January 2017 Monthly Update



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SAQA Monthly Update - January 2017


Happy New Year!

I always say that I have the best job in the world: I get to work with beautiful artwork and with amazing people.  It’s so true.  I am very proud of SAQA’s accomplishments in 2016 and look forward to growing even better in 2017. 

Thanks to the generosity of our Board and our members, we exceeded our Board Challenge of $18,000! Thank you so much to everyone who donated - we greatly appreciate your support. These donations allow us to expand our programming and continue our mission to promote the art quilt.  And we certainly couldn't do it without all of you! 

Staffing Changes

I am very pleased to announce the following new members of SAQA’s staff:

1. Sandra Sider, who has been Acting Editor for “Art Quilt Collector,” will officially become the magazine’s Editor.
2. Peter Walsh is joining us as the new Advertising Director.
3. Margaret Phillips is our new Bookkeeper.

We are looking forward to working with them!


Upcoming Deadlines

SAQA Journal Gallery (Tis a Curiosity) - January 30 

Textile Posters (All SAQA Call for Entry) - January 31

Spotlight Auction at 2017 Conference - February 24

A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry can be found on our website


New this Month

Each month, SAQA is pleased to highlight some of our members, including our Regional Representatives and Featured Artists.


Carolina Fuchssteiner Mary Louise Gerek
Carolina Fuchssteiner
Georgia/South Carolina
Regional Representative
Mary Louise Gerek
Regional Representative
Cindy Grisdela
Featured Artist

Conference News

Registration is OPEN!

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.  

Register Now

  • Exclusive behind the scene tours of the classrooms, studios and exhibitions at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum 
  • Keynote speech by world renowned quilter Michael James, Chair and Ardis James Professor of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln 
  • Breakout sessions on museum acquisitions, mock jurying, and educational approaches to touring galleries
  • Student panel discussions and the return of the popular Lightning Talks
  • Opening of SAQA's Layered Voices exhibition and the 2017 Trunk Show
  • Held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, located in Lincoln's historic Haymarket District

Other Conference Opportunities: 

Interested in presenting your work, ideas and inspiration in a fun short presentation at the conference? We are looking for 16 speakers for two sessions of Lightning Talks (similiar to the Pecha Kucha talks at the 2016 Conference). Email Maria Shell for details.
Vendor Marketplace Do you sell hand-dyed fabrics or other unique embellishments? You need to be at our Vendor Marketplace! Our conference attendees are avid fiber artists from around the world. Email for details.
Spotlight Auction We are now accepting artwork from ALL SAQA members for the 2017 Spotlight Auction. These 6" x 8" pieces will be sold through a silent auction at the Conference Banquet. All proceeds benefit SAQA's exhibition programs. Deadline for entry: Feb 24, 2017

Questions about the Conference? Email us at


Mentorship Webinar

Multiple times throughout the year, SAQA offers a series of online Mentorship Webinars. These presentations are held "live" on a specific day and time (US Eastern Standard Time is used). Webinars are only available to current SAQA members and pre-registration is required.

Recorded versions of the webinar are then made available in our website archives (login to mySAQA is required to view recordings).


Tips for Traveling Quilt Teachers
Presented by Lyric Kinard
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 11 am EST (GMT-5)

Lyric is an award-winning artist and the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year. She teaches at shows, guilds, festivals and international quilting events. Lyric will share tips and experiences from her years on the teaching circuit. She’ll cover everything from communicating with guilds, developing exciting workshops, arranging travel and lodging, inspiring students, and selling products as part of your teaching business. We’ll conclude with a brief Q&A session.

Click the following link to register:


Special Interest Groups

Want to connect with other SAQA members? Learn more about about a particular topic?

For 2017, SAQA will be offering a new series of online discussions called Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These meetings take place "virtually" using Zoom video conferencing technology. Zoom can be used with all types of devices – PCs, Macs, tablets, iPhones, Android, and more! It's a fun way to meet other SAQA members and discuss art-related topics.

