Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Caprock Circle Report

The Caprock circle met Saturday November 10 during rain, a dust storm and a cool evening.  Isn’t West Texas great – never boring.  We had a wonderful morning workshop working on collage quilts with photos, torn fabric, embroidery bits and pieces, cheesecloth (which we colored with paint), earrings, etc. . No sewing, just quilt it all down.  Everyone shared their bits and pieces and I think we went home with more than we came with.  We also had demos on gold leaf and an edge finish with yarn.  We gained two new members.  Janet Moran drove 3 hours to meet with us!
After lunch, we elected a new Vice President – Sandra Stephenson, and I was reelected as President.  Then we learned about the Life and Quilts of Valerie Hill.  She is having a one woman show soon, and she is in production mode.  Ellie Kreneck, along with her husband Lynnwood, are having a show in Carlsbad, NM next week.

It was a wonderful day of sharing our art and quilting passion.

Report prepared by Jean Grimes.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

San Antonio/Austin Circle Report

It was a great day in New Braunfels!  Kim Buchannan was our gracious host.  Sherri McCauley, Pam Lowe and I came down from Austin; Vou Best came in from Seguin, and Mary Jane McCollum of New Braunfels came to her first Circle meeting.
Kim gave a fabulous presentation on perspective - one, two, and three point (we all lost count when it got to work by M.C. Escher) and aerial perspectives were all reviewed.  Kim had lots of examples, used her computer to show the horizon line and vanishing points, and Vou brought a piece under construction she thought could use better perspective.  We all left with a great set of notes and lots of ideas.
Show and Tell was wonderful, as always, and the food was great, too.  I was able to update everyone on the "doings" in SAQA and SAQA-Texas, including:
Plans for an all-Texas event in 2013 - Heather, Suzan and I (and maybe Kim) will be meeting with Karey Bresenhan on December 3 to visit her Creativity Center and talk about what kind of event we could hold there.  Pam Lowe and Kim Buchannan have agreed to help work on that project once we get some particulars in pace.
Plans for a Texas Mini-Quilt Trunk Show - Vou Best is working on a Texas Trunk Show for 2014.  We are working out some details - what size piece; whether they will be for sale; etc., but the important thing to know is that we will have the trunk travel around Texas.  Suzan is looking for a spot in Houston; Heather is planning a site in Dallas/Fort Worth; I am committed to having the trunk in Austin in Sept. 2014.  More details will follow.
Website info - We went through the calls for entry listed on the SAQA site.  If you have not checked out the site; go to www.saqa.com then login (if you do not know or remember your login info, please contact one of the Reps).  Once you get to the Member Home Page, you can get to the SAQA Entries Info from either the Table of Contents on the left side OR the Quick Links in the body of the page.  Check it out!  There are several interesting exhibits being put together, including one for members who have NOT been part of a SAQA exhibit in the last three years.
Texas Blog - We also talked about the Texas Blog (http://saqa-texas.blogspot.com/).  Check it out if you have not visited lately.  We are working on a new feature - a Members Gallery.  We don't have all the bugs worked out yet, but some test pieces are up for sharing.  (We are using some new software and need to add identifying info, like the names of the artist and the piece, so it is not there yet, but it is coming along....)  Suzan Engler is the real moving force behind this, so say thanks next time you see her.  She has learned how to add a watermark, but we have not decided on whether that is the best way to go - it is a bit distracting.
I AM SAQA - Anyone who stopped by the SAQA booth in Houston may have noticed the "I am SAQA" postcards.  This is a new project that you will be hearing about.  SAQA is working toward making postacrds available to all members - so we can each have some advertising.  More will come directly from SAQA.
That's the rundown for now.  Hope to see you at one of our 2013 meetings!!!
Lynne Allen
I would like to set up the meetings for 2013 in advance.  So far I have 4 volunteers - Kim (New Braunfels); Sara (north Austin); Sherri (Lakeway); and me (south Austin).  It would be great to have a meeting or two in San Antonio.  In any event, it is time to let me know if you are interested in hosting, and when.  We meet either the first or second Saturday in January, March, May, July, September, and November.  The Saturday chosen depends on two things - holiday/conference schedules and the host's preference.  We will work out topics/activities with each host. Send me a note (lynne.esq@gmail.com) or give me a call (512 305 3278) to hold up your hand!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Houston Circle Meeting Report - November 2012

