Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Uncommon Thread


Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts


Chester, Vermont

August 25th - October 21st


Opening Reception:

Contemporary quilts and fiber wall art by 8 of this region’s most talented fiber artists. Come and enjoy the creative use of fiber as each artist brings their unique technique in which they quilt, weave and sew using a variety of materials. Wine and hors d'oeuvres served. August 25th | 5:30 - 8pm

Exhibitors include these SAQA members:

Judy Dales, VT
Elizabeth Fram, VT
Karen Kamentzky, VT
Wen Redmond, NH
Sandy Gregg, MA
Susan Wei, NH

July 2012

Waitsfield, VT Solo Show

Hanging by a Thread

"The West Shore"
17.25" H x 19.75 W

Lots of new work. All work is for sale.

Pamela Druhen Fine Art - Available Works: Click here to go to Portfolio.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Janet Daniels

Janet emailed me today to give her regrets about not being about to attend this years Maine Event. This is the reason why.
Janet wrote:
I will be in Bois d'Avril, Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the Women's Cooperative that I have co-founded with a 16 year old, we now have 10 women who are learning to sew and applique, you can check it out on

Haiti Quilt Project

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lowell Quilt Festival

August 9-11, 2012
The Lowell Quilt Festival, A Citywide Celebration of Quilts, featuring IMAGES, New England's Premier Judged and Juried Quilt Show. Join us for all the fun at the Lowell Quilt Festival, where galleries and museums around town partner to celebrate the textile arts. There's even a FREE shuttle bus to get you from venue to venue!

This year we are thrilled to announce that our very special guest will be Marianne Fons, co-founder of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine and television program. Marianne will be appearing with her daughter Mary Fons, who now co-hosts the Love of Quilting television program.
  • Thurs., Aug. 9th - $25: Evening Lecture/Slide Show with Marianne Fons & Mary Fons: Beyond the Binding: Everyday Quilters, Extraordinary Quilts
  • Fri., Aug. 10th - $20: Breakfast Panel Discussion: Quilting with a Crystal Ball: The Future of Our Craft
    Panelists Include: Marianne Fons, Mary Fons; Martha Sielman (Executive Director, SAQA); Laurie Matthews (President, Boston Modern Quilt Guild); Rachel May (Vice President, Boston Modern Quilt Guild); Moderator: Pamela Weeks (Curator, NEQM).
Keep watching the Lowell Quilt Festival website - - for breaking news on all the fun!

Friday, July 13, 2012

SAQA Maine this September

We now have 31 people registered for the Maine Event. There will be a cut off of 40 people this year so if you are planning to come, or think you might come, this is the time to send me an email so I can get you on the list. If you emailed your intentions and I emailed you back, that is a confirmation and you are registered.

In a few weeks, I will be sending out a supply list for the free workshops. This year the registration fee covers your participation in the workshops, a Friday night Wine and Cheese (and other goodies) reception at the Inn plus your lunch Saturday during the workshops.

Let me know your intentions,

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Maine Quilts

Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc.
600+ quilts, Antique to Contemporary
at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Fri., July 27, 2012 - 9am-6pm
Sat., July 28, 2012 - 9am-5pm
Sun., July 29, 2012 - 10am-4pm
Champagne Reception: Thurs., July 26, 2012 - 7-9pm 

Special Exhibits: AAQ's 2012 Contest: "Home is Where the Quilt is," 
APWQ's "Spirit of the West,"

Workshops, Merchants Mall, Demonstrations, Lectures, 
Quilt Appraisal, Silent Auction and 
Friday Gala with Margaret J. Miller.
Daily Admission: $8.00
Multi-Day Admission: $15.00
Groups: $7.00 with advance registration
For more information, visit or email

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Maine Event

2012 3rd Annual SAQA Maine Event
Welcome to the 3rd annual Maine SAQA Event
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 . Pay upon arrival at Maine Event.

Registration Fee: $25.00 which will include the Friday night wine and cheese reception and Saturday’s lunch at Capt.A.V. Nickels Inn

Friday Dinner:  I have made reservations for 30. If you want to eat with us that night, let me know how many people to reserve. 

Schedule of Events
Friday Sept 14th
5-7 pm Tour Belfast shops and Galleries

7pm Dinner at The Mermaid Pub, 121 East Main St Searsport

8pm Wine and Cheese reception at the Capt. Nickels Inn (with registration)

Saturday Sept 15th
Captain AV Nickels Inn
10am Zendoodles with Sandra Betts, New Brunswick, Canada

Noon  Lunch at the Inn(w/registration)

1 pm Using water soluble pastels and cheesecloth with Mary Pal, Ottawa, Canada

3pm Unique Framing Technique with Beth Berman

7pm Dinner Banquet

8pm Show and Tell

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

Where to stay in Searsport
Homeport Inn                    207- 548-2259

Saturday Banquet: The Captain A.V.Nickels Inn will be catering a fabulous meal especially for us. Email me if you want to be included. Show and Tell will be right after the meal.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Member Chris Maute shares VQF

SAQA Member and VQF Teacher, Sarah Ann Smith

Lumiere paints and free-motion stitching with metallic and other threads 
Sarah Ann Smith of Camden, ME taught 2 one-day classes at VQF, “Tame Fiddly Fussy Threads”, “Fine Finishes”, and a two-day class “Quilting Design”.  I took the first class. Photos from “Tame…Threads”. We first used freezer paper to make a stencil for painting leaves with Lumiere paints, then later used free-motion stitching with metallic and other threads to quilt the practice sandwich.

After class, Sarah and I went out to eat and  were later joined by Joanne Shapp and Mara Novak who each won ribbons for their quilt entries in the VQF show.

Indian Summer by Alexandra Nickerson

Indian Summer close up by Alexandra Nickerson.