Unlike Webinars (which are more formal presentations),  SIGs use an informal, drop-in format that allows anyone to participate in this group, bringing questions and sharing experiences. Please note that these SIG meetings will NOT be recorded.

Join us this Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11AM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) for a Special Interest Group all about Mixed Media. Pre-registration is not required - click here for details on how to connect.

Mixed Media - moderated by Christine Chester
1st Thursday of each month, 11AM Eastern time (GMT-5)

Working in mixed media creates challenges as well as excitement. The prospects of working with certain materials can provide all sorts of possibilities for creative work, but at the same time present us with practical problems to overcome. With so many products and materials now available to work with (and others appearing all the time), sharing experiences and problems can help us to find a successful path towards completed work.  


Online SAQA Library


SAQA members are among the most accomplished fiber artists in the world, not only creating and exhibiting artwork, but teaching, curating, and writing about art. The books run the gamut from technique-specific workshops in book form, to retrospectives of one artist’s body of work, to volumes dedicated to art quilt research and history.

Are you a SAQA member who is also an author? Complete our online form to have your book listed on our website and/or Pinterest board.


NEXT - Fiber Art Symposium 


Please join us for New, Newer, NEXT, a SAQA sponsored symposium to be held August 26, 2017 at the beautiful Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado. This exciting program is designed to jump-start a new way of thinking about the art quilt.

Registration is NOW open!

This event will be part of a fabulous week of fiber art beginning with the opening of the 75 art quilt exhibit at the Dairy on August 25. Following the symposium, there will be two three-day workshops with Betty Busby, August 27 – September 2.


SAQA Journal 

SAQA Media Kit

Advertise with us!
Contact us today to find out how to promote YOUR product, workshop or business to an audience that is highly invested in creating, collecting and appreciating art quilts.

Published four times a year, the SAQA Journal is sent to over 3400 members from a variety of backgrounds: artists, curators, collectors, teachers and museum staff. We also have advertising opporunities in our quarterly Art Quilt Collector publication.

Find out more by downloading our Advertising Media Kit or emailing our Ad Director Peter Walsh at SAQA members receive a 10% discount!

Have an article idea for the Journal?
We’re interested in articles that feature motivating artists, interesting exhibitions, technology-related content and cutting edge techniques. Check out our submission guidelines for more details or email Diane Howell at

Want to see your artwork?
Each SAQA Journal has two pages displaying members' quilts related to a specific theme. Our current call is 'Tis a Curiosity and future themes include Plus or Minus and High Stakes.


Online Galleries

Each month, a selected SAQA member is invited to curate an online gallery from Juried Artist images. Our guest curator for this month's gallery Faces and Expressions is Shruti Dandekar. She comments:

Making portraits is one of my favorite forms of quilting. Watching people create them in so many diverse techniques, inspires me! I would love to share this inspiration with everyone through this gallery...

Cherrie Hampton - The Woman at the Well

View More Online Galleries »

Interested in being a guest curator for our online galleries?
Contact for more information.


Exhibition News

Event ListingCurrent ExhibitionsCalls for Entry SAQA Calls

Want to find a SAQA exhibition coming to a venue near you? We have so many great opportunities to view a SAQA exhibition - check out the SAQA Events Listing (you can filter by region).

Interested in having YOUR artwork travel the world? Review the SAQA Calls for Entry page for the latest information about all our opportunities.

Do you know of an exhibition or call for entry that might be of interest to our members? Use our online form for submit an item for our online calendar. 

Want to schedule an exhibition at your venue? Please contact Traveling Exhibition Coordinator Bill Reker at or visit

Reservations are now being accepted the 2017 Trunk Show (available in mid-May)!  

SAQA Calls for Entry

In addition to the ALL SAQA calls for entry (listed below), we also offer a wide variety of regional calls and other opportunities as well. View SAQA Calls for Entry »

Notifications for H2Oh! Call for Entry will be sent out via email this week!

