AK SAQA February 2017 Meeting



Our Feburary 2017 AK SAQA Regional Meeting was held on Tuesday February 14th at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. We had a great turn out—Maria Shell, Cat Larrea , Diane Melms , Carrie Payne, Gail Ramsay, Jan Wallace, Jeannie Bench, Bonnie Riveria, Gene Looman,  and Kate Beebe. We also welcomed new member Gene Looman and guest Karen Fogarty.

We discussed our upcoming member’s show at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts   Members Gail Ramsay and Carrie Payne are planning to hang the show on March 1. The opening reception for the show is Saturday March 4, 2017 from 6PM - 8PM at the center. 



Diane Melms has a solo show opening at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska the same weekend. She shared her maquette of the show which was really interesting to see.


AK SAQA member Mary Gerken (not present) met with some of the Hawaii SAQA members to continue to move the concept of a joint show forward. We have settled on the size 12’’ x 24’’ or smaller and the theme Non-Contiguous. 

Amy Meissner is continuing to work with Diane Melms (who coordinated our previous shows) and the Blue Hollomon Gallery to make a November 2017 Alaska SAQA juried exhibition happen. It will be called Art Cloth North III. We are looking at an August 15th deadline for submitting work. Each member may submit three pieces for consideration. Work should not have been exhibited in Anchorage before. Complete details will be announced at up coming meetings. 

Show Tell was great as always.

Cat Larrea shared her new work that just got into the SAQA traveling exhibition Textile Posters.  


She wasn’t ready for us to share the quilt on the blog yet, so only those of us who were at the meeting got to see its amaziness.



But as you can see, Cat is very happy to have gotten into the show.



Gene Looman shared a collection of his handmade jackets.


Jan Wallace continues her exploration of working 3-D.


Kate Beebe is experimenting again—this time with lots of glitter.


Bonny Riveria shared new work. 


Jan’s guest and now new SAQA member, Karen Fogarty shared her beautiful dolls. 


She also gave us a bit of insight into how she builds one.


Jeannie Bench showed her latest bead work on “quilts”. 






Gene Looman and Diane Melms have both completed Spotlight Auction Quilts for the upcoming SAQA conference. 





We hope you will join us for our meeting. It will on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. Many members will be on spring break, so this is an informal get together without a agenda. It is always good time!

AK SAQA January 2017 Meeting



Our January 2017 AK SAQA Regional Meeting was held on Tuesday January 10 at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. We had a great turn out—Maria Shell , Cat Larrea, Diane Melms, Carrie Payne, Gail Ramsay , Jan Wallace, Rebecca Starry , Jeannie Bench, and Kate Beebe. We also welcomed new member Gene Looman and visitor Carol Baker.


We discussed our upcoming show at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts . All AK SAQA members are invited to share their work. Members may submit two-three pieces for consideration. The work can be brought to the next SAQA meeting which is schedule for Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. Or you can contact Carrie Payne via her website   to make other arrangements for delivery of work. 

Diane Melms gave an incredible presentation about the opening of Quilts=Art=Quilts. We all truly enjoyed seeing the quilts that were featured in this exhibition held annually at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. 




Diane’s quilt Brainstorm was part of QAQ.

Maria Shell’s quilt TRIBE was also  in the exhibition.

Show Tell was great as always.

Rebecca Starry shared new beaded work.


Diane presented some new pieces that will be part of her solo exhibition at the Bunnell Street Arts Center  in Homer, Alaska in March.




We hope you will join us in February. We will be meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton.  Upcoming meeting will include a Maria Shell’s recent visit to China and the 2016 China International Patchwork Invitational Tournament.

AK SAQA DECEMBER 2016 MEETING

For the 2016 December AK SAQA meeting, Amy Meissner invited us to visit her lovely home in Anchorage. We had a great turn out. 




Members in attendance included Cat Larrea, Amy Meissner, Diane Melms, Carrie Payne, Gail Ramsay, Jan Wallace, Beth Blankenship, Bonny Riveria, and Maria Shell . We also had two visitors Rebecca Starry and Jeannie Bench. 

Many of our members had SAQA news to share. Here is what they are up to.

