November 2014 e.Bulletin

SAQA e.Bulletin Table of Contents
November 2014


Cynthia St. Charles' "Alternative - vs - Fossil Fuels" is part of Earth Stories which is being shown at the Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI through November 30th.


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

Report from the International Quilt Festival in Houston last week:

The SAQA exhibitions -- Celebrating Silver and Redirecting the Ordinary
looked fantastic!  We sold 7 pieces from the exhibits:

Celebrating Silver: Moonshine by Elena Stokes *** Angel of Silver by Wendy Bucey *** Two-Five by Maria Shell

Redirecting the Ordinary: Silverware by Cat Larrea *** Housefly Redefined by Judy Ross *** Close Shave by Helen Godden
Reflections #9 by Donna Deaver

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, we recruited 64 new members, sold tons of catalogs and other items and sold most of the Benefit Auction quilts from Page 4!  (The remaining Benefit Auction quilts will be moved to the SAQA Store shortly and we'll post complete statistics on this year's Benefit soon.)

We had a record turnout for the SAQA Meet-and-Greet on Thursday evening and large groups for all of our gallery walks through the exhibits.

Thank you to Kim Buchmann, Suzan Engler and Heather Pregger for organizing the SAQA booth.  And thank you to our volunteers:

Lynne Allen, Holly Altman, Frieda Anderson, Nancy Bavor, Sue Bianchi, Deborah Boschert, Sandy Branjord, Deborah Brenner, Deborah Bright, Paula Brown, Kim Buchmann, Shelly Burge, Betty Busby, Deb Cashatt, Misty Cole, Donna Deaver, Larraine Denakpo, Lisa Ellis, Suzan Engler, Sarah Enstminger, Ree Fagan, Connie Marie Fahrion, Pam Frazier, Nneka K. Gamble, Jean Grimes, Betty Hahn, Jane Haworth, Susanne Jones, Laura Krasinski, Ellie Kreneck, Kristin La Flamme, Denise Labadie, Gul Laporte, Mary Ann Littlejohn, Jean Marshall, Susie Monday, Bobbe Nolan, Candice Phelan, Margaret Phillips, Heather Pregger, Dorothy Raymond, Helen Remick, Judith Roderick, Laurie Russman, Kris Sazaki, Helena Scheffer, Sarah Sharp, Maria Shell, Elena Stokes, Shelly Stokes, Jackie Stubblefield, Kathy Stubbs Ward, Jo Sweet, Paula Tanner, Mary Thumann, Judith Trager, Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert, Laura Wasilowski, Rhonda Weddle, Lynn Welsch, Marianne Williamson, Eileen Williamson, Hope Wilmarth, Martha Wolfe, Diane Wright, Sally Wright and Ruthie Yax.



NEW Products in the SAQA Store:



Portfolio 21 *** Redirecting the Ordinary catalog *** Celebrating Silver catalog



Mistyfuse White *** Mistyfuse UV *** SAQA notecard set  

(Mistyfuse has donated these packages to SAQA -- 100% of the proceeds support SAQA's exhibitions and publications)



Featured Artist: 
Ann Johnston 
Contact SAQA:
Martha Sielman, Executive Director:
Talk to the Board:  
General question:   
Membership question: 

DeadlinesDeadlines & Dates

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

Stories of Migration -- Deadline for Entry is October 31, 2015


 Lea McComas' "Sweet Song from an Old Fiddle" (Metaphors on Aging at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo) 





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



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






WELCOME:  to our newest regional representative: Judy Alexander (Georgia), and Terry Ann Hartzell (Ohio)


BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives:  Bev Haring (Colorado), Gilda Hecht (New York), Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix (Switzerland), and (Nysha Nelson (Tennessee)