The Houston SAQA Circle Circle members took advantage of the glorious Texas fall weather and spent half of the November meeting in Ruthann Fox's backyard.  Suzanne Kittrell taught us various techniques for applying foil to fabrics.

Gold leaf applied to a quilted and beaded piece (Suzanne Kittrell)

Suzanne Kittrell demonstrating the use of adhesives, stamps, stencils, brushes and fusible web.

Gold Leaf over stitching (Suzanne Kittrell)

Fusible interfacing strips and fusible thread ( Kate Owens)

Brush stoked highlighted by foil ( Suzanne Kittrell)

We also planned out several meetings for the coming year.  In January, we are going to bring/discuss books that have changed our artistic lives (with the possibility of an in-depth study of one or more later in the year).  With creativity exercises in March and then color theory in May we will be off to a great year.

Suzan Engler
Texas Co-Representative

Monday, November 5, 2012

Reminder - SAQA Houston Circle November 10

Date: November 10, 2012

Time: 10:30 – 2:00

Location: Ruthann Fox’s home

Topic: Foiling Techniques

We will learn two different foiling techniques; one with adhesive and one with fusible. You will be pleased with the excellent results that can be achieved with these techniques.

Supply list for workshop:
1. 2 or 3 pieces of tightly woven COTTON material in a dark color, about 8"x8", more if you wish
2. a small piece of fusible web, such as WonderUnder or Steam-A-Seam 2, at least 10" square
3. any small foam stamps you may wish to use
4. a small foam brush or two
5. pencil and paper for sketching a rough draft
6. your own personal scissors for paper, preferably small for cutting intricate shapes
7. your imagination
8. your lunch

Suzanne and Ruthann will have the foiling material that we will iron onto the fabric and other needed supplies such as an iron, parchment paper and adhesive tape, containers for foil adhesive, newspapers, a hair dryer and a few books for inspiration.

If anyone wants to read up on the approach for this workshop, members can go to this website: lauramurraydesigns.com Look for the FREE Instructions (PDF) on the left side bar under Foil. This is where Suzanne purchases her foiling materials.

Please, please, please RSVP to houstonsaqa@gmail.com if you are planning to attend! Location directions will be emailed to all who plan to attend.

Hope to see you all there!

Suzan Engler
Texas Co-Rep

Saturday, November 3, 2012

News from SAQA Member Gay Young:

My piece PORTLAND REFLECTION was awarded second prize at Quilt Expo in the Pictorial Quilt Category, and is currently included in Quilts=Art=Quilts. My GROWING SEASON has been accepted into Fiber Art 2013 at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


The schedule so far:

Tuesday, Oct. 30  2 pm (Set Up) Heather Pregger, Lynne Allen, Suzan Engler, Connie Marie Fahrion, Yvonne Black

Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Preview Night–5pm-10pm 
4:30pm– 6:30 pm – Mary Ann Littlejohn,  ?
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Marianne Williamson, ? 
6:00pm - 8:00pm – Christine Adams, ?
7:00pm - 9:00pm – Lynn Welsch, Betty Busby 
9:00pm- 10:15 pm – Elaine Quehl, ?