Amy Meissner finished hanging a major public art installation at the Chugiak-Eagle River Library. You can read more about that project on Amy’s blog. She is currently exploring ideas for her 2018 show at the Anchorage Museum


Diane Melms has been busy making holiday gifts.


We all agreed that she needs to make a pattern for this funny face that eats pillow food!


Carrie Payne’s art work is featured in the Art Quilting Studio Winter 2017 issue 


And the Sew Somerset Winter 2017 issue. 




Carrie has also agreed to curate a group AK SAQA show for March 2017 at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts. All AK SAQA members are invited to share their work. Members may submit two pieces for consideration. The work can be brought to the next SAQA meeting which is schedule for Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. Or you can contact Carrie via her website to make other arrangements for delivery of work. 

Member Bonny Riveria shared new work and as well as information about her successful solo show in November at J&H Sew and Vac. 


She scheduled to have another solo show at Doriola’s in July. The show will feature new work from Bonny’s series on trees.


We spent a lot of time introducing ourselves along with many tangents about techniques, future work, and history. It was a fabulous meeting.


We hope you will join us in January. We will be meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton.  Upcoming meeting will include a presentations by Diane Melms about the opening of Quilts=Art=Quilts, Maria Shell’s recent visit to China and the 2016 China International Patchwork Invitational Tournament, and Amy Meissner will share her experience creating and installing a major piece of public art.

We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

AK SAQA AUGUST 2016 Meeting

We had a great turn out for our August SAQA meeting. In fact, we are on the verge of outgrowing our meeting space!

Kate Beebe, Cat Larrea , Amy Meissner , Diane Melms  Carrie Payne , Faye Stiehm, Maria Shell , Beth Blankenship , Debbie Even, Bonnie Rivera, and Krista Fleckenstein were in attendance.

Debbie Even and Bonnie Rivera are both new members. Welcome!


There was lots of news to share. We are planning on having a complete discussion of social media at our next meeting.  We would like to talk about how AK SAQA can use social media for an assortment of purposes. We would also like to discuss how we as individuals and artist use social media in our lives.

As a teaser for that discussion, here all the Instagram names for the members at the meeting.

Debbie Even @evenstitchers, Krista Fleckenstien @kristafleck, Maria Shell @talesofastitcher, Carrie Payne @believemagic, Diane Melms @dianemelmsartist, Amy Meissner @amymeissnerartist 

If you are on Instagram, please follow your follow SAQA members.  And if you would like to be added to this list, just let Maria Shell know.

The AK SAQA presentation for the Valley Quilter’s Guild in Palmer, Alaska was a great success. You can read all the details of that adventure here.  


Kate Beebe, who was one of the presenters at the Valley Quilter's Guild meeting, said it was a well attended event. SAQA presenters hung dozens of art quilts and the members of the guild were truly interested and inspired.


Carrie Payne shared the details of her current solo show at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts


You can see beautiful images of the 15 new pieces Carrie created for the show on her website , and you can read the SAQA review of the show here .


SAQA member Krista Fleckstein, who is the author of Beyond Cotton, has offered to share her surface design knowledge with our group by offering a half-day workshop.  The workshop will be held at Krista’s home on Thursday, September 15 from 10AM - 2PM. Members will recieve an email with more infromation and an opportunity to sign up


We had a lengthy discussion about what sort of systems we use to apply for art opportunities and document our work. We hope to eventually have a blog post with the resources from that conversation listed here so that all of our members can benefit from that discussion.


The meeting concluded with a fabulous Show and Tell.

New member Bonnie Rivera created an art quilt based on her son’s art work. 


The colors and the craftmanship of the piece were beautiful.


Cat Larrea has been very busy creating some new small landscape quilts composed of bold shapes and incredible palettes.



We had an interesting discussion about how Cat creates lines with fabric, thread, and ink.


Beth Blankenship shared an exquiste beaded bird structure she created.


We all got to hold it which was kind of amazing in of itself.


Diane Melms brought a quilt to celebrate watermelon which we all should be doing right now.


We compared the guilting on Faye Stiehm’s work and Diane Melms and concluded that denser quilting does change the hand of the quilt. 

Great meeting!


Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday September 13 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. We hope to see you there!  < http://kaladi.com/locations_brayton.cfm>