Saturday, January 5, 2019

Volunteers Need for MA/RI Exhibition Committee Conference Call


Elaine Hickey, the incoming chair of the SAQA MA/RI Regional Exhibition Committee, is asking for volunteers to attend a Zoom Conference call.  Volunteers will be committing to this first brainstorming session only.  The purpose of the call is to generate ideas and come up with a plan for the next MA/RI regional exhibition.  Your input at this conference call is vital to the direction and planning of this next regional event.  Volunteers who have previously identified themselves as interested are asked to respond to Elaine, and participate.  Additional volunteers are strongly urged to come forward to make the results of this conference a true reflection of the interests of the membership.

Please email Elaine Hickey at to express your willingness to participate in this Zoom Conference call, along with your general availability (evenings only, during the day, weekends, dates unavailable, etc.) for the call to be scheduled at the optimum time.  Once she has a list of interested parties, she will notify volunteers by email the scheduled time of the call, along with directions for dialing in.

We strongly urge you to help us plan this next regional exhibition by inputting your ideas and desires during this conference call, so that we can continue our success at demonstrating the artistic talent and creativity of the SAQA MA/RI Region.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Jo Carubia in Members Show at Jamestown Arts Center





Jo Carubia will be submitting a quilted tapestry "Frame of Mind" for the upcoming Members Show at the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, RI.  Most of her work incorporates free motion calligraphy of words on a relevant theme or of favorite quotations.  This piece incorporates the following: "She sang beyond the genius of the sea" (From "Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens) and "The imperfect is our paradise" (From "The Poems of Our Climate" by Wallace Stevens).

She looks forward to meeting other Jamestown Art Center members who may work in fiber/textile arts.

Opening reception: November 8, 6-8 pm

Exhibit dates: November 8-December 6

Frame of Mind by Jo Carubia

Exhibition News and Workshops from Wen Redmond




Exhibition News

As part of the World of Threads Festival in Ontario, Canada, a selection of artworks from Wen Redmond's Digital Fiber series will be featured in a solo exhibition in one of the Corridor Galleries at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.

Oakville, Ontario, Canada
‪October 13 - December 31, 2018

Con-currently, she received an invitation to exhibit The Nature of a Stitch Sheehan Gallery, WA; and to exhibit Wisconsin Museum of Quilts.

Her work is also on view at Quilt Visions in CA and the Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, NY.

Lastly, "Time Spent With Trees" received Honorable Mention! Award at the MFA, Annapolis, MD


Workshops can be found on her blog-

November 28 - December 2, 2018

Wen will be teaching at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops- 3 days of Digital Explorations - Info

Wen Redmond

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Carol Anne Grotrian to Teach Stitched Shibori and Her Soul Mate Indigo





NOVEMBER 11, 2018


DECEMBER 1, 2018

Carol Anne Grotrian is happy to announce a new class offering—Stitched Shibori and her Soul Mate Indigo on November 11 and December 1 at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA. 

This is a two-session opportunity to explore a Japanese slow stitch tradition found among the many techniques of shibori, an ancestor to tie-dye. Seemingly endless patterns are created by hand sewing and gathering threads tightly. After dyeing, the stitches are removed to reveal an amazing diversity of subtle patterns. Ancient indigo is the perfect dye for stitched shibori. 

The first day you will learn basic techniques and then experiment with lots of variations. The interval between classes will give students time for “homework,” i.e. preparing stitched shibori for dyeing.  You will dye a test sample on the first day, but the main focus of the second day, will be the indigo vats, though students are welcome to spend time with shibori techniques as well.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio Opening

Explorations:  Journeys in Creativity:

 Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio

SAQA MA/RI Regional Exhibition

October 3 through December 30, 2018

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA

Exhibition Opening October 13, 2018 at 1 pm

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 in the Genre Gallery. A MA/RI meeting is planned at NEQM prior to the opening at 12 noon. PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE IN MEETING TIME!  The Museum closes at 4 pm. All are welcome to the meeting as well.

This exhibition is a two-part juried show on display from October 3 through December 30, 2018, featuring New England SAQA members focusing on art quilting techniques. The twelve artists in Part 1 have created a piece for the exhibit highlighting chosen techniques, and each piece is accompanied by a banner detailing their process.  Five of the twelve artists from Part 1 will give Lightning Talks about their creative process as part of the opening reception/meeting on October 13.

Lightning Talks will be given by:

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 Lightning Talks!

Timna Tarr will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch talk at NEQM on Thursday, November 1 at 12:30 pm on “Cloth Cartography: Making Map Quilts”.

Susan Polansky will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch talk at NEQM on Thursday, December 6 at 12:30 pm on “Fused Applique Collage”.

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! The full color catalog for "Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio" can be purchased at the 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

Sales of the catalog will support future programs and exhibitions in the MA/RI region. 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.