Thursday, November 1st – 10am-7pm 
9:35am – 11:30am - (open) – Lisa Ellis, Judy Momenzadeh
10:00am – Noon – Mary Bunte (10-11), Helen Remick, Jeannie Palmer Moore (11-12), Barbara Hartman
11:00am – 1:00 – Martha Wolfe, Nancy G. Cook
Noon – 2:00pm - Carol Churchill, Regina Dunn 
1:00pm– 3:00pm – Eileen Williams, Lois Sprague 
2:00pm – 4:00pm - Betty Crowell, Tommy Fitzsimmons 
3:00pm – 5:00 pm – Sharon Bailey, Lois Sprague 
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Mary Anne Griffin, Marianne Williamson 
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Terry Aske, Janice McKeehan 
6:00 to close – Jeannie Palmer Moore, Helena Scheffer

Friday, November 2nd– 10am-7pm 
9:35am – 11:00am - (open) – Mary Schwarzenberger, Elena Stokes 
10:00 am – Noon – Suzanne Kittrell, Ruthann Fox 
11:00 am – 1:00 – Jean Grimes, Lynn Krawczyk 
Noon – 2:00pm – Karen Linduska (1-2), Georgia Heller
1:00 pm– 3:00pm – Ruthie Yax (1-2), Margaret Phillips 
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Ann Anastasio, Kathryn Metzger 
3:00pm – 5:00 pm – Bidwell Drake, Marianne Williamson
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Tommy Fitzsimmons, Susie Apte
5:00pm– 7:00pm – Carol Churchill, Aafke Swart Steenhuis
6:00pm to close -  ?, ?

Saturday, November 3rd – 10am – 7pm 
9:35am – 11:30am - (open) – Deb Cashatt, Kris Sazaki 
10:00am – Noon – Ruth Giessen, Carol Moore, Marcia DeCamp (11-1)
11:00am – 1:00 – Priscilla Kibbee, Susan Slesinger (12-1), Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak
Noon – 2:00pm – Aafke Swart Steenhuis,  Martha Ginn
1:00pm– 3:00pm – Jackie Stubblefield, Janet Windsor 
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Janice McKeehan, Barb Forrister 
3:00pm – 5:00 pm – Lea McComas,  Michelle Flamer
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Joan Dyer, Juanita Yeager 
5:00pm– 7:00pm - Barbara Confer
6:00pm to close - Jackie Heupel, Connie Marie Fahrion

Sunday, November 4th – 11am – 5pm 
11:00am-1:00pm – Laura Wasilowski, Lisa Ellis
Noon – 2:00pm – Julie Brandon, Val Schultz
1:00pm -3:00pm – Frieda Anderson, ? 
2:00pm – 4:00pm – ?, ?
3:00pm – Cleanup/Packup – ?, ?
Reps to close (Heather Pregger, Lynne Allen, Suzan Engler)


Contact Heather if you can fill one of the empty time slots!

San Antonio/Austin Circle Meeting

Kim Buchmann has agreed to host us on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

We will start, as usual at 10am.  Bring some work to share, a contribution to a pot luck lunch, and your great personalities!  Kim has snacks and drinks for us, and is a short walk away from shopping in Gruene, so consider your plans for the day with that in mind.

The topic for this meeting is Using Perspective in Art.  You might consider looking at your own work and bringing something to add to the conversation.

Please RSVP directly to Kim at kim@quilting-adventures.com
The address is:  1248 Rapids Road, New Braunfels, TX  78130.

Directions and more info:
Kim & Kurt Buchmann 1248 Rapids Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130 Home Phone: 830-865-4810
I-35 South – take exit #191 for FM 306/Canyon Lake Turn right at the light onto FM 306 Go through the 1st light at Common Street Turn left at the 2nd light onto Hunter Road

From Austin & points North of New Braunfels:
Turn left at the 3rd street onto Rapids Road We are the 1st house on the left
I-35 North – take exit #191 for FM 306/Canyon Lake Turn left at the light onto FM 306 Go through the 1st light at Common Street Turn left at the 2nd light onto Hunter Road

From San Antonio & points South of New Braunfels:
Turn left at the 3rd street onto Rapids Road We are the 1st house on the left
Take Hwy 46 East to New Braunfels At the Hwy 46/Loop 337 overpass, turn left and

