The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SAQA VA/NC Member Libby Mijanovich

Passages 1

23"h x 53"w x 1.5"d

pieced vintage clothing, metallic thread

©2011 Mija
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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Oct 20 - 23 (Thurs through Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm)

Asheville Civic Center

87 Haywood Street

Asheville, NC 28801


For four days, the Civic Center in Asheville, NC comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts created by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Over 200 of the best craftspeople from the Appalachian region, fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

The Craft Fair, a local tradition since 1948, is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture.

Craft USA ’11 National Craft Triennal

Nov 13 - Dec 23

Silvermine Arts Center

1037 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT 06840


Juror Holly Hotchner, Director of the Museum of Arts & Design, chose Libby and Jim Mijanovich’s piece ‘Nowhere to Hide’ from 500 entries, as one of 86 pieces for inclusion in this seventh national triennial exhibition.

Washington Craft Show

Dec 2 - Dec 4 (Fri 10 am - 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

Libby & Jim Mijanovich will be exhibiting their contemporary fiber wall pieces at this premier event of contemporary craft in America presenting 190 of the nation's top craft artists. Each piece of masterful work designed and made in artists' studios, is one-of-a-kind or limited edition.

Discover new ways to consider objects for daily or special use, home décor, or what-to-wear—from hard-edged metals, silken ceramics and lustrous woods to shimmering scarves, witty jewels, and ultra craft couture.

American Craft Council Baltimore

Feb 24 - 26, 2012

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Around the Region

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

July 21 - July 24  (Thurs through Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm)

Asheville Civic Center

87 Haywood Street

Asheville, NC 28801


For four days, the Civic Center in Asheville, NC comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts created by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  Over 200 of the best craftspeople from the Appalachian region, fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

The Craft Fair, a local tradition since 1948, is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture. 

Making Arrangements 

Aug 13 - Oct 6

Cabarrus Arts Council

Historic Cabarrus Courthouse

Concord, NC


Making Arrangements is a re-imagination of the traditional still life.  This unique show includes wall configurations, pedestal groupings and multiple works from a series. One thing is for sure: this isn’t your art teacher’s bowl of fruit.  Libby and Jim Mijanovich of Mija, are one of several artists exhibiting in this group invitational.

Hands, Hearth and Home

Sept 30 - Nov 26

Womble Carlyle Gallery

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC


Hands, Hearth and Home addresses the comforts of home and the autumn season.  It is an invitational exhibit featuring artwork exclusively created by members of Piedmont Craftsmen.  Included will be one of Libby and Jim Mijanovich’s fiber wall pieces.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sacred Threads 2011

If you are in the area this week and/or next, be sure to check out the biennial Sacred Threads 2011 Exhibition.

Show Dates:  June 22 - July 4 2011
Hours: Mon-Wed: 10-5, Th: 10- 8, Fri & Sat: 10-5, Sun: 11-4, Special Hours July 4: 1-4

Admission $5 per person

Church of the Epiphany
3301 Hidden Meadow Dr. 
Herndon, VA  20171

Monday, June 20, 2011

SuperShuttle Quilt Challenge

SuperShuttle Quilt Challenge

Deadline: September 16, 2011 (RECEIVE)

SuperShuttle Quilt Challenge
International Quilt Festival

and SuperShuttle
Houston, TX
November 2-6, 2011

International Quilt Festival/Houston, the largest annual quilt show, sale, and quiltmaking academy in the world, and SuperShuttle, the only nation-wide shared-ride transportation company, have teamed up to issue a special challenge to Festival attendees.

Submit a SuperShuttle-themed quilt block, and you could be chosen to win one of several prizes, in addition to having your block incorporated into the official 2011 SuperShuttle quilt! The quilt will be on display at International Quilt Festival/Houston (Nov. 3-6, with Preview Night on Nov. 2), and then hung at the company’s Houston office.

The prizes are as follows:
• Grand Prize—$150 cash
• First Place—$125 cash
• Second Place—$100 cash
• Third Place—$75 cash
• Fourth through Tenth Places—Complimentary round-trip airport/hotel SuperShuttle transportation for the 2011 Houston Festival only.

Quilt blocks should measure 9”x 9” (finished) or 9.5” x 9.5” (unfinished), and feature a SuperShuttle-themed design. Visit the SuperShuttle website at for inspiration.

Block submissions will be judged by representatives from International Quilt Festival and SuperShuttle. Blocks will be evaluated according to workmanship, creativity, adherence to the theme, and overall design.

