Friday, June 28, 2013

Diane Wright and Diane Cadrain in Sacred Threads 2013, Opens July 10 (Herndon, VA)

Congratulations to SAQA CT artists Diane Cadrain and Diane Wright, who will have their work exhibited in the 7th Biennial Sacred Threads Exhibition.

CadrainEvery Blade of Grass--fullExhibition Dates: July 10 –28, 2013
Opening Reception/ Meet the Artists:
July 13, 2013 from 1-4 pm
Book signing by Vikki Pignatelli July 13 at 3 pm

For the exhibit, quilts are divided into categories based on theme. These are Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood

The artwork themes provide thought-provoking insights, encouragement, inspiration and healing responses to grief and human hardships. It has attracted a wide array of visitors and has proved appropriate for all ages from young teens to seniors. The exhibit is a positive influence on the human spirit, giving joy as well as addressing concerns of the soul and mind.

WrightSentinelA list of all the accepted artist list can be found here.

Sacred Threads Exhibition
Floris United Methodist Church
13600 Frying Pan Park Road
Herndon, VA 20171

Show Hours: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1-4 pm
Admission: $5.00

(Images: left: Every Blade of Grass Has its Own Angel by D.Cadrain, right: Sentinel by D. Wright)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fiber Art by Kate Themel at Brigham City Museum: "International Quilt Invitational" (Brigham City, UT)

SAQA-CT artist Kate Themel will exhibit 4 of her art quilts at the Brigham City Museum this summer.

July 2 - August 24, 2013
nternational Quilt Invitational Exhibition

Featured Art Quilter: Noriko Endo from Tokyo, Japan. Endo's "confetti quilts" will be presented.

Featured Traditional Quilter: Helen Butler from Alpine, Utah. Butler's award-winning quilt "Turkish Delight" will be one of the quilts hanging in the museum.

Other Participating Artists: Lenore Crawford, MI; Kaye Evans, UT; Linda French, OH; Suzanne Marshall, MO; Kathy McNeil, WA; Andrea Perejda, CA; Sharon L. Schlotzhauer and David M. Taylor, CO; Kate Themel, CT; and Zena Thorpe, CA.

Themel_OdetoKiss_sm (Ode to a Kiss by K.Themel)

Brigham City Museum
24 North 300 West
Brigham City, UT
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm

For questions or to schedule a tour, call (435)226-1439.
Admission is free

Sunday, June 23, 2013

SAQA CT Artists Will Be "Tangled Up in Blue" this Summer (Lowell, MA)

SAQA CT artists Lisa Corson, Diane Wright and Carol Vinick will exhibit their work at the Brush Gallery during Art Quilts Lowell 2013.

The concept for this year's exhibition is Tangled Up in Blue, juried by Valarie Poitier.

The exhibition will run from August 8 – September 7, 2013
Artist Reception: Sat. August 10, 2-4 pm

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios
256 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Download the Lowell Quilt Festival brochure here:

(images: Tangled Up in Blue by C.Vinick, Top End Archipelago by D.Wright and Convergence by L.Corson)


Jeanne Marklin Accepted into "Fabulous Fabric and Fiber" (New Marlborough, MA)

Congratulations to SAQA artist Jeanne Marklin, who had 3 pieces accepted into the Fabulous Fabric and Fiber show in New Marlborough. Jeanne is excited to be a part of a local exhibit and to meet more artists from the Berkshires. The show includes art quilts as well as works of furniture, baskets, hooked rugs and clothing. 


"One of the outstanding artists in this exhibit, Jeanne Marklin, of Williamstown, has shown her quilts in several prestigious shows including The Taiwan International Quilt Exhibit, Visions Art Museum,
 San Diego, the Arc Gallery in Chicago, and venues in South Africa, Oberlin, Ohio, and Williams College…Through her quilts 
she expresses events and questions about life, as well as the color
surprises of the visual world." 
-- Elizabeth Lombardi, Gallery Director
The New Marlborough Village Association blog

Participating artists include: Joanne Kelly Catos, Wendy
Jensen, Teresa Bills, Maggie Brigham, Susan Delmolino Ives,
 Pam Johnson, Mary Kote Jordan, Elsa Karr, Jeanne Marklin, Barbara
 Mulholland, Valerye Zerra, Bill Kane, and Liz Marino

The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11-4. The exhibit closes on July 7, at 4 pm.

