Saturday, July 25, 2015


The New Mexico SAQA exhibit, Seeds for SAQA, How Does Your Garden Grow?, premiered last weekend, July 17, at the Silver City Fiber Festival. The exhibit spanned fourteen panels, consisting of over 70 quilts.  The exhibit was met with rave reviews!

Each quilt is 16X16 inches square, mounted on an 18X24 inch foam core board.  Each board is labeled with the title of the seed and the artist's name...they look just like the front of a seed packet!  The polka dot edge really sets them off against the black drape.  The consistency of the presentation has a wonderful impact on the audience.

These photos show only a few of the many quilts...just a tease.  A PDF catalog of the entire show, including the artist statements, will soon be available on this blog site.  Check back in a week or two.

Monday, July 6, 2015


The complete information and prospectus for the newest SAQA New Mexico exhibit is now posted on the blog on the CALL FOR ENTRY page, NATURAL HEALING.  It is also available on the SAQA website.  There are a few items that are a bit different from previous calls.  They are highlighted in red on the copy of the call below.

Natural Healing
Call for Entry

An exhibition of contemporary fiber art to premiere at the
First Unitarian Church,
6045 McKinney Dr NE, Albuquerque
October 11-November 20 2015
The Hubbard Museum of the American West,
Ruidoso, New Mexico
April 1- September 2, 2016


July 2:  Call for entries issued.
October 1, 2015: Deadline for receipt of entries AND ENTRY FEES
October 10, 2015: delivery to the Church by 8:30 am
October 18, 2015: Mercado at the Church 9 am- 12:30 pm
November 21, 2015, take down at the Church 8:30 am- artwork MUST be picked up at this time

April 1, 2016: Exhibit opens at Hubbard Museum
September 2, 2016: Exhibit closes


Since the dawn of history, humans have used plants and animals to cure the sick, heal wounds, and promote health.
Our challenge is to represent one or more of these items, in a representational or abstract way, on a quilt that is 20” wide by 30” tall.
You may find inspiration in traditional or modern medicine.
To prevent duplication of subjects, please email me with the topic you are considering so I can check to see if it’s already being done.
For instance, I am planning to do willow (source of aspirin) and sea urchin-
Michelle will do blueberries and don’t do any of them.


All work must meet the definition of an Art Quilt:  “The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered construction.”

Applicants must be current NM SAQA members residing in any state.  Only original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant (s) will be considered; no patterns, kits or copies.  All artists collaborating on an artwork must be listed as entrants and sign the loan agreement.


The work will not be juried as long as it fulfills the instructions and is delivered on time.  Out of state residents are responsible for shipping and insurance both ways. 
In the event that there are too many entries for the display space at the Church, work will be hung in a rotating basis throughout the duration of the show.

Entry Requirements

  • o   Work should relate to the theme, may be representational or abstract
  • o   Dimensions of the quilt must be 30 “ high and 20” wide
  • o   Three dimensional aspects are permissible
  • o   A maximum of two quilts per artists may be entered
  • o   All work needs to be delivered with a wired slat. Instructions will be sent with acceptance letter
  • o   Each work must have a 4” wide sleeve sewn to the back- SEWN not basted or fused.
  • o   All entries must have a label attached to the back with the title of your work, artist’s name and email address.

To Enter:

Email the following to Betty Busby at  

>ONE full image of your quilt
Each image should be approximately 1800 pixels on the longest side.  
in the email, please include the following:
> your name
>phone #
>sale price- or insurance value if it’s not for sale
>title of work
>an artist statement relating to the theme of the work.
>the entry fee of $30.00 may be paid online through the SAQA store.
link will be sent after your application is received.
Email ONLY entries are accepted- do not send paper copies.

Shipping, Insurance and Sales

Work that is sold during the show at the Unitarian will be charged a 30% commission by the church, so price accordingly.
Artists will be responsible for the cost of shipping work to and from the show, and must provide their own insurance while in transit.
The work is covered by SAQA insurance while hanging.


SAQA members have the opportunity to sell additional items related to their artwork at the church from 9am- 12:30 pm on October 18.
This is an excellent opportunity, sales have been substantial in the past.
Sign up sheets for this activity will be distributed a few weeks in advance.

Delivery and pick up of work

All work must be delivered to the Church by 8:30 am October 10, and picked up at 8:30 am November 21, 2015.

Betty Busby


The SEEDS BY SAQA exhibit will open at the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival on Friday, July 17.  It will be on display both Friday and Saturday.  For more information on the festival and hotel information, click here.

From Michelle:  Our July New Mexico SAQA meeting and dinner will be at 6 pm Friday night at the Adobe Springs Restaurant on Hwy. 180 in Silver City.   Please let Michelle know if you will be attending so she can make reservations.

There will be no workshops in Silver City.  Many were concerned that they would miss the  information because they couldn't attend the workshops in Silver City.  They may be held in conjunction with a future meeting.