From Boerne:
continue on Hwy 46 past New Braunfels High
School and over the Guadalupe River bridge Turn left onto Hanz Dr. (just past the Gruene
Harley Davidson dealership) Turn left at the stop sign onto Gruene Rd. Follow Gruene Rd. into the Gruene Historic District Turn right onto Hunter Rd. (Gruene Hall will be on your left) Turn right at the 1st street onto Rapids Road We are the 1st house on the left
Take Hwy 46 West to New Braunfels Stay on Hwy 46 -- go under the I-35 overpass and

From Seguin:
through the light at Business I-35 Turn right at the next light onto Common St. Turn left at the 1st light onto Gruene Rd. Follow Gruene Rd. into the Gruene Historic District Turn right onto Hunter Rd. (Gruene Hall will be on your left) Turn right at the 1st street onto Rapids Road We are the 1st house on the left

I look forward to seeing you on November 10!
SAQA Texas Co-Rep

Saturday, September 8, 2012

HAFA Focus on Fiber 2012

Multiple SAQA members are included in this exhibit!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Report from the Caprock Circle

Ten members and one visitor met Saturday, Aug 25 in Wolfforth, Texas (near Lubbock).  Denise Bean found us through the SAQA email and is now our newest member.
Our morning workshop was Inklique facilitated by Cinde Ebling.  We each brought a photo and, using a light box and many colored pencils, drew our photo onto cloth.  What a great way to add art to our art.
We have had several shows this spring and summer and they have all been well received.  Our quilts finally all came home and now we are getting ready for the Ogallala Quilt Show in Dimmitt in April where we are the featured guild.  Many thanks to Valerie Hill and Linda Fisher for their pickup and deliveries at the different venues.
Other area shows: Portales NM Oct 18-21 Ellie Kreneck is the featured quilter, www.portales.com
Roswell, NM Quilt Show  Sept 21-22  www.pecosvalleyquilters.com
Ogallala Ceta Canyon Retreat  Sept 21-23  a weekend of sewing, eating and friendship  www.ogallalaquilters.org
Donniece Smith estacadostudio.blogspot.com was featured for our Life and Quilts of....  It's always great to understand and artist's motivation and inspiration.
Muff and I then shared photos of Italy and the quilts we made in the studio of Averil Stuart-Head at the Abruzzo School of Creative Art abruzzoschoolofcreativeart.com or avrilstuarthead.com.  We will present a workshop at our next meeting, Nov 10th on some of the techniques we learned there.
Keep Quilting, Jean Grimes

Friday, August 31, 2012

Volunteers needed for IQF Houston Booth

Volunteers are needed for the SAQA booth at Festival in Houston, from Wednesday, Oct. 31st through Sunday, Nov. 4th. Can you spare an hour or two? Please check your schedule and join us. It is a great time to meet members and network.

We need at least two people in the booth at all time slots. Let's work together to have a great representation of members working the booth at Festival! 

If you work a 2-hour shift, you will get in the show free on the day you work.

 So, email Heather at heatherpregger@sbcglobal.net and let us know when you can work!

Reminder - SAQA Houston Circle September Meeting

Date: Sept 8, 2012
Time: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Location: Mary Ann Littlejohn's home
September Topic: Composition of Art

 "Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the diverse elements at the painter's command to express his feelings." Henri Matisse

 Composition is all about placement and proportion. We will discuss compositional techniques that can help us express our artistic intent while holding the viewer's interest.

Bring your lunch and a drink. Visitors are welcomed at our meetings so bring along any friends that might be interested in learning more about SAQA.

 Please RSVP to houstonsaqa@gmail.com if you are planning to attend and I will sent you Mary Ann's address.