Blocks should be the work of only one person, and each entrant may submit only one block. Entries must be sent to arrive no later than SEPTEMBER 16, 2011. Winners will be notified by SEPTEMBER 23, 2011. If your block is not a prizewinner, but one of the other 10 chosen for inclusion in the quilt, you will also be notified at this time.

Note: Quilt blocks will not be returned to the artist, regardless of whether or not they are chosen for inclusion.

Download complete details:

Visit website for more information:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TIQE - 2012

Here is an opportunity for SAQA members to have their work in an exceptional exhibition in Taiwan in 2012. Taiwan Representative, Hsin-Chen Lin, is also the president of TIQE and the first festival she organized in 2009 was wonderful. The exhibition was very well received and the catalog is gorgeous. The 2012 exhibition will be from August to July and the theme is Moving Water and Rivers, with an emphasis on the life-giving and precious nature of water on the earth and the crucial environmental relationship we have with water. 

            Water and river are full of life and nutrient: novelty, freshness, and sustainability symbolize a source of vitality, expecting to convey an energetic, broad, and microcosmic angle of view, as well as each kind of life and existence that water and river embrace.

Details are posted on the SAQA website:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Regional Meeting

The Spring Regional Meeting began at the Burke Centre Library with introductions and a little show and tell from the 14 members that were able to attend.

Meeting adjourned and we were off for a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant on the Occoquan River.  Next stop was a tour of the Workhouse Art Center.  An added bonus was Co-Rep Judy Busby was Featured Artist of the month.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Exhibiting Membership in Piedmont Craftsmen is open to crafts artists living in the southeast United States. Exhibiting members are accepted through a jury process and produce work recognized nationally and internationally. Jury applicants submit images of their work for a 2-part peer review jury.
Piedmont  Craftsmen uses an on-line digital image jury system hosted by CaFÉ a in partnership with Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).   Our application is online and active from early January through mid April.  VisitCaFÉ and set up your artist profile.  The program is very user-friendly, and they have wonderful tech support. 

Radius 250

This is a multi media show. We need more quilted textiles in mainstream art galleries. You must reside within 250 miles of Richmond, Virginia to enter.

Call for Entries                    
Postmark and Online Deadline:April 15, 2011
April 15, 2011 
THE WHAT? A major art show featuring artists working within a 250-mile radius of Richmond. Why that area? Because it takes in some of the Mid-Atlantic and some of the Southeast, and juror Leigh Anne Chambers knows there are a lot of good artists out there, and she wants to find out who you are. 
THE WHO? Fine artists working in two or three dimensions, or in digital and video mediums. The only limitation is that they must work (create) within a 250-mile radius of Richmond. This includes Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Washington DC, Baltimore, and everywhere in between. If you aren't sure if you fall within the target area, check the map on the front of the prospectus to find out. 

THE WHEN? The show will run June 24 through August 21, 2011. Postmark and online deadline for submissions is 11:59PM Friday, April 15, 2011.THE WHERE? The show will occupy all 3,000 square feet of artspace gallery in Plant Zero, a renovated industrial building in Richmond's Manchester Arts District.PRIZES UP TO $1000 and a solo exhibition in artspace's Helena Davis Gallery.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mary T. Buchanan exhibition "Vanishing Stories"

SAQA VA/NC Regional Member, Mary Buchanan, has spent the past year creating art with a focus on Alzheimer's and Dementia related illnesses. You can view her interview with Lisa Chipentine here.

Friday, March 4, 2011

SAQA's 2011 Benefit Auction

Early Bird DEADLINE - March 15, 2011

28 Auction pieces have already arrived - see the latest on the 2011 Auction pages!  Pat and Eileen report that the new donation form is making their jobs go much faster and more accurately.

SAQA's Benefit Auction is our largest fundraiser. In 2010 we received 288 donations for the SAQA Benefit Auction. It was a fantastic auction and we raised
$52,450. This was SAQA's biggest income source after membership dues.

With your help, we're hoping to do even better in 2011. We hope that each of you will create and donate a wonderful piece of art for the 2011 Benefit Auction, but in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible, we need to ask you to follow the guidelines below.

