December 2013 e.Bulletin


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

your Holiday Shopping in the SAQA Store!

SAQA publications and threads are on SALE -- Up to 60% OFF

Carole Gary Staples *** Elena Miranda Radock *** Charlotte Bird
Jan Soules *** Noriko Endo *** Ellie Kreneck
Linda Hall *** Maureen Whalen Cole *** Desiree Habicht 

PLUS you can purchase Wonderful Artwork from the This is a Quilt! Trunk Show.

Membership Dues to Increase January 1st

SAQA membership dues will increase by $10 per member beginning January 2014.   New rates will be:

Artist member -- $70
Associate member -- $70
Arts Professional member -- $95
Juried Artist member -- $135
Full-time Student member -- $35

The last dues increase was in 2010. Since that time, SAQA has - alongside maintaining its many programs - created several new exhibitions with catalogs, traveled a highly successful trunk show worldwide, and completely revamped the website.

SAQA uses the funds from your membership dues to promote the art quilt through wonderful exhibitions, publications, and educational outreach opportunities. Think of how much more SAQA will accomplish for less than $1 extra per month of your dues.

In appreciation of your valued membership, SAQA has a SPECIAL OFFER: through the end of the year, renew your membership for up to three years at the current rates and those years will be added onto your current membership.

Click on the following link to renew.

THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers!

Linda Frost organized a SAQA booth at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Overland Park, Kansas.  Thank you to our volunteers who helped to staff the booth: Dora Agbas, Marnie Clawson, Mary Elmusa, Linda Filby-Fisher, Mary Kay Fosnacht, Karen Hansen, Carol Jones, Andrea Luliak, Ada Niedenthal, Jane Patrick and Ruth Powers!  

NEW Staff Position - Applications Wanted!

SAQA is looking for a Development Director.  This 15-hour per week paid position will be responsible for SAQA's major gift and planned giving programs. This professional will spend the great majority of his or her time developing, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors, as well as being a resource for the Annual Appeals fundraising program.  The full job description is posted online.  Please send a letter of interest and resume to Martha Sielman.
DEADLINE is December 13, 2013.


HELP SAQA when you do your online Holiday Shopping --
You Shop & They Donate!

SAQA has raised over $500 this year just from members going to before doing their online shopping!  Help SAQA raise more funds when you shop this holiday season - it's easy and free!  Just register, choose Studio Art Quilt Associates as the cause you wish to support, and visit OneCause to connect with your favorite online vendors.  OneCause will donate from 1-6% of your total purchases to help your favorite cause -- SAQA!


Meet Your Reps:   Gail Ramsay and Diane Melms
Featured Artist:  Jim Hay

Contact SAQA:

Martha Sielman, Executive Director:  
Talk to the Board:  
General question:   
Membership question: 
YahooList SAQA Yahoo Discussion Group

As a member of Studio Art Quilt Association, you are invited to join an email discussion group hosted on This group is only for SAQA members, and is private to the outside world.

You can join by requesting membership at: Please include your full name with your request, so we can verify that you are a member.  Once your request is made, the moderators will approve you ASAP.

SAQArtique and Visioning Project Groups

The Visioning Project revolves around visualizing goals and dreams - and making them happen. By making a public commitment, the artist is inspired to achieve a specific goal. Some goals are very specific, such as gaining a private commission, getting gallery representation, or selling a work.  Other goals are more developmental: building a cohesive body of work or   producing work regularly. The Visioning Project members are wonderful in helping each other with support, networking, and resource information. If you are interested in joining, please contact Helen Conway. 

