Thursday, May 31, 2012

This weekend! QC Quilt Show

34th Annual Quilt Show

The Quilters' Connection 34th annual quilt show will be held Friday-Sunday, June 1-3, 2012, at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA.
Open to public
Open to public
Open to Public
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown MA
By Car: Google Map and Directions or Mapquest Map and Directions
 By T: From Central Square (Red Line), take the 70 or the 70A bus from the Western Ave. Bus Stop. Get off at the School Street bus stop, one stop after the Arsenal Mall. Cross Arsenal Street at the crosswalk and turn left for one block. The Arsenal Center for the Arts will be on the right hand side.

The exhibition of over 200 quilts, many of which are for sale, will include pieces ranging from classic to cutting edge. Items made by guild members are offered for sale in the popular boutique. The show will feature guided tours and demonstrations of quilting techniques. A fabulous raffle quilt designed and made by guild members will be on display, and raffle tickets will be on sale for $1 each for the Sunday drawing. 
For more info e-mail:
This show is always worth the trip!  Members of this guild include: Sandy Donabed, Sylvia Einstein, Sandy Gregg, Carol Ann Gotrain, Rosemary Hoffenberg, Celeste Janey, Ethel Shulam, Michelle David, Valarie Poitier, Ruth McDowell, Elin Noble, Margaret Sheehan, plus many more wonderfully creative and prolific individuals! 
Note: Not all these people listed will have quilts in this years show, but I wanted to show you the magnitude of the membership! ~M

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Upcoming show

Image: Urban Development: 
Design by Committee
30” x 40”

Please join me, as the featured artist for June!
Opening reception, June 8 from 5-7 pm 
Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont 

The show will be up on June 1 but the opening reception is the 8th. ~ Karen

Monday, May 28, 2012

Joan Schulze News

If your planning a trip to San Francisco in early June, Stop by Joan Schulze's studio June 9 & 10 for her Studio Event.

"This is my first studio event in years. The walls are freshly painted and new works are hanging. This special event is the first public showing of "and other stories".  Come see my newly invented space. View my latest small 3-D works, collages & quilts. Upstairs you can browse through early work in cyanotype, collage and small quilts." ~ Joan
Sneak peaks of her limited edition book, "and other stories" can be viewed here.

Schulze Studio   |   1695 18th Street   |   Unit 302   |   San Francisco, CA   |   94017
Ring 302   |   panel is near the gate   |   studio 415 641 8312

Joan has also stopped teaching.  Her final workshops were held in April and you can find this statement on her website.
"To create more time in the studio and spend less time in airports, 2013 will the year that I end the teaching part of my career. I will present workshops in two very beautiful places. I look forward to a great finish."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Quilt National now accepting entries

Quilt National '13 is open for entries with an entry deadline of: September 14, 2012.
The 2013 show will be accepting entries online only. The process is very simple.
Just go to the Quilt National Web Page and use the link to access the Slideroom entry programming. You will need to give them only email and contact information to access the entry forms. Click here for the QN rules.
You can fill out the entry information and upload your images in one easy session - or you can save a partial entry and come back and edit before you submit. We are looking forward to this new technology and hope that it will ease the entry process for everyone!

Quilt National Jurors for 2013
Linda Colsh (Belgium) An American artist residing in Belgium, Linda Colsh has lived, exhibited and taught in America, Asia and Europe. Selected for several Quilt Nationals, her art quilts have won top awards in major European and American exhibitions. Collections around the world include her artwork. With a university background in art history, she has been featured in and written for numerous publications.

Judith Content (California) has been a full time artist for more than 30 years. She focuses on shibori dyed and quilted wall pieces, as well as jewelry and landscape design. Her work is in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, and the Shibori Collection, Nagoya, Japan. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented by the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. She is President Emeritus of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).

Penny McMorris (Ohio) was the Corporate Art Curator for Owens-Corning Corporation for 20 years, co-authored The Art Quilt, and consulted on contemporary quilt shows for museums in the U.S. and Great Britain. She has an MA in Art History. Currently she is Vice President of The Electric Quilt Company.

