Friday, May 31, 2013


I hope everyone had a wonderful kickoff to summer over the Memorial Day Weekend. Our last meeting was on May 18th in Santa Fe. The show and tell was inspiring as usual and the comments and stories from those who attended the conference were encouraging. I hope you all are able to attend a conference at some point. Next year it’s in Washington DC, May 1-4. Think about it!
Our next pot luck meeting will be in Albuquerque at the Ambassador for Christ Community Church at 11:00am.  I will send directions with the newsletter about one week before that meeting. For this meeting plan on bringing a photo “you” have taken that you think might be inspiration for a quilt.  Be ready to tell us why or how you are inspired.  Is there something about the subject or fantastic lighting or color? Or maybe it’s about pattern, texture or line? 
A New Exhibition opportunity from our exhibition committee is explained below.  Please see the attachment/entry form for this exhibit. This should be great fun; not too big, simple challenge with fabulous possibilities!  Please consider entering this one. Note the deadline for entry is October 15.  Have fun!
Also keep in mind Beyond Tradition in Ruidoso April 2014.  Entries for that show are 24" min., 65". Max. Entries will be taken from September through January. We also discussed having the April 2014 meeting in Ruidoso for the opening of this show. We will have hotel and other information about this in the future. 

Announcing a SAQA challenge, A Color Runs Through It.

The works should be 18x24", vertical or horizontal orientation.
Black, white, and any shade in between can be used plus one color- abstracts and representational work welcomed.

The initial showing will be at the Silver City Fiber show, November 15 & 16 2013.

October 15, 2013: Deadline for receipt of entries
October 20, 2013: Notification of acceptance will be emailed
November 10, 2013: Accepted artwork delivery to pick up point- TBD- one in SF, one in ABQ.
November 15-16, 2013: Exhibition dates. Your family and friends are welcome to attend.
November 16 , 2013: pick up work at the venue OR in Albuquerque or Santa Fe November 20.

Entry fee only $10.00- checks should be made out to SAQA and mailed to Betty Busby, 14306 Oakwood Ol, Albuquerque NM 87123.

Out of state and in state SAQA members are eligible to enter, entrants are responsible for shipping both ways.


ENTRY FORM-A Color Runs Through It

Entry deadline :October 15, 2013

Artist's Name:
Website (optional)

Entry 1:

Artist's Statement:

Size in inches 18x24”
retail sales price :
insurance value:

Entry 2:

Artist's Statement: 

Size in inches 18x24”
retail sales price :
insurance value:


I agree to loan my artwork to the A color Runs Through It exhibit at the Silver City Fiber Show November 15-16, 2013

I agree to permit images of my accepted work to be used in any publicity, in any media format, associated with the promotion of the exhibition.

Artist's Signature (can be typed in): 


Non-refundable entry fee is $10 for up to TWO entries.
Please make checks payable to SAQA, and mail them to:
 Betty Busby
14306 Oakwood Pl.
Albuquerque NM 87123.

Images should be a minimum of 1800 pixels on the shortest side.
Please name each file with your name and the title of the work-i.e.  gould-moonrise-full

Email images and entry forms to Betty Busby,

October 15, 2013: Deadline for receipt of entries
October 20, 2013: Notification of acceptance will be emailed
November 10, 2013: Accepted artwork delivery to pick up point- TBD- one in SF, one in ABQ.
November 15-16, 2013: Exhibition dates. Your family and friends are welcome to attend.
November 16 , 2013: pick up work at the venue OR in Albuquerque or Santa Fe November 20.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


The 2013 Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta has wrapped up for another two years.  SAQA members from all over the country were well represented in the quilt show that was sponsored by the New Mexico Quilters' Association and Thimbleweeds Guilds.

Congratulations go to Nancy Steidle, winner of Best in Show and to all the many other members who won ribbons.  Following are some pictures of New Mexico SAQA member quilts and even a couple from the New England SAQA chapter.

Shannon Conley of Moore, Oklahoma had entries in AFAF and congratulations to her on receiving Best of Show at the Machine Quilters' Showcase in Kansas for her dinosaur quilt that was in our Walk in the Wild Show.  Although the tornado that tore through Moore, OK came very close to Shannon's home, they are all okay.  Let's all give our best thoughts to folks in Moore who were devastated by this storm.

Apologies go out to the creators of these wonderful pieces of art.  These photographs taken with my iphone do not do them any justice.   I also apologize for any quilts in the show created by SAQA members that I missed.

Nancy Steidle's Best of Show - the bead work is phenomenal!

Thanks to Anita McSorley for Chairing the Committee to make the show possible
and here is her blue ribbon winner!!

The following are entries from New England SAQA members!


I am sorry to say this posting is late in coming, but if there are any Floridians reading this, be sure to take note!!

I'd like to invite everyone to my solo show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Florida.
The opening is this Friday, May 31- it begins with an artist talk from 6-7, followed by the reception until 9. Quilt National '11 is also at the center in another gallery, so it should be a fun evening.
I have a 2 day workshop at the Center over the weekend, June 1&2.
Hope to see you there!

