Thursday, July 31, 2014

Solo Exhibition by Sandra Fromson at the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT fiber artist Sandra Bender Fromson! A solo exhibition of her felted garments is currently on display at the Mattatuck Museum.

See it now! The show runs until August 31, 2014


More about the Artist:
As a child, Sandra Fromson learned the skill and art of sewing from her mother. This life-long interest has evidenced itself in a variety of textile projects, from quilt-making to explorations in fiber.

Last year Fromson began making Butterfly coats and capes. She saw an opportunity to combine her loves of gardening and sewing and created the Pansy Coat and Monet’s Garden vest. Vividly hued both pieces are reversible, each revealing intricately composed passages of mixed colors that move through the fabric in curves and swirls. The amethyst colored Pansy Coat has a crumpled surface that allows hints of pink and gray to appear.

Mattatuck Museum
144 W. Main Street
Waterbury, CT

Museum Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.
OPEN LATE the first Thursday of the month until 7:30 p.m

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Five Fiber Friends" Opens Aug 3 at Fairhaven Furniture (New Haven, CT)


Five Fiber Friends was the brainchild of SAQA-CT artist Diane Cadrain, beginning in 2011.  Diane recruited 4 fellow fiber artists for a group show at Fairhaven Furniture's River Street Gallery.  She worked with Fairhaven's gallery coordinator Kate Paranteau to make the exhibition happen.

When Diane Cadrain, Trish Hodge, Mickey Lawler, Kate Themel and Diane Wright arrived with all their artwork on Friday morning, the gallery room was an overwhelming (but beautiful!) pile of frames and quilts, stacked and draped over every surface.


Luckily for this band of five diverse fiber artists, Kate Paranteau has a gift for putting eclectic pieces of furniture and artwork and together in different combinations to create charming little viewing areas.  She calls the process "making up stories".


One by one, the team got all the artwork on the walls, surrounded by beautiful handmade wooden tables, small sculptures, lamps and other furniture.  As a result, viewers can easily imagine a piece of fiber art hanging on the walls of their own home.

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Five Fiber Friends - 49The Five Fiber Friends exhibition runs from
Aug 1 – Sept 21, 2014

Opening Reception Aug 3 at 2pm

Fairhaven Furniture
72 Blatchley Ave
New Haven, CT 06513


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.

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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:

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