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SAQA Monthly Update - October 2015

The Benefit Auction is going great!  Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we’ve already raised $ 32,050 to support SAQA’s exhibitions program.  The price drops to just $250 at 2:00pm Eastern today!

The call for entries for “Stories of Migration” is now open.  I hope that you’ll enter and take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to have your work considered for display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC.

And don’t forget to sign up for the Inspire-Connect-Engage Conference in Philadelphia from March 31-April 3, 2016!  We’ve just confirmed that Carolyn Mazloomi will be our Keynote speaker.  SAVE $50 by registering before October 31st.


Upcoming Deadlines

SAQA Journal Member Gallery - October 1

Stories of Migration - October 31

Early Bird Conference Registration - October 31

My Corner of the World - November 30

Tranquility - January 31

Turmoil - February 29

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 as Featured Artists. Click each image below to find out more information about these artists including samples of their artwork.

Bobbi BaughPatti MorrisBarbara Lange

Other News

Meet Your Representative Meet Your Representative
Valerie Wilson is a Regional Rep for Western Canada. Valerie's award-winning work has been been displayed all over the world. She finds her inspiration in the world that surrounds her, but is particularly drawn to subjects in history, and nature.
Meet your Rep Meet Your Representative
Colleen Adderly sis a Regional Rep for Western Canada. Her focus and passion is to create art using a variety of different methods including, but not limited to, thread play, painting, and incorporating a wide variety of different fibers into her pieces. Colleen enjoys teaching her techniques and sharing her passion for quilting and fiber arts with others.
The Lifecycle of a SAQA Exhibition (October 14, 11am ET)
Members of the SAQA Exhibition Committee share their experience on the who, what and where of what it takes to manage a SAQA exhibition from developing the concept to returning the artwork at the exhibition's end. Register today!

New Online Gallery - These Quilts Made Me Smile

Regali d' Amore - Yvonne Porcella

Patricia Walters is our guest curator for this month's online gallery - These Quilts Made Me Smile . She comments: 

"I like to make quilts that are happy. For this gallery I chose those that made me smile (sometimes a big smile, sometimes a little one). I wanted a gallery that is uplifting and may help you smile, too."

Selected Artists:

Frieda Anderson
Jamie Fingal
Michelle Jackson
Nancy Bardach
Phyllis Cullen
Sharon Collins
Sharon M W Bass
Uta Lenk

Yael David-Cohen
Yvonne Porcella


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SAQA Calls for Entry

Stories of Migration More Info
Housed in the new George Washington University Museum, The Textile Museum is hosting a juried exhibition in collaboration with SAQA. All works will reflect upon the theme of “Diaspora", the dispersion of a people from an established ancestral homeland. Apply now!


My Corner of the World (All SAQA Members) More Info
My Corner of the World invites you, the artist, to examine your world - the world, real or imagined, that represents what is important in your life.  It might be where you reside, work, or grew up. It might be a favorite place from any point in your life or the special space you take yourself to internally. 


TranquilityMore Info
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.


TurmoilMore Info
This exhibition will feature work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance and tumult.  Artists are requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. Both abstract and representational styles of work are being sought.


View all Calls for Entry »


Exhibition News

Did you know?
With 3 new SAQA exhibitions debuting this month, we will have a total of 10 different SAQA exhibitions on display all over the world in October!

Two by Twenty will be at the Open European Quilt Championships in the Netherlands (Oct 29 - Nov 1). This exhibition includes forty art quilts - two works each by twenty artists. 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.

Two by Twenty

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PLUS, Balancing Act and Wild Fabrications will be debuting at the International Quilt Market/Festival. If you are coming to Houston for the show, be sure to join us for guided tours of our newest exhibitions:

  • Balancing Act - Friday, 10/30, 11:00 AM by juror Sue Bleiweiss and Saturday, 10/31, 11:00 AM by SAQA
  • Wild Fabrications - Friday, 10/30, 2:00 PM by exhibition coordinator Jennifer Day and Saturday 10/31, 3:00 PM by SAQA

More details and images about these two exhibitions will be available soon!


