Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Congratulations to NM SAQA members accepted into Sacred Threads!!

Holly Altman, Nora Beebe, Sandra Branjord, Shannon Conley, Carolyn Castaneda, Jennifer Day, Martha Wolf, Marianne Williamson, and Judith Roderick.

For more information:

Friday, April 24, 2015


After much anticipation and hard work, the SAQA New Mexico show, CULTURAL RED, opened last Friday evening at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Santa Fe.

All who attended were overwhelmed by the beauty and fine workmanship shown in each of the quilts in the exhibit.  Great food, great conversation and great art....a winning combination!

The show runs through August 17, 2015.   The gallery is open Monday thru Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm. PLEASE NOTE:  The gallery is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Have you heard the good news????  You might want a copy for your collection.

Congratulations to all the NM SAQA members who have work included in the beautiful new book 1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider.

Vicki Conley, Shannon Conley, Patricia Gould, Martha Wolfe, Marianne Williamson, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Julie Filatoff, Judith Roderick, Holly Altman, and Barbara Watler.

The book is available on Amazon:

Monday, April 6, 2015


A COLOR RUNS THROUGH IT, a New Mexico SAQA exhibit, can be seen at the Denver National Quilt Festival from April 30 thru May 2, 2015.  Good opportunity for a road trip!

Saturday, March 28, 2015


The SAQA New Mexico regional quilters met in Albuquerque on March 14.  Show and Tell was exciting!  Many quilts for our upcoming exhibit, CULTURAL RED, were shown by their makers and received with oohs and aahs from the entire group.  Many northern New Mexico art quilt members (also SAQA members) showed their challenge quilts, a 12 X 12 based on three randomly selected color chips.  The photo above shows how Jeri Beitel used her colors to celebrate spring.

Plans for the April 17 opening of CULTURAL RED were discussed.  Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak is handling refreshments, and Ann Anastasio is taking reservations for the dinner after the reception at Pecos Trail Cafe in Santa Fe.  If you did not sign up at the meeting, please let her know if you will be attending (  See the IMPORTANT DATES page for information as to when your quilts need to be delivered and more specifics about the show.

Keep working on the Seed Packet project and get them to Betty Busby ahead of the July 1 make her job easier.  See the prospectus by clicking on the Call for Entry page at the top of the blog.

Our next meeting is May 16 in Santa Fe...location to be determined.

Monday, March 2, 2015


Metamorphosis  *Houston 2014, currently on tour
Internal changes represented by fiber to felted flowers.
 External changes represented by cocoon to butterfly.

 I am a story teller. I use fabric, beads, cords and other objects to write my stories. The image I create reflects what I think and feel. I want my work to be relatable and meaningful. If I am successful, when someone looks at my work, ’it’ becomes their story, too.

I don’t quilt unless the topic means something to me. I will do research, take pictures and collect objects that relate to that project. This process can take months to over a year.

Once I sit down and attempt to quilt, anything can happen! The quilt takes on a life of its own: construction or a miscue  may take me in a totally different direction. I believe my quilts have their own soul.

I have been very blessed. I have exhibited in Taiwan, Sacred Threads,  Houston, and across the country. I have had my quilts appear in magazines. I guess the obvious question would be: What next? I really don’t know!

I didn’t expect this. I didn’t plan for this, but it is a huge part of my life now.
My quilting experiences, have taught me to believe, anything is possible. Whatever the future will bring, I bet it’ll make a good story!


Who’s Laughing Now  *Houston, 2015 IQF 2016 Quilt, Knit, Stitch 2016
Paiute Story: Legend People laughed at Coyote, he changed them into stone. Now they are hoodoos at Bryce National Canyon.

Bark Cloth Mask *Santa Fe 2015 Hubbard Museum 2016
Interpretation of  ancestral  New Guinea masks.

Note: All photographs done by Allen Mitchell Photography

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Please join me in congratulating four New Mexico Artists for their inclusion in the SAQA exhibition Wild Fabrications. Pieces from Holly Altman, Nora Bebee, Jennifer Day and Judith Roderick were selected by juror Geoffrey Gorman. Wild Fabrications will celebrate a world of animals both real and fantastical.  Contributing artists were asked to let their imaginations run wild, push their limits and create interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and embellishment. It will be very exciting to see their interpretation of the theme. Wild fabrications will premiere at the International Quilt Festival in Houston October 2015.
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative