Friday, June 29, 2012

Masters 2 coming to NEQM 2013

An invitational exhibit 
One work each of 37 of the 41 artists featured in the new book
Masters: Art Quilts, Volume 2 by Martha Sielman  (Lark, August 2011).  Managing Curator: Marjorie DeQuincy (

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
January 15 - April 15, 2013

Monday, June 25, 2012

Promoting SAQA ~ Educating the Public

 Attracting New Members 

This past spring, during my local quilt guilds bi-annual show, I was given the opportunity to have a booth space for SAQA. I got to chat with lots of folks and educate the public about SAQA and Art Quilts in general, and even picked up a few new members. SAQA publications, brochures, and art quilts were part of the display.  This is a good way to support the membership drive. Please consider doing this if there is an opportunity in your area.Please contact me if you are interested.

Quilts bySusan Balch, Judy Cohen, Lynne Croswell, and Paulette Martel.
Thanks so much for loaning pieces for the display.

Please let me know about ways you have promoted SAQA or have any ideas about how you or others might be able to contribute to this effort.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

ME/NH/VT SAQA Auction Representation

Congratulations and Thank you to all who met the deadline and donated a piece into the SAQA Auction. Your gorgeous work will help support and strengthen this amazing organization.

If you haven't already, please take a moment to check out the SAQA Auction site.
Beth, Susan, and I are proud to list our regional members who donated here:

Jodi Scaltreto
Kathy Angel Lee
Sarah Carpenter
Sandy Gregg
Denise Linet
Beth Berman
Nelda Warkentin
Jeanne Marklin
Lois Hooper
Margaret Sheehan
Susan Wei
Sarah Ann Smith
Wen Redmond
Marya Lowe
Ali Litchenstein

*If you donated a square and your name is not on this list, please forgive the oversight and notify Margaret.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Winter Warmth Project

Make a quilt and keep a Vermonter warm this winter
Winter Warmth Project Update

Your generosity has made it possible for the Winter Warmth Project to give away more than 700 quilts since September 28, 2011. There are 50 quilts currently spoken for and somewhere in the process of being pieced or being quilted. We have received quilts from as far away as Alaska and as close as next door. We have been hard-pressed to use all the fabric which you have donated, but we continue to work on it and the piles are going down! The number of you who have sewn kits or quilted for the project is commendable. Thank you all for stepping up to the plate!

NEW DONATIONS: At this point we can only accept QUEEN tops or QUEEN quilts. We will accept and can use cash donations. Any monies which we receive from you will be used to offset the cost of batting and backing.

Donations may be sent to Winter Warmth Project, 108 Vine St., Northfield, VT 05663. If sending money please make your check out to: Winter Warmth Project.

We have decided to continue the project until August 28, 2012...the one year anniversary of the storm. There will be an update close to that date. In the meantime, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You all for your gifts of love, kindness, care and warmth to the people of Vermont.              ~ Pam Druhen for the Winter Warmth Project 

Donations can be sent to:
Winter Warmth Project c/o Druhen, 108 Vine St., Northfield, VT 05663
Email for the Project is:

The Winter Warmth Blog address is
The Winter Warmth Project is endorsed by the Vermont Quilt Festival. 

~This information is from Quilt Fun Newsletter, June edition

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Judy Dales Opening Reception

Wednesday, June 27th, 3 - 5 PM
at the Governor's Gallery, 5th floor
109 State Street, Montpelier, VT

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vermont Quilt Festival

VQF Banner
New England's Oldest and Largest Quilt Event
Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont
Fri., June 29, 2012
Sat., June 30, 2012
Sun., July 1, 2012
Treat yourself to wonderful classes with some of the best teachers in the country. To see the class descriptions and view the photos of the class projects, just visit You may also browse or download the colorful class brochure.

Open registration begins April 2 and is available online as well as by snail mail.

At the Festival enjoy hundreds of beautiful contemporary and antique quilts on display. Several special exhibits, including quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy collection, Mickey Lawler, and Anne Gallo, Susan Raban and Aileen Chutter will inspire and delight you. The Contest Quilt exhibit showcases more quilts than ever in varying styles, techniques and colors and includes a youth division.

In your spare time, take in the free vendor demonstrations and gallery talks, shop the colorful merchants mall and the VQF Boutique for the latest fabrics, notions, supplies, and more. And bring your new or antique quilt to be appraised by the best appraisers in the business.

