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