Sunday, September 26, 2010

Line by Line — New York Times

Rosemary Kessler has sent the link to the series Line by Line in the New York Times — The first actual lesson was this week's article.

Jean Judd's exhibit in Texas

Jean Judd has sent a link,, for a virtual tour of the National Society of Artists juried exhibition at the Center for the Arts and Sciences in Clute, Texas. Her textile artwork, Rusted Grapes (see below), is in the first slide on the right-hand side. She indicates that she is the only textile artwork in the exhibition. The exhibition is on now, and the opening reception was September 25, 2010.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Next Meeting 9/21/2010 at Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear

Hi.  Welcome to our new members!  Our next meeting is this Tuesday, September 21st, at the Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear.  We will meet at 5:30 for potluck and 6:30 for the meeting.  The address is 5287 Otter Lake Road, off of hwy. 96, very close to 35E.  Google Tamarack Nature CenterMN, for a map.

Things to remember:

Bring a nature-themed quilt for our exhibit at Tamarack starting mid-October.  It should include a hanging stick with holes on each end.  Be sure your name and the name of the quilt are on the back.  If you prefer to wait and give your piece to Nancy Mambi or John Stein at the Textile Center, please have it to them by Oct. 8th.  The exhibit will run through November.

Bring white paper or a sketchbook and a soft lead pencil or #6 ebony pencil.  Karen Wallach will lead us in a short sketching session, using the displays at the nature center as our subjects.

Bring show and tell.  Word is spreading how great the show and tell is at our meetings so you don’t want to be left out.

Bring food to share.

Cyndi Kaye has proposed a challenge to us all.  She is trying to get the blog to be a regular stop for people so she is asking you to leave a comment on her query on the blog.  Those who do so by Tuesday morning will be entered in a drawing for a set of six iridescent paint stiks.  That is a huge prize!   The address is  

In November the meetings will go to Saturday mornings for the winter.  The next meeting is November 20th at the Textile Center.

See you this Tuesday!!  Susan Stein

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Today, a group of fiber artists questioned the meaning of "UFO's", those art pieces that you start but can't seem to finish. Do we really need to finish every art quilt we start? Is it a character flaw? Do deadlines effect how likely you are to finish a piece?How can we set ourselves up for success (completion) in the future? Please respond on the subject at the blog site. We will give away a set of Shiva Iridescent Primary Color Paintsticks (6 pack) at the next meeting, September 21, 2010. Winners will be drawn from name of SAQA MN members who respond to this blog inquiry. 

Upcoming SAQA deadlines

DEADLINES and DATES, taken from the SAQA September 2010e.Bulletin

September 9, 2010 - Visioning Project Conference Call 
September 10, 2010 - Online submissions begin for "Beyond Comfort"

September 15, 2010 - Gregory Case Conference Call - Professionally Photographing Your Quilts

September 20, 2010
 - SAQA's 2010 Benefit Auction Part 1 starts

September 27, 2010 - SAQA's 2010 Benefit Auction, Part 2 starts

October 4, 2010 - SAQA's 2010 Benefit Auction, Part 3 starts

October 10, 2010 - DEADLINE: last day for online submissions for "Beyond Comfort"

October 13, 2010 - Monica Dixon Conference Call - 10 Steps to Take

November 1, 2010 - DEADLINE for submissions for "No Holds Barred"

November 1, 2010 - DEADLINE Journal Gallery submissions: Green

January 21, 2011 - DEADLINE "This is a Quilt!" Trunk Show entries