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 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 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 (

August 30, 2012 - Registration opens for QuiltCon (

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 (  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 ( 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 ( 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