Friday, October 23, 2015


Please scroll all the way down to the end of this email.

Thanks everyone for making Natural Healing such a wonderful show- the church is very pleased with it, and it looks terrific hung together.
Especially appreciated are our members who came to the mercado to help out: Gale Oppenheim, Cynthia Fowler, Schatzi Brimer Lynn Rogers, Cheryl FitzGerald, Vel Saddington and Judith Roderick.

We took a selection of the Seeds quilts to hang just for the weekend- they loved them so much that they asked to leave them up for the rest of the show!

 How Does Your Garden Grow? at the church

 Vel and a very handsome customer, with some of her work - Healing in the background.

one section of healing- there are 41 pieces in all.

finally, there were a few hanging issues.  The instructions I sent out specified the hole for the wire in the slat to be drilled in the upper corner.
several people drilled their holes in the center of the slat, causing it to twist and hang crosswise- check the examples
   bad- wire is attached to the center of the slat

We will alter the slats that are improperly made after the show comes down for works that were shipped in.
The show will be taken down November 21 at 8:30 am.  I will bring the Healing quilts to the SAQA meeting - November 21 at 11:00 am in Albuquerque at the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church. 
We can keep them until their next venue, or you may pick them up at that time.
the work is available for viewing weekdays, call the church office at 8841801 to arrange it.
the Natural Healing Catalog (thank you Shannon) is available from Blurb-

Betty Busby



It's hard to believe that it is October, my favorite month of the year here in New Mexico. I hope you are enjoying the slightly cooler weather and changing of seasons that will soon bring brilliant colors. It was so good to see all of you at our last meeting at the Library in Eldorado. It is a very nice place to meet and weather permitting we will continue to meet there when our meetings are scheduled for Santa Fe. I hope the mini workshop on writing an artist statement was helpful. I will have the handouts at the next meeting for those of you interested in them. We will also have another mini workshop and I will let you know which one in the November newsletter.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on November 21 at 11:00 am in Albuquerque at the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church. This is the best date because the Natural Healing exhibit will come down the day before and if you can not make it for the take down and want your piece back before the next exhibit I will have them available for pick up at that meeting. (More on Natural Healing to follow)
I have been collecting pieces for the Natural Healing exhibit. They are beautiful! Tomorrow is the last delivery and set up date at the Unitarian Church. Please email me if have not already dropped your piece off  to me and can not make it to the church by 8:30 tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for reading the directions carefully and delivering your pieces complete with the loan agreement and the proper hanging equipment! Excellent job!

Natural Healing Message from Betty

Thanks everyone for your awesome entries to Natural Healing. Remember you need a signed hard copy of the 2 page loan agreement and a wired slat in your quilt in order for it to hang. We will see you at 8:30 am at the church, 3701 Carlisle, on October 10 unless you have shipped the piece or delivered it to Gale or Michelle. I've been asked if the work will be available for viewing on weekdays, they ask that you call the church office at 8841801 to arrange this.
We have been offered a Mercado at the church on Sunday October 18 from 9 am to 12 noon. There is no charge for table and church members will be on hand to help us set up and take down. They will take a 30% commission on slaes, so price accordingly. You can bring any items you wish from jewlery to dyed fabrics- just not used furniture or anything like that. PLEASE LET ME KNOW RIGHT AWAY if you plan to participate- I need to give them a head count.
We will have a SAQA stand there, and I would love to have some help with that- we'll sell cards and magnets from our shows- the Seeds quilts are back and we can have a display of them too- let me know if you want me to bring yours. (our of towners don't bother, I know where you are)
Thanks very much to Schatzi for editing the statements and making the labels, and to Shannon for creating an online catalog for us.  (if you haven't sent me a pic or the pic is terrible we need it right away!)
Finally, I created a poster for the show, and have been asked about  copies to purchase. The cost would be $15, plus shipping- they are 20x30". Another option is to have your own printed, the file is too big to email but you can download it from this link-
Lisa Ellis (incoming SAQA president) will choose 20 pieces from Healing to travel to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland, from June 9-September 9 2016.  They will then travel to Inova Cancer Center in Fairfax MD and from there to the University of Michigan.
THANK YOU to Lisa for finding the venues for us and for being our juror.

If your Healing quilt does sell at the church you will have FOUR weeks to replace it if you want to have it travel.
The remaining 21 works from Healing will hang at the Hubbard next year.
Betty Busby
If you need to, please respond to me by clicking my name below instead of replying to this email. Thanks.
I hope to see you soon. Happy art quilting,
Michelle Jackson 
SAQA NM Representative

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