A big shout out to all of those who have helped create “Explorations”.  Curators Nancy Turbitt and Allison Wilbur formulated the Prospectus and Call for Entry and worked with the artists to gather the many elements that went into making this a multilayered exhibit.  The twenty-four artists devoted six months of their time pushing their techniques and documenting their process to share with their audience.  A thank you to the artists for their patience with the process of this exhibit, and to those doing extra work in the form of Lightning Talks, Brown Bags, and lectures.  Allison Wilbur created the banners and catalog (no minor accomplishment!), giving selflessly of her time, with tremendous support from Dixie Walker (photo management and editing) and Jeanne Holtzman (editing and technical support).  Nancy Turbitt kept this entire enterprise on course, dealing on a daily basis with every aspect of the exhibition. Karen and Bud McCann and Allegra Printing in Providence, RI did a beautiful job printing the banners that accompany the art work.  Janice Jones wrote an excellent Press Release.  Sue Polansky organized the Lightning Talks and assisted in hanging the show. Suzanne Munroe helped with publicity, and Margaret McGrath helped with publicity and file storage.  Special thanks go to Vicki Jensen and PRO Chemical and Dye in Fall River, MA, who provided much appreciated sponsorship for the banners and the catalog to accompany the exhibit.  Thanks to the volunteers who came out and helped to hang the exhibit:  Agusta Agustsson, Diane and Sara Sheckells, Janice Jones, Tricia Deck, Sarah Ann Smith, Sue Polansky, Nancy Turbitt, and Allison Wilbur.  A big thank you to the jurors of “Explorations”, Pamela Weeks and Jane Davila, for so carefully choosing the artists. And most of all, thank you to Pam, Nora and the staff of the New England Quilt Museum for inviting our regional group to create this two-part exhibit.

We 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!

Please join us for our October 13 regional meeting at the New England Quilt Museum (more information below) at 12 noon, and the opening at 1 pm.

Betsy Habich Teaches Workshops

Betsy Habich Teaches Workshops

on Designing and Piecing a Picture Quilt

and Thread Painting Your Own Photo

October 25-27
Connections Quilt Festival

Betsy Habich will be teaching three full-day workshops at the Connections Quilt Festival, being held October 25-27 at the Westford (MA) Regency Inn and Conference Center.

Registration and more information at, or click on the links below for information on specific classes.  (and yeah, it’s ok to work on something other than a cat!) 

Thursday, October 25:  Designing a Pieced Picture Quilt 

Working from your own photo (send me photo before class for approval), you make a pattern to piece the top. 

Ollie #2 by Betsy Habich

Friday, October 26: Piecing a Picture Quilt

Using either the pattern you developed in class Thursday, or one of mine, students will learn how to select fabric for to create a realistic image, work with freezer paper templates, and to sew a really precise seam. 

Saturday, October 27: Thread Paint your own Photo
Working from your own photo (send me photo at least one week beforehand) students will learn to use straight and zigzag stitches to create a photorealistic thread painting  

Miss Blue Eyes by Betsy Habich

Thursday, September 27, 2018

SAQA CT Is Holding A Retreat


The SAQA CT region is holding a retreat the weekend of November 2-4 at the Incarnation Center in Ivoryton CT.
Ivoryton is in coastal CT, just over an hour away from Providence, RI and Hartford, CT.

They have room for up to ten more people, and welcome the SAQA members from Rhode Island and Massachusetts to join them. They look forward to getting to know their SAQA neighbors in a relaxed and fun environment!

They are planning on offering some break-out sessions for talent sharing in free motion quilting, writing an artist statement, and critique sessions to name just a few, for those interested. In addition, attendees may work on their own projects, and take time to explore the hiking trails around the center.  Everyone can make the retreat what they want it to be in terms of "down time" and "quilting time!"

Dates: Dinner Friday, November 2 through lunch Sunday, November 4.
            You may arrive anytime after 3:00; and depart by 3pm on Sunday.

Location: Incarnation Center, 253 Bushy Hill Rd, Deep River, CT 06417.
                 Just over an hour from Providence, RI and Hartford, CT

Who: SAQA CT, MA and RI members (first or second region).
           If there is room, non-SAQA fiber artsy friends may be invited to

How Much: The fee for the retreat is $250.

What is Included: Lodging (private room, shared bath),
                               six meals: dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday,
                               linens and towels, beverages during the day, our
                               meeting and tables to work on, nature trails, fire pit,
                               labryrinth. In addition, there will be access to a
                               kitchen where people can self-cook if their
                               dietary needs require it.

Activities: Over the course of the weekend you can work
                  on your projects, join in some group activities, explore the
                   hiking trails...your time is your own...We are planning break-out
                   sessions for such topics/activities as free motion quilting
                   tutorials, how to write an artist statement, and critique groups

Can I Cancel My Reservation? If it turns out you register
                                                     for the retreat, and then can’t attend, you
                                                     can transfer your registration to another
                                                     fiber friend.
Here is the handy link to register: