Friday, February 24, 2017

Kansas City Area Meeting


February 18, 2017

Meeting Notes

Attending: 13 Members, no Guests

The meeting took place at the Johnson County Library - Lackman branch. The quilt art on the walls, and on display at the library, are by the Fractured Fabric Society. The landscape quilt behind Cindy Parry is by Susan Stevenson and the black and white quilts are by SAQA member Rosemary Cromer.

  1. Cindy Parry gave a presentation on her Tsunami / Japan disaster quilts. It was great to see them up close and ask questions about her techniques and hear her reasons and inspiration for each one. Thank you, Cindy!
  2. Cindy Parry shared what she learned about shipping her quilts and gave some specific tips. She noted that Bill Reker of SAQA was very helpful and gave her good advice.
  3. Show and Tell
    1. Andrea Luliak – 52 weeks of 7” square art quilts, an example of tri-axial weaving
    2. Claudia Mazur brought a piece in progress inspired by Susan B. Anthony and the right to vote.
    3. Karen Hansen – Disappearing 9 patch, Just Passin’ Through, Mixed Messages. Just Passin’ Through was accepted to the Nebraska exhibit, “Passages.” Congratulations, Karen!
    4. Cindy Parry – Illumination, Life Seasons 1,2,3,4 and 5, and examples made from a class with Susan Lenz.
    5. Linda Frost – mono print from a class taken at the Lawrence Art Center
    6. Kathy Suprenant – mono print from a class taken at the Lawrence Art Center
    7. Mary Kay Fosnacht – Female Cardinal, United We Stand, Strait of Georgia from Thetis Island which was also accepted to Nebraska’s “Passages” exhibit.
*Passages will be showing at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum from April 18th – April 30th. They are still looking for other venues.
  1. Our Changing Landscape Call for Entry
    1. You have until February 28th to enter up to 3 art quilts.
    2. You need to enter!
    3. Please don’t be intimidated by the process. Some of our (self-proclaimed) less technical members have entered successfully – You can do it!!
    4. Don’t stress about the photos. Take a picture and if it looks good to you, go with it.
    5. If you need help, contact Karen (PC) or Mary Kay (Mac).
    6. You need to enter!
* If paying online is an issue for you, we can take a check. Let Karen or Mary Kay know or you can contact Jen Solon directly at
  1. Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival (KCRQF)
    1. Linda Frost will head the SAQA booth at KCRQF. She will be looking for volunteers to set up, tend the booth and take down.
    2. Linda Frost would like to decorate the booth with 12” auction quilts made by our regional members. More details to follow, but we are hoping you will all make one (Or more!) for the booth and then donate it to the SAQA benefit auction.
    3. KCRQF will be June 15, 16, and 17, 2017. Visit the website for more info about the festival:
    4. Entry for judged quilts at KCRQF is March 1–31st. Visit the website for rules and instructions.
  2. Lincoln Conference
    1. A few day spots remain open, contact SAQA for details
    2. Spotlight auction deadline has been extended to March 15th. They are 6” x 8” to be displayed in mats with a 4.5 x 6.5” opening. More details HERE.
  3. Around Town
    1. Common Threads: Anatomy of the Wound, Feb. 18th – March 4th at the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ, 205 W. 65th St., KC MO 64113. Exhibition viewing: Tues / Thurs, 6-8 pm; Sat, 10-12; Sun, 12-2. Sponsored by UMKC Women’s Center.
  4. Next meeting is May 20th. Location and topic TBA.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hi all,  here is a regional map from our rep Mary Kay Fosnacht.  You can click to see it larger.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How to do an online entry

Mary Kay Fosnacht, our regional SAQA representative, has put together this excellent presentation on how to do online entries.  It has a lot of great material, I encourage you to look through it! You can click through slide by slide using the arrow key at the bottom of the frame, or use the drop down arrow to the right of "slide 1" at the bottom of the frame to jump to a specific slide of interest.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Group Meeting Report

The Kansas City regional SAQA group meet on October 15th at Mary Kay Fosnacht's house.  Below is a report of their meeting.

