Monday, October 5, 2015


Meet Mary Mattimoe, SAQA NM Artist

Mary answered a few questions for us:

Why do you do what you do?  I need a positive outlet for my energy.
Why quilt?  I love the quietness of fabric to the touch.
What themes do you pursue?  Communication Issues, Military Life, Biochemistry, and Representational Paintings.
What do you like about your artwork?  One of my dear friends recently told me my work was deceptively simple and that simplicity is exactly what I like.
What is your dream project?  It is still too big for words.
What is the most important tool in your studio? Needles, as long as I have a needle I can make it all happen. 
Where do you find ideas for your work? My ideas come from my experiences.
What project are you working on now?  I always have one that I am machine piecing, one that I am hand piecing, one that I am hand quilting, one that I am machine quilting, something I am designing, and something I am painting.  Then I work on whichever part is easiest for my mindset at the time.

Why art?  It is everything science, communication, struggle, hope in an attempt at making a connection with another being in some capacity.
What elements of your art bring you the most stress? When I do not get to make it. I have mandatory studio hours every day or no one wants to live with me.
Do you need validation in order to feel your art is good? Not really. It is nice, but I need to make my work either way. 

   Parts of the Sum: After my degree in Biochemistry, I found that my high school grandmother's flower garden dreams evolved into lovely plant cells. 

  Backyard Turtle:  This creature carried a lot of attitude around!

For October 2015, Mary's work can be seen in these venues:
Celebraciรณn at Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX
Natural Healing SAQA NM
High Plains Quilt Festival in Portales, NM

Contact Mary:

Monday, September 14, 2015


SAQA New Mexico Newsletter

Is fall here yet? I'm looking forward to some cooler whether! I hope your considering entering a piece into "Natural Healing"(find more information below). These pieces are relatively small making it easier to finish even if you decide to start one now. This should be a great show! Thank you Betty and team for the opportunity. 
Our Next Meeting
Our next potluck meeting will be at 11:00 am on September 19th at the Vista Grande Public Library in the Eldorado Community Center, 14 Avenida Terreon, next to the public school and senior center, Santa Fe. This is the first time we will meet there. It is free but the library does take donations, so if you feel so moved you may do so. Bring your latest show and tell, and I hope you are thinking of entering a piece or two into Natural Healing at the First Unitarian Church in October. We would like to see your piece or hear about your ideas for pieces for the show.
At this meeting we will have the first of our "lost" workshops; "Writing the Artist Statement". Come with your questions and bring a pen. You will want to get started once you learn how its easy it is and just what to include. Those of you who already have artist statements bring them with you so we can have examples to share. Hope to see you there.
I will bring any quilts and shipping materials that have not been picked up from the Cultural Red Show. Please make other arrangements with me if you will not be able to collect them at the meeting. I will also collect any pieces going to the Unitarian Church in October if they are ready and you will not be delivering them in person on October 10th. I will have copies of the artist loan agreements for those entering Natural Healing. These need to be filled out and delivered with your work.  
Exhibition News
From Betty: Thank you everyone, for making Cultural Red at the Capitol such a rousing success.
It will hang again next April-September at the Hubbard Museum in Ruidoso, this time including our out of state friends.
Stay tuned for shipping/delivery instructions.
Natural Healing is coming up really fast, the due date is October first, don't delay making something for this show!
It will premiere at the Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, which is also offering us a Mercado opportunity- see the call for entry.
Following the Unitarian, Lisa Ellis (SAQA president) will choose 20 works to travel to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to hang from July 9- September 9 2016, and then travel to the Inova Cancer Center in Fairfax, VA.  More venues are in the planning stage- this is a tremendous opportunity, don't miss it!
Seeds for SAQA will show at the Pennsylvania National show in Philadelphia, and then it will return to hang at the Hubbard along with Cultural Red and the non traveling portion of Natural Healing.
Mary Mattimoe has put together a wonderful PDF catalog of the show, click on the link to view- If you'd rather see it as a slide show, it's available here-
Thank you Mary and Schatzi Brimer for working on this!
keep up the good work everyone, the shows are looking fantastic!
Betty Busby

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