The evening lectures with Kimberly Einmo and Pat Sloan on Friday promise to be entertaining. After the lectures, door prizes galore are awarded to many lucky quilters. Booth Hop and the Textile Detectives add to the excitement.

The annual SewBatik Challenge invites you to participate in the 'Weather Patterns' theme for a chance to win a basket full of beautiful SewBatik fabrics valued at more than $100. Participants have the option of entering their challenge quilt into a silent auction to benefit Hurricane Irene victims. The deadline is now May 31.

Come in time for the opening on Thursday evening, June 28, with the Awards Ceremony honoring the winning contest quilts and their creators at 6:30pm. The always festive Champagne and Chocolate Preview gives you the chance to be among the first to see the exhibits and to shop the extensive merchants mall. The Preview begins at 7:30pm; tickets are $12 at the door.

For more information on classes, exhibits, SewBatik Challenge, etc., visit To visit VQF on Facebook or Twitter, click on the links at the bottom of the website pages.

To request a class brochure, send $5 to VQF, 11 Pearl St., Ste. 207, Essex Junction, VT 05452. For more information, visit or email

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Call to Artists in Vermont

Fletcher Allen Health Care
FAHC is Seeking Submissions for our 2013 Artist Calendar and Note Cards!

Fletcher Allen’s Foundation Office and Artwork Committee are seeking artwork for our 2013 calendar. Each year, 12,000 calendars featuring artwork from Vermont artists are produced and distributed throughout Fletcher Allen and beyond. A matching set of 12 note cards will also created based on the calendar.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 28, 2012. You will be notified of the final selections by Friday, July 27, 2012

For more information/ requirements please contact:, or call 802-847-5977.


SEABA Art Hero Button
from Burlington's south end arts + business association

Transfer your art into the Art Hop Hero Button!

For the 20th year of Art Hop, we are transforming the Art Hero button into a unique and artistic collectible. Each year we will feature the work of 4 different artists in a limited edition run of buttons for the year. Click on the title above for more details.
Buttons will be sold as a fundraising effort for SEABA throughout the year, to help support Art Hop.

Please send submissions to by June 25th.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

3rd Annual SAQA Maine Event

All workshops will be at this new location: 
127 East Main Street, Searsport, ME 04974  1-207-548-1104 

This year is better than ever with workshops by Canadian Quilt Artists Sandra Betts, Mary Pal, and Lois Hooper. Our event is being hosted at the Captain A.V.Nickels Inn. The Inn now sports a 68’ deck where we may hold our workshops and where we can dine weather permitting. If not, we will be in the Ballroom. Please check out their website (link above). We will dine Friday night at The Mermaid Restaurant and Pub next door at the Homeport Inn. The Saturday night banquet will be at the Captain Nickels Inn. Lunch will be provided by the Inn as well.

Registration: Please email Beth Berman at

Registration Fee: $25.00 includes the Friday night wine and cheese reception, all workshops and Saturday’s lunch at Capt. A.V. Nickels Inn. Payment is due upon arrival at the Maine Event.

Friday Dinner: Beth has made reservations for 30 at the Mermaid Pub in Searsport. If you want to eat with us that night please let Beth know.

Saturday Banquet: The Captain A.V.Nickels Inn will be catering a fabulous meal especially for us. Email Beth if you want a reservation. Show and Tell will be right after the meal at 8 pm.

Schedule of Events
Friday Sept 14th 
5-7 pm : Tour Belfast shops and Galleries
7 pm : Dinner at The Mermaid Pub, 121 East Main St,  Searsport
8 pm:  Wine and Cheese reception at the Capt. Nickels Inn (included with registration)

Saturday Sept 15th
10 am:  Zendoodles with Sandra Betts, New Brunswick, Canada
Noon: Lunch at the Inn (included with registration)
1 pm: Using water soluble pastels and cheesecloth with Mary Pal, Montreal, Canada
3 pm: Unique Framing Technique with Beth Berman
7 pm: Dinner Banquet
8 pm: Show and Tell

Sunday Sept 16th
10 am: Chasing Inspiration with Lois Hooper, New Brunswick, Canada

Where to stay in Searsport:
Yardarm Motel 207-548-2404
Baits Motel 207-548-2405
Homeport Inn 207-548-2259 / 800-742-5814
Elm Cottage (vegetarian) 207-548-2941
Zendoodles with Sandra Betts

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Maine & Vermont

I thought this looked interesting. Enjoy! ~ M

From Surface to Interior
July 18-22, “ From Surface to Interior.” This one week workshop in Freeport, Maine taught by Katherine Harding is under the auspices of Maine College of Art Continuing Studies: MECA for details and to register.


Marilyn Gillis 
has an exhibit of her new work at

198 Main St.    |    Burlington, VT 05401    |    (802) 658-3074
Hours: 7am-5pm M-F • 8am-5pm Sat • 8am-2:30pm Sun
on view through June 30

Marilyn also has work in a show called "Lake Studies: Contemporary Art", 
4472 Basin Harbor Road    |    Vergennes, VT 05491   |    (802) 475-202
on view through July 29
This exhibit will then move to the FlynnDog Gallery in Burlington from August through October.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Pictures from Sunday's Surface Design Blowout

Nellie Pennington with her folded, plexiglass pressed fabrics

Nellie Pennington's working space

Close up of Nellie's dyed fabric

Janet Daniels filling a dye bucket

Sue Geno and Nellie Pennington talk technique.

Janet Daniels preparing her batik work for the dyes

Joke picture from Chris Maute. Margaret's head superimposed on
an image of her wrapped sweatshirt before the dyes were applied.

Margaret Sheehan's finished dyed sweatshirt 

Sleeve detail from Margaret's sweatshirt (un-ironed)

Margaret Sheehan having a great time.

Chris Maute's dyed yardage in the sunlight.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Exhibits, and Open Studios

SAT 6|9 'Realism & Abstraction' opening artists Susanne White, Roger Goldenberg, Wen Redmond, K. Lee Mock, Chalda Maloof and Tricia Gibbs, June 5-July 18, reception June 9, 5-8 p.m.;
May 30th-July 21st  
Soo Rye Art Gallery, 11 Sagamore Road, Rye,

Fabulous Fibers is at YORK ART ASSOCIATION 2-4 Sunday- awards at 300
Exhibition ends July 1

June 16 Open Studios and Musical Event June 16- more on

FOR SALE in studio #336 

Antiques- including old tools, cameras, toys and misc!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Members at the Saturday Outdoor Workshop

The Outdoor Surface Design Location

Sue Geno's Dyed Scarves

Sue Geno at the Dye Baths

Chris Maute in action, Printmaking

Rebecca Buchanon by her dyed prayer flags

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Surface Design Blowout Weekend in Thetford, VT

Margaret mono-printing at a past Blowout weekend
Hi Everyone,
The weather is cooperating! It's going to be perfect (sunny & 70's weather) ! The annual Free Surface Design Blowout weekend is happening this weekend, June 9th & 10th at 1239 Academy Road in Thetford, VT. I already know we will have 15 people participating and at least 5 "stop by and watch for a bit" walk throughs. I hope you will be able to join  us for one day or both.

What to bring:
A 10 x 10 tent if you have one
A table and chair for your work.
Your surface design supplies
A cooler with drinks, snacks and sandwich.
A great sense of humor and sense of camradery

Saturday Evening: It would be great if you could shoot me an email if you want to come back to my house for a take out dinner and gathering.  I need to know so I will look for you at the Blowout weekend and give you directions to my house from there.

Overflow parking at the Blowout may be an issue, so if you can carpool with friends, that would be great.  We are focussing on the parking situation, so there may be a need to unload first, then move you car to another location before setting up.  We will direct you when you arrive.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Emers/Leavitt Exhibit

 “Assemblage and Sculpture by Ruth Emers/Collage and Quilts by Michele Leavitt”

June 10 - 29, 2012
Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street
Providence RI
phone: 401-331-1114

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 4 pm and weekends 2 to 4 pm.
Opening reception: June 10, 2012, 2 to 4 pm
Sculptor Ruth Emers and quilter and collage artist Michele Leavitt met for the first time at the Providence Art Club.  Both artists repurpose discarded items, Emers in her assemblages and Leavitt in her collages and quilts.  Leavitt was enthused by her conversation with Emers and suggested they exhibit their work together.
“When Ruth said she creates assemblages,” Leavitt says, “I thought they would go well with the textiles and collages I create.  After all – we are both creating primarily from found objects - putting things together in new ways to give them new life and new meaning.”

My Own Attic - Michele Leavitt
My Own Attic - Michele Leavitt

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lynne Croswell Leaf Quilts

Lynne Croswell of Ludlow, VT shared her "Leaf" quilts at the regional gathering in Brattleboro in April. Thanks for sharing, Lynne. And we can't wait to see what's next in this series. 
After the meeting, many of us visited Delectable Mountain. So many beautiful fabrics!