If you need any further information (or reassurance), please feel free to contact me via email at the Quilt National Email or by phone at 740-592-4981. I am looking forward to another amazing Quilt National Exhibition in the summer of 2013!

Kathleen Dawson, Quilt National Director

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Check out what's happening in Maine!

MidCoast Surface Design Workshops
Taught by Beth Berman in Searsport, Maine

June 16 ~ Silk Scarf Batik
You will learn how to batik with textile paint or dye. Workshop includes a 72" silk scarf and all the supplies you need.

June 30 ~ Stamp making & more
Learn to carve a stamp from a photo. Includes everything you need to carve two 4 x 6" and two 1.5" X 2.5" stamps including a lino cutter set which is your to keep.

July 7 ~ Hand Dyeing Fabric
Learn the simple skills for turning plain white cotton into fabulous hand dyed fabric. Come with white and go home with the rainbow. Everything supplied but the fabric.

July 21 ~ Surface Design Sampler
Learn how to make your own stamps, and use thermofax screening, textile paints and resists to create layers of design on fabric.

Aug 3 & 4 (2 days) ~ Silk Screen construction and uses
Day one: construct screens, printing surface and review dyes and techniques.
Day two: use prepared screens and 8 techniques to create one of a kind fabric.

Aug 18 ~ Silk Scarf Batik
You will learn how to batik with textile paint or dye. Workshop includes a 72" silk scarf and all the supplies you need.

Workshops run from 9am - 4 pm and include all supplies except fabric. Click here to see more.

This is a great opportunity to meet and learn some fascinating surface design techniques. The workshops are even better than the brief descriptions here. Email or call for more info.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Navigating the SAQA Website

At the last meeting, I had some people talk to me about using the SAQA Website. While for some, computers are a daily tool of life, others are not on-line all the time, therefore they feel a bit overwhelmed when they approach any page looking for information. Pages are all designed so differently!  and how do you navigate through all the visual overload?
I thought I would to try to defuse some of the jitters about using our informative website through a series of installments. Take time to acclimate yourself to these key elements on the website. You can do all of the below without logging in.

Start by taking a deep breath!

Go to the Home page:
At the top of the site there are a series of colored boxes that go across, starting with a black one labeled, "galleries". Pretend these are folders in a file cabinet.  Inside each box/file there are catagories. When you place your cursor on top of a box/file, a menu will drop down from it.

To find the following information:

Calls for Entry
Go to the second box labeled, "News and Events".  Scroll down to "Calls for Entry" and double click.  A new page should open showing a Calendar. Scroll down to see what's out there for you to try!

SAQA Auction
You will find the SAQA auction listed under "News and Events" and "Support SAQA". There is still time to mail your entry in! Don't forget to fill out the on-line form before you mail it. You'll find it inside the "Support SAQA" box.

Regional and members blogs
This information will be found in the top right box titled, "Resources".  Our blog is the first one! If you haven't bookmarked it you can always access it here.

Enjoy exploring our SAQA website!  There are many people working hard to make it a vibrant "go to" information spot.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Upcoming events of interest

NH State Quilters Announce Spring Event
Date: Sunday, May 20th, 2012 (SUNDAY)
Time: 1:00 to 4:00PM. Registration: 12:30 to 1:00PM
Location: Courtyard Marriott Portsmouth, 1000 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Admission: Admission is FREE to members and $10 to non-members.

How do six quilting strangers come together and form a successful Co-op? Come hear how the New England Quilt Designers Cooperative was formed, how we work together and gain some insight on what it takes to make it as a quilt pattern designer. You'll see some great quilts, hear some funny stories and meet some very talented ladies too. Opportunity to purchase the Designers' patterns at end of program.

