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!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Beautiful Shibori Dyed Fabric by Linda

From Michelle:

The Santa Fe meeting on Saturday, May 16, was an adventure in wonderland with a short blizzard. Twenty of us braved the weather to attend.
Planning is taking place for the mini workshops and dinner that will take place with the opening of "How Does Your Garden Grow" at the Silver City Fiber Arts Fiesta, July 17th and 18th.   Hotel recommendations will also be available shortly.
A newsletter will follow soon with much more info. 

I am taking a few week hiatus from the blog and will update again in mid-June.


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.

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