Friday, December 18, 2015

New Call for Entries for our Region Trunk Show

Our 12x12 Trunk Show A Texas Experience
will continue through 2016

New members and those who did not submit work during the original call,
NOW is your chance to enter a piece in the collection!

Download the revised Call For Entries here

Our Texas Region Trunk Show showcases the wide range of artistic interests, styles and techniques used in the art quilts made by our members. It is available as an art quilt program for guilds and other artists groups and we can tailor the presentation to fit the interests of the membership and time allotted at meetings. The trunk show can also be displayed as a special exhibit at quilt shows, galleries, churches, schools, office buildings, open houses, or other special event.

A Texas Experience at QuiltFest in Austin

The theme A Texas Experience draws on each artist’s reflection on being a resident of the Lone Star State.  Inspiration was taken from the diverse topographic and cultural landscape; the past, present and future of the State; the emotional impact of being a Texan; and the unique people, events, scenery, etc. that is so much a part of the Texas mystique.

You can download our trunk show flyer here. A CD of all the quilts in the collection is also available along with a promotional one-sheet that can be given to curators and prospective venues. If you have a suggestion of a venue where the trunk show can be displayed or are interested in helping complete exhibit proposals, please contact Kim Buchmann at 512-736-2971 or


March 18 (tentative)
Quilt Guild of Greater Houston
Member Meeting Program

April 11 - 12 (tentative)
Jordan Ranch Open House

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2016 Meeting Dates

Mark your 2016 calendar now for these meeting dates

Members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend
meetings in any area of the state!

Central Texas Circle 
Meets the 2nd Saturday of every other month beginning in January
January 9, March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, and November 12

Time, location and program are announced 

Houston Circle 
Meets the the 2nd Saturday of every other month beginning in January
January 9, March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, and November 12

St. Philip Presbyterian Church 
4807 San Felipe (near Loop 610) in Houston
 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

North Texas Circle 
Will meet January 16, April 16, August 20, and November 12 

Petite Atelier
2952 Commerce St. in Dallas
Meetings begin at 10 am.

West Texas Caprock Art Quilters Circle 
Will meet February 13, May 14, August 13, and November 12

Red Barn Retreat Center
18311 County Road 1640 in Wolfforth
9 am Workshop
Noon Lunch
1 pm Meeting & Program

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Workshop with Katie Pasquini Masopust

The Caprock Art Quilters SAQA Circle in West Texas
is pleased to announce they are sponsoring a workshop 

Katie Pasquini Masopust

Thursday, February 11 - Friday, February 12 
8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day
Texas Tech Museum in the Klein Room
Day 1 - Using Value to Improve Quilts
Day 2 - Improving your Composition skills to make better Art Quilts
Cost is $180 for the two day class including the kit

Download the registration form here

The workshop will be held at the Texas Tech Museum in conjunction with an exhibit of quilts from the Texas Tech collection from January 15 - May 15.  The Caprock Art Quilters will also have a display at the Museum during this time.

The Caprock Art Quilters will have their regular SAQA Circle meeting on Saturday, February 13, so plan to make it a long weekend and join them for their meeting to see what this awesome group of very active art quilters is up to!

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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Art Quilt Critique Workshop Inspires and Motivates SAQA Texas members

Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, and a well established juror, author and art quilter, presented a workshop for SAQA Texas members on Sept. 12, 2015.

SAQA Texas members made the trek to the Great Expectations Creativity Center in La Grange, Texas. Sandra explained how color, balance, line, movement, and even the title influence a piece of art. Five art quilters offered their work for Sandra to critique during the workshop. During the critique session, she gave tips on how to critique your own work. In addition, she encouraged the members to lead critique sessions in their own art quilt communities and guided attendees on how to offer critiques that are positive and motivate the artist to think in new ways.

Thank you Dr. Sider for sharing your time and talents with SAQA Texas. And thanks to the SAQA members who attended.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Two Reminders

Registration is now open for our Texas Region Retreat!
September 10 - 12
Great Expectations Creativity Center
Texas Quilt Museum
Historic LaGrange, Texas
  • Spend two days working on your latest and greatest creation with your SAQA friends during our Open Studio at the Great Expectations Creativity Center
  • Then join us for "A Curator's Perspective: Critiquing Art Quilts" workshop with Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum
  • If that's not enough, you'll have an opportunity to visit the Texas Quilt Museum, hear an additional lecture from Sandra Sider on her new book 1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern and Art Quilts followed by a gallery talk and walk through of the Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk by Judith Content exhibit currently on display at the museum

Call for Entries
for the
Fiber Artists of San Antonio
41st Annual Fiber Art Show
opens on
Monday, August 24
Click here for entry requirements, juror info,
timeline, entry form and much more!