JOIN SAQArtique!
The SAQArtique group is open to all SAQA members.  Members trust in each other to make honest comments about the issues that they wish to have critiqued. The critiques are all in the spirit of a shared interest in quilting as an art form and improvement of each person's talents.  The requirements for belonging to a group are simply that each member is expected to post at least one of her/his own works every 3 months and to participate in all critiques of other members' work. If you are interested in joining, please contact Martha Ginn.

e.Bulletin Table of Contents 

DeadlinesDeadlines & Dates

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 


 Food for Thought - Deadline for Entry is September 30, 2014 









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





February 5-8, 2014 -- Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Phoenix, Arizona


February 27-March 2, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV, Hampton, Virginia



MARCH 2014 


March 6-9, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X, Somerset, New Jersey 


March 12-15, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


March 20-22, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Lakeland, Florida


March 27-29, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Schaumburg, Illinois


APRIL 2014 


April 3-5, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Cleveland, OH


April 3-5, 2014 - Text Messages and People and Portraits at the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio 


April 3 - May 9, 2014 - Radical Elements at Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Springs, Maryland 


April 10-12, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Worcester, Massachusetts


April 23-26, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Paducah, Kentucky  






February 5-8, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Phoenix, Arizona



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


March 20-22, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Lakeland, Florida 



March 27-29, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Schaumburg, Illinois   



April 23-26, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Paducah, Kentucky  


April 3 - May 9, 2014 - Radical Elements at Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Springs, Maryland  



April 10-12, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Worcester, Massachusetts 


New Jersey

March 6-9, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X, Somerset, New Jersey 



April 3-5, 2014 - Deux at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Cleveland, OH 


April 3-5, 2014 - Text Messages and People and Portraits at the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio 



March 12-15, 2014 - Masters 2 at AQS Quilt Show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania



February 27-March 2, 2014 -- Color Wheel of Emotions at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV, Hampton, Virginia 





WELCOME to our new representatives:  Margaret Abramshe (Colorado), Margaret Blank (Canada) and Meg Filiatrault (South Carolina)


BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives:  Martha Hall (New Jersey), Julie Park (Florida), Rebecca Segura (Nebraska), Lisa Walton (Australia), and Diana Welte (Kentucky)


Welcome to all our new members who joined in November:

Annik Andrew, Emilia Aoki, Sharon Archambault, Thelma Bearden, Catherine Bonte, Deborah Carnick, Jane Charlesworth, Dahlia Clark, Cheryl Cook, Sharon Hull Dinsmore, Heidi Drahota, Mary Ann Ead, Oliveira Elza Aidar, Brooke Exley, Sharon Failor, Carolina Fuchssteiner, Robin Gausebeck, Myrna Gessner, Jennifer Gill, Brenda Groelz, Eileen T Hallock, Sharon Hendry, Wendy Hill, Tina Hilton, Kristina Hodgetts, Vera Holmgren, Darlene Hutchens, Sally Hutson, Beth Jackson, Cynthia Jarest, Donalee Kennedy, Debi Kibbee, Susan Fletcher King, Donald Larson, Moya Lehman, Viviana Lombrozo, Jane Makower, Pam Malone, Ruth Marchese, Jan Maxwell, Willa McClain, Ann McDermott, Sherrie Moomey, Sara Norris, Ellen November, Veronica Oborn Jefferis, Renee Pasquale, Paulette Peters, Pamela Pilkington, Christy Poos, Kim Ritter, Hana Ron, Laurie Russman, Fran Saperstein, Judy Schneider, Lynne Schorling, Mary Ellen Searcy, Peggy Spence Fry, Rene Suiter, Laurie Tigner, Jean Tutolo, Nelly Vileikis, Debby Walters, Katherine Walwyn, Rhonda Weddle, Candace Winiarski, Heidi Wulfraat, and Lisa Yarost.

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 filling up!

