October 2014 e.Bulletin

SAQA e.Bulletin Table of Contents
October 2014

Deadlines & Dates 
Membership News

Fiberlandia Conference - Registration is now OPEN   

Virtual Exhibit

Exhibition Calls for Entry

Exhibitions List

Regional Exhibitions


Other Opportunities 


Mirjam Pet-Jacob's "Mimiquilt VI: Degredation" is part of Masters 2 which is being shown at AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines, Iowa Oct. 1-4.


Martha Sielman head shot
Messages from Martha Sielman, SAQA's Executive Director:

SAQA's 2014 Benefit Auction

We've already raised almost $35,000 to support SAQA's exhibitions and publications.  Bid price on Page 3 will drop to $350 at 2:00 pm Eastern today.  Bid early and often!!!

Page 3:

Page 4 will be up for auction starting on October 27 at 2:00 pm Eastern.

Membership Drive
Thank you to our Star Recruiters for the 3rd quarter of 2014!!!  With everyone working to recruit new members, our numbers for September increased 35%.
These Star Recruiters will get to choose one of the great thank-you gifts donated by SAQA sponsors:

Misik Kim (5 new members!), Deda Maldonado (4 new members!), Vou Best, Deborah Boschert, Elena Stokes and Uta Lenk (3 new members each!), Pamela Allen, Normajean Brevik, Rebecca Douglas, Marty Moon, La Veda Meyers, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Gayle Simpson, Cathy Smith, Cyndi Souder, Jennifer Vienneau, Lisa Walton, Jean Wells Keenan and Marianne Williamson (2 new members each!).
  • Do you teach workshops? You can offer your student a discount on a membership for taking your class - just contact me for a special discount code.
  • Do you go to guild meetings? Make a presentation with your work or the SAQA Trunk Show and encourage folks to join us. 
  • Are you participating in exhibitions? Offer to talk about your work and spend 2 minutes introducing listeners to SAQA. They may never have heard of us or the great benefits we can offer.  
YOU are our most important recruiter for new members!  Join the Star Recruiters by recruiting at least two new members before December 31st!



Featured Artist: 
Gunnel Hag
Contact SAQA:
Martha Sielman, Executive Director:
Talk to the Board:  
General question:   
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DeadlinesDeadlines & Dates

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

Wild Fabrications -- Deadline for Entry is January 31, 2015

SAQA Journal Gallery section: Creatures -- Deadline is February 1, 2015

Balancing Act -- Deadline for Entry is February 28, 2015

SAQA Journal Gallery section: Health and Wholeness -- Deadline is May 1, 2015

Concrete and Grasslands -- Deadline for Entry is September 30, 2015


 Elaine M. Quehl's "End of Days" (Metaphors on Aging at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo) 





November 20-22, 2014 - Metaphors on Aging at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Tinley Park, Illinois 



October 1-4, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines, Iowa


October 9-11, 2014 - Metaphors on Aging at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Overland Park, Kansas


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



October 17-19, 2014 - Metaphors on Aging at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fort Worth, Texas


October 30-November 2, 2014 - Celebrating Silver at International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas


October 30-November 2, 2014 - Redirecting the Ordinary at International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas 



October 3-5, 2014 -- Metaphors on Aging at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia






WELCOME:  to our newest regional representative: Felix Ife (New York)


BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives:  Jennifer Conrad (Minnesota), Beth Schillig (Ohio), and Maxine Thomas (Ohio)


Welcome to all our new members who joined in September:
Connie Akers, M. Ellen Bennett, Jan Berg-Rezmer, Janet Bergman, Wendy Butler Berns, Jackie Berry, Colleen Blackwood, Susanna Burns, Audrey Burrows, Su Butler, Lois Caron, Cindy Cembrowski, Millie Cumming, Don Davidson, Katherine Davis, Barbara Dinneweth, Susanne Doerrmann-Mueller, Katherine Dossman, Rosemary Durham, Diane Eastham, Judith Elder-McCartney, Liz Ferguson, Carmen Goyette, Hyesuk Han, Becky Jackson, Jennifer M. Jones, Soonmi Kang, Dricca Kastrup, Doyeon Ki, Sunhee Kim, Maureen Koski, Cathey LaBonte, Karen Larsen, Soojin Lee, Tonya Littmann, Deb Mackay, Anjali Madkekar, Ruta Marino, Marisa Marquez, Marjory McKinven, Myrian Melo, Francie Mewett, Katia Modry, Nancy Monson, Suzanne Munroe, Neida Naumburg, Paul Niffenegger, Ann Marie Patrick, Marion Perrault, Terry Phillips, Sonya Prchal, Parisina Ribeiro, Mary Valerie Richter, Nancy Robins, Cindy Robinson, Laura Rylander, Amanda Sievers, Becky Stack, Karen Thalacker, Karen Turcker, Georgia Van Pelt, Elizabeth West, Jessica Wheelahan, and Deborah Wilkinson.
THANK YOU to everyone who made donations to SAQA in September:
Jacqueline Atkins, Margaret Batko, Margaret Blank, Melani Brewer, Lisa Charles, Pamela Christner, Nancy Davenport, Jennifer Day, Clairan Ferrono, Georgia French, Judith Glover, Cindy Grisdela, Ralph James, Laura Jaszkowski, Dolores Johnson, Iris Karp, Harue Konishi, Maureen Koski, Ellie Kreneck, Susan Krznar, Mickey Lawler, Susan Leonard, Reiko Naganuma, Susan Polansky, Marilyn Prucka, Lynn Rogers, Kris Sazaki, Sara Sharp, Maria Shell, Martha Sielman, Marianne Williamson, Martha Wolfe, and Diane Wright..