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fiber Artists of San Antonio Call For Entries

Here is a new call for entry that may be of interest to SAQA members!

The Fiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA) are pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2015 Annual Exhibition. Part of our mission is to promote and advance fiber art through the education of members and the public. This is an opportunity for fiber artists to exhibit their work and for the community to gain a greater appreciation for fiber art.

The Call for Entry opens August 24, 2015  
and runs through October 15, 2015

Click here for rules, timeline, entry form and much more
or visit FASA's website for more information

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Join the Caprock Art Quilters meeting Aug 7 & 8 in Lubbock

SAQA members are invited to attend the Caprock Art Quilters meeting on Friday Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8, in Lubbock, Texas.

The Friday event will begin with dinner at 5:30 pm, McAlister's Deli, 2415 19th Street, Lubbock. Afterwards, the group will head to the First Friday Art Trail for a dose of inspiration.

The 9 am Saturday meeting will be held at 21103 FM 179 in Wolfforth (just outside Lubbock). The meeting will kick off with a workshop by Cinde on the silk confetti fusion technique. The business meeting will follow, then there are two programs. Nancy Woods will show some of her quilts for "Life of Quilts of ..." The second half will be a follow up to the Sue Spargo class, so please bring your sampler (and anything else you have created since) to show to those who were not able to join. In addition, everyone is invited to bring something for show and tell.

For more information or directions, please contact

Saturday, July 18, 2015

SAQA Members Show Up Strong for Judith Content Exhibit

SAQA members from around Texas converged on La Grange July 11th to hear a gallery talk by Judith Content. It was so great to see enthusiastic members from Houston, Dallas, Austin and many other parts of Texas! Great showing!

"Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk by Judith Content" at Texas Quilt Museum will remain on view through Sept. 27, 2015.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GRAND OPENING: Fine Home by Copper Shade Tree

Thanks bunches to Debbie & Gerald Tobola for taking time out of their very busy schedule this week to talk to our members about showing our work in a gallery. We got lots of great advice on what gallery owners are looking for from the artists they represent, what their customers are looking for, marketing yourself as a fiber artist and best practices for approaching and selecting galleries where you want to show your work.

The Copper Shade Tree is celebrating the grand opening of their new gallery, Fine Home, this weekend and you're invited! Come out and see the beautiful new space which features home furnishings and décor from 15 renowned artists.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 14 Meeting in Round Top

We're looking forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, July 14 at 10 am

Henkel Hall in Round Top

Henkel Hall is across the square from the Copper Shade Tree Gallery

Guest Speakers
Debbie & Gerald Tobola
 Owners of the Copper Shade Tree Gallery

Debbie & Gerald will talk about showing your fiber art in a fine art gallery: what they look for as gallery owners, how to present your work to a gallery/curator, best practices for marketing your self as a working fiber artist and more.

Debbie & Gerald Tobola are the owners of the Copper Shade Tree Gallery and big supporters of the fiber art community. Copper Shade Tree is a fine art & craft destination located in the heart of Round Top, Texas. It displays a delightful collection of decorative fine art and functional crafts, hand crafted by Texas artisans, with a few surprises along the way. In addition, six events are scheduled throughout the year, to showcase a wide range of fine art and craft mediums and disciplines from across the state. Their annual "The Art in Fiber" invitational is one of their showcases. Two-thirds of the artists are from within a 150 mile radius of Round Top. A number of their artists are SAQA members as well as national award winners, many have appeared on various television shows, and many have been published in local, national, and international publications.
Photo: SAQA President Kris Sazaki with Gerald Tobola at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery. Our Texas Region Trunk Show "A Texas Experience" was displayed at the Copper Shade Tree during the International Quilt Festival in November 2014 and Kris was able to visit while she was in Texas.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Finland's museum features Quilt Visions exhibit and Texas SAQA Member Heather Pregger

The Oulu Museum of Art in Finland is currently exhibiting Quilt Visions ---  the most extensive exhibition of modern American quilt art to date in Northern Europe. In Finland, modern international quilt art has been exhibited in art museums only seldom. 