One of the artists at show and tell (pictured) was James Brown.  He showed his WWI memorial quilt which took first place at the Twilight Quilters Guild show

15 attendees at the home of Mary Kay Fosnacht

1.      Introductions
2.      How to Submit an Online Entry – Mary Kay Fosnacht (Keynote presentation to be posted separately)
3.      Update on auction quilt exhibit
a.      Cindy Brendzel has been in contact with Lenexa City Hall and they have agreed to have the auction quilts in Feb. 2017 in conjunction with another artists’ exhibit. However, the exact location of where the quilts would be hung is undetermined. The consensus of the member’s present was that we wouldn’t want to step on another artists’ space, and due to security reasons would not want the small auction quilts to be hung in the back or a separate room. Since the location cannot be confirmed, it has been decided to hold off on exhibiting auction quilts as a region in 2017.
b.      Sue Chaffee has been in contact with the Westwood City Hall (47th and Rainbow Blvd). Sue reported that they have exhibit space available Aug, Sept, or Nov of 2017. Since the meeting, Sue has found that the Westwood City hall would welcome us to exhibit 2018 auction quilts in Feb of 2018! Perfect timing for the 2018 auction.
4.      Leedy-Voulkos Committees – (If you were not at the meeting and would like to volunteer in some capacity, let Mary Kay or Karen know.)
a.      Opening reception: Cindy Parry, Jackie Stoaks
b.      Receive Artwork: Karen Hansen and Mary Kay Fosnacht
c.       Book: Cindy Brendzel, Leslie Holmes, Marnie Clawson
d.      Advertising: Mary Kay Fosnacht, Shannon Conley
e.      Hanging: Karen and Mary Kay, Carmen Rinehart, Cindy Parry, Cathy Audley, Leslie Holmes, Claudia Mozur
5.      Meeting Dates for 2017: (watch the newsletter for confirmation of dates and times!)
a.      Quarterly
b.      Third Saturday of the month: Feb. 18th, May 20th, Aug 19th, Oct 21st 
c.       Times: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
d.      Places: TBD
6.      Show and Tell
7.      Studio Tour

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Meeting Update from August 20th

The regional SAQA meeting was held August 20, 2016.  11 people were in attendance; 8 members and 3 guests.  Here is a summary of the meeting. It looks like a fun time was had by all, if you're in the area, I encourage you to attend the next meeting which will be October 15.

