January 2014 e.Bulletin

January 2014 e.Bulletin
Martha Sielman head shot
Message from Martha Sielman, SAQA's Executive Director:

Happy New Year!  2014 is SAQA's 25th Anniversary and we have a new logo: 

I hope that you'll join me for the celebration at our conference in May where we'll be honoring our founder Yvonne Porcella, who started Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. in 1989 with just 50 members! 

There is a lot of important information this month -- Please Read Carefully:
  • Update of "SAQA Changes Lives: 2014 Exhibitions Appeal"
  • New Board members
  • "Capitolizing on Fiber" conference -- just 55 spots left
  • Membership Drive conclusion
  • 25th Anniversary Trunk Show DEADLINE is January 31st!





We're already halfway to our goal!


   From People and Portraits: Maria Elkins - Windblown *** Margot Lovinger - First Light 



SAQA's 2014 exhibitions program includes People and Portraits currently on display at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas, and scheduled to travel to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, in August.


Our goal is to raise these costs of the 2014 exhibitions program:


Rental of storage space for SAQA's exhibitions
$   9,800
Exhibition shipping coordinator
$ 15,000
Insurance for exhibition artwork
$   2,750
Two new shipping crates
$   1,600
Shipping/packaging supplies
$   1,500
$ 30,650



Thank you to these generous SAQA members who have recently donated:  

Margaret Abramshe, Pamela Allen, Jacquie Atkins, Elizabeth Bamberger, Abbi Barden, Elizabeth Bennett, Stephen Berkenfeld, Ann Bird, Holly Brackmann, Eliza Brewster, Jane Broaddus, Nancy Bryant, Mary Butler, Hsu Hsing Chang, Paula Chung, Carolyn Cohen, Martha Connell, Joanne Connolly, Judith Content, Nancy G. Cook, Carol Croce, Nike Cutsumpas, Anne Datko, Butch Davies, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, Eileen Doughty, Heather Dubreuil, Aileyn Renli Ecob, Lisa Ellis, Jamie Fingal, Andra Fischgrund, Tommy Fitzsimmons, Ruthann Fox, Georgia French, Paula Golden, Doria Goocher, Pat Gould, Melanie Grishman, Martha Hall, Denise Tallon Havlan, Maureen Hendricks, Sue Holdaway-Heys, Yvette Howard, Susan Jackan, Ralph James, Laura Jaszkowski, Ivy Jensen, Ann Johnston, Dana Jones, Peg Keeney, Annette Kennedy, Rosemary Kessler, Judy Kirpich, Sherry Kleinman, Lynn Krawczyk, Lynn Kunz, Sandra Lauterbach, Lina Lawall, Kate Lenkowsky, Alice Levinson, Jeanne Marklin, Anita McLarin, Christine Maute, Melanie McFarland, Cyndi and David Meier, Pam Morris, Frances Murphy, Jean Neblett, Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Bonnie Ouellette, Pat Owoc, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Jane Patrick, Dorothy Raymond, Ruan Robertson, Bernie Rowell, Pam RuBert, Karen Schulz, Joan Schulze, Debbie Schwartzman, Denise Seavey, Maria Shell, Sandra Sider, Martha Sielman, Ginny Smith, Teri Springer, Jen St. Martin, Sheila Steers, Averill Stuart-Head, Judith Trager, Ulva Ugerup, Lisa Walton, Betty Warner, Laura Wasilowski, Lynn Welsch, Hope Wilmarth, Martha Wolfe and Diane Wright.   


YOU can make a difference in people's lives by supporting SAQA's 2014 exhibitions program -- DONATE TODAY!



NEW DONORS: Your donation will be doubled through a Challenge Matching Grant!  Just note "NEW DONOR" on the form. 







Butch Davies has had to step off of the SAQA Board due to increasing time commitments of his other responsibilities.  We are very grateful to Butch for his service to the Board.   


The SAQA Board is delighted to welcome Marvin Fletcher as a new Board member. Marvin is a major art quilt collector.  Dana Jones recently interviewed Marvin about his collection for a feature in the Fall 2013 issue of the SAQA Journal.  He has been involved with Quilt National for many years, helping them manage their website and the technical aspects of the jury process.  We look forward to working with Marvin!


