Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Association

 The Studio Art Quilt Association is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of art Quilts. It affords each member - professional or non professional membership the opportunity to be a part of national and traveling exhibits, mentoring programs, tutorials on line....the list goes on.
 Linda Sexton-Patrick started the group several years ago...it was very small, maybe 4 or 5 members. It stayed that way for quite a while...but you know how it goes...all of a sudden it has blossomed. We only meet 3 - 4 times a year; we met today at my home after a long absence from each other along with much enthusiasm. We had some wonderfully talented new people who will add so much to our group.

 Lynne showed us a wonderful top that has yet to be quilted. She has a wonderful color eye and dyes all of her fabrics to use in her work.
 One of our new members - Jenny Perry showed us a piece she made using photo transfers and some hand painted fabrics. I really loved the angle she captured.
 She also showed us a challenge piece which was so clever.... It was of a famous composer - Glenn Gould who was a Canadian pianist known for his eccentricities including always wearing half gloves because his hands were cold and tossled hair (created by mohair).
 And another piece from Jenny....based on a photo she took.
 Julie Bagamary challenges herself with a piece a day for 30 days. Perhaps you remember her challenge of "hands". Julie says at first it's very exciting...by about the 15th day, it's "why did I decide to do this" but shortly after that...it's how can I push myself outside the box to come up with another idea. I happen to love this bird series...... so Bravo Julie. She also has a wonderful way of mounting using wafer thin velcro and boards from Cheap Joes.
 And another new member - Shirley Parkin showed us the type of work she loves to do - first of all, very colorful...also whimsical and beautifully appliquéd.
 And a detail....
 Lynn DellaPosta created this wonderful and very large quilt....
 and a detail.
 This was from a new member - Mary Jane Lappin. Her work revolves around photo transfers on different fabrics, sheers and opaques. It is bordered with a Dupionni silk and then placed in a shadow box. Really elegant.
And Susan W. Lee, not new to the art quilt world but new to our group...and we are so lucky to have her. She's a master of color and design. This was not one of her new pieces...they are all out in galleries but it was still new to us.
After a long break (because I've not been home), I'm finally home and ready to get back into the swing of things...including my blog.
Thanks for hanging in there with me.


  1. We did have a SAQA group here in Michigan (I was a rep along with Mary Andrews) but I don't think they are active again...nice your group still gets together! Nice show ad tell too!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting the group yesterday. As a newcomer to the Asheville area, it was a pleasure to meet you and the others and hang out with "my kind of people." :-)

  3. P.S. The fellow in the piece I showed was Glenn Gould, a Canadian pianist known for his eccentricities. He was a prodigy and because he was recognized at an early age, his life was well recorded--there are several excellent documentaries about him.

  4. Thanks for capturing our art for your blog Judy.