Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Demonstration by Kate Themel at Windham Textile Museum (Willimantic, CT)

SAQA-CT fiber artist Kate Themel will lead a 90 minute demonstration at the Windham Textile & History Museum on Saturday August 16 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


Themel will present her raw-edge layering technique using freezer paper to trace, cut, and layer fabric into a fiber art composition. She will also answer questions from the audience as time allows.

Kate's art quilt, “Honey Bee,” is featured in the museum's current exhibition, “Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now,” which runs through September 7.

Windham Textile & History Museum is located at 411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT. Registration is strongly suggested.

The event is called “Building A Picture.” Admission is $10 per person. To register, call 860-456-2178 or email: 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Local Color Gets National Attention via Quilting Arts Magazine (Aug/Sept 2014 issue)

(image: Quilting Arts Aug/Sept 2014)

This month's issue of Quilting Arts Magazine features an article about SAQA Connecticut's regional show "Local Color", including images of eight exhibition quilts selected by the magazine.

Photo Jul 18, 10 24 16 AM

Artwork by Kate Themel, Ruth Anne Olson, Phyllis Small, Catherine Whall Smith, Barbara McKie, Kendell Storm, Norma Schlager and Diane Wright were hand picked by QA and professionally photographed for the magazine. Each quilt image includes the artist's name, title and statement about the piece.

Several of these quilts will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for Quilting LIVE! at the Sewing & Quilt Expo, September 11 – 13, 2014.

Other Highlights in this month's issue of Quilting Arts include:

  • Thread Dyeing 101 with Carol Soderlund & Melanie Testa
  • Thread Sketching for Beginners with Susan Brubaker Knapp
  • Custom Lettering on Cloth with Mary Ruzich
  • Faux Snow Dyeing with Candy Glendening

Order your copy today! You can purchase this issue or subscribe to Quilting Arts Magazine through QA's website:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Book the SAQA Trunk Show for Your Next Critique Group, Guild Meeting or Art Class

2014 Trunk Show

Curated by Eileen Doughty, the 25th Anniversary Trunk Show was designed to showcase SAQA’s diversity of talent and its mission to “promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.”

The trunk show is a wonderful way for members and non-members alike to view and engage with quilts made using a wide variety of styles, techniques, and fibers.

The 407 quilts are divided into eight trunks and each will travel a region of the world into 2017. To view all the quilts, access the alphabetical index, and view the travel calendar for each of the eight trunks, click here.


Here in CT we have "Trunk C" in our possession and available to show. Because each small piece is individually mounted and protected with a clear envelope you can look closely, compare, contrast, and be inspired. There is even a discussion guide included.

The schedule of showings in CT include the last regional meeting, a nursing home recreation program, guilds, art quilt small groups, and even a member’s birthday party. The exhibit will be mounted at the New Britain Museum of American Art from the end of September through January 2015.

The Trunk Show is currently committed for the following dates: July 15 - 29, August 21 - 25, and September 17 – 19, 2014. There are still plenty of dates open for additional venues!

If you would like to book the Trunk Show for a group, guild or shop this summer, contact Barbara Adams at


Monday, June 23, 2014

New Exhibition by CT Fiber Arts Collective: Jazz Tones

Please join the artists of Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective on Thursday, June 26 from 5 - 7PM at the 100 Pearl Street Gallery (Hartford CT) for the Opening of "Jazz Tones".


The Jazz Tones exhibition is a collection of fiber art and mixed media work that celebrates and depicts the diverse sounds of America's indigenous music. Participating artists include Christina Blais, Diane Cadrain, Carol R Eaton, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Linda Martin, Wanda Seldon, Rosalind Spann, Antonia Torres and Carol Vinick.

The show runs June 15 – August 23, 2014 and features work by internationally acclaimed artist Ed Johnetta Miller.  Ed Johnetta will be at the Opening Reception, signing copies of Carolyn Mazloomi's book Textural Rhythms: Quilting in the Jazz Tradition

Carolyn Mazloomi is the recipient of the 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. The Bess Lomax Hawes Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.

Greater Hartford Arts Council, 100 Pearl Street Gallery
100 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mary Lachman's Aerial View Juried into Two Ohio Shows

Congratulations, SAQA-CT artist Mary Lachman! Mary's artwork Aerial View was juried into "Fiber 577" in Perrysburg, OH, June 7-8, 2014. Now the same piece is in "Fabulous Fibers 2014" at the Angelwood Gallery in Grand Rapids, OH from June 19-July 31, 2014.


