October 2013 e.Bulletin


October 2013 e.Bulletin
Martha Sielman head shot
Message from Martha Sielman, SAQA's Executive Director:


Please join me in welcoming Marsha MacDowell, Lisa Walton and Leni Wiener to the SAQA Board of Directors. 

We're very pleased to have Kris Sazaki stepping into her new role as President and Nancy Bavor taking on the position of Treasurer.


I am very excited to announce that SAQA's new website has now launched.  This gorgeous new look and better navigation was made possible through a generous $5,000 donation from a SAQA member who heard that we needed help in order to improve the website. 

The website project was guided by Jennifer Solon, with help and advice from Eileen Doughty, Deidre Adams, Sarah Aubry, Cheryl Ferrin, Sandra Sider, Bill Reker, Paula Brown, Sandra Donabed, Julie Duschak, Holly Knott, Tricia Revest and Cynthia Wenslow.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen!

It will take a while to learn where your favorite pages are now located, but I know that you'll enjoy visiting and using the SAQA website more than ever before!  If you find any errors or non-working links, please check our Known Issues page to see if the problem has already been reported.  If not, please contact


More Auction Quilts available in the SAQA Store:

Margaret Letts - Ode to Kandinsky *** Sylvia Weir - Houston Skyline *** Paula Tanner - Completing the Incomplete
Rena Holma - In My Country *** Jennifer Conrad - Transformation *** Jayne Gaskins - Fruit Bowl
Debra Roach - Dragonflies *** Anita McLarin - Sticks and Stones II *** Cindy Barber - Let's Be Friends  

SAQA 2013 Benefit Auction has already raised almost $52,000 to support SAQA's exhibition programs.  Many wonderful pieces are still available in the SAQA Store for just $75.


From Cheryl Ferrin, SAQA's Marketing Director:

SAQA has a long standing commitment to promoting member artworks. Our Portfolio not only documents the development of the art quilt genre, it is a vehicle for promoting member artwork. Typically, Portfolios are distributed to VIPs, collectors, museums, curators, targeted galleries and educational programs. This year we are increasing the exposure of our Studio Artists by adding television and movie set decorator names to our complimentary distribution. These names are some of the individuals who specify artwork, as well as the firms that rent artwork to television and movie property masters. Set decorators have a unique set of requirements for the works they select and we hope that you will find working with them an exciting opportunity.

In addition, 35 Studio Artists are participating in our new project with Trade Only Design Library (TODL).  When the 800+ images of SAQA art quilts go live in our subscription, we will be offering approximately 500 complimentary copies of Portfolio 20 to TODL members. TODL's membership includes thousands of hospitality industry and hospital designers, architects and interior designers.

Let us know about any contacts you receive as a result of your presence in the Portfolio!

Portfolio 20 is just being shipped by the printer now.  It will be available for purchase at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and in the SAQA Bookstore at the end of October.

Please remember SAQA in your will and trusts.  Now that the SAQA Endowment Fund is established, your gift will support SAQA's future.  Funding for next year's Celebrating Silver catalog will be provided in part by proceeds from the Endowment Fund.

Featured Artist:  Ruth de Vos
Contact SAQA:

Martha Sielman, Executive Director:  
Talk to the Board:  
General question:   
Membership question: 
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!
Currently, there are 50 members of the SAQArtique group. There are three or four new postings per week, and anywhere from five to 25 comments are submitted as critique to each of these pieces. Some posters reply to each comment; some reply to the group after several comments are made. After a piece has had several comments, many times the maker will post an update or finished picture, which really validates the commenters' input.

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 Journal Gallery section: Family -- Deadline is November 1, 2013 


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


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





August 22 - October 15, 2013 - Sightlines at William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois





October 5-27, 2013 - Deux at Vicenza Festival, Vicenza, Italy


October 3-5, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia


October 17-19, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Fort Worth, Texas


October 17-20, 2013 - Color Wheel of Emotions at Pacific International Quilt Festival XXII, Santa Clara, California 


October 30 - November 3, 2013 - Text Messages and People and Portraits at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas 



November 7-9, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Minneapolis, Minnesota


November 14-16, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Tinley Park, Illinois


November 21-23, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Overland Park, Kansas




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








October 17-20, 2013 - Color Wheel of Emotions at Pacific International Quilt Festival XXII, Santa Clara, California 



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



August 22 - October 15, 2013 - Sightlines at William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois

November 14-16, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Tinley Park, Illinois 



November 21-23, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Overland Park, Kansas 



November 7-9, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Minneapolis, Minnesota



October 17-19, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Fort Worth, Texas
October 30 - November 3, 2013 - Text Messages and People and Portraits at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas  


