Martha Sielman - Art Quilts

I am the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) 

Visit to see what's happening in the world of art quilts! 


SAQA's 2014 Benefit Auction will begin September 15, 2014 - come and check out these amazing works of art!

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 Masters Art Quilts volume 1 coverNatural World

Masters Art Quilts Volume 2

Contact Martha Sielman

I'm excited to announce that I've just signed a contract with Interweave to write "Art Quilt Inspirations: Abstracts & Geometrics". The book will include interviews with 20 Featured Artists showing multiple works by each.  Approximately 70 additional artists will have their work showcased in the book's gallery sections.

Preliminary submission is via email. Send to

Attach jpegs of up to 3 images of your art. Images should be jpegs only, not larger than 1200 pixels in any dimension.  Please label each image file with last name_first name_title (e.g. Sielman_Martha_Abstract 1).

DEADLINE is October 31, 2014.

   Art Quilt Portfolio People and Portraits cover

Please join me at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK on August 8 & 9.  I'll be showing visitors through the "People and Portraits" exhibition and lecturing each day at 2:00 PM:




"Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits" was released in April 2013.  It is available in the SAQA Bookstore.  All sale proceeds go to support SAQA's exhibition programs.  A matching exhibition, "People and Portraits" premiered at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and was exhibited at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange.  It will be at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK August 7-10, 2014.  Next summer it will be traveling to Brazil!

"Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World" (Lark, 2012 $24.95) is available in the SAQA Bookstore. All sale proceeds go to support SAQA's exhibition programs.  A matching exhibition, "The Natural World," was shown at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

The exhibition "Masters 2," one work by each of these master artists, was exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts and at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts in Melbourne, Florida.   It is currently traveling through the American Quilter's Society shows in Phoenix Arizona (February 5-8, 2014), Lancaster, Pennsylvania (March 12-15, 2014), Paducah, Kentucky (April 23-26, 2014), Charlotte, North Carolina (July 30-August 2, 2014), Grand Rapids, Michigan (August 20-23, 2014), Chattanooga, Tennessee (September 10-13, 2014), and Des Moines, Iowa (October 1-4, 2014).

For more information about the exhibitions, check the SAQA website.

Portraits in Cloth

My article on "Creating Realistic Portraits" is included in this new from Quilting Arts magazine.  You can order copies from the Interweave Store.


I was pleased to be one of the jurors for Swarovski Crystal's "CREATE YOUR STYLE" Art Quilting Contest. 

I am the juror for the second "Florida in Fabric II" exhibition, being sponsored by the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts.


May 24, 2014
1:00 PM: Gallery Walk at "Florida in Fabric II" Opening
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Melbourne, FL

August 8-9, 2014
Friday, August 8 at 2:00 PM: Lecture on "People and Portraits: Behind the Scenes"
Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 PM: Lecture on "Creativity in Art Quilts -- Where do Ideas Come From?"
Festival of Quilts
NEC convention center
Birmingham, UK

"New England Quilt Museum has been fortunate to have Martha Sielman present programs for our members and attendees several times over the past few years and each time she has delighted the audience with a well-organized, entertaining, and witty talk.  Although one can tell that Martha takes great care in piecing together her presentations, the delivery is always natural and relaxed—she doesn’t “read” a lecture.  When discussing an art quilt, Martha has the ability to help others notice the art and craft of the piece and see things that they may otherwise have missed were it not for her insightful guidance.  Even those familiar with art quilts—the choir listening to the preacher--come away with a new appreciation of the subject matter!"

--Connie Colom Barlow, Executive Director
New England Quilt Museum