Candles for Yvonne

Yvonne Porcella

Yvonne Porcella

In 1989, with the goal of establishing a place for art quilts in the world of contemporary art, Yvonne Porcella, a California quilt artist, sent out 50 letters to artists and friends to rally them to her cause. Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) was launched, rapidly growing to include hundreds of members across the United States.

The vision was to create an organization to:
Promote art quilts to major art publications, museums, and galleries
Educate the public about art quilts
Serve as a forum for the professional development of quilt artists
Act as a resource for curators, dealers, consultants, teachers, students, and collectors.

SAQA members held their first conference in 1995, and Yvonne served as president for 11 years. SAQA’s annual conferences have grown to attract more than 200 international members, gathering to network and attend lectures and workshops by internationally known experts.

In 2014, SAQA celebrated 25 years of creating opportunities for the art quilt and the individual artists who create these compelling works. SAQA has steadily built its commitment to creating quality exhibitions and offering vital professional development opportunities for the membership.

Forward to 2016. Yvonne Porcella is facing some very serious health challenges. SAQA, the organization that is her brainchild, would like to surround Yvonne with positive thoughts from the membership, and with candle light, which is particularly meaningful for her.

We invite SAQA members to participate in two ways:

1. Email us at with an image of original art you have created for Yvonne featuring candles, either art quilt, fabric collage, or photographic art, and a positive statement for her challenges or statement of gratitude for Yvonne’s efforts in advancing the art quilt (no stock photos, please)


2. Create a 4″x 6″ postcard-sized art quilt featuring a candle and/or positive sentiments or affirmations. Email image to

AND mail the actual art quilt to Candles for Yvonne, c/o Cynthia Wenslow, 1862 E Belvidere Rd, Ste 121, Grayslake, IL 60030

It is our hope that these positive thoughts and images will surround Yvonne at a time when she needs them most.

These images, sentiments, and art quilts will be shared with Yvonne as possible, and shared on SAQA social media for her to enjoy.

If you have any questions, please email

We thank you in advance, in sincere gratitude.

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