SAQA at Festival of Quilts 2018

Are you attending Festival of Quilts this year? So is SAQA!

The event is happening in Birmingham, England from August 9 – 12, 2018 and SAQA and its members are participating in the Festival in a variety of ways.

According to the Festival of Quilts website, “The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, professionally curated galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience.”


See the SAQA Booth!

SAQA will have a booth on the floor of the Festival. Please stop by for information about SAQA including exhibition catalogues and membership details, or just to swing by to say hello. We will be there for the entire festival ready to talk about art and quilts.

SAQA Member Exhibitions

The SAQA Global Exhibition Concrete & Grassland will be on display at the show and includes over 50 pieces of beautiful artwork to enjoy from SAQA members around world! Keep reading for more details about a companion lecture by SAQA President Lisa Walton.

A joint collaboration between SAQA and the Grants Pass Museum of Art, this exhibition explores the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape. View all Artwork »

Fly Me to the Moon curated by SAQA member Susanne Jones and juried by former SAQA President Lisa Ellis will be on display. The exhibition explores all things about the moon—from the landing, to the mystery, to the reality.

Many of our members are part of the prestigious exhibition Fine Art Quilt Masters. The winner of this exclusive competition will be announced on the opening day of the show. 

Confetti by Cindy Grisdela

Lectures & Demos

Exploring Two Different Worlds – Concrete & Grassland
Lisa Walton, SAQA President
Friday August 10 12:45pm (Tickets available at show)

Learn more about art quilts and the artists who create them by exploring the Concrete & Grassland exhibition with SAQA’s President Lisa Walton. With over 50 pieces in all, this SAQA Global Exhibition offers contrasting interpretations of our environment, whether the rolling hills of a prairie or the confined spaces of a more urban world. Whether you appreciate the bustle of the city or prefer the calm of nature, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this creative journey.

Fine Line Magic—Demo

SAQA JAM Alicia Merrett – Sunday, August 12 3PM
Merrett will demonstrate a very easy way of inserting fine lines into fabrics by a piecing method. According to Merrett, “fine lines allow creative play with colour and contrast, and can be used as part of many different kinds of quilts.”

SAQA Meet-Up

Members have been invited to attend a get together on Friday evening. If you are signed up for this gathering, you can find out complete details at the SAQA booth.

SAQA Europe and Middle East Region

If you are interested in keeping up with news about our European and Middle East SAQA members, you can follow their Facebook page  and blog.

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