The exhibition runs through through August 30 and features SAQA Texas member Heather Pregger and eight other artists.

We congratulate Heather on this outstanding opportunity!

Heather even traveled to Finland for the opening ceremony and took these photos.

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Suzan Engler named Superior Star

SAQA Texas member and former Texas Co-Rep Suzan Engler has recently been named a Superior Star by Superior Threads.

We're so proud of her accomplishments and this recognition by a major company in our industry. Congratulations Susan!

Read more (click this link) to go to the Superior blog

Meeting in La Grange Sat, July 11, Round Top July 14

Texas SAQA Members

This Saturday, July 11, fellow SAQA member Judith Content will give a talk in conjunction with her new solo exhibition at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange.

Free admission to the Texas Quilt Museum begins at 2:00 p.m. - event begins at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited, including family and friends.

Immediately after the gallery talk, Judith will offer a “dry” dye demonstration with a wide selection of arashi-shibori dyed silks and she will unveil her latest dyed creations right in front of everyone.

Hope to see you there!

Next Tuesday, July 14, all Texas members are invited to Round Top to hear Copper Shade Tree co-owner Gerald Tobola give a talk about showing your work in galleries and how to market your work.

Show your support for a gallery that has supported our fellow artists for many years.  For more information and to register, please go to

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Threads in the Tapestry of Austin


Austin Fiber Artists Exhibit

Ongoing through July 2

Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Monday - Thursday 10 am - 10 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Come visit and feast your eyes on some wonderful local fiber artist talent!

Friday, June 12, 2015

July 11th - Fellow SAQA Member Judith Content - Gallery Talk at Texas Quilt Museum

July 11, 2015 - Come to La Grange to the Texas Quilt Museum

Everyone is invited and encouraged to travel to La Grange to the Texas Quilt Museum to hear fellow SAQA member Judith Content give a talk in conjunction with her new solo exhibition. Her talk will begin at 3:00 p.m., July 11, 2015.

Free admission to the Texas Quilt Museum begins at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited, including family and friends.

The Texas Quilt Museum is a fantastic resource right in our own backyard. It would be wonderful to fill the museum with SAQA members and not only show our support our fellow artist whose stunning works of art are on exhibit, but also to show our support for this important museum.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Texas Region Meeting

Hello Texas!

 Our next Region meeting is

Tuesday, July 14 at 10 am

 in Round Top


Guest Speaker

Gerald Tobola

Co-Owner of the Copper Shade Tree Gallery

Click here for all the details!

Gerald Tobola with SAQA President Chris Sazaki

Monday, June 1, 2015

Kumiko Frydl featured in QuiltMania!

SAQA Texas member Kumiko Frydl is featured in the current edition of the international quilt magazine - QuiltMania!  Our Houston circle member is even mentioned on the front cover.

We're so proud of her! In fact, many of our Houston members attended our meeting in 2014 where Kumiko shared some of her expertise with the group and explained some of her techniques in working in miniature.

Be sure to get a copy of the May June 2015 edition of QuiltMania.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Through The Needle's Eye

Embroiderer's Guild of America

May 3 – September 6

Museum of Texas Tech University - Gallery 1

The Embroiderer's Guild of America's 20th National Exhibit Through the Needle's Eye, is a showcase of the best in artistic and technical embroidery. This juried exhibit features contemporary embroidery from across the nation. The works include both traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques employed to create clothing, wall-pieces, jewelry, vessels and sculpture. The exhibition shows the diversity of embroidery and how this age old art form continues to be practiced by artists of the 21st century. 