Coming to a Venue Near You

Here are just some of the SAQA exhibitions on display around the world. To view a complete list, visit our Event listing, which can be filtered by region. Do you know a venue that might be interested in hosting a SAQA Exhibition near you? Contact Bill at

Eastern United States

People and Portraits - Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
St. Bonaventure, New York  •  September 25, 2015 -  December 19, 2015

Radical Elements - National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC  •  May 18, 2015 -  October 19, 2015

Text Messages - Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
Fredericksburg, Virginia  •  October 1, 2015 -  October 3, 2015

Text Messages - Morris Museum
Morristown, New Jersey  •  November 14, 2015 - March 20, 2016

SAQA Regional - Piecing Together A Changing Planet (FL)
Parma, Ohio   •  October 3, 2015 -  November 15, 2015

Central United States

Seasonal Palette - J Wayne Stark Gallery
Texas A&M, College Station, Texas  •  August 6, 2015 -  October 4, 2015  *ending soon

Balancing Act - International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas  •  October 29, 2015 -  November 1, 2015

Wild Fabrications - International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas  •  October 29, 2015 -  November 1, 2015

SAQA Regional - Architexture (Nebraska)
Beatrice, Nebraska  •  September 1 - October 30, 2015

SAQA Regional - Deeply Rooted (Midwest states)
Des Moines, Iowa  •  September 30, 2015 -  October 3, 2015

SAQA Regional - A Piece of Me (MN)
Bloomington, Minnesota  •  November 12, 2015 -  November 14, 2015

Mountain United States

Celebrating Silver - St. George Art Museum
St. George, Utah  •  September 12, 2015 -  December 31, 2015 

Pacific United States

Earth Stories - San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose, California  •  November 06, 2015 -  February 28, 2016

SAQA Regional - Strata (Northern Calif/Northern Nev)
Pleasanton, California  •  November 12, 2015 -  December 16, 2015


SAQA Regional - Structures (Atlantic Canada)
Inverness, Nova Scotia •  September 27 to October 18, 2015 


Two by Twenty - Open European Quilt Championships
Maastricht, Netherlands  •  October 29, 2015 -  November 1, 2015

Redirecting the Ordinary -  Abilmente Autunno Vicenza
Vinceza, Italy  •  October 15, 2015 -  October 19, 2015

Food for Thought -  The Knitting & Stitching Show  
London, England   •   October 7, 2015 - October 11, 2015


Current Exhibitions

Balancing Act Balancing Act Throughout history, women have had to balance responsibilities to community, home and family while pursuing other interests, jobs or careers. This show celebrates women both throughout history and today.

Celebrating Silver  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.

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.

Redirecting the Ordinary Redirecting the Ordinary is about turning things around, upside down, inside out, backwards, or how even just a minuscule course correction can charge up the humdrum, turn the common into the uncommon, and make the expected unexpected. 


Text Messages Two by Twenty Two works each by twenty artists equals forty art quilts to explore and a multitude of potential pairings to consider. From bold and graphic to subtle explorations of texture and nuance, there is plenty to explore in this collection. 

Wild Fabrications

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

Other Current Exhibitions

Earth Stories
People & Portraits
Radical Elements
SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show
Seasonal Palette
Text Messages


Benefit Auction Update

102 pieces have SOLD, raising $32,050 for SAQA!

Section 2 quilts are now available for bidding. Remember, the price drops at 2pm ET: Thursday – $250, Friday – $150, Saturday -$100. Bidding is closed for Section 1 quilts – any remaining quilts have been added to the SAQA Store. Thank you to all of our bidders!

View the Quilts
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Bidding Guide

Here are some great quilts still available:
Probst, KathleenBishop, PatMiller, Roberta Chalfy
Williams, Eileen Smith, Lou Ann Waldron, Terry

Don’t miss your chance to bid on these beautiful and unique art quilts! This is a great opportunity to acquire outstanding artwork for your collection while supporting SAQA’s exhibition program. All proceeds from the Benefit Auction allow us to send art quilts to venues around the world.


2016 SAQA Conference


Join us in Center City Philadelphia from March 31 - April 3, 2016 for a conference full of informative talks, presentations, networking and socializing opportunities. Early Bird registration ends October 31 so register today! 


Here are some highlights:


Maria ShellDavid KohaneKathyrn Loomis
Scheduled Speakers Maria Shell, David Kohane and Kathleen Loomis

Mentorship Program Update

Looking for a Mentor?

