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Lorie McCown in Quilting Arts Magazine

The artist profile in Quilting Arts (October/November 2014)

The artist profile in the current issue of Quilting Arts (October/November 2014) features Lorie McCown.

Lorie McCown is interviewed and featured in Quilting Arts Magazine latest issue. A five page article with many examples of her latest work is included. The article features the latest series she is working on and discusses processes, context and influences on her work. Lorie discusses the pieces meanings, messages, inspirations and iconography.

The issue is on newsstands now.

Lorie McCown’s work was included in Quilt National 2013.

To see more of her work, and read more about it, please visit or

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Special holiday offer: Save $5 on exhibit catalogs

Holiday offer for our readersHoliday Offer: Give the gift of art

Exclusive to readers of, the Dairy Barn is extending a holiday offer of a $5 savings on 2011 and 2013 Quilt National catalog orders.  These beautiful hardcover books will WOW your friends and relatives. Now is your chance to take a closer look at over 150 extraordinary works of art and learn more about the prestigious exhibition.

Type in SAVE5 when you check out and the discount will be applied.

CLICK HERE to order those catalogs now!


These beautiful, full color catalogs are  issued in limited editions, and are collectors items for anyone who admires the artwork of contemporary quilters.  Suitable for anyone interested in contemporary art, quilting or fiber arts.

Hurry, offer ends December 31, 2013.

PS. Thank you for this special offer Dairy Barn!

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Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA) launches new and improved website

new SAQA website home page

The new home page displays art from current shows.

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., (SAQA) the non-profit organization that promotes the art quilt world-wide has given a fresh face to its website. features upgraded navigation, a new blog focusing on information of interest to collectors, expanded artist member profiles and of course – more images of art quilts.

A place for art quilts in the contemporary art world

Yvonne Porcella, a Quilt National artist and juror, founded the Studio Art Quilters Association in 1989 with the goal of establishing a place for art quilts in the world of contemporary art.  The vision for SAQA was to create an organization to:

  • Promote art quilts to major art publications, museums, and galleries
  • Educate the public about art quilts
  • Serve as a forum for the professional development of quilt artists
  • Act as a resource for curators, dealers, consultants, teachers, students, and collectors

The SAQA website re-design has been a recent priority for the organization, as the membership has grown to 31 countries.  Websites like and provide a bigger voice to artists engaged in the field of contemporary art quilts.

SAQA and Quilt National Artists

According to SAQA Executive Director, Martha Sielman, 81% of Quilt National 2013 exhibitors are SAQA members.  In her article “Art Quilt Trends at Quilt National ’13”, published in the Summer 2013 issue of the SAQA Journal, Ms. Sielman provides her observations of trends she observed in the Quilt National ’13 exhibit at the Dairy Barn, including the use of neutral palettes, dense stitching, and the use of recycled materials.  Her discussion of the techniques and materials used by Quilt National artists suggests that the artwork in the show both reflects and shapes trends of which SAQA’s 3,000 members should be aware.

SAQA Journal cover with Arle Sklar-Weinstein's Truth or Consequences

New website features to promote artists and art

The redesign of the SAQA website provides a clean canvas for images of members work, slide-shows of SAQA exhibitions, and member galleries. Among the new or expanded features of the new website  are:

  • The Art Services Directory, a resource for locating a variety of arts-related services
  • The SAQA Store, now offering collectors the opportunity to purchase the art quilts on tour in exhibitions curated by the group
  • Profiles of members from the I am SAQA program

With an improved navigation scheme, it is straightforward to locate information about the SAQA organization, view quilts by member artists, and even shop for art and art materials.

For more information visit the website at

SAQA is a world-wide resource for information on the art quilt and the artists who create them. In addition to mounting museum-quality exhibitions that travel the world, SAQA documents the art quilt movement through exhibition catalogs and the continuing series of Portfolios, the art quilt sourcebook.

The group creates professional development opportunities for the membership that continue to address the ever-changing needs of the artist. From basic studio management to mastering current technology for both business and artistic purposes, members have access to a treasure trove of support for taking their artwork and career to the next level.
Over the past 25 years, SAQA has evolved into an active and dynamic organization that offers many services to its members as well as to the community at large. The website provides visibility to the accomplishments of the artist members and gives members immediate access to information about exhibition opportunities, announcements of upcoming events and conferences, and other resources.

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In the News–Quilt National Artists at St. Louis University

The work of Quilt National artists currently on view at the St. Louis University art museum is described as both “extraordinary” and “powerful”  in two new articles from Splendid Magazine and the St. Louis University News.

A Splendid Story

Quilt National artists article featured on cover of Splendid MagazineThe current issue of the lifestyle magazine, Splendid, features a short article about Quilt National and the Dairy Barn, along with loads of photos of artwork from Quilt National 2013.

Quilt National ’13 is now on view at the St. Louis University Museum of Art.  If you can’t make it to the museum this month, you can still enjoy photos of quilts in the on-line version of the magazine.


“Viewing the quilts is an extraordinary experience. The sheer array of pieces is extensive and the range of artistic expression is astonishing.”

In the on-line magazine you will see photos of the following works:

  • Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Descent into Darkness: The Boys of the Mines
  • Miriam Nathan-Roberts, Salt and Pepper
  • Brooke Atherton, SpringField
  • Luanne Rimmel, Enigma with a Flower
  • Carol Goosens, As Summer Slowly Fades
  • Katherine Knauer, Solar City
  • John Lefelhocz, Mona in the Era of Social Butterflies
  • Barbara Schneider, Forest Floor
  • Laura Fogg, Jammin’
  • Susan Polansky, No One But You

Also included is a profile of St. Louis artist, Luanne Rimmel.

Be sure to check out this month’s issue of Splendid Magazine (Volume 2, No. 3) for a glimpse at these terrific quilts.

Threads Worth Thinking About

The St. Louis University News published an article about Quilt National 2013 on September 25 entitled Quilted art: Threads worth thinking about. The author, Emily Drenovsky said:

“The internationally diverse quilters of Quilt National use their craftwork to make broad thought-provoking statements about the world. The show has the power to inspire students to make a difference on a local level with their own gifts and talents.”

Quilt National Artist Sheila Frampton-Cooper

From a Seed by Sheila Frampton-Cooper

Drenovsky’s article featured artwork by Sheila Frampton-Cooper and Cris Fee.
Read the article in its entirety by clicking this link: Quilted art: Threads worth thinking about.

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