The conference committee has put together a great line-up of 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
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,
ThankYouGiftsSAQA's Thank You Gifts Program

Thank-You Gifts for 4th Quarter Star Recruiters:

Wailuku broken dam
4th Quarter Thank-You Gifts include: 
Paula Nadelstern's new fabric lines - fat quarter packets
Phyllis Cullen's fabulous Hawaii vacation offer 
Simplicity's 12-needle Felting Machine
Jamie Fingal's new fabric lines - fat quarter packets
AURIfils' NEW! SAQA Signature Thread Collection II 

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 4th quarter of 2013 so far:
Linda Frost (4 new members), Ali George (3 new members), Paula Brown, Jette Clover, Sue Dennis, Georgia French, Sherry Kleinman, Lani Longshore, Peg Pennell, Leotie Richards, Lisa Walton, Jean Wells, Leni Wiener, Diane Wright (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   
  • Hoffman Fabrics 
  • Innovative Craft Products   
  • Interweave Press 
  • Lark Crafts
  • Meinke Toy
  • New World Textiles 
  • 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
  • Paula Nadelstern 
  • 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
Linda Gass - "On the Edge III"  

This month's guest curator, Linda Laird, has selected Looking Up, Looking Down 

Do you ever get vertigo?  I chose works, whether representational or abstract, whose upward or downward viewpoint gave me that wobbly feeling.
List of selected artists: 
Ludmila Aristova
Heather Dubreuil
Linda Gass
Valerie S. Goodwin
Doria A. Goocher
Cindy Grisdela
Linda Witte Henke
Jean Wells Keenan
Alicia Merrett
Sue Reno
Rose Rushbrooke
Bonnie J. Smith
K. Velis Turan
Laura Wasilowski
Leni Levenson Wiener
If you would like to volunteer to be a Virtual Gallery curator, please contact
Jen Solon ( who organizes the Virtual Exhibitions. 
ExhibitsCallforEntry SAQA Exhibition News:  Calls for Entries
**NOTE: SAQA exhibitions are open to ALL members, unless there is a geographical restriction

Additional information about these SAQA Calls for Entry can now be accessed directly from 

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, Texas
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Portland, Oregon
Additional venues to be added.

Exhibition Concept: 
We live in an environment we take for granted. We often miss the essential and forget that we can make the routine so much more vibrant and interesting. Turning things around, upside down, inside out, backwards or maybe even just a minuscule course correction can charge up the humdrum, turn the common into the uncommon, and make the expected unexpected.

For example, look around your studio, home or neighborhood to pick out an object (a paintbrush, fork, tree branch, or chair) or a phenomenon (light hitting a doorknob, raindrops streaming down a window...). Choose something you see all the time but don't notice and make it special. Interpret the object or phenomenon in cloth to bring attention and significance to the ordinary.

It is anticipated that 30 to 35 works will be accepted for this exhibition.

Alicia Merrett 
Managing Curator: Gul Laporte

Call for Entry opens online: February 1, 2014 
Call for Entry deadline: February 28, 2014 
To see a preview: 

Food for Thought

Premiere venues: 
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky 
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England 
Additional venues to be added.

Exhibition Concept:
We eat every day, but how often do we really think about the food we eat?  Every culture has its celebrations, family meals, traditions that involve food.  Although these vary in different parts of the world, the impact of food is unmistakable.  Food nourishes and fuels our bodies; food traditions nurture our souls.

So, what inspires you about food? 
This exhibition will allow artists to explore any aspects of food that they find inspirational - from a single piece of fruit, to a still life, to the family table, to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones and religious holidays.  Artists may portray how and where food is grown and harvested; how it is sold or distributed, prepared or consumed; where it is abundant and where it is scarce.

SAQA intends to  choose approximately 30 pieces for the exhibition.

Juror: Alex Veronelli
Managing Curator: Sarah Ann Smith

Call for Entry opens online: September 1, 2014
Call for Entry deadline: September 30, 2014
To see a preview:

 Exhibits SAQA Exhibition News: 
Current All-SAQA Exhibitions


This is a listing of SAQA exhibition travel plans. The artists for these exhibitions have already been chosen.
Exhibitions are listed alphabetically