Other Board Changes:

The Board has voted to change the timing of terms so that new Board members can meet the rest of the Board at the annual conference before beginning their terms.  Board terms will now end as of May 31st and new Board members will begin their terms on June 1st of each year.


On May 31, 2014, Jacquie Atkins, Mary Pal, and Jack Walsh will conclude their terms on the SAQA Board.  We will be welcoming Gul Laporte, Martha Wolfe, and Diane Wright as new Board members in June.




There are only 55 more spots left for the Capitolizing on Fiber conference! 




SAQA has now reached the end of the Membership Drive -- We've recruited over

1,400 new members during the Drive and had 232 current members participate in recruitment! 


Thank you to all our generous sponsors who provided the Thank-You Gift premiums for the Drive!


And THANK YOU to this quarter's Star Recruiters:

Normajean Brevik (7 new members); Linda Frost and Ali George (4 new members each); Lisa Walton (3 new members); Kathy Brown, Paula Brown, Jette Clover, Sue Dennis, Georgia French, Bethany Garner, Sherry Kleinman, Lani Longshore, Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix, Peg Pennell, Margaret Phillips, Leotie Richards, Carol Ann Waugh, Jean Wells, Leni Wiener, Diane Wright (2 new members each). 


Starting in 2014 we will be offering some new exciting Thank-You opportunities for continuing membership recruitment.  Details coming soon!


25th Anniversary Trunk Show entries: Carole Hoffman *** Lucy Autrey Wilson *** Sylvia Weir

DEADLINE is January 31st! 


Featured Artist:  Jennifer Solon

Recent SAQA Blog Interview: Judy Hooworth

Contact SAQA:

Martha Sielman, Executive Director:  
Talk to the Board:  
General question:   
Membership question: 
YahooList SAQA Yahoo Discussion Group

As a member of Studio Art Quilt Association, you are invited to join an email discussion group hosted on This group is only for SAQA members, and is private to the outside world.

You can join by requesting membership at: Please include your full name with your request, so we can verify that you are a member.  Once your request is made, the moderators will approve you ASAP.

SAQArtique and Visioning Project Groups

The Visioning Project revolves around visualizing goals and dreams - and making them happen. By making a public commitment, the artist is inspired to achieve a specific goal. Some goals are very specific, such as gaining a private commission, getting gallery representation, or selling a work.  Other goals are more developmental: building a cohesive body of work or   producing work regularly. The Visioning Project members are wonderful in helping each other with support, networking, and resource information. If you are interested in joining, please contact Helen Conway. 

JOIN SAQArtique!
The SAQArtique group is open to all SAQA members.  Members trust in each other to make honest comments about the issues that they wish to have critiqued. The critiques are all in the spirit of a shared interest in quilting as an art form and improvement of each person's talents.  The requirements for belonging to a group are simply that each member is expected to post at least one of her/his own works every 3 months and to participate in all critiques of other members' work. If you are interested in joining, please contact Martha Ginn.

e.Bulletin Table of Contents 

DeadlinesDeadlines & Dates

SAQA 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show -- Deadline for Entry Form and Artwork:  January 31, 2014


SAQA Journal Gallery section: Creation -- Deadline is February 1, 2014


Redirecting the Ordinary -- Deadline is February 28, 2014 


SAQA Journal Gallery section: Off the Wall -- Deadline is May 1, 2014


SAQA Journal Gallery section: Grief/Sorrow/Loss -- Deadline is August 1, 2014

Food for Thought -- Deadline for Entry is September 30, 2014

SAQA Journal Gallery section: Joy/Happiness -- Deadline is November 1, 2014







February 5-8, 2014 -- Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Phoenix, Arizona


February 27-March 2, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV, Hampton, Virginia



MARCH 2014 


March 6-9, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X, Somerset, New Jersey 


March 12-15, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


March 20-22, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Lakeland, Florida


March 27-29, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Schaumburg, Illinois



APRIL 2014 


April 3-5, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Cleveland, OH


April 3 - May 9, 2014 - Radical Elements at Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Springs, Maryland 


April 10-12, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Worcester, Massachusetts


April 23-26, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Paducah, Kentucky  

MAY 2014   

May 1-4, 2014 - Capitolizing on Fiber Conference in Washington, D.C.  SIGN UP NOW AND RESERVE YOUR SPACE!


