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World Quilt New England Hosts SAQA Meeting

VT/NH/ME Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Regional Meeting

Saturday, August 20, 2016
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at World Quilt New England
Radisson Center of New Hampshire
700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101

World Quilt New England will host the summer regional meeting ofHaving fun at SAQA meeting SAQA On Saturday afternoon, August 20 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the quilt festival in the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.

Guests and members are invited to attend SAQA’s summer regional meeting of local quilt artists from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Topics for the meeting include discussion on pertinent aspects of professional development to aide in the presentation of your art, a slide show preview of regional quilts donated to SAQA’s Fall Benefit Auction and Show ‘n Tell of members’ recent work. Additionally, this is a marvelous opportunity to meet and network with fellow fiber artists that you won’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you at Mancuso Show Management’s World Quilt New England event in Manchester, NH.

In addition to Saturday’s regional meeting, the SAQA members areLight in the Wood II by Kathleen John web presenting a special exhibit at World Quilt New England. For their exhibit, A Piece of Me, the ME/NH/VT Region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) issued a challenge posing the questions “What is an art quilter?” and “What does it mean to be an art quilter?” Participants were asked to make an 8” x 10” little quilt in answer. Pictured below, from the exhibit is Light in the Wood II by Kathleen John.

You’re invited to join SAQA! Find fellow artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners and museum curators in an organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. Visit saqa.com for more information.

SAQA is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them. They are an information resource on all things art quilt related for their members as well as the public. Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA members now number more than 3,000 artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors.

Selecting the Best of Them All!

Selecting the Best of Them All!

When walking through a quilt show everyone has different routines. Some may go straight to the Merchants Mall to shop for specific fabrics, sewing machines or thread. Others choose to simply browse the thousands of products being offered in search of something that catches their eye to inspire a new project or to help complete an old one! Regardless of where you start, we can all agree that just about everyone goes to a quilt show to see the hundreds of quilts on display, and specifically the judged and juried competition quilts!

At World Quilt New England, quilters from around the world submit their art to the World Quilt Competition. While being juried into such a prestigious competition is a great honor, we believe that all the competition entrants share the same goal when they enter the World Quilt Competition – winning the “Best of World” award! (Pictured below 2014 Best of World – “Chinese Journey in Three Parts” by Stephanie Crawford, U.K.)
9002aIf you are a quilt enthusiast, you can clearly see that the Best of World award winners are magnificent. However, after all of the “ooh’s and aah’s,” you can’t help but think, “With the hundreds of quilts entered into the World Quilt Competition how did this one get picked as THE BEST OF THEM ALL?” We’ve all been there before which is why we are offering a special two-day quilt judging class to answer your questions, teach you about design and workmanship evaluation, and educate you to look at quilts differently than ever before!

The Seminar will be offered at World Quilt New England, August 18-19, 2016, from 8:00am – 4:00pm and taught by Pat Harrison.


  • NQA Certified Quilt JudgePat Harrison
  • Qualified to judge Masterpiece quilts (2011)
  • Rhode Island’s first and only Nationally Certified Master Quilt Judge
  • President of the newly formed National Association of Certified Quilt Judges
  • Candidate Coordinator for the NACQJ Judge Certification program

In this 2-Day Quilt Judging Seminar through a combination of discussion, demonstration, hands-on samples, PowerPoint presentations, and mock judging you will learn:

  • How quilts and quilted items are judged.
  • Plus the following aspects of quilt judging
  • The art of judging
  • Evaluating design and workmanship
  • Quilt show categories and awards
  • Various judging systems used
  • How to go about setting up a judging floor
  • Difference between judging versus jurying.

For registration details, please click here. PLEASE NOTE: There are only 12 seats available for this workshop so sign up now!



Quiltfest Presents: Cool Classic Rides 2 @ Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Sample of Cool Classic Rides 2: Mustang

Mustang, Corvette, Motorcycles and other Cool Classic Rides will be making a pit stop at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza this September 15-18, 2016.  These amazing auto quilts will be on display all four days of the Quiltfest at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks / Valley Forge, PA.

Teresa Shippy

Teresa Shippy exclaims, “They’re back, bigger and bolder than ever in Cool Classic Rides 2!” CCR2 was motivated by Cool Classic Rides 1’s success, excitement and favorable comments from all.  CCR2 comprises a number of classic alternative rides in addition to classic cars. This second collection has also been created from her cut-up quilts, leftover painted fabric pieces, vintage men’s ties, wool scraps and lots of threadwork. Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the rides as you view these and the hundreds of other quilts, wearable art, sewing, wool and fiber art at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

So bring the person in your family that would appreciate these works of automotive art as you will also appreciate the quilting involved to make them. Be inspired to make your own quilted textile work of art that brings back fond memories of your first car, motorcycle and, yes, even a bicycle.  Whether you use your current stash of fabric or shop the vast Quiltfest merchants’ mall; you will be sure to find everything you need to make your own heirloom quilt this September at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Visit www.quiltfest.com for more information about the show.