October 3-5, 2013 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia  






October 5-27, 2013 - Deux at Vicenza Festival, Vicenza, Italy




Please welcome our new Regional Representatives:


Barbara Adams - Connecticut 

Susie Cujes - Australia

Maryann Gallaher - Massachusetts 

Karin Gundlach - Iowa 

Cherrie Hampton - Oklahoma

Gilda Hecht - New York 

Lori Light - New York


BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives:


Betty Daggett - Oregon

Diane Doran - Maryland

Charlotte Hickman - Oklahoma 

Jean Wells Keenan - Oregon

Sue Kluber - Iowa



Welcome to all our new members who joined in September:

Deanna Apfe, Liz Arnold, Suzanna Bond, Ema Luiza Bordignon, Milicent Borre, Dawn Budahl, Dee Conlon, Teresa Connell, Karen Cummings, Sylvana Dabadie, Liz Fortino, Ann-Mari Franzen, Carol Gilham Jones, Allison Haggarty, Sandra G Hart, Jennifer Haugen, Linda Hawes, Patti Hempen, Pat Hermes, Diana Hiott, Lesley Hurt, Eileen Jacobs, Kathleen Jauert, Julia Jeans, Susan Kingsbury, Karen Kirkland, Casey Knapp, Kristine Lang, Jane Loeffler, Kathleen Malvern, Grace Meijer, annie mertens, Angela Miller, Els Mommers, Jennifer Morris, Sue Payne, Kathy Riedel, Stephanie Rubanowice, Christine Seager, Ashley Taylor, Carolyn Van Der Jagt, Erica Waaser, Teresa Wong, Nancy Woods, Brenda Wroe, Paola Zanda, and Paolo Zanda.
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 NOW OPEN - SAVE $50 using Early Bird rates through October 31st.

The conference committee is hard at work putting together 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
  • Silent Auction with a Sweet Temptations reception   
  • Dinner Cruise on the Potomac River with the nation's monuments in the background

Also in the works is an excursion to see SAQA's Radical Elements exhibit, including a talk by curator Jill Rumoshosky Werner.  And we're planning:
  • 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,

Early bird registration is open online through October 31, 2013.
ThankYouGiftsSAQA's Thank You Gifts Program

Thank-You Gifts for 3rd Quarter Star Recruiters:

Dharma gift certificateQuilting Arts TV 1200 series DVDeQuilter gift certificate 
AURIfil threadsWailuku broken dam
3rd Quarter Thank-You Gifts include: 
Dharma Trading gift certificate  
Quilting Arts TV 1200 series DVD gift certificate  
AURIfil thread suitcase  
Phyllis Cullen's Hawaii vacation offer  

YOU are our most important recruiter for new members!  Join the Star Recruiters by recruiting at least two new members before December 31st!
Star Recruiters for the 3rd quarter of 2013 :
Anna Hergert (8 new members); Kathy Aparico, Deda Maldonado, Beth Schillig (7 new members); Karen Preston (5 new members each); Phyllis Cullen (4 new members); Sue Dennis, Bethany Garner, Kathleen Kastles, Lisa Walton (3 new members each); Julie Filatoff, Monique Gilbert, Jenny Hearn, Bev Hilton, Michele Jackson, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Janett Rice, Brenda Gael Smith, Cyndi Souder, Terry Waldron (2 new members each).

Thank-You Gifts have been donated by our generous supporters:
  • AURIfil USA
  • C&T Publishing 
  • Cedar Canyon Textiles
  • Dharma Trading Company   
  • Interweave Press 
  • Lark Crafts
  • Meinke Toy
  • Odif USA  
  • Simplicity Creative
  • Swarovski Crystals
  • Lynne Allen
  • Frieda Anderson 
  • Karey Bresenhan
  • Phyllis Cullen  
  • Judith Content 
  • Eileen Doughty  
  • Carol Eaton  
  • Lisa Ellis
  • Cheryl Ferrin
  • Clairan Ferrono
  • Lynn Krawczyk
  • Sheri Marshall 
  • Pamela Morris
  • Candice Phelan
  • Pixeladies (Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki)
  • Barbara Schneider  
  • Robin Schwalb
  • Sandra Sider
  • Martha Sielman
  • Mary Tabar
  • Judith Trager
  • Desi Vaughn 
  • Laura Wasilowski
  • Jack Walsh  

CallingTeachersCalling All SAQA Teachers and Lecturers!
Are you conducting workshops, seminars, classes or lecturing about fiber art? Here is an opportunity to add even more value to your event.

For a limited time, you can offer your students a 10% discount on their new SAQA membership. Just register your event with SAQA's executive director, Martha Sielman, and receive your personalized membership discount code.  Every new member who joins SAQA and puts your membership discount code on their application or web form, will receive a 10% reduction in their first year membership fee - and you will receive credit for recruiting another new member.


