Thursday, September 27, 2018

MA/RI Exhibit: Explorations-Journeys in Creativity opens Oct 13

The MA/RI Regional exhibition, Explorations: Journeys in Creativity:
Inside The Quilt Artist's Studio, Part 1, will debut on October 13,
2018 at the New England Quilt Museum (NEQM), 18 Shattuck St, Lowell,
MA at 1pm. A MA/RI meeting is planned at NEQM prior to the opening at
11am. All are welcome to the meeting as well.

Lightening Talks from five artists will be a part of the opening

Agusta Agustsson (MA) Intuitive Quilting
Madalene Murphy (MA) Leading Questions: How Did I Get From There to Here?"
Susan V. Polansky (MA) The Many Layers of Photoshop, Quilts, and Meaning
Catherine Whall Smith (CT) “How a Multi-Tasking Fiber Artist Really
Works” or, “Getting the piece ready for the Hand Quilting seems like a
sedentary activity - BUT IT’S NOT!”
Nancy Turbitt (RI) Solving Problems with Technique
You won't want to miss these interesting Lightening Talks!

Also showing at NEQM will be Susan Carlson, including her amazing
crocodile, in the Main Gallery and Salley Mavor's exhibit, "Liberty
and Justice: New Artwork by Salley Mavor". Many of you will not want
to miss this amazing opening day at NEQM.

The Explorations catalog is finally complete and it is marvelous!
Thanks go to the team of Allison Wilbur, Dixie Walker and Jeanne
Holtzman for countless hours of work. The full color catalog for
"Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's
Studio" can be pre-ordered for pick up at the October 13 MA/RI meeting
and opening reception at NEQM. The 160 page full color catalog is
priced at $24.95 and includes a 6-page section for each of the 24
artists detailing their chosen technique.

The SAQA artist's and their techniques included in the catalog are:

Agusta Agustsson - printing with gelatin plate
Sue Bleiweiss - raw edge fusible appliqué
Ann Brauer - quilt-as-you-go
Diane Cadrain - thread painting and felting
Sue Colozzi - layered fabric collage
Judy Dales - curved piecing
Janis Doucette - eco printing
Diane English - improvisational piecing
Janice Jones - surface embellishment
Mary-Ellen Latino - digital image manipulation and shibori, discharge & vat dyes
Marya Lowe - improvisational piecing
Jeanne Marklin - fabric dyeing
Valerie Maser-Flanagan - improvisational piecing
Sharon McCartney - printing and image transfer
Suzanne Munroe - painting/portraiture
Madalene Murphy - fabric manipulation
Susan V. Polansky - photoshop composition and fabric collage
Wen Redmond - digital photo manipulation and paste mediums
Cheryl Rezendes - surface design and hand embroidery
Diane Sheckells - applique and perle cotton embroidery
Catherine Whall Smith - hand quilting from reverse
Sarah Ann Smith - fused collage
Timna Tarr - applique and machine quilting
Nancy Turbitt - surface design with markers

To preorder, please email how many you want to purchase including your
order total to Nancy Turbitt ( by Oct 1. Please
bring payment with you to pick up your catalogs at the NE Quilt Museum
on October 13, in the form of a check made out to SAQA. No catalogs
will be mailed by Allison or Nancy, PICK-UP ONLY at NEQM on October

1 book ($24.95) + tax ($1.56) = $26.51

Please remember to add 6.25% sales tax to all order totals

Sales of the catalog will support future programs and exhibitions in
the MA/RI region. If you are unable to pre-order and pick up the
catalog at the opening, catalogs will also be available through the
New England Quilt Museum gift shop during both segments of the
exhibition in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, and part of the proceeds will
go to help the museum.

If you can’t pre-order or buy through the museum (remember this is the
best way to support our region), the catalog will also be available
online through Amazon.
A link will soon be available to order directly from Amazon.

If you have any questions about pre-ordering email Nancy.

Hope you are as excited as we are about this amazing exhibit and
catalog. Please use social media or your blog or website, to get the
word of the opening reception and catalog out. See you at the opening!

Nancy & Allison

Nancy Turbitt

Allison Wilbur

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Local Color 3 Artworks in Quilting Arts Magazine

Quilting Arts Magazine is going to publish the following artists/artworks in the June/July 2019 issue!

Congratulations to everyone and thank you Clara!


  • Christina Blais
  • Clara Nartey
  • Catherine Whall Smith
  • Evelyn Knight
  • Kate Themel
  • Mary Lachman
  • Judy Ross

Hartford Courant Publicizes SAQA-CT Local Color 3

Local Color 3 is on view at the Windsor Art Center until mid-October.  If you have not yet had a chance to see the exhibit head on over.

Here is what the Hartford Courant wrote about Local Color 3!

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill at the New Haven Lawn Club

The opening reception for Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill's quilts was earlier this week.

The artworks are dynamic, modern and beautifully displayed in several rooms including the dining room off the basement foyer.

If you go, driveway entrances are off Whitney Avenue, directly across from the triceratops statue at the Yale-Peabody museum and  off Humphrey Street. Park in the lot across from the Y-P and walk down the sidewalk lined by lanterns on shepherd hooks. Go in the door, past the reception desk on the left and turn right. Walk downstairs and walla! you will be there.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Windsor Art Center Announces LC3

There was QUITE a turnout at the Windsor Arts Center (WAC) Saturday for the Opening Reception of Local Color 3 including family, friends and neighbors of artists and a large number of community members from West Hartford, Hartford, Windsor and the surrounding towns.

A journalist from the Hartford Courant was interviewing artists and taking photos, so keep an eye on the paper at your doorstep and online for a little story about SAQA and LC3.

Thanks to the WAC for hanging our work so expertly. The artworks just sparkle under the lights! Thank you also for the WAC volunteers who handled all the details of the reception. And thank you to Wanda Seldon (WAC director) for introducing all of the artists who were in attendance.

P.S. Our own Cathey LaBonte is teaching a surface design class on Saturday, September 8th at the WAC. See the Windsor Arts Center website for details!

Quilt National '21 is Coming to Connecticut

Congratulations to Catherine Whall Smith , whose quilt "Transfusion in Two Parts" will be on tour with Quilt National '21.  Th...