May 1-4, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at Denver National Quilt Festival IX, Denver, Colorado

May - November 2014 - Earth Stories
 at Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan  








February 5-8, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Phoenix, Arizona



May 1-4, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at Denver National Quilt Festival IX, Denver, Colorado



January 9-11, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at World Quilt Show - Florida V, West Palm Beach, Florida 


March 20-22, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Lakeland, Florida 



March 27-29, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Schaumburg, Illinois   



April 23-26, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Paducah, Kentucky



April 3 - May 9, 2014 - Radical Elements at Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Springs, Maryland  



April 10-12, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Worcester, Massachusetts 



May - November 2014 - Earth Stories at Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan


New Jersey

March 6-9, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X, Somerset, New Jersey 



April 3-5, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Cleveland, OH 



March 12-15, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania



February 27-March 2, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV, Hampton, Virginia 


Washington DC

May 1-4, 2014 - Capitolizing on Fiber Conference in Washington, D.C.  SIGN UP NOW AND RESERVE YOUR SPACE!  




WELCOME to our new representative:  Katie Stien Sather (Canada)


BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives:  Barbara Schneider (Illinois), Jill Sullivan (Canada), Diane Wright (Connecticut), Margaret Sheehan (New Hampshire), Sharon Collins (Canada), Michele David (Massachusetts)


Welcome to all our new members who joined in December:

Linda Armenti, Suzanne Barnhart, Lise Belanger, Madelyn Bell, Karen Brakke, Hedy Campbell, Barbara Chojnacki, Carolyn Cohen, Kathleen Cole, Cathy Dodt-Ellis, Hilary Frye, Debra Goley, Jane Hartfield, Julie  Herring, Jean Heselden, Maureen Heywood, Diane Knoblauch, Linda Levitt, Nancy MacIntosh, Barb Mahan, Sheilana Massey, Sue  Matyszak, Ginny McVickar, Jan Nottingham, Fran Phillips, Sabine Schneider, Ellen Schwark, Carol Sebastian-Neely, Linda Smith, Adriana Speelman, Margaret Stiffler, and Zara Zannettino.

ConferenceSIGN UP NOW for Capitolizing on Fiber
May 1-4, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia
DC - Capitolizing on Fiber conference

SAQA is celebrating 25 years in 2014.  Mark your calendars now for the Capitolizing on Fiber conference to be held May 1-4, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river from Washington, DC.  You won't want to miss it!

REGISTRATION is filling up -- there are just 55 slots left!

The conference committee has put together a great line-up of speakers and workshops that will inform you and help you grow as an artist, including:
  • Morna McEver Golletz, founder of the International Association of Professional Quilters
  • Rebecca Stevens, consulting curator of contemporary textiles at the Textile Museum
  • Trudi Van Dyke, an independent fine arts curator
  • B. J. Adams, sharing her  "80 art quilts at 80" project.
Our workshops will be "The Best of Best" - those that have been most popular at previous SAQA conferences:
  • The Pixeladies on "Photoshop"  
  • Gregory Case on "Photographing your Work"   
  • Lesley Riley on "How to Be Your Own Art Coach"  
  • Valarie Poitier on "How to talk about your work without apologizing."  
Once again we'll be offering critique sessions with Sandra Sider and voice coaching with Leni Wiener. These sessions will have limited openings, so be sure and sign up early!  PARTICIPANT SLOTS ARE NOW FULL for both Leni Wiener's "Voice Coaching" and Sandra Sider's Saturday "Critique Session"  Two slots are still open for Sandra's Thursday afternoon "Critique Session."

