Monday, May 11, 2015

Etsy shop spotlight - Janis Doucette

Janis Doucette has opened the doors to her Turtle Moon Etsy shopShe has stocked it with a limited yet growing inventory and will be adding work daily for awhile.

Twilight on Lake Q
15" x 17.5"

Original photograph of lake Quannapowett in Wakefield, MA. Printed on cotton with permanent pigment ink. Fused confetti cottons and netting. Free motion stitched. Hand embroidered embellishment. From deep magenta to light golds with hints of light greens and lavenders.

Take a look through Janis' mixed media and art quilt pieces and don't forget to pick a favorite. You can also find many of her beautiful pieces and how they were created on her blog Turtle Moon Impressions

Saturday, May 9, 2015

SAQA Fiberlandia Convention, Portland OR

The SAQA Conference, Fiberlandia, took place in Portland, OR from April 30 - May 3. Both MA/RI Reps, Sue Bleiweiss and myself, Nancy Turbitt flew out to take in the whole event. Filled with interesting lectures, provocative break out sessions & workshops, panel discussions and meetings, it was punctuated with so many fun activities like the SAQA Maker Space, touring around Portland to shop/gallery hop and the Spotlight Auction. Nights were filled with time for camaraderie, dinners, and meeting/connecting with friends from all over the U.S. and abroad. We're sharing a few of our fun moments below.

Our first function as Reps was to attend the Rep meeting, pre-registration on Thursday. There were many Reps attending the conference including Maggi Birchenough from Birmingham UK who is a Rep for Europe and the Middle East and Margaret Blank from Alberta, one of three Canadian Reps. We did a little business, had lunch and then attended the vendor marketplace as attendees began to flood in and register. 

Lyric Kinard led us in an exercise in making quick art pieces to help us let go of the notion that all of our art must be perfect. Filled with hilarity and a bit of musical chairs we all had fun getting to know each other.

One of the weekend's panels consisted of SAQA's international community. Speaking at the podium above was Hsin-Chen Lin with her daughter as interpreter from Taiwan. 

SAQA's Maker Space took place on Friday night. There were seven tables giving demos to members who wanted to learn new techniques. Members then got to use machines, markers, glue and a whole lot of donated fabric to make something and take it home. I did one of the demos on how to use fabric markers to enhance your work. I was swamped with Makers all night.

Saturday night was the Spotlight Auction and Banquet. This event raised $14,000 for SAQA and was so much fun.

And we also had lots of spontaneous fun... 

Multnomah Falls just north of Portland

The Alberta shopping district, one of many neighborhoods in the city full of shops and restaurants

Rebecca Kemble of Iowa and Sue in the Button Emporium

One Who Looks Back by Christina Brown was one of many wonderful pieces in the Oregon Region exhibition "Exploring Layers"

Sue taking in the show

11 friends around a table eating tapas, Deidre Adams, Sue, Rosalie Dace, myself, Maryanne Williamson, Maggie Vanderweit, and Gul Laporte on one side of the table

The ultimate good time was a trip to Powell's Book Store where Sue found her new book on the shelf. She even signed copies for them. 

One final look back at the beautiful city of Portland, Mt St Helens, Mt Hood and the Columbia River on the way to New England at dawn. 

Next year the Convention will be close to home in Philadelphia, PA.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Member News - Valerie Maser-Flanagan

Two exhibitions this summer will feature the work of Valerie Maser-Flanagan. "Shape and Color" will showcase work from Valerie and painter Susan Lehotsky from May 2 through July 25, 2015 at the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Rd. in Carlisle, MA. for more information.

Crevices #13

Explorations in Light and Line is open from May 14 - July 8, 2015 at the Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, MA. It will showcase Valerie's piece, City Walk #2 and work from painter, Robin Herr. For directions and hours go to

City Walk #2

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Local workshops

Sue Bleiweiss is teaching her Fusible Fabric Collage workshop at Quilters Way in Acton Ma on Saturday May 16 from 10:00 to 5:00.

Join artist Sue Bleiweiss to learn her “coloring book fabric collage” technique—a fused style that includes black lines reminiscent of the coloring book pages we colored as children. Sue takes students through her process of creating an art quilt from start to finish. You'll create 3 little wonky houses in just a day, using Sue's pattern or creating your own.  You’ll learn Sue's process for working with Mistyfuse fusible web and her quilt-as-you-go method.   Click here to register for the class.

Member News - Carol Anne Grotrian

"Pieces from Life" at the Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA, will feature works by quilters Carol Anne Grotrian and Janice Jones, and collages by Janice Hayes-Cha. The exhibit runs from  May 8 to June 19 and the opening is May 11 from 5-7. For more information,

The Dock, Monhegan Island
38" x 29"

Carol Anne also has a quilt in "Seasonal Palette" currently on exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St, Lowell MA through July 26. for more information.

Silent Snow, The Creek Is Singing
32" x 76"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

member news - Sue Bleiweiss

SAQA member Sue Bleiweiss' solo exibit opens Saturday May 9 at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell MA.

"tutti frutti neighborhood" 40" x 39"

The exhibit runs from May 9 through May 31, 2015.  The opening reception will be on Saturday May 9 from noon to 2:00 pm