Thursday, October 19, 2017

NEW MA/RI REGIONAL TRUNK SHOW ARTWORK

NEW MA/RI REGIONAL

TRUNK SHOW ARTWORK


The following pieces have been recently added to our Trunk Show by Suzanne Munroe and Janice M. Jones.  Enjoy!





"Eve's Sister" by Suzanne Munroe

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"City Cycling III" by Janice M. Jones


Monday, October 16, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

CHANGE OF LOCATION

OF OCTOBER 21, 2017 MEETING


Unfortunately there will be change to the meeting on October 21st. The venue has been changed from Cheryl Resendez’s studio to Allison Wilbur’s studio in Bristol, RI. Cheryl Resendez’s husband, who has Parkinson’s, seems to have entered a new stage and needs more care in the day than previously. She regrets the change in plan and hopes you will all understand. We assured Cheryl that many of us have been in the role of caregiver for loved ones and so understand that unexpected changes happen.

So please note the change in meeting place: October 21st from 10:00 - 2:00 at Allison Wilbur’s studio in Bristol, RI. The address is 235 High Street, Studio #3. The name of the building is the Reynolds Art and Wellness Center. It is a large red brick building. Parking is available on the street or in the parking lot next to the building.  We will still be having our talk about studio set up and the advantages/disadvantages of a studio away from home. Allison will also do a demo of long arm quilting.  Please bring your lunch and Show and Tell.

Please talk this change up with your fellow SAQA member friends so we can be sure everyone gets the word! If you have any questions. please email Allison or Margaret.

Thank you for your understanding,

Allison and Margaret

Allison  Wilbur
MA/RI Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates
www.saqa.com
allisonquilt@me.com
Tel: 401 316-6410

Margaret McGrath
Co-Rep MA/RI Region
Studio Art Quilt Associates
saqa.com
mamcgrath27@gmail.com
774-571-3722


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Member Profile: Margaret McGrath

MA/RI REGIONAL MEMBER PROFILE:

Margaret McGrath

Co-Rep MA/RI Region






In the past this blog featured profiles of quilt artists, artist news, and artists in the studio.  We would like to feature more of these types of stories.  Since I am relatively new to this region, as well as to my regional co-rep position, I thought I would start off with a profile of myself, both to tell you a little bit about me, and to get the ball rolling on featuring more quilt artists.  If you have never been featured before on this blog, I encourage you to write about yourself and get your name out there.  We have a series of questions that you can choose from to stimulate the conversation about you.  If you have news, won a recognition, or published in a magazine we would love to hear about it, and to share the news with other regional artists.  A blog post about your studio would also be welcome.  Please contact me at mamcgrath27@gmail.com to become a contributor to this blog.  My "interview" follows.



WHEN DID YOU START MAKING ART QUILTS?

I started making art quilts in 2000, the year I took a comprehensive all summer course in quilt making.   As part of the certificate issued by the store, I was required to design and make a traditional quilt, or a series of art quilts.  I created five small art quilts, which were submitted to the instructors to critique.  My work was later professionally photographed and featured in the yearly charity quilt show.  I was so hooked.  After 911, I sewed continuously to cope with my anxiety, and as a result was quickly able to experience many different styles of quilting. Over time art quilts became my passion, even before I became a decent traditional quilter.  Through classes and workshops I was able discover my style and pursue it.

WHAT TYPE OF WORK DO YOU DO?  ABSTRACT, REALIST, REPRESENTATIONAL?  WHAT STYLES OR TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?

My current style is more abstract, combining the traditional log cabin block with an unusual twist and unusual materials.  It also has a slight geometric feel to it. Although I have used all types of commercial and hand dyed fabric, including batiks. I am currently working in dupioni and other silk fabrics. Working with silk is a little bit more work, having to fuse the fabric to fusible interfacing to stabilize it.  The silks have an organic quality to them that I love.  The more colors I can get, the better the experience it is for me. Vibrant color is important in the pieces that I create. I use my colors like fabric paint, cutting the silk into strips, which I then arrange using the log cabin block, or a variation of it.  I use deep reds, blues, greens, purples, yellow, orange.  Then throw in a little silver and gold. I have been using machine and hand quilting and small embellishments such as beads, buttons, and embroidery thread in my pieces. In the past I have done whimsical, abstract landscapes, and would like to continue doing them in the future.

Tirade of Pain (2013) (c)
Margaret McGrath


HOW DID YOU LEARN THE TECHNIQUES THAT YOU USE?

After completing the quilting coursework in 2000, I took every class that I could squeeze into my life at the time.  I have also attended as many art quilt workshops that I could.  The Houston International Quilt Festival allowed me to take many classes, while we were living there.  I still attend the festival every year.  Some of my instructors of note are Ruth B. McDowell, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Gabrielle Swain, Cynthia England, Rayna Gillman, Ricky Tims, Hollis Chatelaine, Libby Lehman, Charlotte Warr Anderson.  Each instructor brought me along a little further, adding a little something to my toolbox, giving me an alternate point of view.  While I don't try to emulate any of them, each inspired me to do my own work. I continue to read a lot of books (you don't need to know how many I own!).  Currently,  I take online classes, most recently classes in free motion quilting, embroidery, and embellishment.  I am always looking for things to try.  It never gets boring.

