Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shipping 101

Shipping 101

Just in case you don't know how to ship your quilt to a show, or perhaps you need a little review, or maybe there are some things you just didn't know.  This post is for you.
Your quilt should be rolled around a pool noodle on the shortest side, so it doesn't come with creases in it.  A curator/juror has no time to press your quilt, and frankly shouldn't.

You can place archival tissue around the pool noodle, and then roll your quilt around that. This one shows the tissue wrapped with the quilt.
Place you quilt is a large Zip Lock bag.  Tie and ribbon around it to secure, or a piece a selvage, or even a piece of painters tape.  Adhere a piece of paper to the outside of the bag with your name and address as the sender, and the address of the person you are sending it to.  If by some chance your box is ruined somewhere along the line, it will have the send to address on the bundle.
  The box should fit the quilt.  Like this one. Use bubble wrap around the quilt for added protection.
An example of not how to send your quilt.  Don't ship it in a huge box.

Do not use packing peanuts. The biggest NO NO in the quilting industry. What is the person who receives the box suppose to do with them?  They take up too much room and are messy. In the recycling bin.

What is wrong with this picture?  Box is way to big in relation to the pool noodle.  Only send a slat when you are asked to. Otherwise, don't. Please use clear packing tape to secure the ends of your boxes, not duct tape. You spent a great amount of time making your quilt, so treat it right and take the time to pack it right.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Eye of the Artist Exhibit, Mission Viejo, CA

EYE OF THE ARTIST Exhibit Now Showing at Mission Viejo Library
The EYE OF THE ARTIST exhibit presented by Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists is currently on display at the Mission Viejo Library.  For more information and a brief preview, please see the video.  Click here to view

August 1 - 31, 2015

Participating artists:

Linda Anderson
Madeleine Bajracharya
Laura Bisagna
Mia Bloom
Cynthia Catlin
Linda Friedman
jo p. griffith
Mary Beth Kile
Teresa Shippy
Deborah Stanley
Eileen Wintemute

Mission Viejo Library South Gallery Hall
100 Civic Center Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: (949) 830-7100

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Congratulations to Oasis Artists!

Southern California and Southern Nevada SAQA members

A place to feel replenished, relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored.  It could be a favorite vacation spot, a concert, or somewhere in your neighborhood, your backyard, or even the oasis within.  A time or experience that is pleasant and restful.  We all have our own personal oasis' in physical, metaphorical or filed away as a memory.  Where do you go to find your oasis?
18" wide by 40" high - vertical format

This exhibit will debut at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs. Thurs to Sat, Oct 8-10 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  and at PIQF in Santa Clara - Oct 15-18

Serenity - Sharon Casey
Oasis in the Time of Drought - Cindy Cooksey
An Ocean Breeze - Celeste Covas
Au Jardin - Karen Cunagin
Easy of the Eyes - Linda Evans
Rock Creek - Linda Evans
Home Safe - Gail Hansen
Claremont Series #3 Hills & Trails - Sharon Hightower
By the Sea - Suzanne Kistler
Sanctuary - Kathleen McCabe
North of South - Elaine Millar
Part-Time Oasis - Kathy Nida
Huntington Oasis - Ellen November
Midnight at the Oasis - Kathryn Pellman
Rainmaker - Sue Rasmussen
Hot Springs Memory - Carol Sebastian-Neely
A View from the Back Door - Ann Turley
Urban Oasis: Watts Tower - Heather Urquhart
Shivers - Terry Waldron
Palm d'or - Deborah Weir

Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, jurors

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Call for Entry 2016: A Regional Exhibit


STITCH DIALECTIC is a juried exhibition of contemporary textiles showcasing the unique artistic voices of SAQA members living and working in the Southern California and Southern Nevada region.

The Poway Center for the Performing Arts is a stunning venue with more than 70,000 patrons passing through its doors each year. For the entire month of April 2016, the STITCH DIALECTIC exhibit will grace the circular walls of both the grand lobby and second level floor of this beautiful facility located in North County San Diego.

Any questions, please email Laura Bisagna: lolobee@lolobee.com

Click for prospectus:


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SAQA Table at Oasis Palm Springs - Oct 8-10

Oasis Palm Springs - SAQA Table Volunteer Sign Ups

Oasis Palm Springs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs
This is a great opportunity to have a SAQA information table by our exhibit, and raise awareness for the only organization for art quilters. Members can answer questions, talk about our regional exhibit and hand out membership brochures. Members who volunteer their time have the benefit of setting their business cards out on the table.
It might even be nice to have a meet and greet in our exhibit area to get to know one another. Please contact Anne Copeland if you are interested in handling this saqascanv@gmail.com
$14/admission for one day, includes re-admission Credit cards are not accepted for general admission tickets, so plan ahead with cash If you are planning to pre-register for classes, admission for all 3 days is included Parking at the convention center is $6.00
Volunteer Slots are for 2-hours, and please arrive on-time for your shift. email Anne Copeland at saqascanv@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer your time.  We need 2 volunteers per shift.