New Marlborough Village Meeting House Gallery
154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road
New Marlborough, MA 01230-2159




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

LOCAL COLOR is Moving to Hartford July 1st

As we took down the Local Color artwork from the walls at the Haas Library, several University staff members told us they were sad to see the quilts go.  As curators, Diane and I were thrilled to hear such good reviews, and to know SAQA-CT members had made an impact with their artwork.  Some of the positive comments we received:

  • “I looked forward to seeing them each day as I came in to work.  I wish they could stay.”
  • “They really brighten up the place and inspire creativity.”
  • “It has been a wonderful experience for us to see all the different techniques and styles. I didn’t realize how much could be done with textiles.”

bright_Storm_bow(Image: Take a Bow by K.Storm)

Kudos to venue captains Mayann Weinberg and Margaret Phillips, for handling the logistics for Local Color’s display and opening reception at the Haas Library… You should both “take a bow”!

Along with Mayann and Margaret, the take-down team included Barb Adams, Robin Wolek, Gail Kotowski, Ruth Anne Olson, Norma Schlager, Diane Wright, Kate Themel and Diane Cadrain.  With so many volunteers, the work was done quickly and efficiently.

All the artwork was handled with care, during the installation as well as packing up for transport.

New venue captain Diane Cadrain was there to check off the inventory list and take the lead for our next location in Downtown Hartford.

If you missed the show at the Haas Library, your next opportunity to view these beautiful pieces of fiber art will be July 1 – 31 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT.

A digital postcard is included on this blog under the “Exhibition Postcard” tab.  Feel free to copy the postcard and share it with family, friends or groups who may be interested in visiting the show.

Thank you to all our members who contribute to this show’s success!
~Kate Themel

Friday, June 14, 2013

Artwork by Lisa Corson Graces the Cover of 4th Book


SAQA-CT artist Lisa Corson recently collaborated again with author M.A. Roberts to produce the cover artwork for the fourth book in Roberts’ fiction series, Chinavare's Find.

The book, titled "Downward Leg" is available now through

Congratulations again, Lisa!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

City Quilter “Grand Central Terminal” Quilt Challenge (NYC)

Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge: organized by American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine & The City Quilter in association, with the NY Transit Museum & the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Excerpt from City Quilter’s Website

This quilt-making challenge celebrates one of the most beautiful & important buildings in the world upon the occasion of its 100th Anniversary this year. 

Naturally, we felt this called for fabrics to help celebrate!   Consequently, we developed two designs, "Grand Central" and a complement, "GCT Constellations," both in two color-ways, ivory and aqua.   

  • Quilts must be no larger than 36" X 36"
  • Prizes: Grand Prize is $ 2,000. First prize is a $250 City Quilter gift certificate; second prize is a $100 City Quilter gift certificate. Honorable mentions (9) receive a "City Bundle" of 6 FQ's of other New York-themed fabrics & the Complete Guide to Quilting.
  • Winners & finalists will be exhibited in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal
  • APQ plans to write about the submissions & competition next year
  • 25% or more of the quilt's surface must use one or more of our GCT prints.
  • Submissions must be made by August 21, 2013 to APQ
  • Up to 5 submissions per person/group

An application form that includes all the details on the prizes, rules & conditions can be downloaded via this link.   And this takes you to our Grand Central fabrics.

We provide this link to the GCT website so contestants can learn more details of the history of the Terminal. This Can be inspirational and help you interpret the theme into your creations.

Grand Central fabric in beige  Grand Central in aqua

GCT Constellations in beige  GCT Constellations in aqua

Monday, June 3, 2013

"Quilting by the Lake" Conference in July 14 - 26, 2013 (Syracuse, NY)

Hundreds of quilting enthusiasts from around the country and Canada will travel to Onondaga Community College to participate in the annual quilting conference.
Quilting by the Lake (QBL) is a nationally recognized conference with internationally known instructors. 

From July 14 - 26, the conference will offer classes, workshops, lectures, and a quilt and merchant show to encourage the development of quilters.

During the conference, more than 100 quilts by QBL faculty and students will be featured in the Quilting by the Lake Quilt Show in Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall. The show will also include vendors such as quilt shops and merchants selling quilting materials like hand-dyed fabric, thread and sewing machines. Admission to the show is $6 for adults and open to the public. Registered conference participants, Schweinfurth Art Center members, and children 12 and under are free.

The public can also sign up for Quilting by the Lake Tour Days on July 18 and July 25 to receive access to the workshops taking place during the two-week conference. The cost is $30 and includes classroom tours, quilt show admission, lunch and lecture. The cost is $25 each for groups of 20.

You can also find Quilting by the Lake on Facebook

If you’d like to attend a QBL Tour Day or the QBL Quilt Show to write a review, please contact Kimber Doolittle.

Kimber Doolittle, Assistant Account Manager
Pinckney Hugo Group
760 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204
T 315-478-6700
F 315-426-1392
On behalf of Schweinfurth Art Center

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