New Virtual Exhibit on SAQA Website
Jennifer Day - "Boy and his best friend"  

This month's guest curator, Linda Witte Henke, has selected The Child Within. 

This month's SAQA Mini Gallery showcases work that features children of a variety of ages and in a variety of settings. As you scroll through each image, ask yourself:
- What was I like at a similar age?
- How is the story of my childhood similar to or different from the story I imagine for each of    these children?
- Who championed my creativity during the ages and stages of my childhood? Who d    discouraged it?
- How might I more intentionally nurture the child within -- affirm my imagination, honor my creativity, empower my artistic expression?

Albert Einstein reminds us that:  "The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."  Resolve to celebrate this pursuit in life, in art!
List of selected artists:
Jennifer Day
Ellen Deschatres
Mary Fisher
Jayne Gaskins
Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker
Michelle Jackson
Kathleen McCabe
Nysha Nelson
Lora Rocke
Susan Schrott
Joan Sowada
Kate Themel
Ruth de Vos

If you would like to volunteer to be a Virtual Gallery curator, please contact
Jen Solon ( who organizes the Virtual Exhibitions. 
TrunkShowsThis is a Quilt! Trunk Shows available to travel

These three pieces are from Trunk Show E

Desiree Habicht - "Field of Flowers"    Elena Miranda Radock - "Hollywood Dragon"    Hildegard Mueller - "Moonlight"


All of the pieces from all of the trunk shows are up on the SAQA website:


There are seven different trunk shows of small matted pieces that have been traveling to different regions since 2011.  The next trunk show available will be the 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show, which will premier at the 2014 SAQA conference in Washington DC, and then travel across the United States and around the world. 




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 (October 2014)
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.

Juror: 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:

 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:  
3. Pacific International Quilt Festival XXII 
October 17-20, 2013 
Santa Clara, California

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 - Europe:
3. Vicenza Festival 
Vicenza, Italy 
October 5-27, 2013
Travel Venues - United States:

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo circuit:

5. Fredericksburg, Virginia
October 3-5, 2013
6. Fort Worth, Texas
October 17-19, 2013
7. Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 7-9, 2013
8. Tinely Park, Illinois
November 14-16, 2013
9. Overland Park, Kansas
November 21-23, 2013
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 
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 - November 2014

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

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: 
1. International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas 
October 30-November 3, 2013 
2. 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. National Quilt Museum
Paducah, Kentucky
September 12 - December 2, 2013 



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: 
1. International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas
October 30-November 3, 2013

2. International Quilt Festival - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
June 19-21, 2014

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


Exhibition name:This is a Quilt! 
SAQA's 2011-2012 Traveling Trunk Show
Theme: This is a Quilt!
Curators: Deb Cashatt ( and Kris Sazaki (

If you would like to schedule one of the trunks to visit your region, please contact your regional representative.


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.

Oregon -- Oregon State of Diversity II
July 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Colorado/Wyoming/Utah -- Small Vision, Big Voice
September 6 - October 18, 2013

Oregon -- Passion Forward
September 9 - October 27, 2013

South Carolina/Georgia -- Beneath GeorgiaLina Skies
September 19 - November 23, 2013

New Mexico -- Art Quilts from New Mexico
October 2 - December 31, 2013

Illinois/Wisconsin -- The Eye and the Needle
October 11 - November 16, 2013

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

New Mexico -- Color Runs Through It
November 15-16, 2013

Northern California/Nevada -- Fiber Reactions
December 2-31, 2013
Florida -- Piecing Together a Changing Planet
December  4, 2013 - February 26, 2014
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

April 1

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: 
  • Family - due date November 1, 2013
  • 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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From the Texas Quilt Museum:
Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin 
The Texas Quilt Museum invites submission of original quilt art created after 2010 from those residing in the U.S. on the theme of butterflies, including caterpillars, the concept of a chrysalis, and plants attractive to butterflies.  Abstract as well as representational designs are welcome. Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin will be a juried exhibition of contemporary quilt art, with selected quilts touring from September of 2014 through 2017, in secure, insured exhibition spaces.  All accepted quilts must be available for the tour and the quilts may not be for sale. The exhibition will premiere at the Texas Quilt Museum in April through June of 2014. The jury committee consists of Karey Bresenhan, Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, and Sandra Sider.  To apply, please go to and click on "Entries" at the left. The entry fee is $20.

DEADLINE to receive entries: November 15, 2013.

From CERF+:
We have relief funds available for artists affected by all kinds of natural and man-made disasters.  Look on our website for complete information:

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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.
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