Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shelley Brenner Baird Exhibiting Across the U.S.

SAQA Ohio Member, Shelley Brenner Baird,, is exhibiting in a wide variety of shows across the United States in the upcoming months. This talented artist will have work in the following well known textile shows:

QUILT=ART=QUILT 2011 at the Schweinfurth Memorail Art Center in Auburn, New York

QUILT VISIONS: INTERPRETATIONS 2011 at the Visions Gallery in San Diego,CA

FOCUS FIBER 2011 at the Canton Art Museum, Canton, Ohio

Congratulations Shelley!


Beth Schillig announces that at the very last minute, American Quilter magazine decided not to run her article scheduled to appear in this month's magazine. Although this is disappointing, both to Beth and her fans, readers should know that they can obtain a FREE PATTERN for the Engagement Calendar Cover on the magazines website at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

SAQA Ohio Members in the News

Maria Elkins has received notification that she has won one of the eight big prizes at The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas for her piece, Windblown. The exact prize is still a mystery. This piece is a whole cloth quilt that features a friend of her two daughters with lovely red hair. Maria included a reference to traditional quilting in the quilted motif of the the sky in this work. She featured the Windblown Star Block from Barbara Brackman's book, Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. The quilt is painted with Tsukineko all purpose inks mixed with Jacquard colorless extender. Congratulations Maria!
Linda Witte Henke recently completed a liturgical commission for a set of summer-weight vestments, titled, "Consider the Lilies." The design employs the colors of the summer landscape to give visual expression to Jesus' words in Luke 12:27. The design motif was pieced from a variety of fabrics, colors, and textures, banded with gold piping, mounted on a background of green dupioni, and embellished with improvisational stitching. The vestments were designed to coordinate with the worship space in which they will be used.

Beth Schillig has an article featuring her work in American Quilter Magazine. The article features a little quilted calendar cover for the annual AQS spiral bound engagement calendar that features 54 quilts. Beth shared this little beauty at a SAQA Ohio Parlor meeting last spring in Columbus. The cover features Cherrywood cotton fabrics enhanced with Shiva Artist's paint sticks and machine quilting. Way to go Beth!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nancy M. Williams, SAQA Ohio Featured Artist of the Month

How long have you been sewing and when did you start making art quilts?
I've sewn for 60 years or so and began art quilting about 5 years ago.

Describe your art and inspirations.

My art usually has a great deal of embellishment and fabric manipulation.

Where do you create most of your art?

In my sewing room.

What are your goals?

My work is mostly done for enjoyment and for the possible teaching of classes. I try to display at at least one Ohio show a year and one California show a year

Do you teach, lecture or make a business out of your art?

Yes, I teach and lecture, but I do not want to make a business out of my art.

Where can your art be seen?

I've had a few gallery shows but nothing recently. I can be reached via email at