 Hope to see you all there,

 Suzan Engler
 Texas Co-Representative

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
July 1- October 31, 2012 - Entry Period - QuiltCon (www.quiltcon.com)

August 30, 2012 - Registration opens for QuiltCon (www.quiltcon.com)

October 31- November 4, 2012 - Houston International Quilt Festival

November 10, 2012 - Houston Circle Meeting - Topic: Foiling on Fabric by Suzanne Kittrell

January 12, 2013 - Houston Circle Meeting - Topic - TBD

March 9, 2013 - Houston Circle Meeting - Topic - TBD

April 25-28, 2013 - SAQA Conference, Santa Fe, NM

May 11, 2013 - Circle Meeting - Topic - TBD June 6-9, 2013 - SDA Conference, San Antonio, TX

Thursday, August 30, 2012

San Antonio/Austin Circle -- No Meeting in September!

Just wanted to remind you we are NOT meeting in September, as I am too busy with the final details for Capital of Texas QuiltFest (www.captxquiltfest.org).  Please stop by Sept. 14-16 to say hi and enjoy QuiltFest!


P.S.  We are looking for a host for the November meeting (11/10 - AFTER the Houston International Quilt Festival).  Please call (512 350 3278) or send me an email (lynne.esq@gmail.com) if you are interested.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Austin QuiltFest

Texas is a happening place in the fiber world!  The weekend of Sept. 14-16 is partisularly busy this year.  You can attend Austin's QuiltFest (held every other year) and/or attend a symposium in Round Top on The Art of the American Quilt.  QuiltFest opens at 10am on Friday, and registration for The Art of the American Quilt begins at 4pm, so the truly dedicated can do both!

More information is available at

Caprock Circle Meeting -- August 25

Muff and I are just back from the Abruzzo School of Creative Art and it was fantastic!  Italy is beautiful; Averil Stuart-Head is a great tutor.  She had a great curriculum and she and her husband Bruce are delightful to be with. We took pictures of ancient gates and doors, churches, and the beautiful scenery in the Abruzzo area and then on to Umbria and Tuscany.  She taught several techniques to incorporate these photos into art quilts.  Are you intrigued?  Come see the travelogue.
Schedule for Meeting - Aug 25
Workshop - meet at 9:30 for Inklique with Cinde Ebling.   Please bring:
(1) a picture of something or someone that you want to incorporate into a fabric and ink or drawn textile piece, no larger that an 8 x 10 inch size, (2) $10.00 for kit , (3) a light box if you have one, (4) any gel pens or coloring pencils you may have, (5) a great sense of humor and fun !
Lunch - noon-bring a salad (or something to go with a salad) to share and your own drink.
Meeting - 1:00 it's time to elect a committee to look for a new President and pick up quilts from last show.
Life and Quilts of....- Donniece Smith
Travelogue - Jean & Muff's trip to Italy
Let me know if you will make it for AM, PM or both
Ciao, Jean Grimes
806 787 6682

San Antonio/Austin Circle Report

The July meeting was actually lovely.  Vou Best is a terrific host, and those of us who car-pooled from Austin had a great time all day.  (Thank you, Sherri, for driving!)  In attendance were:  Vou Best (host), her daughter Terri, Shirley (this is where my memory gets vague, as I do not remember her last name - sorry, Shirley), Susan Mayfield, Marianne Swim, Patty Koeniger, Sherri McCauley, and Lynne Allen.  I THINK that was everyone - and again, my apologies to anyone I forgot.
We started the meeting with stories.  Each of us discussed at least one positive event that had shaped our lives and our art.  It was very interesting, and even covered some less positive events that brought positive outcomes.  It is good to think about and review these things from time to time.
On the business side of things, we reviewed upcoming events in Texas - QuiltFest in Austin (Sept. 14-16), Style Show in Austin (Sept. 29), Houston International Quilt Festival (November 1-4, 2013), QuiltCon in Austin (Feb. 21-24, 2013), SAQA Conference in Santa Fe (April 25-28, 2013), SDA Conference in San Antonio (June 6-9, with workshops June 1-5 and 10-14, 2013).

