Sunday, January 22, 2017

From the Streets to the Sky

Inglewood, CA ​–​ ​Branch Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, “From the Streets to the Sky,” featuring twenty-one fiber artists. This exhibition highlights work by members in Quilts on the Wall, a local fiber group that shares a passion for quilting. Participating members include: Linda Anderson, Laurie Bucher, David Charity, Patricia Charity, Carol Churchill, Linda Friedman, Sharon Jaeger, Karen Markley, Laurie Multalipassi, Cathi Nelson, Carol Nilsen, Ellen November, Sharon Oblinger, Kathryn A. Pellman, Corinne Phillips, Joann Sarachman, Beth Shibley, Linda Stone, Janet Lane-Tranbarger, Carolyn Villars, and Deborah Weir.

There will be twenty-four juried art quilts created by QOTW members. A section of the quilts are part of QOTW’s traveling exhibition, “Urban Graffiti.” These quilts are inspired by graffiti and street art, containing imagery with realistic renderings of graffiti, as well as abstract interpretations of street scenes. Observations about homelessness, gentrification, and social class are also present in the “Urban Graffiti” grouping of quilts.

The other portion of quilts is inspired by “Wings,” the idea that one can rise above rough or even dangerous situations. These quilts represent beauty in the natural world, with imagery ranging from nature scenes to calming, geometric compositions. “Wings” is a perfect complement to “Urban Graffiti,” not only showcasing further techniques by QOTW members, but also providing spiritual release from the gritty reality in some of the graffiti quilts.

For the full press release, please click here.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Volunteers Needed at Road 2 California show

SAQA member Sharon Hightower is coordinating volunteers to work in the SAQA booth at Road to California. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact Sharon at
If you work 3.25 hours, you get into the show free.  This is a great way to get to know other members in our region. You will be selling books and memberships. Talking to people about your own SAQA experience and all of the benefits to being a member!
“Two by Twenty” Exhibit Premier table at Road to
California,, January 19-22, 2017.

Why would I want sit at a SAQA Booth??
Ten reasons why:
#10. To save money~ you know what I mean~ all those temptations at the vendor market!
#9. To rest your weary feet after walking around looking at quilts!
#8. To keep away from the fattening snacks!
#7. To do something productive with your idle time!
#6. To spend some time with other SAQA members!
#5. To make some new art quilting friends!
#4. To get to know more about the workings of SAQA!
#3 To spread the word about SAQA’s mission and help it to grow!
#2. To talk about something you love!
#1. To have FUN!!!!

Sharon Wiley Hightower, SAQA Booth Coordinator
Thank you!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

SAQA Trunk Show

This is my entry (Jamie Fingal) for the SAQA Trunk Show.  A self portrait. It measures 10x7 inches. The deadline is December 18th. Hope you will join me in making a block. Here is the link to the SAQA site

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Member News: Teresa Shippy

Congratulations to Teresa Shippy who has a Q&A in this issue!

This is so cool!  She talks about her art and her Cool Classic Cars series.

and she was also a guest on Quilting Arts TV! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Let's Get Mod! Deadline: Sunday, November 27, 2016

Today is the final day to submit your work for our regional themed exhibit Let's Get Mod!

Click here for the full prospectus and to enter your work:

DEADLINE: November 27, 2016, at 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Thank you for supporting our SAQA regional exhibit!

Laura Bisagna and Jamie Fingal
Regional Co-Reps S.California/S.Nevada,
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Member News - Viviana Lombrozo

A Prayer In Every Stitich by Viviana Lombrozo

Viviana Lombrozo is pleased to announce that her piece Building Blocks was juried into Quilt National 2017. 

Also, Viviana’s piece A Prayer in Every Stitch won ‘Best in Show’ at the 2016 “Celebrating the Art in Archaeology” Juried Art Exhibition.

Congratulations, Viviana!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Member News: Terry Waldron

"Art in Embassies" is part of the U.S. Department of State.  When newly appointed ambassadors move into our American embassies all over the world, interor designers create new embassey environments by choosing art pieces from U.S. artists.  These art pieces are on loan for several years.  Artists may not sumbit work!  The designers do the choosing by looking at artists' websites.  I was astounded a month ago when I was asked if I'd loan "If I Ran the Zoo…" to hang in the American Embassy in Vientiane, Laos for the next 3 1/2 - 4 years!  Of course, I said, YES!"  It will be shipped there early in November.  

"If I Ran the Zoo…."  by Terry Waldron

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Important News About Let's Get Mod!

We know you are busy, busy, busy with the Thanksgiving holiday upon us!  You’re shopping for groceries, planning meals, and preparing for the arrival of family and friends.  We know that the Let’s Get Mod deadline came at a very bad time for many of you.  Our membership has told us that life responsibilities and lack of time are the two biggest obstacles in the ability to create artwork.  We hear you and we want to make your participation in our regional exhibits as easy and enjoyable as possible.  So we are extending the Let’s Get Mod deadline to November 27, 2016, in the hopes that you will find some time during/after the Thanksgiving holiday to enter our regional exhibit.  We want to support you and we appreciate all of you supporting us so that we can continue to bring you a variety of regional exhibition opportunities.  

If you have already made and entered one quilt and would like to make another, you won't have to pay another entry fee. Just enter your work and skip the pay part.  You may enter up to three works for $25.  There is the possibility of several artists having more than one work chosen for this collection.  

Thank you for working with us!

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family… and good food!

Click here for the full prospectus and/or to enter your work:

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: November 27, 2016, at 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Laura Bisagna and Jamie Fingal
Regional Co-Reps S.California/S.Nevada,

Studio Art Quilt Associates

Friday, November 4, 2016

Art by Deborah Weir at Hagafen Cellars

Flotsom by Deborah Weir

This exhibition features 24 small, mostly hand-stitched, textile and mixed media artworks.

Reception: November 6, 2016 from 1-4:00 p.m.

Hagafen Winery 
4160 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Linda Anderson - Member News

Yuja by Linda Anderson

At PIQF in Santa Clara, Linda Anderson won 1st place Wall Quilt for Yuja.  Also, at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum Festival, she was awarded 1st place Art Pictorial for Musicman of Jaipur and 3rd place Representational for Trini Dancer.  ​ 

Congratulations, Linda!!