Angelwood Gallery opened in 1993 under the ownership of Julie A. Beutler. The gallery, now in its eighteenth year of business features work of regional artists in all medias. Julie's pottery is a main focus of the gallery.

The Anglewood Gallery's "Fabulous Fibers" show features incredible fiber based work from talented artists across the US! It's the only show the gallery hosts each year that goes beyond their trademark regional Ohio artists.

Anglewood Gallery
24195 Front Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Challenge for SAQA CT Artists!

Hard to believe that we have to start thinking "Holiday Tree" during this wonderful Spring/Summer weather we have been enjoying!
But this is a great opportunity for all of our SAQACT members.

Catherine and Barb

FROM: The New Britain Museum of American Art – Tree Decorating Committee: Anna Tufankjian, Laurie Dhandapani, and Ann Marie Gontarz

(image: A paintbrush-themed holiday tree at NBMAA in 2013)

At our May 24th SAQA meeting, we received your enthusiastic response to the request to provide fiber art decorations for this year's quilting-themed holiday tree at New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA).  

Since the NBMAA exhibit "Stitching in time - American quilts 1758 to 2014" will be held between October 2014 - January 2015, this is a wonderful opportunity and venue for your work to be seen by an appreciative audience.

Suggested SIZE and SELLING PRICE*: 
(Note: New Britain Museum receives a 40% on all sales)

4" x 6"  - $25.00
7" x 9" - $100.00
12" x 12" - $125.00

*You may list your artwork as (NFS) OR you may set your own price for your piece.  Please contact Anna Tufankjian if you wish to vary the standard size or price.

You may submit more than one piece – pieces that are not hung on the tree will be for sale in the Museum store. 

THEME and COLOR are up to you.

CONSTRUCTION: Must be sturdy enough to maintain its shape with one center hook on the back. (e.g. ornament hook thru a small plastic ring.)

DEADLINE:  October 15th, 2014 (Must arrive at the Museum by this date)

Mail to:
The New Britain Museum of American Art
Attn: Holiday Decorating Committee, Sarah Rohlfing
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

Your ornaments may be dropped off at our next SAQACT meeting which is scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd.

Even if you signed up during our May 24th meeting, PLEASE contact Anna Tufankjian BEFORE AUGUST 1st to confirm that you will participate, and please include the number of pieces you think you will submit.

This information will be added to our blog, for future reference. Look for the NBMAA Fiber Art Tree tab above.  Thank you everyone!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fiber Art by Barb McKie in CT, MA and NY this Summer

Congratulations to Barbara Barrick McKie, whose fiber artwork will be displayed all around New England and New York this summer.

On display now: Barb McKie and Kris Moss have a two person show featuring traditional and contemporary quilts at the Shirt Factory Gallery (Glens Falls, NY).

Quilting, A Timeless Art
Exhibit Dates: June 6 – June 28, 2014
Opening Reception June 6, 5-8 pm

Shirt Factory Gallery
71 Lawrence Street
Glens Falls, NY


Barb will also have three pieces at the Slater Museum (Norwich, CT) beginning June 15, 2014.

"The Animal Heart"
June 15 - Aug 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 15, 1-3 pm


The Slater Museum will present The Animal Heart, a special invitational exhibition featuring Connecticut artists whose work focuses on the relationships between animals, humans and their environment. 
Slater Memorial Museum
305 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360


In July, Barb will be THE featured in the Art Quilt Gallery NYC
July 7 – Aug 16, 2014
Opening Reception July 7, 6-7:30 pm


The Art Quilt Gallery NYC
133 West 25th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, NY
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 to 6 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only


In August, Barb joins fellow SAQA-CT artists Judy Ross and Phyllis Small at the Whistler House Museum:

Art Quilts 2014: How Does Your Garden Grow?
Aug 20 - Sept 20, 2014
Reception and Awards: Saturday, August 23, 1-3 pm

Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen House
Lowell, MA 01852

This year the exhibition features Art Quilts that explore the second line from the well-known nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?" It was up to the quilt artist to take this line and interpret it for inspiration.

Participating Artists: Pamela Allen, Margaret Anderson, Nancy Bardach, Susan Bleiweiss, Betty Busby, Sue Colozzi, Janis Doucette, Atara Halpern, Ruby Horansky, Helene Kusnitz, Ellen Lindner, Barbara McKie, Patti Owens, Anneke Rebele, Wen Redmond, Ruan Robertson, Judy Ross, Jodi Scaltreto, Maya Schonenberger, Phyllis Small, Nancy Turbitt, Nelda Warkentin, Naomi Weidner, and Marianne Williamson.

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams
b.c.adams @

Contact Blog Administrator