Thursday, October 31, 2013

Call to Artists

Printmakers Show: Jan. 18- March 9, 2014

Chandler Gallery    |    Main St.    |    Randolph, VT    |    802-728-9878

Looking for innovative prints of all kinds, from engravings to rubbings with the back of a spoon. Silkscreened prints, solarplates, collagraphs, monoprints, woodcuts, 3-D prints, and everything in between. Mixed-media submissions accepted. 

Deadline for submissions:   Nov 29th, 2013.

Submissions to include digital images of work and a short statement of intent. Chandler Gallery asks for 30% commission on sales during the show. Items not for sale may be accepted.   Contact the gallery with questions about submission information here,

Janet Cathey
for the Chandler Gallery

Friday, October 25, 2013

SAQA Auction Houston

SAQA's Benefit Auction in Houston starts Monday 10/28!
Monday and Tuesday will be online bidding.
Wednesday - Sunday will be in-person in Houston.


Randy Temple - The Well-Read Man *** Pat Kumicich - Two Girls and a Flower *** Sandra Branjord - Sister Act 
Laurie Ceesay - Fourteen Shades of Gray *** Gillian Moss - Hold That Thought *** Desiree Habicht - Age is all in your head
Meta Heemskirk - From Rembrandt to Monrian *** Lois Sprague - In the Eye of the Beholder *** Jim Hay - Rabbit Ears 

Join in the fun by bidding early and often!!

ONLINE Bid Prices:
Monday starting at 2:00 pm Eastern -- $750
Tuesday starting at 2:00 pm Eastern -- $550 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Call for Entry

January 1, 2014:  Submission process opens
March 1, 2014:  Entry Deadline
March 8, 2014:  Jurying Process
April 15, 2014:  Deadline to receive accepted quilts for show
April 22, 2014:  Installation of show
April 23, 2014:  Exhibit opens
April 25, 2014:  Artist’s opening reception
June 22, 2014:  Exhibit Closes
June 23, 2014:  Removal of exhibit
Artist Reception: April 25, 2014 6 to 8pm

Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513

Monday, October 21, 2013

Vermont SDA Members' Exhibit - Call for Art

2014 SDA Vermont Members’ Exhibit 

This is an excellent opportunity for Vermont Surface Design Association members to exhibit their work together during a busy tourist season in Vermont, and I hope that everyone will participate!   

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
22 Barber Farm Road  |  Jericho, VT  |  05465  |  802-899-3211

Entries Due: Monday, December 9, 2013
Exhibit Dates: June 5-July 13, 2014
Reception: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2-4pm

Please send completed Entries via email to: Karen Henderson,
Any questions, please contact Karen at her email, or at 973-948-5801.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New Quilt Shop on Route 25 in Maine

Yesterday, I met some girlfriends in the town of Cornish Maine. I have been visiting this town for many years and I have watched it develop and grow. I am happy to say, there is a new quilt shop there and I visited and met the owner, Patty Rowley.  Her shop. "BOLT" has been open 7 months. BOLT carries both traditional and modern fabrics.  She has a small space set aside in the store for taking and teaching classes. too!  She hopes to expand as the need arises! So, check it out sometime! 
... and Patty, here's to a great winter and many years of continued growth!

The signs we are always on the look out for! Quilt Shop and Open!

BOLT, located at 12 Main Street (Rte 25)Cornish Maine

Owner, Patty Rowley stands behind the cutting table
There is a wonderful restaurant, a craft store and antique shops nearby to make this a destination point for a lovely day excursion with friends! ~ Margaret

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quilt Canada 2014 National Juried Show

Call For Entries

Deadline: February 1, 2014 (ONLINE)

Quilt Canada 2014
National Juried Show
Canadian Quilters’ Association/

Association canadienne de la courtepointe
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario
June 11 – 14, 2014

The 2014 National Juried Show is open to all Canadian citizens and residents, as well as non-resident members of the CQA/ACC. Over $50,000 in prizes offered by the Sponsors.

For an entry to be accepted, the online entry form must be filled in completely, including all the required photographs and documents.

Fees: $25.00 ($75.00 for non-members) plus tax for each entry.

Requirements (truncated)
  • Entry is open to all Canadian residents, Canadian citizens, and CQA/ACC individual members. (If you are not a Canadian citizen or resident, you MUST be a CQA/ACC member to enter).
  • Original Design Realistic Pictorial Wall Quilts depict subject matter in an accurate and realistic manner and demonstrate personal expression and originality in design, colour and/or techniques.
  • Acknowledgement must be given to anyone participating in the execution of the work.
  • Quilts must not exceed 436 inches in perimeter.
  • Group quilts means 3 or more quilt makers. Choose 1 person to represent the group as the ‘artist.’
  • Work must have been completed after January 1, 2012.
  • Work must NOT have been shown in a Canadian national-level juried/judged quilting exhibition/competition prior to June 2014.
  • Artists submitting works from outside of Canada will be responsible for all customs arrangements and transportation costs.
  1. Original Design Realistic Pictorial Wall Quilts
  2. Original Design Abstract Pictorial Wall Quilts
  3. Original Design Nonrepresentational Wall Quilts
  4. Originally Interpreted Traditional Wall Quilts
  5. Originally Interpreted Bed Quilts
  6. Traditional Wall and Bed Quilts from Patterns/Books
  7. Bed or Wall Quilts Longarm/Midarm Quilting
  8. Original Wearable Art
  9. Modern Bed or Wall Quilts

