28 August 2014

Published - Susan Tilsley Manley

Susan Tilsley Manley has had a project published in the latest issue of Quilting Arts Holiday magazine. She provides readers with instructions on how to create a print with a rusty key and then use the resulting fabric for gift or greeting cards. If you are interested in this or other projects you can purchase a digital copy of the magazine right now or wait until it appears on the newsstand (in a few weeks).

18 August 2014

SAQA Sighting! Susan Brubaker Knapp, Mooresville, North Carolina

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a class from fellow SAQA member, Susan Brubaker Knapp. Thelma and Louise (aka Nancy Elaschuk and I) loaded up the car and followed the long and winding road to the Vermont Quilt Festival from our little hometown in New Brunswick. At the Festival we saw beautiful displays, took some excellent classes, met some lovely people and were generally astounded by the generosity of a local Janome dealer, Mr. David LaValley who awards a brand new sewing machine to each new youth entrant, every year! Totally off topic, but well worth mentioning, we also had the absolute pleasure of eating the best crab cakes ever created at Pauline’s, a cafe in South Burlington, Vermont. 

Meeting Susan of Quilting Arts fame was a delightful experience and I was pleased that she displayed a selection of SAQA brochures on her work table during our class. During our afternoon session, she also gave a brief introduction to SAQA with reference to myself, Nancy and another class participant who was also a SAQA member.

Susan also graciously posed for a photo with me for posterity and proof that we did indeed meet.

13 August 2014

SAQA Benefit Auction - Lois Wilby Hooper, Moores Mill, New Brunswick

Lois Wilby Hooper submitted this wonderful piece to the SAQA Benefit Auction. 

Her piece was also selected by fellow member, Ruth Carden, to be included in a Dream Collection found on the main SAQA website http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3206

09 August 2014

SAQA Membership Drive!

Membership Drive

NEW!!!  Cherrywood Fabrics and MistyFuse are providing special gifts for new SAQA members -- while supplies last!

SAQA has a lot to offer art quilters and art quilt enthusiasts -- that's why you're a member.  Keep spreading the word about how SAQA provides real benefits for people interested in art quilts!
When a new member signs up, they just list your name when asked "How did you hear about SAQA?" and you'll be added to the list of Star Recruiters.  Star Recruiters are eligible to choose a thank-you premium gift at the end of each quarter.

  • Do you teach workshops? You can offer your student a discount on a membership for taking your class - just contact me for a special discount code.
  • Do you go to guild meetings? Make a presentation with your work or the SAQA Trunk Show and encourage folks to join us. 
  • Are you participating in exhibitions? Offer to talk about your work and spend 2 minutes introducing listeners to SAQA. They may never have heard of us or the great benefits we can offer.  
YOU are our most important recruiter for new members!  Join the Star Recruiters by recruiting at least two new members before September 30th!

05 August 2014

Upcoming workshops at the 2014 Fibre Arts Festival, Amherst, Nova Scotia - Kathy Tidswell, Burtt’s Corner, New Brunswick

Kathy is teaching two classes at the 2014 Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Students will learn embellishment methods to produce one of a kind wearable art vests, capes or jackets. Design aspects including selecting patterns and batting, arranging appliqu├ęs, producing texture, making lace cutwork, bobbin work and trapunto will be covered. Samples will be produced using free motion embroidery on a regular zigzag sewing machine and some work on individual pieces will be started. 

To register contact Kathy at 506-363-3560 or email kathy@kathytidswell.com. Cost $70. 

Location- Christ Church Board Room, 
62 Victoria Street E, Amherst,  NB  Canada

CREATING WITH THREAD  - Wednesday, October 15  

Students will learn to use free motion embroidery on their regular zigzag sewing machine to create realistic images totally from thread. They can choose from any of the vibrant flowers or birds pictured below. Methods for using them in quilts, artworks, cards and wearable art will be demonstrated. Once learned the method can be used to create your own individual works. 

For more information or to register contact Kathy at 506-363-3560 or email kathy@kathytidswell.com. Cost $70. 

Location-Christ Church Board Room 62 Victoria Street E, Amherst,  NB Canada.

Kathy is available for travel to guilds or groups for teaching. For a list of her workshops, refer to her website www.kathytidswell.com

01 August 2014

In the News - Laurie Swim, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Recently Laurie Swim has learned that her piece, Make and Break, which she donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, has been been reviewed by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. The board determined that Laurie’s piece met the criteria for “outstanding significance and national importance”.

Congratulations, Laurie!

Make and Break - 46” high x 34” wide