Friday, June 24, 2016

Barb McKie's been busy!

Barb McKie has had quite a few acceptances to exhibitions recently! Perhaps you can drop in on a piece or two if any of you are doing some traveling nearby:
Yellow Crowned Night Heron by Barb McKie

July 9th to September 11, 2016 – Aullwood Audubon Center in Dayton, Ohio will have their 24th annual art quilt exhibit about nature.  This show is called Flower Power.  All 3 of her entries were accepted for the show – Abundance of Orchids, Red Dahlia Reflections and Sunrise Serenade.

July 21st to 24th, 2016 – Quilt Odyssey at the Hershey Convention Center in Hershey, PA – her 2 accepted quilts are The Lookout and Yellow Crowned Night Heron

July 27th to 30th 2016 - American Quilter’s Society show in Syracuse, NY – both Rain Drop’s Story and Blue and Gold Macaw were accepted.

More of Barb's work can be viewed on her website, Congratulations, Barb!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dawn Allen's solo show!

Here's the press release for Dawn Allen's upcoming solo show at Black Birch Vineyard. Hope some of you will make it up there!
"Irma and Doris Go Wine Tasting" is a veritable garden of three-dimensional fabric flowers and foliage. You’ll want to get “up close and personal” to fully appreciate and enjoy the size, intricacies of beads and thread, and vibrancy of color in all of Dawn's creations. The cotton sateen fabrics themselves feature Dawn’s original designs—bright graphic patterns created from her own photographs of flowers and nature. Dawn’s exclusive hidden-wire technique brings each piece to life in three dimensions. Do not miss this glorious garden!
Dawn Allen started quilting and beading when she was a child. She loves creating three-dimensional fabric art—“happy art”—that brings color, whimsy, and beauty into any space. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA and at Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth, MA. Her home studio is in Westfield, MA.

The exhibit can be viewed at Black Birch Vineyard, 155 Glendale Rd, Southampton, MA from August 5 to September 25, 2016. The Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, August 5th from  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Visit Dawn’s website at

Monday, June 13, 2016


Stephanye Schuyler, VT/NH/ME Regional Representative, writes:
If you are attending August’s Mancuso’s World Quilt New England Show in Manchester NH, you are invited to our regional meeting on Saturday August 20, 1-4pm. We are lining up a speaker to talk about one of the aspects of exhibiting your work. Additionally, we will have a slide presentation of our region’s submissions to this year’s SAQA auction. And we will round out our meeting with your show and tell.  Bring your art to share and astound.

Also, wanted to remind you about an exhibit we’re putting together that is open to all New England SAQA members. Titled Wicked Good Art Quilts, the show’s focus is to showcase the New England’s best work, highlighting diversity of style and techniques used by New England SAQA artists. Here's a link to the Call for Entry, with the details:
I hope some of you are able to attend and participate. It's a great opportunity to meet different art quilters to stir your creative juices.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Thought about teaching?

Teaching workshops is a wonderful way to hone your art quilting chops, share your skills and techniques, get your name out into the world, inspire other people...and maybe pick up a tiny bit of cash in the process. We have quite a few SAQA-CT members who hold workshops regularly (for example, I'm signed up for an upcoming Carol Eaton fabric painting workshop! I'm so excited!). Laurie Russman just had a really interesting post with some things she's learned from teaching. I hope that you'll all consider holding some sort of workshop of your own at some point. And if you're already teaching, don't forget to drop me a line w details to post here on the blog for you!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SAQA-CT May Newsletter

Hello dearest SAQA-CT members! Did you enjoy your three days of spring before this summer weather hit? Hoping you all have some wonderful projects in the works [but without too much hot ironing involved!]. If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to tag #saqact so we can all ogle your in-progress shots and completed masterpieces!


I know that you’re all hankering for our next regional meeting. Well, at long last, here’s the scoop:
We’re having a vendor day/tag sale! Saturday July 16, 10:00 til 1:00 at Overshores Brewery, 250 Bradley Ave, East Haven.
Come to sell, come to shop! We will not be having our usual meeting agenda this time around to give everyone plenty of time to peruse the goodies.

If you’re interested in selling - fabric, artworks, crafts, overflow from of your stash, housewares, whatever! - tables are $10 each [and can be shared]. Please let Christina [] know your interest by July 2 so that we have enough tables and can visualize the spacing.

And when you’re done shopping our meeting, there is plenty more to do along the shore that day, including the Guilford Arts Center Craft Expo! Fun times!


Not enough quilting camaraderie for you? Don’t forget to reach out to other SAQA-CT members in your area - we may not be plugging them but you can certainly still join or form parlor groups to get a more regular SAQA fix! [What’s a parlor group?] And be sure to stalk each other’s blogs and social media. I will be attempting to highlight and link to your blog posts on the SAQA-CT site more frequently starting this summer. Please email me if you have a blog that isn’t linked to your name on the member list!

Have you been “Working in a Series”? Or do you want to be? Working in a series is a fantastic way to see and push the evolution of your artistic voice. It’s also a means for increasing the size of your body of work. Please email Christina this week if you are interested in being part of the Working in a Series sub-group.  This group does not have a "form" yet; once we know who is interested, we will go from there.


What are you doing June 11? The Windham Textile Museum (411 Main St. Willimantic, CT) is having a Quilt Day from 10am-4pm. Many SAQA members have been working hard to put this day together - I hope many of you can make the trip to enjoy it!

            Allison Wilbur -  Vintage Fiber Art Embellishments
            Carol Eaton - Unique Hand-Dyed & Painted Fabric
            Michele Palmer - Vintage fabrics & Textile Books
            MJ Fiber Art  -  Hand-dyed silk scarves and Fiber Art
            Schillers Sewing Circle – Sewing & Embroidery Machines for demonstration
            Stitch Chicks  -  Quilting Fabric and notions
QUILTS ON DISPLAY by Catherine Whall Smith

MUSIC: Heartstrings -  Melanie & Mack Johnston, mountain dulcimer, mandolin & guitar; Sally Rogers – Folk & Mill Music

Schillers Sewing Circle – Sewing & Embroidery Machines
Carol  R. Eaton  - Designing a quilt

12:00pm  Hand Quilting -  Catherine Whall Smith
1:00pm  Folk & Mill Songs - Sally Rogers
2:00pm  Printing Images on Fabric -  Cathy Smith and Joan Blade Johnson
3:00pm  Working with Pre-Cut Fabric - Stitch Chicks Quilt Shop

11:00am  SAQA Trunk Show - Hope Barton
11:45am  Modern Quilting -  Rita Hannafin
1:15pm    Quilts for Change -  Allison Wilbur
2:00pm   Mill Girls Painted Quilts - Barbara Barber
2:45pm    Anatomy of a Quilt Appraisal - Lois Palmer, Certified Quilt Appraiser

Additional Info:
There will be food available for purchase at the museum.
Willimantic has several good restaurants within walking distance of the museum including interesting ethnic choices.
Stop by the Swift Waters Artisan Coop at 866 Main St and the Kerri Art Gallery.
Pick up some organic groceries at the Food Coop on Valley St.

As always, thank you for your patience, your enthusiasm, and your passion for art quilts. Can’t wait to see you again.