February 2014 e.Bulletin


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

SAVE $50 by registering for the conference by the end of the month!

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! 

DC - Capitolizing on Fiber conference



There are only 47 more spots left for the Capitolizing on Fiber conference!   


Join us for --

  • Artist Speed-dating
  • Inspirational Speakers
  • Educational Workshops
  • Extravaganza Dinner
  • Radical Elements Opening 
  • Presidents' Interviews 
  • And More...

And don't forget to sign up to be part of the Spotlight Auction! 


We received over 400 Trunk Show pieces for the 25th Anniversary Trunk Show! The ONLY time they will all be on display is during the conference's opening reception.  Come and view this incredible array of wonderful art!
25th Anniversary Trunk Show entries: Lea McComas *** Liang Ying-Ya *** Lucy Carroll


Call for entries now OPEN for Redirecting the Ordinary.

Deadline: February 28, 2014 
Full information and entry form: 

DEADLINE for Tarnish (for members in Maryland, DC, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina) has been extended to February 17th.  Details on the website.

Meet Your Reps:    Peg Penell and Peggy Wright
Featured Artist:  Laura Wasilowski
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 Judy Warner. 

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.

DeadlinesDeadlines & Dates

 Regional Exhibition: Tarnish -- Deadline extended to February 14, 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





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 4 - 6, 2014 - Deux at the Prague Patchwork Meeting, Prague, Czechoslovakia.


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 11 -  November 30, 2014 - Earth Stories
 at Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan  


April 4 - 6, 2014 - Deux
at the Prague Patchwork Meeting, Prague, Czechoslovakia 



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



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 11 - November 30, 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


Washington DC

May 1-4, 2014 - Capitolizing on Fiber Conference in Washington, D.C.  






BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives:  Teresa Shippy (California) and Deborah Stanley (California).  


Welcome to all our new members who joined in January:

Kerstin Andersson, Cornelia Bayley, Krissy Brawner, Deborah Brenner, Denise Buchwalter-Losczyk, Erika Close, Monica  Danielsson Bichsel, Valerie Deas, Jean Dewar, Sandy Dionne, Judy  Doolan Kjellin, Linda Eads, Tracy Eagle, Maureen Erhardt, Ife Felix, Cary Flanagan, Eva Have, Pat Hilderbrand, Cynthia Houston, Karen Izzi, PhD, Anne Jennische, Susanne Jones, Marcia Kilpatrick, Lynn Koolish, Linda Krause, Jennifer Landau, Kim Larracy, Sharon Leahy, Ann Milne, Janis Moser, Coleen Moyerbrailean, Joan Muller, Pamela Niebauer, Frances Parry, Joanna Price, Cheri Putz, Robina Richter, Margot Salzman, Susan Sellers, Sonia Solly, Susan Stahl, Joan Upshaw, Barb Van Denburgh, Sally Weilburg, Constance Wittmann, Ellen Wong, Margaret Young, and Charlene Younker.

New Virtual Exhibit on SAQA Website
Annette Kennedy - "Mountain Chapel"  

This month's guest curator, Cyndi Souder, has selected Structures

I am captivated by the many ways that quilters use soft components to create the illusion of hard structures. So many design decisions are made; so many artistic devices are employed. Should I use a lot of color or should I limit my palette? Should I show a complete composition or leave something for the viewer to fill in? Should I use a familiar viewpoint or would an unexpected angle better communicate my message? I chose these structures because they spoke to me. I hope they speak to you as well.
List of selected artists: 
Natalya Aikens
Susan Bleiweiss
Joke Buursma
Beth Carney
Lenore Crawford
Heather Dubreuil
Marcia H. Eygabroat
Linda Gass
Phillida Hargreaves
Annette Kennedy
Denise Labadie
Ellen Piccolo
Norma Schlager
Elena Stokes
Laurie Swim
Kate Themel
Catherine Timm
K. Velis Turan
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 

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: 
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
16. Prague Patchwork Meeting
April 4-6, 2014
Prague, Czechoslovakia


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 30, 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 
**Martha Sielman will be giving a lecture at Festival of Quilts on Friday, August 8, 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

6. NEW!
New England Quilt Museum
Lowell, Massachusetts
October 1-December 31, 2015

  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: 
  • 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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PLUS Brochures/Journals Available

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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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