Thursday, May 14, 2015


Santa Fe Sunflowers: Enchanted Threads 2012  Albuquerque, NM, 
New Mexico Unfolding, 2013, Capitol Rotunda Gallery
Shades of the Southwest, AQS show 2015

I guess I have always had a desire to be an artist but never seemed to have the talent/ability.  From my earliest memories I wanted to draw, to express what I was feeling, thinking or imagining.  This was always an inner struggle for me but when my mother began to make quilts again in the 1970s, I became fascinated with the colors and patterns and soon was off and quilting.  So here I am now finally being able to do what I always wanted to do - make art.

In trying out several different types of art quilts, I finally found that I like to tell stories and share what is in my imagination.  I want my quilts not only to tell a story but to be fun.  I want them to leave room for the viewer's imagination to add to the story if they want, but always the ultimate goal is to make people feel good.

 Snap Dragons:  Art Quilts XIX 2014 - Permission to Play
Chandler , AZ
2015 Fiber Arts Fiesta

I work from things I visualize in my head and when I first started making art quilts, I would just start sewing everything together, but with some workshops and coaching from my husband I now work sketching out my ideas and finalizing the design.  This is still a very frustrating thing for me to do, as I want to just jump right in and start sewing, but I now understand the value of planning.  This doesnt mean that everything will turn out exactly as planned because I may want to make changes as I go or I may think of something that I feel will might make the piece more interesting.

I wish I would have started doing this a lot sooner, but as it is I do get a lot of support and encouragement at home.  I have learned that the only way to get better and grow is to keep experimenting and trying new things.  If you just keep doing the same thing the same way life will become really boring really fast. My hope is that when people see my quilts they go away with a little more joy in their lives.  Life should be about joy, happiness and having fun.


Once Upon a Time:; Art Quilts XVIII: ARTrageous 2013 
2015 Fiber Arts Fiesta 

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