SAQA Mentorship offers a goal or project-based program of peer mentoring, open to all SAQA members seeking one-on-one mentorship for a period lasting up to twelve months. Thirty matches have been made so far! 

Thanks to the willingness of so many of our members, we now have a surplus of mentors waiting to be matched with mentees.  Download Application (doc) for Becoming a Mentee  »

This is a terrific opportunity to work one on one with an established professional artist whose experience can help guide and advise you on artistic development (design, critique, voice), statement/resume writing, writing for print publication, business and marketing and more. 

Questions? Contact Sue Bleiweiss at


Member News 

Thank you to the following outgoing Regional Representatives:
Karin Gundlach & Rebecca Kemble - Iowa, Diane Nunez - Michigan, Susie Cujes - Oceania, Maryann Gallaher - Massachusetts/Rhode Island, and Maggi Birchenough - Europe/Middle East.

Welcome to our new members who joined in September:
Janey Argyle, Pat Arndt, Tom Bennick, Patti Bleifuss, Andreza Boal, Gail Campbell, Libby Cerullo, Sheila Christensen, Silmara Raya Cozzolino, Anja Dijk, Pam Duffy, Pam Geisel, Anne Goodale, Holly Grimmett, Heather Hager, Kathy Hays, Ann Hudson, Cheryl Isbell, Margaret Knepper, Karen Lee, Anne McCartney, Mary McFerran, Margaret McNaron, Mary Menzer, Kiki Olsson, Gail Parker, Linda Riesterer, Deborah Robinson, Susan Serreze, Karen Stalgren, Gwen Stith, Mary Sutton, Michelle Trachtman, Carolyn Villars, Vikki Waln, Lynette Weeks, Connie Wilkerson, and Carolyn Wollen.

Thank you to everyone who made donations to SAQA in September:
Aileyn Renli Ecob, Anita Welty, Aurelle Locke, Cathy Heeter, Christine Maute, Denise Webster, Elizabeth Bamberger, Jackie Canal, Joyce Compton, Lesley Knox, Rebecca Beeson, Roberta Weadley, and Sara Sharp.

Make Connections!

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 Suzan Engler.

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Volunteer with Us!

If you are interested in volunteering for SAQA, please complete our Volunteer Interest Form  or email View all of our Volunteer Openings »

Here are some of our current openings:

Website Assistants

Please contact Website Coordinator, Jennifer Solon
We are currently looking for a couple of volunteers to assist with various website functions, including: updating event calendar, editing website content, assisting users with questions, editing images, special projects, etc. Applicant should have some familiarity with HTML / website editing. Image editing software (Photoshop) a plus.  

Please contact Exhibition Committee Chair, Gwyned Trefethen
Exhibition Coordinators act as the liaison between SAQA, the artists and the juror. It is an administrative job that requires strong people skills, allows for creativity in communication and needs computer comfort with spreadsheets and mail merge. EC's do not have to be members of the Exhibition Committee, but sometimes are. Since exhibitions are juried blind, EC's may submit to calls for the exhibition they are coordinating.

Booth Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help staff the SAQA booth at the following events. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and talk about SAQA (plus you get to sit down for a bit!): 

International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas  (Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2015)
Coming to IQF this year? Why don't you volunteer a shift at the SAQA booth! SAQA's new exhibitions Wild Fabrications and Balancing Act will be premiering at IQF. Plus, we will have Auction Quilts. Contact person:  Deborah Bright
More Info

QuiltCon West 2016 - Pasadena, California (Feb 18-21, 2016)
A great educational opportunity for our members to see what the Modern Quilt Guild is all about, and a way for us to share what we do. We are all united in our passion for fabric and thread, no matter how we design and construct our quilts or fiber art. Contact Jamie Fingal for more details.  


Other Opportunities

Art Quilt Elements 2016  - Deadline EXTENDED to October 5, 2015
AQE 2016 is the 12th exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia. Come to the 2016 SAQA Conference and attend the opening of this exhibition!

Headshot Photo Sessions in Houston this Fall
Bonnie McCaffery will be doing headshots again in Houston this year. Headshot Photo Sessions are $95 and include 1 free digital photo (both high resolution and websized). But you’ll have to act fast as there's only a few openings left. More Details »



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