Saturday, November 22, 2014

How is our art inspired by where we live?

Announcing another fabulous SAQA mentorship webinar…

SAQA International Artists Panel Mentorship Webinar

Tuesday, December 9 at 1 pm ET

The International Artists Panel will include three international SAQA members sharing their art quilts and discussing how their creative lives are influenced by the places they live. Alicia Merrett was born and raised in Argentina and lives in the United Kingdom. Barbara Lange and Uta Lenk live in Germany. This webinar is an outstanding opportunity to learn about some of SAQA’s international members and be inspired by these talented art quilters. 

Please click the following link to register. Registration is limited, but all SAQA members will have access to the full audio and video recording of the webinar on the SAQA website within a few days after the event.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Presenter's Showcase October 25, 2014

Green Mountain Quilters Guild, the State Guild of Vermont, will kick off their new Outreach Program by hosting a Presenter's Showcase on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Old Labor Hall 46 Granite Street Barre, VT 05641

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.


Departing from the traditional "Technique Demos" that we usually have available, GMQG is hosting a "Presenters Showcase" featuring quilt instructors and presenters from allied fields to kick off our Outreach Program. These experts from around New England will share their expertise and offerings thereby enabling local Vermont and New Hampshire guilds in the consideration of scheduling them for future workshops and lectures.

Additionally, any Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) members in attendance will hold a brief "parlor" meeting.

A fabulous Basket will be raffled at the meeting. Tickets will be $5.00.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Call For Entry - VQF

Calling New England Quilters
What have you been working on the last three years? Have you experimented with a new idea or technique? Did you make an exquisite piece as a gift for a friend or for one of life's special occasions?
More information
Entry form
Curators: Pam Druhen and Eliza Greenhoe-Bergh

Exhibit in Jaffrey, NH

Tell Me a Story
at Cunningham Gallery
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
October 17 - November 15, 2014

Jodi Scaltreto - "Fire and Rain"

Stories are how we understand and make sense of our complex world. They can be long or short. In this exhibition, women tell their stories through many styles and mediums.

Opening Reception: October 17, 2014 from 5-7:00 p.m.

Cunningham Gallery
Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main St.
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Jaffrey Civic Center

Fiber art exhibit at The Gallery in Randolph, VT


Artwork above, left to right:
Detail of Fly with Me, Shari Boraz
Leaf of Hair, Jenine Shereos
Sunset Dory, Claire Graham-Smith
Workshops: 19 October & 29 October

more info:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fiber Art Directions CRUISE!
Join Wen Redmond And 
Michele O’Neil Kincaid

Feb 28 to March 9 2015!

If you are already a Fiber Artist, this cruise is for you too! There is always a new technique to learn!

Select from stress free, fun workshops!
Wen Redmond's Workshops

Piecing in the Flow           
Holographic Memories  

Puzzle Mini Photo Collage Quilt

Michele ONeil Kincaid's Workshops

An Artist’s Portal”

“En-crustaceans and Little Gems”

Oceans alive!

Last Day Wrap-up
On the last “at sea’ day we will all meet and share questions, ideas and advice on works in progress(show and tell)

Questions & booking, contact Gloria Cook, Cruise Consultant-888-719-7698 email

Monday, September 22, 2014

SAQA Meeting Show & Tell

Michele O'Neil Kincaid runs the meeting

Michele O'Neil Kincaid starts off the Show & Tell

Diane Harris shows her thread drawn bear quilt

Diane Harris

Roz Daniels

Roz Daniels

Maryann Galaher models her duponi scarf

Marie King shows a hand done applique quilt she made.

Close up of the hand stippling on Marie King's quilt

Melanie Lovering describes her felted mouse

Close up of a felted clown mouse (in Progress)

Kathy Angel Lee shows her three seasons tree series

Summer tree

Winter tree

Fall tree

Close up of winter tree

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Regional Meeting on Sun. Sept 21

Hello all you busy artists!!!
On Sun. we will be meeting at Seacoast Sewing and Quilting on Rt.1 about a mile south of the Portsmouth traffic circle on the east side. (that's left going south, and right going north)  11:00am to 3:00pm, bring a bag lunch and show and tell and questions....
To start, we'll have Sarah Chaffe, owner of the McGowan Gallery in Concord, NH, to help us with the do's and dont's of presenting ourselves to galleries for representation.
Then we will attack Michelle's list for discussion:
Color theory
working in a series
sketching basics
keeping a journal
the business side of art quilting
And think about what you want from your membership, and we'll talk about that too!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mark Your Calendars! September 18- 20, 2015

Next years Maine Event in Searsport, Maine, subtitled "A weekend to dye for" will be September 18, 19, and 20th.

 Note:This date will not interfere with Fiber College or the Common Ground Fair.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Love New England slide show

If you'd like to see photos of all the quilts in the special SAQA exhibit that was at the Mancuso show in Manchester, NH a couple of weeks ago, click here. It looked amazing...Super Ginormous Kudos to Michele O'Neil Kincaid for putting it all together!

Sue and Michele sitting under their respective quilts!

It was a lot of fun sitting at the table meeting and talking with other quilters. I had the pleasure of sitting with Sue Colozzi, who made the gorgeous Boston skyline in the photo above. A HUGE thanks to all of you who sat at the table over the weekend!

Does anyone have pictures of the Maine Event from this last weekend that would be willing to share them on the blog? (I was unable to attend so I'd like to see them!) Please send them to me and I will put them up.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Craftmen's Fair, Sunapee, NH

The League of NH Craftmen's Fair starts tomorrow, August 2nd. Every time I attend, I am absolutely blown away by the variety and the skill exhibited by all of the vendors. This year, I helped co-rep Michele O'Neil Kincaid set up her booth. She has a 20'x20' tent (Tent F) where she will be demonstrating her amazing quilting techniques and selling her artwork. Wen Redmond will also be exhibiting... anyone else??

Michele's work crew. Isn't her grandson adorable?!


Accidental editing of her sign, but Michele is also totally Rad :)

And... just one more gentle reminder to sign up to sit at the table at the Mancuso show, Saturday could use more bodies! Here is the doodle link where you can let us know when you're available.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

More SAQA Auction beauties made in our region!

For the full auction catalog click here
To see the Dream Collections click here
To see them on Pinterest, click here

Do you have some favorites? If you'd like to make your own Dream Collection, send the list to me and I'll post it here!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I Love New England Show update and SAQA auction pics

We created a Doodle poll (here) for you to sign up to sit at the SAQA table at the Mancuso quilt show in August for a couple hours. Just type in your name and check the times that you're available. If you can possibly spare the time (I know, I know: it's summer! there's a quilt show to see! classes! vendors!!), it's a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for SAQA.  You will be sitting at the table with at least one other person - it's a great way to get to know other members. You are also encouraged to bring your work to show off in the booth! Again, just click on this link and sign up!

Your SAQA reps definitely have a nature theme going for our auction quilts! Do you have a quilt in the auction? Let me know and I will share them in the next post.

Friday, May 23, 2014

May 24 & 25th: Vermont Open Studio Weekend!

Vermont Open Studio Logo
Print by Mary Azarian
Brandon again has one of the largest concentrations of Open Studios in the entire state !!!

We encourage you to visit the Judith Reilly Gallery and the other Open Studios here in town. Get a local map at the Brandon Artists Guild on Rte 7 in the center of town -- it shows how to get to all twelve participating sites. Visit several or all of them... they're all close by.

There's lots more going on in Brandon this weekend, and the Chamber of Commerce newsletter did such a great job of listing everything that I've included it below. Come for a day or the entire weekend!

Best regards,
George Reilly

Judith Reilly Gallery​  |  24 Conant Square  |  Brandon, VT  |  (802) 247-8421

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Quilt National '15

Entry Information
 19th Biennial Quilt National Opens for Online Entries

The Dairy Barn Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of entries to Quilt National '15. As the Dairy Barn celebrates its 100th birthday, Quilt National begins its 19th biennial exhibition process. Entries for Quilt National '15 are now being accepted online via the Dairy Barn website ( Quilt National '15 is the 19th biennial international juried exhibition of innovative, contemporary art quilts. This year's panel of jurors includes:

Rosalie Dace a studio artist and teacher from South Africa
Ann Johnston a studio artist, dyer, teacher and author from Oregon
Judy Schwender quilt expert andCurator of Collections and Registrar at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky

The inaugural Quilt National exhibition was featured in 1979. Each biennial exhibition features 85 new, never before seen works by 85 different artists representing many of the 50 United States and numerous other countries. Typically over 1000 entries are received from 500 - 700 different artists. Quilt National '15 opens at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio on May 23, 2015. After its full exhibition at The Dairy Barn, the collection is divided into smaller collections and tours to venues across the US and around the world.There are over $6000 worth of cash and prizes awarded to exhibiting artists. The Dairy Barn Arts Center features an online gallery shop and Quilt National '15will feature a full color printed catalog. For more information, contact Kathleen Dawson, Quilt National Director via email at or by phone at 740-592-4981.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station has a number of quilts on display celebrating it's 100th anniversary.

rather than repost there are more pix here

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New ME/NH/VT Reps and other news

Introducing our two new regional reps, replacing Margaret & Beth:

Kathy Angel Lee of Old Orchard Beach, ME and 
Michelle Goldsmith of Grantham, NH. 

They will be working with:
Michele O’Neil Kincaid of Strafford, NH 
as your representatives for SAQA NH/VT/ME.


You are invited to enter our first SAQA exhibit for New England members!


For special exhibit at World Quilt Show, Manchester, NH August 14-17, 2014

Theme/ Title of exhibit:

“I ♥ New England!" or

“You know you’re a New Englander when…”

This is open to any SAQA member residing in New England.
SAQA New England is considered ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT.