Exhibition Name: Celebrating Silver 
As part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary, we will be Celebrating Silver.  Silver is indispensable. From industrial use to decoration, technology, photography and medicine, its unique properties of strength, malleability, reflectivity and conductivity make it an irreplaceable force in the global market. In addition to its physical properties silver is recognized as a symbol of love, insurance and commitment for twenty-five years.
Juror: Yvonne Porcella 
Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor
Travel Venues: 
1. International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas
October 30 - November 2, 2014  

2. International Quilt Festival 
Chicago, Illinois 
June 2015 
3. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
Portland, Oregon
August 2015 

Color Wheel of Emotions cover
Exhibition Name: Color Wheel of Emotions
How do colors reflect our emotions? Have you ever seen red, felt blue or been green with envy? The range of color used in this exhibition conveys a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists. 
Catalog publication was made possible through the generosity of Teri Springer in memory of Lutgard Gerber-Billiau.  Terry Waldron edited the catalog; Bobbi Baugh was the graphic designer.
Carol Eaton has posted interviews with several of the artists on a Color Wheel of Emotions Facebook page she developed. 

Juror: Terry Waldron 
Managing Curator: Carol Eaton

Travel Venues:  
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 - United States:

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo circuit:

10. Lakeland, Florida
March 20-22, 2014
11. Schaumburg, Illinois
March 27-29, 2014
12. Cleveland, Ohio
April 3-5, 2014
13. Worcester, Massachusetts
April 10-12, 2014
14. Raleigh, North Carolina
June 26-28, 2014 
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

2. NEW!
University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design 
Warrensburg, MO
January 19 - February 28, 2015

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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: 
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. TBD 


  Text Messages catalog  

Exhibition Name: Text Messages 
Text messages have fast become one of the most popular methods of communication in our country today. In this exhibit, you have free rein to explore the many facets of what 'text messages' means to you--from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing. The unifying theme will be text on quilts, in any language, and each quilt must contain at least one visible letter or word.
The catalog for the exhibition was made possible through the generosity of SAQA's members. 
Juror: Lesley Riley 
Managing curator: Georgianne (Gigi) Kandler 
Travel Venues: 
2. International Quilt Festival - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
June 19-21, 2014

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




Upcoming Regional Exhibitions
(Listed chronologically by opening dates - contact the regional reps for more information)

Full information about these exhibitions and the venues at which they can be seen is on the website under Artwork > SAQA Exhibitions > Regional.

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

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

New Mexico - Color Runs Through It
February 14-July 1, 2014

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

Northern California/Nevada -- Fiber Reactions
December 2-31, 2013
Florida -- Piecing Together a Changing Planet
December  4, 2013 - February 26, 2014
Florida - Southern Accents
April 1-July 15, 2015
Texas -- A Texas Experience
January 1-December 31, 2014

Oregon -- Exploring Layers
February 15, 2014 - June 2014

Arkansas/Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana -- Southern Voices
March 24 - May 25, 2014

New Mexico -- Beyond Tradition 
April - July 2014

New Mexico - Walk in the Wild
April - July 2014

Maryland - Tarnish
May 2 - June 1, 2014

Connecticut -- Local Color
May 4 - Spring 2014
Northern California/Nevada -- Quilt Regional 2014
May 6 - July 16, 2014    

Western Canada -- Meet the Best of the West
May 16 - July 2014

Europe & Middle East -- Wide Horizons IV September 18-21, 2014

New Mexico -- Cultural Red
April 8 - August 16, 2015

Journal Journals

If you would prefer to ONLY read the Journal online, you can indicate your preference by checking off the Online Journal Only box in your Member Profile. 

Upcoming Journal Gallery Page Themes and Deadlines: 
  • 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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PLUS Brochures/Journals Available

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Membership brochures and back issues of the Journal and our catalogs are available.  If you're teaching, please let me know and I'd be happy to send you brochures to hand out to your students. I can also send back issues of the Journal, catalogs, etc. Just send an email with what you need and include your mailing address (

There's now an Introduction to SAQA PowerPoint presentation on the website that you can download for use in making presentations to your quilt guild, library, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, or other group.


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Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

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