And there will be plenty of time for socializing -- meeting new friends and connecting with those you already know:
  • Artist Speed-Dating
  • Friday Evening 25th Anniversary Dinner Extravaganza   
  • Silent Auction with a Sweet Temptations reception
Also in the works is an excursion to see SAQA's Radical Elements exhibit, including a talk by Exhibition Committee Chair, Leni Wiener.  PLUS:
  • Premiere for the 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show 
  • Local artists panel discussion
  • Local BFA students panel
  • SAQA founder Yvonne Porcella's presentation on the last 25 years in the art quilt movement; and a  
  • Meg Cox interview of a joint panel of SAQA's past Presidents   
You'll have time to visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center located near our hotel, as well as other local landmarks in our nation's capitol before or after the conference. 

Philadelphia and New York City are an easy train ride away, so you'll want to extend your trip to take in all the art!

Make your hotel reservation now while there are still rooms available at the SAQA discount rate.  Call the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1-877-859-5095 and ask for the "2014 SAQA" discount.  (NOTE: Crowne Plaza is part of the Holiday Inn network.  This phone number is for all of the "IHG" group of hotels.  Your call will be answered by an automated system which first asks if you are an "IHG" rewards member and then asks what you wish to do from a menu of choices. It will then ask you to state which hotel, which dates, etc.  Once you've jumped through the hoops, you will get to talk to a live person.)

If the hotel reservation agent is unable to give you the SAQA discount, contact our registrar Allison Reker,
New Virtual Exhibit on SAQA Website
Sharon Collins - "Pilgrimage"  

This month's guest curator, Mirka Knaster, has selected Where's the Heart of it? 

With modern life so busy and full, we often skim the surface rather than penetrate it. If we pause to really look at something, what happens to how we feel about it? How much more do we see? What draws us in to look more deeply into the heart of something?
As you view these abstract works, can you find yourself moving into them, or is it difficult to locate the core? What happens when you let yourself go there? What else do you see? What else do you feel?
List of selected artists: 
Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas
Peggy Brown
Sharon Collins
Z Denise Gallup
Cindy Grisdela
Phil D. Jones
Jean Wells Keenan
Misik Kim
Wendy Lugg
Lynne Morin
Alison Muir
Elaine Quehl
Karen Rips
Alison Schwabe
Sandra Sider
Elena Stokes
Kris Worthington
If you would like to volunteer to be a Virtual Gallery curator, please contact
Jen Solon ( who organizes the Virtual Exhibitions. 
ExhibitsCallforEntry SAQA Exhibition News:  Calls for Entries
**NOTE: SAQA exhibitions are open to ALL members, unless there is a geographical restriction

Additional information about these SAQA Calls for Entry can now be accessed directly from 

SAQA 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show
Open to all SAQA Members

Join SAQA in celebrating our 25th amazing year with your trunk show submission! This traveling exhibition asks SAQA members to create a 10" x 7" art quilt that showcases their artistic expression.

The 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show will premiere at the 2014 SAQA conference in Washington, DC, and then travel all across the United States and around the world.

A group of quilts from this exhibition will be chosen by jurors Linda Colsh and Margaret "Peg" Keeney to become a permanent part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Submissions for the 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show must meet the following criteria:

*Quilted pieces must have three layers, and measure 10" high x 7" wide (25.4 x 17.8 cm) in a PORTRAIT orientation. All embellishments must fit within the 10" x 7" size. 
*SAQA will mount artwork on a 12 x 9" black backing board. 
 *Quilts could travel for up to three years. They must stay with the Trunk during the entire exhibition period. 
*Participation fee is $10 to cover cost of materials and return shipping. 
*If you wish your quilt to be for sale, please indicate its price on the entry form. 
*Due to the constraints of international travel costs, SAQA will not be insuring this exhibition. An insurance waiver is included in the form.

Quilts are due no later than Friday, January 31, 2014 to the SAQA 2014 Trunk Show Coordinator, Eileen Doughty.

Full details and link to the entry form may be found here:

Redirecting the Ordinary  
Premiere venues:  
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Portland, Oregon
Additional venues to be added.

Exhibition Concept: 
We live in an environment we take for granted. We often miss the essential and forget that we can make the routine so much more vibrant and interesting. Turning things around, upside down, inside out, backwards or maybe even just a minuscule course correction can charge up the humdrum, turn the common into the uncommon, and make the expected unexpected.

