Thursday, December 18, 2014

Work by Heather Pregger on view at Elm Street Studio

North Texas rep Heather Pregger's quilts will be shown at Elm Street Studio in Keller, Texas, starting January 6, 2015.  The reception will be held on January 16, and all Texas SAQA members are invited!

The Art in Fiber 2015 Exhibit in Round Top

Congratulations to our SAQA Texas members whose work

is included in The Art in Fiber 2015!

Annie Smith

Bobbe Nolan

Ginny Eckley

Hope Wilmarth

Jo Sweet

Suzan Engler 

Please join us for the Artist Reception
Saturday, January 31, from 2 - 6 pm 
Copper Shade Tree Gallery
Round Top, TX

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SAQA North Texas Meeting Report

Twenty-three members attended the North Texas Meeting on Saturday, November 15, and a wonderful time was had by all!  

We had a really fabulous show and tell.  Members shared their latest work, and several shared samples from workshops taken during IQF Houston and at Art Quilt Tahoe.  Deborah Boschert presented a slide show of quilts from "Celebrating Silver".  I can't speak for everyone, but I left the meeting feeling very inspired!

Meeting dates for 2015 will be:

January 17
April 18
August 15
November 21


Sunday, November 9, 2014

SAQA Houston November Meeting Report

There is nothing like the International Quilt Festival to get the creative juices flowing.  Although Festival ended just 5 days prior, 25 members and visitors of the the Houston SAQA Circle met on Saturday, November 8.  Mary Ann Littlejohn and Hope Wilmarth presented a workshop on monoprinting with a gelatin plate. It was great fun to try a new technique and create just for the joy of creating.  Thank you Mary Ann and Hope for a great workshop.

Mark your calendars now for the January 10, 2015 meeting.  Teresa Duryea Wong will tell us about her trip to Japan and research for her upcoming book "Japanese Quilts and Quilters".  I encourage you to visit her blog and learn more about her journey as a quilter. 

The Houston Circle meets every other month on the 2nd Saturday.  Next year's meeting dates are: January 10March 14May 9July 11,September 12 and November 14.

See you in January!

Suzan Engler
Texas Co-Rep

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

North Texas Circle Meeting NOVEMBER 15TH

The  North Texas Circle will meet on November 15th at 10 am at

November 15, 10 am, at Petit Atelier, 2952 Commerce St, Dallas, Texas 75226

We will have a group discussion about Houston. We'll discuss our favorite (and least favorite!) quilts, how we were inspired and what other parts of the Festival experience we enjoyed.  We'll also look at the quilts chosen for SAQA's two new exhibits -- Redirecting the Ordinary and Celebrating Silver.

For those who went to International Quilt Festival, it's a chance to share your experiences.  For those who didn't, it's a chance to see some of the highlights.

And please bring your latest pieces for Show and Tell!

We'll got to lunch after the meeting at one of the great restaurants in Deep Ellum.

See you there!  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SAQA Member Barbara Schneider Teaching Class in San Antonio

If you are at all interested in doing 3D work, take a look at Barbara's class:

2929 | Shape UP! Improvisational Fabric Forming
This unique two-day workshop explores various techniques for adding dimension to fiber work allowing for the play of light, shadow and texture. Learn how to use stiffeners, texture forming substrates, and heat sensitive materials among others. Come willing to experiment and play, as many samples will be made during the workshop rather than focusing on a specific project. The samples will guide you in exploring more on your own. Some supplies included, please see SSA website for a list of additional supplies. For more images of Schneider's work, visit her website, Please bring a lunch both days. Please register by Oct 22.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Barbara Schneider
Dates: Sat & Sun, 11/8/2014 to 11/9/2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $275 | Members: $260 

The website for more info is

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SAQA Texas member exhibit at Austin Quilt Show

Kim Buchmann is at the Austin Quilt Show where "A Texas Experience," a touring exhibit of 12" x 12" quilts by Texas SAQA members, is currently on display.  If you are in Central Texas, go see them!  They are fabulous!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's International Quilt Festival - Houston Time!


Volunteers are needed for the SAQA booth at International Quilt Festival in Houston, from Wednesday, Oct. 29th through Sunday, Nov. 2nd. 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

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

So, email Heather at and let us know when
you can work!