Textile Posters: Communication & CommentaryMore Info
Some posters grab the viewer’s attention in an attempt to be heard above the incessant demands of other media. Other posters are more subtle in their approach. The artistic possibilities are infinite, allowing for both representational and abstract submissions.


Current Exhibitions

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.

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo Circuit:
Hobart Craft & Quilt Fair, Hobart, Australia  •  February 17 - 19, 2017


Celebrating Silver

Concrete & Grassland   

Concrete & Grassland explores the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape.  Artwork focuses on the contrasts of both color and line, and the ways in which the natural world has been altered.

Concrete & Grassland is a joint collaboration between SAQA and the Grants Pass Museum of Art.


Concrete & Grassland

Earth Stories   

Earth Stories celebrates 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.

Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA  -  January 20, 2017 - June 11, 2017 


Earth Stories

Food For Thought   

Food For Thought examines the many aspects that food plays in our daily lives — from a single piece of fruit to a still life, from the family table to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones.

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas - January 31, 2017 - April 1, 2017


Food For Thought

Layered Voices   

Layers are everywhere. They become apparent when we plumb the earth’s surface, make archeological digs to discover the history of civilizations, explore human anatomy, dress for the weather, dig in freshly fallen snow, and count rings in the stump of a tree. Layers are abstract, too. We find them in language when we ponder the hidden meanings in novels, poems, conversations, and puns.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum - Lincoln, NE  •  March 31 - July 30, 2017


Food For Thought

Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric

An invitational exhibition of one work each by 29 artists featured in the new book Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman. These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, and across the US.

International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas • November 2017


Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric

My Corner of the World    

My Corner of the World invited the artist to examine a world, real or imagined, that represented what is important in life.  It might be where the artist resides, works, or grew up. It might be a favorite place from any point in life or a special internal place. My Corner of the World looks at the big picture including, but not limited to a homeland, ancestry or culture.

The Thunder Bay Museum - Thunder Bay, Ontario   •  November 1, 2016 – January 29, 2017


My Corner of the World

Radical Elements  

Our physical world is created out of the chemical elements, from hydrogen to platinum to arsenic. For this exhibition, each of the selected artists created a new work that is influenced by an element from the periodic table. Inspirations came from anything relating to that element, whether a play on the name, its color or the products made from it.

The International Museum of Art and Science - McAllen, Texas •  September 24, 2016 - January 8, 2017


Radical Elements



Tranquility is defined as a quality or state of being, possessing the concepts of quiet, peacefulness, calmness or serenity.  Tranquility, as a mental and physical concept, is the primary focus of certain religious sects, whereby tranquility of the body, thoughts and consciousness are believed to lead to the path of personal enlightenment.

Texas Quilt Museum - Houston, Texas  •  January 5 - March 25, 2017   
International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois 
•  April 6-8, 2017
Festival of Quilts - Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • August 10-13, 2017




Turmoil is defined as a state of great disturbance, confusion or uncertainty.  It can be personal and internal, societal or natural. This exhibition features work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance and tumult. Artists were requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. The works selected represent turmoil through color, line, and composition. 

International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois April 6-8, 2017
Festival of Quilts - Birmingham, United Kingdom
August 10-13, 2017



Two by Twenty   

Two works each by twenty artists equals forty art quilts to explore and a multitude of potential pairings to consider. The pieces as a whole demonstrate the wide range of approaches in the quilt art genre. From bold and graphic to subtle explorations of texture and nuance, there is plenty to explore in this collection.

Road to California, Ontario, California  January 19 - 22, 2017 


Two by Twenty

Wild Fabrications    

Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical.  Selected artists let their imagination run wild and created interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.

The Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC  •  October 8, 2016 - February 25, 2017
Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA • March 25, 2017 - June 25, 2017


Wild Fabrications




Reward Points Program

We need YOUR help to spread the word about how SAQA can open doors to new opportunities. Tell a friend (or two) about SAQA and you will receive REWARD POINTS when they join as a member. You can then use these reward points for discounts off your membership or a store order! Or, save them up and get bigger discounts.