Thursday, October 8
10:0am to Noon
Noon to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, October 9
10:0am to Noon
Noon to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, October 10
10:0am to Noon
Noon to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Member Profile: Luke Haynes

Luke Haynes
Los Angeles, CA 
1.  Describe the work that you make: I make quilts using a traditional method of piecing with a modern twist. I pull from my architectural background and fine art training to create objects to talk about and look at. 

2.  Do you have a signature style? 
My style blends traditional methods with contemporary visuals. my style is often a very upfront figure with a more usual quilting foundation.

3.  What is your greatest accomplishment so far in the world of quilting? 
I have been shown across the world in venues that are having the conversation about art and not just quilts. Contemporary quilters and I have been able to expand our work into a dialog with the rest of the art world. 
Luke Quilt

4.  How do you work?  Do you piece, raw edge applique, fuse, glue, etc.?  Yes, I do it all.

5.  What was the turning point in your career when you knew that quilting was what you wanted to pursue?   
When I decided that I could create a business in it as well as a great opening to dialog within the world of art. 

6.  Do you enter your work in shows?  List your top 3 exhibits that you work has been shown in, and what year.
I enter exhibitions regularly. 
Brooklyn Museum in the permanent collection shown 2013-2014
Newark Museum  in the permanent collection shown Fall of 2013
American Folk art Museum  in the permanent collection shown Winter 2014

The American Context #3.  American Gothic

7.  Describe your studio space:  I have a 500 square foot open space for piecing and layout and a 300 square foot loft for the long arm and deep storage. 
8.  What are your three favorite tools in your studio?
Rotary cutter
BERNINA sewing machine
The artist with (iconography #7). Rags to Riches

9.  What other professional organizations are you affiliated with?  none. 

10.  When did you make your first art quilt?  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Regional Show - Oasis - ENTER ON-LINE

Art Call site is now open for business for you to enter your work for our regional show "Oasis."  Southern California and Southern Nevada SAQA members

We invite you to submit an art quilt for a juried exhibition that will debut at Oasis Palm Springs in early October and travel onto PIQF in mid-October 2015
We present "Oasis" as the theme for the exhibition
A place to feel replenished, relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored.  It could be a favorite vacation spot, a concert, or somewhere in your neighborhood, your backyard, or even the oasis within.  A time or experience that is pleasant and restful.  We all have our own personal oasis' in physical, metaphorical or filed away as a memory.  Where do you go to find your oasis?
18" wide by 40" high - vertical format
Nothing hanging off the sides, top or bottom of quilt.  No weights in the bottom portion of the quilt.

WRITING AN ARTISTS STATEMENT:  This is all about the piece that you made for this exhibit, NOT about you, as an artist.  What's it all about Alfie?  In 2-3 brief sentences tell us what your quilt is all about.  Where is your oasis?

We will use the online entry system 'Art Call'
Entry Fee $25/for up to three pieces
Online entry from July 1 - August 1
Deadline is August 1 at Midnight Eastern Time
Acceptances/Rejections - August 6
Late August/Early September - Quilts due

Member will pay for shipping both ways
One paragraph artist statement about the work that you created

Jurors:  Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  

Art Call Link http://saqacallforentries10.com 
Open now till August 1st midnight CST

Questions? email Jamie Fingal at jamie.fingal@gmail.com

Let's all make a quilt for this regional exhibit and support our region and SAQA!  It will be fabulous! 

If you have friends who are interested in making a quilt for this exhibit, but are not SAQA members, this is a good time to join!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Member Profile: Karen Cunagin

Karen Cunagin

San Diego, California

1.  Describe the work that you make. I am a lifelong fiber artist and textile lover concentrating on quilt-like, two-dimensional work for the last ten years.  (My first quilt was an art quilt for Hoffman Fabrics at Quilt Market in 2003.)  As a college instructor I’ve become a “universalist” — I piece, I appliqué; I dye and print and paint.  I stitch by hand and machine.  Color, line and design are the facets of the work I emphasize.

2.  Do you have a signature style? While I make figurative work, I also love the geometry of our quilt block heritage.  I like to be a bridge between that tradition and contemporary practice.  As I design all the projects for my classes (some 80 so far) — writing patterns, making samples, and often re-interpreting that basic plan into my own expression — I try to keep it always fresh, something new. My own work is probably best recognized by my use of color and pattern — I love commercial fabric, and I love putting together surprising combinations incorporating both old and new goods.
Las Mananitas 59x55

3.  Favorite color palette?  How do you pick a favorite color palette?  I guess it’s something different than what I just did  — though it seems many of my samples are a range of values in acidy green and/or red! I generally use hues that are rich and clear.  They reflect the light of Southern California.

4.  How do you work?  I always work on a design wall.  Even though I imagine I know what combinations of fabric will look like, there’s nothing like seeing the parts together — do the values work? —  is there enough/too much contrast? — how does it look from some distance?  I never know the end from the beginning; I start with a concept and see when the project leads me…  Most of the time there’s a story in the work — and it comes out in the process. There are always lots of little surprises I embed in the work, details that can be discovered with time invested looking at it.

One of my favorite methods is “free-range’ piecing — I use leftover parts/scraps from a formal project — and see what the colors, patterns will do.  I’ve learned not to give up too soon — there may need to be more of the work on the wall before I can see what’s really happening.