1.    Introductions
2.    News
a.    Mary Kay has volunteered to help SAQA with a usability study of their website. If anyone has feedback that you’d like to pass along, send it to Mary Kay.
b.      Art Quilt Retrospective: 50 Years of Innovation will chronicle the movement decade by decade, from 1960 to today! We are accepting submissions online from Aug 24 - Sept 15. More details at: You do NOT have to be a SAQA member to participate in this exciting opportunity. 
c.       SAQA benefit auction starts on Sept.16th this year. For next year, we would like to collect the region’s auction quilts, exhibit them for a short period of time and send them in to SAQA as a group prior to April 1st.
                                                              i.      Sue Chaffee volunteered to check on a venue
                                                            ii.      Cindy Brendzel and Leslie Holmes volunteered to coordinate
d.      Regional exhibit, “Our Changing Landscape
e.       Nebraska exhibit “Passages
f.       SAQA conference will be in Lincoln, NE April 27-30, 2017 – registrations will open in late September.
g.      Other regional news:
                                                              i.      SAQA’s “Wild Fabrications” is on exhibit in Joplin, MO at the Spiva Center for the Arts until September 4, 2016
                                                            ii.      Regional member, Ada Neidenthal has work on display at the Kauffman Foundation in KC, MO
                                                          iii.      Andrea Luliak has a piece in the FAO (Fiber Artists of Oklahoma) exhibit in Oklahoma City at the IAO Gallery (Independent Artists Organization) until Sept. 3rd.
                                                          iv.      University of Nebraska in Lincoln has an exhibit titled, “Vox Stellarum” through Sept. 16th
                                                            v.      Crystal Bridges Museum is featuring a Folk Art exhibit which includes fiber art through Sept. 19th.
                                                          vi.      Greater Kansas City Quilt Guild will have a show Aug. 26th and 27th at the Abdallah Shrine Temple, 5300 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS
                                                        vii.      Karen Hansen and Mary Kay Fosnacht will present an Art Quilt Bed Turning on September 10th at 1:30 at the Overland Park Arboretum. 8909 W 179th St, OP, KS. Weather permitting.
3.      Technique discussion / demonstration
a.       Carmen Rinehart – Tsukineko inks, Pentel gel roller for fabric – available at JoAnn’s, Nancy’s Notions
b.      Karen Hansen – Louise Schmidt technique; pieced background with applique over intersections
c.       Andrea Luliak – Rust dying with grates using ½ water and  ½ vinegar solution, Ice dying, tyvek painted with Lumiere paints, red line tape – double sided, used to affix small objects to quilt
d.      Cindy Brendzel – Low water immersion dying using pfd fabric (prepared for dying), soda ash, dye
e.       Cathy Audley – dyed, inked fabric, screen printed ink on fabric using Speedball or Jaquard inks, Sun prints with Setacolor paint, gelli plates
f.       Sue Chaffee – Lyric Kinard method of screen printing, wax batik, sun printing using pebeo, Setacolor or Jaquard paints – transparent works best. Available from Dick Blick or Dharma.
g.      Jim Brown – Raw edge applique, small pieces used steam-a-seam and stabilizer – 910 pellon stabilizer works well.
h.      Mary Kay – Paper piecing curved seams with white glue

4.      Next meeting, Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Mary Kay will go over how to submit an online entry. She will also cover how to take and save a good photo in the proper size. And, of course, we’ll have show and tell. Note: meeting location may be different – watch the newsletter. We will also decide 2017 meeting dates and ask for volunteers to host / facilitate those meetings.

Other links:

Announcement from Cindy Parry

Hi all, Cindy Parry's Daishinsai Quilt Series of the Japan Triple Disaster has been advertised on the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo site that is running this month in Fredericksburg, VA.  The quilts will travel on from there to Chicago then  Minneapolis in October and November.  Cindy will be doing gallery talks in Minneapolis in November, so if you have a chance to attend any of these shows, please check out her work!

Here are a couple of pictures from Cindy and an excerpt from her write up:

"This series is the result of my need to express the profound sympathy and compassion I felt for the people and the country of Japan as they struggled to recover from the horrific triple nightmare of March 11, 2011.  My husband was working in Osaka, Japan when the disaster happened. Though he felt the quake, he wasn’t personally affected. Several friends and family still live in Japan and I think about how it affects their daily lives and future. I am now on a mission to educate the viewers of my pieces about Japan and the triple disaster that continues to affect life there.  This series started out as and was planned as a single piece. Ideas flooded me and kept me up nights. It became what it needed to become: a series of twelve. Fabrics, color and quilt stitches are chosen with great deliberation, striving for the emotive quality that the subject demands."

Congrats to Cindy!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Recap of Regional Meeting, 05-21-2016

Mary Kay sent me the minutes from the most recent regional meeting; it looks like a lovely time.  There's some useful information included so please take a read through!

Kansas City Area Regional Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2016

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Johnson County Central Library