Monday, June 29, 2015


An exhibit by DyeFusion

DyeFusion is a group of seven women who enjoy playing with dyes and paints and creating one of a kind altered fabrics.  Their challenge for this display was to make prints on fabric.  Each of these quilts began as a monoprint created using a large etching press.  Since prints are usually created on paper, they experimented to find techniques for printing on this new surface.  They used oil printing inks with a large sheet of plexiglass, to create the original plate from which they printed.  They also created smaller companion prints on paper.

The exhibit will hang at the Esther Bone Library during July and August.
Esther Bone Library
950 Pinetree Road
Rio Rancho, NM
Tuesday 12-8
Wednesday – Saturday 9-5
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Michelle will be speaking at the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild meeting on Monday, June 22...her workshop will follow.  Can't wait to hear your presentation, Michelle!
If you are attending, Michelle will collect your Seed Packet quilts.  Don't forget to get your application and entry fee to Betty.  All the information is on the Call for Entry page at the top of the blog.

June 22 -- Monday. 9:30 a.m. in the Main Room of the Women's Center, Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Program: Michelle Jackson “The Value of Value”. Michelle is an award winning quilter who started out in fashion and now specializes in art quilts and exaggerating color to capture moments and tell stories. “What tweak of color can I use to help people see what I want them to see or feel what I want them to feel.
Workshop: Color Manipulation for Quilters12: 00 4:00 p.m. in the main room. Email Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak at to register for the class. Fee: $40. 

For more information,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Betty has won the award for Most Innovative Use of the Medium at Quilt National 2015.  How exciting!

Betty Busby
Tribute ©BB
60 by 20 by 18
Linen, oil paintsticks, armature, fabric paint. Hand painted, stenciled, machine quilted, hand stitched.

Artist’s Statement: I majored in ceramics and spent almost 20 years operating my own business. I am revisiting the classical pottery forms of the past, this time in fiber, using the medium to push the traditional shapes in new directions. The title refers to the traditional Chinese ginger jar shape that inspired this work.

To read more about the exhibit, go to


SAQA New Mexico Newsletter
Our last meeting In May
Wow! It was interesting getting to Jennifer's in Santa Fe. It started to snow (blizzard like) about 10 minutes south of Santa Fe. I almost turned around, but then thought. "It's MAY. How can this continue?" By the time the meeting started it was clearing and there were even spots of sun on the the way home. We had 18 members and two guests despite the weather.
Thank you Jennifer for hosting the meeting despite your busy schedule (class the day before and leaving for Mexico the day after) You are wonderwoman! 
Our Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be July 18th in Silver City in conjunction with the Silver City Fiber Arts Fiesta. There will be more details in the next news letter. I hope you are planning to come. We had a wonderful little get away last year. Silver City is beautiful. Here is a link to find out more about the festival and hotel information.

Please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend so we can plan our mini workshops for Saturday morning and the dinner for Friday evening. So far we plan to have mini-workshops on "Writing an Artist Statement". "Taking Photos 101 of Your Quilts" and "Using Photo Shop to Resize Images". If you would like to help with any of these workshops please let me know. They will be 20 minute workshops/discussions with handouts. 
Look for more details to follow in the next email.
Don't forget to check out the latest happenings on our blog. Also If you have local art related information that others might be interested in this is the place to post it.  
Exhibition News
I have your pieces from "A Color Runs Through It". Please text me at 321-7847 if you would like to pick your piece up on a particular day/time. I will let you know if I will be at my studio then. Mornings are almost always good unless I'm teaching a class.
Seeds for SAQA/How Does Your Garden Grow will premiere at the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival July 17 & 18, and then travel to the Hubbard Museum in Ruidoso April '16.
Entries are due by July 1.
Message from Betty,
The entries for our seed packet show have been rolling in and they are looking great! Please don't wait until the last minute to send them in (which is July 1)- I have to order special printouts and mount each one on a custom board.
I've assembled a few below so you can see how they look- the whole display should be outstanding!
They will premiere at the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival in July, then travel on to Pennsylvania National in September, then the Hubbard Museum next April.
There have been multiple entries for butterfly bush and clematis so far, so please try to think of something else if you haven't started yet.
Also, I've been looking into getting cards printed of these that we could sell as a fundraiser so try to get quality photos of your work. 

The inspiration for the Seeds show came from the Hudson Valley Seed Company, which has been using artwork to illustrate their seed packets.
They have a call for entry every spring- maybe your fiber art can be on one of their products!

Future Call For Entries
Save some time to enter something for our NEXT call, which will go out later in June and be due by OCTOBER-
It's called Natural Healing, and will feature any plants that are used in medicine.
The size will be 20" wide by 30" high, and will premiere in Albuquerque at the Unitarian Church in October, then move onto additional venues.
It is a SAQA showcase, and won't be juried.

Cultural Red
Cultural Red runs through August 14th. Tell all your friends!