Welcome to all our new members who joined in October:
Kathy Adams, Mary Adams, Clare Aliberti, Jennifer  Bacon, Rebecca Beeson, JoAnn Belling, Liz Bigger, Elizabeth Blanchard, Terri Vanden Bosch, Sharon Lilly Bowes, Gordana Brelih, Sandra Buck, Shirley Butherus, Linda Campbell, M. Luanne Carson, Amy Cavaness, Jo Ann Cooper, Tricia Deck, Nancy Dougherty, Kate Eelkema, Sandra Ellison, Kate Findlay, Linda Fleschner, Carol Fletcher, Nancy Foster, Jan Frazer, Debbie Froelich, Paula Fullar, Anne Garretson, Cathy Heeter, Dulcey Heller, Susan Heller, Donna Herman, Ida Houston, Megan Kamrath, Monique Kleinhans, Denise Kooperman, Mary Langenberg, Loreen Leedy, Barbara Lister, Linda Ludemann, Linda MacKay, Sandi Makowski, Susan Martin, Charlotte Maxwell, LaVerne McCallum Deakin, Karen McCann, Maura McLaughlin, Melinda Meers, Kay Milem, Molly Miles, Wanda Mills, Joan Nicholson, Veronica Oborn Jefferis, Jane H. Oliver, Pamela Pandolfi , Joyce Paterson, Dr. Judith Pauly-Bender, Michelle Perkins, Janet Pittman, Rae Poon, Kathleen Probst, LaWanda Richardson, Carole Rossi, Marlys Ruth, Cathy Santry, Robin DeMuth Schofield, Ann Schroeder, Wanda Seldon, Karen Smith, Lottie Smith, Ileana Soto, Jeanne Stilley, Michelle Stolte, Jacqueline Sullivan, Sue Surface, Elaine Turcke, Grace A. Vaughn, Sharon Waggy, Gloria Warwick, Jackie Watkins, Marie Welsch, Linda Whittenberg, Katie Winter, Terri Wolf, Marna Yngve, Carol Ziogas, and Carrie Zizza.
THANK YOU to everyone who made donations to SAQA in October:
Deidre Adams, Margaret Batko, Rebecca Beeson, Margaret Blank, Pamela Christner, Nancy Davenport, Jennifer Day, Clairan Ferrono, Georgia French, Janice Gunner, Carol Harris, Jo Hathcock, Cathy Heeter, Dolores Johnson, Jean Jurgenson, Harue Konishi, Loreen Leedy, Susan Leonard, Gillian Moss, Reiko Naganuma, Rae Poon, Kris Sazaki, Maria Shell, Martha Sielman, Sharon Waggy, 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 D will be traveling to Florida through December 2014:

Linda Nelson-Johnson- Autumn Colors  ***  Tracey Lawko - Walking Through  ***   Donalee Kennedy - Doors of                                                                                                 the Hardwoods                                          Opportunity & Swirling Inspiration 

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

Trunk Show Schedule:

Trunk A
Massachusetts and Rhode Island, November 2014 - January 2015

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

Trunk C

Trunk D
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

Elsbeth Nusser-Lampbe - "Wiesenstuck"

This month's featured Gallery is On Random

Deborah J. Bein, our guest curator for On Random, was inspired by this Paul Theroux thought:  "The course of a life seems random, but all lives are shaken into a pattern that makes sense only in retrospect."


List of selected artists: 
Britta Ankenbauer
Bobbi Baugh
Nancy Billings
Jack Brockette
Mary T. Buchanan
Peggy Brown
Joke Buursma
Sharon Collins
Sue Dennis
Willy Doreleijers
Elizabeth Fram
Lynne G. Harrill
Susan Lee
Wendy Lugg
Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe
Hilary Rice
Karen Schulz
Maggie Vanderweit
Charlotte Ziebarth
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:

Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora

Premiere Location: Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. from mid March through late August 2016
Exhibition Concept: 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." Diaspora is the dispersion of a people from an established ancestral homeland. These communities remain simultaneously active in social, economic, cultural, or political processes in their country of origin and with compatriots worldwide.

In addition to presenting the pieces selected by jurors, the exhibition will feature social, cultural and historical commentary by faculty members of GW's acclaimed program in Diaspora Studies.

Jurors: Lee Talbot, Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The Textile Museum
Rebecca A. T. Stevens is Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum

SAQA Administrators: Leni Levenson Wiener and Patty Kennedy-Zafred
Please contact with any questions regarding this prospectus.

October 1-31, 2015: Online Entry open
Full prospectus online

 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.  This exhibition is sponsored by Jennifer Day Thread Stories, Alegre Retreat, and Lisa Ellis in honor of Yvonne Porcella. 
Juror: Yvonne Porcella 
Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor
Travel Venues:
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.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.

Alex Veronelli, Product Manager and PR Specialist, Aurifil Threads
Curator: Sarah Ann Smith   
Travel Venues: 
1. National Quilt Museum
Paducah, Kentucky 
April - June 2015 

2. Festival of Quilts
Birmingham, UK
August 2015

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: 
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.  
This exhibition is sponsored by Jennifer Day Thread Stories, Alegre Retreat, and Lisa Ellis in honor of Yvonne Porcella.

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:
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 
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: 
  • 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 12 months from now.)   


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Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

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