FiberlandiaConferenceFiberlandia Conference - Portland, Oregon 2015
SAQA's Fiberlandia Conference will be at the DoubleTree Hotel
1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232  The dates of the conference are April 30-May 3, 2015.

Do you hold retreats? offer workshops? create scarves? hand-dye fabrics?
YOU should be a Fiberlandia Conference sponsor!  Ads start at just $75 and there's a wide range of sponsorship opportunities offered.  Fiberlandia Sponsorship Guide is available on the website.

25th Anniversary Trunk Show

The trunk shows have started traveling!  It was so incredible to see all the pieces together at the conference.   Trunk C will be traveling to Connecticut through October 20, 2014:

      Gabriele DiTota - Life is a Beach    ***     Pat Durbin - Day in the Forest      ***    Suzanne Evenson - Aviary Series:                                                                                                                                                Songs for Persephone 

If your area would like to borrow a trunk show, please contact your regional representative to make arrangements.

Trunk Show Schedule:

Trunk A
South Carolina and Georgia, through October 2014
Massachusetts and Rhode Island, November 2014 - January 2015

Trunk B
Alabama/Arkansas/Mississippi/Louisiana, September - November 2014

Trunk C
Connecticut, through October 20, 2014

Trunk D
Burke Arts Council, Morganton, North Carolina, August 4 - October 1, 2014
Florida - October - December 2014

Trunk E
Virginia and North Carolina, October - November 2014
Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, December 2014 - February 2015

Trunk F
Canada, through April 2015

Trunk G
Australia, through April 2015

Trunk H
Oregon, through January 2015

New Virtual Exhibit on SAQA Website

Susan Mathews - "Coastal Life 2"

This month's featured Gallery is Something Unexpected

Be it a strong composition, bold use of color, or a wry sense of humor, this collection grabbed me.


List of selected artists: 
Deborah Melton Anderson
Alice Beasley
Pat Bishop
Arlene L. Blackburn
Heather Dubreuil
Mary Elmusa
Deborah Fell
Paula Kovarik
Ellie Kreneck
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Susan Mathews
Julia E. Pfaff
Judith Roderick
Lisa Flowers Ross
Elena Stokes
K. Velis Turan
Terry Waldron
If you would like to volunteer to be a Virtual Gallery curator, please contact Jennifer Solon.

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 

Wild Fabrications 

Premiere Venues:
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Quilt! Knit! Stitch!, Portland, Oregon

Exhibition Concept:

Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical.  Let your imagination run wild as you create interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.   


We are looking for whimsical and creative depictions of animals.  Your animals may be common or capricious; odd or ordinary; live or imagined.  The key to this call is to have fun!


Embrace the double meaning of "fabrications", which refers both to our medium and to the fact that the animals do not have to be real.  Artists should think outside the box and create works that push their limits.  Both abstract and representational work is sought.



Juror: Geoffrey Gorman
Managing Curator: Jennifer Day

Online Entry: January 2015
Full information:
Balancing Act 
Premiere Venues
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas -- October 2015 
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois -- June 2016 
Quilt! Knit! Stitch!  Portland, Oregon -- August 2016
Additional venues to be announced (work must be available to travel from September 2015 to December 2018)

Exhibit Concept 
Throughout history, women have had to balance responsibilities to community, home and family while pursuing other interests, jobs or careers.  From those who helped farm the land to those who worked the factories during wartime, to those who stand shoulder to shoulder with men to pursue careers, and those who serve as caregivers; women have always had to juggle the various aspects of their lives.  

This show celebrates women both throughout history and today--and is open to any interpretation each artist feels inspired to depict.  What have we accomplished that we now enjoy as rights and freedoms that our grandmothers and their grandmothers did not?  What obstacles are left to conquer?  We encourage both representational and abstract work.  

Jurors: Lynn Bassett, Sue Bleiweiss
Managing Curator: Cynthia St. Charles

Call for Entries: February 1-28, 2015
Full Information:

Concrete and Grassland

Premiere Venue:
Grant's Pass Museum of Art, Grant's Pass, Oregon -- June 1-July 29, 2016
Exhibition Concept:
Concrete and Grasslands will explore the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape.  This call for entry asks artists to submit works that explore either the soft lines of nature or the hard lines of urban structures -- or a combination of both.  This exhibit will focus on the contrasts of both color and line, and the ways in which the natural world has been altered.

