Thursday, March 29, 2012

Call for entry

Open to all New England artists 18 years or older working in Fine Art Fiber. All textile processes including mixed media (some fiber must be included) will be considered. NO 3D work accepted. No piece larger than 32 x 40 inches.
Exhibition Dates: June 5 - July 21. 
Guest Juror: Erica Licea-Kane, Assistant Professor in the Art Department and the Director of the Towne Art Gallery at Wheelock College. Entry fee. 
Send SASE for prospectus or click here for details: 

Gallery Seven
7 Nason St
Maynard, MA 01754

1 978 897 9777
Deadline: April 12, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Two good quilt shows this weekend

Pamela Druhen
Maple Leaf Quilters 26th Festival of Quilts
College of St. Joseph, Rutland, VT
March 31st – April 1st, 2012
Saturday 9 to 5 Sunday 10 to 4

~ Invitational Quilter, Pamela Druhen (SAQA member)
~ Spectacular quilts by Guild members
~ Guild Challenge
~ Vendors
~ Featured Guild Quilter Marcia Shipman
~ Antique Quilts
~ Demonstrations
~ Tea Room
~ Basket Ticket Auction
~ Consignment Boutique

Admission - $6.00

Quinobequin Quilters 13th Spring Quilt Show
The Needham Masonic Lodge 
1101 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 
Friday, March 30, 10 - 8, 
Saturday, March 31, 10 - 4
click on the title above to see the Utube invitation

For more information: 

Guild members will exhibit well over 100 quilts, sell handmade items at our boutique, and raffle off a beautiful quilt with appliqued tulips.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

April Workshops in Surface Design

Workshops almost filled!
In Studio Workshops in Surface Design

APRIL 2012                

A 4-week series covers a variety of surface design methods…

APRIL 7     Fab Fabric Painting- just featured at Pro Chem

APRIL 14   Basic Silk-screening

APRIL 28   Creating Thermal Fax Silkscreens

MAY 5        Stalking the Wild Print –published in Cloth Paper Scissors 2011
You'll learn new techniques or be inspired by new ideas.
            Wen Redmond, a fabric artist for over 30 years, will offer the workshops at her studio, #336, at Salmon Falls Mills, 1 Front St. Rollinsford, NH. (Directions or GPS)
            The workshops run from 10-4. The first day will start at 9:30 for registration and payment. The cost is $295.00 for entire series or $80.00 per individual class. There is a small materials fee for each workshop.
            There is only room for 6 students so register early. 
To Register 
EMAIL Wen at for enrollment information and workshop supply list. Please indicate “surface design class”.

Older post with Pix- here

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


As you may have heard, quilt designer and teacher Karen Combs was robbed of her teaching quilts, supplies and more while staying at a motel in New Braunfels, Texas. Her rental car was broken into, and the suitcase with her quilts was stolen.

You can see Karen's quilts at her website: Karen Combs
Karen has a signature style - very geometric - and these quilts are important to her work and her livelihood. So if you know a quilter in Texas, or you will be going to Texas, help share this and maybe she'll get her quilts back.
From Quilt Fun electronic Newsletter

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Next SAQA Regional Meeting

This is a reminder that our next SAQA Parlor meeting will be at Terri Lipman's house in Keene, NH. Plan your carpool/convoy now. (See below) Non-SAQA friends are invited, too.

PLEASE RSVP to Susan Balch or Terri Lipman
  • Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
  • Time: 10 - 2-ish....
  • Location/Directions:  Terri Lipman's House, 103 School St, Keene, NH - 2 blocks north of West St in downtown area of Keene  (Take West St exit off route 9, after you go under the highway at the 5th light , go left onto School St (Peoples bank is on the corner.  House is at the stop sign on your right - brick house) Park in the driveway until full - then on the street.
  • 603-209-1918 or 355-1153
  • Agenda: Show and Tell, Potluck lunch, Networking & SAQA information
  • What to bring: Pot luck foods, drinks, show and tell, networking information
  • Things to do in the area:  Not too much in Keene but Delectable Mountain is a fabulous mostly silk fabric shop on Main St in Brattleboro, VT.  Also, Vermont Artisan Design is there as well as Gallery in the Woods.
  • Places to stay - The Marriott and Lane Hotel are within walking distance and there is a Holiday Inn Express.  Terri is willing to call the hotels to secure a block discount rate if there is a request for this.
If you are planning to attend and would like to set up a carpool or convoy, please email the information below to Beth, Susan or me and we can send out an email, or post to the blog to help you organize it. 
  • What area you are coming from (ex: Burlington VT, Searsport, ME)
  • Location of the park & ride where you want people to meet
  • Identifying information (Wear a SAQA nametag, flowers on lapel, flamboyant hat)
  • What time to meet and what time you will be leaving the starting location (meet at 8:00, leave at 8:20 am)
  • What time you will leave the Keene location and be home (ex: leave immediately after the meeting, leave after visiting Delectable Mountain in Brattleboro or staying overnight, return by 11:00 am sunday) 
  • Who is driving and how many they can fit in the car (don't forget to include space for food and show & tell items!)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Katie PM