For the Museum of Texas Tech venue the works will be complimented by pieces made by skilled embroiderers from the region, many of whom are master embroiderers. Embroidered pieces from the Clothing and Textile Collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University will round out the offerings -- wonderful 1820s school girl samplers, 18th century embroidered purses, embroidered household linens and other works from the permanent collection will be showcased.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Sue Spargo will give a lecture and trunk show on Wednesday, July 1 at 7 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Click on the flyer below to enlarge.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Central Texas Meeting Reminder

Program: The Basics of Photographing Your Work
Saturday, May 16 at 10 am
at Sherri Lipman McCauley's home
102 Edgewater Cove Lakeway, TX 78734 (Northwest of Austin)
Home Phone: 512-261-5794

So far we have 10 members attending!
If you haven’t yet, please RSVP via the meeting event page on Facebook
OR by email to

Bring something for show & tell, your camera, a tripod (if you have one), and one piece of your work to photograph (ideally 36” x 48” or smaller). Sherri is making a pot of chili and will provide lettuce for a salad for lunch. Please bring a topping for the salad that we will all share (veggies, cheese, croutons, etc.)

We will have foamcore boards, two small quilt racks, a couple of tripods, and light bars on hand for everyone to use.

Please take the time to read Holly Knott and Andy Baird’s outstanding article on the basics of digital photography for textile artists HERE prior to the meeting!

There is also an excellent overview of beginning photography for fiber artists by LM Wood on the SDA’s website.

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Photo round up from our SAQA Houston meeting on May 9, 2015. Fun meeting - extended show and tell and tips from fellow members on some great basics.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Call For Entry - Tactile Architecture (non-SAQA)

International Quilt Association's Annual

Tactile Architecture” Exhibit at Quilt Festival

Link to exhibit information 

Tactile Architecture™ is an exhibit that showcases architectural quilts. The quilt may feature any type of building or be a close up of an architectural detail. It may be realistic or an abstract interpretation. This exhibit will premiere at the International Quilt Market and Festival, October 24–November 1, 2015.

We would like to invite you and your guild to have your best work shown in this exciting exhibit focusing on quilts inspired by architecture.

Quilts must be a minimum of 25” x 25”. There is no “made after” date requirement. Please do not submit a quilt that was included in a previous edition of Tactile Architecture™. Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by Sunday, May 17, 2015. We would also like to retain quilts for possible exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in 2016.  

The registration link for Tactile Architecture™ is and the link for the information page is 

If you have questions or need additional information about the Tactile Architecture exhibit or entering a quilt, please contact:

Becky Navarro    
Special Exhibits Coordiator
Quilts, Inc.             
Tel. 713.781.6864 ext. 105          

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SAQA Central Texas Meeting Reminder

Mark your calendars...we're taking a field trip! Make plans to meet us in historic Blanco this Saturday, March 14, to checkout the new Uptown Blanco arts & entertainment center. Visit their website

Our SAQA Texas Region Trunk Show "A Texas Experience" will be on display and will remain up through the Bluebonnet Shop Hop in mid-April. The Uptown Blanco Restaurant and Textile Studio are located on the town square next door to each other. Our quilts will be on display in the hall that connects the restaurant and textile studio.

12:30 pm Gather for lunch at the Uptown Blanco Restaurant - next door to the Blanco Textile Studio - meet in the hallway in front of our quilts.

2 pm Visit Uptown Blanco Textile Studio and view the quilts in the Texas Region Trunk Show

If you are going to come for lunch, please let me know and I will make a reservation for the group -- call me 512-736-2971 or send an email to You do not need to let me know if you will NOT be joining us for lunch.

2015 Meeting Dates

Saturday, May 16 at Sherri Lipman McAuley's home in Lakeway (Northwest of Austin)
Program "Photographing Your Work"

Tuesday, July 14 at the Copper Shade Tree in Round Top
Guest Speaker: Gerald Tobola, Co-Owner of the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top

Saturday, September 12 at Dale Ricklefs home in Round Rock
Program: TBA

Saturday, November 14 (Tentative Date)
Program: TBA

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SAQA Houston 2015 meeting dates

Please mark your calendar for the remaining 2015 SAQA Houston meeting dates.

March 14
May 9
July 11

Sept 12
Nov 14

We meet the second Saturday at St. Philip Presbyterian, San Felipe and 610 loop.  More info on topics/speakers to come.

We love visitors. If you live outside Houston but want to join us, come on down!

West Texas Caprock SAQA Circle meeting Feb. 7

The West Texas Caprock SAQA circle will meet Friday evening, Feb 6 at Ruby Tequila’s in Lubbock for dinner at 5:00 before our opening at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center as part of the First Friday Art Trail.  Our show has been hanging since Jan 2 (and it looks great!), but our first opening was cancelled due to snow/ice.  The show will continue until Feb 21.