In addition to Awards of Excellence for each category, entries may be eligible for the following awards:
• Best of Show (from any original or originally interpreted category)
• Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting
• Excellence in Workmanship Appliqué
• Excellence in Workmanship Piecing
• Excellence in Hand Quilting
• Excellence for Work by a First Time Exhibitor
• Excellence in Thread Work using WonderFil Thread
• Excellence in Innovation (from any original or originally interpreted category)
• Excellence for a Group Quilt (3 or more quilt makers)
• Judge’s Choice (one per judge)
• Viewers’ Choice

Visit website for complete entry details including online submission form:

For past winners and more information click here.

Conference Co-ordinator
Contact: Marilyn Michelin
Phone: 905-937-7556

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

$200,000 top prize winner of Artprize® in Grand Rapids Michigan!

Ann Loveless, "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore"
"Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore" is a landscape art quilt of the Lake Michigan shoreline. This large work consists of four individual panels depicting a beach scene which all connect into one large panoramic view. Working from a photograph Ann captures a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset, sparkiling water, dune grass in the breeze, majestic birch trees with Sleeping Bear Dunes in the distance. The viewer is attracted and drawn into this art piece by the vivid color, warm textures and details of this favorite scene. Ann's collage technique incorporates traditional cotton and batik fabrics along with other fibers including linen, silk, yarns, polyester netting and angelina fiber for added texture. Techniques also include raw edge fusible applique and free-motion machine quilting.

"I put myself out there and pushed myself to do something really big," said Loveless earlier this week about this year's entry. "I told myself if I could be in the Top 25, I could make it to the Top 10."

Ann Loveless Website
What Conclusions Can We Draw From ArtPrize?
Hear Ann talk about winning

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Upcoming Events at the NE Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013: 2PM

Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring, appears at the museum on Tuesday, October 29th.

Tracy will be discussing and signing her latest novel. The Last Runaway is the story of an English Quaker quilter who emigrates to 19th century American, only to get caught up in the Underground Railroad.

Click here for registration info.

Friday, November 15, 2013: 7PM

Quilt designer, teacher and author Denyse Schmidt appears at the museum on Friday, November 15th.

One of Modern Quilting's "rock stars," Denyse will discuss her offbeat approach to color and design.

Click here for registration info.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Prayer Flags

I have posted photos of all the prayer flags I received and how I have hung them around my bed. Come see

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Of Possible Interest to our Members

Surface Design Courses offered by SDA member and Artist Pippa Drew
Thermofax print
Hello and Happy Fall,

I'm excited to offer the following textile workshops in my studio at 305 West Fairlee Road, Post Mills VT, 05058. The price is $200 per two day workshop. Supplies are provided for a small materials fee. Space is limited to 4 students per class.

Please find detailed descriptions and times below. If you're interested, please contact me.

Enjoy this lovely season, and it would be wonderful to create with you in the studio!

All the Best,
Pippa Drew

Silk Painting With and A Without Resist
Sat - Sun, 10/19 - 10/20:  9:30 - 4:30

Beautiful watercolor textures appear on silk by applying alcohol, salt or sugar to wet painted dye.  We'll use French dyes especially suited to silk painting, and introduce a non-toxic washable resist that allows for a range of design opportunities, from delicate outlined images to free abstract forms.  Then it's on to thickened dye and "stop flow" for even more possibilities!  You'll take away at least one beautiful scarf, and a myriad of samples and techniques for future enjoyment.   These will make beautiful Christmas gifts!
Quick Fabric Dyeing with Low Immersion
 Compression Dyeing, Tray Dyeing, and Microwave Dyeing
Sat - Sun, 11/9  -  11/10:  9:30 - 4:30

In this workshop we'll produce colorful surfaces for quilting, wall pieces, embellishment, and art clothing with easy to use fiber-reactive dyes and quick techniques. Your results will always be one of a kind, and the textures and patterns  resemble thelovely hand-dyed Balinese fabrics we've seen in recent years.  This is a class for beginners just learning about fabric dyeing, as well as experienced fabric artists wanting to hone in on low immersion techniques for their emerging ideas.  We will be dyeing both cotton and silk. 

Printing on with Thermofax Screens 
Sat - Sun, 11/16 - 11/17:  9:30 - 4:30

Burning designs onto riso film with a thermofax machine creates long-lasting screens that print finely detailed images on fabric (and paper).  With our thermofax machine and laser printer you will produce up to five screens generated from your own designs.  Copies from natural objects such as leaves, buds, grasses, etc. will be included in the design process.   For an additional application, we'll learn to make a stencil with fusible interfacing.  Thickened fiber-reactive dyes and textile paints will provide a wide range of color choices.  These techniques make wonderful printed imagery for layering on white or hand-dyed fabrics and t-shirts.  They transfer easily to paper and mixed media projects as well.  Bring your own visual inspiration and a desire to play.