Saturday, November 7, 2015

Houston Circle Meeting Nov 14

Mark your calendars for our Nov 14 meeting in Houston. All SAQA members are invited to attend.

Suzan Engler has kindly offered to share her experience in working with digital printing, specifically companies like Spoonflower. She will explain how to prepare images for printing and the tips and techniques for successful one of a kind digital textile prints. Suzan is an award-winning art quilts and a Superior Threads Star.

Please bring your current and finished art quilts to share with the group. We will spend the first hour in an extended show and tell and we look forward to seeing and discussing what you are working on.

Bring a sack lunch. There is a microwave provided in the room.

Date & Time
Nov. 14, 2015
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

St. Philip Presbyterian, located on San Felipe near Loop 610.
4807 San Felipe St, Houston
Look for the SAQA Meeting signs.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Meeting Reminders

All Texas Region SAQA Circles will meet next Saturday, November 14

Please continue reading for details on each of the meetings around the state

1 - 3 pm The Scrappy Quilter
1208 FM 78, Suite J in Schertz (San Antonio area)

If you own Lyric Kinard's Art + Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises please bring it with you.

Our program this month builds on Sandra Sider's critiquing art quilts workshop with a group critique session in a friendly and supportive environment. If you do not have a piece you want critiqued, you won't be left out in the cold. Everyone will benefit from participating in a guided critique session that will help you learn how to look at art quilts and at your own work with a more critical eye.

Do you have a work in progress that you're stuck on and would like some help on how to move forward? One that has been rejected from a show or two and you want to get some suggestions on how you could improve it? Maybe you would like to get opinions from your fiber friends on whether or not a piece is "show worthy"? What ever the case may be, we need your quits to have a successful critique session.

PLEASE EMAIL KIM BUCHMANN NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 IF YOU WILL BE BRINGING SOMETHING FOR THE GROUP TO CRITIQUE. We have only 2 hours for this meeting and I need to know how much time to allot for the critique portion.

If you don't have something you want the group to critique, please bring 1 piece - one, uno, un, ein, один - for show & tell. I was recently at a retreat where we had a very interesting discussion about how endless show & tell is at many guild meetings because people give no thought to what they want to say (we've all been there!) and how different guilds deal with this issue. 

Be prepared with your elevator speech about your work -- you'll be allotted 2 minutes to tell us about your quilt. If you aren't familiar with the "elevator speech" concept, email me and I'll explain it to you. When deciding what to say, ask yourself why you selected THIS piece? What's the most important thing(s) you want to convey to us in two minutes or less? Was it made for a special person or occasion? Is it a cool technique you just learned that you want to share with us? Is it a quilt you won an award with? Just remember, you'll have 2 minutes for the what, when, why and/or how!
Again, please bring ONE piece for show & tell and be prepared with a two minute or less elevator speech. We have only two hours for this meeting -- The Scrappy Quilter closes at 3 pm and the staff will be ready to go home.

8:30 am Shibori Techniques Workshop
Noon Lunch
1 pm Meeting & Program
Red Barn Ranch Retreat Center
18311 County Rd. 1640 in Wolfforth

Please RSVP for the workshop by leaving a comment on the group's Facebook page or reply to the email you should have received. Supply fee is $20 and payable cash/check at the workshop. Additional supply list for things you need to bring is below.

Remember to bring Show and Tell projects. At the meeting we will also have a *CREATIVE SUPPLIES GARAGE SALE* benefiting CAQ. Start NOW collecting your extra creative supplies that you are no longer interested in, but would likely be someone else's treasure. Price them and bring them along with cash/checks to purchase the treasures you want to take home.

SHIBORI is the Japanese name for specific methods of making pattern and texture on textiles. The techniques can be divided into 4 categories:  1) Binding, 2) Stitching, 3) Folding with Binding or Clamping and 4) Wrapping. In this class we will make samples of each of these techniques, and dye them with Indigo. At the end of the workshop you will have samples that can be placed in a notebook for reference or that can be used to make a sample shibori quilt.