Tuesday, Oct. 28th  2 pm (Set Up) Heather Pregger, Suzan Engler, Bobbe Nolan, Rhonda Weddle

Wednesday, Oct. 29th – Preview Night–5pm-10pm 
4:30pm– 6:30 pm –  Jean Grimes. Bobbe Nolan
5:00pm – 7:00pm –   Lynne Allen, Marianne Williamson
6:00pm - 8:00pm –  Connie Marie Fahrion, Betty Hahn, Sandy Branjord
7:00pm - 9:00pm –   Lynn Welsch, Jean Marshall
9:00pm- 10:15 pm –    Rhonda Weddle, Denise Labadie

Thursday, October 30th – 10am-7pm 
9:35am – 11:30am - (open) –  Susanne Jones, Laurie Russman
10:00am – Noon –  Paula Tanner, Martha Wolfe
11:00am – 1:00 – Donna Akins, Marianne Williamson
Noon – 2:00pm - Nancy Bavor, Jane Haworth, Ellie Kreneck
1:00pm– 3:00pm – Eileen Williams, Denise Labadie
2:00pm – 4:00pm -   Holly Altman, Mary Thumann, Margaret Phillips
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Helena Scheffer, Jo Sweet
4:00pm – 5:00 pm –  Kathy Stubbs Ward, Candice Phelan 
4:00pm – 6:00pm –  Shelly Burge, Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Jean Marshall, Sandy Branjord 
6:00 to close –  Rhonda Weddle, Betty Hahn

Friday, October 31st– 10am-7pm 
9:35am – 11:30am - (open) –  Marianne Williamson, Sarah Enstminger
10:00 am – Noon – Helen Remick, Denise Labadie
11:00 am – 1:00 –   Susie Monday, Larraine Denakpo
Noon – 2:00pm –  Nancy Bavor, Gul LaPorte
1:00 pm– 3:00pm –   Sally Wright, Maria Shell
2:00pm – 4:00pm –   Sara Sharp, Helena Scheffer, Paula Brown
3:00pm – 5:00 pm – Jean Grimes, Connie Fahrion
4:00pm – 6:00pm –   Kristin La Flamme, Betty Hahn, Sandy Branjord
5:00pm– 7:00pm –  Judith Roderick, Rhonda Weddle

Saturday, November 1st – 10am – 6pm 
9:35am – 11:30am - (open) –  Nneka K. Gamble, Deborah Bright
10:00am – Noon –  Donna Deaver, Misty Cole
11:00am – 1:00 –  Laura Krasinski, Bobbe Nolan
Noon – 2:00pm –  Marianne Williamson, Betty Busby
1:00pm– 3:00pm –  Jackie Stubblefield, Deborah Boschert
2:00pm – 4:00pm –  Ruthie Yax, Paula Brown
3:00pm – 5:00 pm –Pam Frazier, Martha Wolfe
4:00pm – 6:00pm –  Elena Stokes, Ree Fagan
5:00pm– 6:00pm -  Maria Shell, Sue Bianchi

Sunday, November 2nd – 11am – 4pm 
11:00am-1:00pm –  Frieda Anderson, Sue Bianchi
Noon – 2:00pm – Kristin LaFlamme, Dorothy Raymond
1:00pm -3:00pm – Laura Wasilowski, Mary Ann Littlejohn
2:00pm – 4:00pm –  Connie Marie Fahrion, Shelly Stokes
3:00pm – Cleanup/Packup –  Maria Shell, Connie Marie Fahrion

Reps to close

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coming Soon!

SAQA Benefit Auction 2014 

SAQA's Annual Benefit Auction is our most important fundraiser!
View all the beautiful art quilts donated by our members 
in the slideshow in the right sidebar.  
The online auction begins Monday, September 15, at 2 PM EST. 
For more information visit

Monday, August 18, 2014

SAQA North Texas Circle meeting report

We had a great meeting on Saturday! I loved seeing everyone's work, and the critiques were very informative. I'm glad to have this group!
Our next meeting will be:

November 15, 10 am, at Petit Atelier, 2952 Commerce St, Dallas, Texas 75226

We hope to have another critique session -- with an non-fiber artist/teacher doing the critique this time. Presenting another point of view.  I'll keep you posted!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

North Texas Circle August 16th! This Saturday!

The summer is rushing by and I just realized our next meeting is this coming Saturday.
August 16th, 10 am, Petit Atelier. Bring your lunch.
Summer is apparently not a good time to find a critic. We had several (or thought we did) and then they backed out. So instead, I thought maybe we could have a mini-critique. Each member bring two pieces, and we will talk about them in some depth. 
We hope to have a critic at the November meeting. Until then, we'll just utilize the experience and knowledge of the group.

The meeting will be:

August 16, 10 am, at Petit Atelier, 2952 Commerce St, Dallas, Texas 75226

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

SAQA Houston Circle Meeting Report

15 members of the Houston Circle meet at Quiltworks on July 8th, 2014.  Kumiko Frydl gave a presentation on the use of trapunto in her miniature quilts.  She shared her process and recommended tools which enable working in miniature easier.  Thank you so much Kumiko!