Artists are invited to submit work that focuses either on a cityscape or landscape, rural or urban, or a combination in one piece.   The work may be representational or abstract; the places represented may be real or imagined.

Juror:  Susan Eileen Burnes, Curator of Exhibitions, Grant's Pass Museum of Art
Managing Curator: Leni Levenson Wiener

Online Entry: September 2015
Full information:

 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
March 26-28, 2015 

3. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
Portland, Oregon
August 13-15, 2015

4.  Festival of Quilts
Birmingham, England
August  2016

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, Missouri
January 19 - February 28, 2015

Exhibition Name: Food for Thought 
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.

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Curator: Sarah Ann Smith   
Travel Venues: 
1. National Quilt Museum
Paducah, Kentucky 
April - June 2015 

2. Festival of Quilts
Birmingham, UK
August 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: 


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: 
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


Lakeland, Florida
March 5-7, 2015


Atlanta, Georgia
March 12-14, 2015


Cleveland, Ohio
March 26-28, 2015


Schaumburg, Illinois
April 9-11, 2015


Worcester, Massachusetts
April 16-18, 2015


Raleigh, North Carolina
June 15-17, 2015


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:


4. Festival Internacional de Patchwork e Arts Afins
Curitiba, Brazil
August 27-30, 2015

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.  

Travel Venues:

2. National Academy of Sciences
Washington D.C.
April 6 - September 21, 2015


3. Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts


Melbourne, Florida
May - August, 2016

Exhibition Name: Redirecting the Ordinary
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.

Juror: Alicia Merrett
Managing Curator: Gul Laporte

Travel Venues:
1. International Quilt Festival - Houston
Houston, Texas
October 30 - November 2, 2014

2. International Quilt Festival - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
March 26-28,  2015

3. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
Portland, Oregon
August 13-15, 2015

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:

7. New England Quilt Museum
Lowell, Massachusetts
April 5 - July 6, 2015


8. Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork
Alsace, France
September 16 - 19, 2015
9. Vincenza Festival
Vinceza, Italy
October 2015
10. Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016
Tainan City, Taiwan
April 20 - May 29, 2016

  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: 
5. Morris Museum
Morristown, New Jersey
November 14, 2015 - March 20, 2016
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.

Texas -- A Texas Experience
January 1-December 31, 2014 
Alaska -- Art Cloth North
October 7 - 29, 2014
Arizona -- Journeys
November 11 - December 10, 2014
Florida -- Piecing Together a Changing Planet
December 5, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Oregon -- Oregon:  State of Diversity
through March 2015
Oregon -- Exploring Layers
April 2015

New Mexico -- Cultural Red
April 8 - August 17, 2015
Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma -- Midwest Metaphors
May 1 - 27, 2015

Florida/Virginia/North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia/Kentucky/Tennessee/Mississippi/Louisiana/Alabama/Arkansas - Southern Accents
May 16 - August 22, 2015
Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Connectiut -- Art as Quilt
June 26, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Oregon -- Blending Poetry and Cloth
August 22, 2015 - August 22, 2016
Brazil -- I Remember
August 27 - 30, 2015 
Southern California and Nevada -- Oasis
October 2015

YahooList SAQA Groups
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 in your request. 

The Visioning Project revolves around visualizing goals and dreams - and making them happen. 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. 

The SAQArtique group is open to all SAQA members.  The critiques are all in the spirit of a shared interest in quilting as an art form and improvement of each person's talents.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Martha Ginn.

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: 
  • 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.
Call for Entries:

Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016 Prospectus  
Taiwan Art Quilt Society (TAQS) organizes artistic and educational international art quilt exhibitions. We focus on global issues and highlight the creation of quilting, which are not only the interpretation of techniques but also the contemporary artistic merit of environmental care and the spirit of humanities.

Theme: Protect the Earth's Environment
Venue: National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan City, Taiwan
Date: April 30 - May 29, 2016
DEADLINE for Entries: November 1, 2015 (NOTE: This is 13 months from now.)

Call for Consideration: 

Martha Sielman is writing Art Quilt Inspirations: Abstracts & Geometrics to be published by Interweave in 2016. The book will include interviews with 20 Featured Artists showing multiple works by each.  Approximately 70 additional artists will have their work showcased in the book's gallery sections.

Preliminary submission will be via email. Send to

  • your name
  • address
  • phone number
  • email address
  • website URL
  • titles of your submission(s)

Attach jpegs of up to 3 images of your art. Images should be jpegs only, not larger than 1200 pixels in any dimension.  Please label each image file with last name_first name_title (e.g. Sielman_Martha_Abstract 1). 

DEADLINE is October 31, 2014.



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

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