About our presenters:
The New England Quilt Designers Cooperative is a group of six individual quilt pattern designers, all based in New England, who pool their resources to vend at quilt shows and do guild presentations. Each designer has their own unique style and between them all, cover just about every skill level and technique.
For more info visit:
For more Information:
Email address:

NHSQA is a non-profit organization open to all seeking a forum to gather together for the purpose of furthering the art of quilting through participation, education, promotion and communication. Meetings are held semi-annually, spring & fall.
(click on the above title for images)
Fri/Sat, June 1 & 2nd: 10am - 5pm
Sunday, June 3 - 10am - 3pm
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA
This is worth the trip!
get yourself connected! Plan a trip around this!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Of Interest

Crop Circles: Confessions of a Cereal Quilter
Joanne Shapp will be the guest speaker at the Green Mountain Quilters Guild meeting on May 19. The meeting begins at 10am at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Pine Hill Road in Barre. Admission to the meeting is $10 or $15 for the annual membership.

Her talk "Crop Circles: Confessions of a Cereal Quilter" includes aerial photos of the formations, detail photos taken within the fields from the ground, and some tips and tricks on drawing the designs. Several of her crop circle quilts will be on display.

Go to GMQG's new website for details and directions

This link has some information and photos of Crop circles. Just an FYI

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kerr Grabowski Workshop

Kerr Grabowski teaches at Quilt Surface Design Symposium 2011
Adventures in Surface Design - working with fugitive media
August 1-5, 2012 at Pro Chemical & Dye

Begin with an introduction to basic screen printing with non-toxic textile paints. You will learn to make and use paper stencils; discover how to design an overall pattern using a simple repeat; and create simple two-color prints. All of these techniques are methods for creating simple images that can stand alone or become background images that can be worked back into.

Then, using media such as Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons, chalk pastels, charcoal and more, Kerr demonstrates ways to use and how to make this “fugitive” media permanent on fabric and other substrates. You’ll learn how to work back into your pieces using the "fugutive" media to easily add details, enhance color, texture and unify designs.
Click here: Prochemical and dye for more information

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Katie Pasquini Masopust Workshop


"Watercolor to Quilt"
Weary Travelers Club
Valley Bars Rd., Monument Beach, MA
(2 miles from the Bourne Bridge on Cape Cod)
Mon., May 14, 2012 - Fri., May 18, 2012


Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day, following 10 or more different design procedures that will leave the student with many paintings to work from. Painting techniques include: transparent layered shapes, tape resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments (using molding paste, soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol), grids, etc.

One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part of the painting. This will be drawn to make a template, enlarged and then translated with fabrics using Katie's turned-edge technique or any technique you would like to use. When the quilt is done, it will look like a watercolor painting. No painting experience is needed.

Workshop cost: $295.00 based on 20 people attending. If we do not have 20 people, the cost will go up. Cost includes a hearty lunch, breakfast munchies and coffee daily.

There is a $10 materials fee for paint mediums, acetate, template material and stabilizer.

Contact Linda Gallagher at 508-477-0057 or to sign up for this workshop.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Karen Kamenetzky's Opening

Show opening fun

The opening of the six woman show, Micromorphic, in Woodstock, NY was a blast!. The gallery was packed with lots of interesting folks with great questions and stories (LOTS of stories!).

Curator and painter, Laura Gurton came up with this idea of a show focused on art that somehow was connected to microscopic imagery. The other artists’ work was amazing. It was an honor to have my work hung with theirs.

I especially was drawn to the paintings of fellow presenter Jen Bradford. Gorgeous.

The show will be up at the Byrdcliffe Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY till June 17th.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Vermont Open Studios May 26th & 27th

Judith Reilly, Brandon, VT
Dianne Schullenberger, Jericho VT

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites. The Vermont Studio Tour Guide is available at Vermont Information Centers, from individual studios and galleries, or by emailing a request to Additional information about Open Studio Weekend can be found online at by calling the Vermont Crafts Council at 802-223-3380.

Scan this for maps & info

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Outdoor Surface Design Blowout Weekend

At the last meeting, members were asking when we could meet again.  I am holding my annual surface design event in June. It is open to all types of artists.  I officially invite you to join in the fun!

When and where:
June 9 & 10, 2012
1239 Academy Road, Thetford, VT

What time and how much?
9:30 - 5:30 both days
It's completely Free!  
This year, however, we will have a jar out for donations to the Open Fields School

What is it about?
This is your weekend. This is about getting the messy work done. This is about talking to and working around other like minded people. Work gets done in a supportive creative environment and it's contagious.