Betty Busby

Monday, May 13, 2013


The SAQA conference in Santa Fe was wonderful! There were 26 of us (those having New Mexico as their first or second region) in attendance. If you attended the conference and will be at the next meeting, would you be ready to tell us a memory of the conference; perhaps what inspired you, something new you learned, someone you met. Don’t forget show and tell. We want to see what you’ve been working on now that you’ve been so inspired.
Our next pot luck meeting will be this Saturday, May 18th at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe at 11:00 am. I hope to see you there. We will have updates on current and future exhibits.
There has been a wonderful response to the Capitol Rotunda Show. Don’t forget to check out the article about the show in Quilter Magazine now available on newsstands. Also, Gale's Aspen quilt was in the Friday weekend magazine called PASATIEMPO, page 70.
A Walk in the Wild has been accepted as a special exhibit in Houston! Congratulations to those accepted: Busby- Desert Fox, Williamson- A Fire Among the Ponderosa, Bebee- A-Maizing and Where's Jack, Welsch- Aspens, FitzGerald- Bosque, Filatoff- Bosque, Altman- Aspen Walk, Oppenheim- Butterfly Busy, Gould- Watermelon Moon, Scroggs- Spring in Summer, S. Conley- S is for..., V. Conley- Windmill, Roderick- Ravens and In the Canyon. Anyone that doesn't have a regular sleeve needs to put one on for the show. Betty will keep you posted as to forms to fill out and with shipping instructions.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Happy Art Quilting!
Michelle Jackson
SAQA NM Representative

Friday, May 3, 2013


SAQA 2013 Conference - Expanding Horizons

This was the 6th SAQA conference I have attended and not surprisingly, it was the first that was sold out. I worked with the Special Events Committee as the local organizer since October 2011 so it was very gratifying to see it all come together nicely after 18 months of planning.

I had urged Martha Sielman to arrive a little before the conference to better acclimate to the elevation since she lives in Connecticut, so she and her husband, David, arrived on Sunday afternoon and stayed in Albuquerque until Tuesday when they drove up the Turquoise Trail to enjoy a lovely and relaxed drive to Santa Fe. They came to visit my studio on Sunday and then we went out for dinner at the Flying Star. On Monday, Jack and I took them touring to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Old Town, Nob Hill, and then up through the Bosque to do a short walk to see some of the petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument. To wrap up a great day, they took me to an Isotopes game and they won 8 - 1. 

In addition to organizing the Vendor's Marketplace, I researched the hotel facilities and we were so pleased to have the conference at the Lodge at Santa Fe - they were great to work with and a very nice place to be. I also sold the advertising for the program guide (and then arranged to have the attendees carpool to the Santa Fe shops that advertised, helped design the program guide, arranged for all the printing of materials, and researched the bus companies so we chose Star Limo in Albuquerque and they were great working with me to develop a good route and schedule for the museum/gallery tours on Saturday and their drivers were wonderful I heard.

Although I was quite busy during the Vendor's Marketplace with my own booth, I managed to get photos of the event, which was quite well attended and all the vendors told me that their sales were good. 

On both Thursday and Friday afternoon, we ran shuttles to see New Mexico: Unfolding at the Capitol and many attendees went to see it several times. Everyone, especially the Board members, were very impressed with the show.

Having the conference in Santa Fe was a big draw not only for out-of-towners, but many local members attended who would not normally attend a SAQA conference and they all told me that they had a great time meeting such fun and talented members and guests. I always enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones. On Sunday, I did a little hike in Tent Rocks on the way back to Albuquerque with Martha Wolfe and Eileen Doughty.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


I've just returned from the best SAQA conference ever!
Kudos to the Special Events Committee, headed by Mary Pal, who literally spent years planning this conference.

The always smiling Desi Vaughn gracefully handled any glitch that came her way, and our own Pat Gould set up the vendor marketplace on sign up day and arranged for bus tours on Saturday.

Here's a pic of most of our online challenge group, Viewpoints 9, reunited at the conference-
Kate Themel and Diane Marie Wright (CT), founder Martha Wolfe from CA, Mary Pal (Ottowa, Can), and of course moi.
It was a treat to see SAQA friends from all over the world, and to meet new ones.
Highlights, for me, were the privilege of hearing Patty Hawkins' presentation on her long and brilliant career, and the closing speaker, Geoffrey Gorman, a Santa Fe based sculptor who had great insights on the gallery world.
Pat Pauly, who is a professional gallerist from New York, discussed effective and professional methods of hanging shows that will help all of us present our work better.

The vendor marketplace on Thursday and the silent auction of mini quilts benefit on Friday were both smashing successes, the auction alone raised $5,200 for SAQA.

Due to scheduling conflicts our show at the Capitol could not officially be included in the conference, however, we had many willing volunteers to drive people over to see the exhibit.
I'm happy to say that the feedback from those who were able to see the show was very positive.

The next conference will be the first weekend of May next year in Washington DC- consider attending!

Betty Busby