Saturday, April 23, 2011


Have you seen the mini online gallery on called 'Opinion Piecers', curated by Mary Vaneecke?

Mary's description of this collection:

The quilt medium has a long and important history as a way for women to express their opinions. Whether they had the power to vote or not, American women used their needlework to express themselves on many important issues. Some marked a Revolutionary War victory with the quilt block Burgoyne Surrounded, others supported the temperance movement with Drunkard's Path quilts, and still others promoted their favorite political party.

In that spirit, this virtual gallery honors artists who continue that powerful political tradition, whether espousing a message of hope, or speaking truth to power. Some of these works are bright, some express anguish, and some make their point with humor. Each of these quilts is a visual 'Opinion Piece.' I hope you enjoy the medium and the messages.

Above is Linda Gass' After the Gold Rush, which has long been one of my favorite pieces personally.

Below is Competed by Jill Rumoshosky Werner, an incredible exploration of the games we artists play.

Go see for yourself!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

SAQA Benefit Auction 2011

The 2011 SAQA Benefit Auction begins September 12. Kate Themel, Eileen Doughty and Pat Gould have set up a Picasa album of the 2011 Auction Quilts. There are currently 119 quilts in the album. More will be added as they come in. They are basically the same images you will see when you to SAQA's main website.

I quickly picked a few favorites.

“Autumn Aspen”
Gay Ousley

"Waiting for Roasting"
Catherine Whall Smith

"A Rivulet Runs Through It - Deconstructed Log Cabin #2"
Ruan Robertson

“Study in Pink or is It Purple”
Marilyn Wall

Visit the SAQA Benefit page for more information about how and when to bid.

We need to see more Texas quilts there.  You are invited to contribute.  Each quilt is 12" square, unless noted otherwise.To donate a quilt for the auction, please go to the Members Home page. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


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Debbie Geistweidt currently has work at the Artisans of Rocky Hill Gallery on West Main in Fredericksburg. Please go visit this lovely gallery of fine crafts which Anne and Barry Bradley have created. Their website is:

Please tell them that Debbie sent you!