For example, look around your studio, home or neighborhood to pick out an object (a paintbrush, fork, tree branch, or chair) or a phenomenon (light hitting a doorknob, raindrops streaming down a window...). Choose something you see all the time but don't notice and make it special. Interpret the object or phenomenon in cloth to bring attention and significance to the ordinary.

It is anticipated that 30 to 35 works will be accepted for this exhibition.

Alicia Merrett 
Managing Curator: Gul Laporte

Call for Entry opens online: February 1, 2014 
Call for Entry deadline: February 28, 2014 
To see a preview: 

Food for Thought

Premiere venues: 
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky 
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England 
Additional venues to be added.

Exhibition Concept:
We eat every day, but how often do we really think about the food we eat?  Every culture has its celebrations, family meals, traditions that involve food.  Although these vary in different parts of the world, the impact of food is unmistakable.  Food nourishes and fuels our bodies; food traditions nurture our souls.

So, what inspires you about food?  
This exhibition will allow artists to explore any aspects of food that they find inspirational - from a single piece of fruit, to a still life, to the family table, to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones and religious holidays.  Artists may portray how and where food is grown and harvested; how it is sold or distributed, prepared or consumed; where it is abundant and where it is scarce.

SAQA intends to  choose approximately 30 pieces for the exhibition.

Juror: Alex Veronelli
Managing Curator: Sarah Ann Smith

Call for Entry opens online: September 1, 2014
Call for Entry deadline: September 30, 2014
To see a preview:

 Exhibits SAQA Exhibition News: 
Current All-SAQA Exhibitions


This is a listing of SAQA exhibition travel plans. The artists for these exhibitions have already been chosen.
Exhibitions are listed alphabetically

Exhibition Name: Celebrating Silver 
As part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary, we will be Celebrating Silver.  Silver is indispensable. From industrial use to decoration, technology, photography and medicine, its unique properties of strength, malleability, reflectivity and conductivity make it an irreplaceable force in the global market. In addition to its physical properties silver is recognized as a symbol of love, insurance and commitment for twenty-five years.
Juror: Yvonne Porcella 
Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor
Travel Venues: 
1. International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas
October 30 - November 2, 2014  

2. International Quilt Festival 
Chicago, Illinois 
June 2015 
3. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
Portland, Oregon
August 2015 

Color Wheel of Emotions cover
Exhibition Name: Color Wheel of Emotions
How do colors reflect our emotions? Have you ever seen red, felt blue or been green with envy? The range of color used in this exhibition conveys a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists. 
Catalog publication was made possible through the generosity of Teri Springer in memory of Lutgard Gerber-Billiau.  Terry Waldron edited the catalog; Bobbi Baugh was the graphic designer.
Carol Eaton has posted interviews with several of the artists on a Color Wheel of Emotions Facebook page she developed. 

Juror: Terry Waldron 
Managing Curator: Carol Eaton

Travel Venues:  
4. World Quilt Show - Florida V 
January 9-11, 2014 
West Palm Beach, Florida

5. Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV 
February 27 - March 2, 2014 
Hampton, Virginia

6. The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X 
March 6-9, 2014 
Somerset, New Jersey

7. Denver National Quilt Festival IX 
May 1-4, 2014 
Denver, Colorado

Artists exhibit two works that best represent their body of work and which relate to one another in some way.  Catalog publication was made possible through the generosity of SAQA's members.  
Juror: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Managing Curator: Kim LaPolla

Travel Venues - United States:

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo circuit:

10. Lakeland, Florida
March 20-22, 2014
11. Schaumburg, Illinois
March 27-29, 2014
12. Cleveland, Ohio
April 3-5, 2014
13. Worcester, Massachusetts
April 10-12, 2014
14. Raleigh, North Carolina
June 26-28, 2014 
15. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
August 14-16, 2014
Exhibition Name: Earth Stories  
Exhibition Concept:  
There are many stories of hope across the globe. Both individuals and small groups are working on projects that when added together make a positive impact on increasing the quality of life on this planet. Earth Stories will celebrate the stories of people or projects that enhance the planet, make a significant difference in restoring and/or protecting the environment, increase sustainability and otherwise improve the earth we all occupy.  

