Sunday, November 25, 2018

Holiday Pot Luck November 28 for SAQAOregon Members

Yummy yum yum!
Come to our holiday pot luck to fill your tum!
It might be rainy, it might be cold,
can I entice you with my famous marshmallow Jello mold?
Never fear, just my little joke.
Ha ha, just wanted to give you a little poke.
Of course you will want to bring something to share.
Make it or buy it, we don’t care.
Oh, before I forget, if a few deviled eggs should appear,
you will hear a very loud cheer!
Being your leader has been fun,
but come January I will be done.
Alas my friends what will we do
after I say a fond adieu!
Holiday Potluck November 28
11:00-1:00 at the Beaverton Community Center
Contact me with any questions

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Unpredictable Outcomes - October 18 in Eugene!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about next week’s SAQA Oregon conference, Unpredictable Outcomes. We will be meeting at the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR 97405. Located on 30th Avenue, exit 189 from I-5. It is recommended that you take the WEST entrance to the college (a cloverleaf interchange) off 30th Avenue, leading you directly to Building 19. Parking Lots C and D are directly across the street from Building 19 and available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Registration will begin at 8:30 am.  Coffee, tea, pastries and fruit will be available. The conference starts at 9:30 am.
Lunch will be a buffet. There will be a gluten-free vegetarian option.
For those of you remaining in the Eugene area on Thursday night, we will be making reservations at four local restaurants for Local Host dinners. A member of the Valley-South Local Connection will be at each restaurant for dinner companionship and to answer any local-area questions. Sign-ups for dinner slots will be on a first-come, first-served basis the morning of the conference. The restaurants are Sabai Thai, 27 Oakway Center; CafĂ© Soriah, 384 W 13th Ave, Mediterranean cuisine; Pastini Pastaria, 325 Oakway Rd; and Novo Modern Latin Table, 105 Oakway Center.

Remember to bring your 12x12 piece and entry form for the Showcase Exhibit!

We’ll see you Thursday!

Daisy Schrock & Katie Walwyn

Monday, September 10, 2018

Volunteers Needed for NW Quilting Expo

SAQA will have a table next to our “Bridge” exhibit at the NW Quilting EXPO, Sept 27-29, at the EXPO center, and we will need volunteers to sit at the table.  Two members for each 2 hour shift, and it may involve some white glove duty.  On Thursday and Friday, Sept 27 and 28, the hours are 9AM-5:30PM, and the shifts will start at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM (2.5 hours). Saturday, Sept 29, the hours are 9-5PM, shifts at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM ( and will include take down, about another 30 minutes).  We also may need 3 people to hang the show on the Wednesday, Sept 26, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.  Please contact me to reserve your volunteer space.  I’m looking for about 16 lovely ladies to help spread the word about SAQA and show off our beautiful “Bridge” exhibit.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Portland Pod Meets September 19

Please come to our meeting Wed. Sept. 19 at the Beaverton Community Center-10:00-12:00. We have a room change: the Vose room is street side through the main door. I’m extending an invitation to all our Oregon SAQA groups as well and hope to see you there!

Our subject matter has been quite a learning experience for your fearless leader, and I hope it will be for you all as well. I will be leading a discussion on derivative art, what it is, questions to ask the instructor of any class we take, what exactly is copyright and how does it apply to us, use of public domain photos in our work etc. Also how to protect our own art. (Yes it happens)

And for fun, bring your work that you realize is clearly the result of a class you took. I have one! If you are like me when you first ventured into Art Quilting you didn’t have a clue!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Unpredictable Outcomes - September Update

Unpredictable Outcomes, October 18th, SAQA OREGON REGIONAL CONFERENCE in Eugene, Oregon. During the afternoon of the conference, you’ll be able to participate in two of three AFTERNOON CONVERSATIONS:

WHAT IS A JAM? DO I WANT TO BE ONE? “JAM?” seems to be a frequent question among SAQA members. The term appears frequently on the web site and in the SAQA Journal but many are not sure what it means. Join the conversation and learn what a Juried Artist Member (JAM) is, how you become one and the benefits enjoyed by its members. 

MENTORSHIP Imagine having a one-to-one conversation each month with an established art quilter……and discussing only your own artwork and journey. This is a SAQA Mentorship!  The Mentorship Program is one of the best values of a SAQA membership and it is FREE! Join the conversation and learn all about how this incredible program can benefit your artistic journey.

After you have spent years honing your skills and working in your studio, now it’s time to get your art into shows!  Is fear of rejection keeping you from entering juried shows? Ask artists who are showing in major shows and every one of them will share tales of rejection. Learning from rejection is how they became successful. This conversation will discuss the ins and outs of entering shows. What shows to enter. What pieces to enter. Getting all the entry details right.  Reading and following a prospectus. Preparing work for shipping. What things can you control and what things do you have to leave to chance? 

Please join the conversation and get started collecting “no's” on your path to “YES -Congratulations!”

Oregon SAQA members Laura Jaszkowski, Judith Quinn Garnet, Sherri Culver and Carolyn Walwyn will be your hosts for these conversations.
 Interested? There’s still time to register for Unpredictable Outcomes at . The conference is open to the public. Invite your friends who are curious about Studio Art Quilt Associates to check out SAQA at this one-day event.  NOTE: To receive the special room rate at the Phoenix Inn, you must make your reservation by Sept. 17th.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fissures: Call for Entries

Has the hot weather or the smoky skies kept you indoors this summer? This is a good time to turn your creative mind to ideas for the art quilt show entitled FISSURES. I have shared this theme with many people and at times I see them pondering the word. So here is the description of the FISSURES (not fishers!) theme:
A fissure is simply a crack, an opening, a separation, a split. Other interpretations include vent, opening, breach, or cleft: A breach in the space/time continuum, or a black hole. A long narrow opening in rock. A volcanic fissure might spew lava, steam or smoke.
A biological fissure may be a split or break in tissue. Our relationships with others may develop fissures, miscommunications, a lack of togetherness.

Artists are encouraged to consider and explore the varieties of meaning, image and experience and follow where that particular fissure takes you.
Registration opens December 8, 2018. You have a little more that three months!
Please save this and share on your social media as this call is open to ALL Art quilters in the US and Canada! Feel free to send me questions if need be. If you are intending to enter this show please leave a comment. Thanks!
Thank you,
Ginny McVickar
Volunteer for 
Emerald Art Center
Springfield, OR