Entry forms must be received by June 1st, 2014.
Interpret the theme any way you wish, from abstract to pictorial etc. with a minimum perimeter size of 96” and a maximum perimeter size of 200”. Depending on quilt sizes, we are limited to 15-40 quilts for the space so the sooner you submit the better.
New England is, after all, a state of mind! So whether it’s the seasons (summer, almost winter, winter, still winter), mountains, lakes, people or potholes that inspire you, let your imagination run wild!

Please see the attachments in our latest email for more information and the entry form.

NEW! If you are not already in it, join our yahoo group by sending an email here. It’ll be a great way to get to know each other, ask questions when we have them and find up-to-the-minute quilty related news!

We will still maintain this blog with SAQA news, member exhibitions, call for entries and other great stuff.


Michele O’Neil Kincaid
Kathy Angel Lee
Michele Goldsmith

Friday, March 14, 2014

For SAQA Members!!

The Mentorship Webinar committee is pleased to announce this upcoming webinar!

SAQA Mentorship Webinar: Selling Art Quilts
Tuesday, March 25 at 1 pm ET
Join Wen Redmond, Roxane Lessa and Frieda Anderson as they share their experiences and ideas about selling art quilts. Attendees will be able to listen to the panelists and watch digital slide shows on their screens during the webinar. There will be a short Q&A following the presentations. Registration is limited to 100 attendees. If you can not attend the live webinar, you will able to watch and listen to the entire program on the SAQA website after the event.

Follow this link to register: 

Don’t forget to check your time zone, especially since different parts of the world begin observing daylight savings time on different days.

Remember, webinars are one of your many benefits as a SAQA member. In fact, you have access to all our past webinars. Find them on the SAQA webpage here

Or you can find them by logging into the SAQA website, clicking on Members>Member Resources, scroll down to Professional Development and click on Mentorship Webinar recordings.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

More from the SAQA meeting in Portsmouth

Hi all!

Just wanted to share a link

to today’s blogpost which shows how I photograph my quilts.  It has links to a good article at, to Holly Knott’s wonderful section of her website “Shoot That Quilt,” and has an embedded youtube video from SaatchiOnline gallery, also with good photography tips.

Hope you enjoy it!

Cheers, Sarah


And a couple more Show & Tell

Sarah Ann Smith

Margaret M Sheehan

Friday, February 28, 2014

Here we all are after our first meeting of the year!!  Had a great time networking and sharing.  (The snacks weren't bad either)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Portsmouth meeting 2-23-14

Hi all!
Thank you all for making the first meeting I instigated a sucess!!  It was so wonderful to see old friends and so many new faces too. I must say, Jill was extatic to see all our show and tell, and very impressed too!  I've posted the info on the exhibit for August even though it didn't come out the way I wanted.  I hope you all decide to enter a piece.  If I get the e submission 'stuff' figured out I'll re-post. In the meantime, I'll be checking my mail box!!!!
Housekeeping:  there was left an orphan green canvas chair...Sound familiar?
See you in the funny papers!
Michele O'Neil Kincaid

New England exhibit info

SAQA New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT)

For Special exhibit at World Quilt Show, Manchester, NH August 14-17, 2014

Theme/ Title of exhibit:  “I New England!”
Or: “You know you’re a New Englander when…”

  • Open to any SAQA member residing in New England.
  • Entry forms must be received by June 1st, 2014.

Interpret the theme any way you wish, from abstract to pictorial etc. with a minimum perimeter size of 96” and a maximum perimeter size of 200”. 
Depending on quilt sizes, we are limited to 15-40 quilts for the space so the sooner you submit the better. 

New England is, after all, a state of mind!  So whether it’s the seasons (summer, almost winter, winter, still winter), mountains, lakes, people or potholes that inspire you, let your imagination run wild! 
  • The quilts must have stitching through all layers.  Any technique and surface design is acceptable.
  • Quilts must have a 4” hanging sleeve on upper back.
  • Exhibitors need to provide an Artist Statement “blurb’ card to hang with their piece.  These need to include name of maker, title of item and can also include more details plus a descriptive paragraph. (more info in acceptance e-mail)
  • Individual quilts may be insured for $100 up to $1000 each (please be realistic with values). Items valued at greater than $1000 require a written appraisal. Items can not be insured for greater than $5000 even with greater appraised value.  Insurance coverage excludes flood and earthquake.  If written appraisals are not provided on items valued at more than $1000, these items will be insured for a maximum of $1000.

                        “I New England!”
entry form


Quilt Title:___________________________________________________
Size:  Width_________Length__________
Please provide one full photo and one detail photo (4 x 6)( in progress photos accepted)

Entry fee: $10.00 made out to SAQA

Send entry and fee to arrive by June 1st to:
Michele O’Neil Kincaid
PO Box 242
Strafford, NH 03884

Shipping address, dates and “blurb” card info to be included in acceptance e-mail

Monday, February 24, 2014

More Show and Tell from the SAQA meeting

Sarah Ann Smith

Alexandra Nickerson

Angela Miller

Stephanye Schuyler

Kathy Velon