To facilitate entry of your information, please use the new online submission form, available through a link under SUPPORT SAQA at

1.    Donations must be only 10 - 12 inches (25 - 30 cm) in either direction. 12 inches will be the maximum accepted so that we can use standard Priority shipping boxes to save time and money.
2.    Only ONE work per artist will be accepted.
3.    Works on stretchers will be accepted but they may not be any larger than 12 inches and should be no deeper than 1 inch (2.5 cm).
4.    ALL artwork donated must be ready to hang. If artwork not otherwise mounted, a sleeve or other method of hanging must be attached. Artwork on stretchers should have hooks and wire attached.
5.    All donations must have a label with title (or "untitled") and artist's name clearly written.
6.    There will be a space on the online submission to put a 25 word description of your work that should include materials/techniques to help bidders understand what the image on the website represents.
7.    Images will not be posted until the work is received.
8.    Please do not use peanuts, confetti, shredded paper, or padded envelopes filled with linty fuzz - all these things make a mess when opening the package and the confetti and fuzzy stuff sticks to the quilts.
9.    Please mail your donation with a tracking number or pre-stamped/ addressed postcard to let you know it arrived. Auction coordinator will not email donor when work arrives.
10.    International donations should be sent early enough to arrive by the deadline after clearing Customs. Be advised that it can take up to 3 weeks for boxes to clear customs.

Early Bird Deadline: March 15th
This will make your piece eligible for inclusion in Auction advertising,  Auction postcards, and display at IQF-Cincinnati, April 8 - 11, 2011.
Final Deadline: July 2nd.  This is a receive-by date.

Monday, February 21, 2011

No Excuses Art Marketing Workshop with Alyson B. Standfield

May 20-21, 2011

Durham, North Carolina

Are your piles of unsold artwork stacking up?
Are you confused about the right way to promote your art?
Are you ready to start getting the attention you deserve?
Join us!
no-excuses art-marketing workshop
In just 2 short days, you'll be motivated and armed with the knowledge to do what needs to be done.
This workshop is for visual artists who want to be more strategic with their marketing. Maybe you've tried this or that, but you need to be more consistent.
We're talking serious sales here. This workshop isn't for hobbyists.
In order to get the most from the workshop, you have to be willing to put in the time and effort required to sell your art. No one can do it for you.
I've seen lots of progress from attendees of past workshops. I know you'll get a lot from the material if you're open minded and ready to get to work.
My workshops are about building relationships in a way that is comfortable for you. I don't hand out magic elixirs. This stuff is hard work!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Meet Susan Brubaker Knapp

"What started as hobby, has turned into a passion and business"
If you've ever thumbed through an issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, I'm sure you've run across an article or two by our very own SAQA VA/NC member Susan Brubaker Knapp.  She wrote a series of articles on thread sketching for Quilting Arts magazine. The six articles appeared throughout 2010, and her piece "Vanity" appeared on the cover of the April/May 2010 issue. 

"Candy Corn" is the October art for the 2011 Quilting Arts Calendar.
Her second Quilting Arts Workshop DVD, "Master Machine Stitching: Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics," was released in the fall of 2010.  Susan also appears in episodes #703, 707 and 712 of Quilting Arts TV, which will air early this year on some Public TV stations.

  "Magical Mistletoe" project was featured in the 2010 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts magazine. 
Susan's work is featured on the box of C&T Publishing's "The Art of Quilts Postcard Collection: Nature." The box contains 30 different art quilt postcards, and retails for $9.95. 

"Lepidoptera" appears in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Quilters Newsletter magazine. 

"Lepidoptera" and "Coleus" are touring with SAQA's "Art Meets Science" exhibition. 

She has been invited to teach at New Zealand's Taupo Symposium 2013, and to appear on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims this spring. 


Susan is now a designated "Aurifil Expert," and is Aurifil thread's Designer of the Month for January 2011. Susan's "Leaves of Green" quilt is being offered through Aurifil's blog as a free pattern download. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Call For Entry for SAQA VA/NC Region

"Bending the Rules", 2012 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival by Mancuso Show Management at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Va.

“Bending the Rules”, the opportunity to assert your independence from traditional rules of quilting is here at last!  Why make a circle if you can make an ellipse? Why draw a straight line if you can make it have (just a tiny) squiggle? Why create artwork that ends at the borders?  Explore, consider a new approach, experiment, and be unique as you create an art quilt with ingenuity. Why not bend the rules and let your imagination run free!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quilt Art:International Expressions

Friday, January 28, 2011 - Sunday, April 24, 2011
Members Preview: Friday, February 4, 2011

*Quilt Art: International Expressions was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Quilt Art.
This exhibition features 35 contemporary quilts by the members of Quilt Art, an international group of 22 quiltmaking artists. The group has exhibited in Japan, Canada and across Europe, making Quilt Art: International Expressions here at the Taubman the premier exhibition in the United States. The artists are highly informed about traditional quilting techniques and practices; however these quilts are the result of conscious decisions made to develop new modes of working with cloth. Each artist has been influenced by her unique background of artistic experience, method and nationality and these differences are celebrated in the diversity of the quilts. While some artists work to control each step of the process by making and dying their own fabric, others embrace improvisation, spontaneity, and chance. The artists here are pioneers, breaking boundaries in their medium as well as social conventions of craft and women’s work