Thank you to the following people who referred new members to us recently:

Terry Aske, Karen Balos, Nancy Bardach, Barbara Blanchard, Rita Blocksom, Deborah Boschert, Marge Bresel, Esther Bruckel, Sonja Campbell, Lisa Chipetine, Vicki Conley, Sherri Culver, Tricia Deck, Sue Dennis, Lisa Dodson, Lisa Ellis, Suzan Engler, Linnet Finley, Mary Kay Fosnacht, Beth Garner, Jayne Gaskins, Julia Graber, Karen Hansen, Terry Ann Hartzell, Jennifer Hearn, Wendy Hill, Debo Hysack, Laura Jaszkowski, Susanne Jones, Rebecca Kemble, Kathie Kerler, Mary Lachman, Gul Laporte, Judy Leslie, Teri Lucas, Deda Maldonado, Sherri McCauley, Sara Mika, Orit Modiano, Melody Money, Gillian Moss, Kalynn Oleson, Carrie Payne, Mari-Carmen Pujante, Katie Quinn, Anne Rayner-Gould, Shoshi Rimer, Vera Rogers, Dori Settles, Anne Severn, Maria Shell, Chris Smith, Loretta Strouss, Jan Tetzlaff, Christina Tomala, Judith Trager, Barbara Triscari, Maggie Vanderweit, Janet Windsor, and Diane Wright


Affiliate Memberships

As a worldwide resource for information on the art quilt and the artists who create them, SAQA helps artists and arts organizations participate in this growth. Our Affiliate Membership program was created to provide support to organizations in learning about the art quilt, how it plays a role in contemporary exhibitions and art organizations, and how members can grow their organization by integrating the art quilt into their own programming.

At SAQA, we help our Affiliate Membership organizations grow by:

  • spreading the word about their organization and events to our membership through publicity on our website and other online communications tools,
  • connecting member organizations with the art quilt world and a previously untapped target market,
  • sharing information on the latest exhibitions, trends, and award-winning art quilters, and
  • providing exclusive access to educational resources about the art quilt.


Welcome to our two newest Affiliates:

Brigham City Museum
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Member News 

New Members

Learn more about all the Member Resources available on the website:
Visit the New Member Welcome or How to Maximize your SAQA Membership pages. 

Regional Rep News:  

Please welcome new reps Baiba Vagule (Europe/Middle East), Maggie Vanderweit (Central Canada), Annie Smith (Texas), and Nancy Bardach (N. California/N. Nevada).  

A huge thank you for a job well done to our retiring reps Teresa Wong (Texas), Denise Oyama Miller (N.California/N. Nevada), Michele Kincaid (Maine, New Hampshire, & Vermont), and Pat Kroth (Illinois & Wisconsin). 

Welcome to our new members who joined in December:

Daisy Aschehoug, Nancy Askin, Jeannie Bench, Jan Brummond, Linn Buell, Carla Corbin, Rosemary Cromer, Amy Davis, Kathleen Dister, Patty Emmons, Liat Engler, Eva Marie Evans, Robin Fischer, Dianna Foley, M. Lynette Holmes, Carol Hotz, Jean Johnson, Karin Jordan, Patte Kayne, Monika Kirk, Rose Legge, Gene Looman, Kathy Mayeda, Christina McCann, Orit Modiano, Susan Motley, Susan Nestegard, Susan Nichols, Edith O Nuallain, Karen OBrien, Joan Phillips, Gloria Richardson, Judith Rosenthal, Bethany Rowland-Reid, Kathy Schwager, Pam Shanley, Leeanne Shilo, Vaughn Sills, Rebecca Starry, Nancy Wilson Head, and Sonja Winter

Thank you to everyone who made donations to SAQA in December: 

