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2017 SAQA Conference - Creation to Curation!  

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The 2017 SAQA Conference "Creation to Curation" will be held April 27-30 in Lincoln, Nebraska. This will be a joint conference with the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  

Our organizing committee has planned a full schedule of events, covering a wide range of topics.


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Lightning Talks lightning talks 

We have 16 Lightning Talks scheduled for the Conference. Find out more about these fun presentations and what topics will be covered.

Friday Night Out friday night out

Get together with friends or join a group and meet new people! All Conference attendees are invited to take part in Friday Night Out. Our local ambassadors have arranged reservations within a 10-minute walk of the Embassy Suites Hotel. Deadline has passed to participate in Friday Night Out.

Lincoln 2017 Join our facebook group

We have set up a closed Facebook group for conference attendees. If you want to arrange rides or find a roommate, this is the place for you. There is also a list of all the attendees and links to all the Friday Night Out restaurants. To join, visit  or search for Lincoln2017 from your Facebook account.

transportation options

Want to find out how to get from the airport to the hotel? Need parking information? Read our handy information sheet to learn more. We also have a customized google map available.


About the IQSCM


The International Quilt Study Center was founded in 1997 when native Nebraskans Robert & Ardis James donated their collection of quilts to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In response to the public’s demand to see the quilts combined with an ever-growing collection of antique, contemporary and international quilts, the Museum was opened 2008.

Today, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum has the world’s largest public collection of its kind, with more than 4,500 quilts showcasing four centuries of quiltmaking from 50 countries. At any time, 32,000 square feet of rotating gallery and exhibition space highlight upwards of 200 quilts that illustrate the spectrum of quilting including traditional or historic quilts, wonderfully imaginative studio quilts, or the diverse international quilts.


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