Given the choice, I don’t want ‘one’ red — I want twenty.

5.  Where do you find your inspiration?  I’m a flower girl — I’m inspired by the garden.  And the meaning of The Garden in all its historical contexts.  I’m excited by the work of fellow artists — Ruth McDowell, Joe Cunningham, Nancy Crow, Karen Stone, Gwen Marston… I love all things Japanese.  And Scandinavian!
So Many Birds in the Air, So Many Fish in the Sea 56x58

6.  Do you enter your work in shows?  List your top 3 exhibits that you work has been shown in, and what year. As I support myself I’ve had many avenues of income — college teaching, guild lectures and workshops, quilt shows and retreats, fine juried craft shows, work in gallery/museum venues, in books and magazines, public art projects, an Etsy shop…  I learned that showing my work is usually an investment of funds rather than income — so I don’t enter many exhibits.  However, my work has been seen in the Visions Biennial 2006, Sacred Threads 2013 and Sheila Frampton-Cooper’s Perspectives exhibit at Road 2 California 2013.

7.  Describe your studio space?  My studio space is in my home — the place most people would call a family room.  Of course I have a vast collection of fabric there (I AM a professional!), and all the basic notions and tools.  The work space is an active environment, but well-organized.  I think you have to see what you’ve got or you’ll never use it.  I crazy about my Juki sewing machine.  In fact, I have two — one at home and one at school.

Sugarbirds Migration 53x53

8.  How do you balance your life between art, family, friends, etc?  I do not balance my life.  My children are grown and live far away (art professor in MN and career Coast Guardsman) — and I miss them like mad.  So I work continuously.  I love my solitude and I love my students and give them everything I’ve got.  As I will work forever (that’s what artists do), I take time for lunch with friends and make/host visits as often as I can.      

9.  What other profession organizations are you affiliated with?  In addition to SAQA membership, I support AQS and the Visions Art Museum, where I recently finished a 3-year term on the Board of Directors.

10.  When did you make your first art quilt?  2003

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Member Profile: Bob Hix

Bob Hix 
Yucca Valley, CA

1) Describe the work that you make. Much of my work has been symbolic and abstract. I have a background in interior design of architectural buildings and homes, so I appreciate clean lines and pieces that stand on their own.

2) Do you have a signature style? Yes, though it is changing. In the past, I tended to create abstract, art deco style. I am beginning to move into strong figurative pieces and symbolism.

4) How do you work? I often paint on my pieces, and I enjoy precision piecing. I don't tend to use embellishments, but I do like strong lines and accents.

5) Where do you find your inspiration? It comes from inside me; it is usually some symbolic and yet abstract form, often from dreams.

6) Do you enter your work in shows? Yes, I do. I am going to have one or more pieces in the Mancuso show in Desert Hot Springs this September.

7) Describe your studio space .I live in an architectural home in Yucca Valley at the top of a hill. I need serenity when I work, so my studio is a reflection of that natural light and simple, clear space. I am a very prolific artist, so I might have more than one piece in progress, but usually my studio reflects that serenity.

8) How do you balance your life between art, family, friends, etc.?  My life partner is in hospice, so that has taken a lot of my attention this year. As for friends and family, I am a very social person and enjoy meeting with all kinds of quilters and interesting people.

9) What other professional organizations are you affiliated with?  I have been working solidly on my own work, and teaching some classes, so I have not been affiliated with any organizations in the past, but now I am a new member of SAQA. 

Bob Hix does not maintain a web site and does not enjoy being on the computer, but you will likely see his work at one of the shows - Anne Copeland

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Shows Around Town

Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life's bi-annual makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music.

All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly.

Vendors are selected by a jury and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more!

Dear Handmade Life founders, Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson have a passion for empowering creatives with education and a forum to help people make a living doing what they love.

For nearly a decade, the aunt-and-niece team has been producing Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival, a biannual multi-city fair showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. In 2012 they founded Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference, featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on food & craft workshops and lectures and panels on creative business. Delilah and Nicole also share DIY craft projects, tips on creative entrepreneurship, recipes, their adventures and inspiration to make every day awesome on their blog.


Long Beach, California
June 7, 2015 – Marine Stadium – Appian Way @ Bayshore– Long Beach, California – 11-5pm

Warp & Wool
The Makery, 423 S. Brookhurst St, Ste L, Anaheim, CA - Handmade Community.
Be with us the weekend of June 5th & 6th as we celebrate the work of Josef Albers with a curated woven tapestry gallery.Experience the marriage of texture and modern color theory during this welcoming & inclusive exhibition. 

Friday, June 5th, 2015
5:30pm-6:30pm / Opening wine reception
6:30pm-9:30pm* / Open to guests of the Etsy Craft Party only

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
11:00am-5:00pm / Open to the public
6:00pm-7:00pm / Wine reception
7:00pm-10:00pm* / Open to guests of the Etsy Craft Party only


OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, June 27th   7-10pm

LOCATION:  The Loft as Liz's
                   453 So. La Brea Avenue  (one block north of Wilshire Blvd.)
                    Los Angeles, CA 90036

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