SAQA at Festival at Houston 2018 Recap

Quilt Festival Houston is always a whirlwind of excitement, and, as usual, SAQA and its members are a part of it all. 

The SAQA exhibition space is the hub for all SAQA activities.

We can’t do it without the help of our volunteers!

Art Quilts Unfolding debuted at Festival this year. The book is written by Martha Sielman, Nancy Bavor, and Lisa Ellis, and edited by Sandra Sider. Art Quilts Unfolding is part of SAQA’s Art Quilt Retrospective project.

This comprehensive exploration of the first 50 years of the art quilt is also on sale in the SAQA Store. The companion exhibition – Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art – will premiere at Quilt Festival Houston in 2019.


Martha Sielman, Lisa Ellis, and Maggie Vanderweit

Our busy volunteers recruited 77 new members to our creative community. Welcome! 

We sold 39 more Benefit Auction quilts which raises our fundraising total to more than $72,000. The remaining auction quilts will be back in the SAQA store later this month for those who are interested in purchasing them.

We debuted two new Global Exhibitions—Dusk to Dawn and Metamorphosis. Thank you to our sponsor Innova for their continued support!

Artist Maggie Vanderweit during the Metamorphosis Gallery Talk.

26% of the Global Exhibition quilts on display in these two exhibitions sold during Festival. SAQA also hosted several well attended gallery talks for both shows.

Artist Rosalind S. Daniels during the Metamorphosis Gallery Talk.

Our members were recognized in both Special Exhibitions and World of Beauty, the annual judged IQA Show. SAQA JAM Jill Kerttula was one of two artists featured in the Special Exhibition Rising Stars.

Jill Kerttula giving an Artist Talk for her work featured in the Rising Stars Exhibition.

SAQA JAM member Patricia Kennedy-Zafred’s piece Silent Canary received the Koala Studios Master Award for Innovative Artistry which carried a $5,000 cash prize.

The SAQA Reception was a huge success with more than 120 people in attendance.

On Sunday, volunteers and staff packed up the booth in good spirits. It was another successful Quilt Festival Houston.

Thank you to all the folks who shared images on social media, stopped by the booth and said hello, and volunteered.

We would not be the colorful, dynamic, engaging organization that we are without your help. Thank you!

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