Monday, November 25, 2013

"Go Tell It At the Quilt Show!"

"Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!" is a Quilt 
Alliance project designed to capture the 
stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather. 

At the Houston International Quilt Festival the 
Quilt Alliance captured on film, some of our 
New Mexico SAQA members with their quilts 
from the "A Walk in the Wild" exhibit.  

The following links are some of the videos that 
have been published so far.

This is the main channel for the Quilt Alliance.  If
you want to watch them all at once or if yours hasn't
been published yet, keep checking back to this

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


The 2013 Silver City Fiber Arts Festival appeared to be a great success in part to the tireless work of our own SAQA member Lynn Welsch who chaired the committee that made it happen.  The Festival was hosted by the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective(SWAFC) and there were great exhibits representing the arts of the SWFAC.  Among other exhibits was the SAQA New Mexico exhibit, "A Color Runs Through It" with 40 members from our area participating.

Denise Seavey contributed these comments about the show:  "What a fun and successful show this past weekend in Silver City.  “A Color Runs Through It” was a challenge for SAQA NM.  The possibilities were endless in creating black and white quilts with one color as represented by the 50 quilts in the show."

Susan Szajer (left) and Lynn Welsch (standing)
The Silver City contingency that were a big part of making the show a success!
The Friday night of the show there were many members in attendance for the November SAQA meeting.  It was held at the Adobe Springs Cafe in Silver City.  Other than overwhelming the restaurant with our numbers, there were 22 of us in attendance with three or four husbands included,  we had a great time sharing, socializing and eating.  Michelle will follow-up with her newsletter about the business of the meeting but in the meantime, here are some pictures.

Thanks Gale Oppenheim for pointing our way to Silver City
and making the arrangements at the restaurant for the meeting!
Vicki Conley leading the way back in after more tables had to be added to  fit all of us.

Group shot after we all made it in  for dinner.

Sandra Branjord(left),  Mary Olivea(middle) and Betty Hahn (right)
Sandra and Betty came all the way from Sun City, AZ  for the show
and meeting.

Lynn Welsch looking to relax after the first day of the Festival!

Michelle Jackson leading the meeting... and trying to be heard!

Nora Bebee sharing her piece... "did she really say it was for the floor??"

Susan Szajer sharing her 3D piece for the Riudoso show,
"Beyond Traditions"

Sunday, November 17, 2013


I've attended every Houston show since 1993 with the exception of 2007 when we did our Nile trip in November. New Mexico was well represented at the IQF Houston show this year as always, both in having works exhibited and attending the fun-filled festival. As best I can recall, these NM members attended and I apologize if I omitted anyone but I must not have run into you among the 62,000 other attendees. 
Pat Gould, Betty Busby, Julie Filatoff, Holly Altman, Cheryl Fitzgerald, Judith Roderick, Lynn Welsch, Vicki Conley, Shannon Conley, Martha Wolfe, Donna Dixon, Marianne Williamson, Lorraine Hollingsworth, Jennifer Day, Betty Hahn, Katie Pasquini-Masopust, and Gay Young. 

As always, the exhibits were stunning and we all had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The major SAQA exhibits drew large crowds and our Walk in the Wild exhibit was also a big hit and got a lot of attention. It is always nice when people are discussing your piece or the show and you can jump in and discuss more in depth about your work or how the show came about. 

One very fortuitous introduction was when Betty met Amy Milne, Executive Director of the Quilt Alliance on Friday afternoon. Amy and Betty arranged that Amy would film 3 minute interviews with artists whose work was in Walk in the Wild on Saturday morning as part of their mission to document quilts and the stories behind the quilts or their creators. Unfortunately, not all the artists from our show could be interviewed as they had to catch their flights home but I think we had about 8 of us who were interviewed and filmed by Amy. It was a very nice experience and it was lovely chatting with her. 

About a week or so before the festival, some of us arranged to rent a car on Thursday and drive to the Texas Quilt Museum to see our "Unfolding" show. The drive there was edgy as there was a torrential rain, making it difficult to even read the highway signs, but Betty got us there safe and sound. Once there, the storm blew over and the sun came out for a lovely day. We arrived at the TQM in La Grange at about 10:30 and were immediately met at the door by Lucy Carr, currently managing curator, and Jim Ayer who is the historian/librarian of the collection, as well as several local quilters who volunteer as docents. The following is from the TQM website "The Texas Quilt Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity,  It is housed in two historic 1890s buildings, which provide a fine showcase for both antique and contemporary quilt art with their high ceilings, brick walls, and original hardwood floors. " show, as it was hung at the TQM was entitled, "Land of Enchantment: Art Quilts from New Mexico". We had the entire back gallery for this exhibit and it was beautifully displayed. We spent a few hours there talking about our work to the staff and visitors and getting to know Lucy and Jim a little bit. They had graciously arranged for us to have lunch at a local restaurant called Bistro 108 where we had an awesome lunch and the ambiance of the Bistro was great. La Grange reminded me of villages/towns where I grew up back east with its mostly Victorian style brick and stone buildings. 

The 2013 IQF Houston was another great festival. 
Pat Gould