Sunday, November 16, 2014

Regional Meeting Images

Yesterday was our regional quarterly meeting which was held in Amherst, MA. Members in attendance had a great time socializing, viewing the trunk shows and learning new ways for mounting artwork and using silk screening as a technique.

Jeanne Marklin demonstrates a method for mounting quilts

Members take a look at the 25th Anniversary Trunk Show

Members Barbara Aiken, Nancy Turbitt and Jeanne Marklin talk with a guest Martha Robinson during the lunch break

Cheryl Rezendes demonstrates how to make and use silk screens with paint to create interesting images on fabric

Cheryl pulls the paint across the screen to create the image

Michele Leavitt speaks about her artwork during Show & Tell

A special thanks to the UU Society of Amherst, Rebecca Fricke for arranging the meeting space, Jeanne Marklin & Cheryl Rezendes for providing informative and interesting demos and all the members in attendance. The next quarterly regional meeting will be held on March 28, 2015 at Blaine's Sewing Machine Center in Cranston, RI. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss all the fun!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


"Circus Time" by Jeanne Marklin has been juried into the "Art of Fiber" exhibit at the Dairy Barn Center for the Arts of Boulder, CO.

The exhibit runs from Dec. 5-Jan.16.  Click here for more information.

Jeanne is teaching a "Dye Party" workshop for IS.183 on Sunday, Nov. 17 in Williamstown. The class will be dyeing scarves with MX dyes and creating gifts for giving or keeping!  Click here for more information and to register for the workshop.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Current Exhibition in Fall River

The artist reception for the following exhibition was held this Sunday evening and I was in attendance with some other SAQA members. This show, juried by Jules of Heron Pond Studio, highlights the rich history of textiles in New England with a dynamic expression of current textile design.  

TEXTiles in an Historic Mill

November 7, 2014 - December 27, 2014
Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, MA 02721

 The show was well attended by the Fall River community as well as many of the artists featured in the show. The Narrows Center for the Arts also hosts studio space for many artists and a few had their studios open for viewing.

L to R, SAQA members, Sandy Gregg, Janis Doucette, Nancy Turbitt & Diane Wright
Directly behind us is one of Sandy's two accepted artworks.

If you are interested in seeing the show you can call the number above to reach the gallery for their hours of operation and directions. More information about the show and the Narrows Center can be found at

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Etsy shop spotlight - Wen Redmond

Wen Redmond has several online locations where she sells artwork, supplies and accessories...

Art, Jewelry And Antiques 

Her Etsy shop UpLiFTmENTs is filled with Etsy shop with hand painted fabrics and other, usually, antique sewing items.

She also has a blog here where occasional works appear and reappear as they go to galleries and events.  Some older but fine work too. All on Sale!!

encaustic collage #26
Digital Photograph
stitched, encaustic wax

 You'll also find her work for sale on Artful Home here.

Manipulated photograph, combining several photographs. Image divided into 6 sections and printed on molding paste substrate of rayon polyester stabilizer. Each section is treated with ink- aid with touches of acrylic metallic paint. Mounted on a firm support. Stitched.
Dimensions: 32.0in H x 25.0in W x 0.3in D


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

member news - Sandy Gregg

Sandy Gregg has two pieces on display in Modern Spin: CONtemporary TEXTiles in an Historic Mill:

"City Wall"
"30 cups"


Monday, November 3, 2014

trunk show piece by Betsy Abbott

I love it when I reach into my mailbox and find a piece for our regions trunk show!

 “Volcán de Fuego” by Betsy Abbott
 Inspired by my photograph in February 2014 of an active stratovolcano in Guatemala’s Central Highlands, taken just at dawn from a vantage point high above Finca los Andes.

Techniques:  Layered machine appliqué using a) “Skydye” fabrics by Mickey Lawler, b) purchased hand-dyed cottons, c) commercial cotton prints, and d) touches of acrylic fabric paint.Free-motion quilted on my home machine.

Submission details for the trunk show:
Each piece must be 9”x 11” - unbound please as the edges will not be visible and the piece will be mounted on matboard.  Please keep any dimensional embellishments at least 1" from the edges.  Include a one page ( 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper) artist statement that has your name, the title of the piece, materials and techniques used and any contact information or other information about the piece you wish to include.   Please also email a copy of this statement to Sue at

Send the artwork Sue Bleiweiss to (or bring it to a future SAQA regional meeting) Please include $5.00 (make checks payable to SAQA) to cover the supplies needed to mount and frame the artwork.

Note that this is an open ongoing call for SAQA MA/RI members and there is no deadline to submit a piece for it.