The details:
Bring your own table and chair and any supplies you need to get the work done.
Bring a pop up tent if you have one and your own lunch & nibbles in a cooler.
Plan on sharing ideas, supplies, and maybe some of your food/nibbles!

What is provided?
There is an outdoor hose set up for water.  Open Fields School has generously loaned us several 10' x 10' Tents. The use of the house facilities includes the kitchen and bathrooms. We will have batik wax, and Tjanting tools available.

What if it rains?
The surface design blowout goes on even if it is cold and rainy. We shut down for hurricanes and thunder and lightning.
Do I have to attend both days? No
Do I have to work if I attend? or can I just walk around and watch?  No you don't have to work, but you may want to once you get here! So pack your stuff just in case.
If I travel there, where can I stay? There is Thetford State Park Campground nearby.  Lyme NH has two B&Bs, Loch Lyme Lodge has cabins, White River Junction has several name hotels.  It may be Dartmouth Graduation weekend so, if you have trouble booking, let me know for I can accommodate, and/or I have friends who can host you as well.  Contact me if you would like this option.
What if I forget something?  Chances are, with this crowd, someone else will have it!

I will plan a "take out" dinner party for Saturday evening!  We can pitch in for "take out" and eat at my house.  Bring show and tell if you'd like!

Friday, May 4, 2012

The SAQA 12 x 12 Auction

Margaret's unfinished 12 x 12 Auction piece will be finished and
mailed in soon! Plan to bid on it to support SAQA.
Have you ever made a square to donate to the SAQA Auction? Well, guess what? There's still time. You have less than a month to get your square in. You can do it. I challenge you!

I would like to publish the names of all the ME/VT/NH members who contribute auction squares.  Please let Beth, Susan or I know so we can acknowledge you. Let us know how many years you have participated and how you feel about the auction in general.

Check out what's already been donated here:

This year's Auction will begin on Monday, September 10th at 2:00 pm Eastern and conclude on Sunday, September 30th at 2:00 pm Eastern. Price points will again be: $750, $550, $350, $250, $150 and $75. Unsold work will be placed on the SAQA website for a month and then returned to the artist. Use this on line application form to submit your work before mailing it.

DEADLINE: Received by June 1
Donations MUST be 12 x 12 inches so that we can use standard Priority shipping boxes to save time and money. Major collectors have advised us that they prefer buying works that are actually 12 inches square to show a cohesive collection and to make traveling their collection much easier.

  1. Only ONE work per artist will be accepted.
  2. Works on stretchers will be accepted but they may not be any larger than 12 inches and should be no deeper than 1 inch (2.5 cm).
  3. ALL artwork donated must be ready to hang. Artwork on stretchers should have hooks and wire attached. For quilts, a sleeve (at least 2 inches) or other method of hanging must be attached. Only quilts with this sleeve will be considered for display at the International Quilt Festival(s).
  4. All donations must have label with title (or "untitled") and artist's name clearly written.
  5. There will be a space in the online submission form to put a 25 word description of your work that should include materials/techniques to help bidders understand what the image on the website represents. This is NOT to be an artist's statement. You can put an artist’s statement on your label if you choose.
  6. Please be sure that you put your website or blog (just one) in the submission form so we can put a link to it.
  7. Please do not use peanuts, confetti, shredded paper, or padded envelopes filled with linty fuzz - all these things make a mess when opening the package and the confetti and fuzzy stuff sticks to the quilts. Tissue paper and bubble wrap work very well.
  8. Please mail your donation with a tracking number or pre-stamped/addressed postcard to let you know it arrived. Auction coordinator will NOT email donors when work arrives.

PLEASE Ship to:
Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak
12 Conchas Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Art Quilt Gallery NYC

Just got this in.... If you're headed to NYC.

Quilts from Nature: Landscapes & Florals
Opening reception with the artist
Monday, May 14
6 to 7:30 pm
Show runs May 15 through June 23