The Passing of the SAQA Crown!

SAQA has a new President!

At the recent 2018 SAQA TEXtiles conference in San Antonio, Lisa Ellis passed the “SAQA Crown” to our newest SAQA President, Lisa Walton.

A former representative of the SAQA Oceania region, Lisa Walton lives in Sydney, Australia and is SAQA’s first non-US President.  She travels all over the world leading tours and teaching workshops – find out more on her website:

Here’s what Lisa Walton has to say about her new position:

I am honoured and terrified to to be the new President of SAQA. To follow in the incredible footsteps of those who have come before me is a responsibility I am taking very seriously. I have so many ideas of how to make my mark on this wonderful organisation but think that Connections and Community will be my overriding goal.

Lisa Ellis served as SAQA’s president for two years and we are so thankful for her service and vision during her term. Now a Lifetime SAQA Member (awarded by the SAQA Board), Lisa will continue to serve on the Finance Committee and in other capacities.

Former Board member Judith Trager sums it up best:

This has been the most productive and creative two years in SAQA’s history. It couldn’t have happened without Lisa Ellis. It was always a pleasure to work with her.  Her own personal flare and her honesty and generosity drew you to her.

Thank you so much to our other departing Board Members, Valerie Goodwin and Marcia Young. We wish you well in your future endeavors!

Did you know?
The special president crown was made by Darcy Falk and given to Yvonne Porcella, SAQA’s founder, in 1999. It was then passed along to Kris Sazaki when she became SAQA President in 2014. Each of the presidents has added a little something to it – Lisa Ellis added a shell from her beach in California.

Welcome to our New Board Members

We are also pleased to introduce two new members of the SAQA Board – Carolyn Ducey (left) and Gwyned Trefethen (right).

Carolyn Ducey is Curator of Collections at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a position she has held since 1998.

Since joining 15 years, Gwyned Trefethen has served as SAQA’s regional rep for MA/RI and most recently as Chair of SAQA’s Exhibition Committee. She is eager to take on her next SAQA challenge, serving on its Board.



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