Sunday, July 24, 2016


Here’s the Call for Entry you’ve all been waiting for! There is no specific theme to interpret for this exhibition. There is no specific size requirement. There is no specific “must have been completed after” date either… because we all know great artwork does not come with an expiration. So, if you’d like the freedom to enter a seasoned favorite or the freedom to create a brand new piece, here’s your chance!

UNTETHERED THREAD is a juried exhibition of contemporary textiles showcasing the diverse artistic styles of SAQA regional members from Southern California and Southern Nevada, works of exceptional design and craftsmanship. Exhibiting at this venue is an excellent opportunity for accepted artists to share their work with the public and a large number of theater attendees -- attendees who have an appreciation for the arts but who may not otherwise know of or be familiar with contemporary textile art. SAQA has held four extremely popular and well-received regional exhibits at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, and now we’ve been invited back for a fifth exhibition! The venue is large, so up to 50-60 works are projected to be accepted.

For prospectus and Registration:

Online registrations opens: March 1, 2017
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Friday, July 15, 2016


From the Pacific Ocean... by Kathy Piper

The opening reception for Wavelengths at Visions Art Museum is Saturday, July 16, 5-7pm. This exhibit showcases works by four San Diego artists: Kathleen McCabe, Gillian Moss, Kathy Piper, and Mary Tabar.   Each artist has two 18" x 30" pieces in the exhibit.

Opening Reception: July 16, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: July 16 - October 2, 2016

Visions Art Museum
2825 Dewey Rd., Suite 100
San Diego, CA  92106

From the Same Cloth II by Gillian Moss
From the Same Cloth I by Gillian Moss

"To me, being on the same 'wavelength' means to be on the same page, from the same mold, or cut from the same cloth. It was this phrase—cut from the same cloth—that served as the inspiration for my pieces in this exhibition.
A while ago, I picked up a scrap of fabric—cream-colored with blue spots—from my guild's free table. At my first meeting of the Modern Guild, I sewed that cream-colored fabric scrap together with some other scraps, which were just supposed to be sample pieces. But, I realized that these 'scraps' fit the bill perfectly when I was invited to exhibit here at VAM.

As a quilter, I have fingers in a few sewing groups: traditional, contemporary, and modern. I asked myself, "Are they so different?" Ultimately, I don't think so. We can learn so much from each other; we have this uniting love of fabric, of creating beautiful, interesting, and functional work. In other words, we quilters and artists are on the same page, cut from the same cloth, and on the same 'wavelength.'" ~ Gillian Moss

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Teresa Shippy pictured with several pieces from her solo exhibit "Cool Classic Rides 2"
What do you get when the incredibly talented Teresa Shippy combines a touch of nostalgia, a tad of whimsy and a large dollop of cool?  You get Teresa's hugely popular solo exhibition "Cool Classic Rides 2" currently touring the country with the Mancuso shows through October 2016! This fun and fantastic exhibit can be seen this summer, August 8 - 20, at the World Quilt Show - New England in Manchester, NH, and the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA, September 15 - 18. "The Rides" will then be zooming back to California in the fall for Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs and  PIQF in Santa Clara.  For more on this exhibit, and to read an article featuring Teresa, please click here.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Laguna Lake by Ellen November

Laguna Lake by Ellen November

Laguna Lake by Ellen November was juried into the exhibit Blue Marble at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on view now until July 31.

According to the museum's website, the term “Blue Marble” refers to the spectacular color image of planet Earth taken with NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. The topic of the exhibition welcomed artists of all media to delve into subjects, themes, and motifs that have to do with our planet.

“Blue Marble is the symbol of the ultimate turning point in our human consciousness. Looking back at Earth through space, we humans can acknowledge the preciousness of our very existence. The artists in this exhibition have captured a visual sense of what it means to be here on this planet, with the perspective of being a part of something larger, a dot in the Universe.”

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art 
1010 Broad Street (on the west end of the Mission Plaza)
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Open 11am - 5pm every day except Tuesday.
July 5 through Labor Day: Open 11am - 5pm every day.

Monday, July 4, 2016


Patriotic Pallet by Jamie Fingal for Hoffman Fabrics
Wishing you a happy 4th filled with family, good friends, fab food, & fireworks!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Speaking Out by Linda Friedman

Speaking Out by Linda Friedman has been juried into the exhibit PULSE at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, NM.   
The call for art outlined that the jurors were looking for art to "Examine the concept of rhythm and take time to tune into the cadence of the world around you..." Linda's  work, Speaking Out was inspired by Pharrell Williams' song, "Freedom" that was released in 2015.  
This quilted work was composed upon white and red cotton and cotton blend fabrics, screen printed and stenciled using her original designs with acrylic paints mixed with fabric medium, and free-motion quilted.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Member News for Linda Anderson

Bali Boys by Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson's Bali Boys and Unbroken were juried into the 34th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts exhibit at Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO.  

Exhibition Dates: July 5-Sept. 3, 2015

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. and most evenings during theater performances.

Reception: July 8, 5-7 p.m., Awards Presentation at 6:00 p.m.

Unbroken by Linda Anderson

Lincoln Center for the Performing and Visual Arts
417 W. Magnolia Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SAQA Artist Tour - Deborah Weir

Deborah Weir with detail of CHROMA Yellow
Summer was in full swing at the vibrant and lively community center yesterday as we all arrived for Deborah Weir's artist talk.  Thanks again, Deborah, for agreeing to do this for our region and thank you to all the SAQA members who came out for the tour.  Many of us are now inspired to experiment with Tyvek, hot glue, food wrappers, and found objects...and to have fun, be bold, and go BIG!  

Deborah Weir discussing her CHROMA series

If you haven't had a chance to see the exhibit, you have until June 29.  Details here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

To Dye For

Regional SAQA member Jeannie Palmer Moore has five of her artworks included in the invitational exhibition To Dye For at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, July 16 - October 2, 2016.  The exhibit also includes work by four other quilt artists: Sue Cavanaugh, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Ann Johnston, and Lyric Kinard.  As the title of this exhibit suggests, hand-dyed textiles are incorporated into each of the artist's works.

NO WORRIES (Detail) by Jeannie Palmer Moore
60" x  38"

July 16 - October 2, 2016
Opening Reception: July 16, 5-7 p.m.

Visions Art Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106




Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Sunday Noon - 4PM
Closed: Monday and major holidays


Persons 18 and under admitted free
Visions Members Free

Saturday, June 18, 2016


34" x  35"
(Photo by Ken Sanville)
"Located in Washington DC, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is hosting a juried exhibition in collaboration with SAQA, Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora." Thirty-nine pieces of artwork were juried into this exhibition, including four pieces from our regional members: Margaret Abramshe, Charlotte Bird, Sandra Lauterbach and Nancy Lemke.
SEDNA'S TEARS by Charlotte S. Bird
73" x 112"
(Photo by Eric Nancarrow)
"All works reflect upon the theme of “Diaspora.” Diaspora is the dispersion of a people from an established ancestral homeland. These communities remain simultaneously active in social, economic, cultural, or political processes in their country of origin and with compatriots worldwide."
WAILING WALL OF KRAKOW by Sandra E. Lauterbach
56" x 102"
(Photo by Gregory Case)

ONLY 8 1/2 OF MANY MILLIONS by Nancy Lemke
21"x  90"
Stories of Migration is now showing through September 24, 2016.
For more information and to view all of the quilts in this exhibit please click here.