REMINDERS:  NO TEXAS MINI QUILT SHOWCASE IN HOUSTON THIS YEAR - the Reps are working on an alternative showcase and state-side events in 2013 and 2014 (info to come out soon), but WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS TO STAFF THE SAQA BOOTH - SEE THE TEXAS BLOG (http://saqa-texas.blogspot.com/) FOR MORE INFO AS TIME DRAWS NEAR
NO SAN ANTONIO/AUSTIN MEETING IN SEPTEMBER (Meet your friends and colleagues at QuiltFest instead!)

After a great lunch and fabulous Show and Tell, we adjourned to Vou's "outside" studio, where she is now working with glass and china and glue.  We broke into two groups - one to play with glass and china and the other to look through old magazines for inspiration and to talk about how to "curate" a mini show from Show and Tell pieces.  Next meeting we plan to leave the Show and Tell up until everyone has talked about their work and then each choose a small number of pieces we could see as a stand alone exhibit.

The Texas Reps are meeting every other month to work on some State-wide activities and to share ideas on how to make the Circles "sing".  We will be sending out news in the months to come.
Hope to see you all in November - at the Houston International Quilt Festival and/or the November Circle meeting!

Lynne Allen
SAQA Texas Co-Rep

Friday, July 6, 2012

Austin/San Antonio Circle Meeting

The next meeting of the Austin/San Antonion cirlce is

Saturday, July 14, 2012, starting at 10am, at the home of  Vou Best. 

Directions to Vou's home can be found below.  Please contact Vou directly to RSVP or for more information.

325 Tailwind Dr. Seguin, Tx 78155

We will start with a Story time of "A happy life changing event that effected my creative work" along with Show and Tell.  Lunch will be Salad to pass. After lunch I'll welcome everyone to my world, we'll venture out to the hanger and play with a project using glass and china. Those who wish to bring their swim wear can lounge in the pool before departing. 
From Austin:
South on Hwy 35 to New Braunfels. Exit to the left on Hwy 46. In Seguin continue under Hwy 10 on 46. Continue South to second 4 way stop Hwy 467. Turn right for two miles. Turn right into Entrance  of Tailwind Drive. Stop and look for planes, 325 is on your right side after second curve.

From San Antonio
Take hwy 10 to Houston. Exit right on Hwy 46. Continue South to second 4 way stop Hwy 467. Turn right for two miles. Turn right into Entrance of Tailwind Drive. Stop and look for planes, 325 in on your right side after second curve. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Reminder - Houston Circle July Meeting

Date:  July 14, 2012

Time: 10:30 - 2:00

Location: Ginny Eckley's Studio, 2423 Kings Forest Dr, Kingwood TX 77339

July Topic:  Design Principles and Elements

The meeting topic will be Design Principles and Elements.  We will use SAQA PAM artwork to discuss the various principles/elements and how to use them when designing artwork.   Anyone who wants to bring their artwork for discussion is welcome to do so but it is certainly not required.  Don't forget to bring your lunch.

We will also discuss ideas for future meetings so give some thought to what you would like to do and/or learn in coming months.  Visitors are welcomed at our meetings so bring along any friends that might be interested in learning more about SAQA.

Please RSVP to houstonsaqa@gmail.com if you are planning to attend!  It is vacation season and I want to ensure that we will have a quorum.

Hope to see you all there,

Suzan Engler
Texas Co-Representative

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
July 1- October 31, 2012 - Entry Period - QuiltCon (www.quiltcon.com)

August 1-23, 2012 - Austin Fiber Artists Show "Fiber: Not Your Grandmother's Quilt" - Arts of Rural Texas' Ross Gallery, Fayetteville, TX

August 30, 2012 - Registration opens for QuiltCon (www.quiltcon.com)

September 8, 2012 - Houston Circle Meeting - Host/topic TBD.

November 10, 2012 - Houston Circle Meeting  - Host/topic TBD.

