Monday, November 30, 2015

Portland Pod Holiday Gathering

The December Portland Pod meeting will be our holiday lunch on Wed, December 16, at 11:00 AM, at Elizabeth Bamberger’s house in Beaverton.  Please bring either an appetizer, main course, or dessert.  Please send Annette McFarlane an email,, with your choice of item to bring or any other questions regarding the lunch.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sundance Art Quilters Exhibit at Quilt Works in Bend, Oregon

Color Series, art quilts mounted on canvas will be a special two month exhibit at Quilt Works, 926 NE Greenwood, Bend.

The art work is created by Sundance Art Quilters (and SAQA members) Barbara Doust-Burgess, Helen Brisson, Kris Lang, Dianne Browning, Julia Jeans and Leotie Richards.
An artisits’ reception will be Dec. 4 at 5 pm, part of the First Friday celebrations.  The work will be on display December and January.

Central Oregon Pod Meeting Notes

SAQA Central Oregon Pod used the recent IQA Houston show as a springboard for a spirited discussion about why we enter juried shows and what we think of the judging.
Responses to why we enter shows ranged from: to see how our work compares to others, to wanting recognition for our work to promote it and ourselves professionally, to educate ourselves and others.  Perhaps the best comment was “I love to see quilts and quilt shows…se we better participate or they will disappear.”

Central Oregon will not meet in December.

Our January meeting, Thursday the 21st will be a special demonstration of de colorant at Helen Brisson’s studio.  There will be a morning and afternoon workshop, with both groups meeting for a potluck lunch in between.  More information on the Meetings and Events page.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Kerler, Jaszkowski, and Stevens Exhibit in Folk Tale Challenge

Kathie Kerler, Laura Jaszkowski, and Emily Stevens have work in the International Fairy/Folk Tale Challenge which debuts this month in Japan. There are three venues in Japan, then the exhibition travels to France for 2016 and 2017. The quilts will show in the US in 2018. Venues in France and the US are yet to be announced. There are 30 fairy/folk tales interpreted by 30 quilters in each of the three participating countries, resulting in three interpretations of the same tale. The photo mosaic shows the 30 quilts done by those of us in the US. Kathie's is in the third row down from the top on the far right: How the Rainbow Was Made: An Ojibwe Nation Creation Tale. Laura's is in the second row down from the top, second from the right and entitled: The Sadness of Yuki-onna. Emily's is in the top row, far right, Pinocchio.
 How the Rainbow Was Made: An Ojibwe Nation Creation Tale
Kathie Kerler

The Sadness of Yuki-onna
Laura Jaszkowski 
Emily Stevens

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Valley-South Pod Meets Friday, November 20

Any & All SAQA members are welcome to the next Valley-South meeting: Friday, November 20th at the Eugene Textile Center. Our meeting starts at 2pm, but we meet an hour earlier for lunch at Burrito Amigo (nearby; ask for directions if you don't know it). At 3:15 member Rochelle Wiese will be sharing some very creative embroideries from Africa with us. Questions? Ask Lynda Christiansen:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Meet Lynne Goulette, Ashland Pod Leader

Lynne Goulette of Grants Pass, Oregon
Ashland Pod Leader
Member of SAQA off and on since 2003

1.  How would you describe the work that you make? Do you have an elevator speech? Have you found your "artistic voice"?

My work is mostly spontaneous.  My artistic voice is still being refined, I cannot decide between piecing and painting whole cloth quilts as I love both techniques equally but produce very different results.

2.  What brought you to making fiber art? What is your art, sewing, or fiber background? When did you make your first quilt that you considered "art"?

Sewing was always part of my life.  My mother was an excellent seamstress and even though I resisted it as I grew up, it was within me anyway.  My first art quilt was made with all Japanese fabrics I had collected from various places over the years and just came out as an impromptu "art quilt". That was in about 2003.

 Japanese by Lynne Goulette

3.  Describe the steps involved in your art-making process.

I first get my inspiration either from my head or from my photos.  I then do a rough draft, enlarge it and make it into a drawing that can be pieced together.  Then I either follow it to the letter with freezer paper templates or just look at the drawing and put the pieces together intuitively. I then use extensive free motion quilting on the batted and backed quilt (my favorite part).

4.  What is your one favorite or most common source of inspiration?

Life in general, usually from my own photos.  Buildings intrigue me, as does nature.

5.  Do you enter your work in shows? What would you say have been your top three exhibits?

My top three exhibits have been 2004 at Grants Pass Museum of  Art where I got viewers choice both 2nd and 3rd place, Juried in to Houston in 2007, and twice in Sacred Threads in 2007 and 2015.

Metamorphosis by Lynne Goulette

6.  Describe your studio space.

My studio is a dedicated room in the loft of our house built just for me.  It has the best view and amazing space.

7.  How much time do you spend on your art? How do you balance your life between art, family, friends, day job, etc.?

Sometimes 12 hours a day when the inspiration hits.  Sometimes a week goes by and I do not enter.  Being older helps because children are gone now and work is a thing of the past.  My husband is great at keeping the house together and even cooking the meals when the muse hits me.

8.  Do you work in other mediums or use unusual materials in your work?

I also do watercolors also, so one of the fun things for me to do in fiber is to paint whole cloth quilts with thickened procion dyes with heavy free motion quilting to define the piece.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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The Oregon SAQA regional exhibit Blending Poetry and Cloth just finished an exhibition at the NW Quilt Expo in Portland. Several people mentioned that they thought it was the best work in the show. The curators, Leotie Richards, Karen Spencer and Jean Wells are working to secure a spring date at Pioneer Place Gallery in Portland. Right now the quilts are in secure storage while we're fabricating rods that will be suitable for all gallery venues. Upcoming dates for gallery venues are The Rogue Gallery in Medford June 3rd - July 28, 2016, Willamette Heritage Center, Salem Sept. 22 - Dec. 24, 2016. We have two venues secured for 2017 so far - Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg for March-April, 2017 and Crossroads Carnegie Center in Baker City for June of 2017. The exhibit brochure is also in the works and will be available for online orders in January of 2016.