Fiber Arts Scholarship

Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council Scholarship and Guild

Funding Opportunities

“It allowed me to grow as an artist by learning new skills,” said Abq

MQG member Afton Warrick about the three day class she took from

Betty Busby in Santa Fe in 2013.

Afton was a recipient of the Guild Member Scholarship for Workshops

and Classes provided by the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council. After

the class she created a wall hanging and she has incorporated

techniques she learned to make other projects since that time.

To fulfill her commitment to the AFAC for being awarded the

scholarship Afton did demonstrations at Thimbleweed Quilters and

Quilts Ole. She also has a tutorial on her blog:

reemay.html .

Have you been thinking about doing some skill building, research,

studying, attending a conference or taking part in private study with a

mentor in one of your fiber arts related interests? If so, then the

AFAC is waiting to hear from you by filling out an application, due

June 30, 2016, and letting them know how they can help you!

The categories of opportunities available are: New Mexico Resident

Scholarship in Fibers, Heritage Scholarship and Guild Member

Scholarship for Workshops and Classes as well as Guild Funding.

For further information please go to this web page: .

You may also contact: .

April Meeting

Hi, everyone- the April ABQ MQG meeting is on April 5 starting at 6:00 at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.  The program is Block Builder- this is a fun, hands-on program presented by Mandy Ruden and me based on the Block Builder challenges in GenQ magazine.  Please bring pencils, colored pencils, markers- anything that you like to use to draw and color with!  Mandy will also show how to turn your drawn blocks into actual quilt blocks.   Remember to bring your block of the month for March to put up on the wall.  And don’t forget your show and tell.

We still have a few spaces left in the Victoria Findlay Wolfe classes for Double Wedding Ring (an improv twist on an old favorite) and the LeMoyne Star (Victoria jazzes up another classic pattern) and for the dinner. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do it at the meeting on Tuesday. If you have signed up, thanks.  Please let you fellow quilters know about the classes and dinner-this is going to be a really great event. Victoria is a delightful person and teacher.
As a Board, our goal is to plan programs, teachers, swaps and challenges that our members are interested in and want to participate in. If you have ideas for programs, for a national teacher or teachers that you would like to have come to Albuquerque, or for fun quilt challenges or swaps, please share your ideas with Mandy Ruden, Catherine Silling, Claudia Reyes or me. If you would like to present a program, please talk to me.  I’m especially looking for hands-on programs and programs about different elements of modern quilting but I’m open to lots of ideas. Remember, this is your guild and we value your input!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at Colors of the Southwest and at our meeting on Tuesday.
Lorraine Hollingsworth
ABQ MQG Secretary


March Meeting

Hi, everyone-just a quick reminder that our next ABQ MQG meeting is on Tuesday March 1 starting at 6:00 at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.  Our program  will be our very own Rod Daniels and Jim Carnevale presenting, “Kites to Quilts.”

If you’re doing the block of the month challenge remember to bring your February block. It was so fun to see the January blocks and I can’t wait to see the February blocks.  And be sure to bring show and tell.
See you Tuesday!cinema-paradiso-sewing-machine-text-c


Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Pick me a winner!  We are the champions!

I could go on and on.  What’s all the excitement about?  Our guild banner took home Best Machine Quilting (Frameless) for QuiltCon 2016.  The banner was designed by Bob Lowe, pieced by Lois Warwick, appliqued by Sally Williams and Laurie Moodie.  The machine quilting was done by Renee Hoffman of  It’s not hard to see why Renee’s quilting nabbed such a prestigious award.  The level of detail in this quilt is astounding.  What’s even more amazing is she did all of the quilting on her Janome MC6300.  She spent over 40 hours working on the quilting details of this quilt, including trimming, blocking, adding the binding and hanging sleeve.  To see more about her process,visit her blog post.  Congratulations from all of us at the ABQMQG!reneebanner.jpg

February Meeting

Hi, everyone- the next meeting of the ABQ MQG is on February 2 at 6:00 at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.  We have lots going on-

        *** Sign ups for Victoria Findlay Wolfe (VFW) will start at the meeting- please sign the meeting sign-in sheet when you come in and indicate if you want to sign up for the VFW program. Mandy will then do the VFW signups in order of the meeting sign in sheet.  Information about the available classes and activities and a form for signing up are attached-they will also be available at the meeting.  REMEMBER-payment is by check,  cash, or paypal and payment is due when you sign up.  During February, only ABQ MQG members can sign up and then we will open it to the public. If you have questions before Tuesday, please email Mandy Ruden.  Here is the link to the VFW Flier
    *** If you are participating in the Modern Quilt BOM from Stitchery Dickory Dock, please bring your January square and we will put them up on the wall during our pre-meeting social time. Its still not too late to join us!!
    *** Our program will be a presentation by Jan Lehman-Shaw on mini-quilts.
    *** We will have entry forms for the Fiber Arts Fiesta Colors of the Southwest quilt show available.  It’s a good opportunity to be in a show and it would be great if we had lots of entries from ABQ MQG!
    ***We are working on our program schedule for 2016 and have two or three slots for hands-on activities or demonstrations-if you have something you would like to teach or would like to have taught or demonstrated or know of someone who you would like to see teach or give a demonstration, please talk to Claudia Reyes, Catherine Silling,  or Lorraine Hollingsworth. Even if we can’t fit your idea in this year, we will keep it in mind for next year.
   *** We are always looking for volunteers. If you want to get involved, please talk to one of the Board members!
Hope to see everyone on Tuesday!

January Meeting



We are having a meeting on Tuesday, January 5th at the Domingo Baca Center.  Linda is giving a powerpoint on modern quilting.  Please bring a quilt so you can discuss where you think you are in the continuum of modern quilting.

The meeting time has also changed from 6:30 to 6 to accommodate a half hour of socialization.

We can’t wait to see you all at the

A message from our President, Amanda Ruden

“The ABQ MQG Steering Committee has been working to find a meeting night that will allow us to meet at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (NDBMC) for every meeting during the year, so we don’t have to worry about location changes. The problem with meeting on the first Monday is that May and September have Monday holidays and NDBMC is closed on those days-and attendance is typically low on holidays, as well.  Jan Lehmann-Shaw has been working with NDBMC and arranged for ABQ MQG to have the big room in the NDBMC on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month.  We have decided to make this change.  We also decided to start the meetings at 6:00, with a social time from 6:00 to 6:30 that will allow our members to visit with each other before the meeting gets officially started at 6:30.

The next ABQ MQG meeting will be on Tuesday January 5 at 6:00 at the NDBMC.

A special thanks to Jan for all her hard work in first securing us a room at the NDBMC and then working to get us an alternative day that will work for us all year round.  And thanks to all of you for your patience and flexibility as we have worked out the meeting arrangements for our growing guild!”