DO YOU WORK ON A SINGLE PROJECT AT A TIME OR DO YOU WORK ON MULTIPLE PIECES AT ONCE?

I tend to work on several pieces at once.  My current project inspires the next, and the next, and before you know it there are several pieces in progress.  This is how I came to work in a series.  I need to discipline myself into finishing more of the pieces.  It is so hard to pronounce something is done!  It is like losing a friend.

WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?

I tend to find inspiration from the work of other art quilters, from art work of other media such as painting, drawing, and fine craft.  A great source of inspiration is in the emotion of events, of people I know or read about.  Sometimes ideas come to me from photos taken on vacation, and types of architecture or urban landscapes.  Inspiration is everywhere, if you look for it.

WHAT IS YOUR STUDIO LIKE AND WHEN DO YOU LIKE TO WORK?

My studio is in a spare bedroom of my home.  I work mostly on my Janome 7700 and Janome 6600, and I have a Brother 1500 that I take to classes and retreats.  My newest machine is an APQS George, which has enabled me to concentrate on improving my free motion quilting.  I am happy with my progress, but I have so much to learn.  There is a great deal of stuff packed into my studio:  two sewing machines, a cutting table, ironing board, a large wall of storage shelves for my books and embellishments, metal basket drawers for fabric storage, and a tall chest of plastic drawers for thread storage. Being a morning person,  I like to work in the mornings, and will often continue into the afternoon if I am on a roll.  I try to take weekends off, but I will sneak into the studio if a current project is calling out to me.  Photos of my studio follow.









Sunday, October 8, 2017

SAQA MA/RI REGIONAL MEETING
PRO CHEM & DYE
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017


On Saturday, September 23rd, twenty-two members of the MA/RI Region of SAQA enjoyed a two hour lecture and demonstration from Vicki Jensen at Pro Chemical & Dye in Fall River, Massachusetts.











Following the lecture some members chose to experiment with materials that Vicki provided.










Following the demonstration and experiment time, several members shared their current work through Show and Tell.  A brief business meeting followed.

The next meeting is a Studio Tour with Cheryl Rezendes on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Bernardston, MA from 10 am to 2 pm.  Check the newsletter for exact address and directions (www.cherylrezendes.com).  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Quilts=Art=Quilts

Registration from June 10, 2017 to July 22, 2017Exhibition Dates:Artist Reception & Awards: Saturday, October 28, 4-6pm
Exhibit Dates: October 28, 2017-January 7, 2018
Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.  The Art Center has been a longstanding proponent of quilts as a visual arts medium and has been presenting quilts in a gallery setting since 1981.   The Art Center is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact and originality.  Prizes are awarded, including $1,000 for Best of Show.
The opening weekend of the exhibit will include an Artist Reception and Awards Presentation, workshops, and a Quilter’s Brunch.
All entries must be made online through this website registration process.  
The entry fee for current members of the Schweinfurth Art Center is $30.  The fee for non-members is $35.   If you are unsure of your membership status at the Art Center, please call us at 315.255-1553 or email us (info@schweinfurthartcenter.org) before beginning the application process.


For More information visit the Call for Entry

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The Benefit Auction Deadline is June 1st!  Please consider participating in this great event, thank you!
     
SAQA is now accepting quilts for the 2017 Benefit Auction
How to Donate a Quilt to the Auction »
How the Benefit Auction Works »
Be part of SAQA’s most-anticipated fund-raising event! Donate a 12 x 12-inch art quilt to our 2017 Benefit Auction to support our exhibition and outreach programs. Last year, the auction raised almost $80,000. Help us do it again!
The 2017 Benefit Auction will take place online from September 15 through October 8.
Please email auction@saqa.com if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017



Andrea Brokenshire class at ProChem
“Painted Silk Appliqué on a Confetti Background"
July 10-14, 2017

If you noticed Andrea Brokenshire’s Rhodedendron quilt at the MQX show this year or her passion flower last year you might be interested in taking a workshop with her.  

Award winning artist Andrea Brokenshire will guide you through the process of painting your personal floral image on silk.  You will learn how to prepare the silk for painting and then transfer your design. The majority of the week will be spent painting your floral image, after a discussion on the basics of color theory and how to mix colors using a CMY color wheel. Andrea will do a demonstration on making the confetti background, in addition to finishing the edges of the appliqué to prepare it for the confetti background. There will also be a group discussion on how to machine quilt your flowers.

Complete information about the workshop is available by clicking this link:
 and take a look at her website