25 artists from around the world will be chosen to interpret a "story" of their choice. Each artist will feature a project or person of their choice; the views presented by the artist do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SAQA or MSU, neither of which endorses any person, project or organization. 

Juror: Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
Managing curator: Leni Levenson Wiener
Travel Venues:
1. Michigan State University Museum
Lansing, Michigan
May 11- November 20, 2014

2. NEW!
University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design 
Warrensburg, MO
January 19 - February 28, 2015

Masters: Art Quilts, Volume 2 cover  
Exhibit Name: Masters 2
An invitational exhibit of one work each by 37 of the artists featured in the new book  Masters: Art Quilts, Volume 2 by Martha Sielman (Lark, August 2011).  The book is now available in the SAQA Bookstore  - our copies were donated to SAQA by Lark, so the complete purchase price goes to support SAQA.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Lark Crafts, AURIfil Threads, and the American Quilter's Society.

Managing Curator: Marjorie DeQuincy (

Travel Venues to date:
 The American Quilter's Society (AQS) Circuit:
7. Phoenix, AZ
February 5-8, 2014


8. Paducah, KY
April 23-26, 2014


9. Lancaster, PA
March 12-15, 2014


10. Charlotte, NC
July 30-Aug 2, 2014


11. Grand Rapids, MI
August 20-23, 2014


12. Chattanooga, TN
September 10-13, 2014


13. Des Moines, IA
October 1-4, 2014


Exhibition Name:  Metaphors on Aging
There are a rare few of us who have not been affected in some way by the changes that occur with aging, be it ourselves, or the aging of our parents, loved ones or even our children. Here you have the opportunity to explore any of these passages that have touched your own life. Subjects can include aging, illness, death, the growth of our children, or the passage of time in general.
Catalog publication was made possible through the generosity of SAQA's members.

Juror: Pamela Allen 
Managing curator: Mary McBride (

Travel venues to date: 
3. International Quilt Festival - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
June 19-21, 2014

4. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
Portland, Oregon
August 14-16, 2014
5.  Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Expo
Atlanta, Georgia
September 11-13, 2014
6.  Original Sewing & Quilting Expo
Fredericksburg, Virginia
October 2-4, 2014
Overland Park, Kansas
October 9-11, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas
October 16-18, 2014
Tinley Park, Illinois
November 20-22, 2014

Exhibition Name: People and Portraits 
This exhibition celebrates the expressiveness of the human face. The diverse designs focus on a variety of both emotional states and the ways in which people interact: contemplation, joy, community, work and play.  Based on the companion book, Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, the exhibition shows two works by each of the book's 20 Featured Artists.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of AQS, Lark Crafts, and the National Quilt Museum.
Invitational curator: Martha Sielman 
Managing curator: Pat Kumicich 
Travel Venues: 
2. Texas Quilt Museum
LaGrange, Texas
January 9-March, 2014
3. Festival of Quilts
Birmingham, U.K. 
August 7-10, 2014 

Exhibition Name: Radical Elements 
Our physical world is created out of the chemical elements, from hydrogen to platinum to arsenic. For this exhibit, each of the selected artists will create a new work that is influenced by an element from the periodic table. Inspirations can come from anything relating to that element, whether it is a play on the name, its color or the products made from it. Both representational and abstract works are welcomed.

As the second part of the Radical Elements theme, the artists will also be asked to move quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread, exploring the function and decorative properties of different surfaces and stitching materials. This exhibit is the first to embrace the newly expanded definition of an art quilt and will be a signature exhibition for SAQA.  

Curator: Jill Rumoshosky Werner
Travel Venues:
1.Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College - Takoma Park
Silver Springs, Maryland
April 3 - May 9, 2014

2. TBD

Exhibition Name: Seasonal Palette 
 American Quilter's Society and Cedar Canyon Textiles are sponsors for this exhibition.  Lynne Harpst Koen sponsored the catalog.

Seasonal Palette
is a series of 37 art quilts depicting the seasons of the year.
Co-curators and Jurors: Vicki Mangum and Kathleen McCabe   

Travel Venues:

5.  Festival Internacional de Patchwork e Arts Afins
Curitiba, Brazil
August 27-30, 2014


  Text Messages catalog  

Exhibition Name: Text Messages 
Text messages have fast become one of the most popular methods of communication in our country today. In this exhibit, you have free rein to explore the many facets of what 'text messages' means to you--from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing. The unifying theme will be text on quilts, in any language, and each quilt must contain at least one visible letter or word.
The catalog for the exhibition was made possible through the generosity of SAQA's members. 
Juror: Lesley Riley 
Managing curator: Georgianne (Gigi) Kandler 
Travel Venues: 
2. International Quilt Festival - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
June 19-21, 2014

3. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
Portland, Oregon
August 14-16, 2014




Upcoming Regional Exhibitions
(Listed chronologically by opening dates - contact the regional reps for more information)

Full information about these exhibitions and the venues at which they can be seen is on the website under Artwork > SAQA Exhibitions > Regional.

New Mexico - Color Runs Through It
February 14-July 1, 2014

Nebraska -- Time Lines
October 15, 2013 - May 4, 2014

Florida -- Piecing Together a Changing Planet
December  4, 2013 - February 26, 2014
Florida - Southern Accents
April 1-July 15, 2015
Texas -- A Texas Experience
January 1-December 31, 2014

Oregon -- Exploring Layers
February 15, 2014 - June 2014

Arkansas/Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana -- Southern Voices
March 24 - May 25, 2014

New Mexico -- Beyond Tradition 
April - July 2014

New Mexico - Walk in the Wild
April - July 2014

Maryland - Tarnish
May 2 - June 1, 2014

Connecticut -- Local Color
May 4 - Spring 2014
Northern California/Nevada -- Quilt Regional 2014
May 6 - July 16, 2014    

Western Canada -- Meet the Best of the West
May 16 - July 2014

Europe & Middle East -- Wide Horizons IV September 18-21, 2014

New Mexico -- Cultural Red
April 8 - August 16, 2015

Journal Journals

If you would prefer to ONLY read the Journal online, you can indicate your preference by checking off the Online Journal Only box in your Member Profile. 

Upcoming Journal Gallery Page Themes and Deadlines: 
  • Creation - February 1, 2014
  • Off the Wall - May 1, 2014
  • Grief/Sorrow/Loss - August 1, 2014
  • Joy/Happiness - November 1, 2014
  • Creatures - February 1, 2015
  • Health and Wholeness - May 1, 2015 
We can accept digital photos only. Images will be chosen on the basis of artistic merit as well as photo quality. To improve your chances of being selected, send only your best photos and use the same considerations you would for entering a juried show, which means sharp focus, even lighting, no extraneous hands or feet or garage doors showing in the photo, etc.
All edges of the quilt must be visible; do not crop into the edges of the quilt.
Send a digital image with a resolution of no less than 1800 pixels on the longest side, in jpeg format. Label the file with your last name followed by partial title (example: smith_dreamingtrees.jpg). In the body of the e-mail, Include caption information consisting of your name, size in inches, year created, your web site URL (if applicable), and a very brief statement describing something interesting about the work, perhaps your inspiration or your process. Send your images to (This address will be used ONLY for the image gallery.)
NOTE: due to the large number of submissions received, an individual response to each submission is not possible.
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Membership brochures and back issues of the Journal and our catalogs are available.  If you're teaching, please let me know and I'd be happy to send you brochures to hand out to your students. I can also send back issues of the Journal, catalogs, etc. Just send an email with what you need and include your mailing address (

There's now an Introduction to SAQA PowerPoint presentation on the website that you can download for use in making presentations to your quilt guild, library, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, or other group.


SAQA member Virginia A. Spiegel is once again fundraising with fiber for the

American Cancer Society.  The Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer is a virtual race to
raise $5000 kicking off on January 15. 

Artists and businesses have
generously donated prizes including fabric, thread, gift certificates, DVDs, books, and much more.  More information: 



--Martha Sielman (
Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

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