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gardens and the Natural World, Hillsborough, NC

Deadline: February 15, 2011 (ONLINE) & (RECEIVE)

Gardens and the Natural World
Hillsborough Arts Council
HAC Gallery

Hillsborough, North Carolina
April 22 to May 21, 2011

The Hillsborough Arts Council seeks submissions for a themed exhibition, “Gardens and the Natural World,” to be held in the HAC Gallery from April 22 to May 21, 2011. The show is envisioned to include a broad range of plant and animal life from florals to botanicals to landscapes and beyond. 2-dimensional wall art and 3-dimensional items such as vases, bowls, plates, jewelry and garden or yard decor (bird baths, stepping stones, stakes, etc.) are all examples of acceptable items.

Artists living or who have studios in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham or Wake counties are eligible.

-Original works of art, handcrafted by the artist
-Any media
-Work must fit through a 2.5’ x 6’ doorway.
-All works must be of material stable enough to withstand handling and exhibiting, suitably framed and/or prepared for installation.
-Artworks should be for sale and can be restocked periodically, as items are sold, throughout the duration of the exhibition.
-The HAC will take a 30% commission.

How to Apply
-The application must be completed and submitted online and materials mailed by US Post. Application is not complete until all materials are received.
-5 digital images on CD (7 inches maximum for longest dimension, 72 pixels/inch)
-Images do not have to represent actual artwork that will be shown in the exhibition.
-The CD along with the image script must be received by US postal delivery no later than 5 pm, Feb. 15, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
-$10.00 application fee which will go towards postcard printing of accepted applications.

The HAC Gallery Selection Committee will notify artists selected for exhibition via email or telephone by March 10, 2011.

Visit website to access links to online application and image script:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fantastic Fibers 2011!

Call for Entries - Deadline Feb.15

Fantastic Fibers is an international competitive exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. In three years Fantastic Fibers has grown to a truly international competition and exhibition. Last year's Fantastic Fibers 2010 had close to 600 entries submitted by 137 fiber artists from Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Peru, South Africa, and from 38 states. Visit their new Fantastic Fibers 2011 website to submit your work!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nancy G. Cook - Featured Artist

Nancy G Cook will be the featured artist at the Mint Hill Arts January 25th meeting from 7- 9 in Mint Hill NC. Nancy will provide a talk on her art, a demonstration of her processes and a trunk show of work.  Admission free.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lorie McCown - Elemental Grace

Elemental Grace”, January 3-31 2011,
Lorie McCown
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts
Fredericksburg, Virginia 
The Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts (FCCA) presents the art exhibit “Elemental Grace”. The exhibit will showcase the work of Lorie McCown. The exhibit will be located in the FCCA Members Gallery and opens on January 4th 2011, runs through January 31st with a First Friday Opening Reception on January 7th from 6-8:30 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. New work by Lorie McCown in fiber and paint, based on the elements and the forms they reveal in our everyday landscape. Vibrant colors, dimensional textiles and vivid paintings reflect our world the basic elements that are all around us. All work is for sale.
Lorie McCown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, from California State University, Long Beach, and attended San
Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history.
She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, yarn and fiber
The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization supporting the creative arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia. FCCA is located in the Historic Silversmith House,
members, and funded through member and community support.
circa 1785 and a Partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Monthly, FCCA brings new art exhibits, special programs and events, art trips, and art classes for all ages to the Fredericksburg community. These events are planned and organized entirely by volunteer
Hours: Open 12-4 p.m. Wednesday-Monday & 11-4:00 Saturday (Closed Tues.)
Location: 813 Sophia Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401
“Moving Water”28x40” fiber Lorie H. McCown

Welcome to the New SAQA VA/NC Regional Blog

Welcome all!  to our new SAQA VA/NC Regional blog. Thanks to everyone that has sent their link info thus far.  The responses are pouring in even as I type this welcome message. 

We all have busy lives and I'm sure most of us don't have time to sit and read blogs for hours at a time.  I've included a link to the right so that you can subscribe to our posts and you will be sent a notification via email of new blog posts.  There is also another link "Contact Your Regional Reps" that you can choose if you'd like to pass on some yummy information to share with our members/readers.