Our next meeting will be on September 13, 2014.  Sharon Hendry will give a presentation on keeping an Art Journal.  We will meet at a new location: the Art Studio @ St. Philip Presbyterian Church at 4807 San Felipe, Houston. A map will be sent with the 2 week reminder email.

Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for the November 8 meeting, Mary Ann Littlejohn and Hope Wilmarth will lead a workshop on monoprinting.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Carolyn Crump's "Telling the Story through Art” Art Exhibit at HCC

“Telling the Story through Art” Art Exhibit by Carolyn Crump

Exhibit will run through July 11, 2014.  Houston Community College Northeast invites the community to the Art Hub Gallery to attend the opening and view the exhibit, “Telling the Story Through Art” on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive, 77013. For details, call Dr. Hilda A. Gentry at 713.718.8329.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Member News - Pauline Barrett

Congratulations to SAQA Texas member Pauline Barrett!

Her quilt 'Nesting' was among those selected as part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary Trunk Show to become a permanent part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SAQA North Texas Meeting Report

13 members of the North Texas circle met on April 19 at Petit Atelier in Dallas. The topic of the day was "social media," and several members shared their experiences with blogs, Facebook, websites and Pinterest.  It was a great discussion!

Our next meeting will be August 16th.  Please mark your calendars -- we are going to meet earlier, at 10 am, and we would like everyone to bring their lunch.  The meeting will be a critique session, and a local artist/art educator will be looking at our work.  I'll provide more details closer to the meeting date.

If you are interested in joining our growing circle, check out the Facebook group  for the latest news and ongoing discussions.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SAQA North Texas Circle Meeting

It's time again for the North Texas Circle meeting!

April 19, 1 pm, at Petit Atelier, 2952 Commerce St, Dallas, Texas 75226

The program will be "Defining and Marketing Your Brand With Social Media."  Those of us who use FB, Twitter, Linkedin, blogs and other tools are welcome to share their expertise!   

If you are interested in joining our growing circle, check out the Facebook group  for the latest news and ongoing discussions.

See you there!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Art in Fiber 2014 - "Connected"

The Art in Fiber 2014 at The Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas March 1 - March 2, 2014.

Artist Reception Saturday, February 1st, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

SAQA Texas Member News - Jeanelle McCall

1. One of a kind clutches by Jeanelle are being shown at the Museum of East Texas, Lufkin Texas through May 2014.  The techniques on the clutches include weaving, painting, free motion embroidery, felting and leather work.

2. Jeanelle designed the Fiber 5K logo,race course, and race certificates for the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer, A Fiberart for A Cause fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. You can visit Virginia Spiegel's website here.

3. "Breakfast in The Garden" is included in a new exhibit "Texas Art Quilts 1993-2011"  at The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art.  It will be on display through March 29 in the Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

4.Augsburg Fortress Publishing purchased the use of  of Jeanelle's fiber piece "The Birds and the Bees".

5. St. Cyprian's Church "GLASS RENEWED" project features several of Jeanelle's fiber art pieces.

SAQA Texas Member News - Bobbe Nolan Interview with The Colorado County Citizen

SAQA Texas member, Bobbe Nolan was recently interviewed by the The Colorado County Citizen and featured in their Local Artist series.

Artist Bobbe Nolan - Photo by Jacob Truchard 

Click here for a link to the article. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

North Texas Circle Meeting Report

The SAQA North Texas Circle met on Saturday at Petit Atelier in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas.   18 fiber artists attended.  Not only did we share our news and our latest work, but we also discussed how we either find inspiration or how we start a new project.  The differing processes were really fascinating!  Some of us sketch, some are inspired by color or pattern and some of us are spurred to create by the leftover bits from previous projects.  

Petit Atelier is owned by Mario Gallegos and Michael Crigger, two Dallas based clothing designers.  They have very kindly offered their space for our group, providing us with a funky, fabulous and utterly inspiring meeting place.

 Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 19, at 1:00 pm, at Petit Atelier.  The program will be "The Business Side of Fiber Art:  Presenting or Defining Your Brand."  Members who wish to share will discuss their approach to marketing both themselves and their art. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Houston SAQA Circle Meeting Details

The Houston SAQA Circle meeting will be on Saturday, January 11 from 10:30am to 2:00pm at QuiltWorks.

25250 Northwest Fwy #140
Cypress, TX 77429

The topic will be a discussion on how to better organize our studios and our artistic lives. Please bring your tips to share with the group.  As always, don't forget show-n-tell and your lunch.