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!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Recap of SAQA KS-MO-OK Quarterly Meeting

February 20, 2016 was the most recent quarterly meeting in Kansas City.  Here's a short review of what the group covered.

·         Nine members attended the meeting at the newly-remodeled Johnson County Central Library.
·         Carmen Rinehart presented a program on “Color.” 
Carmen suggested we tend to use the same colors repeatedly because they have been successful for us in the past. She recommended the book, Color Play by Joen Wolfram. She also talked about research that has been done that analyzes how our brains react to color – tension, calming, stimulating, etc. If we create art for a specific venue it could influence our color choices.
During part of the presentation we played a “card game” using paint and fabric swatches. It was a lot of fun and very informative.  Everyone enjoyed it.  Thank you, Carmen!
·         There has been some confusion regarding the term “face-time” meetings.  Apparently there is an internet program similar to Skype that is named Facetime.  In the future, we will refer to our meetings as quarterly (Kansas City area) get-togethers.
·         Mary Kay reported that SAQA was willing to pay for us to have a SAQA booth at the 2017 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  Linda Frost offered to help coordinate staffing for it.  Registration for KCRQF booth space has not yet begun, so this is not a sure thing yet.
·         We discussed the 2017 Regional Exhibit at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.  The following items were decided at the quarterly meeting:
o   Exhibit dates are June 2, 2017 through July 29, 2917.
o   It will be a juried exhibit titled, “Our Changing Landscape” which will encompass rather broad interpretations.
o   Artwork dimensions will be a minimum of 24” and a maximum of 48” for both height and width.
o   We will hold an opening reception on June 2, 2017.
o   The committee so far consists of Karen Hansen, Mary Kay Fosnacht, Cindy Parry, Cindy Brendzel, Carol Jones, Carmen Rinehart, Jackie Stoaks, Marney Clausen, and Ada Niedenthal.  If you are interested in helping with this exhibition, please email Karen or Mary Kay.
·         The next quarterly get-together will be May 21 at the Johnson County Central Library.  Andrea Luliak, one of our members from Wyandotte, OK will present a program and demonstration using tissue paper on top of fabric.  We hope you will attend!

Quilt by Karen Hansen

Cynthia Parry

Andrea Luliak 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey for our region and to Mary Kay for putting it all together!  Overall 42 of 69 people completed the survey.  Here are the results!

Congrats to Linda Filby-Fisher

Linda Filby-Fisher has pieces in several outstanding upcoming shows.  If you have the chance to see any of these, please check them out!!

Her piece, Coming A Telling Series, will be in Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora, a juried textile exhibit, at The George Washington University Textile Museum in Washington, DC April 15 - September 4[]. 

Her piece, Unity 6 Medicine Wheel Series, is in SAQA's 25th Anniversary Exhibit which is traveling worldwide for the next 1-2 years. It will be in various locations in Europe Feb 1-Dec 31, 2016 [].

Her pieces, Earth Song 3 and Earth Song 5 Medicine Wheel Series, are in 'Protect The Earth's Environment', a juried art quilt exhibit at the National Tainan Living Arts Center in Tainan City, Taiwan April 30 - May 29[].

Monday, January 11, 2016

Upcoming Workshop with Michele Lasker

Hi all,  Michele Lasker, one of our SAQA members, is a contemporary fiber artist working to expand her teaching portfolio. She will be teaching a workshop on France this upcoming June 2016.  Here's the info on the class:

This workshop will teach you how to be innovative with your freeform knitting and crocheted art. Michele will include basic principles of design as the foundation of this class.  Students will be encouraged to bring charms, beads, ribbons, hand dyed fabric and a variety of yarns and threads to enhance their artwork. There will be time to explore local markets and villages in France, Italy or Switzerland to gather inspiration.

And here are a few of her gorgeous fiber art pieces.  Michele will soon be a featured artist on the blog, so check back soon for more information on her and her art.  In the meantime- consider what sounds likely to be a really great workshop in France!

c. Michele Lasker

c. Michele Lasker

c. Michele Lasker