April 25-28, 2013 - SAQA Conference, Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, April 26, 2012


SATURDAY, MAY 5, starting at 10am; potluck lunch. 

Our host is Sherri McCauley.  Please contact her directly for information, directions, and to RSVP:
Sherri McCauley
102 Edgewater Cove, Lakeway, TX 78734

Our speaker will be Heather Grant, who will talk about the Modern Quilt Guild and the esthetics of modern quilting.  This is great timing as MQG is having its first International QuiltCon in Austin in February 2013, so if you want to enter a quilt, you will want to get started.  We will have also take time for show and tell, and, if there is time still available, Sherri is working on an idea for a group "play" project.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
Through May 24 - Exhibit - Reflections in Fiberart, Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale, 4007 Marathon Blvd., Austin, TX  78756 (exhibit to run through May 24)

May 1-30, 2012 - Entry Period - Exhibit I'm Not Crazy (http://www.saqa.com/calendar-detail.php?ID=3339 for more information)

July 2012 - Circle Meeting - Vou Best will host.  The topic has not yet been chosen.

June 1, 2012 - DEADLINE - Auction Donations for SAQA fund raiser

August 3, 2012 - Opening - SAQA Showcase at International Quilt Study Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
August 2012 - Circle Meeting -if you are interested or have an idea.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Reminder - Houston Circle Meeting

SAQA Houston Circle May Meeting 
Date:  May 12, 2012
Time: 10:30 - 2:00
Location: RuthAnn Fox's Home
May Workshop:  3 Embellishments in ONE DAY!

Embellishments are all the rage is seems right now and one is only hindered by their imagination.  Suzanne Kittrell will demonstrate some of her techniques and welcome others to share how they can achieve a three dimensional look onto their fabric art. 
Creating these pieces of 3-D art can be challenging and a lot of fun.  But be aware that is involves hand work using basically thread and material and beads and whatever else you want to incorporate into these 'embellishments'  as they are truly tiny pieces of art.

1. Demonstration:  Creating a 'Bug' or 'Insect' from beads.  Suzanne will demonstrate how with printed instructions to get you started.
2. Demonstration:  Creating glittery 'Logs of Thread' for a raised surface treatment on fabric.
3. Demonstration:  Creating 'Fabric Beads' from wrapping colorful yarns and embroidery threads, with or without beaded embellishment.

You will need to bring:
-A basic sewing kit of:
      Your scissors
      A package of favorite sharp needles
      Thimble if you use one
-Plastic grips for pulling needles through thick pieces of material
-Some spools of colored thread (Dual Duty and/or Quilting threads)
-A skein of Metallic Embroidery thread in either Gold, Silver or Copper
-Some skeins of colorful, regular embroidery threads
-Beads, if you have any.  Suzanne will be bringing specific beads to do the 'Bugs and Insects'.  But you might toss in a few unusual larger beads or buttons; anything that interests you and you think you might like to experiment with.
-Beading thread but Suzanne will bring some so it is not necessary unless you already have some.
-Good eyeglasses to wear
-Pencil and paper

Suzanne will provide pieces of material quilted and ready to be sewn onto, the threads and beads to make up these embellishments and a few other things we may need to create with.
I think this should be a lot of fun and there should be a lot of ideas thrown back and forth over the sewing tables.  Don't forget to bring your lunch and show 'n' tell.

Please RSVP to houstonsaqa@gmail.com so that your name can be provided to the security gate at Ruthann's neighborhood.  The location address will be listed on the Yahoo group and emailed to all who RSVP.