Prep and Supplies
Each person should bring 2 yards of bleached and mercerized cotton that is 1) PFD (prepared for dyeing) or 2) washed in 140 degree water with detergent or Synthrapol if you have it. PFD cotton can be purchased over the internet from Dharma Trading or Pro Chemical Dyes. You can use non-mercerized and non-bleached fabric if you have it already. But the color will not end up with a good bright or deep value. Please iron the fabric, as it is easier to work with than when it is really wrinkled from the dryer.
From 1 yard of fabric, precut 18 - 20 8” x 11” pieces of fabric
From ½ yard of fabric, precut 18 - 6” x 6” pieces of fabric
The 8” x 11” pieces will serve as samples you can place in page protectors for a notebook. The 6” x 6” pieces can be used to make a sample quilt. The balance of the fabric can be dyed solid to use as sashing, borders, or other pieces in your sample quilt.
Dishwashing gloves & apron
Wear old clothes!

10:30 am at St. Philip Presbyterian Church
San Felipe at 610 Loop in Houston

10 am at Petite Atelier
2952 Commerce St. in Dallas
Don't forget your show & tell!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Quilt Alliance Wants YOU at Festival!

Hello friends of the Quilt Alliance!

This year at Festival, the Quilt Alliance is planning on filming more of our Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! three-minute videos with show entrants, as well as recording our longer-form QSOS interviews. 

The Go Tell It project has been especially popular in years past, and is a simple videotaped interview project that follows the formula:  “One person, one quilt, one camera, three minutes. Another quilt story saved!” Our interviews from last year's Festival are here.

We're looking for interviewees that might be interested in sharing their quilts with us, whether they have a quilt in the show or want to bring a quilt with them to Festival to talk about. We'd love your help spreading the word--we still have lots of open spots for both Go Tell It and QSOS interviews! 

If you're able to share on social media, or on your website or email list if you have one, we'd love to draw more interviewees (we currently have only 1!)  I know many of you were a big help to us last year finding interviewees, so if you know of anyone that would be interested, please send them our way.

Thanks again!
Emma Parker
Oral History Projects Manager

Quilt Alliance

Friday, October 2, 2015

Volunteers Needed for SAQA Booth at Quilt Festival

Do you want to meet the rock stars of the quilting world?  They stop by!

Do you want to meet members of other SAQA regions?  They are here!

Do you want to give back to the best quilting organization around?  Then volunteer to work the SAQA booth during International Quilt Festival in Houston!

We are looking for SAQA members to help sell books and quilts, sign in volunteers, renew memberships, talk to people about SAQA and assist with taking money. 

Volunteers are needed to work:

  • Preview Night - Wednesday 10/28 from 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Thursday 10/29, Friday 10/30 and Saturday 10/31 from 10 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday 11/1 from 10 am to 4 pm

And the best part?

Volunteer for a 2 hour shift and you

get into the show free on that day!

If you are interested, please email our Booth Coordinator Deborah Bright at with the following information:

Your first and last name
Your email address
Contact phone number - a cell number would be great
The day(s) you want to volunteer - you are welcome to help on more than one day
The times you are available on that day(s)

As we get closer to the show, Deborah will email your assigned times and where to pick up your badges.

Yes! To get in free on the day(s) you volunteer,

you only need to work a 2 hour shift

Check out other volunteer opportunities on SAQA's Volunteer Page

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Moowon Book - Artisans, Vanishing Arts and Hidden Places

Here's a message to everyone from Lynne Allen:

"The Moowon book listed below looks both beautiful and pertinent to our members. Is there any way we can put out a notice about it and see if anyone is interested in Kickstarting it? I have written to Mona Kim (the creator) and she needs this Kickstarter to be successful in order to continue. I am hoping she will be in the US sometime and able to speak at one of our conferences."

Thanks Lynne for sharing this with us and here's a link to the Moowon Book Kickstarter page!

MOOWON is an artfully crafted online magazine with curated stories focused on vanishing arts, hidden places, and singular people. It exists to transmit their beauty and value. Our stories come from an ecclectic group of international contributors that includes anthropologists, photographers, journalists, field experts and travelers.