Katie showing her work to the Quilters Connection in Watertown, MA
   Seeing Katie Pasquini Masopaust's recent work was just as exciting as seeing her again. I have always admired the vibrant energy that exudes in her quilts, but I truly enjoyed the color and kinetics in her most recent work.
   Her talk started with images of her very first quilts from (gulp!) back in the seventies! Yes folks, she showed us those dull browns and the "Jinny Beyer" type calicos and confessed to cutting out every single triangle before sewing them all together! She even included non cottons in her early quilts (the rebel!) It was fantastic to follow the trail from those quilts! To see her progression, follow her thought patterns, view the drawings and ultimately rest our eyes on (and gently touch!) her most recent passions. She even showed us her Quilt National entry. How wonderful is that!
   Katie is an engaging speaker! She had us laughing and admiring and was open to greeting all who approached her afterward. I was able to ask her if I could post these pictures on our blog... so I got her official "okay".
   Need I say, that after such a vibrant talk, I was spinning with ideas for the ride home! Time to get in my studio, now! 
A detail of one of Katie's more recent quilts

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Katie Pasquini Masopaust at Quilters Connection in Boston

I'll be driving down to Boston on Monday, with a car load of girlfriends, to hear Katie Pasquini Masopaust talk at the Quilter's Connection at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Several years ago, I took a four day workshop at the North Country Studio Workshops with Katie and it was really great. Katie is a vibrant and engaging teacher, speaker and of course, Quilt Artist! I'm looking forward to seeing her and hearing about her new work!

David Walker once said, that if you don't have the resources and support you need at hand, then go out and find them. Since hearing that, I decided to join QC, the Boston based quilt group, as an associate member. It takes me about two hours to get there.  I enjoy dinner out, the two hour meeting and then I drive home. I usually fill my car up with art quilt friends and we "road trip!" to the big city. We get home at midnight! It's crazy, yes!  But, it fills the well.

Question: What have you done recently to step outside the box?

Please consider attending the April Parlor meeting in Keene, NH! Mark your calendar (in pen) for the September Belfast Maine weekend. It's at these types of events that you will meet the carload of passionate people you will be able to travel with and attend art quilt lectures and events that are hours away. 

Spring is coming! Fill your well. Create your art. Live your life to the fullest. Enjoy and share.
I hope to see you (and your fabulous art!) soon.
~ Margaret

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pinterest Information

How to Use Pinterest Before it Uses You
By Lynne Bruning
textile enchantress

I believe in the power of the internet to support communities, share information and learn about the universe. I submit Instructables, post how-to videos and mentor students around the globe. I use open source and creative commons just as much as I add to it.

Yet Pinterest makes me uncomfortable. This social media service assumes that any visual content is there for the taking. Their ‘pin it’ button seamlessly integrates copyrighted material into the Pinterest licensing system. It's just a little too slick not to wonder what's happening behind their closed doors.

I am not going to delve into the legality of Pinterest TOS nor how many users are pinning content without copyright approval. That will be played out over time by those far more qualified than myself.

What I want to share with you is the understanding that Pinterest is a tool. And just like any other tool you need to use it wisely to support your needs or it will use you. The following is a heirarchy of methods I employ when sharing information on the internet and specifically addresses the optimization of Pinterest.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Opening Reception

Vibrancy in Fibers

Nellie Pennington

Margaret M. Sheehan

Sue Geno

New Member, Michelle Goldsmith

We had a wonderful turnout of friends.