Hope to see you all there,

Suzan Engler
Texas Co-Representative

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reflections in Fiberart

Several SAQA Texas members, including reps Lynne Allen and Heather Pregger, have fiber pieces in an exhibit currently running at the Dragonfly Gallery in Austin, Texas, through May 25.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

New SAQA Circle in the Texas Panhandle

A new SAQA Circle has begun in the Texas Panhandle!  They met on February 11 and go by the name CAPROCK ART QUILTERS.  Muff Fregia led the morning workshop on silk screen printing.  After lunch and a business meeting, there was show and tell/critique of current work and a viewing of SAQA "This is a Quilt" Trunk F.
The initial members of this group have been meeting for some time as a general art quilt group, and were challenged a year ago to create 2-sided pieces approximately 18"x96", with the theme Textured Earth & Sky.  These exciting pieces of art will be hung as a group at two shows this year.
NEXT MEETING May 12.  The morning workshop will be deconstructed screen printing and the afternoon will feature the works of Ellie Kreneck.  For more details and directions, contact:  Jean Grimes -  jean@grimesengineering.com

SHOW - "Free Range Stitchint" opens at South Plains College on March 19; artist reception April 1
OGALLALA QUILT SHOW - Ogallala Quilt Society April 12 & 13, Dimmit, Texas
EXHIBIT - "Art Quilts of Caprock Art Quilters" - June, at Louise Underwood Center, Lubbock, Texas
EXHIBIT - "Small Art Quilts of Caprock Art Quilters" - July, at Mahob Library, Lubbock, Texas

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

12 Voices From One Exhibit

Twelve Voices from One
2010 Art Cloth Mastery Program Exhibition
Students of Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth Mastery Program will exhibit at San Antonio’s Radius Gallery from March 29 through May 31, 2012.  Open to the public, a reception will be on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  
Based in San Antonio, Jane Dunnewold is a world renowned, award winning mixed media artist. An author of books and DVD’s related to the subject of art cloth, Dunnewold exhibits and conducts workshops domestically and internationally. 
The twelve exhibiting students from around the world studied the elements of design, dyeing textiles, surface manipulation and mixed media applications as they honed their individual styles. Five week long studio sessions are supplemented with rigorous interim assignments during the two-and-a-half-year endeavor. The exhibition is the culmination of the participants’ efforts.
Designed and implemented by instructor/artist Jane Dunnewold, the Art Cloth Mastery Program is unique in its ability to provide advanced education in contemporary surface design practices. The program is enrolled each year from a roster of applicants who must provide evidence of previous experience and serious intent, and is limited to twelve students per term. 
Each participating artist will present a short lecture on the development of her work. Presentations will showcase a range of inspiration and technique. Sessions will be scheduled on Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 28, at a time to be announced. Free and open to the public. 
The Radius is located at 106 Auditorium Circle in downtown San Antonio.  The gallery is open from 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday.
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For more information contact: Diane Sandlin
512-394-9110  dsandlin101@gmail.com


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Reminder - Houston Circle Meeting

Date: Saturday, March 10

Time: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Location: Mary Ann Littlejohn's home
For Mary Ann's address please see  the Yahoo group, Texas Regional page on SAQA.COM or email houstonsaqa@gmail.com for details.
Topic: Using the Long Arm for Art Quilts
A long arm quilting machine has recently moved into Mary Ann's formal living room!
We will explore using the long arm on art quilts and techniques for joining machine quilted sections.

Bring your lunch and Show and Tell.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Art in Fiber 2012

The sixth annual art quilt show opens this Saturday, February 4 at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top.  Many of the artists in this invitational show are SAQA members.  We hope to see you there at the opening from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Houston Circle Meeting

Saturday, January 14,

Laurel Cull's home, 5103 Pine, Bellaire, TX 77401, for map
For more information tel. 713-667-1955
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Bring Your Own Lunch and your show 'n tell

It has only been two months since our last meeting, but seems longer. We are looking forward to see all of you again and hope you will share any work you were able to create over this busy time. Laurel Cull has generously offered to host this meeting at her home.

We will have one of the 2012 "This is a Quilt" SAQA trunk shows to view and discuss. I have looked at them only briefly so far, but I think you will enjoy some surprises.

Please RSVP to houstonsaqa@gmail.com so Laurel will know how many to plan for.