30 pm

The Art of Tea II
Barbara Bartlett

Gallery Talk: Thursday November 15th @ 5:30 pm

Beyond, Beyond, 28" x 28"
by Kiranada Sterling Benjamin

Ms Benjamin's gallery talk is scheduled for
Saturday October 20th @ 1:30 pm
                               The images have been photographed from her brochure and may not be included in the upcoming show..... Margaret

Friday, September 28, 2012

Show and tell Part 1

I have the worlds WORST memory for names PLUS I was walking around with my back to the presenters. I am hoping someone else with authorship rights on this blog will help fill in the blank spot

                                                  Sarah Ann Smith

                                                    Jodi Scaltreto

                                                     Rosalita Feero

                                                    Rosalita Feero

                                               Michelle Goldsmith

                                                  Paulette Martel

Margaret Sheehan

                                                   Margaret Sheehan




Saturday part3

This was a quicky demonstration of a very cool framing technique using Styrofoam rigid insulation board which comes in 4X8 feet sheets at home supply store and wooden lath.

Obviously I didn't take this photo but glad someone did...  This is the finished piece that was stretched over an exact sized piece of rigid foam over a layer of white felt which was lightly sprayed with temp fabric adhesive spray then pinned tightly in place. Trim as close to pins as you can. Then painted lath, pre-cut and pre-drilled were adhered with special Styrofoam caulk (Loctite PL300) that won't melt the Styrofoam (dead cheap too) then screwed the lath sides on.
 A demonstration of water soluble pencils and pastels on cheesecloth. The colors were made permanent with PVA (Elmers) glue and water.
           Thank you Angela so much for preparing this fabric for the demonstration.