1.    Short business meeting
a.    Reminder to be working on pieces to enter into the “Our Changing Landscape” regional exhibit.
                                          i.    Entry date: February 1-28, 2017
                                        ii.    Size: min 24” to max 48” for height and width (can be portrait or landscape orientation)
                                       iii.    More information at
b.    LVAC Exhibit committee:
Karen Hansen - Co-Curator
Mary Kay Fosnacht - Co-Curator, Advertising and Marketing materials
Cynthia Parry - Reception 
Cindy Brendzel - Information Book 
Carol Jones - Juror selection 
Shannon Conley – Marketing
Carmen Rinehart, Jackie Stoaks, Marney Clausen and Ada Niedenthal – Committee members
c.    To join a second SAQA region – go to members, manage your account, update contact information. Scroll down to “Details below apply to SAQA members only” – see region and “region 2”, select your second region from the drop down menu. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the page to save your selection.
d.    KCRQF 2017 (Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival) – SAQA approved a booth, Linda Frost will coordinate volunteers. Show dates are June 15-17, 2017. It was suggested that we put out a challenge to use different techniques to create pieces that would be appx. 8-1/2 x 10” to decorate the booth.
e.    News or exhibits
                                          i.    Holly ? at Studio 63 (corner of Oak and Gregory in KCK) until May 28, 2016 – all pieces are in the window.
                                        ii.    “Wild Fabrications” traveling exhibit will be at the Spiva Center in Joplin from July 16 through September 4, 2016
                                       iii.    Dora Agbas, fiber artist, showing at All Souls Unitarian Church 4501 Walnut, KC, MO. May 22 – June 20, 2016
                                       iv.    FAO – Fiber Artists of Oklahoma exhibit in Oklahoma City, July 15 – Sept 3, 2016 at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery. More info here:
                                        v.    SAQA National Conference will be in Lincoln NE Apr. 27-30, 2017
f.     Next meeting date August 20th
                                          i.    Topic – it was suggested that we contact Golden Products to come do product demonstrations. Karen and Mary Kay will follow up.
                                        ii.    Another suggestion was to car-pool down to see the exhibit in Joplin.
                                       iii.    The October meeting will focus on how to use the online registration system for the 2017 regional exhibit.

2.    Show and Tell
a.    Andrea Luliak brought many pieces illustrating different techniques such as: potato paste resist, tissue paper fabric, fabric from yarns and threads, rusted fabric, lutrador – painted and melted, etc.
b.    Karen Hansen showed her auction quilt.
c.    Mary Kay Fosnacht showed a piece that is dye-painted with Derwent Inktense pencils and sticks.

3.    Presentation by Andrea Luliak on tissue paper fabric. Andrea demonstrated 3 different methods of applying paper to fabric. She had many samples illustrating how these fabrics could be used. Andrea recommended the book, Mixed Media by Beryl Taylor. The 3 methods are outlined below:
a.    Fusible #1
Take a piece of muslin onto which you apply an ironed-on fusible such as Heat N Bond or Wonder Under.   Take the paper off and crumple up a piece of tissue paper; smooth out, leaving most of the folds in the paper and apply it to the fusible.  Press, do not iron smooth.  You have a textured surface you can use to paint, stamp, stencil, etc.  If you aren't aiming for texture, then you can apply several torn pieces of any kind of paper to the fusible and press using a piece of parchment paper.  Onto that surface you can stamp, paint, stencil, etc.

b.    Fusible #2
With this method you use a sheet of Steam a Seam 2.  You simply take the paper off one side of the fusible and arrange several pieces of different papers onto the sticky side of the fusible.  The papers will adhere until you can iron them on, so you really don't need an iron to start the process, it can be ironed at home.  The entire sheet of SAS must be covered with papers, then when ironed down you can embellish or stitch on the top of the papers and you can adhere the other side of the fusible to any fabric or stabilizer of your choice.

c.    Fusible #3

Start with a piece of muslin placed on some protective surface (plastic).  You apply a thin coat of a 50/50 solution of PVA or Elmer's glue and water.  While still wet, apply decorated papers, napkins, tissue paper, phone book paper, dress pattern paper to the surface, leaving some areas of the muslin bare.  Apply another thin coat of glue/water solution to the top of that layer.  And while still wet you can cover the surface with a watered down layer of acrylic paint, transparent paint or watercolor.  When dry, the "paper" is suitable for machine sewing, hand sewing, etc, because of the muslin backing.  

And all posts are better with pictures, so here are some she shared from the meetup!