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2019 Conference - Threads of Innovation  

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Do you know the way to San Jose? 

You go with SAQA’s 2019 Conference: Threads of Innovation of course! Join us April 25-28, 2019 for our annual conference held at the Hilton San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.

San Jose is rich in art, history, museums, open spaces, and is located within easy driving distances to some great nearby destinations. If you can make the time, it’s worth spending more than a few days here. Check out our great list of things to do while in town.

The Special Events Committee and our local volunteers have been working for months to bring you a terrific lineup of speakers, panels, break out groups – PLUS there are many opportunities for networking, seeing old friends and making new ones. We have a full program that will have something for everyone!

We have set up a Facebook group just for conference attendees. Join today to get the latest news, ask your questions, and interact with fellow members.


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Conference Details

ScheduleSpeakers & Presenters

The conference officially begins on Thursday evening with an exciting Ice Breaker event moderated by Mel Beach. We have two great keynote speakers: Pokey Bolton and Joan Schulze. And it doesn’t stop there! Artist Lisa Congdon will answer all your questions about how to make the most of social media. RoCoCo will give you insights into collaboration.

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breakout sessions & panels

We have a great lineup of innovative breakout sessions with James Dewrance, Katie Fowler, Valerie Goodwin, and Susie Monday. Learn more about using technology as creative tools, the importance of good photography, and how to expand your creative potential.

The dynamite team of Judith Content, Susan Else, and Dolores Miller will offer a glimpse into the critique process. Hear more about the innovative and intergenerational Social Justice Sewing Academy from founder Sara Trail. Plus, Martha Sielman will moderate a panel with fellow Art Quilts Unfolding authors Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis and Sandra Sider.


other activities

There is still more! The popular Lightning Talks, Friday Night Out, and the Spotlight Auction will again return to our conference lineup. Don't miss a special celebration of SAQA's 30th Anniversary at the Saturday banquet.

Our local committee has put together some fantastic tours of the San Jose area (or you can explore on your own). You will have an exclusive tour of SAQA Global Exhibition H2Oh! at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. SJMQT Executive Director Nancy Bavor will share more details about the museum and their collection strategies. 

As part of our Saturday tours, you will also be able to view the debut of the seven-region SAQA exhibit Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth. Additional tour stops include San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and other galleries.

Arriving early on Thursday? A full line up of vendors will be on hand on Thursday, starting at 10am. Time your arrival accordingly! And for those who want to stay over Sunday afternoon (the conference ends at noon), there will be an outstanding open studios tour of local SAQA artists including Therese May, Judith Content, Linda Gass, and Stephanie Metz.


More Information

Hotel Info

Hotel Information

The 2019 Conference will be held at the Hilton San Jose. This hotel is centrally located in downtown San Jose, adjacent to the convention center. Santana Row, Silicon Valley's premier destination for shopping, dining, living and entertainment, is within walking distance. 

Visit San Jose

Things to Do in San Jose

San Jose is a great place to visit and to live! It’s rich in art, history, museums, open spaces, and is located within easy driving distances to some great nearby destinations. If you can make the time, it’s worth spending more than a few days here. 

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are a fast-paced informative presentation where each speaker creates a presentation of 20 slides and then speaks about each slide for 20 seconds.

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