Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trunk Show/Lecture - Wen Redmond

Wen Redmond
Trunk Show/Lecture

Please join Wen Redmond at the Fiber Fest. The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) presents the third annual Fiber Fest, a one day event celebrating fiber arts including weaving, felting, spinning and knitting. The event is being held at NHIA's Sharon Arts Center campus located at 30 Grove St. in Peterborough, NH from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 3 and is free and open to the public.

The day's events offer a patchwork of prizes from local sponsors, hands-on demonstrations by NHIA faculty and artists, refreshments and art displays, with a special presentation at 1:00 pm by Wen Redmond, a mixed media artist whose work embraces several media including digital processes, surface design, and collage. Wen delights in creating dialogue, changing your perspectives and perceptions of fiber. She works intuitively, encouraging flow, experimentation and the inner muse in her workshop participants.
Wen will be giving a slide show, trunk show and talk about her journey to fiber digital processes from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Workshop with Timna Tarr

Timna Tarr
Workshop & Trunk Shows

Timna Tarr is a modern quilter who works with color. Her quilts have won awards at national shows and have appeared on the cover of national quilting magazines.

Trunk Show/Lecture 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Timna Tarr will be giving a Trunk Show and lecture at the general guild meeting of Quilters by the Sea at St. Barnabas Church, on 1697 E. Main Road in Portsmouth. Guests are welcome to attend, with a $5.00 per person guest fee. 

Friday, October 2, 2015 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Timna is teaching a workshop Designing with Flying Colors, which is sponsored by Quilters by the Sea. This is a color class where Timna has everyone play with fabrics and color, then use improvisational piecing to combine them. The workshop is being held at the Portsmouth Library on 2658 East Main Road in Portsmouth. Contact SAQA member, Allison Wilbur at for details of how to register as there are a few spots left.

Full day workshop - Fee $40.00

Trunk Show/Lecture 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Timna will also be giving a Trunk Show and lecture at a meeting of the Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild at the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library on 1 Memorial Ave, (Lower Level Conference Room) in Johnston, RI Members %5.00/Non-Members $10.00. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Member Profile: Sandy Gregg

Sandy Gregg is a member of SAQA and has been making art quilts since around 1976. Her website is She kindly answered some questions for our ongoing blog series: member profiles.

Sandy Gregg

When did you start making art quilts?
I first began quilting in 1976 when I moved to Lebanon, NH and took a quilting class to meet new people. I had been a sewer since home economics class in junior high and needed a new creative outlet after my two sons were born. I took classes with Rhoda Cohen, Nancy Halpern, Ruth McDowell and others at the Vermont Quilt Festival when I tired of the repetitive blocks of bed quilts, and that was the beginning of making art quilts. I continue to take a lot of classes, mostly in surface design these days, and prefer a five day class over a one day class.

What is your work like? What styles or techniques do you use?
My work is abstract and I dye or paint my own fabric so it shows the hand of the artist and has a unique look.

Golden Glow

Do you have a favorite color palette? Not really.

Are you working on a particular theme or series now? (Offer a description of the work if you would like.)
I usually work in a series, and right now I am working on the theme of migration which is timely and fits the SAQA call for entry for the show that will be presented at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC next spring. My work may not be accepted for the show, but it’s given me a starting point for the series. Some of these pieces are text based, and I go to Wikipedia when looking for text to include in my work because there is no copyright involved.

How do you work? What is your design process?

I start with fabric and work intuitively. I never work from a sketch which allows me to veer off in any direction that seems right at the time.

Sea Swirls

What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration is all around us. Look around at your surroundings and listen to what’s going on. I make a lot of art (10 big quilts last year, and 150 paper collages) and I’m not afraid to fail. All I do is start and it doesn’t take much to be absorbed by whatever project I’m involved in. Since I retired in 2002 I’ve made over 150 quilts, and exhibited widely, so it’s all about doing the work.

Navigating the Crosswalk

What is your studio like and when do you like to work?
I have a three story house in Cambridge, and the top floor is where my studio is located. There is a a lot of natural light and I can leave my mess behind when I’m finished working for the day. I only work during daylight hours. For wet processes, I work in my kitchen and make sure that I have food ready for the microwave so I don’t have to cook while I have fabric batching.

What are your goals or aspirations for your art?

I am a retired college administrator and I make art to keep myself happy and occupied. It’s nice to be able to have my work shown and accepted into exhibits, but that’s not my motivation for making it.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Steeped in Stitches in Connecticut

Members of SAQA CT & MA/RI

It was a lovely afternoon for tea and quilt viewing in northwestern Connecticut on Saturday. Catherine Whall Smith and Barbara Coleman Adams, CT's reps, organized what they call a "Gathering", or an unofficial meeting around a quilt show by the members of the CT Fiber Arts Collective held in a pastoral setting of the Phelps Hathaway House in Suffield. Set in the massive barn on the property, the members gave a walking tour of their quilts. MA/RI members were invited to attend and I & Francesca Lenville of Massachusetts were able to join them. A delicious tea was served in the Summer House, an open air dining area, on the property. Activities ran all day long with a book reading, museum tours, raffles, the tea luncheon, gallery walking tour and a best hat contest. It was a great way to meet and talk with our many talented neighbors in Connecticut. Thank you for the invite and I hope we can reciprocate in the future.

Quilt show hanging in the barn

Barbara and Catherine 

Rosalind Spann with "Club Notes" 

"Flower Power" by Karen Loprete

Carol Eaton, who brought her hand dyes to sell, with her piece, "My Peaceful Place" 

Tea and lunch in the Summer House

The formal garden next to the main house at the Phelps Hathaway House

Thank you to all involved for the invite and the experience!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Member Profile: Sarah Aubry

Sarah Aubry is a member of SAQA and has been making art quilts since around 1998. Her website is and she plans on opening an etsy shop soon. I recently had the opportunity to ask her a few questions for our ongoing blog series: member profiles.

Sarah Aubrey

What is your work like? What styles or techniques do you use?
It is an extension of my drawing/works on paper. I use a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, and collage. I was fortunate to attend Ruth McDowell's last class taught at the Cambridge Quilt Shop… knowing how to make my own templates is valuable to me. I did the fish quilt in her class.
Woodrow's Spin

Do you have a favorite color palette?
Not really.

Are you working on a particular theme or series now?

How do you work? What is your design process?
I clarify my ideas with rough sketches, and then make room for spontaneity and serendipity as the piece progresses.
Crow Thicket

What are your sources of inspiration?
I read extensively, and have a lot of interesting and accomplished friends in the arts.

What is your studio like and when do you like to work?
I just moved to the Vermont countryside after 28 years of living in Boston. My new studio is large, well-lit, and well-organized. I have a lot of open wall space. I recently added two glass-doored bookcases which hold my entire fabric collection… I can see all of my stash in one glance. I have large work tables, as well as a cutting surface adjusted to my height. There's also a utility sink, and french doors open to our deck which overlooks the hills behind our home. I will be adding an etching press this fall in order to do woodcuts and mono prints, and hope to offer the space to visiting artists sometime next year. I work to a set schedule 5 days a week. Waiting for inspiration doesn't seem to work for me.

What are your goals or aspirations for your art?
I have a lot of ideas, and finally have the time to develop them.
Vintage Ducks