B. J. Adams, Mirjam Ahladas, Joanne Alberda, Lynne Allen, Deborah Melton Anderson, Linda Anderson, Bonnie Dubbin Askowitz, Jacquie Atkins, Genevieve Attinger, Catherine A. Audley, Patricia Elaine Barnum, Suzy Bates, Bobbi Baugh, Nancy Bavor, Rebecca Beeson, Sue Benner, Mary Szeman Best, Vou Best, Charlotte Bird, Arlene L. Blackburn, Jennifer Bowker, Esther Brabec, Karey Bresenhan, Marian Bressel, Jane Broaddus, Karen Amelia Brown, Peggy Brown, Joke Buursma, Eileen Campbell, Maureen Cole, Gerrie Congdon, Vicki Conley, Judith Content, Nancy G. Cook, Nike Cutsumpas, Rosalind S. Daniels, Anne Datko, Anne Daughtry, Nancy Davenport, Fenella Davies, Carol Deards, Roslyn DeBoer, Geri deGruy, Deborah A. Dempsey, Giny Dixon, Rachael Dorr, Chiaki Dosho, Katherine M Dossman, Linda J. Eads, Annabel Ebersole, Lisa Ellis, Lin Elmo, Suzan Engler, Sarah Entsminger, Nancy Erickson, Karen Ernst, Suzanne Evenson, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Jane Fellows, Tommy Fitzsimmons, Floris Flam, Katriina Flensburg, Marvin Fletcher, Georgia French, Marilyn Fries, Julia Gaff, Bodil Gardner, Valerie S. Goodwin, Vicki L. Graham, Sandy Gregg, Becky Grover, Anne Hammond, Gloria Hansen, Jennifer Haugen, Denise Tallon Havlan, Jim Hay, Susan Heller, Janeene Herchold, Sharon Wiley Hightower, Susan Hill, Susan Hilsenbeck, Jaynie Himsl, Stacy Hortner, Susan Jackan, Dolores Johnson, Jean Jurgenson, Iris Karp, Annette Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Misik Kim, Geri Kinnear, Judy Kirpich, Frank Klein, Sherry Kleinman, Gloria Klutzke, Lynn Koolish, Ellie Kreneck, Pat Kroth, Lynn Kunz, Terrie Linn Kygar, Peg Laird, Susan Lapham, Carol Larson, Judith Larzelere, Gay Lasher, Yemima Lavan, Maryann Lincoln, Heidi M. Lindsay, Denise Linet, Monika Machon, Marion G. Mackey, Patricia Malarcher, Karen Markley, Regina Marzlin, Penny Mateer, Sharon McCartney, Maureen McDermott, Melanie McFarland, Penny McMorris, Elaine Millar, Carol Chelette Miller, Denise Oyama Miller, Dolores Miller, Susie Monday, Ann Moroz, Frances Murphy, Dabney H. Narvaez, Shirley Neary, Susan Nestegard, Christine Nielsen, Karen Lee Noble, Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Ellen F November, Dan Olfe, Geri Patterson-Kutras, Michelle Perkins, Margaret Pitts, Judith Plows, Susan F. Pollard, Heather Pregger, Susan Price, Teri Quinn, Daren Pitts Redman, William and Allison Reker, Martha Ressler, Melissa Richmond, Ann Ridge, June Robertson, Bernie Rowell, Patricia Sandberg, Fran Saperstein, Helena Scheffer, Lise Schioler, Caryl Schuetz, Roxanne Schwartz, Mary Lou Schwinn, Sandra Sider, Annie Smith, Chris Boersma Smith, Mary Ruth Smith, Joan Sowada, Sheila Steers, Nancy Steidle, Paula Tanner, Tiziana Tateo Raveri, Charlotte Tefft, Catherine Timm, Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert, Desiree Vaughn, Mary Vinovskis, Cynthia Vogt, Susan Walen, Betty Warner, Ann Waskey, Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum, Lynn Welsch, Shari Wentz, Susan West, Claire Wills, Hope Wilmarth, Mary Ev Wyatt, Gay Young, Marcia Young, and Charlotte Ziebarth

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