On Saturday, we will meet at 9:00 at my back studio at Grimes & Associates in Wolfforth for a workshop of deconstructed screen printing with Muff Fregia.  At noon, we will have lunch and our meeting followed by a program by Sandra Stephenson on “Holey Quilts”.  Please bring show and tell and be ready to get messy.

Call Jean for more details.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

North Texas Circle meeting report

The North Texas Circle had a fabulous meeting on Saturday, January 17. We had an informative discussion of series work/finding your voice/following your passion and several members showed pieces predominately made from recycled materials. As always, I came away recharged and ready to get back in the studio!
I have truly enjoyed my time as the SAQA rep for North Texas. You have all been a great inspiration to me, and I look forward to many more years participating in this group and deepening our friendships.
As of February 1, Deborah Bright will be the new North Texas rep. And I'm looking forward to attending meetings as a "civilian!"
Our next meeting will be April 18th. See you there!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

UPDATE: Central Texas Circle Meeting

A few reminders for Saturday's Central Texas meeting:  We'll have BBQ from City Market brought in for lunch. If you're able to, please bring cash to make settling/splitting the tab a breeze. This morning the weather forecast looked a bit better for overnight Friday/Saturday morning, but there is still potential for freezing rain. Please use your best judgement when deciding whether to hit the road and, as always, your personal safety is most important. Finally, monoprinting is generally not a messy process but you might want to wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on or bring an overshirt or apron.

Hope to see you Saturday!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Central Texas Circle Meeting Reminder

Our next Central Texas Circle meeting is this Saturday!


Saturday, January 10 at 10 am

Texas Art League

509 East Davis St. Luling, TX 78648

Click here for an interactive Google map/directions

Connie Akers will be leading us in a monoprinting workshop this month! If you aren't familiar with monoprinting, do a search on You Tube for "monoprinting" or "gelli printing" for all kinds of fun videos to introduce you to this simple and SUPER FUN surface design technique.
Here are items you should bring with you:
  1. Gelli Plate™ if you have one. You do not need to buy a gelli plate if you don't have one, we will have some extras to share. They are available at or if you would like to purchase one. If you want to try your hand a making your own gelli plate before investing in one, Linda Germain has instructions for making your own here; the password for the site is "maketheplate". Please note the password is all one word, lowercase, and you do not include the quotation marks. I have not made a gelli plate myself, but understand from a few reliable sources that Linda's method makes a very useable and durable plate. I have purchased a Stampendous brand plate that Michael's, and I believe Hobby Lobby, carry. I was not happy with it at all and DO NOT recommend it.
  2. Acrylic Paints. Marie is bringing lots (LOTS!!!) of acrylic paints to share. If you have favorite brands or colors you like to work with, please bring them with you.
  3. Brayer(s)
  4. Fabric to print on -- solid cottons, muslin, silk, whatever you want to play with -- fat quarter size or smaller. I believe the largest plate we will have on hand is 10"x12".
  5. Paper to print on (if you want). Plain printer/copier paper or cardstock is fine. We will also have a stash of deli paper on hand for you to use.
  6. Scrap paper (plain printer paper, newsprint, etc.) to clean your brayer on. This also gives you very interesting results and you'll be able to add it to your paper stash.
  7. Stencils, stamps and/or your favorite markmaking materials. Connie, Marie and I will also bring markmaking supplies to share.
A big thanks to Connie Akers, Kelly Allen and Marie Welsch for their assistance with this month's meeting & program!!! I'm always looking for places to host our bimonthly meetings or fun things to do as a group. If you would like to host a meeting, lead a workshop to teach us your favorite technique or know of something fun we could do as a group, don't hesitate to let me know!


Our Central Texas Circle now has a Facebook page for members to communicate with each other! I will always send news and reminders via email, but if you're a Facebook user "Like" our page at and posts to our page will showup in your newsfeed.

Do you have work in a show, have you recently won an award or received some other recognition? Do you know of a new store we all need to visit or have other news that you think the SAQA Texas members would be interest in? Send the info to me and I will post it our Facebook page and here on the Texas blog.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to contact me at 512-736-2971 or via email at
Looking forward to seeing y'all on Saturday!

Kim Buchmann
SAQA Texas Co-Rep
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