PNQE Show Preview

PNQE PreviewAttractions
~ Karen D. Boutte – Benicia California
~ Pepper Cory – Beaufort, North Carolina
~ Robbi Joy Eklow – Third Lake, Illinois
~ Pat Harrison – Exeter, Rhode Island
~ RaNae Merrill – New York, New York
~ David Sirota – Manchester, New Hampshire
~ Bobbie Bergquist – Rindge, New Hampshire
~ Phyllis Twigg Hatcher – Annapolis, Maryland
~ Caroline Hershey – Chincoteague Island, Virginia
~ Debora Konchinsky – Breinigsville, Pennsylvania
~ Lisa White Reber – Red Hill, Pennsylvania
~ Lisa Steele – Suffolk, Virginia
~ Janneke Van der Ree – Pennington, New Jersey
~ Renelda Peldunas-Harter, Carolyn Perry Goins & Cindy Simms – Virginia


Join Frieda Anderson to Explore the Trends & Traditions of Quilting

 Join Frieda Anderson to Explore
the Trends & Traditions of Quilting

August 16-19, 2016
Manchester, New Hampshire

For those interested in studying the current trends and past FriedaAndersonWebtraditions of quilting, join Rosalie Dace and Frieda Anderson as they explore the Trends & Traditions of Quilting. This new symposium, which is part of World Quilt New England, features workshops and lectures presented by a world-renowned faculty. Included is Frieda Anderson who is eager to spread her knowledge and passion for quilt making to students planning to participate in the Symposium. Frieda’s love for quilting is contagious. You won’t want to miss her at the Trends & Tradition Quilt Symposium, August 16-19, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Frieda, who has been making quilts for over 40 years, teachers and judges internationally. She made her first quilt when she was in high school. She has always made things, and loves the process of creating. In college, she majored in Art History and minored in ceramics, but eventually found herself returning to fiber because it was more satisfying.

Frieda commented, “I can’t remember when I didn’t sew. For years, my focus was designing and making clothing. All that changed in 1992, however, when I was in fashion design and realized that all I wanted to do was make quilts. I have been designing and making original art quilts ever since.”

She finds each step of quilt making, from the beginning to the end, a real challenge. She says that it is hard to say what part of quilt making she likes best. She loves the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. She loves to piece and she loves to fuse. She has found that by fusing smaller pieces, she can work out design issues. Then, she likes to make a bigger, bolder statement and piece the same quilt in a large format. Frieda’s original quilts are inspired by colors from nature and the scenery that surrounds her in the mid-west.

About 30 years ago, Frieda discovered hand-dyeing fabric. Working with her own hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics is fun and challenging, and now she works almost exclusively with her own hand dyed cottons and silks. She loves the dye process, and particularly enjoys seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric; the dyeing process is always a surprise. Her hand dyed fabric and original patterns can be viewed on her website where readers can also enjoy her weekly updates and tips. Visit www.friestyle.com.

Join Frieda at Trends & Traditions for her Intentional ImprovisationAndersonT&T2016_Curves Class – Creative Crisp Curves. Frieda wrote, “We artists think of improvisation as a form of play which may lead toward discovery. Some new idea may be lurking in our subconscious; by playing around with line or shape, color & value, order or layout, we may discover something new and wonderful that will bring our work to life. This class is designed to help the student let go and work intuitively while learning to use precise curved piecing to create a one of a kind design.”

Moving Forward with a New Tradition – Art Quilts is the title of Frieda’s 6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 17 lecture. Learn from this expert what it takes to become an Art Quilt and make your mark in the quilting world with fabric. Building from the traditional beginnings of quilting and making it your own takes inspiration and imagination. Frieda will share her journey with you.

Finally, on Friday, August 19, Frieda will lead the Trends & Traditions Adventure Tour to the New England Quilt Museum and Canterbury Shaker Village. The tour will challenge participants to identify what they think is traditional versus a current trend. Were the Shakers traditional?

Be sure to take advantage of the amazing talent Frieda Anderson expresses as an instructor during her stay at the Trends & Traditions Quilt Symposium!

For complete details about this exciting new Symposium, please visit Trends & Traditions on the web.